The necessity of fathers cannot be overlooked in the Church or society. At home, fathers play a critical role as the spiritual leader of the family.

We show our gratitude for their love, protection, and guidance by praying for our fathers, whether they are alive or deceased.

We acknowledge God as our Father in Heaven, giving thanks to Him for all that He does for us. 

St. Joseph, is also honored by the Catholic Church as the adoptive father of Jesus and role model for all fathers. 

Whether a biological father or not, every man is called to be a spiritual father to those around him. Catholic priests especially, are called to offer spiritual protection, nurturing, and guidance to the people in their care.

Father’s Day, a secular holiday in the United States, is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

The irreplaceable role of fathers:

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Dads make a difference:

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Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6: 4

Father’s lead their families to Heaven:


A good father puts his wife and children ahead of himself:

Knights of Columbus Supreme Council

The first need, then, is precisely this: that a father be present in the family. That he be close to his wife, to share everything, joy and sorrow, hope and hardship. And that he be close to his children as they grow: when they play and when they strive, when they are carefree and when they are distressed, when they are talkative and when they are silent, when they are daring and when they are afraid, when they take a wrong step and when they find their path again; a father who is always present.

Pope Francis, General Audience, 4 February 2015

Teach your children well:

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Essential fatherhood:

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Respect for parents (filial piety) derives from gratitude toward those who, by the gift of life, their love and their work, have brought their children into the world and enabled them to grow in stature, wisdom, and grace. “With all your heart honor your father, and do not forget the birth pangs of your mother. Remember that through your parents you were born; what can you give back to them that equals their gift to you?”

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2215

St. Joseph, model for Catholic fathers:

St. Paul Center

What it means to call God “Father”:

Catholic News Service

Every man is called to be a spiritual father:

Diocese of Tucson

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Strange Catholic rituals:

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