PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION – April 2, 2023

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: András & Julianna Fejes, by Ildikó Ponyeczki

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

April 6 Thursday 6:00 PM Celebrant’s Intention
April 7 Friday 3:00 PM Good Friday Liturgy
April 9 Sunday 9:15 AM Parishioners of St. Elizabeth parish

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: (1) With the Palm Sunday we begin a special week in the life of the Church. It is called the Holy Week because during these days the Church celebrates the greatest mysteries –– mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into Jerusalem.

As you look at the schedule, you may notice that on Holy Thursday we have an extended time of adoration here in the church. The Church encourages us to spend some time in silence and adoration before the Eucharist that day. The reasons are: a) It was on the Holy Thursday that the Sacrament of the Eucharist was established and thus it is only proper to honor It and thank God for this greatest of gifts; b) on Holy Thursday evening Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane for our salvation. Imagine at this moment Jesus knowing not only his upcoming suffering and death, but also seeing all the sins of the world for which he will undergo the passion. He asked his disciples to stay with him to pray with Him in this difficult moment, but they fell asleep. Now, Jesus is asking us to stay with Him in prayer, to show solidarity with His concerns for our and the world’s salvation. Out of the sense of reparation, let us spend some time with the Eucharistic Jesus (see also the announcement on the Station Church pilgrimage in this bulletin).

(2) Below, I conclude the series on the essential elements of a solid spiritual plan.

A YEARLY SPIRITUAL PLAN:

Days of recollection, retreat: It is advisable to spend few days in silence on a retreat, speaking to God only. Same way as the body requires a vacation, our souls needs some refreshing rest and recalibration. It is time for a yearly conversion (the conversion never really stops in life: we are called to convert to the Lord with ever deepening faith).

STATION CHURCH PILGRIMAGE ON HOLY THURSDAY: There is an ancient Catholic tradition in the city of Rome to visit seven churches after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each of those seven churches. In the spirit of this Roman tradition, the diocese has designated twenty-one churches to keep their doors open until 11pm on Holy Thursday (St. Emeric is one of these churches). The list is available at: https://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/events/2023/04/06/station-church-pilgrimage-on-holy-thursday

TRIDUUM /
A HÚSVÉTI SZENT HÁROMNAP

SAINT ELIZABETH

(in Hungarian-English)

SAINT EMERIC
(in Hungarian)

Holy Thursday / Nagycsütörtök

6PM

X

Eucharistic Adoration on Holy Thursday/
Szentségimádás nagycsütörtökön

X

8PM – 11PM

Good Friday Stations of the Cross /
Nagypénteki keresztút

2PM

5PM

Good Friday Liturgy /
Nagypénteki liturgia

3PM

6PM

Holy Saturday / Nagyszombat

X

8:45PM

Easter Sunday / Húsvétvasárnap

9:15AM

11:15AM

Blessing of Easter Baskets /
Húsvéti ételszentelés

After Mass on Easter Sunday

After Masses on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday

CONFESSIONS (at St. Emeric)

Monday, April 3, 6-7PM                                                     

PALM BRANCHES FROM LAST YEAR: The palms that we receive on Palm Sunday are blessed. If we no longer wish them to have displayed or kept in our homes, they should be properly disposed of by either burning or burying in the ground. At the beginning of the Easter vigil we will have a fire in which we will burn these branches (from them we have ashes for Ash Wednesday). If you would like to dispose of the old palm branches, please bring them to the church by April 5.

NEXT WEEK’S GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION is taken up for the Christians in the Holy Land. The collection supports the church minister in parishes, provides Catholic schools, and offers religious education, and helps 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. The laws on abstinence and fast bind under the pain of mortal sin.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting our parish. Sun. 3/19: collection: $330. Sun. 3/26: collection: $484; special donation: $1,350. 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/

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

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/

LET US PRAY THREE HAIL MARYS FOR OUR PARISH EVERY DAY!

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