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Fathers honored on their day at church services and family gatherings

[photo: Fili Sagapolutele]Local musician Ulale Ulale with other dads from the Fagaalu Catholic Church following yesterday's special mass celebrated at the St. Joseph the Worker Co-Cathedral in Fagatogo, to honor all dads for Father's Day 2017  [photo: BC]Fathers across the territory were all smiles yesterday as they were celebrated around the island for Fathers Day. Candy Ula’s, Gift Baskets, and Food Galore is always a good bet as the sure way to a father’s heart is through his stomach. (Photo:THA)Rev. Iopu Ta’avao and the fathers of the Malaeloa Methodist Church after being gifted with candy ula’s and gifts as part of the Fathers Day celebration across the island yesterday. (Photo:THA)Rev. Faigata Manase with church deacons smile for the Samoa News camera at a special dinner hosted by the CCCAS Malaeloa women’s fellowship, Friday evening at the Aniutea church hall. (Photo:THA)As part of their Father’s Day Sunday service performance, fathers of the Ave o le Fetuao Methodist Church at Fagaima, re-enacted part of the story from the Bible about Zacchaeus, a short man who had to climb a sycamore-fig tree on the side of the road to see Jesus, as he was passing through on his way to Jericho.cWilson Toia played the role of the sycamore tree.  [photo: FS]

Fathers of the Ave o le Fetuao Methodist Church at Fagaima performing on stage today at their church for Father’s Day Sunday service. Similar events were held at other church denominations throughout American Samoa with today’s Sunday service paying tribute to all fathers, as well as those who play the role of fathers in their family, church and communities, in American Samoa.

In his Father’s Day message on behalf of Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, who is also the acting governor, says fathers are committed to providing unconditional love and support for their families.

“We honor fathers who teach their children right from wrong and how to be self-sufficient,” Lemanu said in a message released last Friday. “We praise fathers who push their children to be the best they can.”

“We remember fathers who have passed on and have left their treasured lessons of life and love,” he said. “While no father is perfect we are grateful this day for all our fathers who strive to be the best they can at this most important calling.”

Lolo is currently in the US for meetings and returns the end of this month.