SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – May 22, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: O God, let all the nations praise you!

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Steve and Laura Lasson, by Rita Balazs

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

May28Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
May29Sunday9:15 AMDr. George & Mrs. Martha Vareska, by Mészáros & Vareska Families

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: The feast of Pentecost is only two weeks away and so in our liturgical readings we begin to hear about the coming of the Holy Spirit. In today’s gospel, we hear about the promise of Jesus to send us the Holy Spirit. Jesus uses an interesting word to describe the Holy Spirit: parakletos (παράκλητος). This word is translated as “advocate”, “intercessor”, “teacher”, “helper”, “comforter.” Interestingly, in the English translation of today’s gospel the word ‘advocate’ was used, while the Hungarian translation chose to utilize the word ‘comforter.’

The literal translation of the word means: “called to one’s side”, hence it referred to legal advocates in law courts of ancient Greek and Rome. However, it Jewish people also used this word in their apocrypha in reference to angels, prophets, and the just as advocates before God’s court (where Satan is the accuser). The Book of Job used the translation ‘comforter’ for this word and the later Church Fathers and liturgical authorities approved of it as a legitimate rendering. In sum, it would be hard to say which translation is more correct. In fact, what we can say is that the work of the Holy Spirit defending us can take on many forms.

Sometimes this protection is provided by outpouring of special graces in order to remain faithful to Jesus; at times the Holy Spirit defends us by reminding us of the true teachings of Christ entrusted to the Church as they provide sure guidance in life; at times he comes to our aid by giving the graces of consolation. In these and other forms, the Holy Spirit continues the work of Christ in defending us against the devil and evil.

When Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, he asked His disciples to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. They did that for nine days (this is the origin of novenas in the Church – the Latin word novem means ‘nine’). This Friday (May 27) begins the Novena to the Holy Spirit. I would highly recommend preparing ourselves for the feast of Pentecost throughout these nine days. Perhaps we can pray the following prayer throughout these days:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. V: Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. R: And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

There are many other novenas to the Holy Spirit available on the Internet. Come Holy Spirit!

PRAYER TO MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS: Most Holy and Immaculate Virgin, Help of Christians, we place ourselves under your motherly protection. Throughout the Church’s history you have helped Christians in times of trial, temptation and danger. Time and time again, you have proven to be the Refuge of sinners, the Hope of the hopeless, the Consoler of the afflicted, and the Comforter of the dying. We promise to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, your Son, to proclaim His Good News of God’s love for all people. With faith in your intercession, we pray for the Church, for our family and friends, for the poor and abandoned, and all the dying. Grant, O Mary, Help of Christians, the graces of which we stand in need. (Mention your intentions.) May we serve Jesus with fidelity and love until death. Help us and our loved ones to attain the boundless joy of being forever with our Father in heaven. Amen.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (5/15): Sunday offering: $500; Special donation: $60. 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/

THIS SUNDAY HOME MISSION APPEAL: It offers financial support to missionary activities that strengthen the Catholic Church in the United States, and in its territories and former territories.

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

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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