FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH – December 31, 2023 * SOLEMNITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD – January 1, 2024

Feast of the Holy Family:

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God:

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: May God bless us in his mercy.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTIONS (12/31):

9 AM: Parishioners of St. Emeric Parish

11 AM: Attila Balogh, by the Balogh Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

January 1 Monday 9:00 AM Living and † Members of Tarina and Dulovic Families
January 1 Monday 11:00 AM Barnabás Lacza, by the Family
January 2 Tuesday 9:00 AM István Karsai, by the Karácsony Family
January 3 Wednesday 9:00 AM Jolán Prófusz
January 4 Thursday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
January 5 Friday 9:00 AM Benefactors of St. Emeric Parish
January 6 Saturday 5:00 PM Celebrant’s Intention
January 7 Sunday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric Parish
January 7 Sunday 11:00 AM Frank J. Pinter, by the Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) The Christmas week celebrations have recently been extended to include another special day. The feast of the Holy Family was introduced in the 19th century. On this day, the Church lovingly contemplates the members of the Holy Family in the cave of Bethlehem and commends Christian families to their protection.
Do Christian families today follow the Holy Family? Sadly, few do. The virtues of family life seem ridiculous in the eyes of the worldly man. Loyalty, love, service, obedience, the blessing of children are words that are barely spoken. But in the wake of this laughter, a flood of tears flows. May the example of the Holy Family help Christian families to find the path to true happiness (B.K).

(2) Tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. It is not a holy day of obligation in US because it falls this year on Monday. However, it is such a beautiful feast that we will have Masses as on Sunday. As we begin a new calendar (civil) year, many people will want to change and improve their lives by eliminating bad habits and creating good ones. It is a praiseworthy custom also to start the year with a Mass on January 1: to thank God for His blessings and ask for His help in the new year. It is also a good reminder that all our efforts in life should start with God.

(3) As you have noticed, a construction has begun on the apartment building across the church and the rectory. It has been a custom of some of you to park in front of the church (in the cul-de-sac). With the half of the 22nd street blocked off and a significant portion of the cul-de-sac used by construction company, I would recommend to park in our parking lots or in the Westside Market parking lot. The reason is that we need to leave space for emergency service vehicles to reach the front of our church (and also to be able to turn around). Thank you for your understanding.

AN ANNOUNCEMENT from 40 DAYS FOR LIFE: Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2023 Fall Campaign of 40 Days for Life. God poured blessings upon the campaign and we know 501 babies, mothers, fathers, and families were spared from abortion, 2 more abortion workers experienced conversion, and 3 more abortion facilities closed. Praise God! Cumulatively over the 16 years of 40 Days for Life, there have been 24,203 babies spared from abortion, 256 converted abortion workers, and 148 abortion facility closures. Praise God! We look forward to praying with you from February 14 – March 24 in the 2024 Spring Campaign. God bless you and thank you.

PLEASE, PICK UP YOUR 2024 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.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Dec. 24: Collection: $2,132; special donation: $100. Dec. 25: Collection: $6,330; maintenance: $100; Christmas Flowers: $317; in loving memory of Árpád Dobolyi: $100. 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, Teréz Kalász, Lajos Boday, Márta Takács, Zsuzsanna Hunyadi, Albert Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Dorothy Fromhercz, Alex Szaday, Virginia Kachmar, Margaret Falk, Mária Hokky, and Phil Lucchese.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially for Kálmán Takács. Funeral Mass for Victor Falk will be here at St. Emeric on Saturday, January 6, at 11AM.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:00 AM Mass from St. Emeric church will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/

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

Ez a bejegyzés olvasható Hungarian nyelven is.

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