RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Jay Kovacs, by Kenneth Kovacs
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|January||21||Saturday||9:00 AM||Traditional Latin Mass|
|January||22||Sunday||9:15 AM||Elizabeth Kacsala, by Mary Spisak|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Some time ago, I received a question about the list of saints that we hear at Mass when the Roman Canon (also known as First Eucharistic Prayer) is utilized.
The Roman Canon has two lists of Saints, one before the Consecration and one after. The first list begins with the Blessed Virgin Mary who, being the Queen of All Angels and Saints, is set apart and stands above all the saints. Next is St. Joseph who, being the Foster Father of Christ, also has a privileged place. Next are listed the original 11 Apostles with St. Paul to make 12, and then 12 early martyrs. These 24 martyrs (the Apostle John survived his by a miracle) represent the 24 Elders in the Apocalypse (4:4). These 24 elders are interpreted as symbolizing all the fathers and the more illustrious holy men of both Testaments.
The list after the Consecration begins with St. John the Baptist, who stands alone, as he is the greatest of the Prophets. Then there are the names of 7 male saints and of 7 female saints. Since 7 is the number of completion, these two groups of 7 saints symbolize the complete number of all male and female saints (thus no other names are needed). In the future, I may write about these saints individually.
Their inclusion in this prayer reminds us (1) of the teaching on the communion of saints: that whenever we pray, earth unites with heaven; (2) of our hope for fellowship with them in life eternal; (3) of the fact that saintly intercession and the belief in the communion of saints was part of the earliest Christians’ belief and practice.
HEARTFELT THANKS to all the dedicated volunteers who helped in preparing for the Christmas celebration (and afterwards as well) — the liturgical music and singing, assisting in the liturgy, decorating the church, acquiring the flowers, mail and electronic publicity, cleaning, and inside and outside beautification of our church and the surrounding grounds. May God reward you abundantly!
SUNDAY COLLECTION FIGURES: Jan. 8 figures will be published in the next bulletin. 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/
PLEASE, PICK UP YOUR 2023 YEAR DONATION ENVELOPES BY THE ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH. Thank you for your generosity in supporting the parish throughout the year. If there are any address changes, please notify us.
TRADITIONAL HUNGARIAN DOUGHNUTS: The Ladies of the St. Emeric Altar Guild are baking Hungarian style doughnuts. They are $16 a dozen and must be ordered by January 18, 2022, by calling one of the ladies: Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Maria Meszaros 440-331-0391. Pick up: January 22, Sunday, before or after the 11:15 AM Mass or the day before, Saturday between 4 and 5 PM.
ANNUAL PORK SAUSAGE DINNER at ST. EMERIC: on February 5th at 12:45PM. Menu: traditional rich chicken soup, entrée of pork and rice-liver sausages with side dish of parslied potatoes and ham hock braised cabbage. Dessert is puff pastry filled with apricot jam, coffee. Cost: adults $25, students $12. Also available for take-home: apricot jam filled puff pastry at $10 a dozen. To make your dinner reservations or to place your take home pastry order, please call one of the ladies by February 1: Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Mária Mészáros 440-331-0391.
NEXT WEEKEND SECOND COLLECTION is for the Church in Latin America and is taken up by our Diocesan Mission Office. The collection supports the Cleveland mission team in El Salvador (two of our priests serving in several parishes in El Salvador) and it also contributes to the USCCB’s collection for the Church in Latin America.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó, Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, and Alex Szaday.
PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THE DECEASED: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
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