EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINAY TIME – July 31, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: János & Mária Németh, by Dr. Ildiko Sipos

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

August 1 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
August 2 Tuesday 9:00 AM Matthew Misbrener, by the Misbrener Family
August 3 Wednesday 9:00 AM For the Benefactors of St. Emeric
August 4 Thursday 9:00 AM János Geréby, by the Family
August 5 Friday 9:00 AM Fr. William O’Neill
August 6 Saturday 5:00 PM János Juhász, Jr., by the Family
August 7 Sunday 11:15 AM Members of the Horvath Family, by Erzsébet Aliczky

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Every year on August 2nd, there is an opportunity to receive the “Portiuncula Indulgence” or also known as the “Great Pardon.” The word “portiuncula” means “little portion” and was the nickname St. Francis gave to a small chapel. This chapel was dedicated to St. Mary of the Angels (Our Lady of the Angels) and was very dear to St. Francis of Assisi (hence the nickname he gave). This chapel is considered to be the cradle of the Franciscan Order. In 1209, as the quarters of Rivo Torto became too small for the newly forming Religious Order, St. Francis obtained from the Benedictines the use of the Portiuncula, for which he paid a basket of fish. The chapel and the surrounding small parcel of land were in disrepair. Just as he had done at San Damiano, St. Francis rebuilt the chapel, adding small huts (cells) and enclosing it all in a protective hedge. It was there that St. Francis gained a more vivid understanding of his own vocation. He held the annual meetings of the friars (Chapters) there and it is where he desired to spend his final earthly moments; dying in his nearby cell October 3, 1226.

St. Francis felt that the Portiuncula was a place filled with God’s grace. In 1216, at the request of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Honorius granted special privilege (plenary indulgence – a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins) to all those who would visit the little chapel. Liturgically, the order began to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Angels on this day. The beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli that now surrounds the Portiuncula chapel was begun in 1569 (completed in 1684) by decree of Pius V. It was meant to accommodate the huge crowds of pilgrims who came on August 2nd for the Portiuncula Indulgence. Later the Holy See has approved this indulgence for the whole world.

The conditions to obtain it: Anyone who on Aug. 2 visits a basilica minor, a cathedral, or a parish church with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels and recites the Creed, the Our Father, and prays for the Holy Father’s intentions, may receive a plenary indulgence. In addition, a plenary indulgence requires that the individual be in the state of grace by the completion of the acts, and have complete detachment from sin. The person must also sacramentally confess their sins, up to about 20 days before or after the indulgenced act, and receive Communion that day.

EMERIC – AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLATION: Thank you very much for all those who have already donated to our fundraising campaign! We truly appreciate your kindness and generosity. As of July 26, seventeen (17) donors gave $6,210 towards our goal of installing air-conditioning units in the church ($79,000). Making the house of God as prayer conducive as we can, will benefit all of us. All donations, large or small, are greatly appreciated and can be made with your donations in the weekly offertory basket with a check or an envelope marked “For air conditioning,” on our website with a note of the same, or on gofundme.com. Thank you!

MONTHLY MASS FOR BENEFACTORS: Throughout my time here at St. Emeric, I have witnessed a great generosity on the part of parishioners and friends of St. Emeric who support the parish with their financial means, time, and other talents and gifts. It is a testament to their love for the Church and the parish’s mission. On behalf of the parish, I would like to express my gratitude to all our benefactors by having a monthly Mass offered for them and their intentions. May God reward your generosity.

9 NIGHTS OF NIGHT PRAYERS (AUGUST 7-15): Each evening, during the 9 Nights of Night Prayer, nine churches in the Diocese of Cleveland will open their doors at 8:00pm to offer a time of Night Prayer beginning at 8:15pm. We will be one of those nine churches. This is a good evangelization opportunity for us. Join us during these nights to be nurtured with Sacred Scripture and refreshed by the loving presence of God. If you can volunteer as greeters and lectors, please let Fr. Bona know. The last night (8/15) there will be an ice cream social as well.

STEPHEN DAY PICNIC: Our St. Stephen Day Picnic will be on August 21. Mass of St. Stephen will be at 11:15AM, Picnic food from 12:30-4PM (Debrecen sausage, staffed cabbage, gyulás, bread, lángos (elephant ear), cookies, coffee; children menu: hotdogs). A blessing of giant bread at 1PM, music throughout. No need to RSVP.

LAST WEEKENDS’ COLLECTIONS (7/17): Collection: $2,619; In loving memory of Elmar Koeberer: $500; Maintenance: $50. (7/24): Collection: $995. May God reward your generosity. 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, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday, and Julius Skerlan.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

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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