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  • WEEKEND LITURGY SCHEDULE

    Saturday 4:00 p.m. - Saint Casimir Church & Saint Thomas Church

    Sunday 8:00 a.m. - Immaculate Conception & Saint Thomas Churches

    9:30 a.m. - Saint Casimir Church 10:00 a.m. - Saint Thomas Church

    10:45 a.m. - Immaculate Conception Church

    WEEKDAY LITURGY SCHEDULE

    Mon - Thur - 7:00 a.m.—Saint Thomas Church Mon & Tue - 7:30 a.m. - Immaculate Conception Church

    Thur & Fri - 7:30 a.m. - Saint Casimir Church

    CONFESSION

    Saturday - 3-3:30 p.m. - Saint Casimir & Saint Thomas Churches

    SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

    PARISH

    Saint Casimir Church Saint Thomas Church Immaculate Conception Church Parish Center Parish Center 19 Electric Ave, 19 Allen St. Thomaston, CT 06787 Terryville, CT 06786 860 283 5817

    PASTORAL STAFF

    • Rev. Joseph Crowley - Administrator Email: stc-pastor@sbcglobal.net • Rev. Tomasz Sztuber - Parochial Vicar Email: pastor@parish4u.info • Lee Conard - Deacon Email: deacon@parish4u.info

    • Debi Begin - Administrative Assistant Email: dre@parish4u.info • Beverly Hoadley - Administrative Assistant Email: office@parish4u.info

    • Dr. Kim Wasko-Cavoli - Youth Minister Email: youthminister@parish4u.info • Joanne Auburn - Director of Religious Education Email: religioused@parish4u.info

    • Dr. Monika Krajewska - Music Minster Phone: 860 305 8160 • Edward Frac - The Lyceum Manager Email: lyceum@parish4u.info

  • SAINT CASIMIR CHURCH IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH SAINT THOMAS CHURCH

    The IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

    SANCTUARY LAMP

    will be lit this week for:

    John Erwin Flynn

    Offered By:

    Family

    The SAINT CASIMIR SANCTUARY LAMP

    will be lit this week for:

    Edmund Dziobek

    Offered By:

    Loving Grandchildren

    The SACRED HEART STATUE will be lit this week for:

    Ted & Judi Kosikowski 50th Wedding Anniversary

    Offered By:

    Family

    The BLESSED MOTHER STATUE will be lit this week for:

    Birthday Remembrance for Dorothy Govotski Offered By:

    Cindy Dzielenski

    SUNDAY, 10/15/17 - 8:00 a.m. - Pierogi-Making Workshop at The Lyceum 9:30 a.m. - Jump4Jesus Mass (Children’s Liturgy) at St. Casimir Church 6:00 p.m. - Confirmation Program Meeting in St. Casimir Church Hall

    MONDAY, 10/1/17 - 7:00 p.m. - Men’s Club Monthly Meeting at The Lyceum TUESDAY, 10/17/17 - 10:00 a.m. - Legion of Mary Meeting at the Parish Center

    WEDNESDAY, 10/18/17 - Saint of the Day - Saint Luke (d. c. 84); Patron of Artists & Physicians THURSDAY, 10/19/17 - Saint of the Day - Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brebeuf & Companions (d. 1642-1649); Patrons of North America & Norway FRIDAY, 10/20/17 - 8:00 a.m. - Golabki-Making Workshop at The Lyceum SATURDAY, 10 /21/17 - 3-3:30 p.m. - Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Casimir & St. Thomas 5:00 p.m. - Polish Supper - Hosted by the Women’s Guild at The Lyceum

    "My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?" Today's Gospel parable is unsettling in several ways. The vari- ous images of rejection, mistreatment, and violence paint an unpleasant picture. Guests refuse to come to a feast, servants are killed, troops are dispatched. The King continues to try to fill his dinner hall, and then when someone finally does show up, the King throws him out for wearing the wrong clothes. What is going on here? The message would have been a poignant one for his Jewish listeners. As the chosen people, they were the first to receive the "invitation" to share in the kingdom of God. But the chief priests and elders were uninterested in accepting Jesus and his authority; thus they didn't show up for the feast. But what about those who did come? Something is expected of them as well. Donning a "wedding gar- ment" is like being properly prepared to enter God's kingdom. Just showing up isn't enough. Here it's important to pay attention to the details. The King first calls his poorly dressed guest "friend." The approach begins with mer- cy and kindness. But the man gives no defense for himself, and displays no desire to change. It's as if he doesn't really care to be there at all. The question this raises for us is whether or not we are "dressed" appropriately. We may hang around the banquet hall--going to church, professing to be Christian--but are we sincere guests of the King of kings? Do we truly accept Christ's teachings and live by them, or are we just showing up? The splendors of the invitation Christ gives us should not be taken for granted. We are called to share in a royal feast. May we all be grateful guests.

    GOS P E L M ED ITAT ION - 28 T H S U NDAY I N OR DI NA RY T I M E

    INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK Pope Francis constantly reminds us of the wideness of God's mercy and its uncondi- tional character. God is always patiently lov- ing his children and opening the doors to his heart. We must, however, freely choose to accept God's invitation and join in the feast of his love. We desire many things and we have restless hearts. We often attempt to quench our desire with things that are short- lived and shallow. All of us long to be satis- fied and at peace. How do we announce to the world, in ways that are convincing and without judgment, that it is really God whom we seek?

    Q: Who is Ignatius of Antioch and what example does he offer us in Christian living as we celebrate his feast day on October 17? A: As Bishop of Antioch (the modern day city of Antakya, Turkey), Ignatius wit- nessed to the faith during the reign of Emperor Trajan, who ruled from 98-117. Perse- cution of the Christians broke out in Antioch, and Ignatius was captured and taken to Rome for martyrdom in the arena. On his journey to Rome over land and sea, Ignatius writes seven letters to various churches. These letters give powerful glimpses into the theology and practice of the early church, along with insights into the role of a bishop as pastoral leader. Ignatius is the first to use the term "Catholic Church" to refer to the various Christian commu- nities of the Roman Empire. The best known of his letters is the one he wrote to the Romans. Ignatius addresses influential Christians who might be tempted to intercede on his behalf, thus sparing him from martyrdom. As Christ willingly offered himself as witness to God's total love, Ignatius, too, desired to be "food for the wild beasts," so that he could become "the pure bread of Christ." Eucharistic living was so crucial to Ignatius that he was willing to die in order to model himself on the Lord who willingly offered all.

  • T WE NT Y- E IG HT H SU ND AY IN O RD IN ARY T IM E

    “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace” is a weekend women’s retreat that will be held at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat, Farmington, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 and ending at 12:00 p.m. on Sun- day, October 29, 2017. The powerful and timely theme is taken from the well-loved Peace Prayer of St. Francis. The retreat con- cludes with Mass at 11:00 a.m., followed by brunch. Family and friends may join retreatants for Mass and brunch. To register, or for more information, please contact OLC at 860 677 8519; email: olcretreat@sbcglobal.net or visit: ourladyofcalvary.net.

    The Archdiocesan Office for Catholic Social Jus- tice Ministry will hold a presentation entitled:

    “Keeping Our Youth Safe Online: What Every Adult Should Know.” Featured speaker, Scott Driscoll is a law enforcement officer with 21+ years experience. Scott started Internet Safety Concepts through which he educates people about safety using technology and the internet. The presentation is designed for adults to guide youth in making responsible choices in the digital world and will cover social networking, video chats, texting and sexting. This event will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7-9:00 p.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 467 Quaker Lane S., West Hartford. To register, please contact Ginamarie at: ginamarie.garabedian@aohct.org or call 860 242 5573.

    October is Respect Life Month. In celebration, the Le- gion of Mary are hosting a Fantasy Baby Shower throughout the month. New baby items, diapers, and

    clothing will be collected at all Masses. You may place your dona- tions in the food box located at the entrance of each church. All contributions will be donated to St. Gerard’s Center for Life in Hartford. Please call Dorine at 860 584 5303 for more info.

    The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry shares this quote on Church Teaching. For more info visit: catholicsocialjustice.org. Catholic Teaching on Rights and Responsibilities: Every person has a fundamental right to life - the right that makes all other rights possible. Each person also has the right to the conditions for living a decent life - faith and family life, food and shelter, education and employment, health care and housing. We also have a duty to secure and respect these rights not only for ourselves, but for others, and to fulfill our responsibilities to our families, to each other, and to the larger society. —USCCB Administrative Committee, Faithful Citizenship: A Cath- olic Call to Political Responsi