Saint Casimir Parish
St. Casimir Parish
grant that with the help of St. Casimir’s intercession
we may serve you in holiness and justice.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING
That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with
prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by
collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.
That those preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil will find in the
mystery of the Baptism of the Lord the happiness of their destiny in Christ,
and that the already baptized live their baptismal promises with deeper
authenticity and fervor.
That Christ will enlighten world leaders’ hearts and minds, so that all
nations will walk toward Christ’s light.
That the victims of disasters may receive the spiritual and material comfort
they need to rebuild their lives.
That those who face the hardships of life without the benefit of faith will
find Christ present in the person of others who bring to them compassion and
That God bless Father Bacevice and the Pastoral and Finance Councils in
their efforts to secure the future of St. Casimir Parish.
That all parishioners recognize their responsibility to St. Casimir Parish’s
future through financial support, commitment to parish activities, sharing
ideas, and most importantly prayer.
That for all families this New Year will be a time of profound peace and of
the flowering of deep and abiding love.
That our Ministers of Praise be validated in their belief in the power of
AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?
First Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:00 –
9:00am in Church
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
6:00 – 9:00pm
Father Bacevice’s 40th Jubilee
Altar Society’s annual “Soup for
SAINT RAYMOND OF PEŃAFORT
(1175 - 1275)
St. Raymond spent his life in learning, teaching, and
encouraging others to stay the course of God's law. He
subscribed to the teaching that “He who hates the law is without
wisdom, and is tossed about like a boat in a storm.”
As a member of the Spanish
nobility, Saint Raymond had the resources and the education to get a
good start in life. By the time he was 20 he was teaching
philosophy. In his early 30’s he earned a doctorate in both canon
and civil law. At 47 he became a Dominican. His first assignment was
to compile a thorough coverage of the correct administration of the
Sacrament of Penance. His writing covered sins committed against God
and neighbor, and it gave examples of how to handle questions of
Gregory IX called Raymond to Rome to be his confessor. He also asked
Raymond to collect into one volume all the decrees of popes and
councils from the past eighty years. This book was called the
“Decretals” and was an important source for what in 1917 became the
Code of Canon Law.
Raymond was 60 he was appointed Archbishop of Tarragona, the capital
of Aragon. He didn’t like the honor at all and resigned after two
years. His peace in study, preaching, and prayer at the friary was
short lived. At age 63 he was elected by his fellow Dominicans to be
the head of the whole order. Raymond worked hard: he traveled on
foot visiting all the Dominicans, reorganized their constitutions
and managed to put through a provision that a master general be
allowed to resign. He took advantage of this provision and resigned
at age 65. For the next 35 years of his life he devoted himself to
preaching and to the conversion of the Moors and their former slaves
in Spain. He died in his 100th year.
Sources: IN HIS LIKENESS, by Rev.
Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL; SAINT OF THE DAY, Leonard Foley, O.F.M.,
SAINTS AND FEAST DAYS, Loyola University Press
THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Love as Fulfillment of the Law
When someone asks him, “Which commandment in the Law is the greatest?” Jesus
replies: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all
your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment.
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two
commandments hang all the Law and the prophets.” The Decalogue must be
interpreted in light of this twofold yet single commandment of love, the
fullness of the Law.
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
to the voice crying out from the wilderness, preparing his way. He could very
well beckon him but instead goes to him and fulfills the Scriptures. When he
arrives at the river, the booming voice that once called out with raging
intensity is stilled. John the Baptist humbles himself before the Lord and
questions his capability. Jesus soothes his questioning heart and reveals God’s
mercy. As he emerges from the baptismal waters, his ministry is anointed and his
purpose revealed, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”
3:17). God’s beloved Son, sent to
walk beside, to guide and teach, to heal—to save us in the very moment we
My heart stills
and the scales are lifted from my eyes. The Baptism of the Lord is the promise
fulfilled of a time when Every
valley shall be filled in,/ every mountain and hill shall be made low
This is not saved for when I am called home but in the everyday as I walk the
road he intended to serve his purpose. When I seek his guidance in this purpose,
the mountains on the horizon are no longer daunting. When I falter and call out,
he guides my feet and assures me of my abilities. The valley through which I
walk becomes a lush green meadow—a glimpse of the day I will rest quietly with
my little one. His heart revealed leaves me breathless and humbled at the foot
of his cross.
author: Jennifer Hubbard (Jennifer’s daughter, Catherine Violet, was a
victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.)
Source: MAGNIFICAT, January 2016, p. 128