"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith;
be courageous; be strong."

--- 1 Corinthians 16:13

Fathers are the protectors, providers, and spiritual leaders of the family. They each are meant to be a reflection of God, Our Heavenly Father. 

Usually, dads are the ones who perform the tough tasks - like disciplining us when we're wrong, teaching us the practical things about daily living (changing the oil, mowing the grass, etc.) and helping us to be courageous when challenges face us (letting go of the bike when the training wheels come off or bucking us up during our first broken bone).

Sometimes, however, our father was not available to us. In these circumstances a spiritual father – perhaps a grandfather, uncle, teacher, or godfather – provided that masculine presence in our life.

Our next special Novena of Masses is for all fathers – biological and spiritual, living or deceased - who have led us and guided us, protected us, and provided for us, as well as for those who have not. Our friend, Reverend Msgr. Matthew Odong will celebrate this special Novena of Masses, beginning on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16th. 

Msgr. Matthew is a priest of the Archdiocese of Gulu, Northern Uganda, and Rector of Sacred Heart Seminary, in Gulu.

I invite you to use the link below to send me the names of your fathers, grandfathers, uncles, in-laws, godfathers, spiritual fathers and other loved ones so their spiritual or temporal needs may be remembered. In this way, we can truly honor those who have gifted us with their spiritual strength, guidance, protection and encouragement. 

My prayer is that these Masses will be a source of grace, healing and new life for you and your families.

May the abundant life of Jesus Christ be yours and may God bless you!

In His Service,

Johnnette Williams
Founder and President
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