THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD – January 3, 2021

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

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

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

January 4 Monday 9:00 AM Kenneth Bond (special intention)
January 5 Tuesday 9:00 AM Piri Gereby, by the Family
January 6 Wednesday 9:00 AM Martin Hehn, by Kézdi & Polomsky Families
January 7 Thursday 9:00 AM † Mária Földesi, by Eva Szabo
January 8 Friday 9:00 AM Katalin Gadavics, by Jolán Prófusz
January 9 Saturday 5:00 PM † Msgr. Sylvester Hladky, by Fr. David Misbrener
January 10 Sunday 11:15 AM István Habony, by Megyimóri Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: We are celebrating the Feast of Epiphany this Sunday. Epiphany means “manifestation.” Traditionally, the Church has commemorated on this day Jesus’ three-fold manifestation to the world (at the visit of Magi; at the baptism in the Jordan; and at the wedding of Cana). In 1955, a separate feast of the Baptism of the Lord was instituted, and it weakened the ancient connection of this feast to the Baptism of the Lord. However, in the Hungarian liturgical tradition we have preserved this connection by referring to this feast still as Vízkereszt (“víz” [water] and “kereszt [cross], keresztség” [baptism]). At Mass we will bless water, of which you may take home with you.

The first Epiphany was the visit of the Magi to adore the Christ Child. The Magi, who were actually scholars and scientists, came later to be associated with kings. Their gifts reveal the holy Child’s identity: gold for Christ’s Kingship, incense for His divinity, and myrrh for His sacrifice on the Cross. The Feast of Epiphany is traditionally celebrated as the twelfth night of Christmas, on January 6th. In the United States, however, this feast has been moved to the Sunday after January 1st. Blessed New Year to all of you! Fr. Bona

MAINTENANCE UPDATE: As you may have noticed, we have begun to work on the flooring of our basement hall. The wooden floor has been sanded, bad parts have been replaced, and new stain and lacquer coatings have been applied to the floor. The floor is not finished yet; on Monday, hopefully, the final coating will be applied. Please, do not walk on the floor for two weeks so that everything dries up well. We are grateful that for this project we have received a grant from Bethlen Gábor Foundation, which covered roughly 55% of the cost.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $715. CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: Offering: $745. DEAR PARISHIONERS! PLEASE PICK UP YOUR 2021 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. Thank you for remembering your church’s needs in these difficult times and by 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/

BLESSING OF HOMES: If you wish to have your home blessed, a tradition at this time of the year, please let me know by contacting me in person or calling the Rectory.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially Bev Kimar, Béla Tarmann, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Madeleine B. Smith, Gerő Kondray.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

THE COVID 19 DIRECTIVES are still in effect.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass (St. Emeric) is livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and on our website, https://stemeric.com/

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