RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Horváth siblings: Irén, Gizella, Mária, & Zsófia, by Margit Csiszár; and János Sedensky, by Orsolya Sedensky
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|October||17||Monday||9:00 AM||Dc. Bob Ellis|
|October||18||Tuesday||9:00 AM||Fred Carlone|
|October||19||Wednesday||9:00 AM||Fr. Charles Fanelli|
|October||20||Thursday||9:00 AM||Parishioners of St. Elizabeth and St. Emeric parishes|
|October||21||Friday||9:00 AM||Fr. Edward J. Kordas|
|October||22||Saturday||1:00 PM||Wedding: Marton Krizsan & Juli Madzsar|
|October||22||Saturday||5:00 PM||Living siblings, by Ilona Balassy|
|October||23||Sunday||11:15 AM||Miklós Peller, by Ildikó Peller|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: As part of the Respect Life Month, I would like to offer few words on another important pro-life issue. Stem cell research has captured the imagination of many in our society. Stem cells are relatively unspecialized cells that, when they divide, can replicate themselves and also produce a variety of more specialized cells. Scientists hope these biological building blocks can be directed to produce many types of cells to repair the human body, cure disease, and alleviate suffering. Stem cells from adult tissues, umbilical cord blood, and placenta (often loosely called “adult stem cells”) can be obtained without harm to the donor and without any ethical problem, and these have already demonstrated great medical promise. But some scientists are most intrigued by stem cells obtained by destroying an embryonic human being in the first week or so of development. Harvesting these “embryonic stem cells” involves the deliberate killing of innocent human beings, a gravely immoral act. Yet some try to justify it by appealing to a hoped-for future benefit to others.
The false assumption that a good end can justify direct killing has been the source of much evil in our world. This utilitarian ethic has especially disastrous consequences when used to justify lethal experiments on fellow human beings in the name of progress. No commitment to a hoped-for “greater good” can erase or diminish the wrong of directly taking innocent human lives here and now. In fact, policies undermining our respect for human life can only endanger the vulnerable patients that stem cell research offers to help. The same ethic that justifies taking some lives to help the patient with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease today can be used to sacrifice that very patient tomorrow, if his or her survival is viewed as disadvantaging other human beings considered more deserving or productive.
If fundamental rights such as the right to life are based on abilities or qualities that can appear or disappear, grow or diminish, and be greater or lesser in different human beings, then there are no inherent human rights, no true human equality, only privileges for the strong. As believers who recognize each human life as the gift of an infinitely loving God, we insist that every human being, however small or seemingly insignificant, matters to God—hence everyone, no matter how weak or small, is of concern to us (source: USCCB).
WELCOME TO AM 1260 THE ROCK: the local Catholic Radio is here this week to introduce their work and apostolate. They will give a brief presentation at the end of the Mass and they will be available to speak with after the Mass by the main entrance.
WEDDING BANNS I-III: Marton Krizsan & Juli Madzsar
OUR PATRONAL FEAST will be celebrated on November 6 and Fr. Péter Boksay, Administrator, St. Emilian, Brunswick, OH (byzantine Catholic parish) will be our homilist. We will begin with a Eucharistic Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at 10AM and a period of silence and prayers will follow. At 10:45AM we will have the Benediction. This will be followed by the Solemn Mass at 11AM. Following the Mass, we will have a sit down meal. The menu will be: traditional rich chicken soup, roast pork with mushroom sauce, rice pilaf, cucumber salad, bread, Hungarian style pastry, coffee. The cost of the meal will be $25 and $13 for students (free for children of six years of age or under) and you can register with Maria Zsula (216-676-5863) or Maria Meszaros (440-331-0391).
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: (10/9) – Sunday Collection: $1,338; Maintenance: $1,200; in loving memory of Gerő Kondray: $100. 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.
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