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.
Mother of God
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS
That Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of good
will may promote peace
and justice in the world.
That we defend our freedoms when they are threatened.
That people are moved to help the migrants of the world in their need.
That people of good will work together to oppose threats to religious
That those to be baptized this year will find happiness and peace in the
That God bless Father Bacevice and the Pastoral and Finance Councils in
their efforts to secure the future
That all parishioners recognize their responsibility to St. Casimir
Parish’s future through financial support,
commitment to parish activities, sharing ideas, and most importantly
trafficking may be ended.
That husbands and wives will be blessed with the grace to live with
fidelity, holiness, and joy.
That those who
pray be validated in their belief of its power.
AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?
Mary, Mother of God,
Holy Day of Obligation
Jan. 3rd First
Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
8:00 - 9:00am in Church
Tuesday Holy Hour,
18th Trivia Night fund raiser (Lithuanian Club),
SAINT FOR JANUARY
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Priest and Doctor
(1225 - 1275)
Thomas was born in the
Kingdom of Sicily in Italy. He came from a wealthy, ruling family.
At age five he was sent to a Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino.
When the monastery was turned into a fortress by the military,
Thomas was moved to the University of Naples. There he came into
contact with the Dominicans.
The Dominican life style of
prayer and study attracted Thomas, and he wanted to join them. His
family did not want Thomas, who was a nobleman, to join a group of
poor friars. He was confined in the family castle for a year but
would not change his mind. In 1244 he joined the order and gave his
energy to studying, teaching, and writing.
Thomas was ordained a priest
at Cologne, Germany in 1248. He taught in Paris, Rome, Naples and
other cities. His greatest contribution to the Church is his
philosophical and theological writing. His greatest writing is the
Summa Theologica. The unity, harmony, and continuity of faith
and reason, of revealed and natural human knowledge, pervades his
writings. He saw the whole natural order as coming from God the
Creator, and he saw reason as a divine gift to be highly loved.
Thomas was very learned, but
he was also a man of great humility and holiness. He had been an
advisor to kings, a writer of masterpieces, a counselor to popes,
and a teacher of classics. But most of all, Thomas was a servant of
God. He died in 1274, was canonized in 1323, and proclaimed a Doctor
of the Church by Pope Pius V in 1567.
SAINT OF DAY, Leonard Foley, O.F.M., editor; SAINTS AND FEAST
IN HIS LIKENESS, Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL
THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE
Faith and Reason
Man is by nature and
vocation a religious being. Coming from God, going toward God, man lives a fully
human life only if he freely lives by his bond with God.
he listens to the message of creation and to the voice of conscience, man can
arrive at certainty about the existence of
God, the cause and the end of everything.
OUR GOOD WORKS
by Saint Thomas Aquinas
Christ is coming to give us a life of grace in the present and in the
future a life of glory. Thus we read in Jn 10:10:
“I have come, so that they may have life,”;
namely, a life of grace in the present; and since a just person lives from faith
(Gal 3:11), [he adds:]
“and that they may have it more abundantly,”
namely, a life of glory in the future through love. Hence it says in John:
"We know that we are transferred from death to life, because we love our
brothers and sisters"
(1 Jn 3:14), so let us live through good works. Likewise, we read in Jn 17:3:
"This is eternal life, that they know you, the true God, and him whom you have
sent, Jesus Christ."
Source: MAGNIFICAT, Vol. 17, No. 11/January 2016; from
Thomas Aquinas: The Academic Sermons,
The Fathers of the Church, Mediaeval Continuation, Vol 11, Mark-Robin Hoogland,
C.P., Tr., 2010,
The Catholic University of America Press, Washington, DC. (Used with
THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY
Mary made an
unconditional gift of herself to God in faith. The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of
God, celebrates her faith and trust in God alone. This feast honors her because
she was the faithful, believing daughter of the Kingdom of God.
Christian greeting of Mary was announced when Elizabeth called her “Mother of my
Lord.” When Elizabeth welcomed Mary, she proclaimed Mary’s great faith. No one
heard the Word of God and believed it more than Mary. For centuries Mary has
been praised because she believed. She is Mother of God because of her faith in
God. The Church wants us to call on Mary, Mother of God, and ask her to help
strengthen our faith.
Source: SAINTS AND FEAST DAYS, Christ
Our Life Series, Loyola University Press, p.64