24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME “B” – September 12, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Anna Megyimóri, by The Megyimóri Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

September 13 Monday 9:00 AM Stephen & Betty Ann Palko (special intention), by Mary Spisak
September 14 Tuesday 9:00 AM János & Mária Jusztin
September 15 Wednesday 9:00 AM Living & Deceased Members of Pőthe Family
September 16 Thursday 9:00 AM Paul Schrank (health)
September 17 Friday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
September 18 Saturday 5:00 PM Elizabeth Ferenczi, by Kamilla and Kathy Szabó
September 19 Sunday 11:15 AM Lacza Barnabás, by the Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: This week the liturgy highlights for us the topic of the Cross of Jesus. This Sunday we hear Jesus in the gospel say “whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Then on Tuesday, we will celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; and on the following day, we have the memorial of our Lady of Sorrows. The centrality of the Cross of Jesus in the life of a Catholic led organically to creation of the sign of the cross and its employment in liturgy and daily life.

Technically speaking, the sign of the cross is a sacramental, a sacred sign instituted by the Church which prepares a person to receive grace and which sanctifies a moment or circumstance.  This sacramental can be traced to the earliest times of the Church. Already in the first half of the third century we have evidence of the commonness and frequent use of the sign of the cross (at that time traced with a thumb only on the forehead). The earliest formalized way of making the sign of the cross appeared about the 400s, during the Monophysite heresy that denied the two natures in the divine person of Christ and thereby the unity of the Holy Trinity (hence the addition of the invocation of the Holy Trinity to the sign of the cross). The sign of the cross was made from forehead to chest, and then from right shoulder to left shoulder with the right hand. The thumb, forefinger, and middle fingers were held together to symbolize the Holy Trinity. Moreover, these fingers were held in such a way that they represented the Greek abbreviation I X C (Iesus Christus Soter, Jesus Christ Savior). This practice was universal for the whole Church until about the twelfth century, but continues to be the practice for the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church.

An instruction of Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) evidences the traditional practice, but also indicates a shift in the Latin Rite practice of the Catholic Church. The pope first confirmed the practice of going from right to left saying that, “This is how it is done: from above to below, and from the right to the left, because Christ descended from the heavens to the earth, and from the Jews (right) He passed to the Gentiles (left).” At the same time Pope Innocent wrote, “Others, however, make the sign of the cross from the left to the right, because from misery (left) we must cross over to glory (right), just as Christ crossed over from death to life, and from Hades to Paradise.” Priests had been blessing this way (from left to right) from times immemorial. Therefore, about this time, the faithful began to imitate the priest imparting the blessing, going from the left shoulder to the right shoulder with an open hand.  Eventually, this practice became the custom for the Western Church. The five fingers of the open hand represent the five wounds of Christ. Others also say that the three middle fingers (that touch our forehead) symbolize the Holy Trinity.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $621. 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/

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

LOOKING AHEAD: SAVE THE DATE — Our traditional Harvest Festival Dinner will be held Sunday, October 3.   Please look for and find the details in next Sunday’s bulletin.

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED. 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 the 11:15 AM Mass (from St. Emeric church) will be livestreamed from https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/

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