23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME “B” – September 5, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Praise the Lord, my soul!

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Teachers and students

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

September 6 Monday 9:00 AM Zoltán Szabó, by Piri Táborosi
September 7 Tuesday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
September 8 Wednesday 9:00 AM Paul Schrank (health)
September 9 Thursday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
September 10 Friday 9:00 AM Olga Centivany, by Charles Centivany
September 11 Saturday 5:00 PM Jaroslav Balazovic, by Tim Golias
September 12 Sunday 11:15 AM Anna Megyimóri, by The Megyimóri Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: As everyone knows, this Monday is Labor Day. The day is meant to honor workers, but many people celebrate it as an unofficial end to the summer. That day, however, we here at St. Emeric will be celebrating something else: the anniversary of the consecration of our church. It was on September 6, 1925 that the current church building was solemnly consecrated/dedicated. In the Msgr. Boehm’s room (where we have a little historical exhibition) there is a photograph from that day showing the many people who were present. The consecration of churches dates probably from Apostolic times and is, in a sense, a continuation of the Jewish rite instituted by Solomon. Therefore, the current canon 1217 of the 1983 code mandates that: “§1: After construction has been completed properly, a new church is to be dedicated or at least blessed as soon as possible; the laws of the sacred liturgy are to be observed. §2: Churches, especially cathedrals and parish churches, are to be dedicated by the solemn rite.”

Why do we consecrate churches? Consecration, in general, is an act by which a thing is separated from a common and profane to a sacred use, or by which a person or thing is dedicated to the service and worship of God by prayers, rites, and ceremonies. Both by consecration and by blessing a church is dedicated to Divine worship, which forbids its use for common or profane purposes. In other words, consecration dedicates a building to the service of God, thereby raising it in perpetuum to a higher order, removing it from the malign influence of Satan, and rendering it a place in which favors are more graciously granted by God (Pontificale Romanum, 1961).

The liturgical laws prescribe that the day of the consecration of a church is to be observed in that church as a solemnity. It means that it has the highest rank and trumps many other celebrations (some solemnities may still outrank the anniversary of the consecration). Interestingly, the same day (September 6) is also a day when the cathedral of our diocese was dedicated. The dedication of the cathedral is to be celebrated in the parishes of the diocese as a feast, but since ours is a solemnity, it outranks this feast.

Let us always honor the sacredness of our church with our behavior, attire, and the raising of our minds to almighty God.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,235. Online donations (June 20-August 22): $525. 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/

52ND INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS will be held this week in Budapest, Hungary, from September 5-12. This one-week event celebrates the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Live coverage will be provided by EWTN.

PRO-LIFE EVENT: “Day LIFE Saving Time”—a huge prolife event!  You are invited to join your fellow Catholics from parishes all throughout the diocese of Cleveland at 9:00 – 11:30 am on Sat., Sept. 18, as we witness in song and prayer to the sanctity of unborn life with a Eucharistic Procession at Preterm abortion facility (close to Shaker Square).  Our procession will be followed by celebration of Mass by Fr. Max Cole at nearby Our Lady of Peace Church.  We need YOU to join us as we “shout for the unborn”, as Joshua shouted for victory at Jericho, following God’s command.  Free parking. For more details, visit our website at DayLifeSavingTime.com or email DayLifeSavingTime@yahoo.com

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED. Funeral Mass for Sándor Terelmes, Jr. will be on September 11 at 11AM. Funeral Mass for John Juhász, Jr. will be held on September 18 at 10:30AM. The family asks that the Covid safety precautions be observed.

THIS SUNDAY: we will not livestream the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

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