Saint Casimir Parish


MINISTRY OF PRAISE
 

MARCH, 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 Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.   (Papal intention)

  • That bishops, priests, and deacons may be tireless messengers of the Gospel.

  • That those preparing to enter the Church at Easter may find the season of Lent a time of true education, prayer, and growth in holiness.

  • That respect for nature may grow with the awareness that all creation is God’s work entrusted to human responsibility.

  • 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 members of St. Casimir Parish may grow in faith, hope, and love by devoting themselves to listening more attentively to Jesus’ words.

  • That the desolate and the despondent may be touched by the saving hand of God in even the most desperate of circumstances.

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

WHAT’S HAPPENING            AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?

  • March   6th      First Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:00 - 9:00am in Church

  • March 10th      Second Tuesday Holy Hour, 6:00-7:00pm

  • March 11th      All Parishes Evening of Confessions (Church)

  • March 14th      Lithuanian day of Recollection

 
SAINT FOR JANUARY

ST. CASIMIR

 

 Prince
(1458-1484)

 

March 4th

 

For many years Poland and Lithuania faded into the gray prison on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Despite repression, the Poles and the Lithuanians remained firm in the faith which has become synonymous with their name. Their youthful patron offers them hope: Peace is not won by war; sometimes a comfortable peace is not even won by virtue, but Christ’s peace can penetrate even iron curtains.

    St. Casimir was born in Cracow. His mother was Elizabeth, daughter of the King Albrecht II, King of Hungary and Bohemia. His Lithuanian father was then ruler of Poland, because of an alliance between Lithuania and Poland. Casimir was in line to succeed him.

      St. Casimir was called The Peace Maker, not because he masterminded a resolution between warring factions but because he refused to take part in a war between Hungary and Poland. His conscientious objection did not indicate softness. Even as a teenager, Casimir lived a highly disciplined, even severe life, sleeping on the ground, spending a great part of the night in prayer, and dedicating himself to lifelong celibacy.

    At first, out of obedience to his father (who was influenced by the nobles in Hungary) Casimir led an army into Hungary. As young as Casimir was, he realized his troops were outnumbered and the battle would be a waste of lives. The troops’ pay was low and soldiers were deserting. His own officers advised him to return home. In addition, he learned that Pope Sixtus IV had tried to deter his father. Nothing anyone could say or do could ever convince Casimir to pick up arms again.

     Casimir took up the cause of the needy and unfortunate. He preferred to be counted among the meek and poor in spirit and had no ambition for the power that comes with human rank. He died of tuberculosis and is honored in Poland and in Lithuania where he is buried in Vilnius. Pope Leon X proclaimed him Blessed in 1521, and Pope Clement VIII proclaimed him saint on November 7, 1602. Among all people this young saint offers hope as they learn from him the belief that Christ’s spirit and peace can overcome all difficulty.

 

Sources: SAINTS AND FEASTDAYS, SUPPLEMENT, Loyola University Press; 365 SAINTS, Woodeene Koenig-Brisker;
                 SAINT OF THE DAY, Leonard Foley, O.F.M., Editor;  www.katedra.lt/sv-kazimieras/istorija/

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH


 

Offenses Against Truth
 

#2478   To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor’s thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way:

Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another’s statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. And if the latter understands it badly, let the other correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved.

 

REFLECTION

 

 

 

SENT TO RESTORE ORDER

    

 

Father Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. (d. 1984)
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 leaving behind my own country, the Jesuits I had known and worked with, my family and friends, and everything that had been familiar to me in the first thirty years of my life. In a word, 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.

     In the Bible it is written that Jesus said, “I come to do your will.” (See: Ps. 40: 8-9 or Hebrews 10:9) That was to be the keynote of Jesus’ life and of his vocation, as it is the keynote of every Christian vocation, and it was only in the light of that faithfulness to the Father’s will through sacrifice and pain and suffering that one should hear Christ’s words on the cross, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” (See: Luke 23:46)

     But why the passion? Why pain and suffering? Is God so vindictive that he must inflict pain and suffering on those who follow him? 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 until now,” (See: Romans 8:22-24) awaiting Christ’s redemptive efforts to restore the proper relationship between God and his creation.

From: He Leadeth Me, 1973, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, CA
           (as permitted in MAGNIFICAT, March 2011, Vol. 12, No. 13, pp. 162-163.