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.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS
That Christian communities,
especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and
have their rights respected. (March
That Lent will be a time of deeper conversion for our parish.
That we accept the grace to see the presence of Jesus in all situations or
That the life of every human being, from conception to natural death, will
be enshrined and protected in our laws.
That respect for nature may grow with the awareness that all creation is
God’s work entrusted to human responsibility.
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 this season of Lent will be a time of education, prayer, and growth
in holiness for those preparing to be received into the Church this Easter.
That the desolate and the despondent may experience the transfiguring
power of God.
That those who pray be validated in their belief of its power.
AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?
1 First Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
8:00 - 9:00am in Church
Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
- March 13 Eucharistic
Adoration, 6:00 - 7:00pm in Church
- March 20 Evening of Confession, 5:00-8:00pm in Church
March 24 Kaziuko muge, 11:00am – 1:00pm (Upper Hall)
- Stations of the Cross,
in Church, 7:00pm (March 8th, 15th, 22nd,
- Cluster Masses,
7:00pm (March 11th
- Holy Redeemer, March 18th - St. Casimir, March 25th
- St. Jerome)
SAINT FOR MARCH
Bishop and Doctor
(389? – 461?)
“I came to the Irish
people to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of
unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly
pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and
losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others…
If I am worthy, I am ready also to give up my life without
hesitation and most willingly, for His Name.”
(from St. Patrick’s “Confession”)
Details of St. Patrick’s life
are uncertain. About 385 he was born in either Scotland, England or
Gaul. Along with some slaves of his father he was captured and taken
to Ireland and sold as a slave. He escaped to Gaul and made his way
back home. His preparation for priesthood seems to have been in
Gaul; he was ordained about 417 and remained in Gaul for fifteen
years. Seeing extraordinary missionary qualities in Patrick, Pope
Celestine I consecrated him as a bishop in 432 and sent him to
Patrick preached throughout
the country with great success. He made himself one of the people;
he lived simply and learned their language and customs. The people
were open to him and his challenging preaching. Within a century
Irish monks were christianizing Europe. The foundation of Patrick’s
strength was a deep sense and experience of the presence of God and
his constant prayer. Patrick centered his life in Christ. Everything
he did was done out of a passionate belief in the message of Jesus
Christ. In a time when few people could read and write, Patrick’s
life became a living gospel. If like Patrick we embrace the gospel,
which calls for selflessness and sacrifice, we become messengers of
life and hope.
Sources: IN HIS LIKENESS, Rev. Charles E. Yost; CHRIST OUR LIFE
SERIES, Loyola Press;
365 SAINTS, Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE
The Holy Scriptures repeatedly
confess the universal power of God. He is called the “Mighty One of Jacob,” the
LORD of hosts,” the “strong and mighty” one. If God is almighty “in heaven and
on earth,” it is because he made them. Nothing is impossible with God, who
disposes his works according to his will. He is the Lord of the universe, whose
order he established and which remains wholly subject to him and at his
disposal. He is master of history, governing hearts and events in keeping with
his will: “It is always in your power to show great strength, and who can
withstand the strength of your arm?”
HOW TO KEEP JESUS’ WORD
(FROM AN OLD IRISH
HOMILY, 9th CENTURY)
We give thanks to Almighty God,
Lord of heaven and earth, for his mercy and forgiveness, for his love and
blessings which he has bestowed upon us in heaven and on earth.
It is of him that the prophet
says: All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your
saints shall bless you (Ps 145:10). For it is the duty of all the elements
to give thanks to God and to bless him, as it is said: Bless the Lord, all
you works of the Lord (Ps 103:22). God is generous. He does not deny his
present blessings even to sinners. For as Scripture says: "He makes his sun
rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the
unjust." (Mt 5 45) God is without beginning or end. It is he who has created
all things, who has formed them and sustains them by the might of his power.
It is he who nourishes and
preserves and gladdens and illumines and rules and has redeemed and renews all
things. In him they trust; it is he for whom they wait, for he is King of Kings
and Lord of Lords, Creator of heaven and earth, Maker of the angels, Teacher of
the prophets, Giver of the Law, Judge of the men and women of the world. He is
higher than the heavens, lower than the earth, wider than the sea.
Source: MAGNIFICAT. March. 2016,
Vol. 17, No. 13, pp. 252-253.