HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ST. CASIMIR PARISH!
Thursday, our parish turned nine years old. Bishop Lennon celebrated
our opening Mass on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 10:00am.
I remember a lot from that first day, and reflecting over the
past nine years, I see many changes here at St. Casimir. I remember
how on that first day, in planning everything, I forgot to appoint
ushers to take up the collection. Now we have ushers at every Mass
not only taking up the Sunday Collection, but assisting people when
they can. We had a social in the gym after Mass. It was a cool, wet
day and I remember water dripping from the ceiling. Now our gym is
completely renovated and a new roof installed.
On that first day, we had only 150 families registered in the
parish. Today, that number is more than doubled. In the last nine
years, we made extensive renovations to our buildings and put them
to the use they were intended and children again attend school in
our school building. We have a functioning Pastoral Council that was
set up by parishioners, and our Finance Council keeps a close eye on
our finances. We have service organizations that raise money and
provide many volunteers for parish functions, we have a religious
education program for our young people and our Lithuanian
organizations work to promote the Lithuanian culture.
For all the things we have accomplished, I say thank you
to everyone, because without you, none of this could have happened.
But, as much as we have done, we still have more to do. We need to
continue our renovations, continue our evangelization, and continue
to grow as a Parish. Also, as we begin our tenth year, I am
challenging our Pastoral Council to work with me to clarify our
Mission as a Parish serving in the Diocese of Cleveland. I can’t do
any of these things alone. As you have worked with me in the past, I
continue to look forward to working with you in the future.
Bless ! Fr. Joe Bacevice
is the First Friday of the Month. We will have our monthly Eucharistic Adoration
from 8-9am. We will also have Adoration on Wednesday, November 14th
from 6-7pm. We invite everyone in the
Parish to spend some time in
quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
Sunday Catholics will celebrate Priesthood Sunday, a
day set aside to celebrate the importance of the gift of priesthood in the
life of the Church and for us to reflect on the ministry that our priests
share with us - when we gather at the Table of the Lord, and when we call on
them in our times of need. Consider sharing a personal note or a card of
thanks with them. We pray that our young people will be inspired by the
ministry and witness of our priests and that their hearts be open to hearing
and responding to God’s call. More information on priesthood can be found at
ALL SAINTS DAY
November 1st, is the Feast of All Saints, a holy day of
Masses to fulfill this obligation will be celebrated here on Wednesday at
7:30am and 7:00pm.
ALL SOULS DAY and CANDLES
November 2nd, is the Feast of All Souls,
the day we remember our dead. Three traditional All Souls Day Masses will be
offered: 7:30am (EN), 12:00 noon (EN) and 7:00pm (LT). Following the evening Mass we will have the traditional
Lithuanian All Souls procession and prayers for the dead. We invite the
families who have lost a loved
one since last November 2nd, to participate in the
commemoration. An All
Souls Day envelope is included with the offering envelopes with space to
include the names of the dead you want to be remembered in the Masses.
In addition, we have ALL SOULS DAY CANDLES, which can be
inscribed with the name of the deceased you want remembered. These candles
will burn for 5 days beginning on November 2nd. The donation for
each All Souls Day candle is $5. For your convenience, candle request
envelopes can be found at the church entrances. We invite everyone to
Sunday morning, November 4th,
we go back to Standard Time. Next Saturday, before going to bed, remember to
set your clocks back one hour, or you will be really early for
Mass next Sunday.
have begun the nominating process for new members of our Pastoral
Council. This year, we will be electing four members to our Pastoral Council
for a two year term beginning January 1, 2019. Application forms are
available in the Book Room and will be accepted through November 4, 2018.
Voting will begin November 18th and conclude December 2nd.
Any member of the parish, age 16 and older, with a few exceptions, eligible
to run for a seat on the Pastoral Council. We invite you to seriously
consider serving on this important advisory body in our Parish.
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS
St. George Post 613
Catholic War Veterans is having a Reverse Raffle – their only fund
raiser – on Saturday, November 10th at the Lithuanian
Club, beginning at 6:45pm. Tickets are $55 with an option to buy a $10
advance sale sideboard. Extra dinner tickets are $35. The main board prize
is $2,000. Only 100 numbers are being sold. For tickets or more information,
contact John Milikas Jr. (216-407-0971).
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT LITHUANIA
language classes for adults and teens with multi-level curriculum
from beginners to those approaching fluency; vocabulary, comprehension of
spoken and written language, conversational practice. Classes begn Oct. 14.
Highlights of Lithuanian history and customs, translated classic literature
– presented in English
Current events discussed in Lithuanian For info contact Vida Bucmys
(216-481-0653) or Jonas Totoraitis (216-215-5461).