RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Barnabás & Aranka Zsurzsa, Sándor Salamon, by Ottó Zsurzsa & Family


July10Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
July11Sunday9:15 AMBorbála Karácsony, by Karácsony Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: This Sunday the United States celebrates its 245th birthday. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the text of the Declaration of Independence by which the claim was put forth that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire. The colonies were now independent. Later commemorations of this event, unsurprisingly, gave the moniker “Independence Day” to July 4.

The itching for independence is in each one of us. We would like to be able to govern ourselves. As children we patiently, or at times impatiently, waited for that time when we could make our own decisions. The pinnacle of having grown up is seen often in this light: I can make decision for myself; I am independent.

While it is true that each one of us has to learn eventually to navigate through life and live with the consequences of our decisions, it would be a mistake to think that the same dynamic of emancipation is to take place in spiritual life as well. In fact, the opposite is true. To be adult in faith means to realize even more how much we depend on God for everything. Jesus proclaimed a little child a model of the one who is fit to enter the Kingdom of God.

Therefore, in our spiritual life, we must properly channel that drive of ours for independence. The perceived “independence” of ours can become a beautiful gift to God when we offer ourselves to Him and fully embrace our vocation.  We have to keep in mind all the time that we are never truly independent. If we forget it, we get into trouble. This is how the devil got to Adam and Eve: through a false promise of happiness when one is independent from God. We all know how it ended up. The devil himself declared independence from God and has become the most miserable creature in the whole universe (along with those who followed him). He wants to drag us down into his misery by lying to us about the supposed happiness when freed from under the dominion of our Lord. No such happiness exists and never will. Countless conversion stories have plentifully demonstrated that being independent from God leads only to more emptiness in heart.

Deep down we have a drive for independence, because we want to be in control. When we cannot be (as life often proves it to us), we become agitated or worried. However, when we do realize that God is in control and has counted even the hair on our heads, there is no need to worry. The pinnacle of spiritual life is the willingness to trust the Lord in everything. While the Independence Day is celebrated once a year, let us observe the “Dependence (on God) Day” all the time.

JULY – THE MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD: The month of July  is dedicated to the Precious Blood. The feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord (July 1) was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood.

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. 

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (6/27): Sunday offering: $786; Special donation: $257. 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/

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially for our longtime parishioner Margaret Turner (93), who died on June 9, 2021 in Sarasota, FL.

THIS SUNDAY the 9:15 AM Mass (St. Elizabeth of Hungary) is livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saint-elizabeth-of-hungary-church-cleveland-oh-384926355393572  and on the website, https://stemeric.com/

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