Saint Casimir Parish
St. Casimir Parish
grant that with the help of St. Casimir’s intercession
we may serve you in holiness and justice.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING
all young people may see in Mary’s life the
way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith
the dedication to service. (May
God bless Father
Bacevice as he strives to build a Christlike community at St. Casimir
parishioners help Father Bacevice and the parish of St. Casimir, by
good stewards who share their gifts of time, talent, and treasure for
of the parish community.
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.
those suffering from
illness of any kind and those who care for them experience God’s love
the support of family and friends.
God bless those who risk
their lives in order to help others in our own country and around the
parishioners and loved ones rest in the peace of Christ.
you, our Ministers of
Praise, be validated in your belief in the power of prayer.
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SAINT FOR MAY
St. Gregory VII
(1020 - 1085)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
“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
Source: Mother Teresa: In My Own Words, compiled by Jose Luis
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.
II document, Lumen Gentium,) # 66