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.
goodness of the Lord be upon us and give success to the work of our
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.
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
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
That you, our Ministers of Praise, be validated in your belief in the
power of prayer.
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SAINT FOR AUGUST
ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
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.
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
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
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).
God takes the initiative of universal redeeming love
THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE
#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
OF THE HOLY CROSS
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
(Source: SAINTS AND FEAST DAYS
SUPPLEMENT, Christ Our Life Series, Loyola University Press)