Saint Casimir Parish
 

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
 

July, 2022
 
St. Casimir Parish

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

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PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS

  • That the experience and wisdom of the elderly (who represent the roots and memory of a people) may help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.  (July Papal intention) 

  • That the Holy Spirit guide parishioners involved in the Finance and Pastoral Councils, religious education, and existing program.
  • That as we celebrate Independence Day God will bless our country and keep us always thankful for the gift of freedom.
  • That the Church may act as mediator in finding solutions to problems affecting peace, social harmony, and civil rights.
  • That Christian husbands and wives will be blessed so that the love of God will be made visible to the world.
  • That God bless Father Bacevice as he strives to build a Christlike community at St. Casimir Parish.

  • That all 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 community.
  • 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 Christ.

  • That you, our Ministers of Praise, be validated in your belief in the power of prayer.

WHAT’S HAPPENING            AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH

   July 12th     Second Tuesday/Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament/ 6:00 – 7:00pm in Church 

  July 27th     Annual Holy Name Society Picnic for parishioners (4:00pm, East Park Club)

 

 
SAINT FOR JULY

SAINT HENRY II

Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire

(972 - 1024) 

July 13th

Saint Henry II
      
We are taught and advised to abandon temporal riches, to lay aside earthly goods, and to strive to reach the eternal and everlasting dwelling places in heaven.  For present glory is fleeting and meaningless, while it is possessed, unless in it we can glimpse something of heaven’s eternity.   (St. Henry)

      By the time he was 34 years old, Henry was emperor of Germany. As a ruler, he cared about the good of his people. He built monasteries, helped the poor, fought against unjust seizure of power, and relieved all kinds of oppression. In 1014 he was crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. That title made him ruler of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, andnorthern Italy, as we know these countries today.

      Henry was known as a man of strength of character, a capable military leader and an intelligent statesman. He was also pious and energetic in his work for Church reform, especially in liturgical worship, and in promoting missionary activity. Some today might think he was too quick to do battle and too ready to use power to accomplish reforms, but he was a man of his times. He followed the 11th century custom of appointing men loyal to him to leadership positions in the Church. At the same time he tried to avoid the pitfalls of this practice and encouraged Church leaders to reform ecclesiastical and monastic life.

     Pope John XXIII told us in his encyclical Pacem in Terris that we all have a duty to take an “active part in public life and to contribute toward the attainment of the common good of the entire human family.” “Every believer in this world of ours must be a spark of light, a center of love, a vivifying leaven amidst his fellow men.” Henry tried his best to be a responsible political leader.

Sources:  IN HIS LIKENESS,  by Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL; SAINT OF THE DAY, Leonard Foley, O.F.M., Editor;
                SAINTS AND FEAST DAYS, Loyola University Press

THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Participation in Christ’s kingly office

#912 The faithful should “distinguish carefully between the rights and the duties which they have as belonging to the Church and those which fall to them as members of the human society. They will strive to unite the two harmoniously, remembering that in every temporal affair they are to be guided by a Christian conscience, since no human activity, even of the temporal order, can be withdrawn from God’s dominion.”

#913 “Thus, every person, through these gifts given to him, is at once the witness and the living instrument of the mission of the Church itself ‘according to the measure of Christ’s dominion.’“

REFLECTION

archbishop John Carrol

Archbishop John Carroll (d. 1815)
He was a priest for the Society of Jesus
and the first bishopof the United States

AN INDEPENDENCE DAY PRAYER

by Archbishop John Carroll

        We pray you, O God of might, wisdom, and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with your Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to your people, over whom he presides:  by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion, by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality.

     Let the light of your divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge, and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

      We pray for the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by your powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

     We recommend likewise, to your unbounded mercy, all fellow citizens throughout the United States, that we may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of your most holy law; that we may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal. Grant this, we beseech you, O Lord of mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
(Source: MAGNIFICAT, July 2016, pp. 61- 62)