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TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Steve Spisak, by Mary Spisak & the Family


April14Thursday6:00 PMCelebrant’s intention
April15Friday3:00 PMGood Friday Liturgy
April17Sunday9:15 AMParishioners of St. Elizabeth parish

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Palm Sunday is the name for the Sunday before Easter, the beginning of Holy Week. On that day, Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem only few days before his crucifixion. In ancient times, it was customary in the countries of the Middle East to cover the path of worthy persons in some way. According to all four gospels, the people gave this reverence to Jesus Christ as well. According to Matthew, Mark, and Luke, their cloaks were laid out on the road and twigs were cut from the trees, John being the only one to report on palm branches.

The palm is a symbol of victory and triumph. Therefore, the name of the feast is Palm Sunday in several languages ​​(Latin: Dominica palmarum, German: Palmsonntag, Italian: Domenica delle Palme, etc.). As most European countries do not have palms, at the celebration the palm branches were often replaced by branches of yew, willow or other trees. In the English-speaking world, for example, in addition to Palm Sunday, the feast is also known as Yew Sunday or simply Branch Sunday. In addition to Hungarians, Armenians, Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenes, and very similarly Croatians (Cvjetnica), Serbs (Цвети), and Macedonians (Цветници), among others, call this day Flower Sunday.

Originally, in Jerusalem, recalling the inauguration of the Lord Jesus on Sunday, Christians marched into the city with consecrated palm and olive branches from the Mount of Olives. With the proliferation of pilgrimages to the Holy Land, since 4th century the Palm Sunday tradition of the Church of Jerusalem has spread throughout the world,

Palm Sunday is the beginning of the last, most important week of Lent: on this day we bless palms (willows) and according to Hungarian religious customs these branches are used as a protection against corruption, illness, storm, hail. The folk tradition associated with the blessed willow branches is uniform throughout Europe and is still alive among the older generation. The known methods of application in the Hungarian-speaking area are the following: by placing them under the eaves or behind the sacred images, they protect the house from lightning. There is also a general belief that a blessed willow kept in an apartment attracts flies, so it is taken to the attic, basement, or under the eaves. Even in times of storm or hail, a few pieces of catkin (from blessed willows) is thrown into the fire.

In summary, Palm Sunday celebrates the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem to fulfill the Easter mystery. The feast has a dual nature: on the one hand, it is the day of victory and glorification, which is signified by palms; and on the other hand, the day of the commemoration of the impending suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is remembered by reading his Passion.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (4/3): Sunday offering: $555. 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:

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.


NEXT WEEK’S GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION is taken up for the Christians in the Holy Land. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection supports the church minister in parishes, provides Catholic schools, and offers religious education. It also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

GOOD FRIDAY FASTING and ABSTINENCE: Good Friday is a day of abstinence from meat and also a day 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.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass from St. Emeric church will be livestreamed at and on the website,  

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