FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT – April 3, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Piroska Bölöni, by Hunor Zsurzsa


April9Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
April10Sunday9:15 AMSteve Spisak, by Mary Spisak & the Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Tradition gives the name Passiontide (tempus passionis) to the last two weeks of Lent. It is a period of time to focus more and more on the Passion and death of Jesus and so accompany him on his way to Calvary. For several centuries the Fifth Sunday of Lent (this Sunday) was known as “Passion Sunday” and marked the beginning of this special sub-season of Lent. During this time the Church’s liturgy became more somber and a sorrowful mood was reflected in the various practices that occurred in the liturgy. The most obvious example of a more somber mood was the veiling of crosses, statues and images (with the sole exception of the crosses and pictures of the Way of the Cross). This remains an optional practice even in our day as well. Crosses remain covered until the end of the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, but images remain covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil. What is the rationale for this practice? The crosses are veiled because Christ during this time no longer walked openly among the people, but hid himself. Another reason is added by Durandus, namely that Christ’s divinity was hidden when he arrived at the time of His suffering and death. The images of the saints also are covered because it would seem improper for the servants to appear when the Master himself is hidden.

It was also on the Friday of this initial “Passion Week” that the feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated (it is now fixed annually on September 15). However, the current Roman Missal still provides an alternative prayer for that day, remembering Mary’s own bitter passion.

Please, note the schedule for the Triduum in the bulletin. I will be using the last year’s schedule, as it seemed to have worked well.

A Review of Lenten Regulations for Latin Catholics: 1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. 2. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from meat. 3. The obligation to abstain from meat commences at 14 years old. 4. The obligation to fast commences at 18 years of age and ends at 59 years of age.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (3/27): Sunday offering: $750; special donation: $50. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting our parish. Thank you for sending in your offertory donation through the mail, or through the PayPal option found on the website:

7 CHURCH WALK: The Seven-Church Walk is a Lenten tradition that originated in Rome in the 16th century. During this walk four major basilicas and three significant minor basilicas were/are visited. It was meant to be a penitential /spiritual event. In recent years here in US several dioceses have organized this event by visiting (by walking) seven churches in their dioceses. The event takes place on April 9 beginning at the Cathedral at 11AM. The order of the churches visited is as follows: Cathedral, St. John Cantius, St. Wendelin, St. Patrick, St. Emeric, St. Mary’s on the Flats (closed in 1888), and St. Malachi (7-mile walk). Bring good shoes, brown bag lunch, and dress for weather and church.

Holy Thursday / NagycsütörtökX6PM
Good Friday Stations of the Cross /
Nagypénteki keresztút
Good Friday Liturgy /
Nagypénteki liturgia
Holy Saturday / Nagyszombat8:30PMX
Easter Sunday / Húsvétvasárnap11:15AM9:15AM
Blessing of Easter Baskets /
Húsvéti ételszentelés
After Masses on Holy Saturday and Easter SundayAfter Mass on Easter Sunday
CONFESSIONS (at St. Emeric)Monday, April 11, 6-8PM
Wednesday, April 13, 6-8PM

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


LENTEN CONCERT: The Cleveland Opera, Inc, will perform Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and more here at St. Elizabeth church on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 4PM. The concert is one hour and free to attend.

THIS SUNDAY the 9:15 AM Mass from St. Elizabeth church will be livestreamed at  and on the website,  

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