PASTOR’S CORNER June 15, 2011
I had a wonderful surprise on Tuesday evening. I attended the Phillies game and lo and
behold the National Anthem was sung by the choir of our Bishop McHugh Regional
School. They performed wonderfully and of course my heart swelled with pride and I
had to tell everyone who they were. Bishop McHugh School children are involved in
so many wonderful projects in the community and surrounding areas. It is a wonderful
school and has just finished its Middle State Evaluation with flying colors. Next year one
of our own parishioners, Laura Tomlin, will be the principle. She asks for your prayers
as she takes over the leadership of the school and I am sure she will continue to demand
the excellence that has become a hallmark of the school. If you would like to know more
about the school are if you have any questions, please visit their website. I encourage all
parents and grandparents to seriously consider sending their child and grandchildren to
Bishop McHugh Regional School. You and they will be blessed!!
This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day and we extend God’s blessings to all the men of
our lives who embrace us with love and share their gifts, talents and love with us.
Father’s Day was inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day.
The first observance of Father’s Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on
July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate
the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several
months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. Clayton chose
the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father. West Virginia did
not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. All the credit for
Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own
celebration of Father’s Day just two years later, also influenced by Jarvis’ Mother’s Day.
Bills to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress
in 1913, 1916 and 1924 but were defeated because of a fear that the day would
become to commercialized. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a
proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers,
thus “[singling] out just one of our two parents” In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson
issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday
in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday
when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
Here’s a prayer to say for your father and all fathers:
Father, it is Your Commandment that we should honor our fathers; Hear the prayers we
offer You for them. Grant them many years on earth and keep them in health of mind
and body. Bless their word and all they do. Give them back a hundred-fold whatever they
have done for us. Inspire them with Your love and help them to fulfill Your holy law.
One day, may we be their comfort and support, So that having enjoyed their affection on
earth we may have the joy of being with them forever in Your home in Heaven. Grant
this Heavenly Father through your gift Christ our Lord. Amen.