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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.
Ascension of the Lord
Ascension Day speaks of mystery and of the power to reach through to another dimension. It marks the end of Christ's mission on earth and celebrates his glorious return to the father in heaven. Although it was the last act of the cycle of Jesus life, death and resurrection, it was not a day for sadness but an occasion for joy and renewal of hope. In ascending into heaven, Christ thrust himself out of the ordinary into the extraordinary, from the here in Galilee to the every-where throughout the world. He ceased to limit himself to one time or one place or one group of people. Through the power of the Holy Spirit he became invisibly present and available to all who wished to be in contact with him, partake in his work and share his glory.
For the apostles it meant their period of training was over and the time has arrived for the begin-ning of their mission, 'to go out to the whole world and proclaim the good news to all crea-tion.' (Mark 16:15). At the Lord's departure the disciples stood motionless, transfixed by what had happened. The sadness in their hearts was understandable as it was their second painful experience of separation from Jesus, and they felt that their lives would never be the same again. They were called back to reality by two men in white who interrupted their daydreaming, beckoning them to be about their master's business. Their mission was not to stand around looking up to heaven, waiting for something to happen. In the absence of Christ, they were to be his messengers, proclaiming the Good News to the poor, the oppressed and all people in need.
The return of Jesus, in all his glory, to the Father gives us a glimpse of the great future to which we have been called. Provided we remain faithful to his teaching; our final home will also be with the Father in heaven. Like the apostles, Christ commands us to be his witnesses in preach-ing the God News to the ends of the earth. It is a daunting task but it is made tolerable by the assurance that he has not left us orphans but, through the power of the Holy Spirit, he is with us in all our endeavors. Life is often thought of as a pil-grimage and all of us are travelers on that important roadway. Because many are weakened by the trials, suffering and disappointments of life, they lose hope and are unsure of where they are going, not knowing if there is anything at the end of the road. They find their happiness by dwelling on memories of the past. Like the apostles, on Ascension Day, they spend their time waiting aimlessly and idly gazing up to heaven. Christ's ascension assures us that there is a purpose to life and that our journey, however difficult, will take us back to the Father. Meanwhile, we live in the hope that the words of Jesus will come true for us when he said: 'Where I am, you shall be.' (John 14:3).
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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.
Your prayers are requested
for the sick, shut ins and those serving in our military.
Your prayers are requested for the sick and shut ins: James Obara, Esther & Mary
Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski,
Irene Zabierek, 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, George Baron, Maureen Carey, Terry Massey, Helen Rogers,
Kathy Ferrelli. Phyllis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and
Stanley Sepiol, Lucy Marcuccio, Mark Kourey, Father Adam Czarnecki, Father Senior Fryderyk
Banas, Father Senior Joseph Soltysiak, Fran Ward ,Joe Sawicki, John Kirschbaum,
Mary Santos, 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, Patricia Mahon, Barbara Chappel ,Brittany Larkham, John Paul Matta,
Lorraine Piercy Hall. William Kucharski, Chris Tymowicz, Janice Daviault, Dr.
Greg Ross, Ben Marek.
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