THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE –November 20, 2022

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Living and Deceased Members of the Karetka Family, by Antal Karetka

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

November26Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
November27Sunday9:15 AMWilliam & Gizella Balogh, by Barbara Comiskey

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: The last Sunday of the liturgical year is a special day, as we celebrate on this day the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 with his encyclical Quas primas to respond to growing secularism and atheism.  He recognized that attempting to “thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law” out of public life would result in continuing discord among people and nations. This solemnity reminds us that while governments come and go, Christ reigns as King forever.

            The all-embracing kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ reminds us of few very important matters. First, He is King of all people. He is not just a king for those who accept Him and follow Him, but for all people of all times and places. Jesus Christ “is very truth, and it is from him that truth must be obediently received by all mankind” (Quas primas, 7).Those who do not listen to Jesus and follow Him, still owe worship and service to Him and are accruing liability for failing to do so. This reality cannot be changed with one’s viewpoint or opinion. The only excuse is invincible ignorance. This should not be confused with intellectual laziness when one does not want to seek the truth. Invincible ignorance means that a person in question had no way of knowing that Jesus Christ is his Lord and King. Part of not being able to know is that a person in question had no one around (or no other means by which) he would be able to receive answers to his questions about God. Given how connected the world is, how reliable resources are available at the click of the mouse, a true case of invincible ignorance is becoming rarer and rarer.

Secondly, Jesus’ Kingship means that it trumps everything, every time and everywhere. Public or private sphere of life, politics or business, home, workplace or vacation, easy times or pressure situations, family, friends or authorities, Jesus Christ and His teaching overrides everything. As Pius XI wrote:

“He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, ‘as instruments of justice unto God’ (Quas primas, 33).

Let us endeavor to honor properly our King all the time and everywhere. God bless, Fr. Bona

THANK YOU very much to all of you who continue to help with and around the parish. Your time and sacrifices are greatly appreciated.

THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE VIRGIN (November 21): This feast celebrates Joachim and Anne’s offering of their child Mary to the Temple in Jerusalem, at the age of three, there to live until maturity — an event recorded around 150 A.D. in the non-canonical Infancy Gospel of James (also called the Protoevangelium of James): “And the child was three years old, and … they went up into the temple of the Lord. And the priest received her, and kissed her, and blessed her, saying: The Lord has magnified thy name in all generations. … And he set her down upon the third step of the altar, and the Lord God sent grace upon her; and she danced with her feet, and all the house of Israel loved her.” (Roberts-Donaldson translation, www.earlychristianwritings.com)

SUNDAY COLLECTION FIGURES: (11/13): Sunday Collection: $765; Special donation: $460. 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, Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, and Alex Szaday.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 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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