Saint Casimir Parish


JUNE, 2020
St. Casimir Parish

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


  • That all those who suffer may find their way in life by allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.                                                                                                                      (Papal intention)

  • 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 support.

  • 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.



           “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 5,2020)


St. Ephrem the Syrian

(Deacon, Doctor)

 June 9th


     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 theological controversies.


     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.

Sources:  SAINTS AND FEASTDAYS, SUPPLEMENT, Loyola University Press; IN HIS LIKENESS, Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL



 Prayer as the Source of Hope


#2657 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 40:2) 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.” (Rom 15:13)







Hope is 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 activist)

God’s mercy and grace give me hope for myself and for our world.
Billy Graham (American Christian Evangelist)

There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.
Anwar Sadat (Egyptian president, Nobel Peace Price recipient, assassinated in 1981)

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.
Desmond Tutu (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.
Abraham Lincoln (16th American president)

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd American president)