THE HORRORS OF WAR
This weekend we remember the 79th Anniversary of the
Occupation of the Baltic countries and the 78th
Anniversary of the Mass Deportations of the Lithuanians, Latvians
and Estonians from their native homelands by the Soviet Union at the
beginning of World War II.
There are very few left who remember first hand those tragic
events. However, there are many who remember stories from parents
and grandparents who witnessed these events and lived through them.
As succeeding generations are born, these events go further back in
history and could very well be forgotten, which would be a tragedy,
not only for those who lost their lives or family members, but for
future generations who would never know the daily horrors of war.
Those tragic events that began 78 years ago continued in the
Soviet Union until it broke apart just over 28 years ago. As we
remember these events in the past, we are reminded again to be
vigilant as individuals and as nations, to insure that these are not
repeated in the future.
A prayer service remembering these events will take place at
2:00pm here at our parish. All are invited to participate.
God Bless! Fr. Joe Bacevice
are invited to spend some quiet time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament
on Wednesday, June 12th,
6:00-7:00pm. Experience the peace that comes with quiet prayer before
the Blessed Sacrament.
weekend, Fr. Nicholaus Mtey of the Diocese of
Moshi, Tanzania, will speak at all the Masses about the needs of his
Diocese in Africa. We will also take up a Second Collection to offer our
support. We ask you to please be generous.
On Sunday, June 9th, at 2:00pm, here at St.
Casimir’s, the Baltic American Committee of Cleveland is sponsoring a
prayer service to commemorate the 78th Anniversary of the
occupation of the Baltic States and remember the victims of the mass
deportations of June 13-14, 1941. After the service there will be a program
at the Lithuanian Club. All are invited to join with our Lithuanian, Latvian
and Estonian communities for this commemoration.
We are looking for a few good people to help keep our parish running
smoothly. We need additional ushers who can greet people when they come to
Mass, take up the weekly collection, and act as “first responders” when
someone needs help in Church. We hope to be able to provide first aid
training for them. If anyone is interested in being a church usher, please
contact Father Bacevice.
NEWS FROM THE HOLY NAME SOCIETY
We congratulate Jeanette
Fisher who won the May 50-50 Raffle. The next drawing will take place during
the June meeting on Wednesday, June 27th at 7:00pm in the
Hope House. Tickets are only $1; remember - you can’t win unless you buy a
Diocesan Holy Name Society is sponsoring a “Men’s Underwear and Sock Drive”
to provide these necessity to the homeless in our community. You are invited
to participate by making a monetary donation either this weekend or next.
Place your donation in an envelope marked “Holy Name Sock Drive” and place
it in the collection basket.
DO NOT BE AFRAID
As we celebrate Pentecost, we are called to go into the world and spread the
Good News! Take a leap of faith and join thousands of disciples across our
diocese for a day of faith, family and fun at the FEST. The FEST is a
spiritual retreat for the entire family and has opportunities to strengthen
your spirit – Confession, Adoration, and a beautiful outdoor Mass to end the
day. Come and hear Jordan Feliz, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Casting
Crowns on Sunday, August 4th, on the grounds of the Center
for Pastoral Leadership. For more information, go to
Strengthen your spirit at The FEST!
the potential of each member is an important function and a major strength
of families and churches. Do we recognize, affirm, and nourish the gifts of
those around us? Or in our families? Do we cultivate and thank God for our
own gifts? They are meant to be shared! How do we share our gifts to build
up God’s Kingdom on earth? On this day of Pentecost, let us ask the Holy
Spirit to renew the face of the earth – through us!