December 7 - 8, 2019 m.
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 holiness.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation remedies all three of these
effects. Though we can always ask for God’s forgiveness sincerely,
and God does forgive. However, the Sacrament of Reconciliation first
strengthens our relationship with God. Then it strengthens us
spiritually, giving us the strength to avoid sin in the future.
Finally, it restores our relationship with the Christian Community
through the action of the priest who represents both Jesus and the
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 Christmas day.
God Bless! Fr. Joe Bacevice
RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS
weekend, December 7-8,
we will accept donations for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Money
collected is distributed in our own diocese as well as across the country to
assist our retired religious Sisters, Brothers, and Priests with their needs
in retirement. Our religious men and women have dedicated their lives in
service to the Church by teaching in our schools, working in hospitals,
orphanages, and so many other places that have touched all our lives. They
now ask our support to help them provide for them in retirement. Please us
the envelopes in your envelope packets
„Retirement Fund for Religious.“
LET US CARE FOR OUR RELIGIOUS and PLEASE BE GENEROUS!
SERVICE AT ST. CASIMIR
Monday, December 16th, at 7:00pm, our parish will host
the Cluster Penance Service, with at least 5 confessors. All are invited to
participate in these Advent programs.
TIME WITH THE LORD IN PRAYER
December 11th, we will have our Wednesday Holy Hour from 6 to
7pm. During this busy season of preparation for Christmas, all are invited
to stop in the Church for some quiet time of prayer before the Blessed
AT ST. CASIMIR’S
December 25th, is Christmas Day. Masses for Christmas will be
celebrated on Tuesday, December 24th, at 4:00pm for children and
families (Engl.), and 10:30pm (Lith.) preceded by choral music at 10:00pm.
Masses on Christmas Day will be celebrated at 8:30am and 11:00am, both in
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.
THE HOLY NAME SOCIETY
Beginning in January, the Holy Name Society meetings will be on the Last
THURSDAY of the month at 7:00pm in Hope House. Congra-tulations to Mary Ann
Pecek, winner of the November split raffle drawing. There will be no
December meeting. The next drawing will be Friday, December 27th
so be sure to purchase your tickets before then. We are always looking for
new members. Contact Father Bacevice or any member of the Society if you
would like to join.
WAFERS and 2020 CALENDARS
Christmas Wafers are available at the main entrance to the Church at Mass
times, in the lower hall after the 11:00 Mass and at the Rectory during the
week. We encourage everyone in the Parish to participate in this ancient
Eastern European tradition. Please use the special envelopes provided and
the suggested donation for each wafer is $1.
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.
The Altar Society
decorates the church each Christmas season and buys live flowers. Your
envelope packet has an envelope marked “Christmas Flowers and Decorations.”
Please help by making a donation, and mark your calendars for December 22 at
12:00 to join us in decorating the church.
TRIVIA NIGHT PARISH FUNDRAISER
Our Pastoral Council is proud to announce their
first-ever Trivia Night to benefit our parish. It will take place on
Saturday, January 18, 2020, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Lithuanian Club.
Tickets are $20 and include dinner. There will be a cash bar. In addition to
the Trivia Night games, there will be a 50-50 Raffle, and a Basket Raffle.
For more information, contact Loretta Gudenas at 216-650-8261 or at
email@example.com Tickets will be
available at the Rectory.
SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR
our new Mass schedule taking effect in three weeks, we will keep Sunday
Coffee after the 11:00am Mass. This practice of having coffee after Mass is
to provide an opportunity for those who participate at Mass to socialize
after Mass before continuing with their day. Policies currently in effect
regarding the hall use will remain. All organization meetings must be
cleared through the parish office before they can be announced and held in
the lower hall. The cafeteria must be cleaned by the hosts for coffee, all
trash must be removed and taken to the dumpster, and all food must be
removed and the kitchen left clean.
THIS WEEKEND -
December 7 - 8
NEXT WEEKEND - December 14 - 15