FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT “C” – November 28, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Deceased Members of the Balassy, Kovacsics & Duna Families, by the Families

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

November 29 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric & St. Elizabeth Parishes
November 30 Tuesday   Wilhelm Schrank (health)
December 1 Wednesday   Imre Földesi, by Gizella Földesi
December 2 Thursday   Paul Schrank (health)
December 3 Friday   Wanda M. Golias, by Marie Golias
December 4 Saturday 5:00 PM Fr. Bob Begin (health)
December 5 Sunday 11:15 AM Victor & Sarolta Falk, by Victor & Margaret Falk

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: With the First Sunday of Advent we not only commence a new liturgical season, but also begin a new liturgical year. The name for this season comes from the Latin word adveniens, which means coming. At this time joy fills our hearts at the thought of Jesus’ first coming at Christmas, we are encouraged to look forward to his second coming, and, as St. Bernard of Clairvaux writes, there is a third coming between these two:

“The third is invisible, while the other two are visible. … Because this coming lies between the other two, it is like a road on which we travel from the first coming to the last. In the first, Christ was our redemption; in the last, he will appear as our life; in this middle coming, he is our rest and consolation.”

Our Lord comes to us in the Sacraments, in His Word, and through his many gifts of grace He indeed provides for us bountifully.

The decorations in the church have changed: the purple color is highlighted. The purple color symbolizes the fact that Advent is a season of preparation. Similar to Lent, we are to look into our hearts and repent of our sins so as to prepare a worthy heart for the coming of Christ. Actually, in this context we can thus speak of a fourth coming in this season: our coming back or coming closer to Christ. Truly, Advent is not a passive season, but an active one.

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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 remainder of the week we will not have daily Mass. However, I will take the intentions with me and celebrate those Masses during the retreat. I will keep you in my prayers and will return on Friday afternoon.

AGAPÉ: After the Mass on Sunday (Nov. 28), all of you are welcome to stay in the St. Emeric hall for some fellowship and refreshments.

NEXT SUNDAY (12/5): after the Mass celebration of the feast of St. Nicholas, who will visit with our children.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,437. Donations in honor of St. Emeric: $830. Maintenance: $500. Special Donation: $1,025. May God reward your generosity. Thank you also for sending in your offertory donation when not in attendance at Mass either by mail or on our website using a credit card or the PayPal option: https://stemeric.com/donations/

THE ALTAR GUILD BAZAAR in the Craft Room will be open after Mass every Sunday until Christmas.  Various gift items, Hungarian embroideries may be purchased at very reasonable prices.

NUT ROLL SALE: As part of their annual fundraising, Hungarian Scouts Folk Ensemble will hold a walnut or poppy seed roll sale. $16/ea (1 pc), $15/ea (2 pcs), $14/ea (3 pcs). All orders must be received by December 6, 2021. To place your order via email or text, kindly give your name & telephone number to: Klara Tóth Bócsay 440-637-7947, Klara.Toth@att.net . OR order ONLINE at: https://www.clevelandregos.org/

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Madeleine B. Smith, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday, Michael Horvath.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

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

 

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