Father’s Day


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. 

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

Father’s lead their families to Heaven:

Teach your children well:

From Jesus himself, from his filial relationship with God, we can learn what “father” really means and what is the true nature of the Father who is in Heaven. Critics of religion have said that speaking of the “Father”, of God, is a projection of our ancestors in Heaven. But the opposite is true: in the Gospel Christ shows us who is the father and as He is a true father we can understand true fatherhood and even learn true fatherhood. Let us think of Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount where he says: “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in Heaven”. It is the very love of Jesus, the Only-Begotten Son — who goes even to the point of giving himself on the Cross — that reveals to us the true nature of the Father: He is Love and in our prayers as children we too enter this circuit of love, the love of God that purifies our desires, our attitudes marked by closure, self-sufficiency, and the typical selfishness of the former man.

Pope Francis, General Audience, May 23, 2012

Dads make a difference:

Fathers play a critical role:

“So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.’ But his father ordered his servants, ‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’ Then the celebration began.

Luke 15: 20-24

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

Essential fatherhood:

God called Joseph to “take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit”, so that Jesus, “who is called Christ”, should be born of Joseph’s spouse into the messianic lineage of David.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 437

St. Joseph, model for Catholic fathers:

What it means to call God “Father”:

The spiritual fatherhood of priests:

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