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.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS
That all those who suffer
may find their way in life by allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart
That our parish’s communion in faith will become a more perfect likeness
of the Blessed Trinity.
That Church and government leaders offer compassionate and necessary
guidance during this difficult time.
That daily heroes: hospital and pharmaceutical staffs, emergency services,
police, utility and other repair techs, transportation personnel, food
providers, and all those who work to keep us safe may find strength and
That families be blessed as they balance social distancing with plans for
vacations and reunions.
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 those who have lost loved ones find comfort during their grief.
That Christ will be close to the poor, the sick, the dying, the lonely,
the oppressed, the unemployed and the homeless through the compassion of
Christians who reach out to them.
That those who pray be validated in their belief of its power.
AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH
TO BE DETERMINED
“We should take
comfort that while we may have
more still to endure, better days will return.
We will be with our friends again; we will
be with our families again; we will meet again.”
(From Queen Elizabeth II’s speech given April
SAINT FOR JUNE
St. Ephrem the
St. Ephrem, a deacon, was born in Nisibis, Mesopotamia, and is the
only Syrian to be acclaimed a doctor of the Church. He was a great
Christian poet in the early Church and used this ability to express
Christian truth and doctrine in hymns and songs in the Syriac
language. He lived through the last of the persecutions, the first
years of peace for the Church and during the time of the first great
Some of his writings were directed to combating the heresies of
Arianism (which taught that Christ was more than a human person but
less than God) and Gnosticism (which taught that salvation was not
available to all but was given to a select few, and it consisted of
a special knowledge). St. Efrem is also revered for his devotion to
Mary. In his ministry as deacon he was a friend of the poor among
whom he worked humbly and with gentleness.
The following is from Ephrem’s preaching:
Grant that we may come to know the risen life and that nothing may
distract us from the delights you offer. In your sacrament we
embrace you and receive you into our bodies; make us worthy to
experience the resurrection for which we hope. May your
resurrection, Jesus, bring true greatness to our spiritual self and
may your sacraments be the mirror wherein we may know that self.
Savior, your divine plan for the world is a mirror for the spiritual
world; teach us to walk in that world as spiritual men and women.
SAINTS AND FEASTDAYS, SUPPLEMENT, Loyola University Press; IN HIS
LIKENESS, Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL
THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE
Prayer as the Source of Hope
The Holy Spirit, who instructs us to celebrate the liturgy in expectation of
Christ’s return, teaches us to pray in hope. Conversely, the prayer of
the Church and personal prayer nourish hope in us. The psalms especially,
with their concrete and varied language, teach us to fix our hope in God: “I
waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.”(Ps
As St. Paul prayed: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear.
If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we
can bear a hardship today.
Thick Nhat Ha (Vietnamese monk, renowned Zen master, poet, and peace
God’s mercy and grace give me hope for myself
and for our world.
Graham (American Christian Evangelist)
There can be hope only for a society which acts
as one big family, not as many separate ones.
(Egyptian president, Nobel Peace Price recipient, assassinated in 1981)
Hope is being able to see that there is light
despite all the darkness.
(South African Anglican cleric and theologian)
I simply can’t build my hopes on a foundation of
confusion, misery and death…
I think…peace and tranquility will return again.
Anne Frank (teenage
Jewish holocaust victim, known for her diary, died in 1945)
I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward,
and yet not to go forward fast enough
to wreck the country’s cause.
(16th American president)
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot
in it and hang on.
Delano Roosevelt (32nd American president)