THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINAY TIME – June 26, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: You are my inheritance, O Lord.

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

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

June 27 Monday 7:30 AM Br. Thomas Sommerfeld, BHS, by Fr. David Misbrener
June 28 Tuesday 9:00 AM Thomas A. Sherman, III (sp. intention)
June 29 Wednesday 9:00 AM Lydia Bond (sp. intention)
June 30 Thursday 9:00 AM Fr. John G. Vrana
July 1 Friday 9:00 AM László Anthoni, by Frank Szendrey
July 2 Saturday 5:00 PM Andrew Balunek, by Georghe Balunek
July 3 Sunday 11:15 AM Géza Schneider, by  Frank Szendrey

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) I am safely back from visiting my family in the “old country.” While away, I kept you all in my prayers, especially on Sundays, when I offered my Masses for you, the parishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes. I would like to thank Frs. Ted Marszal, Eric Garris, Paschal Petcavage, for helping out with the coverage during the past two weekends. I also see that some work has been done on the grounds of the parish. Also, I see that the grass that was planted in the spring is coming along very nicely. Thank you very much to all of you who have been involved in the work.

(2) We are returning to the regular schedule of weekday Masses at 9AM. However, on this Monday (6/27), I will have to move the Mass to 7:30AM. Thank you for your understanding.

(3) Perhaps the biggest (and quite joyous) news this week was the overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 that federally guaranteed abortions throughout the country. As the 6-3 majority decision states: “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start… and was on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided.… Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.” Not to mention being a grievous violation of God’s laws and human dignity. So after 49 years and close to 70 million lives that were lost, it was time for the law to be repealed.

Obviously the defenders of the murders of the unborn children are not happy. One thing I noticed among these opponents of common sense and logic is that in their emotional and violent protesting they scrupulously avoid the issue of when life begins and the scientific fact that an unborn child is not part of the mother’s body. This is the most crucial reality that informs our decision making. Perhaps in our conversations with them we can point to this reality.

Secondly, ten years ago or so I was speaking with a Catholic who argued that before we would legally strike down Roe v. Wade, we need to first change the hearts of people. Only after this conversion, we can remove that law. I disagreed vehemently with this rather irrational take because laws are (and should be) more than just reflection of the current mood of the culture. Origin of human law lies in the effort to safeguard important values. The closer the law is to the greatest and eternal value, God, the better (and firmer) law it is – with a corresponding benefit for the world. Furthermore, laws have a teaching character, too. For instance, laws allowing abortion give a message that killing of unborn children is morally acceptable. Over time, this deforms one’s conscience and the person will begin to lose respect for human dignity in other areas of life as well. Therefore, it is a no surprise that what began in 1973 as a “right” to kill the baby in the first trimester, morphed into allowing partial birth abortions (even after birth) and euthanasia. As a society, we cannot convert people’s hearts while having immoral laws on the books (and supporting them). So many people have prayed and sacrificed for this Supreme Court’s decision to be made. However, the work continues and this is a very good start indeed for the conversion people’s hearts.

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LAST WEEKENDS’ COLLECTION (6/5): Sunday collection: $1,235; (6/12): Sunday Collection: $618; (6/19): Sunday Collection: $1,197. 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 at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/

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