RESPONSORIAL PSALM: We are his people: the sheep of his flock.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Judith Karsai, by the Karácsony Family


June 24 Saturday 9:00 AM Traditional Latin Mass
June 25 Sunday 9:15 AM Parishioners of St. Elizabeth and St. Emeric Parishes

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: On the occasion of the civil calendar’s Father’s Day, I would like to reflect a little bit on the Fatherhood of God. We are aware that Jesus Christ revealed to us the inner secret of God, the Holy Trinity, and especially the name of the First Person: the Father. Few months ago, I read in the news that the Church of England (Anglicans) is officially toying with the idea of giving up on referencing God as Father. They created a committee to study the issue. No word on how the Our Father prayer would be said.

The space does not permit me to dive fully into this topic (there is much to be said), so only few points. First, God’s fatherhood is completely different. It is (1) primary: it always existed and it comes before any other fatherhood models one sees in creation came to existence; (2) unique: it does not belong to a larger class of fatherhood of which his fatherhood and creaturely fatherhood are members; (3) transcendent: meaning, it is more than and other than any possible creation. Thus, God’s fatherhood is holy, set apart, and singular.

Secondly, God is neither male nor female. Interestingly, Scripture itself sometimes likens God to a mother. Yet, Scripture never calls God “Mother” as such. To the contrary, the Bible and Jesus want us to see and call on God as our Father and address Him with masculine pronouns. Why? It is because we were created in the image of God and He wants to speak to us using the images and concepts we are familiar with. A father is the “principle” or “source” of procreation in a way a mother is not. Thus, we come to see God the Father as the source and initiator of everything; He truly is the Father of all creation. God Himself wants to be known and addressed as the Father so that we would more easily see and acknowledge that we are not alone, but have an amazing place to belong to: He is truly Father – in relation to his only begotten Son and in relation to us as our Maker and Redeemer.

FATHER’S PRAYER: Lord God, you have willed that I establish a family. Let me realize and accept the meaning and responsibilities of a true Christian family. Please, stand by me so that I can lead my family properly according to your Divine will and set a good example for them. Grant my loved ones health and happiness, faith and love, and a true spiritual life. Give them that peace that the world cannot offer. Allow us to become a happy and blessed community under your protection. May we endure with love and fidelity everything that Your providence brings, sharing together in each other’s joys and sorrows. Give me strength so that when my loved ones become discouraged and bitterly disappointed, I can provide them with comfort, refuge, and support. May the Holy Family of Nazareth be our role model! Jesus, Mary, Joseph, lead, help, protect us! Amen.

JUNE 25 – BENEFIT LUNCH AT ST. EMERIC CHURCH HALL: On this day we will hold a benefit lunch to help Hungarians in Ukraine. The lunch begins at 12:45 p.m. Menu: Hungarian style fresh green pea soup, chicken paprikash with traditional dumplings (nokedli), Hungarian style cucumber salad, cream puffs with custard filling for dessert, coffee. Refreshing drinks are also available. If you would like to participate, please call one of the following ladies by June 21 (Take out pre-orders also accepted): Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Mária Mészáros 440-331-0391. For adults $22, for students $10, and children under 6 free. Additional donations for this cause are also most welcome.

JULY 2 – CONCERT AT ST. ELIZABETH’S COURTYARD: We will have Mass at 11AM and afterwards all are invited to stay for the guitar concert by Marcell Nickmann afterwards. A food for purchase will be available. To help plan please RSVP to Virginia at 216-791-6270.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting our parish. Sunday collection: $535; donation: $256. Thank you for sending in your offertory donation through the mail, or through the PayPal option found on the website: https://www.stelizabethcleveland.org/donations/

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

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass from St. Emeric church will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and on the website, https://stemeric.com/


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