Father’s Day


FD17_7Schools across the Archdiocese have been celebrating the fathers in their communities in the days leading up to Father’s Day. Fathers have been invited to participate in a range of special events including:

  • Students and their dads, uncles and grandfathers came together for fun learning activities at the Dad ‘n’ Me night at St Mary of the Cross Mackillop Catholic Parish Primary School Epping North

  • Students shopped for gifts at the Father’s Day stall at Genazzano FCJ College Kew

  • Peter Hellier and Neil Daniher were guests of honour at the Father’s Day breakfast at Marcellin College, Bulleen

  • Year 10 students at St Joseph’s College Geelong having been selling their own chili sauce and kindling kits to raise money to promote men’s health.

Brendan Welsford is a father of six and the principal of Christ of Our Redeemer School in Oakleigh East. ‘It’s important to find the balance between time at work and time with family, and I value all the time I spend with my children,’ he said. ‘The most important things fathers need to do is to be present in the lives of their children and to give them the time they need.’

Father of three Brian Martin, principal of Sacred Heart School Oakleigh, looks forward to ‘dad time’ with his family. ‘Being a principal is very time consuming, but I make it a priority to create time with my family. As a family we’re all involved in Scouts, and that time brings us all much closer together. It’s important for all dads to know that no matter how busy you are or where your career takes you, you always need to find time to spend being a father.’

We wish all of our fathers and their families a happy Father’s Day on Sunday.