Last week, we were able to open the church for weekend Masses for
the first time in over two months and welcome you back to church. It was
encouraging to see the number of people who came and participated at
Mass considering the age of many of our parishioners. Total attendance
last weekend was 83 people. Our ushers did a good job welcoming everyone
to the church, testing everyone as they came in, and providing a mask
for those who needed one.
This was something totally new and it will take us a while to get
used to this new reality. Our team of volunteers was able to sanitize
all the church pews between the Masses and I believe that our efforts
minimized the risk of contracting the virus for everyone who was here.
We made a few mistakes that were not critical, and they have been
As I write this, I feel confident that this week will be smoother.
My first priority as pastor is to keep everyone safe, so we will
continue to insist that everyone wears a mask while in church, everyone
has their hands sanitized when they enter the church and when they
approach the altar to receive Holy Communion.
Last week I invited you to comment on your experience of coming
back to church. The comments that I received have been very positive. I
hope that in time, more of you will feel comfortable coming to church
and our attendance will grow. We will continue working to make the
experience of participating at Mass her at St. Casimir’s a positive one
Fr. Joe Bacevice
TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS
Though we will
be opening next weekend, many might feel that the risk to going to Mass is too
great, or they might not feel well enough to go to Mass. Because of this, the
Bishops of Ohio and our Diocesan Administrator have dispensed the faithful
living and visiting Ohio from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further
notice. For those who are not present at Mass, please keep Sunday holy by
watching Mass on television or online.
SAINT CASIMIR PARISH MASS ONLINE
We apologize for the difficulty with the sound from last Sunday’s Mass. Our
microphone problem has been solved and this week’s Mass will be much better.
We will continue to make Sunday Mass available online beginning each Saturday at
4:00pm. The Mass will be bilingual with the emphasis changing each week
between Lithuanian and English. We invite you to participate at this Mass if you
are not able to attend Mass in Church because of age, sickness or disability. If
you have any comments – either good or bad – we would be interested in hearing
them. Email Father Bacevice or Laura. Thank you.
A very special
thank you to Erin Randel and Danute Belzinskas
for making face masks for our parish. Their efforts and their helpers’ efforts
are much appreciated. If anyone needs a mask, contact Father Bacevice.
HELP US UPDATE
It has been more
than 10 years since we opened as St. Casimir Parish. Over those years we have
seen a lot of changes, but the biggest changes have taken place within our
families. Children have grown up and moved out, people have moved and can no
longer participate at Mass, others have joined us and have never registered.
With this bulletin we are including a parish census update form that we ask
everyone to complete. It will help us update our records for reporting
purposes and will give us a better picture of who we are as a parish so that we
can tailor programs to meet your spiritual and social needs. Please fill out
a form and return it either in the offering boxes in the church, in the rectory
mail box or mail it back to us. If anyone has any questions about this,
please feel free to call or email Father Bacevice.
NEW AND IMPROVED
Beginning June 15th, our online giving portal will be improved making
it easier for you to customize your offerings to the parish and making our
accounting easier. This was a planned upgrade. If anyone has any problems with
the new system, contact Laura at the Rectory Office.
At least through the summer months, we are cancelling our First Friday and
Second Tuesday Holy Hour. Hopefully we will be able to resume this devotion in
the Church later this year. On these days and times, I urge you to spend that
time or part of that time in prayer.
Catholic Radio station 1260AM The Rock continues to offer additional
opportunities to participate in Holy Mass for those unable to attend in person.
Daily Mass can be heard at 10:00am and 10:00pm Monday through Friday. Sunday
Mass can be heard on Saturday at 4:00pm, and Sunday at 8:00am, 10:30am, and
5:00pm. In addition, the Holy Rosary is prayed each day at 9:30pm, and the
Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed Monday through Friday at 3:00pm. For a
complete schedule of their programing visit their website:
August 9th,The Fest 2020 will be entirely online or virtual from
your home The Fest team has been working with sponsors and national groups to
make it happen again this year. For more information go to: