Saint Casimir Parish
 

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
 

MAY, 2022
 
St. Casimir Parish

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

Marija ir kūdikis

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS

  • That all young people may see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.  (May Papal intention)


  • 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 the Holy Spirit guide parishioners involved in the Finance and Pastoral Councils, religious education, and existing program.

  • That through Mary’s intercession the Lord will bless all mothers and reward them for their sacrifices and love. 

  • That husbands and wives be strengthened in their loving commitment to one another, modeling the union of Christ and the Church.

  • 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

 

Check the parish bulletin for updates

 

 
SAINT FOR MAY

St. Gregory VII

Pope
(1020 - 1085)

May 25th

St Gregory III
        By God’s will Mother Church placed me in my unworthiness (and God knows that I was unwilling, too) upon the apostolic throne, and there with all my powers I have tried to see that the holy Church, the bride of God, our lady and mother, might return to the beauty which is rightly hers and remain free, chaste and catholic.                   (from a letter by St. Gregory VII)


  
 
The 10th century and the first half of the 11th were dark days for the Church, partly because the papacy was the pawn of various Roman families.  In 1049, things began to change when Pope Leo IX, a reformer, was elected. He brought a young monk named Hildebrand to Rome as his counselor and special representative on important missions. Hildebrand was to become Gregory VII.

     The Church at that time was plagued by: 1) simony (the buying and selling of sacred offices and things), 2) the unlawful marriage of the clergy and 3) lay investiture (kings and nobles controlling the appointment of Church officials). To all of these Hildebrand directed attention, first as counselor to the popes and later as pope himself.

     As pope Gregory stressed the role of the bishop of Rome as the vicar of Christ and the visible center of unity in the Church. He resisted any attack on the liberty of the Church. For this he suffered and died in exile. Thirty years later the Church finally won its struggle against lay investiture.

Source:  IN HIS LIKENESS by Rev. Charles E. Yost, SCJ, STL and SAINT OF THE DAY, Leonard Foley, O.F.M., Editor

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Mary

# 973  By promoting her “fiat” at the Annunciation and giving her consent to the Incarnation, Mary was already collaborating with the whole work her Son was to accomplish.  She is mother wherever he is Savior and head of the Mystical Body.

# 974  The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Son’s Resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all members of his Body.

# 975  We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ. (Paul VI, CPG, 15)

REFLECTION

 “LOVE ONE ANOTHER”
 by SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA
 

      The less we have, the more we give.  Seems absurd but it’s the logic of love.  True love causes pain.  Jesus, in order to give us the proof of his love, died on the cross.  A mother, in order to give birth to her baby, has to suffer.  If you really love one another, you will not be able to avoid making sacrifices.  The poor do not need our condescending attitude or pity.  They only need our love and our tenderness.  To me, Jesus is the Life I want to live, the Light I want to reflect, the Way to the Father, the Love I want to express, the Joy I want to share, the Peace I want to sow around me.  Jesus it everything to me.  If faith is scarce, it is because there is too much selfishness in the world, too much egoism.  Faith, in order to be authentic, has to be generous and giving.  Love and faith go hand in hand.     

     God has created us so we do small things with great love.  I believe in that great love that comes, or should come, from our heart.  It should start at home: with my family, my neighbors across the street, those right next door.  And this love should then reach everyone.

   Source:  Mother Teresa:  In My Own Words, compiled by Jose Luis Gonales-Balado

 

REMEMBERING VATICAN II

All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed… (Lk. 1: 48)

The Vatican II Council tells us:


°   Mary has by grace been exalted above all angels and men to a place second only to her son, as the most holy mother of God who was involved in the mysteries of Christ:  she is rightly honored by a special cult in the Church.

°  The various forms of piety towards the Mother of God, which the Chuirch has approved within the limits of sound and orthodox doctrine, according to the dispositions and understanding of the faithful, ensure that while the mother is honored, the Son through whom all things have their being (cf. Col. 1:15-16) and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell (cf. Col. 1:19) is rightly known, loved and glorified and his commandments are observed.

Source:  Vatican II document, Lumen Gentium,) # 66