“A bishop (a father) then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence.” (1 Timothy 3:2-5)
Dear to Christ the members of the Body of Christ at St. George,
Christ is in our midst! He is and ever shall be.
I would like to congratulate all the fathers of our community who accepted the call/vocation to be fathers. I greet you all the fathers with “Happy Father’s Day”.
Dr. Albert Rossi writes: A conference participant once asked the speaker, “What is the best way for a father to love his children?” The speaker replied, “The best way for a father to love his children is to love their mother.” I reflect often upon that superbly accurate statement. And I think the reverse is equally true: the best way a mother can love her children is to love their father….When a father takes responsibility for his own spiritual life, for the way he prays, goes to church, and practices virtue in the family, he gives good example. Then his leadership in the family is authentic, based on his own solid relationship with God, and he is less likely to be concerned about any resistance his children may give him. He can lead family prayer. When I suggest that we stand in the living room and pray before a trip or that we pray in a restaurant, I often feel an initial resistance in my children. But quiet cooperation and peacefulness soon follow. Sometimes the children will even tell me that they prayed in a restaurant when I wasn’t there….At times the father’s role of leading the family to great forgiveness and prayerfulness is an unpopular one. But as a man grows in his own spiritual life, he becomes more sturdy and willing to accept responsibility. Although all this is impossible for us fathers to do alone, God can do all things. God can even bestow the awesome spiritual power of fatherhood upon us.” We need to forgive our fathers when they make mistakes. We fathers must ask for forgiveness when we make mistakes.
Next Tuesday June 23rd we will have Vespers for the Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist.
We are fasting now the “Apostles Fast” until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29th. Fish is permitted except on Wednesdays and Fridays.
We will stop Vespers on Saturdays for the month of July and probably August.
If you haven’t send the names of your graduates, please do so, next week we will put them in the bulletin.
Father will have a zoom meeting with all the Sunday school parents next Thursday at 7:30 PM.
If you are planning on attending the Liturgy on Sundays, please sign up for it by calling the individuals responsible on taking down the names.
“An Orthodox Christian father needs to move beyond the mere biological portion of fatherhood to being the man who raises his child(ren), founds the little Church in his home, protects all therein, acts as Our Father (God) would act towards his child(ren), leads the family, and takes seriously the role of priest in his own home.” (Taken from Encouragement for Orthodox Christian Fathers).
Come to church this Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day together with your family.
In Christ, your Spiritual Father,
Rev. Fr. Dr. George Dahdouh, Priest
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
9116 Bayview Ave.,
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3M9
Office: 905/731-7210, Cell in case of Emergency: 416/937-6301
~Pastor’s Message of June 18, 2020~