Saint Casimir Parish
MINISTRY OF PRAISE
St. Casimir Parish
grant that with the help of St. Casimir’s intercession
we may serve you in holiness and justice.
Happy Mother’s Day
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS
That the lay faithful may
fulfill their specific mission by responding with creativity to the
challenges that face the world today.
That the gift of the Eucharist will draw those children preparing to receive
Holy Communion into an unending friendship with the Lord.
That the Spirit of God will fill our President and Congress with wisdom,
courage, and dedication to justice and the protection of freedom.
That those who work in the media may always respect truth, solidarity, and
the dignity of each person.
That as our nation observes Memorial Day we pray for all those members of
the military who have died in our nation’s service.
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 our parish will grow in holiness by keeping the commandments and by
loving one another in the way that Christ commands us.
That those who struggle with mental illness and addictions may
experience the mercy of Jesus to overcome their afflictions.
That those who pray be validated in their belief of its power.
AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
8:00 – 9:00am in Church
First Communion weekend
May 9 –
6;00-7:00pm in Church
May 19-20 –
Altar Society Flower Sale,
pick up orders
SAINT FOR MAY
SAINT AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
Who…is capable of describing the great joy
of believers when they have heard what the grace of Almighty God
and your own cooperation achieved among the Anglo-Saxons. They
abandoned the errors of darkness and were bathed with the light
of holy faith. With full awareness they trampled on the idols
which they had previously adored with savage fear.
(Pope Gregory expressing his joy of St. Augustine’s missionary
Little is known of the early
life of St. Augustine except that he became a monk and was a friend
of Pope Gregory the Great. Gregory valued Augustine’s loyalty and
perseverance and in 596 appointed him to lead a band of thirty
missionaries to evangelize England. Before even reaching England,
the missionaries heard stories of the ferocity of the Anglo-Saxons
and they turned back. But Augustine was reassured by Pope Gregory
and they set out a second time. Upon reaching England they were
welcomed by King Ethelbert whose wife was a Christian.
Their work was difficult.
They followed the advice of Pope Gregory who encouraged them to use
the existing temples rather than destroying them, to adapt pagan
celebrations to Christian feasts, and to use local customs when
possible. Eventually King Ethelbert was baptized. By the time St.
Augustine died in 604, the results of his and his monks’ labor were
St. Augustine’s feast day
reminds us that evangelization continues in the Church. The
Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity encourages
missionaries to be mindful of the goodness of peoples, their
particular customs and cultures, and to purify rather than destroy
what can be built upon.
IN HIS LIKENESS, Rev. Charles E. Yost; SAINT OF THE DAY, Leonard
Foley, O.F.M., Editor
THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE
Wholly united with her Son…
Mary’s role in the
Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it.
“This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest
from the time of Christ’s virginal conception up to his death; it is made
manifest above all at the hour of his Passion.”
After her Son’s Ascension, Mary “aided the beginnings of the Church by her
prayers.” In her association with the apostles and several women, “we also see
Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already
overshadowed her in the Annunciation.”
A LESSON OF THE VISITATION
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’ 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
This knowledge is knowledge that heals. If 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” like Mary, then, 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 (Vol. 14, No. 3) pp.421-422