THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – December 11, 2022 – Gaudete Sunday

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Lord, come and save us.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Marika Kovács, by Andrea Tábor

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

December 12 Monday 9:00 AM For young people (special intention), by Ilona Balassy
December 13 Tuesday 9:00 AM Celebrant’s Intention
December 14 Wednesday 9:00 AM Ferenc & Ilona Kabdebo, by the Strada Family
December 15 Thursday 9:00 AM Victor Simonyi, by Réka Simonyi
December 16 Friday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes
December 17 Saturday 5:00 PM Dc. Bob Ellis
December 18 Sunday 11:15 AM Deceased Members of the Varkoly Family, by the Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Please, welcome Fr. Gary Yanus for the 11:15AM Mass. He was kind to substitute for me. I am at St. Elizabeth church for an important parish meeting.

This Sunday of Advent is called “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete means rejoice in Latin and this is the first word in the entrance antiphon for this Mass (Gaudete in Domino, cf. Phil 4:4-6). This day, the Holy Mother Church wants to encourage us and nurture our hope in our faithful waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ by focusing on joy. The source of joy is none other than this, “The Lord is near.” The joy of the presence of the Lord brings us tranquility, cheerful confidence, peace of heart, and serenity. This will keep and preserve us from many troubles and dangers of the world in our own great Advent of life, up until the day of Christ’s coming. We can truly comprehend the love of God only if we realize that it is the Lord of the whole universe who has come to our salvation. Let us continue to remain vigilant as we await with prayer the approaching Christmas!

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!

CONFESSIONS: to prepare ourselves well for Christmas, I will hear confessions on Tuesday, December 20. First opportunity will be after the 9AM morning Mass and then in the evening from 6-7PM. For the evening session, Fr. Peter Boksay will be available as well. Whether here or at another church, let us take advantage of the great Sacrament of Confession. Let us unburden ourselves and remove any hindrances to the coming of Jesus Christ to us in the Eucharist.

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

THE BLESSING OF THE BAMBINELLI was first instituted by St. John Paul II. On an Advent Sunday the children of Rome are encouraged to bring the baby Jesus (Bambinelli) from each of their Nativity sets to St. Peter’s Square. Following the Sunday Angelus address, the Pope blesses the figurines. This custom has spread throughout the world. We will celebrate this blessing next week, on Fourth Sunday of Advent after the Mass. All (not only children) are encouraged to bring baby Jesus from their home Nativity sets to the church for this special blessing.

DECORATING CHURCH: after the Sunday Mass next week (12/18) if some of you are able to help carry some Christmas decorations into the church, that would be greatly appreciated.

THE ALTAR GUILD BAZAAR is open in the Craft Room before and after Sunday Mass.  Please, check out the new merchandise, various gift items, Hungarian embroideries may be purchased at very reasonable prices.

MASS SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS – NEW YEAR
for St. Emeric & St. Elizabeth of Hungary parishes

December 24:   5:00 PM Mass (St. Elizabeth) – Hungarian/English

December 24:  10:30 PM Christmas Carrols (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

December 24:   11:00 PM Mass (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

December 25:   9:15 AM Mass (St. Elizabeth) – Hungarian/English

December 25:   11:15AM Mass (St. Emeric) – Hungarian

December 31:   5:00 PM (St. Emeric) – English

January 1:         regular Sunday Mass schedule

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: (12/4) – Sunday Collection: $1,795; Maintenance: $400. 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 9:15 AM Mass from St. Elizabeth of Hungary church will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/

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