Appeals

Father's Day Appeal

May 23, 2018

Dear Friends of Mary’s Shrine,

Greetings and Blessings to you in celebration of Father’s Day!

Recently, I was calling to mind one of the single most important days of my life – the day my twin brother Peter and I were baptized. As the priest, Fr. Quinn, performed our baptism he turned and addressed our sleep-deprived parents with the question: “Do you know what you are undertaking?” They should have known, they had a lot of kids… but, truth be told, how could they have possibly known how all this was going to work out?

Like Mary, the Mother of God, St. Joseph and other great parents, they acted on faith.

My imagination is filled with wonder at the goodness of my parents and the father God gave me. This year Peter and I celebrate 50 years since our priesthood ordination. This milestone has been inspired by the steadfast goodness of people, like my dad, who sacrificed an awful lot to make good things happen.

I take this opportunity to briefly encourage you. I join you in thanking God for our dads who, although they may not have been perfect in every way, like St. Joseph were very often working, quietly and without fanfare. While we may not send them flowers on Father’s Day, our fathers certainly deserve our enthusiastic expressions of love and gratitude.

In the Novena of Masses beginning on June 17th, we will celebrate our fathers. I would like very much if you would send in your dad’s name on the enclosed form. Please feel free to include the names of other father figures in your life and any other special intentions you may have.

In the love of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

The Very Reverend Paul J. Henry
Basilica Rector

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