THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD – January 2, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

January 3 Monday   Amy Murry
January 4 Tuesday   Celebrant’s Intention
January 5 Wednesday 9:00 AM Richard J. Golias Sr., by Marie A. Golias
January 6 Thursday 9:00 AM Zofi Lada
January 7 Friday 9:00 AM Fr. Robert E. Stein
January 8 Saturday 5:00 PM Anna Cseh, by Al & Maureen Cseh
January 9 Sunday 11:15 AM János Molnár, by Magdolna Molnár & Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: “We saw his star at its rising.” In our times, it has become popular to try to figure out what astronomical event could the three wise men have seen that made them to follow the phenomenon. I am sure that you too have read about the different possible scenarios (supernova, double star alignment, etc.). However, the description of the behavior of the star in the gospel does not really lend itself to this type of explanation. In fact, tradition has always maintained that it was a very special star more akin to a vision seen only by the magi. Actually, the many Church Fathers (e.g., St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Leo, St. Remegius, St. Gregory), the best theologian of the Church St. Thomas Aquinas, and Fr. Cornelius a’Lapide, all maintained that the star was not in the outer space but very close to the earth (in its atmosphere) and was a specially created event by God.

The unusual characteristics of the star were: (1) It shone night and day and was bright enough even during the day. (2) It went before the magi leading them. The celestial stars do not act that way. (3) It disappeared and reappeared rapidly. (4) It was low enough to point out the place (house) where the Newborn King was. If we would try to go with an astronomical event, it would render the gospel description completely unintelligible. How could a star out in the universe indicate the very house in which the Christ Child lay? How could such a star or other astronomic reality (be it a comet or supernova or otherwise) come to rest over the very place in which Jesus and Mary rested? Finally, if the star was in outer space, why was it noticed only by the wise men and not by others?

For these reasons, it does make sense to consider that the Star of Bethlehem was most likely a special vision granted to the three wise men. Similarly, to shepherds they too may have heard the words announced to them about the newborn King of the Jews. How else would they have known that? The Church is not against science. In some cases it can provide some helpful explanation, but it is clear that in this case it was a miracle. While the modern world with its worship of materialistic (and rationalistic) realities scoffs at the miracles (because it would turn their own little world upside down), we should not be ashamed of them (even at the price of the world labeling as lacking intelligence). Miracles did happen and do happen. I wish everyone a very blessed and miracle-filled New Year!

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: The totals for Christmas and last Sunday were not available at the time of the printing of the bulletin. 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/

PLEASE, PICK UP YOUR 2022 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.

FUNDRASING FOR CAMERAS: Since March of 2020, the internet broadcasting of Masses has become a regular occurrence in the vast majority of parishes. We ourselves have been livestreaming almost for two years. It has proven to be beneficial for those who due to old age, serious illness, or having moved away, cannot personally participate at Masses, but still want to remain in touch with our parish. The equipment that we have been using was loaned to us and we will have to return it soon. Since there is a value in continuing the livestreaming, we are in the process of purchasing the needed equipment. The cost for the cameras (with built-in transmitter and receiver) and the stands is around $1,200. If your situations allows it, please consider donating to this purpose. If you send in check, please indicate on the memo line the intention “new cameras.” Similarly, you may make donation on our website using a credit card or the PayPal option: https://stemeric.com/donations/ Please indicate in the memo line that the donations is for the cameras. Thank you very much and may God reward your generosity.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

We are sorry, but there will be NO LIVESTREAMING THIS SUNDAY.

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