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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
Prayer in Time of National Anxiety
Let us pray. I come to You, Lord, in this time of uncertainty and confusion that has gripped
our nation and our world. I pray that our leaders and representatives in government are
filled with Your peace, strength and courage. May your gifts of wisdom and understanding,
fortitude and counsel be sought and utilized by them for the well-being of our country. By
their belief and trust in You may they provide capable leadership, promote unity and peace,
and be attentive to the concerns of our people. May Your Church provide support and
comfort; and help strengthen our hope for peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
11 Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lord speaks to us in parables. Over and over in the Gospels we hear stories that the Lord is speaking as He tries to instruct us about following God. Only if we are walking with Jesus in His way will we be able to understand the meaning of the parables. It is not because Jesus does not want us to understand, but because there is only one way to understand stories: to be with the one who is telling the stories.
The first reading today from the Prophet Ezekiel and the Gospel both speak about starting a new plant, about sowing seed, about making something grow. The kingdom of heaven is about something new growing, in us and in the world around us. God is at work and makes new things happen. God is giving us His live and that is entirely new.
Perhaps today we take it for granted that God has become one of us in order to save us. We must stop for a moment and realize how incredible that is! God promises us His life and so He takes on our life and even dies so that we can have life. The challenge for us is the same as it was in the time of Jesus: do we want new life?
Quite often we are content with the life we have. We only want to have enough food to eat and enough please to enjoy and we don't want to be bothered with all the obligations of religiosity. This is sad. It means that a person has not encountered the living God but has only encountered religion in a bad way.
Once we begin to be aware of the new life that can be ours, we begin to want it more and more. It is not any obligation of religiosity that brings us to celebrate the Eucharist or to take part in the Christian community. It is the encounter with the risen Lord. The Second Letter to the Corinthians today puts it this way: we aspire to please Him, whether we are at home or away.
Most people give up on Church or on religious practice because they have never met the Lord. You and I need to find ways to invite people to meet the Lord. If we our-selves have not met Him, then we cannot preach Him or give witness to Him. May this new life that God promises us take place in our lives and may we be able to share it with others.
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You are invited to join us at 10:00 on any Sunday morning to attend Mass at our church. No matter your background, ethnicity, or denomination, we don't look at that. Just people with good will looking for some place to fill out their souls. If you need comfort, a place to pray, this is the place. We do not judge—it's not up to us to judge. All are welcome.
The Mass liturgy is celebrated in English and booklets are available for you to follow the service in comfort. Please come and worship along side the friendly people of St. Casimir’s.
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Your prayers are requested
for the sick, shut ins and those serving in our military.
Your prayers are requested for the sick and shut ins: James Obara, Esther & Mary
Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski,
Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus
Proctor, Arlene Strazzulla, Jeanne Franzn, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Yanna Lantz, Carolyn
Damon, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik,
Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Lucille Foss, Lindsay Griffen, Jean Bernier,
Eddie Bernier, Katherine Gnat, Harrison McKinstry, Kristin Bilionis, James Strazzulla, Harry &
Jane Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, George Baron, Maureen Carey, Terry Massey, Helen Rogers,
Kathy Ferrelli. Phyllis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and
Stanley Sepiol, Lucy Marcuccio, Mark Kourey, Father Adam Czarnecki, Father Senior Fryderyk
Banas, Father Senior Joseph Soltysiak, Fran Ward ,Joe Sawicki, John Kirschbaum,
Mary Santos, Brian and Jen Wood, Nate Rosario, Fr. Tom Sheha; Mitchell Kopacz,
Carol McNiff, Jennifer Sheehan, Kayla Tanguay, Sue Scatton, Joe Goldman, Joshua Bakx,
Danny Roberts, Patricia Mahon, Barbara Chappel ,Brittany Larkham, John Paul Matta,
Lorraine Piercy Hall. William Kucharski, Chris Tymowicz, Janice Daviault, Dr.
Greg Ross, Ben Marek.
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