From our Pastor

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You taught me how to love, what it took..
You never said too much, but still, you showed the way,
and I knew, from watching you….
Nobody else could ever know, the part of me that can’t let go…

From Everything I Own, written by David Gates

My father seemed different from other fathers in my neighborhood. He was a quiet man, not very tall, but strongly built, with piercing blue eyes. He was not one for emotional expressions, showing his devotion not so much in words, but in deeds. He didn’t say a lot, but my mother and us kids knew that we were loved- he worked endlessly to make sure that we had what we needed, and with our mother, he molded us to be people of Catholic conviction, in our thoughts, words, and actions.

I see St. Joseph is the way I see my father- and I cherish his memory as we mark 35 years since his passing this past month. I miss him, but I hear his quiet and strong voice in many places, moments, and other’s voices. I have been blessed with a happy memory.

Father’s Day gives us a chance to honor and remember our fathers, as well as those who are and have been father figures for us. May their memory, words and examples point us to our Savior. Joseph, pray for us.

-Fr. John Sheridan

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A Father’s Day Prayer

God our father, we give you thanks and praise
for all fathers young and old , especially our
own fathers.
We pray for young fathers, newly embracing
their vocation; may they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy
and sacrifice.
We pray for fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; may they
know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love
and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longer with
us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen