June 20 – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
This being Father’s Day, we extend a special greeting of gratitude not only to our dads, but also to our Spiritual Father, Fr. James Guarascio. Today is Fr. James’ first anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. From his “spiritual grandfather” I want to tell him what a delight it has been to have him minister with me here at Our Lady of Mercy. His humor, enthusiasm for the priesthood and love for the Church has truly been an inspiration for me. He will be a great pastor…..probably within the next three years!!
We also extend this blessing to all our Father’s…….
Blessed are You, Lord and Father of All life, who has given to us the gift of the father of our family. Today we honor him, and we thank You for the numerous good things that are ours because of him.
His love for us has been a sign of Your divine affection and a sharing in Your holy love. His continuous concern for our needs and welfare is a mirror of Your holy providence. And so, as we honor him, we praise You, Father of All Peoples.
Bless him this day with Your strength and holy power that he may continue to be a sign of You, our God, and a priestly parent to our family. May we who have the honor of bearing his family name do so with great pride.
May we, the members of his family, assist him in his holy duties as a parent with our respect, our obedience and our deep affection.
Bless him, Lord, with happiness and good health, with peace and with good fortune, so that he who has shared of his very life may live forever with You, his God and heavenly Father.
This blessing and all graces, we pray, descend upon the father of our family: in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. +Amen.
(Blessing Prayer reprinted with permission: “Prayers for the Domestic Church” by Edward Hays” Forest of Peace Publishing, Leavenworth, KS)
Happy Father’s Day!