THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT “C” – December 12, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Gizella Kovács, Mária Szaghmeiszter, by Margit Csiszár and the Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

December 13 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth Parishes
December 14 Tuesday 9:00 AM Miklós Peller, by Ildikó Peller
December 15 Wednesday 9:00 AM Ferenc & Ilona Kabdebo, by Strada Family
December 16 Thursday 9:00 AM Paul Schrank (health)
December 17 Friday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
December 18 Saturday 5:00 PM Lacza Barnabás, by the Family
December 19 Sunday 11:15 AM Dr. Ildikó Sípos, by Michael Varga-Sinka

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: This Sunday of Advent is called “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete means rejoice in Latin and this is the first word in the entrance antiphon for this Mass (Gaudete in Domino, cf. Phil 4:4-6). The theme of rejoicing however is carried throughout the Mass in both the Mass texts and readings. Additionally, Mass may be said in rose color this day. This day, the Holy Mother Church wants to encourage us and nurture our hope in our faithful waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ by focusing on joy.

The source of joy is none other than this, “The Lord is near.” The joy of the presence of the Lord brings us tranquility, cheerful confidence, peace of heart, and serenity. This will keep and preserve us from many troubles and dangers of the world in our own great Advent of life, up until the day of Christ’s coming. We can truly comprehend the love of God only if we realize that it is the Lord of the whole universe who has come to our salvation. Let us continue to remain vigilant as we await with prayer the approaching Christmas!

THE BLESSING OF THE BAMBINELLI was first instituted by St. John Paul II. On an Advent Sunday the children of Rome are encouraged to bring the baby Jesus (Bambinelli) from each of their Nativity sets to St. Peter’s Square. Following the Sunday Angelus address, the Pope blesses the figurines. This custom has spread throughout the world. We will celebrate this blessing next week, on Fourth Sunday of Advent after the Mass. All (not only children) are encouraged to bring baby Jesus from their home Nativity sets to the church for this special blessing.

DECORATING CHURCH: after the Sunday Mass next week (12/19) if some of you are able to help carry Christmas decorations into the church, that would be greatly appreciated.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,591. Special donation in honor of Joseph Lipovits’ 86th Birthday: $50. 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/

MASS SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS – NEW YEAR – EPIPHANY
for St. Emeric & St. Elizabeth parishes

December 24:              5:00 PM Mass (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English

December 24:              10:00 PM Mass (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

December 25:              9:15 AM Mass (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English

December 25:              11:15 AM Mass (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

No evening Mass on Saturday, December 25!

December 26:              regular Sunday Mass schedule

December 31:              5:30 PM (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

January 1:                    10:00 AM (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English

January 1:                    5:00 PM Mass (St. Emeric) – English

January 2:                    regular Sunday Mass schedule

THE ALTAR GUILD BAZAAR in the Craft Room after Sunday Mass during Advent.  Various gift items, Hungarian embroideries may be purchased at very reasonable prices.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT ST. EMERIC: Dinner, dance, and at midnight prayers in the church to welcome the New Year. Mass at 5:30PM, cocktail hour begins at 6:45PM, dinner 7:30PM. Music by the Harmonia Ensemble, with guest performer on the cimbalom-Alex Udvary. Dinner menu: “Székely” Goulash (pork & sauerkraut) & bread, roast pork with mushroom sauce, oven roasted potatoes, and for dessert “Rigó Jancsi” pastry, coffee, tea. Each table gets a bottle of white and red wine. At midnight champagne, lentil soup with wieners. Cost $60. Further alcoholic beverages may be purchased. Raffle. For reservations, please call by December 27 Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Máriá Mészáros 440-331-0391.

NEXT SUNDAY SECOND COLLECTION: Religious brothers, sisters and order priests have dedicated their lives to ministering to those in need. Today, with longer life expectancies and rising health care costs, the challenge to provide retirement funding is compounded. Now, parishioners across the diocese can help in their hour of need. This December please consider donating to help with the care of those retired religious sisters, brothers and order priests from the diocese.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Madeleine B. Smith, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday, Michael Horvath.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially for Német Lajosné, Krisztina O’Reilly’s mother.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass (from St. Emeric church) will be livestreamed from https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/

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