St. Emeric Church
Szent Imre Római Katolikus Magyar Templom
Roman Catholic Church - Serving the Hungarian Community since 1904 for over 100 years - (history/történelem)

THE ONGOING WEBSITE OF THE ST. EMERIC HUNGARIAN COMMUNITY

 

Latest - News Coverage on St. Emeric Church Closing from June 30, 2010 and After

List of news article here

 

ARCHIVE OF WEEKLY BULLETINS & INFORMATION 

 

St. Emeric Church 100th Anniversary Centennial Album - Published in 2004 Celebrating 100 Years

St. Emeric Church Hungarian Cookbook (1970) - Hungarian recipes (3 MB PDF download)

 

St. Emeric Church, Cleveland, OH

Bishop Lennon Condemns
St. Emeric to CLOSE

on June 30, 2010

Vatican Appeal Still
Open and Unanswered

     In spite of the unanimous recommendation of the Hungarian Cluster Parishes, the only ethnic cluster established in the Diocese, Bishop Lennon informed our parish in a letter delivered on March 14, 2009 that St. Emeric will be closed.    

     St. Emeric filed the Appeal Petition dated March 24, 2009, requesting that Bishop Lennon not close the parish.

     St. Margaret has been closed, but St. Elizabeth of Hungary will be left open. Full list of all parishes closing.

 

For a thought-provoking perspective, published early in the process, see the Hungary blog of the Plain Dealer International Community Council and read the article Day of Infamy.

 

More photos /több kép of St. Emeric Church   (INCLUDING CURRENT full sized interior photos!)

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Latest - News Coverage on St. Emeric Church Closing from June 30, 2010 and After -- List of news article here

 

St. Emeric Closing Protest Scheduled for 3 PM on June 30, 2010

Day of Infamy protests start at 3 pm outside the church. All St. Emeric parishioners, all Hungarians, all Christians, and all other friends of the parish, are invited to witness and protest the church closing. Many from the parish and from other ethnic communities will be present to witness this somber moment in our history and to peacefully protest the Bishop's disastrously conceived restructuring plan. Media will be present at this last of the Diocesan church closings. All are encouraged to be respectful with protest signs and other visible demonstration symbols, and show their solidarity with their heritage and traditional values through their traditional costumes, ethnic flags and banners, and statements and handouts at the protest. 

 

Showing support and solidarity, the American Hungarian Federation has published and disseminated a protest alert through its website.

 

Doors of the Church will be open for a 4 o’clock prayer and litany event on June 30, 2010

 

At Father Sandor’s request, I am sending the attached communication from the Bishop, including his news release. As you know, I notified the Rev. Marszal that no one from our parish wished to assume the liturgical roles asked for in the Final Mass Planning Sheet based on the parishioners’ votes taken at our Parish Meeting of June 9.

 

Father asked me to assure you that the doors of the Church will be open for a 4 o’clock prayer and litany event and please encourage all to attend. Please do not cancel the media and encourage all parishioners, friends and guests who planned to come to a closing mass to please join our ranks. Bring signs, placards, flags, etc. for media exposure. Discretion is requested. We will all be inside the church at 4:00 P.M.. Please leave all signs outside by the entrance stairs when entering the church. This is a significant event, please help us with as large an attendance as possible. ALL ARE WELCOME.

 

It is unclear at this time how and when the church will be placed off limits.  We will pass out more information as it becomes available.  -- Thank you, Miklos Peller

 

Bishop Cancels "De-sanctification" Mass & Will Close Church Remotely - Demonstrates Closing Mass Doesn't Serve Spiritual Purpose, Only for PR - Spites Pastor, Council and Parishioners of Hungarian Community - click either image to view full size documents

Closing Mass Cancellation Letter   Bishop News Release on Cancelling Closing Mass

 

Front page of Monday, June 28, 2010 Cleveland Plain Dealer, with large picture of final Sunday Hungarian Mass at St. Emeric Church, carried this article:  Closing of St. Emeric marks end of downsizing

 

Jun 27, 2010 ... (by Michael O'Malley and Robert L. Smith, Plain Dealer Reporters) It has been 15 months since Bishop Richard Lennon announced he was closing ...

For full article: http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/06/closing_of_st_emeric_marks_end.html

Link to pictures from the final Hungarian Sunday Mass:

http://photos.cleveland.com/4501/gallery/final_hungarian_mass_at_st_emeric_church/index.html

 

Download PDF of full article, pictures and comments.

 

Vasárnap volt az utolsó magyar mise, tömve volt a templom zsúfolásig. Szerdán csak a püspök mondja a záró misét, a helyi plébános és a hitközség nagy része nem terveznek részt venni, bar van aki szervez tüntetést.

 

Farewell Letter by Father Sándor Siklodi to Parishioners

 

Farewell letter in Hungarian    Farewell letter in English

Click on either image for PDF of both Hungarian and English letters of farewell.

 

Duna TV: A clevelandi magyarok elkeseredettek, mert bezárhatják a Szt. Imre templomot

Bezárják a Szt. Imre templomot Click on picture to see DunaTV video

 

A KEDVES TESTVÉREKET AZ UTOLSÓ SZÓ JOGÁN ismételten arra kérem, „ne hagyjuk abba az Ég ostromlását templomunk  ügyében”! Mária már sok bajban kisegített Bennünket, most együtt kérjük, most se hagyjon magunkra! Érezni szeretnénk „talán merész módon írom” kézzel foghatóan, hogy Anyánk és oltalmazónk! (Bízzunk Mária hathatós segítségében!)

EZÚTON SZERETNÉM „ISMÉTELTEN” köszönetemet tolmácsolni Mindazoknak, akik a „búcsú-ebédet” megszervezték Völgyi Gizi-néni vezetésével, valamint Kedves Asszonyaink közreműködésével! Nagyon meghatott az az Önzetlen támogatás, ahogyan „mindannyian” hozzáálltatok  ehhez az ebédhez! (Nem tudom, hová sodor Bennünket az élet vihara, de garantálom, hogy imáimba foglalom gondjaitokat, örömeiteket és bánatotokat! Isten áldását fogom kérni mindannyiitokra!) Ugyanakkor hálásan köszönöm a sok-sok adományt és ajándékot, amivel elhalmoztatok e találkozó alkalmával! Azt éreztem ezekben, hogy megbecsültetek és a köztetek töltött munkámat értékelitek! Isten áldjon meg Benneteket minden kedves gesztusért és figyelmességért!

AMENNYIBEN AZ ÉG RÁNK NEM TEKINT ez az utolsó értesítőnk! (De a honlap folytatódik!)Ezúton is szeretném köszönetemet tolmácsolni Kedves Mindannyitoknak a hűségért, kitartásért, áldozat-vállalásért és a sok közös imádságért, amit együtt küldhettünk az Ég Urához az „elmúlt esztendőkben, ugyanakkor szándékomban van egy levelet postázni címetekre. Mindenkinek mindent köszönök, bocsánatot kérve, ha „valakit megbántottam és magam is szívből megbocsátok minden bántást! Isten ismeri utjainkat és mindenkinek megfizet „cselekedetei” alapján!

        HIMNUSZ AZ ÉLETHEZ!  Kalkuttai Teréz Anyától.

         Az Élet egyetlen esély – vedd komolyan. az Élet egyetlen szépség – csodáld meg.

          az Élet boldogság – ízleld. az Élet álom – tedd valósággá. az Élet kihívás – fogadd el.

           az Élet kötelesség – teljesítsd. az Élet játék – játszd. az Élet érték – vigyázz rá.

            az Élet vagyon – használd fel.

                    az Élet szeretet – add át magad.  az Élet titok – fejtsd meg.

               az Élet ígéret – vidd végbe.  az Élet szomorúság – győzd le. az Élet dal – énekeld.

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LA Times article about Cleveland church closures:

Cleveland's Catholic Church Closures Leave Ethnic Enclaves Dispirited

Proud Eastern European communities fight to save what they see as a cultural heritage.

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times  June 14, 2010

Full article here

On a back street in urban Cleveland, Hungarian immigrants built St. Emeric Catholic Church, where a dozen stained glass windows recall their history and a mural of their first king, St. Stephen, overlooks the altar.  For more than 100 years, waves of Hungarians swept into Cleveland from the wars and upheavals in Europe, finding work in the area's steel mills and auto plants. They were part of a tide of Eastern Europeans who became a backbone of the industrial economy here. But the factories have been closing in recent decades, and now the churches are closing too. Under orders of Cleveland Bishop Richard Gerard Lennon, St. Emeric parish will be eliminated and the church, along with an adjoining Hungarian Boy Scout center and a cultural school, will be closed. Read full article here.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, JUNE 6, IS THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI.  We will have the outdoor procession after Mass.  Those who decorated the altars in the past are asked to do so again this year.

SUNDAY, JUNE 13 – AN APPRECIATION DINNER HONORING FR. SÁNDOR, SPONSORED BY THE 3 PARISH ORGANIZATIONS,  Please come, meet with friends, enjoy the delicious foods. Dinner Menu;  appetizers, salad, pork roast with mushrooms, „risotto” rice with peas, mocha torte, and coffee. Only 250 tickets will be sold.  Donation:  adults $20, children under 12 years $12.  Also, MOCHA TORTES for sale only by advance order for $18. To make reservations for the dinner and/or to place your mocha torte order, please call one of the following ladies by Wednesday, June 9: Gizella Volgyi ( before 9 pm) at 440-333-3559,  Piri Beodray at 440-356-8985, or Eva Fricke 216-521-5294.

 

Media continues to provide coverage of closures and alternatives

Newspapers and websites - locally, nationally and internationally - continue to provide coverage of the parish closures as well as opinion pieces on alternatives to closure and opportunities for improving the image of the Church in the eyes of the those affected and the general public.  Recent articles have dealt with topics from asking why the Bishop has not responded to the request to take the option of mediation to the Vatican rejecting appeals from 10 closed parishes in the Boston area, the prior assignment of Bishop Lennon. Additionally, video coverage of local events can be found on YouTube and located easily through Internet web search enginees. Coverage in Hungary, especially the related impact of such coverage on religious life and belief in Hungary and on the families and friends of those in ethnic parishes affected here, is especially troubling and significant.

 

Summary of Meeting

Templom Őrző held a meeting May 23 and gave an update on the status of efforts to keep St. Emeric open and findings of the survey. See the summary here.

 

Input needed from parishioners and supporters of St. Emeric Church

While we continue to hope and prayer as final efforts to keep our church open as a religious place of worship continue, we must prepare for a possible closing. For our May 23rd meeting in the Cserkész Ház after Mass, we must have input from you to give a comprehensive evaluation of our possible future as a community of St. Emeric worshippers.  

We ask that you fill out ONE of the questionnaires and return it as soon as possible. Both English and Hungarian versions are provided.  Download it, fill it out and save it, then send it back to Templom Őrző. We have worked in your interest for over one year. 

If this is of interest and concern to you, please be present at our meeting next weekend.  What happens to us as a congregation is up to you.  We will proceed in the direction that the survey results indicate. It is our hope that there will be enough interest to plan Masses and meetings for the congregation for the future.  Please let us know how you feel.   Templom Őrző

 

Organizational Meeting on May 23, 2010 After Mass

Templom Őrző (P0 Box 16412, Rocky River, Ohio 44116) is calling all parishioners and supporters of St. Emeric to attend an organizational meeting on May 23 after Mass. It will be either in the church hall or the Cserkész Ház. Hopefully by then, there will be some news from the Vatican. Peller Miki will bring all in attendance up-to-date on this issue. There will be a discussion of events to take shape should St. Imre close. On May 23rd, it will be just weeks away from June 30th. It is vital that all with an interest be there to form the future whether the church remains open or not. Please notify everyone who might have an interest in attending! Your participation would be appreciated.

 

22 American Ethnic Parishes in Six Dioceses Concerned About Tactics of Suppression

In a letter from Peter Borré to His Eminence Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, Prefect, Congregation  for Catholic Education in the Vatican, he writes: "...one of the great threats to our proud ethnic and Catholic traditions in the U.S. comes from certain American bishops who are engaged in a massive program of unjust suppression against parishes with strong ethnic traditions.  This is not a matter of a few isolated cases:  Their program consists of a deliberate campaign of parish ethnic cleansing spreading across America.... (Read the full letter here)

 

Community of St. Peter tries to carry on in face of warnings

In a recently published Plain Dealer article, members of St. Peter's comment on what appear to be warnings from the Bishop not to hold "unsanctioned" services. Read the article about St. Peter's here and read the letter of caution from the Bishop here.

 

Easter is a Time to Come Together as a Community

In these coming months, please try to make it a practice to attend Mass more often.  With this activity alone, the parishioners show their support and love for the parish. Remember, this is not just a church and building we might possibly be losing, but it is one of the centers for our traditional, Hungarian cultural life. With this activity, we are praying as a community, which we learned is the strongest prayer possible.  Please come and be a part of this prayer, on Easter and afterwards, too. See 2010 Easter Schedule.

Cserháti Ferenc püspök és Erdő Péter bíboros a vatikáni Hummes bíboroshoz fordultak a Szent Imre ügyben!  Lehet remény?

Reményt keltő levelet közlök az illetékesek engedélyével. Ezt követi Cserháti Ferenc püspök atya válasza kérdésemre. A Papi Kongregáció a vatikáni Rota része, amelynek Claudio Hummes bíboros a prefektusa. A Szent Imre egyházközség nevében beadott fellebezésünket és az azt követő beadványainkat az ő nevére küldtük, és felfolyamodásunk feletti döntést is tőle várjuk.  Peller Miklós 2010. március 20.

A pecsétBAJNAI GORDON, A MAGYAR KÖZTÁRSASÁG MINISZTERELNÖKÉNEK LEVELE TARCISIO BERTONE BÍBOROSHOZ, A VATIKÁN ÁLLAMTITKÁRÁHOZ - Letter from Prime Minister Bajnai for St. Emeric

Reményt keltő levelet közlök az illetékesek engedélyével. Bajnai miniszterelnök 2009 december 28-I keltezésű levele, amelyet a Vatikán államtitkárához, Bertone bíboroshoz intézett a Magyar Köztársaság vatikáni nagykövetén keresztül. -- ....we would like to direct Your Eminence’s attention to the predicament of St. Emeric church and would like to request Your Eminence’s intercession toward saving this church from closure and extinction so that it may continue to serve the spiritual needs for the local Hungarian-Americans. Letter of Prime Minister Bajnai to Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, translated to English.

  

Rev. Bob Begin challenges Bishop Richard Lennon on church closings

A Catholic priest who saved his church from closing last year by convincing Bishop Richard Lennon to change his mind, is now publicly challenging the bishop on the closings of other churches. (Read complete article by Michael O'Malley, in the Plain Dealer)

The text of the complete letter by Father Begin to Bishop Lennon, in which he talks about fear of retaliation by the parish priests, loss of faith by the Catholic community, the injustices committed by the Bishop's actions, and the need to speak out.

A Magyar Katolikus Püspöki Kar árván hagyja a clevelandi magyarságot?
I
n Kanadai Magyar Hírlap on február 26, 2010

Egy meglehetősen fontos szereplő szinte teljesen némán figyeli a 600 tagot számoló magyar egyházközség kálváriáját, nevezetesen: a Magyar Katolikus Püspöki Kar. Peller Miklós, a Szent Imre Templom ügyvivője szerint a Magyar Katolikus Egyház még egy támogató levelet sem írt a történelmi magyar egyházközség érdekében. (az egész csík itt található - Download PDF)

 

Are you proud you’re Hungarian? Identify yourself on the 2010 census form!
Büszke, hogy magyar? Írja be a 2010. népszámlálási íven!

Let the Census know in March 2010 that you are Hungarian – Record your race in Question 9 (where race means your heritage, nationality group, ethnicity). Read the article for details.

 

Templom Örzö coordinates recent letter writing efforts, continues to raise funds and inform all about avenues to keep St. Emeric Church open

Since April 2009, Templom Örzö has been working to supplement efforts to keep the parish open and functioning. You can read the 2009 Activity Summary for details on past activities, ongoing activities and how you can help support the work.

After the February 14, 2010 meeting, parishoners of St. Emeric Church completed letters to be sent seeking help in keeping St. Emeric Church from being closed. Letters were sent to Apostolic Nuncio, The Congregation for the Clergy and The US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Templom Örzö - Alternative for Tax Deductable Donations

The non-profit corporation, Templom Örzö, has been organized to give parishioners and supporters of St. Emeric an option for alternative IRS regulation compliant contributions, to provide a financial basis for future parish activities. Read the details about Templom Örzö at their website and in the flyer you can download here.

 

Vadás ebéd - Wild Game Dinner: March 14.  Details here. Come socialize and enjoy!

 

Hungarian government joins battle to save St. Emeric's Catholic Church
By Michael O'Malley, The Plain Dealer February 18, 2010, 11:55PM CLEVELAND, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, joining a battle to save a Hungarian Catholic church on Cleveland's West Side, has brought out a big gun: the Hungarian government. Kucinich met this week with.... (click for complete article) or (Download).

 

Religion and Faith - More articles and the latest news on these topics in the Cleveland area in the Plain Dealer online files.

 

A Cleveland, Ohio-i Szent Imre római katolikus templom beszámolója

A Szt. Imre Templom hívei és támogatói részére fontos évzáró gyűlést tartottunk 2010. február 14. 11:15-kör, rögtön a szentmise után. Itt közlünk összefoglaló beszámolót róla.

 

                                                

TÖBBEK KÉRDÉSÉRE VÁLASZ:  Egyelőre a Vatikánból  SEMMIFÉLE VÁLASZ nem érkezett „fellebbezésünkre”. Ezt reménnyel is könyvelhetjük el, de aggállyal is! (Nem tudjuk, mi húzódik meg a „néma csend” mögött!) Ennek ellenére – mindenkit buzdítva kérek – ostromoljuk tovább is az Eget! (Oratio penetrat coelos! Az ima az egekbe hat!) --- We have not received a response from the Vatican yet to our appeal and we do not know the reason for the delay on their part. We ask that our parishioners and friends continue to prayer and respectfully continue their efforts to keep our parish open.  (Noted as of Dec. 31, 2009)

More photos /több kép of St. Emeric Church (INCLUDING CURRENT full sized interior photos!)

 

Kanadai Magyar Hírlap - Cleveland püspöke felszámolja a térség magyar közösségeit (Posted in Magyarság, Vallás by Kanadai Magyar Hírlap on február 13, 2010)

 

Bekiabálásokkal és tüntetésekkel fogadták az Ohio-i Akron városban élő magyar katolikusok Cleveland püspökét, aki erélyes tiltakozások ellenére kezdeményezte a térség magyar templomainak bezárásait. Richard Lennon püspök összesen 50 egyházközség felszámolását rendelt el, köztük a cleveland-i Szent Imre templomot, a Szent Margit templomot és az akroni Szent Szív egyházat. A döntés legvitatottabb része az, hogy a Szt. Imre Egyházközség például jelezte, hogy egy életerős, gazdaságilag stabil templomról van szó, mely anyagi gondokkal továbbra sem küzd. Valamennyi bezárt, illetve bezárásra váró magyar egyházközség hevesen tiltakozott a püspök döntése ellen és felháborodtak azon, hogy a katolikus egyházmegye egyetlen tollvonással és lelkiismeret furdalás nélkül biztos halálra itélt több mint száz éves amerikai magyar közösségeket. Több itt. (In English translation by Google)

 

Comments by Bishop Lennon at the Closure of Sacred Heart Church in Akron, OH

 

On January 24, 2010 Bishop Lennon presided over the closing of Sacred Heart Church in Akron, OH, one of 5 area Hungarian catholic churches to be closed in Northeast Ohio. Barring a successful intervention St. Emeric is slated for a similar fate on June 30 of this year.   With the implementation of the Bishop’s plan, only St. Elizabeth would remain to serve Hungarian Catholics in the region, no doubt until it too is merged with some other intercity parish.

 

A camera was present to record the tragic proceedings at Sacred Heart Church. Faced with uncomfortable questions and challenges from the pews to his decision, Bishop Lennon made several statements regarding the closings. His basic message to the parishioners is recorded here with annotations.  

 

According to John Juhasz, “This action not only threatens Hungarian Catholics, but is a direct affront and assault on the core ethnicity and preservation of culture on the part of Hungarians in the region. Beyond a place of worship, the Church has always served as a center of gravity for the promotion of our heritage, our language, and other aspects of community life. Absent that strong center of gravity, the community will likely disperse into suburbia and beyond, leaving only memories for posterity.  When a parish is fully solvent, self-sufficient, and vibrant by its own standards, this hostile enforced closure must be viewed as an assault on our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms to worship, to assemble, and to preserve our unique heritage. It is unconscionable that here in the land of the free and home of the brave, one would ever have to confront such a hostile threat to our freedoms.”

 

 

Küzdelmünk Szt. Imre templomunk nyitva tartása érdekében nem ért véget!

Az utóbbi hetekben több sajtótermékben beszámolók jelentek meg az Egyesült Államok Clevelandi Egyházmegyéjéhez tartozó Szent Imre római katolikus templomról, amelynek hívei első, másod- vagy harmadgenerációs magyarok. Az egyházmegye megyéspüspöke templomunkat 49 másik egyházmegyei templommal együtt bezárásra ítélte. A megjelent cikkek egy néhány téves adatot közöltek templomunkról.  A valóság fontossága arra késztet, hogy közöljem a valóságnak megfelelő tényeket. Nevem Peller Miklós, Cleveland-környéki lakós, a Szent Imre templom híve. A templom hívei hitelesített egyéni mandátumok alapján kineveztek az egyházközösség prokurátorának, azaz ügyvivőjének a hierarchikus fellebbezések lebonyolítására. Így ebben a megbízatásban közlöm a következőket.

Letters Sent to Vatican and Hungary Seeking Support

The following material was provided by Miki Peller in mid-December:

      A report in Hungarian, summarizing the history of the diocesan church closing process, starting
with the Cluster meetings to the present.

      Three letters (letter 1, letter 2, letter 3) written to Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, secretary to The Congregation for the Clergy in the Vatican, as a sequel to our Hierarchical Recourse to the Congregation. The letters speak for themselves and their dates are indicated. Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Pietro Sambi acknowledged that he forwarded these letters to the addressee.

      An e-mail letter sent to Ternyak Csaba, Archbishop of Eger, Hungary, who was the secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy for 10 years, asking him to support the cause of trying to keep St. Emeric from destruction.

 

Procurator Receives Response Letter from Vatican - Appeal Process Continues

On September 8, 2009, Mr. Miklos Peller, the Procurator for St. Emeric Church, received a letter of response from the Vatican related to the appeal to the Vatican.

The letter indicates that the Vatican will be reviewing the matter and clarifying certain points involved. Observations and comments on the process to the parishioners from Miklos Peller can be found in the Fellebzési Beszámoló.

 

Endangered Catholics Speak Out and Ask to be Heard

See Endangered Catholics introduction here.  Ten "one-page" narratives about our merged and suppressed parishes, including St. Emeric, and a "Letter to Clergy" can be found on the http://endangeredcatholics.webs.com website.

From the "Letter to Clergy:"  I am writing regarding the bishop’s decision to suppress or merge a dozen or more parishes without their consent. It is one thing when a bishop helps parishioners close a parish at the end of its life. It is quite another when the faithful (lay and clergy) diligently discern they are “vibrant,” but the bishop decides “not vibrant enough.”

Over the past few months, I have been meeting with dozens of parishioners from “protesting” parishes. I have seen their churches and heard their stories. My family and I belong to one of the “suppressed” parishes. We joined Historic Saint Peter, the other downtown church, more than three years ago.

We feel duped, not unlike Jeremiah (20,7). And all of our efforts to resolve this dilemma have been dismissed, rebuffed, or just plain ignored by the bishop’s office. These claims may sound offensive, but there are no other words that describe our experience over the past several months. (Read the complete Letter To Clergy by Bob Kloos.)

 

 

Congressman Dennis Kucinich Works to Keep St. Emeric Church Open
Updated September 11, 2009 ‒ News Release

In remarks delivered at the 54th Annual Hungarian Scout Festival held in Parma, OH, Congressman Dennis Kucinich pledged his support in the efforts to help keep St. Emeric Church open. Bishop Lennon of the Cleveland Diocese has earmarked closing the parish, despite its solid financial condition, vibrant membership and parish community life, and the availability of a dedicated priest who is not a burden on the diocese, here on permanent assignment from a Hungarian community in the Transylvanian region of Romania.

“I pledge to all of you that I will work to represent your community and the Hungarian Scouts so that we can find a way to keep St. Emeric Church open and serving the great Hungarian community of Cleveland,” said Congressman Kucinich.

Mr. Kucinich was present at the direct invitation of the proactive church-saving group called Templom Orzo. Its mission, according to Eva Szabo, is to explore and evaluate available options, and take steps to prevent the closing of St. Emeric Church. Congressman Kucinich assured Templom Orzo members that he is very motivated to help, both as a politician serving his electorate, and as a product of Cleveland and its ethnic communities. He indicated he feels that by eliminating churches, the Diocese is eradicating the focal point of many types of activities as well as  obliterating great architecture and history from the city’s landscape.  Szabo confirms that the targeted churches, including St. Emeric Church, have great historic, social and cultural significance.

St. Emeric, a 105 year old church located near the Westside Market at Lorain and W. 25th, in the Market Square Historic District of Ohio City, is a landmark Hungarian community parish that is home to a number of organizations, including the Cleveland Hungarian boy and girl scout troops as well as home to the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble and the weekly Hungarian School.  Serving hundreds of Hungarian American youth in these programs makes the parish unique in its community presence and outreach in the diocese.

Joseph Gyorky, president of the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting, the organization providing financial support for the Cleveland Hungarian Scout troops, and also active within St. Emeric Church, agrees with Congressman Kucinich that action must be taken , in the hope that the decision to close the parish is reversed.  “The closing order is unwarranted, even by diocesan criteria, and is very trying, painful and depressing to our Catholic Hungarian community – and to many others.  There is still time to right a wrong,” Gyorky notes. “I am pleased that we have the support of many in the Cleveland area, including Congressman Kucinich, who are working to keep our parish open.”

Congressman Dennis Kucinich can be contacted directly through his website www.kucinich.house.gov by clicking on the ‘Contact Dennis’ link to send an email. Information about St. Emeric Church can be found at the independent website www.stemeric.com.

Joseph Gyorky discusses how to keep St. Emeric Church open with Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Joseph Gyorky, president of the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting, with Congressman Dennis Kucinich,
working to reverse the Cleveland Diocese’s decision to close St. Emeric Church, home of the Cleveland boy
and girl Hungarian Scout troops. 

 

Summary About St. Emeric Parish's Situation as Prepared for the Endangered Catholics Group

This Summary provides useful background information for use by anyone concerned about the situation of the parish, with information about the parish, its history, what it is used for today, the organizations that are actively involved in the parish life (including the Hungarian Scouts and the Hungarian School), about the Cluster Process, and what we seek from Bishop Lennon.

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Thoughts About St. Emeric Church on the Occasion of St. Stephen’s Day

Article to Plain Dealer by Ildiko Peller, a parishioner of St. Emeric parish.

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Ima Szent Istvánhoz - Prayer to St. Stephen

Prayer in Hungarian (Ima Szent Istvánhoz pdf download) given as part of talk by Miklós Peller at St. Emeric Church on August 23 as part of the celebration of St. Stephen's Day.

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Father Sándor Celebrates Mass for Hungarian Scouts

A Fillmore, NY cserkésztáboron Sándor atya látható a következő képen körülvéve a Magyar cserkészekkel. Június 20-tol 27-ig tartott a clevelandi cserkészcsapatok ez évi tábora.

Father Sandor can be seen in the following picture surrounded by Hungarian Scouts after outdoor Mass on June 21, 2009. The Cleveland Hungarian Scouts had their scout camp June 20-27, 2009.

Father Sandor Siklodi with Hungarian Scouts after outdoor Mass on June 21, 2009

 

Protests against the unjust closing of parishes in the diocese

Protest march is scheduled every Wednesday 4 - 6 PM in front of The Cathedral at East 9th & Superior. Please come to protest! (download flyer) - Gyertek bármelyik szerdán! Ez egy közös mozgalom a harcoló egyházközségektől, akik úgy gondolják, hogy bezárásuk igazságtalan. Nem késő, mert minden szerdán lesz tüntetés. Minél többen vegyenek részt, minden szerdán legyenek többen és többen!

 

Closing date announced for St. Emeric - Parishioners continue actions to keep church open

TALÁN ÉRTESÜLTETEK A SZOMORÚ HIRRŐL, ti. Hogy Bp. Lennon nem áll el szándékától és mégis bezárja a Szent Imre templomot. A megküldött „előre-jelzés” alapján templomunk bezárására 2010 június 30-án du. 4-kor kerül sor. „Remélem, hogy aki időt nyer, csatát nyer” számunkra is hozhat még változást egy egész esztendő, amikor  „hatványozottabban” kell ostromolnunk az Eget, hogy nyerjünk onnan „FENNTRŐL” segítséget, hogyha már a „földi támasz” kilátástalannak tűnik.

BISHOP LENNON ANNOUNCED THE CLOSING DATE FOR OUR PARISH:  JUNE 30TH  2010.  Please continue to pray, and write letters to the Bishop, asking him to politely not to close our Parish.

 

Letter form and instructions for parishioners to send request to Rome

Download this form letter, add your address information and reasons and mail or email to Rome, Italy

 

Letter sent to Apostolic Nuncio in Washington, D.C. and to Vatican

A fellebbezési szöveg és a Vatikán

Letter: Request to send appeal to His Eminence Claudio Cardinal Hummes

 

Rejection of First Appeal to Bishop - Letter Received

Conclusion of letter: ...As we go forward one can only hope that there will be awareness that all parishes are part of the larger entity of the Church in Cleveland. Thus, in light of the prudent use of ecclesiastical goods and the legitimate religious, liturgical and sacramental needs of the Hungarian community it is my prudent judgment that one parish more than adequately takes care of that. Thus, I will not revoke my decree regarding the suppression of St. Emeric Parish, nor will I order the suppression of the parish to be suspended pending hierarchical recourse. I fully expect that other directives in my 12 March 2009 letter will be adhered to. (Read full letter)  (Download PDF of letter received)

(Parishioners are continuing their efforts to keep St. Emeric open. The letter from the bishop contains misleading statements and misrepresentations of the process, according to parishioners close to the process.)

 

St. Emeric Procurator's Detailed Response and Rebuttal of Bishop's Letter of Rejection

From the letter sent to the Bishop - April 28, 2009: ...In the name of the parishioners of St. Emeric, I would like to thank you for your response to our carefully assembled Petition dated 24 March 2009 for which I was named procurator. Needless to say, your response was most disappointing for us and are still confused as to why St. Emeric must be closed. We were truly hoping that Your Excellency could offer some compromise solution so that St. Emeric could remain a contributing Parish to the Diocese at least until the Opportunity Corridor you had mentioned is built. Also, I found it very confusing that a handful of individual petitioners had gotten form letter responses from you before you answered my petition on behalf of some 250 parishioners. Second, judging from the comments in your letter there is a serious difference in your and our perception of the facts. Although no response to your letter is required by either protocol or common courtesy, I am nevertheless compelled to respectfully call the following to your attention as it is obvious that you are either not fully aware of the facts due to lack of proper information or you are making somewhat misconstrued statements pertaining to the related facts. I will go paragraph to paragraph. (Read the complete letter by Procurator)  (Download PDF of Procurator letter)

(As additional information on actions taken becomes available, it will be published here.)

 

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Kérem a Kedves Híveket, aki teheti, kapcsolódjon bele „RÓZSAFŰZÉR” közös imádkozásába, hiszen mindannyian rászorulunk Mária segítségére és Anyai pártfogására. Népünk mindig a „Máriát tisztelő” nép volt és Mária átsegített sok vészen és bajon. Ha valamikor szükségünk volt a segítségére, akkor most van, amikor templomunk „bezárás előtt” áll, de Mária oltalma alatt „nem adjuk fel a reményt.

More photos /több kép of St. Emeric Church

1860 West 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

Pastor: Fr. Sándor Siklódi
Phone: (216) 861-1937
Office hours: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

WEEKLY BULLETINS and INFORMATION

Historical Schedule:

Sunday Mass: 9:45 am (in Hungarian / Magyarul)
Saturday Mass: 9:00 am (in Hungarian), 5:00 pm (in English)
Weekday Mass (Monday - Friday): 8:00 am
Confessions: Saturday 3-5 pm or by appointment

 

 

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