RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: István és Katalin Palotay, by the Family
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|July||11||Monday||9:00 AM||Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes|
|July||12||Tuesday||9:00 AM||John & Anna Letz, by Fr. David M. Misbrener|
|July||13||Wednesday||9:00 AM||Thomas A. Sherman, III (sp. intention)|
|July||14||Thursday||9:00 AM||Kenneth Bond (sp. intention)|
|July||15||Friday||9:00 AM||Celebrant’s Intention|
|July||16||Saturday||5:00 PM||Elmar Koeberer, by Karl Patay|
|July||17||Sunday||11:15 AM||Erzsébet Szabolcs, by Éva Dömötörffy|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to certain devotions. July is devoted to the Precious Blood of Jesus. In the past, the feast of the Most Precious Blood of Christ was celebrated on the first Sunday of July (later moved to July 1). The validity of this feast was confirmed by past Popes and recalled recently by Pope Benedict XVI in His speech after praying the Angelus on July 5, 2009.
Sacrifice is the highest form of religious worship which man offers to God as an act of praise, thanksgiving, petition or atonement. The most singular and pre-eminent sacrifice of the Old Law was the immolation of the Paschal Lamb which celebrated the sparing of Israel’s firstborn from the fatal sword of the Angel of Death in Egypt at the time of Moses and Pharaoh.
The imagery of sacrificial blood from slain animals is made more vivid and meaningful if we recall Moses’ words from the Book of Exodus, “And he took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people, and he said: This is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you concerning all these words” (Exodus 24:8).
This old sacrifice took a new form in the New Testament when the Immaculate Lamb of God offered Himself on the altar of the Cross to redeem mankind from sin and the slavery of Satan. And during the Last Supper, Our Lord offered Himself in an unbloody yet real sacrifice when He uttered the following words: “For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28).
Catholic doctrine teaches that the blood of Jesus Christ is part of His Sacred Humanity and hypostatically united to the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. And as such, it is worthy of adoration and veneration proper to latreutical worship which is rendered only to God. In other words, we adore the human nature of Christ because of its intimate and eternal union with the Person of the Divine Word. It is for this same reason that we honor the Most Sacred Heart or the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sadly, the feast of Precious Blood was removed from the church calendar in 1969, the argument being that the cultus of the Precious Blood is included in the Mass and Divine Office of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Nevertheless, it is still laudable and salutary to continue to see the month of July as dedicated to the Most Precious Blood, just as Blessed Pope Pius IX intended it to be (source: America Needs Fatima).
EMERIC – WORK OPPORTUNITY: St. Emeric parish is seeking a person to clean the church building complex and the outside around the church. It would be a paid and part-time position (around 10 hrs. weekly). Those interested please call the rectory at 216-965-0061 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. References are helpful.
PLANNING MEETING – ST. STEPHEN DAY PARISH PICNIC: On Sunday, August 21 we will hold our St. Stephen Day Parish Picnic. The format will closely follow what we did last year. I would like to invite everyone who was involved in the last year’s planning meeting, or who would like to be involved in this year’s, to come on Wednesday, July 20 at 6PM to St. Emeric Hall to meet and plan. Thank you very much to all of you who so devotedly volunteer for the events and work at St. Emeric parish.
LAST WEEKENDS’ COLLECTION (7/3): Sunday collection: $1,145; Maintenance: $250. 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.
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