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Father’s Day Prayer

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 our own 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. Amen”

Prayer source

Fatherhood has its origins in God, who chose to reveal Himself to us as Our Father, sending his only Son for the sake of our salvation. Fathers therefore have a special role “in revealing and in reliving on earth the very fatherhood of God” (Familiaris consortio 25). Indeed, the role of the father “is of unique and irreplaceable importance” (FC 25).

Although society increasingly tells fathers that they have no say in the lives of their children before birth and fails to recognize the dynamic and critically important role of fatherhood, it is both a biological and spiritual reality. Pope Saint John Paul II said fathers are called to exhibit “generous responsibility for the life conceived under the heart of the mother” (FC 25). They are uniquely entrusted with the protection and defense of both mother and child and, in this way, in safeguarding the sanctity of human life. Yet research continues to show that the top reasons women seek abortions include lacking support from the child’s father and financial challenges, which are only exacerbated by a father’s absence.

As a Church community, we need to encourage and support men to follow the example of St. Joseph and embrace their various roles as father. Even if a man is not a parent, he is still called to spiritual fatherhood—a fatherhood that fosters others’ relationship with God, protecting them from evil and providing an example of Christ’s love.

St. Joseph, himself, was unexpectedly called to both practical and spiritual fatherhood, and amid very difficult circumstances. But despite all obstacles, Joseph was faithful. He welcomed life, offering care and protection to Mary and Jesus. We pray that each expectant father will find courage in the example of St. Joseph and offer loving, life-affirming support to the mother of his child.

Some intercessions to pray for fathers on Father’s Day:

May expectant fathers lovingly support
the mothers of their children
in welcoming new life;
We pray to the Lord:

For expectant fathers:
May they find courage
in the example of St. Joseph,
as they prepare to love, protect,
and provide for their child;
We pray to the Lord:

For all priests:
That through the intercession of St. Joseph,
they will be filled with the wisdom,
understanding, and strength
they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus;
We pray to the Lord:

For all married couples
struggling to have a child:
May the Lord grant them
peace and comfort;
We pray to the Lord:

For all those longing to welcome
a child through adoption:
May the Lord guide their journey
and grant them peace along the way;
We pray to the Lord:

For fathers who mourn the loss of a child:
May they find peace and consolation
in the heart of God the Father;
We pray to the Lord:


Prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary

Fathers’ Irreplaceable Role in Welcoming Life

Father’s Day Activity