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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
23 Sunday in Ordinary Time
Peter found it difficult to accept that the mission of Jesus would end with the cross and crucifixion. He did not see why pain and suffering were necessary for discipleship, and was anxious that the Lord avoid this course of action. He was outraged at the idea that such happenings should take place.
Like most of us, he failed to grasp the role of suffering in God's plan. He thought that being part of the kingdom was a matter of power and success. Words were powerless to rid him of the idea of a Messiah of earthly splendor and glory.
Peter had yet to learn that the standards of Christ were not those of prosperity and privilege. The outcome was a reprimand from Jesus who cautioned him against adopting the standards of the world, 'The way you think is not God's way but man's: The gospel ends with a challenge from Jesus to welcome hardship and to embrace pain and personal suffering, for to hold on to this life is to lose eternal life and everlasting values.
In the grand scheme of things we are set a whole series of tests. The road is never a straight one and suffering is a reality of human life. In the world greed, cruelty and sickness are the order of the day. Our earthly pilgrimage is so beset with trials and tribulations that it is aptly named a 'valley of tears'.
We have all experienced our share of hardship in the form of sickness, loss of job or death in the family. Down the ages the problem of pain has been the debating ground of so much human thought and the torment of so many noble souls. When things go wrong and affliction comes our way we cry out and protest in bitter rebellion. It's a natural tendency to turn one's back on trouble but running away from pain can never bring joy, for to hide from it is to pretend that it does not exist.
Being a Christian is a demanding honor because God's way of doing things is contrary to human expectations. In the gospel, Christ tells us plainly that discipleship involves denying ourselves, taking up the cross in trust and confidence and following his footsteps across the hill of Calvary. It's a hard teaching but the measure of greatness in the kingdom of heaven is the standard of the cross.
This is an occasion to reflect on our own commitment to Christ because it's easy to lose sight of our final goal in life. Our hearts are tempted to seek comfort in material things and to avoid hardship. Many church-goers think only of themselves and reluctantly give God forty minutes on Sunday morning, yet if asked to identify themselves would profess to be Christian.
Save the date ! Our Polish Food Fest will be held on October 21st in the Parish Center - Come join us for great food and a great time.
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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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Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Bp. John Mack, Father Jozef Piatek, James Obara, Helen Kowalski, Mary Donahue, Stephanie Maciejewski, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Alvin Coulter, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, Denise Sullivan, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach,Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Angelo Bilionis, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Monica Rondeau, Richard Ferus Proctor, Leeanne Gouveia, Dawn Jopson, Arlene Strazzulla, Bruce Roberts, Rosalyn Goldman, Cheryl Scott, Nathan Strazzulla, Lawrence Fox, Caroline Reinking, Jeanne Franzen, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Gary Saindon, Teresa Tacinelli, Mary Saleh, Sharon Nolan, Yanna Lantz, Sharon Potthoff,Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Agnieszka Tenus, Fr. Sr. John Kraus, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Alice Rosmus, Susan Runowicz-Smith, Harry Cullinan, Sharon Ritucci, Gloria Tsouprakakis, Louise Regan, Harrison McKinstry, Kfristin Bilionis, Denise Quinn, James Strazzulla, George Cole.
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