Dearly Beloved in Christ:
As we celebrate Fathers’ Day, let us give thanks to our Heavenly Father who is the source and foundation of all that is. St. Paul reminds us of this truth when, addressing the Ephesian community, he says: “I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named” (Ephesians 3:14-15). Through the merits of Jesus Christ and aided by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we are able to call God, Abba (i.e. ‘daddy), Father (cf. Romans 8:15). Each time we pray the Our Father, the prayer that Christ himself taught us, we acknowledge this truth and express our hope of living in the presence of our True Father in the fullness of time, in the company of all the angels and saints.
We wish all our fathers and father figures a happy and blessed Fathers’ Day! And to all our deceased fathers, may God the Heavenly Father in His abundant mercy, grant them rest in His presence forever, amen! And may we, their children, respect and honor them always, as God demands of us, amen! For all who have been hurt by a father figure or who, as a result of negative experiences, resent God as a Father, experience the healing graces that can come from the Heavenly Father alone, amen!
As most of you probably know by now, our own Father Orrin has been appointed as the new pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Rosenberg, Texas, effective July 1, 2018. We are grateful for his pastoral witness and fatherly love to Holy Family parish for the past three years. May the Good Lord continue to strengthen and fructify his priestly ministry, amen! We will be having a little farewell party after the 12:30 PM Mass at St. Mary’s Basilica this Sunday (June 17) to bid him farewell and to express our gratitude. All are invited.
Today, also, the parish celebrates the unveiling of the historical subject marker at Holy Rosary Church immediately after the 9:00 AM Mass. Please come and be a part of this wonderful celebration in thanksgiving to God for the witness of the faith that lives on through Holy Rosary Church and our parish community.
Beloved in Christ, God is our heavenly Father. As we journey through the vicissitudes and difficulties of life, may we always keep in mind these words from St. Paul: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
We are, in God the Father and by the grace of Christ, one Holy Family Parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in Charity, as missionary disciples.
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma