THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD – May 29, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Dr. George & Mrs. Martha Vareska, by Mészáros & Vareska Families

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

June4Saturday No Traditional Latin Mass
June5Sunday9:15 AMSteve & Maria Spisak, by Magda Wood

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Since the month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I thought I will write today about the four Marian (meaning related to Mary) Dogmas.  Dogmas are those doctrines of the Church which have been defined by the Pope and the teaching authority of the Church. The faithful Catholics must accept them and they are not free to dissent from them. So, here are those dogmas:

(1) Mary, Mother of God: Some object to this title by saying Mary is not older than God, how can she be called Mother of God? No, Mary is not the Mother of the Trinity, she is only the Mother of the Second Person of the Trinity because it is only the Second Person of the Trinity who took on flesh. At the moment of incarnation, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity took on the human flesh in Jesus. Thus, Jesus has both divine and human nature, but he is only one Person – Divine. Since Mary gave birth to Jesus who is a Divine Person (and mothers do not give birth to human nature, but to a person), it is only right to call her Mother of God.

(2) Perpetual Virginity: The Church traditionally presents Mary as “virgin before, during and after giving birth”, affirming, by indicating these three moments, that she never ceased to be a virgin. The angel Gabriel revealed to Mary that she was to conceive and bear a child by the power of the Holy Spirit, despite her virginity. Through this conception, Jesus initiates a new birth, which in the Holy Spirit, by faith, makes man a child of God. An echo of this teaching can already be found in the second century and the Second Vatican Council affirmed this teaching (Lumen Gentium 57).”

(3) Immaculate Conception: God, by the grace and merits of His Son Jesus on the Cross, outside of time, preserved Mary by a singular grace at the moment of her own conception from all stain of original sin. This began the reversal of the Fall of man. Mary was tempted to sin just as any one of us are, but she was able to resist temptation and sin at every turn because of her heroic virtue and obedience to God in Faith.

(4) Assumption: The Virgin Mary, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” The Dogma of the Assumption is intricately related to Mary’s special privilege of being completely without sin, her Immaculate Conception.  When Jesus Christ died on the Cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven, He opened the way to Heaven. However, when we die, our body does not follow us yet. We will have to wait until He comes again at the end of times for the resurrection of the body. Mary, at the end of her earthly life, being completely free from sin as she was, did not see the decay of her earthly body, which is fitting for the Mother of God. By virtue of her Immaculate Conception, God chose and willed that His mother would be taken up body and soul into Heaven to reign as Queen immediately after her earthly journey was finished.

PRAYER FOR THE FALLEN: Gracious God, on this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace. In union with people of goodwill of every nation, embolden us to answer the call to work for peace and justice, and thus, seek an end to violence and conflict around the globe. We ask this through your name. Amen.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (5/22): Sunday offering: $570; Special donation: $462.27. 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, 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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