RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTIONS:
9 AM: Parishioners of St. Emeric Parish
11 AM: János Molnár, by the Molnár Family
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|Frank & Betty Dobos, by Frank Dobos
|Ilona Balunek, by George Balunek
|Intentions of the Szigethy Family
|Parishioners of St. Emeric Parish
|Kamilla Szabo, by Kathy Szabo
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) On the cover of this bulletin is the image related to our first reading. God calling Samuel (who lived in the House of God) and Samuel learning to recognize the voice of the Lord. Our first reading stopped at verse 10, but if we would continue reading, we would hear God telling Samuel the first prophecy (a rather difficult one). In effect, this was the initiation of Samuel’s prophetic activity for the rest of his life. Additionally, according to the Jewish tradition (outside of the Bible), all this took place when boy Samuel was 12 years old. Does this sound a little familiar? It should.
In the Gospel of Luke, we hear that Jesus at the age of 12 was in the temple “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers” (Lk 2:46-47). This was the first public appearance of Jesus in his teaching ministry. In order for us to make the connection between Jesus and Samuel, St. Luke uses the line from the Old Testament that described Samuel. In 1 Samuel 2: 26 we read: “Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and with the people.” In Luke 2:52 we read: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in divine and human favor.” This is called typology, when persons or events prefigure events or aspects of Christ or his revelation described in the New Testament. Thus we can say that Jesus is the new Samuel, who is going to speak the Word of the Lord in the Temple and His life will be totally dedicated to God, to His Father’s will, to the prophetic ministry and priestly sacrifice.
(2) As you may have noticed, we have begun to prepare a little “café” in the southeast classroom next to the bazaar. If you would like to visit with one another after the Mass and be able to sit down and drink a coffee, please take advantage of this space. Like Samuel, let us keep silence in the church so that we too can pray in His presence and learn to hear His voice.
CHILDREN’S CATECHETICL PROGRAM: Even though it is hard to organize a full-fledged catechetical program (as other parishes may have), we still would like to organize something (and see where it goes). We will be launching a monthly catechetical meeting for children. It will be held after a Mass and will last 15 minutes. It will be conducted in Hungarian, but if there is going to be an interest, we can institute English sessions as well. The first meeting will be on January 21, after the 11AM Mass (topic: the church building). Please share this with families with young children.
TRADITIONAL HUNGARIAN DOUGHNUTS: The Ladies of the St. Emeric Altar Guild are baking Hungarian style doughnuts. They are $16 a dozen and must be ordered by January 17, 2024, by calling one of the ladies: Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Maria Meszaros 440-331-0391. Pick up: January 21, Sunday, before or after the 11:00 AM Mass or the day before, Saturday between 4 and 5 PM. Thank you for supporting St. Emeric Church!
PLEASE, PICK UP YOUR 2024 YEAR DONATION ENVELOPES IN THE SUNDAY OFFICE. Thank you for your generosity in supporting the parish throughout the year. If there are any address changes, please notify us.
NEXT WEEKEND SECOND COLLECTION is for the Church in Latin America and is taken up by our Diocesan Mission Office. The collection supports the Cleveland mission team in El Salvador (two of our priests serving in several parishes in El Salvador) and it also contributes to the USCCB’s collection for the Church in Latin America.
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Collection: $2,244; maintenance: $200; in loving memory of Attila Nemeth: $100; in loving memory of Maria Melegh: $50; in loving memory of Viktor Falk: $328. 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, 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. Funeral Mass for Kálmán Takács will be here at St. Emeric on Monday, January 15, at 11AM.
LET US PRAY THREE HAIL MARYS FOR OUR PARISH EVERY DAY!
Ez a bejegyzés olvasható Hungarian nyelven is.