Father’s Day

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127: 3-5



Traditionally Father’s Day was celebrated on March 19 in Catholic countries, a feast day of Saint Joseph/tt  The first Father’s Day observance in the US was on July 5, 1908 In Fairmont, West Virginia.  It was held to honor the 250 fathers who had been among the 361 miners killed in the Monongah mining disaster in Monongah, West Virginia.  The observance receive little publicity and it did not start the current Father’s Day.  Over the next few decades there would be proposals to have a Father’s Day and observances, but nothing took hold.  In 1957 Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a bill to establish Father’s Day, stating it was unfair to have Mother’s Day and not a Father’s Day. In 1966 President Johnson issued a proclamation establishing Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June.  President Nixon in 1972 signed a bill establishing Father’s Day as a national holiday. 


My Dad used to say he didn’t need a card or a present on Father’s Day because he had all he ever wanted:  his family, which I thought basically summed up Father’s Day.  The ultimate assessment of a father in this world is whether he is missed after he dies, and although my father departed this Vale of Tears 26 years ago, I find myself missing him more each year.

A happy Father’s Day to all our readers.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


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  2. Two things:

    One, The First Commandment God Almighty gave to His creation is “Be Fruitful and Multiply.”

    Two, my grandest Father’s Day gifts are my children.

  3. The 1981 Dan Fogelberg hit song Leader of the Band was written by Fogelberg as a tribute to his father Lawrence Fogelberg, who was a band leader and a teacher. The elder Fogelberg died a year later in 1982.

    One would be hard pressed to find a better tribute from son to a father put to music than that song.


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