TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – October 9, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Piri Beodray, by the Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

October 10 Monday 7:30 AM Anna Szombathelyi (healing), by Marcsi Matavovszky
October 11 Tuesday 7:30 AM John Kacsala, by Mary Spisak
October 12 Wednesday 7:30 AM Rosemary Kacsala, by Mary Spisak
October 13 Thursday 7:30 AM Parishioners of St. Elizabeth and St. Emeric parishes
October 14 Friday 8:00 AM Fr. Thomas C. Gilles
October 15 Saturday 5:00 PM Burt Varkoly, by the Family
October 16 Sunday 11:15 AM Horváth siblings: Irén Gizella, Mária, Zsófia, by Margit Csiszár

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: In this Respect Life Month, I would like to continue with a reflection on the immorality of euthanasia. More and more countries or regions begin to allow it and, dare I say, promote it. Albert Schweitzer once said that if a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all life. Indeed, euthanasia is the inevitable and natural follow-up to abortion. Why is euthanasia wrong?

(1) Euthanasia is irreversible: There are literally scores of medical cases on record where people have been judged to be “irreversibly comatose,” and then have awakened to lead perfectly normal lives. In fact, it is safe to say that there are many more people who have awakened from ‘irreversible’ comas than there are innocent people who have been executed in this country.

(2) Euthanasia sets a bad example: Regardless of whether or not we like it, our primary function as adults in this society is to set the example for younger and less experienced persons even if we have no children ourselves. What we teach the young will also determine how they treat us when we are elderly and infirm. Additionally, if the impressionable teenagers and young people see older people cause their own death in order to solve their problems, how will they react to their own problems? Ever since the permitting of euthanasia, teen suicide rates have only been growing.

(3) Euthanasia is entropic: meaning that it progressively grows in disorder. Same way as abortion for few exceptions has turned into abortion anytime (even after the baby is born) and for any reason, the permitted euthanasia would follow the same trajectory and even be forced on people.

(4) Euthanasia is myopic and lazy: All of a healthy body’s cells work together to promote the common good of the body. Similarly, individual persons work together to advance the common good of society. Each of us plays a vital part in this many-faceted corpus. Just as our bodies could not survive if individual cells took it upon themselves to randomly ‘self-destruct,’ our society cannot tolerate the accelerated destruction of individuals without serious damage.

(5) Euthanasia is despair personified: solution is not “to give up and let go”, but to address the fact that a person has been looking for hope in the wrong place.

(6) Euthanasia is not of God: “Intentionally causing one’s own death, or suicide, is therefore equally as wrong as murder; such an action on the part of a person is to be considered as a rejection of God’s sovereignty and loving plan” (Holy See, Declaration on Euthanasia). There are times when we suffer greatly, but we must lift up our eyes and see our crucified Lord. With faith and trust in Him, we can realize that we are never alone in our pain and suffering (source: American Life League, modified).

PLEASE NOTE the altered times for daily Masses this week.

SAVE THE DATE: Our patronal feast will be celebrated on November 6, followed by a sit-down meal. More details to follow.

AM 1260 THE ROCK, the local Catholic Radio, will be here next week introducing themselves.

ROSARY CELEBRATION: Our neighbor, St. Michael the Archangel parish, is organizing a Rosary Celebration for our Lady of Fatima on October 15th at 10 AM. The rosary will be prayed at the Pavilion at St. Michael (3114 Scranton Rd., Cleveland) and will be offered for peace in our world and in our community. Prayer pamphlets and extra rosaries will be provided as well as coffee and doughnuts.

TODAY IS BLANKET SUNDAY sponsored by the Diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Society. Your financial donations will go even further through bulk purchases of blankets and other items for the homeless and poor individuals in our own metropolitan area. Some envelopes are provided in the back of the church or you may also donate online at www.svdpcle.org.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: (10/2) – Sunday Collection: $1,678; Maintenance: $622. 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, and Márta Takács.

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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