32nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME “B” – November 7, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Praise the Lord, my soul!

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Karen Wiltman, by Phil & Julie Lucchese

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

November13Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
November14Sunday11:00 AMParishioners of St. Elizabeth Parish

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Last week I spoke about the souls in Purgatory. Today I would like to mention how we can help them. Usually we offer prayers for the souls in Purgatory, but we can actually do a little bit more. We can gain indulgences for them.

What is a plenary/partial indulgence? A plenary indulgence is a grace granted by the Catholic Church through the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary, and all the saints to remove all the temporal punishment due to sin. The indulgence cleanses a person of all temporal punishment due to sin. Partial indulgence removes only partly the punishment due to sin. If someone’s temporal punishment is completely removed, he/she is able to enter the Heaven. This is not a loophole by which we could force the hand of God, but certainly in his mercy He takes these acts of faith and kindness into account and He could thus bring to himself a soul from Purgatory earlier. Also, by practicing the gaining of indulgences, our own spiritual life benefits and we are strengthened by it.

The November indulgences: By means of the decree, the Apostolic Penitentiary confirmed and extended for the entire month of November 2021 all the spiritual benefits already granted on 22 October 2020 – that is, it allows the faithful to gain plenary indulgences for the souls in purgatory by visiting a cemetery on every day in November and praying for those who have died. Normally, this indulgence is limited to the first eight days of the month.

Conditions to receive a plenary indulgence in all cases: (1) Must have an intention to gain indulgences that day. (2) Perform the indulgenced deed. (3) Detachment from all sin, even venial. It does not mean that we are perfect that day (although that is the goal). We know that sometimes the bad habits may kick in. What is meant by this condition is that we do not desire to sin at all (not even venially). 

(4) Sacramental confession, Holy Communion and prayer for the intentions of the pope. Sacramental confession can happen up to about 20 days before or after the act performed to receive a plenary indulgence. The reception of the Holy Communion and the prayer is to take place on the same day that the work is completed. One sacramental confession is sufficient for several plenary indulgences. However, for each plenary indulgence one wishes to receive, a separate reception of the Eucharist and a separate prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father are required.

The Vatican decree issued due to the pandemic allows Catholics who are unable to leave their home, such as the sick or elderly, to still obtain a plenary indulgence by reciting prayers for the dead before an image of Jesus or the Blessed Mother. Examples of prayers homebound Catholics can pray include the rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, lauds or vespers of the Office for the Dead, or by performing a work of mercy by offering their pain to God.

ST. ELIZABETH FEAST DAY CELEBRATION AND DINNER WILL BE NOVEMBER 14: Solemn Mass at 11 AM; Dinner at 12:30 PM. Dinner Menu: Stuffed chicken dinner with dessert. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for children of 5-12 years of age, and under 5 years free. Please make your reservations by Monday November 8, by calling Virginia Kachmar (home: 216-791-6270 or cell: 216-246-2370) or Ilonka Hudak (440-944-1384).

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (10/24): Sunday offering: $745. 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, Mária Jánossy.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.THIS SUNDAY the 11:00 AM Mass from St. Emeric 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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