RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Parishioners of St. Elizabeth and St. Emeric parishes
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|October||23||Saturday||9:00 AM||Traditional Latin Mass|
|October||24||Sunday||9:15 AM||Sándor Keresztes, by the Karácsony Family|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: The last two weeks I have been explaining what it means to be a practicing Catholic. This is important for us not just to know about, but to live it. The happy consequences of being a practicing Catholic is that one can then partake of the Eucharist. The other name for this sacrament is Holy Communion and it denotes clearly that one must be in communion with Jesus in order to participate in this Most Holy Sacrament. We lose that life giving union with God through mortal sin, but through the sacrament of penance (and making the necessary changes in life) it can be recovered. That is why the Church in canon 916 reminds us that we are not to receive the Holy Communion with mortal sin on our souls. In fact, in canon 915, She obliges the ministers to withhold the Eucharist from those who are publicly persevering in objective state of mortal sin.
To some this may seem rather harsh. However, if the Church were to just indiscriminately offer Eucharist to anyone (where would we draw the line?), She would be lying. She would be saying to everyone, “You are OK, you are in communion with God, nothing to worry about.” This action would grossly mislead them and further endanger their salvation. In upholding this discipline the Church does not punish, but acknowledges the reality. The hope is that those who cannot receive Eucharist will also acknowledge the reality, the danger of being lost for all eternity, and begin to make corrections in life. Could people experience some “hurt” when they have to confront this reality? Yes, but that is the work of the Holy Spirit calling them back. St. Ignatius of Loyola, a great master of spiritual life, described this phenomenon well in his rules for the discernment of the spirits:
“The first Rule: In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy is commonly used to propose to them apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to hold them more and make them grow in their vices and sins. In these persons the good spirit uses the opposite method, pricking them and biting their consciences through the process of reason.”
Most likely, none of us likes it when we are issued such a wake-up call by the Holy Spirit. It is so easy to blame others, explain it away, or ignore it by using the devil’s favorite phrase, “I have time; I will do it later.” Let us pray that we all always respond positively to the Holy Mother Church and her call for us to remain on the path of salvation. May the Holy Spirit grant us courage to do what is right and holy, not tomorrow, but today. God bless, Fr. Bona
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (10/10): Sunday offering: $805. 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 HOLY ROSARY, A PRAYER OF THE FAMILY: The rosary, in addition to being a meditative and intercessory prayer, is always a prayer of the family, and a prayer for the family. In the past, the rosary was the Christian families’ favorite prayer and certainly nurtured the sense of a special community in them. We should not lose this precious legacy. We need to return to a prayer in and for families, using the rosary as well. The family that prays together stays together.
WEDDING BANN I: Andrew Billups & Kaitlin O’Connell
WEDDING BANN II: Boxiang Jiang & Elizabeth Purgert
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó and Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, Alex Szaday, Mária Jánossy.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially for Julia Tárcsay who passed away on October 14, 2021. Her Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 10:30AM here at St. Elizabeth.
THIS SUNDAY the 9:15 AM Mass from St. Elizabeth church will be 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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