17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME “B” – July 25, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Mária Dolesch, by the Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

July 26 Monday 9:00 AM Katalin Palotay, by the Family
July 27 Tuesday 9:00 AM Chris & Melody Lyons (25th wedding anniversary)
July 28 Wednesday 9:00 AM Miklós Peller, by Ildikó Peller
July 29 Thursday 9:00 AM Deceased Members of Misbrener & Plem Families, by Fr. David Misbrener
July 30 Friday 9:00 AM Olga Centivany, by Charles Centivany
July 31 Saturday 5:00 PM For the Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth
August 1 Sunday 11:15 AM Katalin Palotay, by the Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Last week we spoke about how Mass is not about us, but about God; how we are to join ourselves to this most august Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by offering ourselves as a sacrifice to the Lord. This is the general approach to our participation at Mass. However, we can still break this down a little bit more. Hence, the Church teaches that there are four ends of the Mass (or four reasons for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ): adoration, atonement, thanksgiving, and petition.  Under the old law, different sacrifices were prescribed for each of these ends. In the new covenant, Christ replaces the Old Testament sacrifices with his one perfect Sacrifice on the Cross. These four ends are an excellent guide for us, how to pray during the Mass.

  1. Adoration – As a priest and as a victim, Lord Jesus Christ offered a perfect Sacrifice to God the Father. When this Sacrifice is re-presented on the altar we, too, are offering to God the Father the only truly worthy gift we can offer Him in honor and adoration. Let us truly adore God, let us worship Him when we are here. May our genuflections, kneeling, hymns of praise…all that we do here, be expressive of that adoring and worshipping spirit. We owe to God this worship.
  2. Atonement – On the Cross, and so in the Mass, Jesus pours out his blood for us (see Lk 22:20) so that our sins may be made up for, or “atoned” for. We should be very conscious that Christ’s body is “given up for us,” and his blood “shed for the many for the forgiveness of sins” as we pray during the Mass itself.
  3. Thanksgiving – The very word Eucharist comes from the Greek word meaning “to give thanks”, and so it is no surprise that thanksgiving is one of the four ends of the Mass. Nobody is better able to thank the Father for all the gifts of creation than Jesus. All that we are and have comes from God’s generous hand. In response to God’s endless generosity, which we often don’t even notice, thanksgiving is the only acceptable response.
  4. Petition – The Mass is a powerful form of prayer. In fact, it is the most powerful prayer the Church possesses. St. Jerome once said, “Without doubt, the Lord grants all favors which are asked of Him in Mass, provided they be fitting for us.” Many of the saints tell us that bringing our requests before Our Lord after the consecration is one of the most effective ways to obtain all that we need spiritually and physically. I would encourage you to pray in this way, knowing that Jesus is on the altar interceding for you as well.

LOOKING AHEAD: Next Sunday (Aug. 1), after the Mass, we will have our first agape of the year. I hope you will be able to stay. Also, just a reminder, our St. Stephen Picnic (not a festival) will be on Aug. 22. More details to follow.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,086. In loving memory of Miklos Peller: $50. Thank you for remembering your church’s needs in these difficult times. Thank you also for sending in your offertory donation when not in attendance at Mass either by mail or on our website using a credit card or the PayPal option: https://stemeric.com/donations/

NOVENA TO ST. MONICA BEGINS AUGUST 19: In response to the many prayer requests for adult children and other family members to return to the practice of the faith, AM 1260 The Rock invites their listeners and donors to join them for a Novena to St. Monica beginning August 19th. Each day at 3 PM, AM 1260 The Rock will broadcast the novena prayers for the day. The novena will run through Friday, August 27th, the Feast of St. Monica. We invite you to join us in prayer at a closing Mass at 7 PM at the Church of St. Monica, 13623 Rockside Rd. in Garfield Heights, with Most Rev. Roger Gries as the main celebrant and Fr. Doug Brown, Chaplain of AM 1260 The Rock as homilist. Any questions or for a copy of the novena prayers please visit www.AM1260TheRock.com or call 216-227-1260.

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PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Béla Tarmann, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Madeleine B. Smith, Gerő Kondray, Barbara Vámos, and Katalin Gulden.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially for László Göllesz, whose Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, July 29 at 11AM here at St. Emeric.

Due to the CONTINUED technical DIFFICULTIES, THIS SUNDAY the 11 AM Mass (from St. Elizabeth church) may or may not be livestreamed (https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/ Thank you for the understanding.

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