Weekly Message

June 16th 2024

 On Sunday we acknowledge Father’s Day, as we always do, on the third Sunday in June.

Credit for originating Father’s Day is generally given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington in the USA, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. She is said to have had the idea in 1909 while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day, which at the time was becoming established as a holiday. Local religious leaders supported the idea, and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, the month of the birthday of Dodd’s father.In 1924 U.S. President Calvin Coolidge gave his support to the observance, and in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation that recognized the day. It became a national holiday in the USA in 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed legislation designating the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.


Fr Paul

Fr. Paul
Team Rector,
Elstow Abbey & Elstow  Ministry.
Assistant Area Dean
Bedford Abbey Vicarage
Church End
Bedford MK42 9XT

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