Sixth Sunday in ordinary time
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the first reading, Jeremiah lived through one of the most troubled periods of the ancient Near East as he witnessed the fall of Assyria and the rising of Babylon. In the midst of this turmoil, the kingdom of Judah, came to its downfall by resisting this overwhelming force of history.
The second reading continues the teaching on the resurrection of the dead. St. Paul addresses the Corinthian claim that there is no such thing as resurrection from the dead.
In the Gospel, Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, He called His disciples and chose twelve: Simon, his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot. He then came down the mountain with them and delivered the sermon on the plain.
Wednesday, February 20 is the feast of Sts. Jacinta and Francisco Marto
Jacinto and Francisco were among the three children who received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Europe was involved in bloody wars and Portugal was in political turmoil with a government disbanding religious organizations. Our Lady asked the children to pray the rosary for the end of war and world peace. Both died of influenza at a very young age. Their cousin Lucia became a Carmelite nun and died in 2005. Pope Francis canonized the younger children on his visit to Fátima to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first apparition last May 13, 2017. The shrine of Our Lady of Fátima is visited by up to 20 million people a year.
Thursday, February 21 is the feast of St. Peter Damian
Peter was always good to the poor and he invited one or two to join him at his dinner table. He also ministered personally to their needs. He wore a hair shirt under his clothes, fasted rigorously and spent hours in prayer. Abbot Peter founded five hermitages and encouraged his fellow brothers to a life of prayer and solitude. The Holy Father called on him to be a troubleshooter and peacemaker for abbeys, clerics or government officials who are in disagreement with Rome. As bishop of Ostia, he encouraged his priests to observe celibacy and maintain scheduled prayer and religious observance. In 1828, St. Peter Damian was declared doctor of the church.
Friday, February 22 is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, the Apostle
This feast commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of the whole Church. The Throne of Saint Peter is a relic conserved in St. Peter’s Basilica and tradition claims that Apostle Peter, as leader of the early Christians and first pope, used and sat on it as Bishop of Rome. Pope Benedict VI described the chair as “a symbol of the special mission of Peter and his Successors to tend Christ’s flock, keeping it united in faith and in charity. “
We continue to list the saints of the week for their lives and virtues to emulate. Everyone is called to be a saint and every day is an opportunity to be holy.
St. Casimir Parish Pilgrimage of Mercy
The deadline for reservation (March 3, 2019) to our parish Pilgrimage of Mercy is coming closer. If you do not have the form, please pick it up from the sacristy. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the shrines of Divine Mercy, St. Casimir, Our Lady of Siluva, Gate of the Dawn and Mother of God in Trakai. Fr. Tomas will lead the tour and guide us to his homeland. We invite parishioners to explore Lithuania, one of the cheaper cities in Europe and be there before tourists flock. There are so many good things being told about this country in the social media. This is another project to bring parishioners together here at St. Casimir’s.
The Original Image of Divine Mercy (Special Director’s Cut Movie Presentation on April 13, 2019)
Tickets for the special director’s cut movie presentation of The Original Image of the Divine Mercy are now available. Director Daniel di Silva will give a talk and hold a Q&A at the event, accompanied with Divine Mercy artifacts. It will be an interesting presentation on how the original Divine Mercy image was found after almost 80 years. Take a flyer on your way out.
Let us continue offering special prayers for unity, understanding and cooperation in our parish community; regardless of race, color, language, culture and traditions. God brought us all together here at St. Casimir’s in His great love and mercy to be one universal Church. We pray for our pastor that he may always have the graces and wisdom to lead us to Christ.
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.
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