RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Magda Wood, by Mike & Sue Kacsala
MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
|Traditional Latin Mass
|Amelia R. Toth, by Lenny Toth
FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA As part of the Respect Life Month, I would like to offer few words on another important pro-life issue. Stem cell research has captured the imagination of many in our society. Stem cells are relatively unspecialized cells that, when they divide, can replicate themselves and also produce a variety of more specialized cells. Scientists hope these biological building blocks can be directed to produce many types of cells to repair the human body, cure disease, and alleviate suffering. Stem cells from adult tissues, umbilical cord blood, and placenta (often loosely called “adult stem cells”) can be obtained without harm to the donor and without any ethical problem, and these have already demonstrated great medical promise. But some scientists are most intrigued by stem cells obtained by destroying an embryonic human being in the first week or so of development. Harvesting these “embryonic stem cells” involves the deliberate killing of innocent human beings, a gravely immoral act. Yet some try to justify it by appealing to a hoped-for future benefit to others.
The false assumption that a good end can justify direct killing has been the source of much evil in our world. This utilitarian ethic has especially disastrous consequences when used to justify lethal experiments on fellow human beings in the name of progress. No commitment to a hoped-for “greater good” can erase or diminish the wrong of directly taking innocent human lives here and now. In fact, policies undermining our respect for human life can only endanger the vulnerable patients that stem cell research offers to help. The same ethic that justifies taking some lives to help the patient with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease today can be used to sacrifice that very patient tomorrow, if his or her survival is viewed as disadvantaging other human beings considered more deserving or productive.
If fundamental rights such as the right to life are based on abilities or qualities that can appear or disappear, grow or diminish, and be greater or lesser in different human beings, then there are no inherent human rights, no true human equality, only privileges for the strong. As believers who recognize each human life as the gift of an infinitely loving God, we insist that every human being, however small or seemingly insignificant, matters to God—hence everyone, no matter how weak or small, is of concern to us (source: USCCB).
WELCOME TO AM 1260 THE ROCK: the local Catholic Radio is here this week to introduce their work and apostolate. They will give a brief presentation at the end of the Mass and they will be available to speak with after the Mass by the main entrance.
ST. ELIZABETH FEAST DAY CELEBRATION AND DINNER WILL BE NOVEMBER 13: Solemn Mass at 11 AM; Dinner at 12:30 PM. Dinner Menu: traditional chicken dinner with dessert. Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for children of 5-12 years of age, and under 5 years free. Please make your reservations by Monday November 7, by calling Virginia Kachmar (home: 216-791-6270 or cell: 216-246-2370) or Ilonka Hudak (440-944-1384).
OCTOBER IS THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY! LET US PRAY THE ROSARY EVERY DAY!
SUNDAY COLLECTION FIGURES: (10/9): Sunday Collection: $385; donation: $25. 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, and Alex Szaday.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.
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