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 those who are
afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome
and comfort in our communities. (February
That as our nation celebrates Presidents Day, God will bless and protect our
President and make us ever grateful for the liberty we enjoy.
That leaders of nations will commit themselves to healing all divisions and
to building a better world.
That there is an end to all attacks on religious liberty, and for the
protection of the right to practice religion in freedom.
That we may take good care of creation—a gift freely given—cultivating and
protecting it for future generations.
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 we accept the grace this week to see the presence of Jesus in all
the circumstances and situations of life.
That our Ministers of Praise be validated in their belief in the power
AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?
First Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:00 –
9:00am in Church
8th Evening Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
6:00 – 9:00pm
19th Parish Celebration of Lithuanian Independence Day
SAINT PETER DAMIAN
(1007 - 1072)
us faithfully transmit to posterity the example of virtue
which we have received from our forefathers.”
Peter was born
in Ravenna, Italy. Orphaned at a young age, he was mistreated by the
brother into whose charge he was placed. Fortunately, another
brother, who was archpriest of Ravenna, rescued him and saw to his
education. Peter became a teacher for a short time. He was ordained
to the priesthood, and in 1035 entered the Benedictine monastery at
the monastery was strict and demanding. Peter was known for his
fasting and acts of penance and for the long hours he spent in
prayer. In 1043 he was elected abbot (prior) of the monastery. He
began reorganizing the practices and rules of the order. Many were
drawn to the monastery, and eventually Peter started five other
In 1057 he
was made cardinal and bishop of Ostia. He was called upon by the
Church to settle disputes, attend synods, and fight abuses. Peter
believed that in order to reform society, society’s leaders must be
reformed. He taught through the many letters, sermons, poems,
stories, and biographies he wrote. He preferred examples and stories
rather than theory in his writings. During his travels and
diplomatic missions Peter remained a monk at heart. Drawn to prayer
and solitude, he served the Church as best he could. Returning from
what would be his last diplomatic assignment, Peter was overcome
with a fever. He died on February 22, 1072 and was declared a Doctor
of the Church in 1828.
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
Prayer As God’s Gift
“Prayer is the
raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from
God.” But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or
“out of the depths” of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will
be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer. Only when we humbly
acknowledge that “we do not know how to pray as we ought,” are we ready to
receive freely the gift of prayer. “Man is a beggar before God.”
Blosius the Venerable
1506 - 1566
Take Up Your Cross,
and Follow Me
shall I perfectly die to myself and be free from all creatures? Oh, would
that I were truly meek of heart and humble, truly poor and naked in spirit.
Grant, O Lord, that by perfect self-denial, perfect mortification of my
vices I may arrive at perfect love of you. You have commanded that I
should love you: give what you command, and
command what you please. Grant that I may love you with my whole heart, my
whole mind, with all my powers, with my whole soul. Deign to heal and to
reform the powers of my soul, broken and corrupted by sin, by the powers of
your most holy soul. Free my soul from all distracting cares; strip from it
the images and forms of perishable things. Grant me to dwell with you in the
sanctuary of my soul; grant that by steadfast thought, clear knowledge, and
fervent love I may always be able to flow into you.
author: Blosius the Venerable (Father François-Louis
Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Liessies in France.)
Source: MAGNIFICAT, February, 2013, p. 194