FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT – March 19, 2023 – Laetare Sunday

RESP. PSALM: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: István Szappanos, by Zsuzsa Szappanos


March 20 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric & St. Elizabeth
March 21 Tuesday 9:00 AM Béla & Rozália Gombár, by Frank Szendrey
March 22 Wednesday 9:00 AM Living and † Members of the Zsula Family, by the Family
March 23 Thursday 9:00 AM Julie Sirant
March 24 Friday 9:00 AM In honor of Sacred Heart, by Fr. David Misbrener
March 25 Saturday 5:00 PM Sándor Keresztes, by the Karácsony Family
March 26 Sunday 11:15 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric & St. Elizabeth

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) Below, I continue from last week to list the essentials for a solid spiritual life. I will finish the series with a monthly and annual spiritual plan next time. (2) Solemnity of St. Joseph is on Monday, the 20th, this year. The reason is that its feast day (March 19) falls on Sunday of Lent. Since Sundays of Lent take priority, it is moved forward a day. Let us often have recourse to this powerful protector and intercessor. (3) This past Thursday marked the midpoint of the Lenten season. This is a good time to take stock of how we are doing. Most of us probably started Lent with great determination to utilize this opportunity to grow in our spiritual life with penance and prayers. How are we doing at keeping those resolutions we made on Ash Wednesday? Now, while we still have some time, let us renew our Lenten commitments.


(1) Holy Mass on Sunday: Sunday Mass should be the center of our lives and it should be the center of the week, in other words, its highlight. Many make a mistake of only trying to fit in the Mass in their weekend plans. It should be the opposite. We should plan our weekend around the Mass. Missing the Mass on Sunday when there is no grave reason (such as serious illness) is a mortal sin. Even when we are on vacation, we should plan ahead.

(2) BVM Saturdays: Every Saturday is devotionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM=Beata Virgo Maria). She is our Mother who does so much for us. As I indicated last week, it is recommended to pray the Rosary every day. However, it is appropriate to remember our heavenly Mother in a special way on Saturdays. May we can go to a daily Mass in the morning, or we can say a Marian prayer (for example, the prayer of Hail Holy Queen).

(3) Weekly penance: Unless there is a solemnity celebrated that day, every Friday is a penitential day to honor Jesus’ crucifixion. Therefore, not just during Lent, but throughout the year, every Friday should be lived with this spirit. Have a plan on how to remember Jesus’ suffering and thank Him for the gift of His love – our redemption.

(4) Visits to the Blessed Sacrament: It is beneficial to interrupt our weekday routine to do occasionally something we usually do not. If we are close to a church that is open, or even has an adoration chapel, why not stop by for 5 minutes to greet the Eucharistic Lord. He is waiting for us in every tabernacle.

PALM BRANCHES FROM LAST YEAR: The palms that we receive on Palm Sunday are blessed. If we no longer wish them to have displayed or kept in our homes, they should be properly disposed of by either burning or burying in the ground. At the beginning of the Easter vigil we will have a fire in which we will burn these branches (from them we have ashes for Ash Wednesday). If you would like to dispose of the old palm branches, please bring them to the church by April 5.

CHURCH CLEANING DAY: On Saturday March 25th, if there is no funeral, I will have a Mass at 9AM to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation and afterwards we will do some light spring cleaning in the church. Please, call Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 by March 23 and leave a message. We would like to provide a lunch for those who come to assist. Thank you to all of you who help the mission of our parish in any shape or form.

LENTEN CONCERT will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary church on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 4PM. The concert is free to attend (free will offering). Before the concert, starting at 3PM, I will be hearing confessions.

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 (there is no upper limit). 4. The obligation to fast commences at 18 years of age and ends at 59 years of age. 5. The laws on abstinence and fast bind under the pain of mortal sin.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: (3/12) – Sunday collection: $1,384; special donation: $100. 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, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Lajos Boday, Julius Skerlan, Márta Takács, Zsuzsanna Hunyadi, Albert Kovács, Viola Kocskár and Mária Hokky.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass from St. Emeric church will be livestreamed at and


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