November 25, 2018
It is the Solemnity of Christ the King
The first reading today from the Book of Daniel recounts a vision that all peoples, nations, and languages serve the Lord.
In the second reading from the Book of Revelation, we are given a prophecy that at the end of time, everyone will see the Lord Jesus, even those who have pierced Him.
The Gospel of Saint John makes clear that the Kingdom of Jesus is not a Kingdom of this world but a Kingdom in the world to come, life after death, life with Jesus forever—or life rejecting Jesus forever.
Monday, November 26 is the feast of St. Columban
Columban was an Irish missionary who worked all over Europe. After many years of seclusion as a monk, together with 12 companions, he traveled, preached and performed charity works at time of clergy laxity and civil strife. He established monasteries that became centers of religion and culture. His teachings and principles were opposed by kings and he was deported back to Ireland. On his way, the ship ran aground a storm and landed in Italy, where he died.
Tuesday, November 27 is the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
On November 27, 1830, our Lady appeared to a young Catholic nun asking that a medal be struck in her honor. Two years later, the first 1, 500 medals were issued at a time when France was undergoing religious difficulties So many conversions and physical cures were attributed to the medal that the name ‘Miraculous Medal” was given by popular acclaim. In 1839, 10 million medals were issued to become the protection of the world. St. Bernadette Soubirous wore the medal during the first appearance of Lourdes. In December, 1876, Sister Catherine Laboure died and was buried at the same chapel. Her body was incorruptible and on display at rue de Bac, Paris. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII and her feast day is on Wednesday, November 28.
Thursday, November 29 is the feast of St. Clement
Pope Clement was the third successor of Peter. He provided the direct link between the apostles and the following generations of Church fathers. He wrote the first letter to the community of Corinth. He asserted the authority of priests to minister for the Church, as handed down from the apostles. He was imprisoned by Emperor Trajan for his ministry, executed and thrown to the sea.
Friday, November 30 is the feast of St. Andrew, apostle
Andrew was Peter’s brother and they were called by Jesus while walking on the sea of Galilee. He said to them: ‘‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-20). Legend has it that Andrew preached the Good News in what is now modern Greece and Turkey and was crucified at Patras on an X-shaped cross.
Venerable Alfredo Obviar
Last November 7, Pope Francis declared Alfredo Obviar of the Philippines, as venerable, the first step to sainthood. He is the founder of Missionary Catechists of Saint Thérèse of the Infant Jesus, and was Bishop of Lucena until his death. As a parish priest in Batangas, he established catechetical centers in rural areas for children and adults alike to learn about the Catholic faith. To encourage vocation and increase the number of priests in his diocese, he established the Mount Carmel Seminary and St. Alphonsus School of Theology. These increased more than 100 ordained priests from 1951 to 1975. Among them was Ricardo Vidal to become a cardinal. He died on October 1, 1978 on the feast of St. Therese.
Our Thanksgiving Potluck will take place tomorrow (Sunday, November 18) from 2:00 – 5:00PM at the rectory garden. This is another opportunity to get together as well as to engage in casual conversation with our pastor. Please come and share your favorite food with parishioners. Make an effort to participate as we build our community of faith here at St. Casimir’s. Again, being a Catholic is not only a matter of going to Sunday Mass, we need to reach out especially to the people we meet in church.
Most of our Sunday Mass goers drop only a dollar during the first collection. Doesn’t God deserve more than a dollar? Please take a moment to read the flyer on giving which was inserted in the bulletin, a copy available on the vestibule or posted on the Bulletin board. It is written in the book of Proverbs: “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”
As a courtesy to those coming to the next Mass, please put back the kneelers and mass booklets before you leave. Pick up your trash and let us work together to keep our church clean. Thank you for your acts of kindness.
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