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10:00 AM | Sunday
9:00 AM | Weekdays
St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
In an age when people are growing further apart there is a greater need for friendliness than ever before, and the traditional value of hospitality is once more being rediscovered. Far from being an optional extra, hospitality is regarded as a sacred duty and the equivalent of welcoming the Lord himself. The delightful story of the couple who made the prophet Elisha welcome under their roof and as a result were rewarded with the gift of a son, is an indication of how precious hospitality is in the eyes of God. The gospel reminds us that all small ways of giving and caring which we avail of, even a trivial act of kindness, like the giving of a cup of cold water to a stranger on our doorstep, will win God's favour, and result in a great blessing. The world we live in is cry¬ing out for small acts of kindness, which cost little but are sadly missing, like a smile, a word of appreciation or a phone-call. In extending a welcome to other people we are following in the foot¬steps of the Master who has room for everybody in his heart.
Inviting Jesus into our lives and putting him first in our preference is a demanding task as it involves a re-shaping of our attitudes. It may mean coming to grips with years of inbuilt self¬ishness which goes against the grain.
Christ comes to our doors in many disguises and is not always recognizable. If we have not cracked open the hard shell of indifference to others, we run the risk of letting slip so many opportunities for soul-making. When a stranger comes looking for help, our natural instinct tells us not to get involved or put ourselves to any trouble. Unless we have made a conscious decision to reach out to those in want, we will resent the disturbance such intrusions make on our privacy and run the risk of neglecting a genuine needy person.
Following Christ involves putting his way of life into pract¬ice and in a christian community this means everyone should feel welcome and there should be no strangers or outcasts. Hospitality means showing a generosity of disposition and a willingness to interrupt our personal lives in order to perform some unrecorded act of kindness because it is not what is given that counts but the heart with which it is given. The least we can do for Christ, who has accepted us in our sinfulness, is to receive one another with open arms. In this way we respond to his compelling call for disci¬pleship and allow his word to take hold of us.
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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.
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James Obara, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach, Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, 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, 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, Harrison McKinstry, James Strazzulla, Susan Runowicz- Smith, Harry Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, Georg Baron, Maureen Carey, 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, Mark Kourey, Chris Kourey, Father Tom Sheha, Mitchell Kopacz, Carol McNiff, Nancy Picanso, Dr. Steve Meleski, Kris Mothersele, Sue Scatton.
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