Saint Casimir Parish


St. Casimir Parish

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


  • That people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up
    to life.
                                                                          (November Papal Intention)

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

  • That all parishioners strive to 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 Finance and Pastoral Councils, existing programs, and religious education.

  • That truth and justice will rid the world of every trace of hatred – be it tyranny, persecution, oppression, or racism.

  • That we turn to God in appreciation on Thanksgiving Day for all God’s gifts, whether bestowed on us or upon others.

  • 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.



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Abbot, Missionary


November 23rd

        Columban was born in Ireland before the middle of the sixth century. He entered a monastery and led a life of prayer and study for thirty years. In 591 he and twelve companions were sent to Gaul as missionaries to reinvigorate religion which had suffered from the destructive invasions of the Barbarians. Columban and his companions made their way through France, Switzerland, and eventually Italy. Everywhere they went, they established the monasteries that were to become the centers for Christianity, learning, and prayer throughout Europe. They were known for their charity, devotion, and rigorous discipline.

      Columban attacked abuses and evil wherever he saw them.  He was exiled for pointing out the sins of the king and for criticizing the local bishops who failed to support Columban in his disapproval of the king. During the process of deportation Columban was shipwrecked and ended up in Italy where he was befriended. While there he founded a monastery in Bobbio, and it was there he died in 615.

      The preservation of European civilization and culture owes much to these missionary monks and their successors. In their zeal they carried the message of the Gospel to a ravaged continent. They built the foundation for the culture of the High Middle Ages and Renaissance. 

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




Comunion of Saints

  “Since all the faithful form one body, the good of each is communicated to the others. …We must therefore believe that there exists a communion of goods in the Church. But the most important member is Christ, since he is the head. …Therefore, the riches of Christ are communicated to all the members, through the sacraments.” “As this Church is governed by one and the same Spirit, all the goods she has received necessarily become a common fund.”

#948  The term “communion of saints” therefore has two closely linked meanings: communion “in holy things (sancta)” and “among holy persons (sancti).”

Sancta sanctis! (God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people”) is proclaimed by the celebrant in most Eastern liturgies during the elevation of the holy Gifts before the distribution of communion. The faithful (sancti)are fed by Christ’s holy body and blood (sancta) to grow in the communion of the Holy Spirit (koinonia) and to communicate it to the world.






     “If man applies the virtues planted in his soul to the right purpose, he will be like God.  God’s commands have taught us to give back the virtues He sowed in us in our first innocence…Let us not imprint on ourselves the image of a despot, but let Christ paint his image in us with his words:  My peace I give you, my peace I leave with you.  But the knowledge that peace is good is of no benefit to us if we do not practice it.”                      (St. Columban)

     Let all the brothers, therefore, beware of all pride and vainglory. Let us guard ourselves from the wisdom of this world and the prudence of the flesh. Because the spirit of the flesh very much wants and strives to have the words but cares little for the manner of working; it does not seek a religion and holiness in an interior spirit, but wants and desires to have a religion and holiness outwardly apparent to people. They are the ones of whom the Lord says: Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.                                                                            (St. Francis of Assisi)


     In calling this particular council, I assert once again the Church’s enduring authority to teach the faith, and I hope that in these times filled with needs and opportunities as well as errors the Church’s teachings will be presented exceptionally well to all people.                                                                                       From Pope John XXIII’s opening speech at Vatican II

Sources:  Vatican II in Plain English:  The Council (Huebsch, Bill) pp. 85-94