Saint Casimir Parish
 

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
 

SEPTEMBER, 2021
 
St. Casimir Parish

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


“May the goodness of the Lord be upon us and give success to the work of our hands.“
(Ps 89:17)

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS

  • That we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.  (September Papal Intention)

  • That the Assumption of Mary will encourage Christians to seek  God’s communion of love.

  • That God bless Father Bacevice as he strives to build a Christlike community at St. Casimir Parish.

  • That parishioners help Father Bacevice and the parish of St. Casimir by acting as good stewards who share their gifts of time, talent, and treasure for the betterment of the parish community.

  • That the Holy Spirit guide parishioners involved in the Finance and Pastoral Councils and religious education and existing programs

  • That our children enter a welcoming and safe environment as the new school year begins.

  • That civil leaders and government officials be guided by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

  • 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 AUGUST

 

ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

(d. 407)

Bishop, Doctor

September 13th

     John was born around the year 347 in Antioch (where the believers in Jesus were first called Christians). His father died when he was a child. His mother chose as his teacher Libanius, a famous orator of the time. At eighteen, John’s interest turned to study of the Bible. Three years later, after the death of his mother, John went to join a group of monks living in the mountains. Four years later he left them to live the life of a hermit.

     His fasting during his time in the desert resulted in his return to Antioch and caused life-long ailments. His gifts (a monk, biblical scholar, eloquent speaker) were noticed. He was soon ordained to the diaconate and at age thirty-nine to the priesthood. In 397 John was made the bishop-patriarch of Constantinople – a position of great influence. Of particular concern to him was the widespread indifference to the poor. He was popular with the common people, however his criticism of the selfish wealthy and of the excesses of the Byzantine court soon gained him enemies among the rich and powerful. In spite of Pope Innocent I’s support, John was impeached and exiled.

     His first biographer, the monk Palladius wrote: “They banished him to the wilderness on the Black Sea, where he became worn out by hardships and severe weather. He died in 407.”

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

John’s preaching, “by word and example, exemplifies the role of the prophet to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable. For his honesty and courage he paid the price of a turbulent ministry as bishop, personal vilification, and exile.”

(Saint of the Day, v. 2, ed. By Leonard Foley, OFM).

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

God takes the initiative of universal redeeming love

 

#604  By giving up his own Son for our sins, God manifests that his plan for us is one of benevolent love, prior to any merit on our part:  “In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.”  God “shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” 

#605  At the end of the parable of the lost sheep Jesus recalled that God’s love excludes no one:  “ So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”  He affirms that he came “to give his life as a ransom for many”; this last term is not restrictive, but contrasts the whole of humanity with the unique person of the redeemer who hands himself over to save us.  The Church, following the apostles, teaches that Christ died for all men without exception:  “There is not, never has been, and never will be a single human being for whom Christ did not suffer.”

REFLECTION

 

THE EXALTATION
OF THE HOLY CROSS

September 14th

 

 

     The one symbol most often identified with Jesus and His Church is the cross.  On September 14th we celebrate the feast of the Triumph of the Cross.  This feast traces its beginning to Jerusalem and the dedication of the church built on the site of Mount Calvary in 335.  But the meaning of the cross is deeper than any city, any celebration, any building.  The cross is a sign of suffering, a sign of human cruelty at its worst.  But by Christ’s love shown in the Paschal Mystery, it has become the sign of triumph and victory, the sign of God who is love itself. 

     Believers have always looked to the cross in times of suffering.  People in concentration camps, in prisons, in hospitals, in any place of suffering and loneliness, have been known to draw, trace, or form crosses and focus their eyes and hearts on them.  The cross does not explain pain and misery.  It does not give us any easy answers.  But it does help us to see our lives united with Christ’s. 

     We often make the Sign of the Cross over ourselves.  We make it before prayer to help fix our minds and hearts on God.  We make it after prayer, hoping to stay close to God.  In trials and temptations, the cross is a sign of strength and protection.  The cross is the sign of the fullness of life that is ours.  At Baptism, too, the Sign of the Cross is used; the priest, parents, and grandparents make the sign on the forehead of the child.  A sign made on the forehead is a sign of belonging.  By the Sign of the Cross in Baptism, Jesus takes us as His own in a unique way. 

     Today, let us look to the cross often.  Let us make the Sign of the Cross and realize we bring our whole selves to God – our minds, souls, bodies, wills, thoughts, hearts – everything we are and will become.

(Source:  SAINTS AND FEAST DAYS SUPPLEMENT, Christ Our Life Series, Loyola University Press)