RESPONSORIAL PSALM: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Zsolt Dömötörffy, by Éva Dömötörffy
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|March||13||Monday||8:30 AM||Miklós Peller, by Ildikó Peller|
|March||14||Tuesday||9:00 AM||Benefactors of St. Emeric parish|
|March||15||Wednesday||9:00 AM||Dr. Gergely Kondray, by Alex & Hajnal Kézdi|
|March||16||Thursday||9:00 AM||Intention of Maria Barath, by a friend|
|March||17||Friday||9:00 AM||Fr. Edward E. Mehok|
|March||18||Saturday||5:00 PM||Eleanor Rusnacik, by the Harmat Family|
|March||19||Sunday||11:15 AM||István Szappanos, by Zsuzsa Szappanos|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) Please, note that this Monday the Mass will be at 8:30AM. Also, please continue to pray for the intention I announced a couple of weeks ago. (2) Unfortunately, we had to cancel the Wild Game Dinner, as we did not reach a critical number of RSVPs. (3) On Saturday March 25th, if there is no funeral, I will have a Mass at 9AM to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation and afterwards we will do some spring cleaning in the church. Please, let us know if you would be able to help, as we would like to provide a lunch for those who come to assist. Thank you to all of you who help the mission of our parish in any shape or form.
A DAILY SPIRITUAL PLAN: In this season of Lent we focus on our spiritual lives. Here I would like to offer some tips and basic practices that anyone can use daily to get started in living or deepening a life of prayer. In the future, I will complete this series with the weekly, monthly and yearly practices.
(1) Morning offering: Since the activities of the day lead to our sanctification, it is important to dedicate the day to the Lord, right at the very moment we get up. We can say a prayer like this: “O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father.”
(2) Mental prayer: Let us try to have a goal to set some silent time aside to be with the Lord. We can use what we read in Scripture or other writings as a source for meditation. We can also take this time to speak with God about our life and ask for His help. If possible, we should try to do this in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament or before an image of Our Lord, especially the Crucifix.
(3) Daily Mass: if we are able to come, it is a great boon for our spiritual lives – there is no more perfect prayer than Mass.
(4) Spiritual reading: It is extremely beneficial to spend 10-15 minutes reading from the Bible or other spiritual books.
(5) Devotion to the Blessed Mother: The best way to thank her and continuously ask for her intercession is to pray the Rosary every day.
(6) Practice of the Presence of God: Let us make a habit throughout the day of turning our eyes toward God through quick words of prayer. We can fix certain times of day or places to trigger these prayers.
(7) Examination of conscience: At the end of the day, let us evaluate our actions (or omissions) of the day. It helps us to be humble and shows our love of God in the desire to rid ourselves of everything that separates us from Him, and thus we seek closer union with Him.
A Review of Lenten Regulations for Latin Catholics: 1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. 2. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from meat. 3. The obligation to abstain from meat commences at 14 years old. 4. The obligation to fast commences at 18 years of age and ends at 59 years of age. 5. The laws on abstinence and fast bind under the pain of mortal sin.
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: (3/5) – Sunday collection: $1,564; 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/.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Lajos Boday, Julius Skerlan, Márta Takács, Zsuzsanna Hunyadi, Albert Kovács, Viola Kocskár and Mária Hokky.
THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass from St. Emeric church will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/
LET US PRAY THREE HAIL MARYS FOR OUR PARISH EVERY DAY!
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