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10:00 AM | Sunday
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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
James Obara, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Gloria Bergman, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus Proctor, Arlene Strazzulla, Jeanne Franzn, Nona Bilio-nis, Cathy Kirschbaum, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Bp. John Mack, Katherine Gnat, Harrison McKinstry, James Strazzulla, Harry Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, Helen Rogers, Eugene Leczynski, Stanley Sepiol, Mark Kourey, Father Adam Czarnecki, Father Senior Fryderyk Banas, and Father Senior Joseph Soltysiak, Nate Rosario, Fr. Tom Sheha, Carol McNiff, Jennifer Sheehan, Kayla Tanguay, Joshua Bakx, Danny Roberts, Barbara Chappel and Brittany Larkham, John Paul Matta, Lorraine Piercy Hall, William Kucharski, Janice Daviault, Dr. Greg Ross, Ben Marek, Tim Palmeri, Rosalynn Owens, Brett Kraz, Gina Pellegrino, Alessandra Ventura, Dolly Normand, Kevin Frawley, Marilyn Folcik, Wanda O’Neill, Henry Naruszewicz, Ann Platt, Corinne Berube, Flora Radziunas, Peter Willis.
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.
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13 Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:16,19-21; Galatians 5:1,13-18; Gospel: Luke 9:51-62
We are each called to serve the Lord Jesus by our baptism. Baptism is the mantel of the Lord thrown over us, it is the blood of the Lamb in which we are washed, it is the death by which we have been brought to life. Perhaps many of us were baptized as infants and do not even remember our baptism. Others of us were baptized as children old enough to remember our baptism but perhaps not old enough really to make a choice! And some of us chose as adults to become Catholics and to be baptized.
First we must be clear: it is God who is calling us to follow Him. It is our Lord Jesus who invites us to be with Him. It is the Holy Spirit at work in our souls, give us strength to walk with the Lord.
At times, for sure, we do not recognize the hand of God upon us. At times we may even resent that the Lord is calling us. Like those in today's Gospel from Saint Luke, we sometimes find strong reasons not to accompany our Lord when we are invited. Or, like others in the Gospel, we want to accomplish things quickly and so we are favor of violent actions.
We have been called by God. We have been called for freedom. This freedom can be misused, as history shows us over and over. We are called to serve one another through love. We are called to love our neighbor as our self. Such love is never easy, even when we have the best of neighbors. And when we hear the sayings of our Lord Jesus, we know that every other person in this world is our neighbor.
Are you willing to give your life in service for the good of others? So often I know that I am not that willing. How I hope that I am like the one in the Gospel who tells the Lord no, but then actually does what the Lord asks! Sometimes I know that I shall be entirely blessed if only I can do the smallest thing for the Lord. So often I have good intentions but I do not follow through with good actions.
Our Lord tells us stories like those in today's Gospel because He knows our weaknesses even better than we do. We are given the witness of the Old Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures, because we always need encouragement. Saint Paul is always reminding us that we are free but can misuse our freedom.
We are invited to continue to trust in the Lord, no matter how many times we fail. We are invited to walk with the Lord, no matter how many times we have turned down His invitation. We are invited to renew our good intentions, no matter how many times we have had good intentions and have done nothing.
Jesus Christ came into our world to save us, not to condemn us. Jesus Christ calls us to believe in Him. It is Jesus Christ who gives us the power of the Holy Spirit in our weakness so that we can cry out: Father. May the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of our Lord Jesus draw us to the Father and give us strength this day to take one small step toward the Lord. Come, Lord Jesus, help us in our weakness.
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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