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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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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
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Bishop Thomas J. Gnat, 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.
5 Sunday of Easter
There come times in the lives of all believers when things get very dark. It's at such times that we really need strong faith, but it’s precisely at such times that our faith fails us.
It's easy to convince ourselves that we have a strong faith when things are going well. When a crisis arises we discover what kind of faith we have, or if we have any faith at all. By faith here I mean trust in God.
Of course, there are people who think that if God was with them, and if he really loved them, then no storm would ever hit them. Life should be all plain sailing. So, when a storm does hit them, they experience a deep crisis of faith, thinking that God has abandoned them.
During the Last Supper the apostles were thrown into crisis when Jesus started to talk about his death. On hearing this their hearts were troubled and filled with fear. Knowing that their faith would be severely tested, Jesus tried to prepare them for the ordeal. He said to them, 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, and believe also in me.' Since the apostles already believed, in effect what he was saying to them was, 'You must go on believing in God and in me.'
At a time of crisis people feel that God has abandoned them. But Jesus assured the apostles that, even though he was leaving them, he was not abandoning them. Rather, he was going to prepare a home for them, and would return to take them to that home.
Hence, no matter what happened, no matter how difficult things might get, they must go on believing, go on trusting in him and in the Father. That's all they would have to do. Go on believing, go on trusting. Easier said than done.
But at a time of crisis that is the only thing we can do - go on stubbornly trusting in God. Trust is the greatest thing we can give to another person. At that hour we must believe that somehow there is a purpose to it all, and that good will come of it. Then the unbearable becomes bearable, and in the darkness a glimmer of light appears.
What real faith does is assure us that God is with us in the midst of the crisis. It is that feeling, that conviction, that we are not alone, that we are not abandoned, which enables us to get through the crisis. Life is unintelligible and unendurable without God. That's why faith is so important.
Those who have faith have a source of comfort and inspiration, especially when trouble strikes. They know that God will be good to them in the end, both in this world and in the next. It is not we who keep the faith; it is the faith that keeps us.
So when things are bad, may we hear the gentle words of Jesus: 'Believe in God, and believe also in me.