RESPONSORIAL PSALM: May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: János Csiszár, by the Csiszár Family
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|October||4||Monday||9:00 AM||Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes|
|October||5||Tuesday||9:00 AM||András Karácsony, by Karácsony Family|
|October||6||Wednesday||9:00 AM||Wilhelm Schrank (health)|
|October||7||Thursday||9:00 AM||Miklós Peller, by Ildikó Peller|
|October||8||Friday||9:00 AM||Magda Szőcs, by the Family|
|October||9||Saturday||5:00 PM||János Molnár, by the Family|
|October||10||Sunday||11:15 AM||Deceased Members of Várkoly Family, by the Family|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: From time to time we can read/see both in the Catholic and the secular media discussion on the topic of the reception of the Eucharist. You also may have heard me give a very brief explanation on the reception of Holy Communion at weddings and funerals (when people of all sorts of walk of life may be present with us in the church). One of the phrases that I use to summarize the Church’s teaching is that “only practicing Catholics can receive communion.” The question that perhaps some may ask, what does it mean to be “practicing Catholic?”
First of all, the reason why it is not enough to say, “only Catholics can receive communion,” is because once we are validly baptized as Catholics, we will be Catholics forever irrespective of our actions. The mark of baptism cannot be lost or washed away. Even if one turns his back on the Catholic faith and begins to worship at a protestant denomination, or live a life of an atheist, that person is still a Catholic. Obviously, to distinguish and describe more precisely such situations we employ terms such as lapsed Catholic, or non-practicing Catholic.
So what makes one a practicing Catholic and thus able to receive Eucharist? First of all the Church teaches that one must observe the Ten Commandments. These commandments cover both grave and venial matter. To be a practicing Catholic means that we do not stay in a state of objective grave (mortal) sin against the Lord. We all perhaps break the Ten Commandments through venial sins out of weakness. Perhaps even a grave sin may slip in there from time to time. However, if we are sincere in our desire to stay with Jesus, we will immediately go to confession and resume the faithful practice of the faith. In such circumstances, we can still be considered practicing Catholics. To illustrate, if a person who regularly attends Mass on Sundays (and Holy Days of obligation) is tempted one Sunday out of laziness to skip the Mass, it is a mortal sin. If he quickly (and sincerely) repents and goes to confession ASAP, he could be considered to be a practicing Catholic, because it is recognizable that the moral slip up was something unusual and not a pattern of his life. However, if one goes to Mass only sporadically, he or she cannot be considered a practicing Catholic.
The other requirements and bare minimum by which we can know what makes one a practicing Catholic is the giving of our assent to the teachings of the Church and the observance of the five precepts of the Church. More on these in the next issue of our bulletin. God bless!
EMERIC PARISH TRADITIONAL HARVEST FESTIVAL DINNER: Heartfelt welcome to everyone who may be visiting us today. We are glad you were able to join us for Mass and we look forward to the fellowship at the wonderful meal.
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,744. In loving memory of John Juhász, Jr.: $165. Candles: $226. 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/
THE MONTH OF OCTOBER IS DEDICATED TO THE HOLY ROSARY, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. October includes the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7). The best way to celebrate the month is, of course, to pray the Rosary.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Béla Tarmann, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Madeleine B. Smith, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday, Barbara Vámos, and Imre Földesi.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.
TODAY’S SECOND COLLECTION (postponed from last week) 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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