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 Christians in Africa, in
imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to
reconciliation, justice, and peace.
That we work to imitate Mary’s faith, mercy and charity in order to
strengthen our virtues.
That those who were baptized at Easter might grow ever stronger in their
faith and be powerful witnesses of the Gospel to the world.
That the Eucharist will give unending friendship with the Lord to children
preparing to receive First Holy Communion.
That the Gospel of Life may shed its light on the most vulnerable of human
beings so that their dignity will be recognized and their lives protected.
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 the mystery of the Ascension will bring comfort and peace to those
who are separated from their loved ones.
That our Ministers of Praise be validated in their belief in the power
AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?
May 5th First
Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:00 – 9:00am in
Evening Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 6:00 –9:00pm in
May 20-21 Pick
up Flower Orders
SAINT FOR MAY
SAINT VENERABLE BEDE
I have spent the whole of
my life…devoting all of my pains to the study of the Scriptures,
and amid the observances of monastic discipline and the daily
task of singing in church, it has ever been my delight to learn
or teach or write.
was born in England and by the age of seven was already in the
monastery school. At 29, he was ordained a priest. He was gifted in
writing and teaching. He composed forty-five books. Thirty were
commentaries on Scripture; others were on the lives of the saints
and secular subjects. His most well known work was the
Ecclesiastical History of the English People, which has given us
a picture of the history of the Church of early England and Ireland.
dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, he was very spiritual and was
aware of the neglect of the sacraments by the people of his day. He
encouraged devotion and daily reception of the Holy Eucharist. He
believed that his strength and ability came from prayer which helped
him to find God in scholarly pursuits and in the wonders of
creation. As a teacher he believed that it was not enough to pass on
knowledge. Knowledge must influence how we live. Our lives must be
lived in gratitude to God and for the good of others.
Bede remained in his
monastery until his death. He died in 735 praying his favorite
prayer: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
Spirit. As in the beginning,so now, and forever. We learn from
St. Bede the importance of being faithful to God in every ordinary
Sources: IN HIS LIKENESS, by
Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL; SAINT OF THE DAY, Leonard Foley,
SAINTS AND FEAST DAYS,
Loyola University Press.
THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
…she is our
Mother in the order of grace
By her complete adherence to the Father’s
will, to his Son’s redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit,
the Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity. Thus she is a
“preeminent and…wholly unique member of the Church”; indeed, she is the
“exemplary realization” (typus) of the Church.
Her role in relation to
the Church and to all humanity goes still further. “In a wholly singular way she
cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s
work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to
us in the order of grace.”
A LESSON OF
Father Paul Murray, O.P.
Irish Dominican theologian and author
who teaches at the Angelicum University in Rome
When Mary was greeted by her
elderly cousin Elizabeth, she at once sang her Magnificat,
that great song of joy and of self-knowledge in God: “My soul
glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in the Lord God, my
Savior!” Mary was not able to respond in this way when she was
greeted by the angel Gabriel. No – what in the end occasioned
her joy were words spoken to her by Elizabeth, her elderly
relative, very simple and very humble words of delighted
recognition: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the
fruit of your womb!”
There is here, if I’m not mistaken, an
important but unexpected lesson. Sometimes we might be inclined
to think, that without the confirmation of some interior vision
or some deep experience in prayer, we cannot hope to know the
joy of God’s love for us. But Mary’s experience at the
Visitation reminds us that such a deep and joyful realization
can be the result of a simple good deed or act of generosity
done to someone in need. Again and again, to our astonishment,
we discover that it is in the poor, in those who need our help,
that the Lord is waiting to fill us with the knowledge, the
joyful knowledge that we are loved. And this knowledge is
knowledge that heals.
we, who know ourselves to be wounded in some way, make an effort to help
others who are suffering, if we “share our bread with the hungry” and try to
“shelter the homeless poor” or make a visit to someone in need – then like
Mary, according to the prophet Isaiah, not only will we experience
enlightenment of some kind, but [our] wound will quickly be healed over” (Is
58: 6-8). And why? Because in those who are most in need of help we will
meet Christ himself: “Whatever you do to one of these, the least of my
brothers, you do to me.”
Father Paul Murray,O.P.
Source: MAGNIFICAT, May 2012, pp. 421-422