National Catholic Church
1921 Eden Park Boulevard
McKeesport. Pa. 15132
412.678.0566 Office; Auditorium 412.664.7009
Facebook page: Holy Family National Catholic Church
June 25, 2017
Change of address or phone number, for parish registration, hospital visitations
or Sacramental needs, baptism and wedding arrangements, please contact the
Parish Office by calling 412.276.5562 or 412.678.0566. Office Hours: Fridays
9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M or by appointment. Bulletin announcements
should be received by Father by Wednesday for Sunday publication either by
phone or E-mail at BSleczkowski@aol.com
Fr. Bruce Sleczkowski, Pastor 412.276.5562
Ted Gibala, Committee Chairman 412.678.7347
Carol Davelli, Choir Director 412.678.2368
Wendy Blotzer, Organist, Bell Choir 412.203.1747
David Kost, Lector Coordinator 412.519.7771
Patricia Bagshaw, Youth Director 412.953.5123
George Jugan, Cemetery Coordinator 412.653.1467
Parish Custodian 412.678.7347 The Holy Family
Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard
12 ORDINARY TIMES LITURGY
OPENING HYMN “Turn Your Eyes to Jesus ” Bulletin
Entrance Hymn 2 Timothy 2: 11-13
P: This saying is trustworthy: if we have died with Him we shall also live
with Him; if we persevere we shall also reign with Him.
R: But if we deny Him, He will deny us. If we are unfaithful He remains
faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
P: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world
without end. Amen.
KYRIE Page 67
GLORIA Page 67
LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading Jeremiah 20: 10-13
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 69
R: Lord, in your great love, answer me.
Second Reading Romans 5: 12-15
Gospel Acclamations John 15: 26b. 27a
C: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
R: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
C: The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord and you also will
R: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Gospel Matthew 10: 26-33
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 3 Page 84
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
EASTER BLESSING Page 100
CLOSING HYMN “Amazing Grace” Bulletin
“It is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil” 1 Peter 3: 17
PNCC Hymnal 221
Turn your eyes to Jesus, look to heav’n above
Seek his many graces and his wond’rous love.
How the pow’rs of nature, kneel before his throne
And in hymns of splendor, worship Him alone.
Sing my soul in gladness, sing in rapt’ rous joy
With the heav’nly forces, songs of praise employ.
//For His many graces, ever thankful be,
For the Lord most precious now would come to thee//.
Closing Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
PNCC Hymnal 224
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.
T’was grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved,
How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come.
Tis grace has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures,
He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.
When we’re been there ten thousand year, bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God praise than when we first begun.
Sunday, June 25, 2017 Ordinary 12
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Carl Kijowski Int. SAMBS; +Dorothy Kovacic Int. Parish Choirs
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
+Joseph Ferenac Int. Robert and Diane Grant.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Lajkoniki Dance Rehearsal: Juniors 6:30 P.M. Seniors 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, July 2, 2017 Ordinary 13
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Helen Korch Int. Mr. Mike Joyce (Wabtec); +Stella Tamblyn Int. Mrs. Josephine Tarli
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
+Dr. Donald Mushalko Int. Mr. & Mrs. Ed Mushalko
Sunday Ministry Schedule
Today 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Sleczkowski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Red Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers T. Kleckner & L. Ruozzi J. Wagner
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Krusienski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Yellow Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers T. Gibala & R. Delong J. Wagner
The June issue of God’s Field is out. Check it out at pncc.org. Holy Family’s religious and events are featured.
Faith Night at the Ball Park
The Holy Family Youth Group invites all Parish members to an evening of fellowship, Sunday, July 9th with the Washington Wild Things Baseball team. Price of ticket is $8.00 Parking Pass is $3.00. We can have a tailgate before the game at the Parish Hall, please contact Patty Bagshaw @ (412) 953-5123 if interested!
This is a great parish event for all. Come and enjoy.
Diocesan Youth Retreat
Registration Forms are available for this year’s Youth Retreat The youth retreat is scheduled for August 6-10, 2017 at the Whitehall Camp & Conference Center located in Emlenton PA. Ages to attend are 7 yrs. to 18 yrs. Parents should encourage their youth to attend this great program provided by our diocese.
PNU District 5/PNCC Outing Saturday July 22nd
Del Grosso Park Tipton, PA
Discounted All-Day-Fun-Pass: $21.95
PNU children free (age 16)
Adults $9.50 non PNU Children $8.50
Includes Rides, Water Park, & Buffet Dinner Contact Henrietta Kleckner (724) 863-6715
Check out the poster in the Church Vestibule for additional information. Everyone’s invited.
12 Sunday Ordinary Time Gospel Word Search
50th Anniversary Celebration
Plans are being made. On October 8th-Solemnity of the Christian Family, we will be celebrating our 50th year at our present worship site with a Mass of Thanksgiving and Brunch to follow at the Butler Country Club Rock Run Inn. To help go down memory lane, we are looking for all pictures, videos, etc. that were celebrated in the parish. If you could identify people, it would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers who would like to help putting this program together would be greatly appreciated.
+Bishop Thomas Gnat
Bishop Thomas Gnat, retired bishop of the Eastern Diocese passed away Wednesday after a long illness. He will be buried Tuesday, June 27th in St. Stanislaus B. & M. Cathedral, Scranton, PA. Holy Family extends its prayers and sympathies to his wife Katherine and son Joseph. Eternal rest grant to him Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Our Commitment to Sacred Vocations
Most Rev. Anthony Mikovsky
During the month of June for many years the Polish National Catholic Church turns its attention to Sacred Vocations. It is in this month that we celebrate Father’s Day, and in acknowledgement of this day the Church also realizes that, as each of us has an earthly father, there are also spiritual fathers within our lives, especially the bishops, priests and deacons of our Holy Church.
“Considering that the Holy Eucharist has always been the true central point of Catholic worship, we consider it our duty to declare that we maintain with perfect fidelity the ancient Catholic doctrine concerning the Sacrament of the Altar, by believing that we receive the Body and the Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ under the species of bread and wine. The Eucharistic celebration in the Church is neither a continual repetition nor a renewal of the expiatory sacrifice which Jesus offered once for all upon the Cross, but it is a sacrifice because it is the perpetual commemoration of the sacrifice offered upon the Cross, and it is the act by which we represent upon earth and appropriate to ourselves the one offering which Jesus Christ makes in Heaven, according to the Epistle to the Hebrews IX:11,12, for the salvation of redeemed humanity, by appearing for us in the presence of God (Heb. IX:24). The character of the Holy Eucharist being thus understood, it is at the same time a sacrificial feast, by means of which the faithful, in receiving the Body and the Blood of our Savior, enter into communion with one another (I Cor. X:17)”
We see within this extended citation that the Holy Eucharist is so very much the focus of the Church and so very important within our lives. And of course, we also realize that our Lord Jesus Christ gives us all that is necessary for us to participate in this wonderful communion and that this includes the priesthood. Our Lord Jesus Christ calls men today as He called the first Apostles to be with the Lord Himself as they were at the Last Supper.
Although we pray even more fervently for Sacred Vocations during the month of June, it is really a continual, year-round responsibility. Here is a short prayer that each of us could commit to praying every day:
Heavenly Father, Master of the harvest, we humbly ask You to send more laborers into Your fields, for the work is indeed great. Grant more faithful priests and deacons to Your Polish National Catholic Church. We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen
12 ORDINARY TIME
First Reading: Jeremiah 20: 10-13
Responsorial: Psalm 69
Second Reading: Romans 5: 12-15
Gospel: Matthew 10: 26-33
Key Verse: “do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul”. Matthew 10: 28
Jesus instructed his twelve apostles to be courageous as they shared his
mission of announcing God's reign. Despite the coming darkness and opposition,
they should be fearless in proclaiming the light and truth of the gospel. Fear
of persecution and death should not deter them. They should be more afraid of
the evil one who could lead them to eternal destruction. Jesus encouraged his
followers by reminding them of their worth before God. Sparrows were eaten by
the poor, and were the cheapest of all the birds. If God cared for these tiny
birds how much more were God's children valued? No ill-treatment on earth could
compare with the ultimate fate of one who had been guilty of infidelity to God.
If the apostles remained faithful to their witness, Jesus would testify to
their fidelity at the final judgment.
Reflection: Today’s Gospel turns our thoughts to the strange phenomenon of persecution: throughout the history of the human race, the truth has been a commodity that often leads to persecution: the prophets of the Old Testament were attacked because of their message, as was the Lord Jesus himself. For His followers, the same may be true. The point of the readings is not simply to face up to the reality of the opposition the Gospel may meet, but to remember where the truth of the Gospel comes from: The Father in heaven, who knows us and values us. So, we can be confirmed in our mission to witness to the truth, not fearing those who merely kill the body.
Praying: Father, let us always be strong in our faith, never to deny the teachings of Your Son. Let the Holy Spirit guides us each day, proclaiming the truth that we have received from Jesus.