It is the Second Sunday in ordinary time.
The central theme of today’s readings is a challenge to live like the Lamb of God and to die like the Lamb of God.
The first reading is from the “Songs of the Suffering Servant” in Isaiah, where aspects of Jesus’ own life as sacrificial lamb and mission as salvation of the world are foreshadowed.
St.Paul reminds the Corinthians that they are “sanctified and called to be holy” like all who call on the name of Jesus. They are called by God and consecrated in Christ Jesus for a life of holiness and service.
The Gospel presents three themes, namely, the witness John the Baptist bears to Jesus, the revelation (epiphany) and identification of Jesus as the “Lamb of God,” and the call to discipleship.
Monday, January 20 is the feast of St. Sebastian
Sebastian entered the Roman army to assist the martyrs without arousing suspicion. He was found out, brought before Emperor Diocletian and delivered to Mauritanian archers to be shot to death. He accosted the emperor, denouncing him for his cruelty to Christians. He was beaten to death with clubs and buried on the Appian Way.
Tuesday, January 21 is the feast of St. Agnes
Agnes was a young beautiful girl pursued by many young men. She refused marriage and was reported for being a Christian. She was arrested and confined to a house of prostitution. There was a legend that a man lustfully looked at her and lost his sight to be regained only with Agnes prayer. She was condemned, executed and buried in a catacomb near Rome.
Thursday, January 23 is feast of St. Marianne Cope
Marianne and her family emigrated to the United States from Germany. She joined the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York. As superior of St. Joseph’s Hospital, she responded to the call of the Hawaiian government for someone to run the Kakaako Receiving Station for people with leprosy. Mother Marianne changed life on Molokai by introducing cleanliness, pride, and fun to the colony. She continued her work faithfully and her sisters attracted vocations among the Hawaiian people.
Saturday, January 25 is the Conversion of St. Paul
Paul hated all what Jesus stood for and harass the Church. He dragged out men and women and handed them over for imprisonment. After personally meeting Jesus in Damascus, he saw that his dynamic personality was being wasted. He entered into a new energy, harnessed with one goal in being a slave of Christ in the ministry of reconciliation, an instrument to help others experience, the one Savior.
Feast of the Santo Nino or Holy Child – Saturday, January 25
The Filipino community will share their celebration of Catholic faith on Saturday, January 25 with a Mass and blessing of children and Santo Nino or Holy Child images. Spanish missionaries gifted the image of the Holy Child to the local king and queen when they converted to Christianity in 1521. Please bring your Holy Child images and children.
Called to Renew Campaign (Parish Goal: $215,000/Assessment for Repairs $560,000)
Our Called to Renew Campaign resumes next Sunday, January 19th. As of date, we have 106 individuals and families who have committed a total of $345,000. We hope to reach the $560,000 assessment for our repairs and renovations from the remaining 105 registered families. Pledge forms are available on the vestibules and you can always submit them in the parish office. Thank you very much for your overwhelming support and generosity. May God’s unending graces continue to overflow in your homes.
A look back of 2019
As we close the year, God’s overflowing graces continue to pour here at St. Casimir’s.
We began 2019 with the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Child or Santo Nino and the blessing of children. We will do this again on Saturday, January 25. This is a meaningful tradition brought by the Filipino community to commemorate the gift of faith given by the Spaniards five hundred years ago which they continue to share wherever they go. In March, we honored Fr. Tomas on his ordination Jubilee. Our Easter Sunday filled our church as we rejoiced in the Resurrection of Christ. In May, we offered to Mary, flowers from our gardens which were unusually in bloom with the big rains of spring. The annual Pilgrimage of Mercy was launched to foster friendship and goodwill, an opportunity to visit and pray in the holy shrines of Lithuania. There will be another one in August. Finally, for the fifth year, we honored our Blessed Mother on the feast of the Immaculate Conception with Evening With Mary. Throughout the year, the rosary was recited every Saturday. Children as well as adults were prepared for First Communion and Confirmation. There are babies brought every month for baptisms and there is an increasing attendance of the Saturday vigil and Sunday Masses.
The various ministries continue to be alive with the help of hardworking individuals to mention a few – Cristeta of the RCIA classes, lectors – Marilou, Larry, Regina, Medy, Mary, Elvie and Christine; acolytes – Hadrian, Nathan, Evan and Anthony; music – Gilda, Bill, Patricia, Tony, Luis and Dulce; Eucharistic ministers – Jean and Dada; those who prepare the altars – Celia, Rachel, Linda, Fely, Evelyn and Michael; prayer groups – Yeyet, Jun and Emma. Yes, we only have less than 40 generous volunteers who share their time and talents.
In addition to local ministries, St. Casimir’s continues to be a unique mission church where the pastor has to reach out to Lithuanians in San Diego, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Oregon, especially the elderly and seniors who do not speak English and have not assimilated the American culture. Through him, we continue to participate in spreading the light of Christ.
It is amazing how the Called to Renew Campaign involved Americans, Asians, Latinos, Filipinos and Lithuanians to share their resources in strengthening the ministerial outreach of the Archdiocese and improving our parish facilities and technology to create a more inviting environment for worship. We have become a universal church and spiritual community here at St. Casimir’s.
With numerous on-going appeals for various contributions plus the tight economy, we were anxious on how parishioners will welcome the campaign. There were difficulties, hesitancies and challenges encountered along the way. However, each one of you wholeheartedly came forward to preserve our church and promote our faith to the next generation. We are optimistic to go ahead and meet the required $560,000 assessment for repairs and renovations within the next five to twelve years. St. Casimir’s parishioners remain hopeful to reach the amount, without asking from the Archdiocese, the additional of the $215,000 goal. Let us keep praying and God will provide.
Our parish average annual income is $375,000 with Sunday collection of $122,000 and our expenses totals to $440,000. Your overflowing generosity always provide for the difference. Indeed, we are small church in a happy neighborhood where miracles happen.
In behalf of Fr. Tomas, our pastor – we would like to thank you and may God’s blessings continue to pour in the new year. Thank you, for always sharing your time, talent and treasure. This is our faith. Together let us keep the light of Christ burning in our hearts.
ST. CASIMIR PARISH PILGRIMAGE OF MERCY October 12 – October 24, 2020
(Includes shrines of the original painting of Divine Mercy, canonically crowned images of Our Lady Gate of the Dawn, Our Lady of Siluva and Mother of God in Trakai)
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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.
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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