FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – May 15, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: György & Margit Fábry, by Balassy Ilona

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

May 16 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
May 17 Tuesday 9:00 AM Margaret Stankiewicz
May 18 Wednesday 7:30 AM Fr. Charles Poore, by Fr. David Misbrener
May 19 Thursday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
May 20 Friday 9:00 AM Dr. Andrew Balunek, by George Balunek
May 21 Saturday 5:00 PM Ilona Krénoczy, by Boros Family
May 22 Sunday 11:15 AM Margaret Sebe, by Vámos Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) Mass time change this week: The Diocese of Cleveland is hosting a joint convention of Midwest Canon Law Society & Eastern Regional Conference of Canonists. Since I am participating at this conference, I will have to move the daily Mass to 7:30am on Wednesday. Thank you for your understanding.

(2) The Sacrament of Confession: This sacrament was established by Christ on Easter Sunday when he said to the Apostles: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:22-23). We can rightly say that the sacrament of reconciliation is the gift of the Resurrected Lord to us. The Apostles handed this power to their successors, bishops (who then called on priests to help them in this ministry).

Nowadays, the regular participation in this sacrament has fallen to extremely low levels. Almost everyone goes to receive Holy Communion, but very few go to confession. Sometimes people argue, why go through the intermediary (a priest), I can just talk directly to Jesus and He forgives me. In response, I would like to mention two points:

A. We need to remember who insulted whom. It was we who insulted our Infinitely Good Lord, and it is He, who sets the terms of reconciliation, not us. In his great mercy, He died for us on the cross and established the sacrament of confession as the ordinary way of receiving forgiveness. It is His will that we avail ourselves of this sacrament (God never does unnecessary things – everything he says or does has a purpose). Thus when we bypass confession, and “go directly to God,” we are rather presumptuous (or even arrogant), as we are basically ordering God how He needs to forgive us.

B. I would like to ask people who claim there is no need to go to confession as they asked God Himself for forgiveness, how do they know they have received it? Did they hear God say something back to them? How do they know that they were sorry enough, that they prayed enough, that they did enough penance? In confession, through the ministry of the priest, Jesus does say the words of forgiveness to us. We no longer have any doubts, the uncertainty is removed, and we can truly rejoice, because we know for sure that we have been forgiven and are freed from the burden of sins.

Let us take advantage of this Easter sacrament. People need not to go to their pastor for this sacrament, but they should go to a church where they can make a good confession. The Sacrament of Confession is truly one of the greatest gifts we have ever received.

(3) Thank you: I appreciate very much the hard work of the volunteers who came this past Saturday to beautify our church’s surrounding. New grass was planted on the south side of the church, certain spots were cleaned up, and new flowers were planted. May God reward your generosity!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW AUXILIARY BISHOP: Pope Francis has appointed the Rev. Michael G. Woost as auxiliary bishop of Cleveland. Bishop-elect Woost is a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland and currently serves as a member of the faculty of Saint Mary Seminary. In addition, he was recently appointed as the interim director of the diocesan Office for Worship. Bishop-elect Woost will be ordained to the episcopate during Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

NEXT SUNDAY HOME MISSION APPEAL: It offers financial support to missionary activities that strengthen the Catholic Church in the United States, and in its territories and former territories.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (5/8): Sunday collection: $1,669; Flowers: $65; Candles: $215. May God reward your generosity. Thank you for sending in your donations by mail or using our website https://stemeric.com/donations/.

WEDDING BANNS II: Jacob Miller & Kaitlyn Denissoff

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday, Julius Skerlan, and Elmar Koeberer.

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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