3rd SUNDAY OF LENT – March 7, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Mátyás & Erzsébet Horváth, by the Family

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

March 8 Monday 9:00 AM Piroska Beodray, by Piri Táborosi
March 9 Tuesday 9:00 AM Irene Schrenk (health)
March 10 Wednesday 9:00 AM Elizabeth Ferenczi
March 11 Thursday 9:00 AM Fr. Richard Whetstone, by Fr. David Misbrener
March 12 Friday 9:00 AM Mozola & Valachovic Families
March 13 Saturday 5:00 PM For the Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
March 14 Sunday 11:15 AM János Megyimóri, by the Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: We are well into the season of Lent – a season in which we meet the suffering Christ. I would like to share with you a quote by Ven. Bishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979) on the topic of Christ and his Cross: “The modern world, which denies personal guilt and admits only social crimes, which has no place for personal repentance but only public reforms, has divorced Christ from His Cross; the Bridegroom and Bride have been pulled apart. What God hath joined together, men have torn asunder. As a result, to the left is the Cross; to the right is Christ. Each has awaited new partners who will pick them up in a kind of second and adulterous union. Communism comes along and picks up the meaningless Cross; Western post-Christian civilization chooses the unscarred Christ. Communism has chosen the Cross in the sense that it has brought back to an egotistic world a sense of discipline, self-abnegation, surrender, hard work, study, and dedication to supra-individual goals. But the Cross without Christ is sacrifice without love. Hence, Communism has produced a society that is authoritarian, cruel, oppressive of human freedom, filled with concentration camps, firing squads, and brain-washings.” (Life of Christ, 1958). The second part of the quote (on the choice of the Western post-Christian civilization) will be published next week. I keep you all in my prayers. Fr. Bona

RESTORED BAPTISMAL FONT: I would like to thank our St. Emeric Altar Guild for financing the restoration of our baptismal font. It has been fixed and repainted. The font has been placed in the sanctuary, but it is movable, if the need be. According to the liturgical norms, “the baptistery may be situated in a chapel either inside or outside the church or in some other part of the church easily seen by the faithful; it should be large enough to accommodate a good number of people.”

A Review of Lenten Regulations for Latin Catholics: 1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. 2. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from meat. 3. The obligation to abstain from meat commences at 14 years old. 4. The obligation to fast commences at 18 years of age and ends at 59 years of age.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,999. Maintenance: $1,050. Candles: $242. I am always impressed by your generosity in responding to your church’s needs in these difficult times. 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/

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

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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