FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT – February 18, 2024

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.


9 AM: Parishioners of St. Emeric Parish

11 AM: Gábor Papp, by the Family


February 19 Monday 9:00 AM Bernadette Baricza, by Marcsi Matavovszky
February 20 Tuesday 9:00 AM Living Members of the Matavovszky family, by Marcsi Matavovszky
February 21 Wednesday 9:00 AM Borbála Karácsony, by the Karácsony Family
February 22 Thursday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
February 23 Friday 9:00 AM Dr. Andrew Balunek, by George Balunek
February 24 Saturday 5:00 PM Holy Souls in Purgatory
February 25 Sunday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric Parish
February 25 Sunday 11:00 AM Jolán Prófusz

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) The front cover image of the bulletin captures the moment when Noah after the flood built an altar and offered burnt offerings on the altar to the Lord.

(2) On the first Sunday of Lent, we traditionally read the gospel passage in which the temptation of Christ in the desert is mentioned. The topic of temptation would often lead to a question about the phrase in the Lord’s Prayer: “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We know from the letter of James (1:13) that God does not tempt (entice) us to sin. Do we have to change the Our Father? How is one to understand this apparent contradiction?

First, these are Jesus’ words and we should not change them just because we have to exert extra effort in understanding them. His words are like relics for us. We have kept this phrase unchanged for 2000 years, even though already in the year 192 the Christians were contending with this phrase. Therefore, this is nothing new.

Secondly, from the Bible we learn how God is leading His people and how we, His people, in turn are asking Him to lead us on the way of righteousness. Thus, implicitly we are asking God to protect us from the dangerous roads. In this context, therefore, in the Our Father, we continue to pray the prayer of the People of God: lead us in the way of righteousness.

Thirdly, the Greek used here for temptation (peirasmos) means both trials that test us and temptation in the sense of allurement. However, according to most commentators, the usage as a trial of testing is the usual meaning in the New Testament. Therefore, a trial/testing is the most likely emphasis in this passage and in the Lord’s Prayer, we are asking to be spared the trials (but may the Lord’s will be done).

In summary, in either of the contexts, in the Our Father we are essentially acknowledging our weakness and how on our own we fail Him. Thus, indirectly we are asking for courage and strength from God. Additionally, Jesus’ inclusion of this phrase in the prayer reminds us that avoiding temptation (evil) should be one of the primary concerns of our spiritual lives.

A Review of Lenten Regulations for Latin Catholics: 1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. 2. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from meat. 3. The obligation to abstain from meat commences at 14 years old. 4. The obligation to fast commences at 18 years of age and ends at 59 years of age.

The 2024 CATHOLIC CHARITIES ANNUAL APPEAL: Thank you to all who participated in Catholic Charities In-Pew weekend at St. Emeric! If you have not had a chance to make a gift, please visit, text CCHOPE to 41444, or mail your donation to the Catholic Community Foundation at 1404 E. 9th St, Cleveland OH 44114 (we will keep envelopes for few more days in the vestibule of the main doors).

SCOUT BANQUET: the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting cordially invites you and your family to their Scout Banquet on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 12:30 p.m. to the St. Emeric Church Parish Hall. The menu includes Hungarian pea soup with dumplings, chicken Badacsony style with wild rice pilaf, roasted zucchini & yellow squash and apple linzer for dessert. Donation is $28.00 ($12 for children under 12). Reservations must be made by Monday, Feb. 19. Online: or call Susan Globits, 440-777-4677.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Collection: $1,873; special donation: $128. May God reward your generosity in supporting the church. Thank you for sending in your donations by mail or using our website

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Teréz Kalász, Lajos Boday, Márta Takács, Zsuzsanna Hunyadi, Kathy Szabó, Dorothy Fromhercz, Alex Szaday, Virginia Kachmar, Margaret Falk, Mária Hokky, and Phil Lucchese.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially for Otto Friedrich, who died on Tuesday, February 13, and was buried from St. Emeric church on Saturday, February 17, 2024.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:00 AM Mass from St. Emeric church will be livestreamed at and


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