3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – January 24, 2021 – Sunday of the Word of God

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Teach me your ways, O Lord.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Elemér Süveges, by the Family

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

January 25 Monday 9:00 AM For the Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
January 26 Tuesday 9:00 AM Maria Guregova
January 27 Wednesday 9:00 AM Ilona Balunek, by George Balunek
January 28 Thursday 9:00 AM Lydia Bond (special intention)
January 29 Friday 9:00 AM Thomas A Sherman II (special intention)
January 30 Saturday 5:00 PM Anna Pádár, by István Temesvári
January 31 Sunday 11:15 AM For the Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: St. Isidore of Seville (560-636 AD) said: “Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us…If a man wants to be always in God’s company, he must pray regularly and read regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.” We gain a lot when we pray and read the Catholic Bible regularly. How should a Catholic read the Bible?

(1) Choose a Catholic Bible (in other words, a Catholic edition). The Catholic Bible consists of 27 books in the New Testament and 7 books in the Old Testament: Tobit, Judith, Maccabees 1 and 2, Wisdom, the Wisdom of Ben Sira, and Baruch. Catholic Bibles also include sections in the Books of Esther and Daniel. The Church believes these Old Testament books are part of the canon of Scripture, inspired by the Holy Spirit; they aren’t included in Protestant Bibles. Some of the Catholic editions are: Douay-Rheims, Knox Bible, Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, Jerusalem Bible, CTS New Catholic Bible, New American Bible Revised Edition, English Standard Version Catholic Edition. Often there are footnotes in the Bibles; please remember that these are not part of the Word of God.

(2) Read it with the Church. Bible does not interpret itself. That is why there are so many denominations that disagree on the meaning of certain passages in the Bible. God speaks to us through his Son, Jesus Christ, who teaches us through his Word and through the Tradition (what Jesus taught and is not recorded in the Bible – see, for example, Jn 20:30). It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit whom Jesus gave to the Church that we can authentically interpret the teachings of Christ. We call this Magisterium – the teaching office of the Church. Christ does not want us to be uncertain about His teaching.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,774. Paypal donations (December 11, 2020 – January 19, 2021: $3,944.99). Donations in loving memory of Anna Winkler: $40 by Katalin Gulden; $33 by Valéria Rátoni Nagy. Donations in loving memory of Attila Németh: $165 by Anonymous. Candles: $214.

DEAR PARISHIONERS! PLEASE PICK UP YOUR 2021 YEAR DONATION ENVELOPES IN THE SUNDAY OFFICE. Thank you for your generosity in supporting the parish throughout the year. If there are any address changes, please notify us. Thank you for remembering your church’s needs in these difficult times and by 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/

This weekend’s “special (second) collection” is for the Church in Latin America and is taken up by our Diocesan Mission Office. The collection supports the Cleveland mission team in El Salvador (two of our priests serving in several parishes in El Salvador) and it also contributes to the USCCB’s collection for the Church in Latin America. There are no pre-printed envelopes available, so if you decide to donate to this purpose, please mark your donation accordingly.

NEXT SUNDAY (1/31): YOUTH MASS

WEDDING BANNS: Robert Fuchs & Trése Derkacs

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED,

PLEASE NOTE — THE COVID 19 DIRECTIVES are still in effect.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass (St. Emeric) is livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and on our website, https://stemeric.com/

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