25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME “B” – September 19, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The Lord upholds my life.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Lacza Barnabás, by the Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

September 20 Monday 9:00 AM Katalin Palotay, by the Family
September 21 Tuesday 9:00 AM Olga Centivany, by Charles Centivany
September 22 Wednesday 9:00 AM Miklós Peller, by Ildikó Peller
September 23 Thursday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
September 24 Friday 9:00 AM Paul Schrank (health)
September 25 Saturday 5:00 PM Lajos Zsula
September 26 Sunday 11:15 AM Living & Deceased Members of the Zsula  Family, by the Zsula Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Recently, I saw the following aphorism: “Silence is golden… Unless you have children… If that is the case, silence is suspicious.” For us Catholics, silence is undeniably golden because it enables us to enter more deeply into prayer, to understand Jesus and his life-giving words, and to strengthen our relationship with Him. The saints from the very beginnings of the Church have known this principle. Already Saint Ignatius of Antioch (†108) in his Letter to Ephesians mentions the need “to hear Jesus’ silence, so that one may be perfect.” According to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), silence forces the soul, as it were, to think of God and heavenly things. Thomas à Kempis in his Imitation of Christ (written ca. 1418-1427) taught that “in silence and quiet the devout soul advances in virtue and learns the hidden truths of Scripture.” Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591) wrote that “it is best to learn to silence the faculties and to cause them to be still, so that God may speak.” In our own time, Saint Mother Teresa (1910-1997) reminded us that “we need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

This is just a very incomplete sample, but it illustrates well why the church has always promoted silence in the churches (see, for example, the 2002 General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n. 45). Many of us perhaps can even remember when churches were silent. Unfortunately, due to the modern culture that is dominated by informality, and is built on constantly bombarding everyone with a message or offer (creating noise), we have lost one of these precious gifts: the realization of how we need silence in our lives.

You have heard me speak on this topic before, and I will continue to do so. I would like all of you to be great saints. For this purpose, I would like to employ the wisdom of the Church and the saints and create an environment where we can meet the Lord in a deep way. Without rediscovering and loving silence, without understanding the silent presence of the Lord in the Tabernacle (a presence par excellence), without true and deep prayer, we will never get there. Without cultivating silence and recollection, the words of Jesus will stay only on the surface. That is why I will continue to ask you to observe sacred silence in the church both before and after the Mass. I invite everyone to come early to pray, or to spend few minutes after the Mass to talk to the Lord privately. While I do see the value of community building, nevertheless, it should not happen at the expense of God and others who would be greatly distracted by our talking in the church. Please, do spend some time socializing, when you are here, but, please, do it outside or, in case of inclement weather, in the classrooms. If we want to be a strong community, our faith needs to be strong, and it will not happen without entering into that golden “Jesus’s silence.”

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,686. Maintenance: $2,100. Special Donation: $250. May God reward your generosity. 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/

OUR ST. EMERIC PARISH TRADITIONAL HARVEST FESTIVAL DINNER: OCTOBER 3 at 12:45 pm.  Music by Endre Cseh (cimbalom) and Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble performers will entertain. Menu: Liptauer cheese spread/bread, traditional stuffed cabbage, breaded boneless pork chops, buttered parsley potatoes followed by special Hungarian apple squares, coffee. Cost for adults $25, students $15, and children under 7 free. Please make your reservations by September 29 by calling Marika Zsula, 216-676-5863 or Anikó Bogárdy 440-884-6977. Seating is limited. Also, stuffed cabbage for take out may be ordered: 6 for $15.

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, especially for Zoltán Csiba whose Funeral Mass will be here at St. Emeric on Saturday morning, September 25, 2021 (exact time to be determined).

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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