RESPONSORIAL PSALM: I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: János Geréby, by the Family
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|May||2||Monday||9:00 AM||Ádám Matavovszky|
|May||3||Tuesday||9:00 AM||Parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes|
|May||4||Wednesday||9:00 AM||Ferenc Németh, by the Family|
|May||5||Thursday||9:00 AM||Victor & Charlotte Falk, by Ildikó Peller|
|May||6||Friday||9:00 AM||Celebrant’s Intention|
|May||7||Saturday||1:30 PM||Wedding: Josh Zajac & Stefani Gráber|
|May||7||Saturday||5:00 PM||Anna Németh, by the Family|
|May||8||Sunday||11:15 AM||Gizella Éva Tóth|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) Blessing of new crops: At the end of the Mass today we will pray and ask God for His blessing on the newly sown crops. It is a traditional custom still kept in Hungary, but this year it may take on a greater significance. We all hear about the possible food shortages due to the current political situation. Let us pray to God for His blessings and protection.
(2) Marian month: May is a month of the Blessed Mother. It is right to honor her, as she is the best Mother we will ever have. She cares for us, especially for our soul, more than we can imagine. Let us pray often the Rosary. Like last year, let us make this month a little more special with extra prayers or spiritual practices. I am thinking about reviving the St. Emeric’s Fatima Family. It would be centered on the First Saturday Devotion. Perhaps, on the first Saturday of the month we can have Mass, Rosary, and a short Eucharistic adoration. Let me know your thoughts.
(3) May 1: St. Joseph the Worker: On May 1st the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. Because the feast falls on a Sunday, we cannot commemorate it (as the Easter Sunday takes precedence). However, it is good to remember him. While the main feast of St. Joseph is on March 19, the May 1 memorial highlights the dignity of work. Pope Pius XII established the May 1 memorial in 1955 to counter the efforts of socialists and communists who were taking advantage of workers in promoting their materialistic (and thus atheistic) worldview. By connecting this celebration to St. Joseph, who has traditionally been an example for and patron of workers, Pope Pius drew attention to the fact that work is not simply about the material world; there is a spiritual dimension to it.
Work is part of what it means to be human. In the story of Creation, work was part of the original design as Adam and Eve were told to care for and cultivate the earth. It is only after the Fall that work becomes a source of frustration and toil, but in and of itself, work is good. It is through our work that we participate with God as co-creators. What a beautiful image, us joining with God in the divine act of creation! Because of this, our work is a way that we can honor God. In fact, the work has such a great dignity and connection to our existence that it will also be present in Heaven. Yes, we will work (and have assignments) in Heaven – just as angels have for all eternity. God bless you all! Fr. Bona
THE ROSARY PRAYER:
INTRODUCTION: The Sign of the Cross, the Apostles’ Creed, Our Father and 3 Hail Marys (for the increase of faith, hope, and love).
ON THE LARGER BEADS: Our Father…, followed by 10 Hail Marys ON THE SMALLER BEADS. The decade is CONCLUDED with Glory be to the Father… and the Fatima prayer: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
REPEAT FOR THE REMAINING FOUR DECADES.
After the fifth decade, a prayer for the intentions of the pope can be added (to gain plenary indulgences) and customarily a prayer known as Hail Holy Queen can be added.
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (4/24): Sunday collection: $1,312. May God reward your generosity. Thank you for sending in your donations by mail or using our website https://stemeric.com/donations/.
NEXT WEEK, MAY 8, MAY CROWNING: Coordinating with the US Mother’s Day, we will honor our Heavenly Mother on this day. We ask that children who would like to participate, come dressed in their Sunday best, girls preferably in white or pastel dresses. A meeting for the children to go over the details will be 15 minutes before the Mass on Sunday, May 8. On that day we will also celebrate First Communion for one of our parishioners. We invite other children making their first communion in other parishes to join us that day as well and celebrate their first communion at St. Emeric, too. Please, let Fr. Bona know if you have a family member who would participate.
WEDDING BANNS III: Josh Zajac & Stefani Gráber
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.
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