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Weekly Bulletin June 18, 2023
by Terrie Evans
On this Sunday we honor fatherhood and all father figures for the celebration that was thought to have been established and brought to the Americas by the Spanish and Portuguese who at that time honored Saint Joseph “the punitive father of Jesus” as the fatherly Nutritor Domini (Nourisher of the Lord). St. Joseph is seen in the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of family life with The Franciscan Order founding the celebration to honor all fathers on the feast of St. Joseph as early as the 14th Century. In the United States, the origins of Father’s Day took years to finally make it a statewide celebration. The first church sermon solely directed to fathers was in 1908 when a Church in West Virginia held their Sunday sermon to honor the 362 men (250 fathers) who perished in the coal mines while working for the Fairmount Coal Company. The next documented Father’s day was held in Washington State in 1910 where the 1st statewide Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson promoted the day, but it wasn’t until 1924 when President Calvin Coolidge made a plea to state governments to observe Father’s Day but was defeated by Congress. Maine Sen. Margaret Chase Smith wrote in her proposal that Congress had been ignoring fathers for the last 40 years while honoring mothers and singling out one of our two parents. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the 1st Presidential Proclamation to honor Fathers by designating the 3rd Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the proclamation finally making Father’s Day a Federal Holiday. There will be family dinners and cookouts with special gifts to show him how much he is revered within their family.
Our San Antonio Church Community thanks all our father figures, our dedicated Priests who have served our parishioners at Mass, mentored to us through all the joys and sorrows in our lives, and visited with the sick in the hospital We are all honored that you are a part of the history of San Antonio Church, and we appreciate you more than you know. Our church also wants to thank all the men from our parish who have given their time each week to help the church that our immigrant grandparents help establish. Those men are all products of the men in the dedication picture of 1922 and are present for our Lunch on the House program and are in the Hall every Sunday baking the delicious loaves of bread that helps provide funding for the many needs for our church building. We are appreciative for all the work the men from San Antonio Church and their families did for the benefit of San Antonio Church at the St. Catharine of Siena Parish Cincitalia Fest. We send our heartfelt thanks to the men from the La Rosa Family (Buddy, Mike, Mark) who donated all the products (Bruschetta mixture, prep station and all booth items) for our church to have the best 3-day event ever! We can never thank them enough or the chairman of the event, Harry Panaro for scheduling all the shifts of workers and for being always on site for the 3-day event for the Bruschetta Booth. San Antonio Church had many parishioners and their families who donated their time and efforts for the good of our church and St. Catharine’s School. The great group of volunteers: DEE & JOHN BESL, JO ANN LYONS, MIKE RIEF, LISA & TED ARTHUR, CARLA & CHARLES RICE, VICKIE & JOHN SPADE, TINA & GREG KROEGER, MARIA & FRED JEANNET, STEPHANIE PANARO, KRISTY & DON MACKE, HARRY MACKE, SALLY & JOE OLDING, LARRY VICKERY, DANA & SCOTT MEIER, MATT FARRELL, TOM MATHEWS, and DAVE GUIDUGLI. San Antonio Church sends all of you many blessings for the volunteer spirit you have shown in the dedication to our church. Dio Benedico te e la tua famiglia God Bless you and your family.