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3 September 2020

APRIM Father’s Day message

Sunday is Father’s Day and most of us will be meeting as families to…

Sunday is Father’s Day and most of us will be meeting as families to focus on our dads. A good father is a precious gift, so the day is something worth celebrating. For our Blackfriars boys, it is an opportunity to draw attention to the example of manhood and fatherhood that most of our students should aspire to.

Fatherhood often involves a great deal of sacrifice. The responsibilities that come with being a parent and partner may in some cases extinguish the personal interests, passions or goals of the individual, to be replaced by devotion to (and service of) one’s family. This Fathers’ Day, I encourage you to find out what your father’s passion was; find out what he gave up for you. I bet he’ll love sharing this with you and who knows, maybe this will forge a new bond and interest you can share together.

A happy Father’s Day to all the fathers, father figures and other exceptional male role models we have within the Blackfriars Priory School community. I offer this prayer for you:

God our Father,

We give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation;
may they find courage and perseverance
to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for fathers around the world
whose children are lost or suffering;
may they know that the God of compassion
walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers
but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfather, and great grandfathers
who are no longer with us
but who live forever in our memory
and nourish us with their love.



Matthew Crisanti

Assistant Principal, Religious Identity & Mission