RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Elizabeth Ferenczi, by Mary Ortelecan
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|July||24||Saturday||9:00 AM||Traditional Latin Mass|
|July||25||Sunday||11:00 AM||Deceased Members of Mosoni Family, by Imre Karetka|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: In this space, from time to time, I would like to comment on different aspects of the Mass. To properly delve into this topic, however, we must know what the Mass is and why we are here. As Catholics we are known to be people who come to Mass. When we are asked about the Mass by family or friends (or even strangers), we must be ready to offer them a good answer.
First, what the Mass is not. It is not about us. We do not come to Mass to make ourselves feel good. It may be a byproduct, but that is not the goal of the Mass. That is why we do not come to Mass as spectators who wait to be entertained. The Mass is about God; it is not us, but Him who is the audience.
Secondly, while the Mass is celebrated in the context of a meal, it is not a community meal designed to strengthen our unity. Feelings of unity and community can be strengthened at any number of other parochial events. At most, feeling unified with our brothers and sisters in Christ is a nice consequence of the Mass, but it is certainly not its chief end.
So what is the Mass essentially? It is first and foremost a sacrifice. In fact, it is the once and for all sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, that transcends time and space, made present for us again in an unbloody manner. It is the perfect sacrifice that all the Old Testament sacrifices prefigured (see Malachi 1:11). In it, Jesus Christ lovingly offers himself in an act of oblation to God the Father on our behalf. He adores God the Father, he atones for our sins, he offers thanks and praise, and he intercedes for our needs.
As Catholics, we have the privilege of attending this sacrifice, and uniting ourselves to Christ’s self-offering. Put another way, we can imitate Christ by offering ourselves, souls and bodies, to God the Father as “living sacrifices,” as St. Paul says. Every sacrifice is destroyed in the process of sacrificing: the Old Testament animal sacrifices were destroyed and even our Lord Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, died on the cross. Thus, to participate means that we sacrifice and “destroy” our own will and accept God’s. In practice, it means that we come to Mass to renew the resolution to live every minute of every day in service to the Lord. This is what participation in the Mass really means. In the prayer Orate Frates, the priest acknowledges this participation of the faithful when he prays, “Pray brethren, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father.”
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (7/11): Sunday offering: $882; Special donation: $200. 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/
THE SAINT ELIZABETH FRIENDS & ALUMNI SUMMER DINNER – JULY 25: All are cordially invited. Menu: Chicken paprikás, cucumber salad, dessert, and coffee. Food catered by the Balaton Restaurant. Cost is $18, students $10, children under 10 free. Please make your reservation by calling Virginia Kachmar (home: 216-791-6270 or cell: 216-246-2370) by July 20.
The FEST 2021: Are you ready for a day of faith, family, and fun? We hope to see you on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at Brookside Reservation! Don’t forget to get your ticket(s) at www.TheFEST.us/tickets and check out the main stage schedule featuring We Are Messengers, Tauren Wells, Danny Gokey, and for King & Country!!! There’s plenty of activities, displays and ways you to enjoy an inspiring day at The FEST 2021. You could also have a chance to win over $40,000 by participating in The FEST Raffle – visit www.TheFEST.us for all the details! There is something for everyone at The FEST. It’s a great way to celebrate your faith and strengthen the bonds of your family before we enter into a busy fall season.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó and Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, Alex Szaday.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.
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