24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME “B” – September 12, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Deceased Members of Székely & Keresztes Families


September18Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
September19Sunday9:15 AMParishioners of St. Emeric and St. Elizabeth parishes

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: This week the liturgy highlights for us the topic of the Cross of Jesus. This Sunday we hear Jesus in the gospel say “whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Then on Tuesday, we will celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; and on the following day, we have the memorial of our Lady of Sorrows. The centrality of the Cross of Jesus in the life of a Catholic led organically to creation of the sign of the cross and its employment in liturgy and daily life.

            Technically speaking, the sign of the cross is a sacramental, a sacred sign instituted by the Church which prepares a person to receive grace and which sanctifies a moment or circumstance.  This sacramental can be traced to the earliest times of the Church. Already in the first half of the third century we have evidence of the commonness and frequent use of the sign of the cross (at that time traced with a thumb only on the forehead). The earliest formalized way of making the sign of the cross appeared about the 400s, during the Monophysite heresy that denied the two natures in the divine person of Christ and thereby the unity of the Holy Trinity (hence the addition of the invocation of the Holy Trinity to the sign of the cross). The sign of the cross was made from forehead to chest, and then from right shoulder to left shoulder with the right hand. The thumb, forefinger, and middle fingers were held together to symbolize the Holy Trinity. Moreover, these fingers were held in such a way that they represented the Greek abbreviation I X C (Iesus Christus Soter, Jesus Christ Savior). This practice was universal for the whole Church until about the twelfth century, but continues to be the practice for the Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church.

An instruction of Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) evidences the traditional practice, but also indicates a shift in the Latin Rite practice of the Catholic Church. The pope first confirmed the practice of going from right to left saying that, “This is how it is done: from above to below, and from the right to the left, because Christ descended from the heavens to the earth, and from the Jews (right) He passed to the Gentiles (left).” At the same time Pope Innocent wrote, “Others, however, make the sign of the cross from the left to the right, because from misery (left) we must cross over to glory (right), just as Christ crossed over from death to life, and from Hades to Paradise.” Priests had been blessing this way (from left to right) from times immemorial. Therefore, about this time, the faithful began to imitate the priest imparting the blessing, going from the left shoulder to the right shoulder with an open hand.  Eventually, this practice became the custom for the Western Church. The five fingers of the open hand represent the five wounds of Christ. Others also say that the three middle fingers (that touch our forehead) symbolize the Holy Trinity.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (9/5): Sunday offering: $571. Special donation: $50. 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/

PRO-LIFE EVENT: “Day LIFE Saving Time”—a huge prolife event!  You are invited to join your fellow Catholics from parishes all throughout the diocese of Cleveland at 9:00 – 11:30 am on Sat., Sept. 18, as we witness in song and prayer to the sanctity of unborn life with a Eucharistic Procession at Preterm abortion facility (close to Shaker Square).  Our procession will be followed by celebration of Mass by Fr. Max Cole at nearby Our Lady of Peace Church.  We need YOU to join us as we “shout for the unborn”, as Joshua shouted for victory at Jericho, following God’s command.  Free parking. For more details, visit our website at DayLifeSavingTime.com or email DayLifeSavingTime@yahoo.com

LOOKING AHEAD: SAVE THE DATE — St. Emeric will have its traditional Harvest Festival Dinner on Sunday, October 3. Details in the future bulletin.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHES? A lot of people do. As students go back to school perhaps now is the perfect time to tune in and listen to Catholic Answers Live as they explain and defend the Catholic faith by answering your questions about what the church actually teaches. Tune in to AM 1260 The Rock Sunday through Friday from 6 to 8 PM or listen live at am1260therock.com. Have a question?  Call in at 1-888-31-TRUTH

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, Funeral Mass for John Juhász, Jr. will be on September 18 at 10:30am at St. Emeric.

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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