RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Victor & Sarolta Falk, by Victor & Margaret Falk
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|December||6||Monday||9:00 AM||Dr. Ildikó Sípos, by Michael Varga Sinka|
|December||7||Tuesday||9:00 AM||Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth Parishes|
Dec. 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
|December||7||Tuesday||6:00PM||Wilhelm Schrank (health)|
|December||8||Wednesday||9:00AM||Paul Schrank (health)|
|December||8||Wednesday||7:00PM||Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth Parishes|
|December||9||Thursday||9:00AM||Viktor Simonyi, by Réka Simonyi|
|December||10||Friday||9:00AM||Attila Németh, by the Family|
|December||11||Saturday||5:00 PM||János Geréby, by the Family|
|December||12||Sunday||11:15 AM||Gizella Kovács, by Margit Csiszár|
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. The decision to declare our Blessed Mother the patroness of the United States was made by the bishops during the Sixth Provincial Council of Baltimore and the unanimous decision itself was reached on May 13, 1846. The words of the bishops’ decree were: “With enthusiastic acclaim and with unanimous approval and consent, the Fathers [of the Council] have chosen the Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, as the Patroness of the United States of America.” Pope Blessed Pius IX ratified this choice on February 7, 1847.
Two notes about the date of the US bishops’ decision. First, I could not help to notice that it was on May 13, which later will be the date of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. Secondly, the decision was made eight years before Pope Pius IX declared the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be an infallible dogma of the Church’s teaching. In fact, this request of the U.S. bishops to the Holy See to promote or claim this title of Our Lady may have been a significant contributing factor to the later declaration of the dogma (December 8, 1854).
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 Tuesday evening at 6PM the Mass will be in English, on Wednesday at 9AM (the language depends on those present), and at 7PM (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. Speaking of opportunity. As many of you already know, the Opportunity Corridor has opened. It is a continuation of I-490 East and it makes access to St. Elizabeth church from the west and south side of the Greater Cleveland area very easy and straightforward.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your surprise birthday cake at last week’s agapé. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness, best wishes and most importantly your prayers. I keep you all always in my prayers. May the Immaculate Conception intercede for us!
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,849. Maintenance: $150. Special Donation: $1,025. May God reward your generosity. Thank you also for sending in your offertory donation when not in attendance at Mass either by mail or on our website using a credit card or the PayPal option: https://stemeric.com/donations/
THE ALTAR GUILD BAZAAR in the Craft Room after Sunday Mass during Advent. Various gift items, Hungarian embroideries may be purchased at very reasonable prices.
MASS SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS: on December 24 there will be a 5PM Mass at St. Elizabeth and 10PM Mass at St. Emeric. On December 25 we will have 9:15 AM Mass at St. Elizabeth and 11:15AM Mass at St. Emeric.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT ST. EMERIC: Dinner, dance, and at midnight prayers in the church to welcome the New Year. Mass at 5:30PM, cocktail hour begins at 6:45PM, dinner 7:30PM. Music by the Harmonia Ensemble, with guest performer on the cimbalom-Alex Udvary. Dinner menu: “Székely” Goulash (pork & sauerkraut) & bread, roast pork with mushroom sauce, oven roasted potatoes, and for dessert “Rigó Jancsi” pastry, coffee, tea. Each table gets a bottle of white and red wine. At midnight champagne, lentil soup with wieners. Cost $60. Further alcoholic beverages may be purchased. Raffle. For reservations, please call by December 27 Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Máriá Mészáros 440-331-0391.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Madeleine B. Smith, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday, Michael Horvath.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.
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