News from San Antonio Church – June 20, 2021

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Weekly Bulletin June 20, 2021

by Terrie Evans

On  this 3rd Sunday in June, our church community wishes all the men from San Antonio Happy Father’s Day. Today we honor and remember all those dads, granddads, uncles,  brothers, coaches, teachers , and priests who have “  fathered “ us as mentors and guides throughout  of our lives.  May we never forget all those fathers  who have passed on, but will  live on in our memory and continue to nurture us.  We also honor St. Joseph, Patron of Fathers, Families and the Universal Church.  The tradition for Father’s Day started in 1910 on the suggestion Sonora Smart Dodd to thank her Civil War Veteran father who was raising his family alone after the death of his wife.  Sonora took her campaign for Father’s Day  to her local government officials, organizations and churches.  In 1910 the 1st Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State establishing this milestone as a first in the country.  Over the next decades she challenged many Presidents to recognize the importance of the day; but it wasn’t until 1970 when Congress passed a resolution to grant the President the authority to designate the 3rd Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  This resolution invited people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies  by urging our people to offer public and private expressions of such a day to the abiding love and gratitude which they bear for their fathers.  A Prayer for all the men in our lives:  “God our Father, Bless these men, that they might find strength as Fathers.  Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.  Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.”   

As we honor men today, please recite a prayer in memory of Dominican  Brother Bertrand Bailey (1887) who died on June 23, 1954 at the age of 67.  He built San Antonio Church, one of 25 chapels that he constructed over 12 years as he worked alongside the volunteers he recruited.  His death resulted  from a fall from a ladder while painting the priory of St. Stephen’s in Massachusetts.  Brother Bertrand wore the Dominican habit and became known as the “Little Brother of the Missions”.  He even outfitted his car with the  tools needed for building repairs.  Wednesday, June 23rd  marks  the 67th Anniversary of his passing.

On Saturday evening,  June 26th we will welcome the Dektas Family as Linda (Keller) & Mike Dektas celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a vow renewal with Fr. Bill Ferris officiating.  Linda and Mike had family members who were parishioners and volunteers at San Antonio Church that resided on White Street during those years.    Other family members of the Dektas’ are the  Bonaventure, Roberto and Walkenhorst cousins.  We all congratulate them and their family members and we hope they attend Mass with us in the future.

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