FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – December 18, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Deceased Members of the Varkoly Family, by the Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

December 19 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
December 20 Tuesday 9:00 AM Anna Németh, by the Family
December 21 Wednesday 9:00 AM Szaniszló Szombathelyi, by Marcsi Matavovszky
December 22 Thursday 9:00 AM Anna Szombathelyi, by Marcsi Matavovszky
December 23 Friday 9:00 AM Gáspár Boros, by the Boros Family
December 24 Saturday 11:00 PM Stephen Profusz, Jr.
December 25 Sunday 11:15 AM St. Emeric Parishioners

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Do you know how long the Advent season is? Many people think that there are always four weeks of Advent. Well, only in some years does the liturgical Season of Advent last four full weeks. In most years, Advent is a little shorter, depending on which weekday December 25 (Christmas!) happens to be that year. The more precise answer to the question posed above is that there are always four Sundays of Advent, but that the Season of Advent can be between three and four weeks long. This year we happened to have the longest Advent season (full four weeks) and the next year it is going to be the shortest (only three weeks).

The last week of the Advent season (Dec. 17-24) is marked with a special emphasis and attentiveness to the celebration of the Birth of our Savior. During these days, the liturgy does not allow celebrations of memorials of saints (only as commemorations). Additionally, the seven traditional “O Antiphons” are utilized (Dec. 17-23). These are actually over a thousand years old and they have long been used at the very end of Advent in the liturgical prayer of the Church, as antiphons for the “Magnificat” sung or recited during Vespers (the Evening Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours). Since the Second Vatican Council, they have also been adapted (slightly reworded and rearranged) for the “Alleluia Verse” of the Mass (the short scriptural text or paraphrase that immediately precedes the Gospel reading). Each Antiphon invokes the coming of the Messiah, beginning with a biblical (Old Testament) title and closing with a specific petition. These titles are: O Sapientia (O Wisdom); O Adonai (O Lord); O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse); O Clavis David (O Key of David); O Oriens (O Dayspring); O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations); O Emmanuel (O With Us is God). In the traditional arrangement, when viewed from Christmas Eve backward, the first letters of the Latin texts spell out the phrase ero cras, which means, “I come tomorrow.”

Let us in this last week of Advent prepare well the celebration of the Birth of our Savior.

CONFESSIONS: to prepare ourselves well for Christmas, I will hear confessions on Tuesday, December 20. First opportunity will be after the 9AM morning Mass and then in the evening from 6-7PM. For the evening session, Fr. Peter Boksay will be available as well. 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.

TODAY: THE BLESSING OF THE BAMBINELLI: after the Mass, please come forward with the baby Jesus from your home Nativity set for this special blessing.

DECORATING CHURCH: after the Sunday Mass next week (12/18) if some of you are able to help carry some Christmas decorations into the church, that would be greatly appreciated.

THE ALTAR GUILD BAZAAR is open in the Craft Room before and after Sunday Mass.  Please, check out the new merchandise, various gift items, Hungarian embroideries may be purchased at very reasonable prices.

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

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

December 24:  10:30 PM Christmas Carrols (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

December 24:   11:00 PM Mass (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

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

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

December 31:   5:00 PM (St. Emeric) – English

January 1:         regular Sunday Mass schedule

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: (12/11) – Sunday Collection: $1,327; Maintenance: $400; Renovation Fund: $100. Immaculate Conception (12/8) collection: $130. 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, especially for István Szappanos (93) who died this past Monday.

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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