FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT “C” – December 19, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Dr. Ildikó Sípos, by Michael Varga-Sinka

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

December 20 Monday 9:00 AM Anna Nemeth, by the Family
December 21 Tuesday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth Parishes
December 22 Wednesday 9:00 AM Wilhelm Schrank (health)
December 23 Thursday 9:00 AM Elizabeth Crile, by Friend
December 24 Friday 10:00 PM Celebrant’s Intention
December 25 Saturday 11:15 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth Parishes
December 26 Sunday 11:15 AM For the Families

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: The purple color of this season is the reminder to us that Advent is a penitential season. It is very easy to forget this truth because the world around us is already holding Christmas parties, the stores and radios play Christmas music, etc. Entering into a penitential spirit is the furthest from the mind of the world. Moreover, it got to the point where the world now steals our Christian traditions and converts them for their own use. For example, the twelve days of Christmas refer to the days between Christmas and January 6 and not to the 12 days prior to Christmas (often used as a sales-gimmick). Let us not just roll along with what is around us, but let us actively be involved in preserving the true meaning of Advent and its spiritual benefits. Many of us recall our parents’ or grandparents’ celebrations of Christmas Eve and how special it was back then. That “specialness” was achieved not by their food, the idyllic setting of the village, or some other customs of the day (although it did add to it), but with the fact that our predecessors truly lived and spiritually entered into the Season of Advent. Through penance they purified their hearts, by mortifications they tempered their unruly desires, and when Christmas arrived their hearts were open towards God and ready to rejoice for the next twelve days.

CONFESSIONS: to prepare ourselves well for Christmas, I will hear confessions on Wednesday, December 22. First opportunity will be after the 9AM morning Mass and then in the evening from 6-8PM. The season of Advent focuses on both the past and future (the recalling of the waiting for the first coming of the Lord, and then His second coming at the end of the ages). We may say that the Sacrament of Confession serves as a bridge between these two. It focuses on the present and challenges us to look into a spiritual mirror: How am I doing? Am I keeping my heart pure and ready for the Lord (especially when I receive Him in the Eucharist)? Whether here or at another church, let us take advantage of the great Sacrament of Confession. Let us unburden ourselves and remove any hindrances to the coming of Jesus Christ to us in the Eucharist.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (12/12): Sunday Offering: $1,927; Immaculate Conception offering: $65. Special donation: $1,100. Flowers: $105. 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/

MASS SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS – NEW YEAR – EPIPHANY
for St. Emeric & St. Elizabeth parishes

December 24:      5:00 PM Mass (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English

December 24:      10:00 PM Mass (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

December 25:      9:15 AM Mass (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English

December 25:      11:15AM Mass (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

No evening Mass on Saturday, December 25!

December 26:     regular Sunday Mass schedule

December 31:     5:30 PM (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

January 1:           10:00 AM (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English

January 1:           5PM Mass (St. Emeric) – English

January 2:          regular Sunday Mass schedule

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT ST. EMERIC: Dinner, dance, and at midnight prayers in the church to welcome the New Year. Mass at 5:30PM, cocktail hour begins at 6:45PM, dinner 7:30PM. Music by the Harmonia Ensemble, with guest performer on the cimbalom-Alex Udvary. Dinner menu: “Székely” Goulash (pork & sauerkraut) & bread, roast pork with mushroom sauce, oven roasted potatoes, and for dessert “Rigó Jancsi” pastry, coffee, tea. Each table gets a bottle of white and red wine. At midnight champagne, lentil soup with wieners. Cost $60. Further alcoholic beverages may be purchased. Raffle. For reservations, please call by December 27 Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Máriá Mészáros 440-331-0391.

THIS SUNDAY SECOND COLLECTION: Retirement fund for religious.

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially for Madeleine B. Smith, who passed away on December 8, 2021 and was buried on December 18 from St. Noel Willoughby, OH).

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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