Saint Casimir Parish  


August 8 - 9, 2020

     Usually at this time of year, children are getting ready to return to school and organizations are getting ready to begin a new activity year.  This year is much different.  The Coronavirus continues to spread and we are very concerned about the safety of those who come here.  Following the directives of the Cuyahoga County Health Department, the suggestions offered by the Governor of Ohio, and after consultation with the school leaders and staff, I determined that we will not be able to use the school building for activities until further notice.  It is my hope that during this time, our organizations can meet virtually via one of the several platforms available on the internet.  Let’s all pray that this pandemic ends and we can go back to our normal activity schedule.

     On a happy note, as I mentioned at all the Masses last weekend, we recently received a substantial bequest of $433,774.24.  This bequest will help us continue our work fulfilling our mission to serve this community along with all those who come to us and help us secure our future.  The action of one in our parish should inspire all of us to examine what we can do to assure a strong future of our parish.  Everything we have here was given to us by those who came before us and as good stewards, all of us should do what we can to provide for those who come after us.   

                                                                      Blessings! Fr. Joe Bacevice


The concern was raised around the diocese over pari­shioners who have returned to the celebration of parish Masses, yet refuse to wear masks or face shields.  Some individuals cite “civil liberties” as the reason for the refusal.  We remind you that the health and physical well-being of our brothers and sisters in Christ is under threat.  Wearing masks and/or face shields during a pandemic is an action taken out of love for neighbor, the second of the Two Great Commandments.  The General Instruction on the Roman Missal says “In the celebration of Mass the faithful form a holy people so that they may give thanks to god and that they may learn to offer their very selves.  They should take care to show this by their charity toward brothers and sisters who participate with them in the same celebration.  They are to avoid any appearance of singularity or division.” (GIRM, 95)


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.


We ask you to remember in your prayers Father Kęstutis Žemaitis, a priest from our diocese who died last week.  May he have eternal rest in the peace of God’s Kingdom.


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.


The coronavirus pandemic has presented financial challenges to many people. So many have been laid off from their jobs and others are no longer able to work to support themselves. For those parishioners who have serious financial trouble because of the pandemic, there may be help available. Contact Father Bacevice in confidence for more information.


The Diocese of Cleveland’s “Protecting God’s Children” program is a continuing effort to instruct and inform everyone about the protection of children from sexual abuse.  To report any past or present suspected inappropriate behavior toward children by priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers or personnel associated with the Church, please contact the Diocesan Response Service Office at via email at response_services@­diocese­ or telepone: 216-334-2999 You are also asked to immediately inform local authorities about inappropriate behavior.


The Diaconate Formation Office is accepting inquiries for men interested in the diaconate.  To be considered, an applicant must be Roman Catholic at least 30 years of age, who is an active member of his parish with the support of his pastor.  He must be in good health, of sound moral character, mature faith, regular practice in the sacramental life of the Church and have a sense of vocation to service.  If married, he must be in a valid marriage for a minimum of 5 years, have the support of his wife and family and be in a strong and stable marriage.  If unmarried, he must be willing and able to commit to celibacy.  For more information, contact either Father Bacevice or Deacon David S. Kushner, Directory of Diaconate Formation, Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, OH, 44092, email ,  telephone: 440-943-7651.


THIS WEEKEND -   August 1 - 2

NEXT WEEKEND - August 8 - 9

Sat. 5:00pm Sun. 8:30am Sat. 5:00pm Sun. 8:30am


Jackie C-Taylor Judy Kowalski Donna Flynt Nancy Anzlovar
Faye Roth John Milikas Jackie C-Taylor

Ted Egan


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