Saint Casimir Parish
December 9 - 10, 2017
of the ornaments from this year’s Giving Tree have been claimed. We ask
everyone who claimed an ornament, to return the gift card THIS
Name Society invites everyone to participate in offering a spiritual bouquet
to Bishop Perez this weekend. A spiritual bouquet is a private offering of
Mass, Rosary or other prayer, or an act of charity or self denial for the
HELP DECORATE THE CHURCH
us decorate the church for Christmas. We look forward to seeing you
Friday, December 22 at 10:00am.
PERPETUAL HELP IN THE KITCHEN – A GREAT GIFT!
parish cookbook, “Perpetual Help in the Kitchen, 2017” edition would make a
great gift for someone special. The books are available at the Rectory
during the week and can be ordered and picked up after the weekend Masses.
The price is $25. We can also ship them for a small fee. For more
information, call the parish office during regular business hours or reach
us by email: email@example.com
and 2018 CALENDARS
Christmas Wafers are available at the main entrance to the Church at Mass
times, in the lower hall after the 10:00 Mass and at the Rectory during the
week. Please use the special envelopes provided; the suggested donation for
each wafer is $1.
Our 2018 Church calendars are available on the tables in the main lobby
of the Church. We thank our friends and fellow parishioners at the Jakubs
Funeral Home for providing them again this year.
Altar Society decorates the church each Christmas with live flowers. Your
current envelope packet has an envelope marked “Christmas Flowers.” Please
help decorate the Church by making a donation for Christmas flowers.
Sunday, December 24th
is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Our weekend Masses
will be celebrated as follows:
December 24th - Christmas Eve
4:00 pm - Christmas Mass for children and families (Engl.)
- Christmas Eve Mass (Bernelių
Mišios in Lith.)
beginning at 10:00pm - choral and organ music)
December 25th –Christmas Day
there will be NO 10:00am MASS on Christmas Day
Probably the most underused Sacrament in our Church is the Sacrament of
Reconciliation, the act of Going to Confession. It’s no wonder, because one of
the most difficult things for us to do as human beings is to confront and admit
to our own sinfulness. It is too easy for us to deny we ever sin, or we minimize
the effects of our sinfulness to the point that we don’t ever see the need to
receive this sacrament. We also like to make excuses for ourselves on why we
don’t approach this sacrament.
Whatever the reason is that keeps us away from this sacrament, by doing so,
we are missing out on the special relationship we can have with Our Lord that we
receive in this sacrament. When we commit sin, either by commission or omission,
there are three effects. First, sin always offends God and as a result we
weaken our relationship with Him. Second, sin always weakens us
spiritually, and serious sin breaks our relationship with God. Finally,
sin is offensive to the Christian Community, as we are called by our Baptism to
The Sacrament of Reconciliation remedies all three of these effects. Though
we can always ask God’s forgiveness sincerely, and God does forgive. However,
Reconciliation first strengthens our relationship with God.
Reconciliation then strengthens us spiritually, giving us the strength to
avoid sin in the future. Finally, Reconciliation restores our
relationship with the Christian Community through the action of the priest who
represents both Jesus and the Community.
It takes a great act of humility to go to Confession and receive this
Sacrament, but the effects of this Sacrament are so great, that it is truly
worth the effort. I invite all of you to make use of this sacrament as part of
your preparation for the celebration of our Lord’s birth which we celebrate on
Fr. Joe Bacevice
in your prayers
has died and was buried from our parish: . May he have eternal
rest in God’s kingdom.
Adoration will be on Wednesday, December 13th from 6-7pm. We
invite everyone to spend some time in quiet prayer before our Eucharistic
Lord. If you are able to commit to a specific time for adoration, please
sign up in the Book Room.
urge everyone to take advantage of the Cluster Penance Service on Monday,
December 18th, at 7:00pm at St. Jerome Parish. Confessions
will also be heard at St. Casimir’s on Thursday and Friday, December
21-22, after the 7:30am Mass, and Saturday, December 23rd,
FUND FOR RELIGIOUS
Next weekend, December
9-10, we are
accepting donations for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Money collected
is distributed in our own diocese and across the country to assist our
retired religious Sisters, Brothers, and Priests with their needs in
retirement. They have dedicated their lives in service to the Church
teaching in our schools, working in hospitals, orphanages, and many other
places that have touched all our lives. They are now asking our support to
help provide for them in retirement. Please us the envelopes provided in
your envelope packets and PLEASE BE GENEROUS!
THIS WEEKEND - DECEMBER 2 -
NEXT WEEKEND - DECEMBER 9 - 10