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10:00 AM | Sunday 
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 (Except Monday)

St. Casimir's Parish 

Polish National Catholic Church

268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA

Your prayers are requested
for the sick, shut ins and those serving in our military. ​

James Obara,  Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Lisa Prince, Gloria Bergman, Carol Mason, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus Proctor, Arlene Strazzulla, Jeanne Franzn, Nona Bilionis, Cathy Kirschbaum, Marcy Szczepanik, Bp. John Mack, Katherine Gnat, Harrison McKinstry, James Strazzulla, Harry Cullinan, Helen Rogers, Eugene Leczynski, Stanley Sepiol,  Father Adam Czarnecki, Father Senior Joseph Soltysiak, Nate Rosario, Carol McNiff, Jennifer Sheehan, Kayla Tanguay, Joshua Bakx, Danny Roberts, Barbara Chappel and Brittany Larkham, William Kucharski, Janice Daviault, Ben Marek, Rosalynn Owens, Brett Kraz, Gina Pellegrino, Alessandra Ventura, Dolly Normand, Kevin Frawley, Marilyn Folcik, Ann Platt, Corinne Berube, Flora Radziunas, Peter Willis, Krissy Toth, Ted Kostzewski, Janet Dadoly, Colton Bouchillon, Jack Kirschbaum, Diane Becchetti, Judy McNeil Anita Tuozza, Maureen Carabino, John Gibson, Jonasz Tenus, Richard Salach, David Cyr Sr., David Cyr Jr., Brock Borton, Joyce Normand, Arlene Swantek, Beata Mazur, Beth Koules, Doug Capsilors, Marie Griffin, Judy McNeill, Sharon Rittuci, Kerrie Garvey, Dr. Bert Quirbach, Bp. Paul Sobiechowski, Celia Menzia, Sophie Kosidlo.


2 Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 5:1-6; Gospel: John 20:19-31

When we are feeling good we are quite happy to let others come near us. But when we are in pain we tend to cut ourselves off from others. No one wants to have a sore spot touched. We want it left alone. While this is understandable, it is a mistake. 

How can healing happen if we will not allow our wounds to be seen and touched?
Only when we discover that from a person we  can  expect sympathy and comfort and healing, then we  come out with the truth and  allow to be seen and be touched.
Now let us consider the case of the man, Thomas, who is at the center of today's Gospel. After the death of Jesus he fled from the company of the other apostles. Thus he missed the first appearance of the risen Lord. However, he was there for the next appearance. And it is very  interesting to see how Jesus dealt with him. 

The first thing Jesus did was to show him his own wounds. Jesus felt no need to hide his wounds for they were the proof of his love. 
They were the mortal wounds the Good Shepherd suffered in defending his flock from the wolf.  
Then he invited Thomas to touch those wounds. 

But in truth, Thomas was the wounded one. He was wounded by grief, loneliness, doubt and despair. In his pain he wanted to be alone. Even though his wounds were invisible, they were very real. But Jesus was able to see them. It was he who touched Thomas' wounds, and so made him whole and well again. It was by touching and being touched that Thomas was healed of his unbelief as well as of his other wounds. 

It is by showing our wounds, by touching and being touched, that we are healed. The human heart is healed only by the presence of another human being who understands human pain.
The world today is full of Doubting Thomases. They will not come to believe unless they can touch Jesus' wounds and see the radiance of his face. This can happen only if he is seen to be alive in his followers.

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.

A Special Announcement...

     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.

Rev. Andrzej Tenus


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