SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – January 15, 2023

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: István Szappanos, by the Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

January 16 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
January 17 Tuesday 9:00 AM Beth and Sue Dobos (health), by Frank Dobos
January 18 Wednesday 9:00 AM Frank Dobos (in thanksgiving for his 90th birthday),
by  Beth and Sue Dobos
January 19 Thursday 9:00 AM István Prófusz, by the Family
January 20 Friday 9:00 AM Attila Szigethy
January 21 Saturday 5:00 PM Borbála Marinesku, by the Karácsony Family
January 22 Sunday 11:15 AM János Molnár, by the Molnár Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Some time ago, I received a question about the list of saints that we hear at Mass when the Roman Canon (also known as First Eucharistic Prayer) is utilized.

The Roman Canon has two lists of Saints, one before the Consecration and one after. The first list begins with the Blessed Virgin Mary who, being the Queen of All Angels and Saints, is set apart and stands above all the saints. Next is St. Joseph who, being the Foster Father of Christ, also has a privileged place. Next are listed the original 11 Apostles with St. Paul to make 12, and then 12 early martyrs. These 24 martyrs (the Apostle John survived his by a miracle) represent the 24 Elders in the Apocalypse (4:4). These 24 elders are interpreted as symbolizing all the fathers and the more illustrious holy men of both Testaments.

The list after the Consecration begins with St. John the Baptist, who stands alone, as he is the greatest of the Prophets. Then there are the names of 7 male saints and of 7 female saints. Since 7 is the number of completion, these two groups of 7 saints symbolize the complete number of all male and female saints (thus no other names are needed). In the future, I may write about these saints individually.

Their inclusion in this prayer reminds us (1) of the teaching on the communion of saints: that whenever we pray, earth unites with heaven; (2) of our hope for fellowship with them in life eternal; (3) of the fact that saintly intercession and the belief in the communion of saints was part of the earliest Christians’ belief and practice.

HEARTFELT THANKS to all the dedicated volunteers who helped in preparing for the Christmas celebration (and afterwards as well) – the liturgical music and singing, assisting in the liturgy, decorating the church, acquiring the flowers, mail and electronic publicity, cleaning, and inside and outside beautification of our church and the surrounding grounds. May God reward you abundantly!

PLEASE, PICK UP YOUR 2023 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.

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 18, 2022, by calling one of the ladies: Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Maria Meszaros 440-331-0391. Pick up: January 22, Sunday, before or after the 11:15 AM Mass or the day before, Saturday between 4 and 5 PM. Thank you for supporting St. Emeric Church!

OUR ANNUAL PORK SAUSAGE DINNER: will be held in our hall on February 5th at 12:45PM. Menu: traditional rich chicken soup, entrée of pork and rice-liver sausages with side dish of parslied potatoes and ham hock braised cabbage. Dessert is puff pastry filled with apricot jam, coffee. Cost: adults $25, students $12, children under 6 free. Also available for take-home: apricot jam filled puff pastry at $10 a dozen. To make your dinner reservations or to place your take home pastry order, please call one of the ladies by February 1: Marika Zsula 216-676-5863    or    Mária Mészáros 440-331-0391. Thank you for supporting our church!

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: (1/8) – Sunday Collection: $1,870; in loving memory of Attila Nemeth: $100. 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/.

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.

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, especially Fr. Mark Q. Fedor. He was a retired priest living nearby and was often coming to our weekday Masses. He died on Tuesday, January 10th.

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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