FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT – March 6, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Intention of Camilla & Kathy Szabo, by Dan & Klari Demetzky

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

March12Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
March13Sunday9:15 AMImre Gardner, by Dan & Klari Demetzky

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Perhaps you remember that in the wake of the Second Vatican Council many people used the phrase “the spirit of Vatican II”, or “the spirit of the council” when explaining the intentions or directives of that council. The problem was that often the “spirit” clashed with the actual text of the conciliar document. One such area that was affected by this phenomenon was the use of Latin in the new Mass. The fact that almost every Mass we attend today is in the vernacular has led many people to believe that it was the intention of the Council to eliminate the use of Latin altogether. But what does the council actually say? The constitution on the sacred liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, while it gave permission to extend the use of the vernacular language, directs and mandates the following: n. 36: “the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites;” and in n. 54: “steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or to sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.” 

Why do we continue to use Latin, even if few people speak and understand it fluently? On February 24th, 1980, St. Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to the bishops of the Church regarding “The Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist.” In part of that letter, he reminds the bishops of why the Council of Trent chose to maintain the use of Latin in the liturgy even though it has long ceased to be a living language.  He said that the use of Latin, in his own words, “in all the world was an expression of the unity of the Church and through its dignified character elicited a profound sense of the Eucharistic Mystery” (Dominicae Cenae, n. 10).  In other words, what the use of Latin does is give us a sense of the Church throughout the world as a single family, undivided by language and culture; that we are not so much members of a parish community or a diocesan family (that is, forming independent groups), but members of the one Catholic Church which is united in the one celebration of the Eucharist. For this reason in particular, says the Holy Father, “The Roman Church has special obligations towards Latin, the splendid language of ancient Rome, and she must manifest them whenever the occasion presents itself” (ibid.). (Some portions sourced from EWTN Library)

The 2022 CATHOLIC CHARITIES ANNUAL APPEAL: Thank you to all who participated in Catholic Charities In-Pew weekend at St. Emeric! If you have not had a chance to make a gift, please visit CatholicCommunity.org/Donate, text CCHOPE to 41444, or mail your donation to the Catholic Community Foundation at 1404 E. 9th St, Cleveland OH 44114 (we will keep envelopes for few more days in the vestibule of the main doors).

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (2/27): Sunday offering: $840. Special collection: $260. 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: https://www.stelizabethcleveland.org/donations/

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.

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

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

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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