3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – January 24, 2021 – Sunday of the Word of God

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Teach me your ways, O Lord.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Alex J. Toth, by Leonard Toth

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

January30Saturday9:00 AMLatin Mass, celebrated by Fr. Bede Kotlinski, OSB
January31Sunday9:15 AMGyékenyesi Family’s Deceased Members (who died in January),
by Irene and Paul Gyékenyesi

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: St. Isidore of Seville (560-636 AD) said: “Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us…If a man wants to be always in God’s company, he must pray regularly and read regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.” We gain a lot when we pray and read the Catholic Bible regularly. How should a Catholic read the Bible?

(1) Choose a Catholic Bible (in other words, a Catholic edition). The Catholic Bible consists of 27 books in the New Testament and 7 books in the Old Testament: Tobit, Judith, Maccabees 1 and 2, Wisdom, the Wisdom of Ben Sira, and Baruch. Catholic Bibles also include sections in the Books of Esther and Daniel. The Church believes these Old Testament books are part of the canon of Scripture, inspired by the Holy Spirit; they are not included in Protestant Bibles. Some of the Catholic editions are: Douay-Rheims, Knox Bible, Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, Jerusalem Bible, CTS New Catholic Bible, New American Bible Revised Edition, English Standard Version Catholic Edition. Often there are footnotes in the Bibles; please remember that these are not part of the Word of God.

(2) Read it with the Church. Bible does not interpret itself. That is why there are so many denominations that disagree on the meaning of certain passages in the Bible. God speaks to us through his Son, Jesus Christ, who teaches us through his Word and through the Tradition (what Jesus taught and is not recorded in the Bible – see, for example, Jn 20:30). It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit whom Jesus gave to the Church that we can authentically interpret the teachings of Christ. We call this Magisterium – the teaching office of the Church. Christ does not want us to be uncertain about His teaching.  Fr. Bona

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: 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/

This weekend’s “special (second) collection” is for the Church in Latin America and is taken up by our Diocesan Mission Office. The collection supports the Cleveland mission team in El Salvador (two of our priests serving in several parishes in El Salvador) and it also contributes to the USCCB’s collection for the Church in Latin America. There are no pre-printed envelopes available, so if you decide to donate to this purpose, please mark your donation accordingly. 

ANYONE WISHING TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM, FIRST COMMUNION, CONFIRMATION, SICK VISITATION, or ARRANGE FOR MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL please call the Rectory. CONFESSIONBefore Mass and by appointment.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED  

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Betty Ferenci, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó and Anna Melega.

THE COVID 19 DIRECTIVES are still in effect.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass (St. Emeric) is livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and on our website, https://stemeric.com/

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