St. Casimir Catholic Church

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Sunday Announcement

It is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

 

Today’s first reading underlines that the “offering of the body and blood of Christ “ in the Eucharistic sacrifice has a biblical antecedent. Melchizedek, the king of Salem and priest of the Most High God blesses Abram. Melchizedek, who brought forth a gift of bread and wine, offers a prayer of blessing and Eucharistic praise.

The second reading contains the oldest written account of the institution of the Eucharist. St. Paul was dealing with an unfortunate situation of disunity and selfish behavior within the Corinthian community and was presenting the idea of self-sacrifice as a corrective measure. Christ’s redeeming sacrifice, which the Eucharist actualizes and makes present, is all-inclusive and meant for all – including the poor and marginalized.

St. Luke’s gospel describes the miraculous feeding of the crowd of five thousand and could be understood as a type or prefiguring of Jesus’ gift of the Eucharistic Bread that would spiritually nourish those who believed in him. The taking, breaking and giving of the loaves anticipated the “taking” of Jesus in the garden, the “breaking” of his body during his passion and Jesus’ “giving” of himself as a sacrifice for the sins of humankind.

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Monday, June 24 is the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John.” John spent his time in the desert as an ascetic. He began to announce the coming of the Kingdom, and to call everyone to a fundamental reformation of life. His purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus. John attracted countless people to the banks of the Jordan, and it occurred to some people that he might be the Messiah. But he constantly deferred to Jesus, even to sending away some of his followers to become the first disciples of Jesus.

Thursday, June 27 is the feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria

Cyril as archbishop of Alexandria pillaged and closed the churches of the Novatian heretics—who required those who denied the faith to be re-baptized—participated in the deposing of Saint John Chrysostom, and confiscated Jewish property, expelling the Jews in retaliation for their attacks on Christians. Presiding as the pope’s representative at the Council of Ephesus in 431, Cyril condemned Nestorianism and proclaimed Mary truly the “God-bearer”—the mother of the one Person who is truly God and truly human.

Saturday, June 29 is the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Peter was the leader of the apostles, chosen by Jesus who has a special relationship with him. With James and John he was privileged to witness the Transfiguration, the raising of a dead child to life, and the agony in Gethsemane. His mother-in-law was cured by Jesus. He was sent with John to prepare for the last Passover before Jesus’ death. His name is first on every list of apostles. It is to Peter that Jesus said “Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”

Paul is the well known preacher of Christ’s teachings. His conviction was simple and absolute: Only God can save humanity. No human effort—even the most scrupulous observance of law—can create a human good which we can bring to God as reparation for sin and payment for grace. To be saved from itself, from sin, from the devil, and from death, humanity must open itself completely to the saving power of Jesus.

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Volunteers wanted for our music ministry

We are in dire need of volunteer singers and accompanists to form a choir for the English Masses. For those who have the educational background, training and talent, please don’t be shy to come forward. The Music Ministry needs organization and development.

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Fiesta del Nuestra Senora del Rocio

Our Latino community will celebrate the feast of Nuestra Senora del Rocio next Sunday, June 30th. There will be procession and Mass beginning at 12 noon, followed with lunch and presentation of Spanish canciones and flamencos. Tickets will be available at the gate.

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Be counted and register

Our parish census is still going on. For those who come to Mass here at St. Casimir’s and have not registered, please take time to pick up and fill up a card from the vestibules . You can drop it at the provided basket. We need to update our parish data to properly allocate our resources and provide efficient service in our spiritual community.

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Volunteers needed for Music Ministry

We are in dire need of volunteer singers and accompanists to form a choir for the English Masses. For those who have the educational background, training and talent, please don’t be shy to come forward. The Music Ministry needs organization and development.

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Pilgrimage of Mercy

Those who are still deciding to join, you can submit your registration form, however there will be slight changes in air fare. Forms are available at the vestibules.

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Pray for our parish and spiritual community

Let us continue offering special prayers for unity, understanding and cooperation in our parish community. God brought us all together here at St. Casimir’s in His great love and mercy to be one universal Church. Let us pray for our pastor that he may always have the graces and wisdom to lead us to Christ.

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Pope Francis Message on His Apostolic Journey to the Baltic Seas

During his apostolic visit last September, Pope Francis acknowledged the experiences of Lithuanians that still bear the scars of the occupation period, anguish of those who were deported, uncertainty about those who never returned, and shame for those who were informers and traitors. He called for healing the memories of the past and take active part in the tasks of the present. He reminded everyone what it means to be a Church on the move, unafraid to go out and get involved, to go forth to the weak, neglected, those dwelling at the margins of life. To go forth also means to halt at times, to set aside worries and cares, to notice, to listen and to accompany those left on the roadside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our new website

We hope you find everything you need on our new website, built by the Parish Connect team of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Feel free to browse around and send us any feedback.