St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard,  Encino, California 91436



From the Desk of Father Mac

June 17, 2018

My Dear Friends in Christ,

In his recent apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, Pope Francis calls the Beatitudes our “guide on the path of Christian life.” As we celebrate Father’s Day, the Beatitudes are a great source Catholic men can turn to for guidance in becoming the men, husbands, and fathers their families need them to be. The Beatitudes reveal something about the ways God the Father relates to us, his children. Seen in this light, the Beatitudes present a unique opportunity for Christian men to become godly dads.

I recently came across a book by Dr. Gregory Popcak, entitled The BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be An Awesome Dad, which looks at how the Beatitudes can shed light on a uniquely Christian vision of masculinity, in general, and fatherhood, in particular. Want to be an awesome dad? Here’s a sample of how the 8 Beatitudes can help you be the father God is calling you to be:

Blessed Are Dads Who Are Poor In Spirit
Seek to be a father after THE Father’s own heart. Ask him to teach you to be the husband and father your wife and children need you to be.

Blessed Are The Dads Who Mourn
Be not afraid of feelings. Empathize with your family’s tears, fears, and struggles.

Blessed Are The Dads Who Are Meek
Meekness isn’t weakness. Cultivate the humble strength of a listening heart. Blessed Are The Dads Who Hunger For Righteousness Awesome Dads are on a Mission from God. Live for Him. Lead your family To Him.

Blessed Are The Dads Who Are Merciful
Be a loving mentor in your home. Don’t break hearts. Mold them.

Blessed Are the Dads Who Are Pure in Heart
Cherish the treasure of your wife and children. Protect their dignity. Affirm their worth.

Blessed Are the Dads Who Are Peacemakers
Keep your house in order. Prioritize your family. Protect the heart of your home.

Blessed Are the Dads Who Are Persecuted
The world will try to undermine your effort to be an awesome dad. Be one anyway.

My prayer is that every Catholic man would let the example of Saint Joseph teach them to be fathers after The Father’s own heart.

In Christ,


For Information, please contact the Parish Office at or phone 818.986.8234


St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234


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