Saint Casimir Parish
Saint Casimir Parish
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS
That those who are baptized at Easter might grow ever stronger in their faith and be powerful witnesses of the Gospel.
That the event of Easter will deeply change our lives, renewing our families and blessing us with the new beginning we need.
That we accept the grace to be faithful in living our Catholic faith, especially through fidelity to Sunday Mass and the sacraments.
That Christ risen from the dead will bless our country and free us from fear and falsehood.
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 our civil leaders will find the wisdom to protect God-given liberties and that we will have the courage to support them in their efforts.
That the power of Christ’s Resurrection will touch the lives of the poor, the sick, the unemployed, the homeless, those facing financial distress, and those battling addiction.
That those who pray be validated in their belief of its power.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?
- Stations of the Cross,
in Church, 7:00pm (March 8th, 15th, 22nd,
Penance In Christian Life
1. JESUS DID IT. Before beginning his ministry, Jesus went into the wilderness, where he fasted from food and was tempted by Satan (Mt 4:1-11). Jesus emerged from the wilderness, having been tested, strengthened, and prepared for what lay ahead.
2. FASTING IS A TRADITIONAL SIGN OF SORROW. Fasting lets us put our whole selves into the experience of repentance. Though we no longer express our sorrow in outward signs such as wailing and wearing sackcloth, the symbolism of fasting remains. We not only tell God we are sorry; we show it.
3. FASTING HELPS US ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS AND FOCUS ON GOD AND OTHERS. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the good things in life, such as entertainment, our favorite snack or unnecessary shopping. However, it is sometimes wise to give them up for a time, to regain our focus on what is most valuable.
4. FASTING GIVES THAT ‘YEARNING’ FEELING. As humans, we want good food, good drink, and other good things. But deep down we know these things can bring us only limited happiness. We have a yearning for something greater. Jesus called it “the living water” and the “food that endures” (Jn 4:10; 6:27).
5. FASTING HELPS US DEVELOP SELF-DISCIPLINE. Fasting can be liberating. Following through on fasting boosts one’s confidence. Mastering something small might give us the incentive to consider what else could be controlled.
6. FASTING REMINDS US THAT OUR BODIES ARE PART OF OUR PRAYER. Fasting is a way to get our bodies involved in prayer and worship. It is a way of showing God what we feel inside – uncertainty, desire, or loss. Whatever it is we turn it all over to God.
7. FASTING HELPS US BE MORE MINDFUL OF OTHERS. Our own time of “going without” can make us more mindful of those who “go without” on a regular basis, those experiencing the poverty of hunger, oppression, loneliness, or pain.
8. FASTING BUILDS OUR SENSE OF COMMUNITY AS CHURCH. Fasting during Lent is something we do together. Like wearing ashes on our forehead, fasting is a bond we share as Catholics.
9. FASTING MAKES EASTER MORE JOYFUL. After squandering his inheritance, the prodigal son was so hungry he was willing to eat from the pig’s trough. His father’s welcome changed his life from loss and wandering into joy and celebration.
10. FASTING HELPS US IMITATE JESUS. We give up something because Jesus gave up so much for us. St. Paul considered every pain, every loss, and every failure a great blessing—because it gave him some share in the cross of Jesus. We too in fasting have some small share in the cross of Jesus.
Source: St. Anthony Messenger, Vol.126/No. 10, March 2019, pp. 19-21.