Saint Casimir Parish  

Lietuviškai

March 14 - 15, 2020


 

 

     As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, our response to it continues to be refined and changed as needed.

     I posted on our website (in Lithuanian) and Facebook (in English) the invitation to join with the Holy Father in prayer last Wednesday and Friday.

     I have received more information from the diocese refining last week’s statement regarding the Sacrament of Penance. Instead of just in “danger of death,” the new guidelines says that every consideration should be given to offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation to individuals who request it, keeping in mind the governor’s current order to stay at home. To minimize the risk, I can hear someone’s confession outside (weather permitting) or in the main body of the Church. So if anyone feels the need to go to confession, call me and we can set up a time for this.

     Pope Francis suggests: “Do what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says. It is very clear. If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly to God, your father, and tell him the truth. Say, ‘Lord, I did this, this and this. Forgive me,’ and ask pardon with all your heart.” Make an act of contrition, and promise God, “I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.”   


  

Regarding Masses and Holy Week services, we have been given regulations regarding streaming of services. As

we are not equipped with the technology at this time, we will not be able to provide this service. However, I believe that the Cathedral will be streaming all of Holy Week on the Diocesan website.

     The Holy See is also granting Plenary Indulgence to those faithful in their homes or residences who implore Almighty God for an end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted, and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself by means of one of the following:

  1. reading the Holy Scripture for at least half an hour
  2. reciting the Rosary
  3. reciting the Way of the Cross
  4. reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
     This is the latest from Rome and from the Diocese on how were are responding to this crisis.

     Here at St. Casimir’s, our employees are at home, but remain on-call should they be needed. I am offering Mass privately every day and continue to keep all of you and your families in my prayers. Remember, even when anxious and afraid, you are not alone. You can always turn to our Lord in prayer. And when you do, say a prayer for me.   
                                          
God Bless each and every one of you,
                                                             Fr. Joe Bacevice

 

 

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS

     We ask you to remember in your prayers the soul of Vincas Balanda who died last week.
     While I am asking for prayers for the dead, please pray for those of have died from COVID-19. Also, we need to pray for our daily heroes during this world-wide pandemic: the doctors, nurses and medical staff working long hours in hazardous conditions caring for the sickest of the sick, those who are working every day, providing emergency services – the police, fire and emergency medical service, those working everyday to see that we have food and medicine through our pharmacies and grocery stores, and the countless others working at a time that we are to be safe in our homes. May God Bless all of them.

CHURCH OFFERINGS

     We thank everyone who has taken advantage of our online giving program and has made a donation online. THANK YOU!
     We encourage and ask those who are able to continue supporting our parish during this time. Our online giving option is a fast, convenient, and safe way to do this. Simply go to  the first page of this website and click the “Online Giving” button, and follow the prompts.

PALM SUNDAY

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Our churches will still be closed and no public Masses will be celebrated. However, blessed palms will be available on the front porch of the Rectory on Sunday April 5th, Monday April 6th, and Tuesday April 7th from 10:00-12:00noon.

Remember - when you pick up your palms, you must maintain “social distancing,” at least 6 feet from the next person, and if possible, sanitize your hands. Do not handle the palms other that the ones you will take with you. If possible, pick them up wearing gloves or with a paper towel. You can also drop your church offering in the mail box next to the front door of the rectory.

 

THIS WEEKEND -   March 28 - 29

NEXT WEEKEND - April 5 - 6

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

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