SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – May 22, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: O God, let all the nations praise you!

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Margaret Sebe, by the Vámos Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

May 23 Monday 9:00 AM Maria Spisak, by Mary Spisak
May 24 Tuesday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
May 25 Wednesday 9:00 AM John Kacsala, by Mary Spisak
May 26 Thursday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
May 27 Friday 9:00 AM Fr. Gary Dilley, by Fr. David Misbrener
May 28 Saturday 2:00 PM Wedding: Jacob Miller & Kaitlyn Denissoff
May 28 Saturday 5:00 PM Marie Golias
May 29 Sunday 11:15 AM Melinda Szentkiralyi, by the Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: The feast of Pentecost is only two weeks away and so in our liturgical readings we begin to hear about the coming of the Holy Spirit. In today’s gospel, we hear about the promise of Jesus to send us the Holy Spirit. Jesus uses an interesting word to describe the Holy Spirit: parakletos (παράκλητος). This word is translated as “advocate”, “intercessor”, “teacher”, “helper”, “comforter.” Interestingly, in the English translation of today’s gospel the word ‘advocate’ was used, while the Hungarian translation chose to utilize the word ‘comforter.’

The literal translation of the word means: “called to one’s side”, hence it referred to legal advocates in law courts of ancient Greek and Rome. However, it Jewish people also used this word in their apocrypha in reference to angels, prophets, and the just as advocates before God’s court (where Satan is the accuser). The Book of Job used the translation ‘comforter’ for this word and the later Church Fathers and liturgical authorities approved of it as a legitimate rendering. In sum, it would be hard to say which translation is more correct. In fact, what we can say is that the work of the Holy Spirit defending us can take on many forms.

Sometimes this protection is provided by outpouring of special graces in order to remain faithful to Jesus; at times the Holy Spirit defends us by reminding us of the true teachings of Christ entrusted to the Church as they provide sure guidance in life; at times he comes to our aid by giving the graces of consolation. In these and other forms, the Holy Spirit continues the work of Christ in defending us against the devil and evil.

When Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, he asked His disciples to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. They did that for nine days (this is the origin of novenas in the Church – the Latin word novem means ‘nine’). This Friday (May 27) begins the Novena to the Holy Spirit. I would highly recommend preparing ourselves for the feast of Pentecost throughout these nine days. Perhaps we can pray the following prayer throughout these days:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. V: Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. R: And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

There are many other novenas to the Holy Spirit available on the Internet. As we pray, let us keep ten young men and women from our parish in our prayers as they will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 30. Come Holy Spirit!

MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS, PRAY FOR US!

SECOND COLLECTION TODAY: HOME MISSION APPEAL: It offers financial support to missionary activities that strengthen the Catholic Church in the United States, and in its territories and former territories. Thank you for your generosity.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (5/15): Sunday collection: $2,038. May God reward your generosity. Thank you for sending in your donations by mail or using our website https://stemeric.com/donations/.

WEDDING BANNS III: Jacob Miller & Kaitlyn Denissoff

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.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass (from St. Emeric church) will be livestreamed from https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/     

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