12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME “B” – June 20, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Gyula Incze, by Karácsony Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

June26Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
June27Sunday9:15 AMMembers of Horvath Family, by Elizabeth Alicky

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers in our parish! This commemoration has its origins in the Middle Ages, when Catholic Europe used to celebrate Father’s Day on March 19, on the feast day of St. Joseph. That is why twelve countries of the world still celebrate it on this day. In the United States, in the early 20th century, separate efforts were made to honor fathers and it began to be held on the third Sunday in June. This version spread through the world more and nowadays most countries celebrate Father’s Day on this day.

Fathers are as important as mothers are. Their presence (or lack thereof) has tremendous impact on children’s faith, discipline, wellbeing, and respect for others. As research is showing more and more, many societal ills have their roots in the fatherlessness. This does not refer only to shocking numbers of fatherless families, but also to the fact that fathers are not acting as fathers. The world needs strong fathers (and men) who are willing to lead, give more than they take back, even to the point of sacrifice. While womanhood comes to a woman rather naturally, manhood and fatherhood must be taught to and learned by a man. That is why a phrase “man up!” exists. The pop culture does not really teach the proper character development of men. Hence significant number of men end up living the perpetual adolescence. Let us learn from great men like St. Joseph. The Bible does not record a word of St. Joseph, but he was such a great model with his faithfulness (to God and his family), his work ethic, and overall resilient presence (as shown in protecting Jesus and Mary from King Herod), that Son of God was happy to be known as “the son of the carpenter.”

FATHER’S PRAYER: Lord God, you have willed that I establish a family. Let me realize and accept the meaning and responsibilities of a true Christian family. Please, stand by me so that I can lead my family properly according to your Divine will and set a good example for them. Grant my loved ones health and happiness, faith and love, and a true spiritual life. Give them that peace that the world cannot offer.

Allow us to become a happy and blessed community under your protection. May we endure with love and fidelity everything that Your providence brings, sharing together in each other’s joys and sorrows. Give me strength so that when my loved ones become discouraged and bitterly disappointed, I can provide them with comfort, refuge, and support. May the Holy Family of Nazareth be our role model! Jesus, Mary, Joseph, lead, help, protect us! Amen.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: On July 25, we will have The St. Elizabeth Friends & Alumni Dinner. All are invited. The Mass that Sunday will be at 11AM followed by dinner. More details will follow.  For the serving of the meal we will be in need of some servers who would be willing take food to and from tables. Please, let me know if you are able to help. It is greatly appreciated. Also, if others would like to help in other capacity, please let me know as well. This will be our first social event open to the wider community after the health restrictions have been lifted. I am looking forward to it.  

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WEEK: The US Bishops’ Conference is calling Catholics across the country to pray and act in support of religious liberty within the U.S. and abroad during Religious Freedom Week 2021. It begins on June 22 (the feast of St. Thomas More) and ends on June 29, the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. In our own country we see how government is forcing individuals and institutions to go against the teachings of Jesus Christ. For example, the refusal to enact strong conscience protection clauses for healthcare workers (so that doctors, nurses, are not forced to perform abortion), the so-called “Equality Act” that discriminates against people of faith and also includes an abortion mandate, or telling Catholic institutions who all may adopt children.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (6/13): Sunday offering: $957; Special donation: $87. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting the parish. Thank you for sending in your offertory donation through the mail. I know the times may be difficult for many people. If you are able at this time to send in your offertory donations, please do so by mail or use the PayPal option found on the website: https://www.stelizabethcleveland.org/donations/

REMINDER: The general obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation (Code of Canon Law, c. 1247) has been reinstated

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó and Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, Alex Szaday.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass (St. Emeric) is livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and on the website, https://stemeric.com/

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