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.
May it be done to me according to
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS
That we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed
depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.
(Papal March 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:
performing the work of our parish Pastoral and Financial Councils and
religious education programs
supporting existing programs, and
raising the necessary funds to operate and grow our parish.
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, loved ones, and all those who have died
from Covid 19 will 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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SAINT FOR MARCH
ST. CYRIL OF JERUSALEM
Bishop, Doctor, d. 386 AD
St. Cyril of
Jerusalem (315-386) was a great catechist among the early Fathers of
the Church. He became Bishop of Jerusalem in 348. The persecutions
at the hands of the pagans had ceased 35 years earlier, but he still
endured hardships as did many holy bishops and theologians, who suffered because of
the Arians for several centuries. (The Arians taught
that Christ was not coequal and
coeternal with the Father, for the Father had created him.) St.
Cyril was sent into exile four times during his 38 years as Bishop
Cyril’s great contribution during his years as
bishop was the series of instructions, the Catechetical
Lectures. These instructions were used to teach those preparing
for the sacraments and also to counteract the Arian and other
Christological heresies of his time. They are also a valuable
historical source of information about the liturgy and baptism of
In his Christology St. Cyril clearly teaches the
divinity of Jesus, truly the Son of God, “begotten from the
beginning” (11th Catechesis). Such teachings are
important because they confirm the constant tradition of a correct,
precise theology at a time of theological controversy.
We honor St. Cyril of Jerusalem as a great
pastor and teacher in the face of heretical opposition and
persecution and for giving us a deeper understanding of the
mysteries of salvation.
(Source: IN HIS LIKENESS by Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL)
THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE
Lord, open my lips;
my mouth will proclaim your praise.
For you do not desire [ritual] sacrifice;
a burnt offering you would not accept.
My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit;
God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.
(Psalm 51: 17-19)
It is right to offer
sacrifice to God as a sign of adoration and gratitude, supplication and
communion: “Every action done so as to cling to God in communion of holiness,
and thus achieve blessedness, is a true sacrifice.”
Outward sacrifice, to be genuine, must be the expression of spiritual
sacrifice: “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit…” The prophets
of the Old Covenant often denounced sacrifices that were not from the heart or
not coupled with love of neighbor. Jesus recalls the words of the prophet
Hosea: “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” [referring to ritual sacrifice]
The only perfect sacrifice is the one that Christ offered on the cross as a
total offering to the Father’s love and for our salvation. By uniting ourselves
with his sacrifice we can make our lives a sacrifice to God.
The Annunciation heralds the beginning of our salvation.
By Mary’s obedient “Fiat,” the earth has become heaven.
March, 2012, p. 73)
Jesus, God has placed, in the midst of barren, despairing mankind,
new beginning which is not a product of human history but a gift from above.
World War II and spent twenty-three years in Soviet prisons.)
by Father Walter J.
(d.1984) was convicted of being a “Vatican Spy”
Had I come to Russia because I wanted it? No, I came because I was
convinced God wanted me there. And my coming, my following of the
will of God, had meant sacrifices. It had meant breaking with all
I had known and done before, in order to adapt myself to an
entirely new, strange, difficult, and strenuous life of hardship in which to
carry on an apostolate.
It is the same sacrifice demanded of
and made by so many people: missionaries, servicemen, married couples,
young people leaving home for the first time. Such sacrifice is the first
test of any vocation, any calling to follow God’s will.
But why the passion? Why pain and
suffering? The answer lies not in God’s will but in the world in which we
live and try to follow his will.
Christ’s life and suffering were
redemptive; his “apostolate” in the scheme of salvation was to restore the
original order and harmony in all creation that had been destroyed by sin.
His perfect obedience to the Father’s will redeemed man’s first and continuing
disobedience to that will.
All creation, said Saint Paul, groans and labors up
till now, awaiting Christ’s redemptive efforts to restore the proper
relationship between God and his creation.
(Source: MAGNIFICAT, March, 2011, p.162-163)