Saint Casimir Parish
 

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
 

MARCH, 2021
 
St. Casimir Parish

Almighty God,
grant that with the help of St. Casimir’s intercession
we may serve you in holiness and justice.

May it be done to me according to your word.   (Luke 1:38)

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS
 

  • That we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.    
                                                                                                                   
    (Papal March intention)

  • That God bless Father Bacevice as he strives to build a Christlike community at St. Casimir Parish.

  • That all parishioners strive to help Father Bacevice and the parish of St. Casimir, by acting as good stewards who share their gifts of time, talent, and treasure for the betterment of the parish community.

  • That the Holy Spirit guide parishioners involved in:

    • performing the work of our parish Pastoral and Financial Councils and religious education programs

    • supporting existing programs, and

    • raising the necessary funds to operate and grow our parish.

  • That those suffering from illness of any kind and those who care for them experience God’s love through the support of family and friends.

  • That God bless those who risk their lives in order to help others in our own country and around the world.

  • That our deceased parishioners, loved ones, and all those who have died from Covid 19 will rest in the peace of Christ.

  • That you, our Ministers of Praise, be validated in your belief in the power of prayer.

WHAT’S HAPPENING            AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH

 

Check the parish bulletin for updates

 

 
SAINT FOR MARCH

 

ST. CYRIL OF JERUSALEM

Bishop, Doctor, d. 386 AD

March 18th

 

 

     St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386) was a great catechist among the early Fathers of the Church.  He became Bishop of Jerusalem in 348.  The persecutions at the hands of the pagans had ceased 35 years earlier, but he still endured hardships as did many holy bishops and theologians, who suffered because of the Arians for several centuries. (The Arians taught incorrectly that Christ was not coequal and coeternal with the Father, for the Father had created him.)  St. Cyril was sent into exile four times during his 38 years as Bishop of Jerusalem.

     Cyril’s great contribution during his years as bishop was the series of instructions, the Catechetical Lectures.  These instructions were used to teach those preparing for the sacraments and also to counteract the Arian and other Christological heresies of his time.  They are also a valuable historical source of information about the liturgy and baptism of the time. 

     In his Christology St. Cyril clearly teaches the divinity of Jesus, truly the Son of God, “begotten from the beginning” (11th Catechesis).  Such teachings are important because they confirm the constant tradition of a correct, precise theology at a time of theological controversy. 

     We honor St. Cyril of Jerusalem as a great pastor and teacher in the face of heretical opposition and persecution and for giving us a deeper understanding of the mysteries of salvation.

(Source: IN HIS LIKENESS by Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL)

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

Sacrifice  

Lord, open my lips;
my mouth will proclaim your praise.
For you do not desire [ritual] sacrifice;
a burnt offering you would not accept.
My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit;
God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.
(Psalm 51: 17-19)

#2099   It is right to offer sacrifice to God as a sign of adoration and gratitude, supplication and communion:  “Every action done so as to cling to God in communion of holiness, and thus achieve blessedness, is a true sacrifice.”

#2100  Outward sacrifice, to be genuine, must be the expression of spiritual sacrifice:  “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit…”  The prophets of the Old Covenant often denounced sacrifices that were not from the heart or not coupled with love of neighbor.  Jesus recalls the words of the prophet Hosea:  “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” [referring to ritual sacrifice]  The only perfect sacrifice is the one that Christ offered on the cross as a total offering to the Father’s love and for our salvation.  By uniting ourselves with his sacrifice we can make our lives a sacrifice to God.

 

REFLECTION

 

THE ANNUNCIATION (March 26th)

 

The Annunciation heralds the beginning of our salvation.

  By Mary’s obedient “Fiat,” the earth has become heaven.

                                                                             (MAGNIFICAT, March, 2012, p. 73)

 

In Jesus, God has placed, in the midst of barren, despairing mankind,

a new beginning which is not a product of human history but a gift from above.

 (Pope Benedict XVI)

 Sacrifice

           by Father Walter J. Ciszek

(Father Ciszek (d.1984) was convicted of being a “Vatican Spy”
in World War II and spent twenty-three years in Soviet prisons.)

  Had I come to Russia because I wanted it?  No, I came because I was convinced God wanted me there.  And my coming, my following of the will of God, had meant sacrifices.  It had meant breaking with all

I had known and done before, in order to adapt myself to an entirely new, strange, difficult, and strenuous life of hardship in which to carry on an apostolate.

     It is the same sacrifice demanded of and made by so many people:  missionaries, servicemen, married couples, young people leaving home for the first time.  Such sacrifice is the first test of any vocation, any calling to follow God’s will. 

     But why the passion?  Why pain and suffering?  The answer lies not in God’s will but in the world in which we live and try to follow his will. 

     Christ’s life and suffering were redemptive; his “apostolate” in the scheme of salvation was to restore the original order and harmony in all creation that had been destroyed by sin.  His perfect obedience to the Father’s will redeemed man’s first and continuing disobedience to that will. 

   All creation, said Saint Paul, groans and labors up till now, awaiting Christ’s redemptive efforts to restore the proper relationship between God and his creation.

(Source:  MAGNIFICAT, March, 2011, p.162-163)