EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD – April 9, 2023

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Parishioners of St. Emeric

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

April 10 Monday 9:00 AM Steve Spisak, by Mary Spisak
April 11 Tuesday 9:00 AM Erzsébet Keresztes, by the Karácsony Family
April 12 Wednesday 9:00 AM Sándor Szegedy, by Ildikó Peller
April 13 Thursday 9:00 AM Károly Szombathelyi, by Marcsi Matavovszky
April 14 Friday 9:00 AM Fr. William R. Krizner
April 15 Saturday 5:00 PM János Molnár, by the Molnár Family
April 16 Sunday 11:15 AM Miklós Nagy, by the Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) I wish everyone a very Blessed Easter! The word “Easter” comes from Old English, meaning simply the “East.” The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth, and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world. The Paschal Candle used during the Easter Vigil is a central symbol of this divine light, which is Christ. It is kept near the ambo throughout Easter Time and lit for all liturgical celebrations.

The Easter Vigil is the “Mother of All Vigils” and Easter Sunday is the greatest of all Sundays. The season of Easter is the most important of all liturgical times, which Catholics celebrate as the Lord’s resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. The octave of Easter comprises the eight days which stretch from the first to the second Sunday. It is a way of prolonging the joy of the initial day. There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost. It is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian:  Alleluia! All faith flows from faith in the resurrection: “If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith” (1 Cor 15:14).

(2) On Holy Thursday, our church was open from 8-11PM for those who wanted to visit seven churches and pray before the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose. We had around 200 people, mostly young, who stopped that evening by our church.

HEARTFELT THANKS to all the dedicated volunteers who helped during Lent and in preparing for the Easter celebration – the liturgical music and singing, assisting in the liturgy, decorating the church, acquiring the flowers, mail and electronic publicity, cleaning, and inside and outside beautification of our church and the surrounding grounds. May God reward you abundantly!

THE NEXT SUNDAY IS DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Our Lord’s promise to grant complete forgiveness of sins & punishment on the Feast of Mercy is recorded three times in St. Faustina’s Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul.  Jesus says: “I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy. Ask of My faithful servant (Fr. Sopocko) that, on this day, he tell the whole world of My great mercy; that whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment.” (Paragraph 299-300) “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My Mercy.” (Paragraph 1109) “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.” (Paragraph 699). For more information about DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY & a confession guide, go to: www.DivineMercySunday.com

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: (4/2) – Sunday collection: $2,100; maintenance: $400; Easter flowers: $370. May God reward your generosity in supporting the church. Thank you for sending in your donations by mail or using our website https://stemeric.com/donations/.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Lajos Boday, Julius Skerlan, Márta Takács, Zsuzsanna Hunyadi, Albert Kovács, Viola Kocskár and Mária Hokky.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

Online Streaming: the 8:45 PM Easter Vigil Mass from St. Emeric church will be livestreamed and made available at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/  

LET US PRAY THREE HAIL MARYS FOR OUR PARISH EVERY DAY!

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