Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, stepfathers in the parish – and to anyone else who plays the father role in a young person’s life. Many widows and single Moms do that and many coaches, teachers, mentors, etc. take on significant “father” roles in the lives of young people. It would be hard to describe what the father role encompasses, but you know it when you see it - and you feel its absence when it is not there. I am gratified to see how many dads here in the parish take on such active roles in their children’s lives, including shared responsibility for tasks that some might see as maternal. There really is no need to make those distinctions and it seems very positive to me when I see or hear a father sharing in all of the domestic parenting tasks without hesitation. Good for you dads….and “thank you”! You are delivering a role model that will make worlds of difference in the lives of your children (and their children).