Saint Casimir Parish

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
 

OCTOBER, 2020
 
St. Casimir Parish

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

Hail Mary,
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 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 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING            AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH

Check the parish bulletin for updates

 

 
SAINT FOR OCTOBER
 

St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)

  

1515-1582

Virgin, Doctor

 

October 15th

 

          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.

Source: IN HIS LIKENESS by Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL; SAINTS AND FEAST DAYS, Loyola University Press

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

 Prayer

 

#2699   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.

#2701   Vocal 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 of Gethsemane.

#2706   To 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?”

#2709   What 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.”

 

REFLECTION

 

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. 

Amen.