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10:00 AM | Sunday
9:00 AM | Weekdays
St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts USA
Come, Worship With Us on Sunday
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.
We are very thankful for the response we have received from our websie readers! In the very short period of time since we created our site, we have received many messages from you via the Contact Us page with comments and questions about our activities, and requests for information about our church, our cemetery and the PNCC in general. How wonderful that is! Thank you very much.
We would like to apologize, however, for our failure to keep the site current. We have a lot going on at St. Casimir's and our volunteer parishioners are really very busy. We are working on a plan to maintain the website on a more current schedule and ask your indulgence. In order to make the site even more interesting, we are in the process of redesigning it as yu will see in the coming weeks....please send us your comments as we progress.
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for the sick, shut ins and those serving in our military.
Bishop Thomas J. Gnat, Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Bp. John Mack, Father Jozef Piatek, James Obara, Dr. John Janas, Helen Kowalski, Mary Donahue, Edwin Stankiewicz, Stephanie Maciejewski, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Alvin Coulter, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Anna Billewicz, Edward Wisniewski, Denise Sullivan, John Monarca, Pauline Koczera, Dolores Quirbach,Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Angelo Bilionis, Carol Mason, Mary Wielgosh, 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, Joan Witkowski, Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Agnieszka Tenus, Fr. Sr. John Kraus, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Isabel Dziura, Walter Sott, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Yvonne Bozek, Alice Rosmus, Wanda Hedrick, Jerry Davis, Susan Runowicz-Smith, Harry Cullinan, Sharon Ritucci, Gloria Tsouprakakis, Louise Regan, Harrison McKinstry, Kfristin Bilionis, Denise Quinn, James Strazzulla, George Cole.
30 Sunday in Ordinary Time
If we pray and expect that our prayers might be heard, then we must pray humbly, asking the mercy of the Lords and not demanding his attention. We can give our love and prayers to Him, expecting nothing but having total confidence in His love for us and that He will arrange all things for our good.
The first reading today is from the book of Sirach, one of the Wisdom books. This book teaches us about many things: God has no favorites, the prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds and will reach its goal.
We can compare this to the Gospel today, from Saint Luke, which presents us with two people, both praying. The first person tells God all that he has done that is good. The other simply tells God that he is a sinner. The sinner is heard.
There is so much fear today of admitting that we are sinners or about defining ourselves as sinners. We would rather be known as children of God, as those loved by God. Both ways of looking at us are true. On the other hand, although we are children of God and loved by God, we are not faithful to Him and do not respond to His love. He never rejects us. Both descriptions of us are true and yet from our side, truly we are only sinners and merit nothing and that is a truth from which we should not hide.
We can always rejoice that He loves us, that He invites us to share His life, that He constantly reaches out to us no matter how many times we turn away. We need to have that confidence in Him. Yet we should never be ashamed to admit: I am a sinner and unworthy of His love.
What a miracle that He loves us! What infinite compassion He has towards us! What tender mercy He shows to us!
The second Letter to Timothy gives us the perspective of Saint Paul: I have kept in the race, I have persevered, I trust in the Lord. The race is simply to live our life here on earth with this total trust in God, no matter how often we fail or turn aside. We know the truth of this life: God loves us. We know the path of this life: love of God and love of our neighbor, especially our enemy. We know that He will always give us the strength to believe if we only ask Him.
My sisters and brothers, God invites us to see ourselves as we are. The more humbly we live, the more confidence we have in His love and compassion. Let us take the time today to pray as did the Tax Collector: Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.
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