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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
Your prayers are requested
for the sick, shut ins and those serving in our military.
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 Bilionis, Cathy Kirschbaum, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Bp. John Mack, Katherine Gnat, Harrison McKinstry, James Strazzulla, Harry Cullinan, Helen Rogers, Eugene Leczynski, Stanley Sepiol, Mark Kourey, Father Adam Czarnecki, 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, William Kucharski, Janice Daviault, Dr. Greg Ross, 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, Barbara Dobson, Judy McNeil, Anita Tuozza, Maureen Carabino, John Gibson, Jonasz Tenus, Richard Salach, David Sear Sr., David Cyr Jr., Brock Borton, Joyce Normand, Jackie Guillemette, Arlene Swantek, Beata Mazur.
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.
Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; Gospel: John 20:19-23
Pentecost! Each of us needs the Holy Spirit to come to us and bring us wisdom and knowledge. Jesus Christ our Lord sends the Holy Spirit to us, whether we acknowledge that presence or not. We have to remember that in the early Church some people even received the Holy Spirit before they were baptized. Always the Gospel tells us that God can work in His own ways and does not have to follow what we think He should do.
The reading from the Acts of the Apostles shows us one of the great effects that the Holy Spirit can have on a believing community: there is communication which surprises every one. We don't have to think just of all kinds of speaking tongues--because it is clear that speaking in tongues in not the primary focus. The focus is on the fact that everyone understood everyone else. This is a healing of the story that we find early in the Scriptures when people want to build a tower to heaven and then are separated so that they can no longer understand one another. Here we have the healing of that lack of understanding.
The reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians reminds us that every gift of God is for building up the community. These gifts are not given to glorify one or the other person in the Church, but to help form community together in Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of John today reminds us that the gift of the Spirit is also about the pardon of sins. Anyone who has ever tried marriage or religious community knows that without pardoning one another, such communities would cease to exist. We humans are still sinners and when we live together we must be able constantly to pardon one another and move forward in the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.
Another aspect of the gift of the Holy Spirit is to take away our fears of speaking about Jesus and about proclaiming our faith. Most of us are not going to be martyrs, yet we must remember that there are probably more martyrs today than there ever have been in the history of the Church. More and more Christians are being killed simply because they are Christians. There is more and more agitation also to break down the teachings of the Catholic Church and to destroy her moral authority. There is no doubt that some of the crisis about sexual abuse in the current Church is not about the abuse itself but about breaking the authority of the Church and trying to show that the Church is not better than any other institution.
One of the gifts of the Church is that She seems always able to be renewed. This is because the Holy Spirit is at the heart of our Church. Our Church is not simply another human institution. The Church is Jesus Christ present here on earth in a human and divine way. Because the Church is also people, there is sin and brokenness.
Come, Holy Spirit! Renew the faith in your Church. Show us the fire of your love. Help us to live your love in our lives and give witness to You.
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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