Saint Casimir Parish  

Lietuviškai

November 27 - 28, 2021

      Today marks the beginning of a new Liturgical Year and the beginning of Advent.  Advent is the time of year that we are reminded to prepare ourselves for our Lord’s coming.  The Scripture readings of this season tell of the different times in our faith heritage when the people were waiting for deliverance, longing to be with God.  As the writers of Scripture reflect on a sinful past, they encourage repentance as a condition for deliverance.  This season reminds us to reflect on our past, make efforts to make things right in our lives and to eagerly wait for our own deliverance.  As we look forward to the Coming of the Lord, let us wait with patience, love, repentance and forgiveness. 

Bless You!  Fr. Joe Bacevice

PLEASE PRAY

We ask you to remember in your prayers for the souls of Father Joseph Capelletti and Father Edwin Leonard, who died recently.  May they and all our faithful departed live forever in the blessedness of heaven.

GIVING TREE

Our Holy Name Society is again sponsoring a Giving Tree to assist families in our own Parish and neighborhood who are in need of “a little help” at Christmas.  This year, the items on the ornaments are various gift and food cards. Simply choose what ornaments you want, purchase the gift cards, and return them either in the collection basket, at the Rectory or give them to any member of the Holy Name Society by December 15TH.  They will be distributed to the families before Christmas.

PEACE LIGHT

The “Peace Light” is a movement that began 1986 in Austria, when a child traveled to Bethlehem and lit a lantern off of a light in the grotto of Jesus’ birth. The flame was carried back to Austria and carried throughout Europe through the efforts of scouts. The light was first brought to New York in 2001 by the Canadian Scouts and placed at Ground Zero. It has been brought back each year since then.  Because of the pandemic and the inability of many people to travel, we decided last year to keep the Peace Light burning throughout the year.  It is on display at the St. Casimir shrine in the front of the Church.  As Advent begins and we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord, the Prince of Peace, let this light be a sign for all of us to not only pray for peace, but let us live our lives in peace with our Lord and with each other.

ATTENTION LECTORS

The Sunday Scripture readings for this Liturgical Year, 2022, are taken from “Year C”.  The daily Mass readings are taken from “Year II”.

 

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

In this season of giving, consider making a year-end gift to our parish in gratitude for all the blessings you have received in life. As you plan to make the most of your charitable donations in 2021, know that we gratefully accept gifts of cash and appreciated assets such as stocks or bonds. We wanted to take this time to remind you of some important CARES Act provisions that are scheduled to expire at year’s end. These provisions may affect you—and even make it easier for you to make a gift to your parish. They include: 1.) An expanded charitable giving incentive that allows taxpayers who take the standard deduction to make up to $300 in charitable cash contributions for single filers ($600 for married couples) to qualified charities like ours this year, and 2.) For those who do itemize their deductions, the law allows for cash contributions to qualified charities such as ours to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for the 2021 calendar year.  And, if you are 70 ˝ or older, you may be able to make a gift of a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA that will help us in our ministry and reduce your taxable income. Talk to your advisors and IRA administrator for more information and to be sure that your IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution gift is made directly from an IRA to a qualified charity such as our parish. Questions? Contact Father Bacevice in our parish office. You are also welcome to contact Jean Ann Montagna of the Catholic Community Foundation at 216-696-6525 x8070.

DAILY REFLECTIONS FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS

With Advent, the new Liturgical year begins.  A great way to begin the Liturgical year is to spend some time each day in prayer and reflection on the meaning of Advent.  To assist you with this, we are providing daily reflections in a booklet for the Advent and Christmas season.  The booklets can be found at the entrances to the Church.

CHRISTMAS WAFERS

Traditional Christmas Wafers are available at the main entrance to the Church at Mass times.  One of the largest suppliers of Christmas Wafers has closed and available suppliers have raised their prices.  This year, we have fewer wafers, so we urge everyone to economize and take only what you will use.  They are packaged is envelopes of 2 and 3 wafers.  The suggested donation is $1 for each wafer. 

CALENDARS

Our 2022 Church Calendars are now available.  We thank our friends and fellow parishioners at the Jakubs Funeral Home for providing them this year.  They are on the tables in the main lobby of the Church building.

FAMILY PERSPECTIVES

This Christmas season we would all like to have the peace of Christ, the ability to give as Jesus gave, and hearts that are not troubled.  As the rush begins, reflect on your past celebrations.  What is it about Christmas and gift-giving that you find life giving?  What traditions would you especially like to continue?  How can you use your time and talents to spread the joy of the season?

 

THIS WEEKEND -  November 27 - 28

NEXT WEEKEND - December 4 -5

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

Lector

 

Dave Oligny Judy Kowalski Faye Roth Nancy Anzlovar
Eucharistic
Minister
Faye Roth Ted Egan Maureen Anderson John Milikas
Servers --- --- --- Eamon Robertson