THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT – March 20, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The Lord is kind and merciful.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Miklós Peller, by Ildikó Peller

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

March 21 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Emeric & St. Elizabeth
March 22 Tuesday 9:00 AM Andrew Balunek, by George Balunek
March 23 Wednesday 9:00 AM Zofi Lada
March 24 Thursday 9:00 AM † Priests of the Youngstown & Cleveland dioceses
March 25 Friday 9:00 AM Mark DeCapite
March 26 Saturday 5:00 PM † Members of Dominics Family, by Anna Juhász
March 27 Sunday 11:15 AM Dc. Géza Balassy, by The Balassy Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) The season of Lent season began on Ash Wednesday when we heard the call to give alms, to pray and to fast. Last week I spoke on the fasting, and today I would like to share a few thoughts on prayer. These thoughts come from the book of Fr. Thomas Dubay, Igniting a Fire Within (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2002).

Prayer is absolutely essential: Without it, we are frustrated creatures and will inevitably bring our inner ache for fullness, for infinity, to some lesser thing that will never satisfy – we will be idolaters! With it, we will achieve our human fulfillment and be filled with the utter fullness of the indwelling Trinity!

Prayer is a precious privilege: “– and this is putting it mildly. That the Lord of glory, himself unending joy, beauty, and goodness, would invite us to communicate with him and then begin the conversation with his inspired word, which welcomes our responses, is an unimaginable blessing.”

Prayer is interpersonal intimacy and communing in mystery with the sole aim to fall head over heels in love with Love – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “The answer to our question of getting a feel for what prayer essentially is – all types of prayer – we find splendidly etched by St Paul: As we get closer and closer to God, we are transformed from one glory to another, and we thus become more and more like the One we love” (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:18).”

Prayer is both supremely optimistic and entirely realistic: On the one hand, there is tremendous, even unspeakable joy, love, delight, a huge optimism. On the other hand, all of this is happily and confidently related to our weakness, sinfulness, suffering, pain, and failures.

(I will share from this book more in the future issues of our bulletin).

(2) This Friday, to honor the SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION, I will offer an extra Mass at 12 Noon at St. Elizabeth Church. If you cannot make it in the morning for 9 AM, consider coming to St. Elizabeth. Let us honor and thank our Lady for all her protection.

(3) PALM BRANCHES FROM LAST YEAR: The palms that we receive on Palm Sunday are blessed. If we no longer wish them to have displayed or kept in our homes, they should be properly disposed of by either burning or burying in the ground. At the beginning of the Easter vigil we will have a fire in which we will burn these branches (from them we have ashes for Ash Wednesday). If you would like to dispose of the old palm branches, please bring them to the church by April 11.

(4) THANK YOU for all those who helped with preparing and organizing the commemoration of the 1848/49 Hungarian revolution last Sunday. I truly appreciate all the work that went into preparing the hall, baking, cooking food for volunteers and guests, decorating, and doing behind the scenes work that no one will notice. Thank you for representing our parish so well.

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.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (3/13): $1,779; Flowers: $35; in loving memory of Rose Kudriczy: $10; in loving memory of László Győri: $10. May God reward your generosity. 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, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday, Julius Skerlan, and Elmar Koeberer.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass (from St. Emeric church) will be livestreamed from https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/

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