You are welcome at St. Casimir
St. Casimir Parish has been serving the North Collinwood area for almost three years, since Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. George parishes merged here on Neff Road in October, 2009. It’s been a very busy three years establishing ourselves as a Catholic parish and building our community. We serve all people of Lithuanian heritage who choose to call us their spiritual home with religious and cultural events in the native language. At the same time, we embrace our neighbors of every nationality who choose to make our parish their spiritual home. We do not have any parish boundaries, and we continue to welcome people from Collinwood and surrounding areas to join us and live their Catholic faith in our unique parish. We also welcome non-Catholics who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, as well as welcoming back to the Faith all those who have left or fallen away. Stop by my office here in the rectory and have a cup of coffee, or just come pray in the church and see what happens!
We’ve welcomed some new neighbors to our campus as well. Two years ago, we completely renovated our convent building on Marcella Avenue and have welcomed the Sisters of Notre Dame to the space, now christened “Cuvilly House.” The sisters there minister to young adults with spiritual programs throughout the year.
We have also done outreach projects through our Giving Tree program at Christmastime, providing gifts for needy families in our own parish, presents for residents of the Rose Mary Center, and supplies for expectant mothers and babies served by Birthright on E. 185th.
Not only do we pray and help others, we also have a good time. This summer, we held a Chinese Auction and an ice cream social. Coming up next month is our Second Annual Clambake/Steak Roast, on Saturday, October 6th. Not only will we have the best clambake and juiciest steaks in Collinwood, we’ll also have a basket raffle, 50-50 drawing, a $2,000 cash raffle, and music for all ages. Those wanting to participate must purchase their tickets early--the last day to reserve tickets is Sunday, September 30th. To purchase tickets or for more information, call our parish office at 216-481-3157.
We’ve come a long way in just three years, and we have a long way to go. If you would like to be a part of our journey, I’d like to hear from you. You can call me at 216-481-3157, or better yet, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Joe Bacevice is the Pastor of St. Casmir Parish on Neff Rd.
Rev Joseph Bacevice
Pastor, St. Casimir Parish on Neff Road.