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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
29 Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus urges us to pray continually and never to grow discouraged. He encourages us with the assurance that our prayer will be answered and that we will not be disappointed. The widow, with her dogged determination to gain justice from the careless judge, is put before us as an example of perseverance in prayer. Persistence is her strong point and she exercises it relentlessly without losing heart. Despite the odds, she keeps up her petition and wears the judge down until he eventually grants her justice for the sake of his own health.
In an age where we have become accustomed to instant results and impatient with endless delays, Christ's message is to keep on praying, to keep on knocking and to give up easily because the values we cherish are not to give up easily because the values we cherish are not instantly available and take time to establish. Making prayer a daily habit means that we appreciate its importance and are prepared to make room for it in a busy routine. When something becomes precious to us we don't leave it to chance. Continual prayer somehow, like breathing, is a necessity if we are to avail of God's help and strength in getting safely through this life to heaven.
Prayer is taking God and when we pray we are to speak our hearts in a real human way, making use of the style which suits us best. We need be under no pressure to be other than what we are and what we feel at that moment. It doesn’t matter whether we are joyful, depressed, angry or frustrated. There is no reason to be ashamed because we are in the presence of a friend who understands. We pray because there is confusion in our lives and because we need guidance to make the proper decisions. There are our wrong-doings for which we need forgiveness, and our successes for which we ought to give thanks. One pressing problem is that, while we expect immediate results, God seems to remain silent and inattentive to our request. It is good to remember that we telling God anything that he doesn't know, so we can be assured that he hears our every prayer. He will not refuse what is for our benefit and will grant us what we ask in his own good time and as he sees fit. If we get our praying right, the rest of life will fall into place. Prayer is the oil that keeps the lamp of faith burning brightly, drawing us closer to God and enabling us to produce good works.
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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.
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Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Father Jozef Piatek, James Obara, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach, Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Angelo Bilionis, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus Proctor, Dawn Jopson, Arlene Strazzulla, Lawrence Fox, Jeanne Franzn, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Gary Saindon, Mary Saleh,Yanna Lantz, Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Fr. Sr. John Kraus, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Lucille Foss, Dan North, Lindsay Griffen, Louise Regan, Jean Bernier, Eddie Bernier, Katherine Gnat, Father Robert Fredrickson, Harrison McKinstry, Kristin Bilionis, James Strazzulla, George Cole, Susan Runowicz- Smith, Harry Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, Georg Baron, Maureen Carey, Steve Kulis, Justin Mothersele, Terry Massey, Eddie Soboleski, Helen Rogers, Andrew Winter, Kathy Ferrelli. Phillis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; and Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and Stanley Sepiol, Lucy Marcuccio, Peg Kostiuk, Tillie Kleszcz, Mark Kourey, Chris Kourey.
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