SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT “A” – December 4, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: István Gráber Sr., by the Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

December 5 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
December 6 Tuesday 9:00 AM Bene Sándor Iván; Bene Sándor, by the Family
December 7 Wednesday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(holy day of Obligation)
December 7 Wednesday 6:30 PM Gyula Kobli, by Dr. Ildiko Sipos
December 8 Thursday 9:00 AM István & Katalin Palotay, by the Family
December 8 Thursday 6:30 PM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
December 9 Friday 9:00 AM Miklós Szélpál, by the Family
December 10 Saturday 5:00 PM Attila Németh, by the Family
December 11 Sunday 11:15 AM Marika Kovács, by Andrea Tábor

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: On December 8, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Blessed Mother under the title of the Immaculate Conception is also the patroness of the United States. This solemnity is a Holy Day of Obligation, meaning that we are required to attend Mass. I know that many of you will probably attend near your workplace or your home, but here at St. Emeric we will have the following schedule: on Wednesday evening at 6:30PM the Mass will be in English, on Thursday at 9AM (the language depends on those present), and at 6:30PM (in Hungarian). I have highlighted the schedule for this solemnity in the above box. There will be also another Mass that day at St. Elizabeth at 12Noon. It is bilingual and it is one more opportunity for you to fulfill the obligation.

On December 6, we celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas (AD 270-345), the bishop of Myra. His secret gift giving is well known, but I would like to share an episode from his life that is not known as much. In 325, Roman Emperor Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea, the very first ecumenical council. St. Nicholas was among the 318 bishops who came from all over the Christian world to debate the nature of the Holy Trinity. The Church held from the beginning that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was equal in dignity to God the Father. However, a priest from Egypt, Arius, challenged this unwritten teaching. To resolve this matter once and for all, the bishops gathered at the aforementioned council where Arius was given a chance to explain himself.

Hearing him speak at length, St. Nicholas became agitated at the blasphemy. Finally, he could no longer bear it and so he got up, crossed the room, and slapped Arius across the face! The bishops were shocked. Since it was illegal to strike another in the presence of the emperor, Nicholas was brought to Constantine. The emperor decreed that the bishops themselves must determine the punishment. The bishops stripped Nicholas of his bishop’s garments, chained him, and threw him into jail. That would keep Nicholas away from the meeting. When the Council ended, a final decision would be made about his future.

Nicholas was ashamed and prayed for forgiveness, though he did not waver in his belief. During the night, Jesus and Mary his Mother, appeared,* asking, “Why are you in jail?” “Because of my love for you,” Nicholas replied. Jesus then gave the Book of the Gospels to Nicholas. Mary gave him an omophorion (an episcopal garment), so Nicholas would again be dressed as a bishop. Now at peace, Nicholas studied the Scriptures for the rest of the night.

When the jailer came in the morning, he found the chains loose on the floor and Nicholas dressed in bishop’s robes, quietly reading the Scriptures. When Constantine was told of this, the emperor asked that Nicholas be freed. Nicholas was then fully reinstated as the Bishop of Myra. The Council of Nicaea agreed with Nicholas’ views, and condemned Arius’ opinions. The dogmatic formulations produced at this Council are recited at Mass to this day.

* Other versions of the story have Jesus and Mary with Nicholas appearing in a dream to Constantine or, even, to all the bishops. In the dream, they give the Book of the Gospels and an omophorion to Nicholas, convincing Constantine and the bishops that Nicholas should be reinstated as Bishop of Myra.

FREE CONCERT: On December 11, at 4PM at St. Elizabeth Church, in connection with the parish’s 130th anniversary, performed by The Cleveland Opera (theclevelandopera.org).

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: (11/27) – Sunday Collection: $909; Maintenance: $10; Renovation Fund: $300; in loving memory of Lászlo Dolesch: $500. 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/.

STUFFED CABBAGE: for the benefit of St. Emeric parish, the ladies again will be making stuffed cabbage — for take out only— December 17 and 18.  6 cabbage rolls (fully cooked, just heat and eat) … $18. To place your order please call by Wednesday, December 15:  Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Maria Meszaros 440-331-0391. Orders can be picked up Saturday, Dec. 17, before the 5pm mass or Sunday, Dec. 18, before or after the 11:15 mass in the church hall.

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.

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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