SIXTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINAY TIME – July 17, 2022

RESP. PSALM: He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Elmer & Mary Szoke, by Rita Balazs

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

July23Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
July24Sunday9:15 AMElemér & Magdolna Mészáros, by Mészáros & Vareska Families

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Last week I spoke of the month of July being dedicated to the Precious Blood. This week few more words on this devotion. This devotion is one of the most ancient of pious Church practices. It is said that the Blessed Virgin venerated the Most Precious Blood of her infant Son on the day of His circumcision as she collected the first relics of His Precious Blood on a piece of cloth. On that momentous occasion she united her tears with that of the Word Incarnate on account of not so much of the sensible pain but of His supernatural sorrow for the hard-heartedness of mortals. It was the first of seven Blood-Sheddings of Our Divine Savior, The rest being: The Agony in the Garden; The Scourging at the Pillar; The Crowning with Thorns; The Way of the Cross; The Crucifixion; and The Piercing of His Heart.

Pope St. Clement I, in a letter dated about 96 A.D. says: “Let us fix our gaze on the Blood of Christ and realize how truly precious It is, seeing that it was poured out for our salvation and brought the grace of conversion to the whole world.”

To understand the meaning of the Precious Blood we must (otherwise the mystery will be lost on us), get some comprehension of the gravity of sin, of the awfulness of offending God, because it required the Blood of the Son of God to forgive that sin. We are living in an age in which to sin has become fashionable. But we believe that we are here for only a very short time. We further believe that Christ when He told us the way that leads to damnation is broad and many there are who walk that way, that the way that leads to eternal life is narrow and there are few who walk that way. I am watching every syllable I am saying. The Church has never pronounced infallibly on the number lost and the number saved, but she has canonized St. John of the Cross and made him a Doctor of the Church. Says John of the Cross: “I believe that the majority of the human race will be lost.”

This veneration of the Precious Blood, which is the first element in our devotion to the Precious Blood means that we have a deep sensitivity to the awfulness of sin. Sin must be terrible. It must be awful. It must be the most dreadful thing in the universe. Why? Because it cost the living God in human form the shedding of His Blood.

Devotion to the Precious Blood means – beyond veneration which means understanding, grasping and loving, loving Jesus Christ in the shedding of His Blood – that we invoke Christ under the attribute of His Precious Blood. The Church has approved the use of the Litany of the Precious Blood of Jesus. Perhaps, if we have never heard of it and/or prayed, perhaps this month would be a laudable thing to do. Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us! (Source: America Needs Fatima; Fr. John Hardon, S.J.)

ST. EMERIC – WORK OPPORTUNITY: St. Emeric parish is seeking a person to clean the church building complex and the outside around the church. It would be a paid and part-time position (around 10 hrs. weekly). Those interested please call the rectory at 216-965-0061 or email at saintemericparish@gmail.com. References are helpful.

THE BATTLE OF BELGARDE: On July 22, 1456, the knights of John Hunyadi and the crusader armies of John Capistrano were victorious over the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II who besieged the city of Belgrade. The victory stopped the Ottoman advance towards Europe for 70 years. Since then, the Christian world has been reminded of the Hunyadi’s triumph by the sound of the noon bells.

SUNDAY COLLECTION FIGURES: (7/10): Sunday Collection: $655; Special Donation: $204.27. 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 PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó and Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, and 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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