RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Deceased Members of Várkoly Family,
by the Family
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|October||11||Monday||9:00 AM||John Kacsala, by Mary Spisak|
|October||12||Tuesday||9:00 AM||Rosemary Kacsala, by Mary Spisak|
|October||13||Wednesday||9:00 AM||Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes|
|October||14||Thursday||9:00 AM||Paul Schrank (health)|
|October||15||Friday||9:00 AM||Ilona Hehs, by Strada Family|
|October||16||Saturday||5:00 PM||János Sedensky, by Orsolya Sedensky|
|October||17||Sunday||11:15 AM||Living &Deceased Members of 33rd Girl Scout Troop|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Last week I began to write about the topic of who is a practicing Catholic. This is an important concept as only practicing Catholics can receive the Holy Communion. As pointed out last week, the practicing Catholic has to avoid obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin. Thus, for example, pro-abortion politicians or those publicly living in non-recognized unions are not practicing Catholics.
You may have heard of the Precepts of the Church. They describe the minimum effort we must make in prayer and in living a moral life and help us to remain a practicing Catholic. However, all of us are called to move beyond the minimum by growing in love of God and love of neighbor. The precepts are based on the moral and dogmatic teachings of the Church. Some authors decide to include more in these precepts and so sometimes you may come across five, six or even seven precepts listed in various sources. They all describe the truth and just differ in emphasis. The Baltimore Catechism lists six: (1) To assist at Mass on all Sundays and holydays of obligation. (2) To fast and abstain on the days appointed. (3) To confess our sins at least once a year. (4) To receive Holy Communion during Easter time. (5) To contribute to the support of the Church. (6) To observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage.
On the last precept: The Church claims competence over marriage because it is a sacrament. The Catholics are bound to be married in the Catholic Church unless permission was granted to marry elsewhere (Code of Canon Law, canon 1108). The marriage laws of the Church have been instituted to maintain the dignity of marriage as God intended it and to help marriages to succeed.
The other important aspect of being a practicing Catholic is also the acceptance of the teachings of the Church. What is the scope of acceptance? It may be helpful to look at the Church’s Profession of Faith. After the recitation of “Nicene Creed,” the following formula is said: “(1) With firm faith, I also believe everything contained in the word of God, whether written or handed down in tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgment or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed. (2) I also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals. (3) Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman Pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.” Therefore, those who reject divinely revealed truth or definitive teachings of the Church cannot be considered practicing Catholics. Few other thoughts on this topic next week.
THANK YOU to all who worked so hard for the success of our Traditional Harvest Festival Dinner, to the St. Emeric Altar Guild, to the Scouts’ Folk Dance Ensemble, and to all of you who came to support it or ordered a take-out. The meal was delicious and a good time was had by all!
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,489. Catholic Communication Campaign collection: $ 158. Maintenance: $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/
CHURCH GROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY: Would you like to help us for few hours with a fall clean up around the church? On Saturday morning between 9am-12pm we will be cutting down the trees by the foundations and also do some light clean up/maintenance work. A tasty Hungarian lunch will be provided. If you are planning to help, please call the parish or Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 by Thursday of this week and leave a message. Thank you very much!
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 Imre Földesi who passed away on October 9, 2021.
This post is also available in: Hungarian