Saint Casimir Parish


MINISTRY OF PRAISE
 

FEBRUARY, 2020
 
St. Casimir Parish


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

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS

  • That the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.       (Papal intention)

  • That the Spirit’s revelation of Christ, The Light of the Nations, may bring justice and peace to all nations.
     

  • That Christ, The Light of the World, will illumine and renew those suffering in the darkness of poverty, of persecution, or of sin.
     

  •  That our parish will grow in holiness by reaching out in faith, hope, and love to the neediest in our midst.
     

  • That God bless Father Bacevice and the Pastoral and Finance Councils in their efforts to secure the future of St. Casimir Parish.

  • That all parishioners recognize their responsibility to St. Casimir Parish’s future through financial support, commitment to parish activities, sharing ideas, and most importantly prayer.

  • That families will be places of prayer, unconditional love, forgiveness, and generosity.

  • That those who pray be validated in their belief of its power.

WHAT’S HAPPENING            AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?

  • Feb.   7th      First Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:00 - 9:00am in Church

  • Feb. 12th      Second Tuesday Holy Hour, 6:00-7:00pm

  • Feb. 16th      Parish celebration of Lithuanian Independence Day

  • Feb. 26th      Ash Wednesday – Beginning of Lent

 
SAINT FOR JANUARY

ST. BLASE

Bishop, Martyr
(d. 316 AD)

 
February 3rd

Through the intercession of St. Blase, bishop and martyr,
may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every evil.

     We know little about St. Blase except that he was bishop of Sebaste, an area now in central Turkey, in the early years of the fourth century. Various stories about St. Blasé and actual episodes in his life have been woven together to form the picture we have of him.

     St. Blase is the patron saint of throat diseases. Legend tells the story of a mother who came to Blase with her son who had a fish bone lodged in his throat. Blase called for two candles, lit them in the form of a cross under the child’s chin, recited prayers and blessed the boy. The bone loosened and was removed. Devotion to St. Blase was popular during the Middle Ages and continues to this day.

     We all seek relief and protection from physical troubles and ailments of the throat. But there are also spiritual diseases of the throat, often more harmful than the physical. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Their throats are open graves; they deceive with their tongues; the venom of asps is on their lips; their mouths are full of bitter cursing.” (Romans: 3:13-14) From such spiritual illnesses we also seek cure through the intercession of St. Blase.
 

Sources: SAINTS AND FEASTDAYS, SUPPLEMENT, Loyola University Press and IN HIS LIKEMESS, Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Respect for the truth

 

#2493 Within modern society the communications media play a major role in information, cultural promotion, and formation. This role is increasing as a result of technological progress, the extent and diversity of the news transmitted, and the influence exercised on public opinion.

#2495 “It is necessary that all members of society meet the demands of justice and charity in this domain.  They should help, through the means of social communication, in the formation and diffusion of sound public opinion.” Solidarity is a consequence of genuine and right communication and the free circulation of ideas that further knowledge and respect for others.

REFLECTION

 

THOUGHTS FROM MISTER ROGERS

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.

You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.

If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet, how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.

There are three ways to ultimate success:

  •      The first way is to be kind.

  •      The second way is to be kind.

  •      The third way is to be kind.

Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives.

The kingdom of God is for the brokenhearted.

Source: St. Anthony Messenger, Vol. 127/NO. 2, July 2019, p. 3