BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
Wellspring is a Catholic spirituality center that offers spiritual growth opportunities such as classes and retreats and promotes contemplative spirituality. The center is owned and operated by The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales and operates on a basic vision that all of God’s people are called to holiness and that it is possible for all to live a contemplative life style while being active in ministry.
Retreat on Joyfulness
Saturday, July 10, 2021
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
This retreat is an invitation to pray, reflect, search, and find joy in the nearness of the Lord wherever we are and whatever we may be doing and share that joy with the world around us.
Fr. Gus Tharappel will guide the retreat.
To register, please email us at
Monday - Friday
The Mother of Compassion Shrine
remains open daily for
prayer and reflection.
There are no classes
scheduled at Wellspring
at this time.
Twelfth week in ordinary time
REFLECTIONS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, we celebrate Father’s Day. Some people view this simply as a counterpart to Mother’s Day. It might seem that much of our attention is given to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day just comes and goes. But to some people like me, Father’s Day is just as important as Mother’s Day. We remember and honor all fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, adopted fathers and honorary fathers. We greet our fathers with love, respect, and deep appreciation for their being in our life. May Father's Day be a day of rejoicing and deepening mutual love and respect in all families!
The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Mrs. John B. Dodd of Washington first proposed the idea of a "Father’s Day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington State.
It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Her father was born in June, so she chose to celebrate the first Father's Day in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.
In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Finally, in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the law which finally made it permanent. Many countries observe Father's Day on the third Sunday of June while some celebrate it at different time.
On this Father’s Day, remember how lucky you are if your dad is still alive to be part of your life. And, if you are like me and you are without your dad this holiday, take heart and know that you carry on his life and legacy in good ways, and in some cases, even better ways than he could and that is what he would have wanted anyway. Loving and caring fathers want their children to be better than they were and do better than they could. In your heart, carry and cherish the good memories of your father. Always remember the good and let there be room only for the good ones.
Take a few moments to remember your father. Sit with him for a few moments, physically or otherwise. What is the most blessing and challenging thought or word that comes to your mind as you remember him? I hope you will take a few moments to capture your memories of your father, cherish them and be grateful. Share with him your memories, if possible.
Happy Father’s Day to everyone who has ever played the role of “dad.” Whether that be a brother, an uncle, grandpa, great grandpa, cousin, friend or in some cases, the mom who played the role of dad when he was absent - this weekend is all about you!
Better than being the head of the family is being the heart of it. May you be and become the heart of your family!
Happy Fathers’ Day! God bless you and keep you safe in His love.
Fr. Gus Tharappel, msfs