FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT “A” – November 27, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Gizella Kovács, Mária Szagmajszter, by Margit Csiszár

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

November 28 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
November 29 Tuesday   No Mass
November 30 Wednesday   No Mass
December 1 Thursday   No Mass
December 2 Friday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
December 3 Saturday 5:00 PM Robert Korman, by Mary Spisak
December 4 Sunday 11:15 AM István Gráber Sr., by the Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: The readings from the early part of the season of Advent remind us that Jesus Christ will return in glory to the earth. We do not know when He will return, but Jesus promised us that He would return in glory, “as light comes from the east.” It is in fulfillment of the prophecy of Malachi who spoke of the Lord’s coming as “rising sun of justice” (3:20).

It has been nearly two thousand years now since Jesus ascended into heaven. It has become easier to forget that he will come again to earth. It has become easier to forget that we must be waiting, we must be watching, and we must be ready. That is why the season of Advent reminds us and trains us to be prepared for Christ’s coming. We hear in today’s gospel: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.”

The Mass is rich with symbolism. For example, the vestments of the priest remind us of the dignity of Christ the King. We strike our breasts, and bow our heads, and bend our knees to remember our sinfulness, God’s mercy, and his glory.

Since ancient times, Christians have faced the east during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to remember to keep watch for Christ. Together, the priest and the people faced the east, waiting and watching for Christ. Even in Churches that did not face the east, the priest and people stood together in the Mass, gazing at Christ on the crucifix, on the altar, and in the tabernacle, to recall the importance of watching for his return. The symbolism of the priest and people facing ad orientem—to the east—is an ancient reminder of the coming of Christ.

Especially during Advent, as we await the coming of the Lord, facing the east together—even symbolically facing Christ together at the altar and on the crucifix—is a powerful witness to Christ’s imminent return. Today, at a time when it is easy to forget that Christ is coming—and easy to be complacent in our spiritual lives and in the work of evangelization—we need reminders that Christ will come. Therefore, during the Season of Advent (perhaps including the Night Mass at Christmas), I will celebrate the Masses ad orientem. We will be facing together God. In the ad orientem posture at Mass, the priest is not facing away from the people.  He is with them—among them, and leading them—facing Christ, and waiting for His return (Bp. James D. Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, Looking to the East, November 21, 2014; modified).

AWAY: This coming week I will be away on a retreat. Every year priests are obliged to attend/participate in a retreat, as it is one of the time-tested tools to help grow in further spiritual life (cf. c. 276). I will celebrate the Monday 9AM Mass, but for the next three days of the week we will not have daily Mass. I will keep you in my prayers and will be back for the Friday morning Mass.

NEXT SUNDAY (12/4): we will have youth Mass, followed by a celebration of the feast of St. Nicholas, who will visit with our children, and AGAPÉ. All of you are welcome to stay in the St. Emeric hall for some fellowship and refreshments (and if you bring some food, sweets, to share, it will be greatly appreciated).

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: (11/20) – Sunday Collection: $939; St. Emeric Day: $10; Air-conditioning: $1,500. 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 and Viola Kocskár.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass from St. Emeric church will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/

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