RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Elizabeth Ferenczi, by Doina Hengenius
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|December||18||Saturday||9:00 AM||Traditional Latin Mass|
|December||19||Sunday||9:15 AM||Magdolna Incze, by the Karácsony Family|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: This Sunday of Advent is called “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete means rejoice in Latin and this is the first word in the entrance antiphon for this Mass (Gaudete in Domino, cf. Phil 4:4-6). The theme of rejoicing however is carried throughout the Mass in both the Mass texts and readings. Additionally, Mass may be said in rose color this day. This day, the Holy Mother Church wants to encourage us and nurture our hope in our faithful waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ by focusing on joy.
The source of joy is none other than this, “The Lord is near.” The joy of the presence of the Lord brings us tranquility, cheerful confidence, peace of heart, and serenity. This will keep and preserve us from many troubles and dangers of the world in our own great Advent of life, up until the day of Christ’s coming. We can truly comprehend the love of God only if we realize that it is the Lord of the whole universe who has come to our salvation. Let us continue to remain vigilant as we await with prayer the approaching Christmas!
THE BLESSING OF THE BAMBINELLI was first instituted by St. John Paul II. On an Advent Sunday the children of Rome are encouraged to bring the baby Jesus (Bambinelli) from each of their Nativity sets to St. Peter’s Square. Following the Sunday Angelus address, the Pope blesses the figurines. This custom has spread throughout the world. We will celebrate this blessing next week, on Fourth Sunday of Advent after the Mass. All (not only children) are encouraged to bring baby Jesus from their home Nativity sets to the church for this special blessing.
DECORATING CHURCH: after the Sunday Mass next week (12/19) if some of you are able to help with Christmas decoration in the church, that would be greatly appreciated.
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (12/5): Sunday offering: $1,035. Special donation: $2,185. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting our parish. Thank you for sending in your offertory donation through the mail. I know the times may be difficult for many people. If you are able at this time to send in your offertory donations, please do so by mail or use the PayPal option found on the website: https://www.stelizabethcleveland.org/donations/
MASS SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS – NEW YEAR – EPIPHANY
for St. Emeric & St. Elizabeth parishes
- December 24: 5:00 PM Mass (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English
- December 24: 10:00 PM Mass (St. Emeric) – Hungarian
- December 25: 9:15 AM Mass (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English
- December 25: 11:15 AM Mass (St. Emeric) – Hungarian
- No evening Mass on Saturday, December 25!
- December 26: regular Sunday Mass schedule
- December 31: 5:30 PM (St. Emeric) – Hungarian
- January 1: 10:00 AM (St. Elizabeth church) – Hungarian/English
- January 1: 5:00 PM Mass (St. Emeric) – English
- January 2: regular Sunday Mass schedule
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó and Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, Alex Szaday, Mária Jánossy.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.
TRADITIONAL VESPERS: Every Sunday of Advent we will hold Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 5PM in our church. Fr. Bede Kotlinski, O.S.B. will be the officiant and the vespers will be sung (plainchant) by the gentlemen of Laudate Dominum.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT ST. EMERIC: Dinner, dance, and at midnight prayers in the church to welcome the New Year. Mass at 5:30PM, cocktail hour begins at 6:45PM, dinner 7:30PM. Music by the Harmonia Ensemble, with guest performer on the cimbalom-Alex Udvary. Dinner menu: “Székely” Goulash (pork & sauerkraut) & bread, roast pork with mushroom sauce, oven roasted potatoes, and for dessert “Rigó Jancsi” pastry, coffee, tea. Each table gets a bottle of white and red wine. At midnight champagne, lentil soup with wieners. Cost $60. Further alcoholic beverages may be purchased. Raffle. For reservations, please call by December 27 Marika Zsula 216-676-5863 or Máriá Mészáros 440-331-0391.
NEXT SUNDAY SECOND COLLECTION: Retirement Fund for the Religious. Please remember the members of the religious orders now elderly who devoted their life to teaching in the Catholic elementary and high schools and colleges.
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