RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Praise the Lord, my soul!
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Norma Eggelbrecht, by Joseph Kachmar
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|December||4||Saturday||No Traditional Latin Mass|
|December||5||Sunday||9:15 AM||Deceased Members of the Mosoni Family, by the Family of Imre Karetk|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: With the First Sunday of Advent we not only commence a new liturgical season, but also begin a new liturgical year. The name for this season comes from the Latin word adveniens, which means coming. At this time joy fills our hearts at the thought of Jesus’ first coming at Christmas, we are encouraged to look forward to his second coming, and, as St. Bernard of Clairvaux writes, there is a third coming between these two:
“The third is invisible, while the other two are visible. … Because this coming lies between the other two, it is like a road on which we travel from the first coming to the last. In the first, Christ was our redemption; in the last, he will appear as our life; in this middle coming, he is our rest and consolation.”
Our Lord comes to us in the Sacraments, in His Word, and through his many gifts of grace He indeed provides for us bountifully.
The decorations in the church have changed: the purple color is highlighted. The purple color symbolizes the fact that Advent is a season of preparation. Similar to Lent, we are to look into our hearts and repent of our sins so as to prepare a worthy heart for the coming of Christ. Actually, in this context we can thus speak of a fourth coming in this season: our coming back or coming closer to Christ. Truly, Advent is not a passive season, but an active one.
This coming week I will be away on a retreat. Every year priests are obliged to attend/participate in a retreat, as it is one of the time-tested tools to help grow in further spiritual life (cf. c. 276). I will celebrate the Monday 9AM Mass, but for the remainder of the week there will be no daily 9AM Mass. I will keep you in my prayers and will return on Friday afternoon. God bless!
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (11/21): Sunday offering: $1379. Special donation: $350. 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.
TRADITIONAL VESPERS: Every Sunday of Advent we will hold Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 5PM in our church. Fr. Bede Kotlinski, O.S.B. will be the officiant and the vespers will be sung (plainchant) by the gentlemen of Laudate Dominum.
NUT ROLL SALE: As part of their annual fundraising, Hungarian Scouts Folk Ensemble will hold a walnut or poppy seed roll sale. $16/ea (1 pc), $15/ea (2 pcs), $14/ea (3 pcs). All orders must be received by December 6, 2021. To place your order via email or text, kindly give your name & telephone number to: Klara Tóth Bócsay 440-637-7947, Klara.Toth@att.net . OR order ONLINE at: https://www.clevelandregos.org/
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