FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT “C” – December 19, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Magdolna Incze, by the Karácsony Family


December24Friday5:00 PMMárta Smolár
December25Saturday9:15 AMElizabeth Kacsala, Mary Spisak
December26Sunday9:15 AMParishioners of St. Elizabeth & St. Emeric parishes

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: The purple color of this season is the reminder to us that Advent is a penitential season. It is very easy to forget this truth because the world around us is already holding Christmas parties, the stores and radios play Christmas music, etc. Entering into a penitential spirit is the furthest from the mind of the world. Moreover, it got to the point where the world now steals our Christian traditions and converts them for their own use. For example, the twelve days of Christmas refer to the days between Christmas and January 6 and not to the 12 days prior to Christmas (often used as a sales-gimmick). Let us not just roll along with what is around us, but let us actively be involved in preserving the true meaning of Advent and its spiritual benefits. Many of us recall our parents’ or grandparents’ celebrations of Christmas Eve and how special it was back then. That “specialness” was achieved not by their food, the idyllic setting of the village, or some other customs of the day (although it did add to it), but with the fact that our predecessors truly lived and spiritually entered into the Season of Advent. Through penance they purified their hearts, by mortifications they tempered their unruly desires, and when Christmas arrived their hearts were open towards God and ready to rejoice for the next twelve days.

CONFESSIONS: to prepare ourselves well for Christmas, I will hear confessions on Wednesday, December 22 at ST. EMERIC parish. First opportunity will be after the 9AM morning Mass and then in the evening from 6-8PM. The season of Advent focuses on both the past and future (the recalling of the waiting for the first coming of the Lord, and then His second coming at the end of the ages). We may say that the Sacrament of Confession serves as a bridge between these two. It focuses on the present and challenges us to look into a spiritual mirror: How am I doing? Am I keeping my heart pure and ready for the Lord (especially when I receive Him in the Eucharist)? Whether here or at another church, let us take advantage of the great Sacrament of Confession. Let us unburden ourselves and remove any hindrances to the coming of Jesus Christ to us in the Eucharist.

THIS SUNDAY SECOND COLLECTION: Retirement Fund for the Religious.

for St. Emeric & St. Elizabeth parishes

December 24:   5:00 PM Mass (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English

December 24: 10:00 PM Mass (St. Emeric church) – Hungarian

December 25:   9:15 AM Mass (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English

December 25:   11:15 AM Mass (St. Emeric church) – Hungarian

No evening Mass on Saturday, December 25!

December 26:   regular Sunday Mass schedule

December 31:   5:30 PM (St. Emeric church) – Hungarian

January 1:            10:00 AM (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English

January 1:            5:00 PM Mass (St. Emeric church) – English

January 2:            regular Sunday Mass schedule

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (12/12): Sunday offering: $1,270. Special donation: $1,200. Christmas & Flowers: $380 THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting our 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:

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


NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT ST. EMERIC: Dinner, dance, and at midnight prayers in the church to welcome the New Year. Mass at 5:30PM, cocktail hour begins at 6:45PM, dinner 7:30PM. Music by the Harmonia Ensemble, with guest performer on the cimbalom-Alex Udvary. Dinner menu: “Székely” Goulash (pork & sauerkraut) & bread, roast pork with mushroom sauce, oven roasted potatoes, and for dessert “Rigó Jancsi” pastry, coffee, tea. Each table gets a bottle of white and red wine. At midnight champagne, lentil soup with wieners. Cost $60. Further alcoholic beverages may be purchased. Raffle. For reservations, please call by December 27 Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Máriá Mészáros 440-331-0391.

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

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