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Celebrate Father's Day at home with a Catholic ceremony, send a Father's Day e-card from Catholic Greetings, or read inspirational stories about finding God and the spirituality surrounding fatherhood.

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101 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for One-in-a-Million Dads, and Grandpas Too

by Mary Carty
Along with graduations and weddings, June also brings the annual celebration of Father’s Day in many countries as a day set aside to honor and pay special tribute to dads.
 
A Father’s Day Celebration for Your Home
by Rock Travnikar, O.F.M.
Honor Dad on Father’s Day with prayers and Scripture readings.
 
Lego Pain
In the Servant Book
Love in the Little Things: Tales of Family Life , author Mike Aquilina describes a moment with his daughter that helped him connect with his heavenly father.
 
Fathers’ Prayers for Patience, Children’s Well-Being
A father's relationship with his children encompasses a variety of concerns. In this excerpt from
Prayers for Catholic Men (Servant Books), author Mike Pacer offers two prayers for fathers.
 
Each Father’s Role in Salvation Story
Fathers know that their presence in their children's lives is crucial for their growth and development. In
God, Help Me: How to Grow in Prayer (Servant Books), Jim Beckman demonstrates how prayer is not just about self, but connects to the larger story of meaning and purpose.
 
How Men Find God
by Rick Gaillardetz
What makes men tick? A father of four and theologian takes a look at how men’s relationships shape their spirituality.
 
Seven Promises for Catholic Men
by Richard Rohr, O.F.M. and Joseph Martos
Catholic men live out faith through their relationship with Jesus and other men, their roles in their personal and professional lives, and their concern for all humanity.
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Paul Miki and Companions: Nagasaki, Japan, is familiar to Americans as the city on which the second atomic bomb was dropped, immediately killing over 37,000 people. Three and a half centuries before, 26 martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain, overlooking Nagasaki. Among them were priests, brothers and laymen, Franciscans, Jesuits and members of the Secular Franciscan Order; there were catechists, doctors, simple artisans and servants, old men and innocent children—all united in a common faith and love for Jesus and his Church. 
<p>Brother Paul Miki, a Jesuit and a native of Japan, has become the best known among the martyrs of Japan. While hanging upon a cross, Paul Miki preached to the people gathered for the execution: “The sentence of judgment says these men came to Japan from the Philippines, but I did not come from any other country. I am a true Japanese. The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I certainly did teach the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason I die. I believe that I am telling only the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you to become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ’s example I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain.” </p><p>When missionaries returned to Japan in the 1860s, at first they found no trace of Christianity. But after establishing themselves they found that thousands of Christians lived around Nagasaki and that they had secretly preserved the faith. Beatified in 1627, the martyrs of Japan were finally canonized in 1862.</p> American Catholic Blog By way of analogy, we are taught that we all have the same sun shining on us and we all have the same rain falling on us. It is how we deal with sun and rain, how we deal with the happy and the not-so-happy things of life that causes our interior weather. Basically, we do it to ourselves.

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St. Valentine's Day
Schedule one or more e-cards today to be sent next Sunday.

Carnival
Create a festive atmosphere and invite friends over for one last party before the Lenten fast.

Catholic Schools Week
In the Catholic schools, parents know that their children are being formed as well as informed.

Birthday
May God grant you good health, good cheer and all good things today and all the days of the coming year.

Presentation of the Lord
Traditionally candles were blessed on this feast, giving it the common designation of Candlemas.




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