FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT – March 27, 2022 – Laetare Sunday

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Dc. Géza Balassy, by The Balassy Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

March 28 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric & St. Elizabeth
March 29 Tuesday 9:00 AM Istvan Spisak, by Mary Spisak
March 30 Wednesday 9:00 AM † Members of the Misbrener & Schonberger Families, by Fr. David M. Misbrener
March 31 Thursday 9:00 AM Zofi Lada
April 1 Friday 9:00 AM Fr. Joseph Cappelletti
April 2 Saturday 5:00 PM Dr. Andrew D. Balunek, by George Balunek
April 3 Sunday 11:15 AM Márta Benczédi, by Katinka Földesi

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: On Ash Wednesday we heard about the call to pray, fast, and give alms. I already mentioned fasting and prayer and so today I would like to write few words on almsgiving. So, what is a Christian almsgiving?

First of all, it is a form of penance. Almsgiving refers to giving to the poor. By giving to the needy, we make reparation for sins as we see in the poor the person of Christ Himself. Also, two of the principal enemies of our soul’s salvation are ‘the world’ and ‘the flesh.’ Thus, almsgiving becomes a necessary tool in resisting and overcoming these foes.

Secondly, etymologically, the word ‘almsgiving’ (elemosyne in Greek) comes from the word éleos, which means compassion and mercy. Originally, it indicated the attitude of the merciful man and, later, all works of charity for the needy. Indeed, the Church teaches that almsgiving is part of the works of mercy, an expression of Christian charity. This why Pope Benedict XVI in his Message for Lent in 2008 said:

Everything, then, must be done for God’s glory and not our own. This understanding, dear brothers and sisters, must accompany every gesture of help to our neighbor, avoiding that it becomes a means to make ourselves the center of attention. If, in accomplishing a good deed, we do not have as our goal God’s glory and the real well being of our brothers and sisters, looking rather for a return of personal interest or simply of applause, we place ourselves outside of the Gospel vision. In today’s world of images, attentive vigilance is required, since this temptation is great. Almsgiving, according to the Gospel, is not mere philanthropy: rather it is a concrete expression of charity, a theological virtue that demands interior conversion to love of God and neighbor, in imitation of Jesus Christ, who, dying on the cross, gave His entire self for us.

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 11.

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 SYNOD ON SYNODALITY 2021-2023 is a two-year process of listening and dialogue that began with a solemn opening in Rome in October 2021 with each individual diocese celebrating thereafter. The process will conclude with a Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2023. In the first stage of this process, parishes are asked to meet and to give prayerful input on the needs of the Church today and the way to speak about the mission of Christ in the world we live in. We will have our meeting this Wednesday (March 30) at 6:30pm at St. Emeric Church. All the members of the parish are invited to attend.

THE NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING will be held on April 6 at 6:30 PM.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (3/20): $1,038; in loving memory of Miklós Peller: $50. May God reward your generosity. 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, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday, Julius Skerlan, and Elmar Koeberer.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

CHURCH GROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY: Would you like to help us for few hours with a spring clean-up around the church? On Saturday morning (April 9) between 9am-12pm we will be doing some light clean up/maintenance work. A lunch will be provided. If you are planning to help, please call Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 by April 5 and leave a message. Thank you very much!

LENTEN CONCERT: The Cleveland Opera, Inc., will perform Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and more at St. Elizabeth of Hungary church on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 4PM. The concert is one hour and free to attend.

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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