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Happy Father's Day!

posted Jun 29, 2011, 6:35 PM by Steven Vaughan

After hearing Mass on Mother's Day in 1909, a woman in Spokane, Washington realized that fathers should also be honored.  Her own dad had lost his wife after giving birth to their sixth child, and he selflessly reared his six children alone.  The idea spread, and the first “Fathers' Day” was celebrated on his birthday, June 19, 1910, exactly 101 years ago today!

Besides the perennial necktie, music is always an appreciated gift, whether it's a CD of his favorite music or something that you choose to tell him how much he means to you.  And some of these song lyrics might just be the perfect words you've been searching for to complete your homemade Father's Day card...

Country music artist Holly Dunn remembers Daddy's Hands, folded silently in prayer, while Paul Overstreet realizes he's Seein' My Father in Me.  As the only three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Eric Clapton still recalls looking into My Father's Eyes.    From a father's point of view,  Bob Carlisle remembers his daughter's hugs and Butterfly Kisses, which won a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Country Song.  And Paul Simon received an Oscar nomination for Father and Daughter in 2002.

If you're missing your father's presence, listen to Barbra Streisand sing Papa, Can You Hear Me?  Or, in 2004 Luther Vandross won the Grammy Award for Best Song of the Year for Dance With My Father..

For more spiritual selections, listen to Paul Oakley's Father Me or Father to the Fatherless.  Eoghan Heaslip introduces The Way That You Father Me.  And Amy Grant knows This Is My Father's World.

Of course, if you really want to give Dad a musical gift, give him a membership into Immaculate Heart of Mary's Summer Schola!  It won't take up too much of his time, since it only meets on the last Monday of the month!  And when he sings with the schola on Sundays, he can even wear all those neckties you've given him!

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