26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME “B” – September 26, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Living & Deceased Members of the Zsula Family,
by the Zsula Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

September 27 Monday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
September 28 Tuesday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
September 29 Wednesday 9:00 AM Margit Győri, by Zsuzsanna Győri
September 30 Thursday 9:00 AM Paul Schrank (health)
October 1 Friday 9:00 AM Katalin Palotay, by the Family
October 2 Saturday 5:00 PM John Juhász, Jr., by Frank Dobos
October 3 Sunday 11:15 AM János Csiszár, by the Csiszár Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: This week the liturgy commemorations will highlight for us the angels. Firstly, on September 29, we will celebrate the Feast of the Archangels (St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Rafael). Prior to the reforms of 1970, the three archangels had their own feasts: St. Michael on September 29, St. Gabriel on March 24, and St. Raphael on October 24. In the post- conciliar reforms, Saints Gabriel and Raphael have been added to September 29th, and their proper feasts were suppressed. Secondly, on October 2, we will celebrate the memorial of the Guardian Angels.

A few words about Saint Michael. The most common image of St. Michael is that of a warrior, the angel uses a spear or sword to vanquish Satan, who is portrayed as a dragon or demon at his feet. This iconographic type relates to the opening episode in salvation history: The angel Lucifer rebels against God and is driven into Hell with his companions. Lucifer becomes Satan, and his formerly angelic companions are now the demons that will seek to avenge their defeat by assailing mankind. Saint Michael is the “Prince of the Heavenly Host,” the leader of all the angels. His name is Hebrew for “Who is like God?” and was the battle cry of the good angels against Lucifer and his followers when they rebelled against God. He is mentioned four times in the Bible, in Daniel 10 and 12, in the letter of Jude, and in Revelation.

The second common depiction of St. Michael is in connection with the Last Judgment. In these scenes, he is portrayed as weighing the souls, the so-called psychostasy for which the artists provide a balance-scale, usually with a righteous soul sitting on one of the pans and a devil pulling down on that pan. Sometime the devil is not pulling down on the pan of a holy soul, but sits on the other pan (or instead of a devil, a damned soul is portrayed being on the second pan – and being much lighter than the righteous soul). The scales are a reminder that God will judge us in aequitatem (in justice). At times images of St. Michael may contain both main artistic descriptors – the scales and the vanquished Satan (see the picture on the cover of this bulletin). Christian tradition recognizes four offices of Saint Michael: (i) to fight against Satan (ii) to rescue the souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, especially at the hour of death. (iii) to be the champion of God’s people, (iv) to call away from earth and bring men’s souls to judgment. Let us ask St. Michael often for his help (source: Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University, 2019).

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,155. Maintenance: $150. 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.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHES? A lot of people do. As students go back to school perhaps now is the perfect time to tune in and listen to Catholic Answers Live as they explain and defend the Catholic faith by answering your questions about what the church actually teaches. Tune in to AM 1260 The Rock Sunday through Friday from 6 to 8 PM or listen live at am1260therock.com. Have a question?  Call in at 1-888-31-TRUTH

THE SOUND OF FREEDOM: Concert remembering the 65th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian freedom fight and revolution will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021, 7PM at John Carroll University, Kulas Auditorium. Dr. Marius E. Marton and his orchestra (flyer is displayed in the vestibule). Tickets can be bought online at bocskairadio.org or here at the church with Ildikó Peller.

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 Bp. Anthony M. Pilla, who died on September 21, 2021. He was our diocesan bishop from 1981-2006.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass (from St. Emeric church) will be livestreamed from https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/

TODAY’S SECOND COLLECTION is for the Catholic Communication Campaign. This campaign, organized by USCCB, connects people to Christ in US and abroad. Half of the money collected remains here in the Diocese of Cleveland to fund local communications efforts. Your support helps spread the Gospel message.

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