Saint Casimir Parish
MINISTRY OF PRAISE
St. Casimir Parish
grant that with the help of St. Casimir’s intercession
we may serve you in holiness and justice.
full of grace.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS
That by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women,
may participate more in areas of responsibility in the
Church. (October Papal Intention)
That God bless Father Bacevice as he strives to build a
Christlike community at St. Casimir Parish during the pandemic
That all parishioners strive to help
Father Bacevice and the parish of St. Casimir, by their support, thus acting
as good stewards who share their gifts of time, talent, and treasure for the
betterment of the parish community.
That in our county where differences divide, where
competition leads to hostility and violence, and where judgment has replaced
understanding may all be one in God’s love.
That those suffering from illness of any kind and those who
care for them experience God’s love through the support of family and
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 and loved ones rest in the
peace of Christ.
That you, our Ministers of Praise, be validated in your
belief in the power of prayer.
AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH
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SAINT FOR OCTOBER
St. Teresa of Jesus
St. Teresa of Avila is
considered one of the most down to earth mystics of the Catholic
Church. She has been described as “intelligent, hardheaded,
charming, and deeply spiritual.” The mark she left on the Church and
the world is threefold: she was a woman; she was a contemplative;
she was an active reformer. For Teresa action must be nourished by
prayer and contemplation in union with Christ. She taught that
mental prayer is the best means of making oneself available and
useful to the Church and its members.
Teresa was born in Avila on
March 28, 1515. She was educated by Augustinian nuns. She had to
leave that convent because of illness. In 1536 she entered the
Carmelite Convent at Avila, left two years later because of illness
and returned in 1540. In 1562 she founded her first convent of
reformed Carmelites. These were nuns who wished a more cloistered
and contemplative observance rather than the relaxed discipline of
her time. She went on to found sixteen more, traveling throughout
Spain. Her years of reform and renewal were turbulent years of
struggle, but Teresa was equal to the task.
In 1617 the Spanish
government proclaimed her patroness of Spain and in 1622 the Vatican
canonized her. In 1970 she was declared a Doctor of the Church.
IN HIS LIKENESS by Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL; SAINTS AND FEAST
DAYS, Loyola University Press
THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE
Lord leads all persons by paths and in ways pleasing to Him, and each believer
responds according to his heart’s resolve and the personal expressions of his
prayer. However, Christian Tradition has retained three major expressions of
prayer: vocal, meditative, and contemplative. They have one basic trait in
common: composure of heart. This vigilance in keeping the Word and dwelling in
the presence of God makes these three expressions intense times in the life of
prayer is an essential element of the Christian life. To his disciples…Jesus
teaches a prayer, the Our Father. He not only prayed aloud the liturgical
prayers of the synagogue but, as the Gospels show, he raised his voice to
express his personal prayer, from exultant blessing of the Father to the Agony
meditate on what we read helps us to make it our own by confronting it with
ourselves. Here, another book is opened: the book of life. We pass from thoughts
to reality. To the extent that we are humble and faithful, we discover in
meditation the movements that stir the heart and we are able to discern them. It
is a question of acting truthfully in order to come into the light. “Lord, what
do you want me to do?”
is contemplative prayer? St. Teresa answers: “Contemplative prayer [oracion
mental] in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends;
it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.”
A Thought from St. Teresa of Avila
Whenever we think of Christ we should recall the love that
led him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God
showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of his love; for love calls for love in
return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves
to love him. For if at some time the Lord should grant us the grace of
impressing his love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall
accomplish great things quickly and without effort.
by St. Teresa of Avila in a short
treatise entitled The Book of Life
EVE OF ALL SAINTS PRAYER
Today we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us
your forgiveness and love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.