RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: András Karácsony, by Karácsony Family
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|October||15||Saturday||9:00 AM||Traditional Latin Mass|
|October||16||Sunday||9:15 AM||Magda Wood, by Mike & Sue Kacsala|
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: In this Respect Life Month, I would like to continue with a reflection on the immorality of euthanasia. More and more countries or regions begin to allow it and, dare I say, promote it. Albert Schweitzer once said that if a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all life. Indeed, euthanasia is the inevitable and natural follow-up to abortion. Why is euthanasia wrong?
(1) Euthanasia is irreversible: There are literally scores of medical cases on record where people have been judged to be “irreversibly comatose,” and then have awakened to lead perfectly normal lives. In fact, it is safe to say that there are many more people who have awakened from ‘irreversible’ comas than there are innocent people who have been executed in this country.
(2) Euthanasia sets a bad example: Regardless of whether or not we like it, our primary function as adults in this society is to set the example for younger and less experienced persons even if we have no children ourselves. What we teach the young will also determine how they treat us when we are elderly and infirm. Additionally, if the impressionable teenagers and young people see older people cause their own death in order to solve their problems, how will they react to their own problems? Ever since the permitting of euthanasia, teen suicide rates have only been growing.
(3) Euthanasia is entropic: meaning that it progressively grows in disorder. Same way as abortion for few exceptions has turned into abortion anytime (even after the baby is born) and for any reason, the permitted euthanasia would follow the same trajectory and even be forced on people.
(4) Euthanasia is myopic and lazy: All of a healthy body’s cells work together to promote the common good of the body. Similarly, individual persons work together to advance the common good of society. Each of us plays a vital part in this many-faceted corpus. Just as our bodies could not survive if individual cells took it upon themselves to randomly ‘self-destruct,’ our society cannot tolerate the accelerated destruction of individuals without serious damage.
(5) Euthanasia is despair personified: solution is not “to give up and let go”, but to address the fact that a person has been looking for hope in the wrong place.
(6) Euthanasia is not of God: “Intentionally causing one’s own death, or suicide, is therefore equally as wrong as murder; such an action on the part of a person is to be considered as a rejection of God’s sovereignty and loving plan” (Holy See, Declaration on Euthanasia). There are times when we suffer greatly, but we must lift up our eyes and see our crucified Lord. With faith and trust in Him, we can realize that we are never alone in our pain and suffering (source: American Life League, modified).
SAVE THE DATE: Our patronal feast will be celebrated on November 13, followed by a sit-down meal. More details to follow.
AM 1260 THE ROCK, the local Catholic Radio, will be here next week introducing themselves.
TODAY IS BLANKET SUNDAY sponsored by the Diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Society. Your financial donations will go even further through bulk purchases of blankets and other items for the homeless and poor individuals in our own metropolitan area. Some envelopes are provided in the back of the church or you may also donate online at www.svdpcle.org.
SUNDAY COLLECTION FIGURES: (10/2): Sunday Collection: $928; donation: $250. 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/
TEMPORARY CHANGES IN MASS SCHEDULE AT ST. EMERIC: The week of October 10-14, the daily Masses will be at 7:30 AM (with the exception of Friday, the 14th, when it will be at 8 AM).
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.
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