29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME “B” – October 17, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Living &Deceased Members of Girl Scout Troop #33


October 18 Monday 9:00 AM Elizabeth Ferenczi, by Mr. & Mrs. Frank Magyar and Jack Toth
October 19 Tuesday 9:00 AM Katalin Palotay, by the Family
October 20 Wednesday 9:00 AM István Prófusz, by the Family
October 21 Thursday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
October 22 Friday 9:00 AM Wilhelm Schrank (health)
October 23 Saturday 5:00 PM For Hungary and the USA, by the Balassy Family
October 24 Sunday 11:15 AM Deceased Members of the Lacza Family, by the Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: The last two weeks I have been explaining what it means to be a practicing Catholic. This is important for us not just to know about, but to live it. The happy consequences of being a practicing Catholic is that one can then partake of the Eucharist. The other name for this sacrament is Holy Communion and it denotes clearly that one must be in communion with Jesus in order to participate in this Most Holy Sacrament. We lose that life giving union with God through mortal sin, but through the sacrament of penance (and making the necessary changes in life) it can be recovered. That is why the Church in canon 916 reminds us that we are not to receive the Holy Communion with mortal sin on our souls. In fact, in canon 915, She obliges the ministers to withhold the Eucharist from those who are publicly persevering in objective state of mortal sin.

To some this may seem rather harsh. However, if the Church were to just indiscriminately offer Eucharist to anyone (where would we draw the line?), She would be lying. She would be saying to everyone, “You are OK, you are in communion with God, nothing to worry about.” This action would grossly mislead them and further endanger their salvation. In upholding this discipline the Church does not punish, but acknowledges the reality. The hope is that those who cannot receive Eucharist will also acknowledge the reality, the danger of being lost for all eternity, and begin to make corrections in life. Could people experience some “hurt” when they have to confront this reality? Yes, but that is the work of the Holy Spirit calling them back. St. Ignatius of Loyola, a great master of spiritual life, described this phenomenon well in his rules for the discernment of the spirits:

The first Rule: In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy is commonly used to propose to them apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to hold them more and make them grow in their vices and sins. In these persons the good spirit uses the opposite method, pricking them and biting their consciences through the process of reason.”

Most likely, none of us likes it when we are issued such a wake-up call by the Holy Spirit. It is so easy to blame others, explain it away, or ignore it by using the devil’s favorite phrase, “I have time; I will do it later.” Let us pray that we all always respond positively to the Holy Mother Church and her call for us to remain on the path of salvation. May the Holy Spirit grant us courage to do what is right and holy, not tomorrow, but today. God bless, Fr. Bona

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,037. 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 PATRONAL FEAST will be celebrated on November 7 and Bp. Edward C. Malesic, our diocesan bishop, will be our main celebrant. We will begin with a Eucharistic Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at 10AM and a period of silence and prayers will follow. At 10:45AM we will have the Benediction. This will be followed by the Solemn Mass at 11AM. Following the Mass, we will have a sit down meal. The menu will be: traditional chicken soup, cucumber salad, baked half chicken with stuffing of mushrooms and smoked ham, wild rice pilaf roasted vegetable medley, and walnut buttercream torte, and coffee. The cost of the meal will be $25 and you can register with Maria Zsula (216-676-5863) or Maria Meszaros (440-331-0391).

2021 CLEVELAND MARATHON – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24: This event will affect (but not restrict) our next Sunday’s commute to the parish. Based on the map I was mailed, both the W. 25th Street and Lorain, that touch the northeastern corner of this intersection, will be closed for the runners. However, the current map on the website shows that the closure will not affect us. Just to be safe, passes are available for those coming to the 11:15AM Mass. If you have not picked up one yet, please do so today. Show the pass to the traffic guard; however, there will be delays in crossing, depending on the time and number of runners passing by. I am hoping, though, that by the time we will have our Mass the streets will be reopened.

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially for Imre Földesi whose Funeral Mass will be on Monday, October 18, at 11AM here at St. Emeric.

THIS SUNDAY the 9:15 AM Mass (from St. Elizabeth church) will be livestreamed from https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/

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