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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.
27 Sunday in Ordinary Time
Genesis 2:18-24; Hebrews 2:9-11; Gospel: Mark 10:2-16
What Jesus was being asked by the Pharisees was where he stood concerning marriage and divorce. He left them in no doubt about his position, emphasizing that marriage is a state of life created by God himself, a lifelong union between one man and one woman kept together by a pledge of love and loyalty made in the presence of God. It's a union that cannot be undone, so when a couple marry there is no power on earth, short of death, that can free them to remarry. 'What God has joined together man must not separate.' We are called this morning to reflect on the dignity of marriage commitment. This is a question that is surfacing more and more in today's church as Christians are bombarded from all sides with the worldly view that life - long marriage is unacceptable. Few beliefs set us so much apart from the world as Christ's teaching on marriage which directs us to obey God and not man.
Life could be described as a journey, and marriage is two people making that journey together in partnership. The wedding day is but the starting point when the church blesses the couple and family and friends gather to celebrate their departure and to wish them good luck for the road ahead. The sight of newly - weds pledging themselves to each other stirs something deep within us. It's an acknowledgment to the community that their lives have taken a new direction through the power of love, which demands mutual respect and trust of each other. Together they go forward to meet the rough and smooth of life and to weather the storms that even true love cannot escape. The church's blessing and family smiles are no magic wand to smooth the ways for instant happiness.
A good marriage must be created. It's not so much about finding the right partner as being the right person. In marriage the little things are the most important, like speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It's having the capacity to forgive and to forget which means never going to sleep angry. A married couple cannot stand together and face the world unless their union is based on love. Love is what cements and binds that relationship together for life. It’s a hope and a trust that has to be lived down the years through good times and bad times. Love can be easily reneged upon and then marriage fades away and dies. The solemn pledge, made at the altar of God, to love each other for better or for worse, should no trip lightly off any tongue.
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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.
James Obara, Esther & Mary
Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski,
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, Georg Baron, Maureen Carey, Terry Massey, Helen Rogers, Kathy Ferrelli.
Phillis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and Stanley Sepiol,
Lucy Marcuccio, Mark Kourey, Father Adam Czarnecki, Father Senior Fryderyk Banas, and
Father Senior Joseph Soltysiak, Fran Ward, John Kirschbaum, Mary Santos, Mike Zarek, 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, Barbara
Chappel and Brittany Larkham, John Paul Matta, Lorraine Piercy Hall. William Kucharski, Chris
Tymowicz, Janice Daviault, Dr. Greg Ross, Ben Marek, Prime Bp Emeritus John Swantek and
Prime Bishop Emeritus Robert Nemkovich, Robert Jaracz, Tim Palmeri and Sue Locks,
Marianne Davis, George Cole.
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