TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINAY TIME – September 18, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Barnabás Lacza, by the Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

September 19 Monday 9:00 AM Parishioners of St. Elizabeth and St. Emeric parishes
September 20 Tuesday 9:00 AM Ilona Incze, by the Karácsony Family
September 21 Wednesday 9:00 AM Siblings of Ferenc Szendrey, by Frank Szendrey
September 22 Thursday 9:00 AM Deceased Priests of the Cleveland and Youngstown Dioceses, by Fr. David M. Misbrener
September 23 Friday 9:00 AM Fr. Russ P. Lowe
September 24 Saturday 5:00 PM István Sipos, by Dr. Ildiko Sipos
September 25 Sunday 11:15 AM Grandchildren & great-grandchildren of Ilona Balassy, by Ilona Balassy

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Today we celebrate the Catechetical Sunday. In 1935, the Holy See published a decree On the Better Care and Promotion of Catechetical Education, a document that asks every country to acknowledge the importance of the Church’s teaching ministry and to honor those who serve the Christian community as catechists. In the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated the third Sunday in September as Catechetical Sunday. On this occasion, I would like to share with you a reflection from another source on parents who are the primary catechist of their children:

In today’s society, a parent has to deal with many challenges such as: consumerism, technology, the media, and many other issues. As parents we are responsible for the moral and faith formation of our children. Some parents are unaware of their duties as teachers and models of faith within their homes. Some parents seem to think that their role in the faith formation of their children is to take their children to church for the sacraments of initiation –– Baptism, Communion and Confirmation — and relinquish their responsibility to the priest, the religious sister, and the catechists who instruct their children on basic doctrine.

However, we know that nothing and no one can replace the influence of the example of a parent on the spiritual life of a child. Many parents feel less than adequate to teach their children religion. Perhaps this is partly because of a misguided presupposition that “religion” is just a school subject. It is, of course, but it is so much more. It is true that what we call “catechesis” is a process of instructing people in the knowledge and practice of the faith.

Religion, however, is much more than a school subject. It is a way of living. By taking the time to pray – both at home and in Church – families show their children the importance of a God-centered life. Opportunities for prayer are as varied as the experiences of life: before and after sleeping, eating, traveling, playing, studying – even shopping or acquiring things! No prayer, however, surpasses the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, especially on Sundays.

Sunday Mass communicates the message that we are worth more than what we do, that there we have a Savior who wants to come to us and give us something we can get from nowhere else: total forgiving mercy and eternal life. The essence of our Christian Faith, however, is really a Person: Jesus Christ. It is all about our relationship with him and his Church, which is his mystical body. The experience of being a member of a family which has Jesus as its center – and lives this conviction each day – is something every parent can provide who wishes to, regardless of their level of theological sophistication or book learning. Just “come and see,” as Jesus invites us. (source: https://sjcatholicchurch.org/parents-the-primary-catechists)

FALL HARVEST DINNER AND RECITAL AT ST. ELIZABETH CHURCH: September 25th –– Mass at St. Elizabeth at 11AM. The food will be served roughly beginning at 12:30 and the menu will include schnitzel, sausage, gulyás, lángos, and pastry. No RSVP required.

WASHER/DRYER: Three men from the Kőrősi Csoma Sándor program will be living in our guesthouse. If you know someone who is disposing of their older, but still in working condition washer and dryer, please let us know.

EMERIC – AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLATION: I would like to express my gratitude to all the donors who have contributed to our fundraising campaign! Your kindness and generosity is amazing. With the MATCHING GIFT we now stand at $63,000 which is 80% of our goal of $79,000. Please remember, ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT for donations to be matched! All donations, large or small, are greatly appreciated and now they are worth double! Please share this news with others and those who have not donated yet. Contributions can be made with your donations in the weekly offertory basket with a check or an envelope marked “For air conditioning,” on our website with a note of the same, or on gofundme.com.

PAST TWO WEEKEND’S COLLECTIONS: (9/4) – Sunday Collection: $600. (9/11) ­– Sunday collection: $860; Maintenance: $ 250. 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, Gerő Kondray, Lajos Boday, Julius Skerlan, and Márta Takács.

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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