ANNUAL “SOUP FOR THE SOUL”
Mark your calendars for February 11-12.
That weekend, after all of the Masses, the Altar Society invites you to warm up
your body (and soul) with a hearty bowl of soup - your choice of two kinds - at
its 5th annual “Soup for the Soul.” Come to the lower hall for
a sit down meal or pick up a take-out container in the church lobby after Mass.
The Catholic University of America is the national University of the Catholic
Church in the United States, located in Washington, D.C. It provides an
academically rigorous education guided by the Catholic intellectual tradition to
nearly 7,000 students every year. This weekend, we are taking up the National
Collection for the Catholic University of America. Your support will enable
Catholic University to expand its impact in preparing the next generation of
leadership for our Church and nation. Please be generous.
MASS FOR LIFE
All are invited to participate in a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of
Unborn Children, remembering the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court
decision, next Sunday, January 22nd, at
10:30am, at St. John Cathedral. Individuals, schools
and parish groups are encouraged to join us and stay after Mass to participate
in a Rosary for Life. For more information, or to register a group, call
CATHOLIC COUPLE CHECK-UP
Take the Catholic Couple Checkup to recharge your relationship! Discover your
couple strengths, growth areas and personality profiles. Surveys are available
for dating and married couples. Couples receive a personalized report and
discussion guide – a great value. Go online to
and click on the Couple Checkup graphic at the bottom of the page.
In a few weeks, we will begin the 2017 Catholic Charities Annual Parish Appeal.
This is a reminder to everyone who pledged in 2016, to complete your pledge
payments as soon as possible. Letters will be mailed to most of you in the
coming weeks to invite your support to this year’s appeal. Please be generous.
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This weekend, we gather to celebrate my 40th Anniversary of my
Ordination to the priesthood. Looking back over 40 years, the first thing that
comes to mind is: “where did the time go?” I can remember my ordination day
almost like it was yesterday. There was a lot of snow and the temperature
outside was 10 degrees. The ceremony of ordination itself, with the bishops and
priests welcoming me to their fraternity, was truly moving and memorable,
something I will never forget.
Since then, I have had wonderful assignments here in Cleveland and in Rome.
During the 39˝ years out of my 40 as a priest, I have been assigned in the city
of Cleveland - three months at Ss. Philip and James on the West Side, two years
at St. Jerome, 29 years at St. George’s, and almost 7˝ years here at St.
What has made and continues to make my life as a priest truly memorable is
all of the wonderful people I have served as a priest. Today, those wonderful
people are all of you, the parishioners of St. Casimir’s! Some of you have been
my parishioners since I was first ordained. Others have been my parishioners
since my days serving at St. George’s and came here when the parishes merged in
2009. My parishioners are all of you who belonged to OLPH, and all of you who
have joined our parish as other parishes closed and merged. And my very newest
parishioner was born on November 2, 2016, and was baptized just last week.
Since we came together as St. Casimir Parish, I believe we have worked
together to build our Parish community. We have all come from different parishes
and we have so many different backgrounds. But we all have a lot in common. All
of us were displaced when our parishes closed, and we all dealt with a sense of
loss and pain and, in some cases, anger. Yet, all of us came here as committed,
Catholic Christians, with a deep sense of hope, looking for a spiritual home
where we can worship together, celebrate our ethnicity, and grow together as a
new worshiping community. All of us came here to continue our journey of faith.
As we continue that journey, let us joyfully celebrate our faith, let us
continue invite others to join us, and let us thank God for all the gifts He has
given us. Today, you join me in celebrating my 40 years as a priest, and I join
with you in celebrating who we are - all members of the Catholic Christian
Community of Saint Casimir in Cleveland, Ohio.
God Bless! Fr. Joe Bacevice