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
Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard
Solemnity- Christian Family
27th Ordinary Time
October 8, 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 Custodian412.678.7347 The Holy Family
Christian Family Liturgy
PROCESSIONAL HYMN “Christian Family Hymn” Bulletin
Entrance Hymn 1 Timothy 5:8; Galatians 6:10
P: Whoever does not provide for relatives and especially family
member has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
R: So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all,
but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith.
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 Isaiah 5: 1-7
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 80
R: The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
Second Reading Philippians 4: 6-9
Gospel Acclamations John 10:27
C: Observe, my son, your father’s bidding and reject not your
Gospel Matthew 21: 33-43
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 1 Page 77
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
HYMN OF THE CHURCH
“Through the Years” PNCC Hymnal #2 verses 1, 2, & 8
RECESSIONAL “The Church’s One Foundation” Bulletin
R: For our homes and for our daily food, we express our thanks and gratitude. Most of all for families, thanks to our God above.
God who made this world so fair; keep our fathers in your care
Give them happiness we pray; bless them dear Lord today. R:
Bless our dear mothers whom we love; grant peace unto them from above;
They teach us patience and how to pray, Jesus bless them today. R:
May our children reach their goal, give them peace of heart and soul;
Grant them wisdom and let them know, on the right path to go. R:
Closing Hymn: “The Church’s One Foundation”
PNCC Hymnal 231, verses 1 & 2
The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord
She is His new creation by water and the word
From heav’n He came and sought her to be His holy bride
With His own blood He bought her and for her life He died.
Elect from every nation yet one o’er all the earth
Her charter of salvation one Lord, one faith, one birth
One holy Name she blesses, partakes one holy food
And to one hope she presses with every grace endued.
Yet she on earth hath union with God the Three in One
And mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won
O happy ones and holy Lord give us grace that we
Like then, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell in Thee. Amen.
Sunday, October 8, 2017 Solemnity-Christian Family
50th Anniversary Celebration of Parish Site
Confessions 9:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 10:00 A.M.
Brunch 12:00 P.M.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Chopin Choir Rehearsal 7:00 P.M.
Thursday, October 11, 2017
Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 28 Ordinary Time
Confessions 9:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 10:00 A.M.
+Dorothy Kovacik Int. SAMBS; +Anthony Davelli (10th Ann.) Int. Mrs. Carol Davelli & Family
SOCL 10:15 A.M.
YMSR Meeting 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
+Thomas Zaucha (3rd Ann.) Int. Mrs. Bonnie Zaucha
SAMBS Religious Forum 3:00 P.M.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Lilly, PA
Detour maps are available to Rock Run Inn at Butler’s Golf Course where our Parish Brunch will be held.
Our First Pierogi Sale this Week. Help is always needed: prep Wednesday late afternoon; Thursday morning; pinching, cooking Friday morning. Orders can be taken by calling 412.664.7009 Thursday morning. For more information call Steffie Coddington at 412.672.5403.
The Christian Family
Today we are celebrating the
50th year of worshipping in our parish home. The Solemnity of the
Christian Family was chosen because during the month of October across our
Polish National Catholic Church we celebrate this solemnity as one family. In
our culture we see fewer and fewer examples of a Christian Family, praying
together and following the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We
are reminded during this month to strengthen our commitment to our faith and
our individual family as well as our parish family.
In the book of Genesis we read about God as the Creator of all things, including the institution of the family. The very basic concept of family defines it as a husband and wife with one or more children. However, we know that this is not always the case in every family situation. For example, some families do not have a mother or a father present; and some families have a husband and wife, but no children. Even regarding Jesus, we realize that Mary is His mother and Joseph is His guardian. The importance of the family in society should not be underestimated, for that is where we learn and develop our basic moral values.
At the Third General Synod of the Polish National Catholic Church in 1914 the delegates instituted the Solemnity of the Christian Family and selected the second Sunday of October to celebrate it. The Solemnity of the Christian Family commemorates the values of the Holy Family and how we should apply these values to our own families. The responsibility of children to respect, honor and love their parents is found in the Bible. It is important for each of us to remember the Fourth Commandment: Honor your father and mother. Love and respect of parents toward their children is also taught many times in Holy Scripture. Parents not only have a responsibility to provide for the physical and material needs of their children, they are entrusted to provide for their spiritual needs as well. The parents are to bring up their children in the Christian faith and should set a good example for the children to follow. Parents are to teach, guide and discipline their children in the love of the Lord. This solemnity reminds us of the importance of mutual love and respect within each Christian family.
Just as an individual family is part of society, the Christian family is part of a parish family, which is part of a larger family called the Church. The individual Christian families and the Church share a common faith in Christ and worship Him. This solemnity also reminds us that the Christian family is built on the foundation of Christ Jesus, our Lord. We become a part of the Christian Family in the Sacrament of Baptism and reiterate in the Sacrament of Confirmation, through which we are united with Christ and become brothers and sisters in Him.
The Church is essential to the Christian family because the family members encounter Christ in the parish community by participating in worship at Holy Mass, receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, hearing the Word of God and receiving the other sacraments.
Sunday Ministry Schedule
Today 10:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Sleczkowski
Lectors Youth Team
Ushers D. Mantia & R. DeLong
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Krusienski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Red Team B. & L. Zaucha Ushers D. Newcamp & W. Albeck J. Wagner
50th Anniversary Word Search
SAMBS Pork Loin Dinner
Saturday, October 21st
Children 12 and under $7.00
Dinner will be served
from 4 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
Eat in or Take out
A special concert will be presented by our Choirs with guest organists and singers on Saturday, October 28th at 5 PM. and you are all invited. Fellowship and refreshments will follow. A free will collection will be taken benefiting our parish organ fund during the concert. Come and enjoy and invite family and friends.
The annual religious forum will be next Sunday, October 15th at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Lilly, PA. Hospitality begins at 2:00 P.M. A liturgical service will begin at 3:00 P.M. followed by the forum and dinner. Tickets are $10 for the dinner. All women of our parish are invited to attend sponsored by the Sub-Central SAMBS. Contact Marian Sleczkowski if you plan to attend.
PNU District 5 Meeting & Seminar-October 28th
A reminder that the meeting will begin at 10:30 A.M. followed by the Seminar by PNU CFO John Andrzejewski, hosted by Branch 132. All PNU members are encouraged to attend this very informative seminar.
Volunteers to help serve dinner is requested.
Our neighbor, the Free Hungarian Reform Church will be holding their annual Autumn Luncheon Bingo Nov. 4th. Tickets $25.00. Call 412.672.7298 for tickets and information.
27th Sunday Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 5: 1-7
Responsorial: Psalm 80
Second Reading: Philippians 4: 6-9
Gospel: Matthew 21: 33-43
Key Verse: “He will lease the vineyard to other tenants."
Matthew 21: 41
Readings: Isaiah tells us of God’s feelings when He works so hard to bring forth fruit but ends up getting only useless grapes. Paul is petitioning God to help us become more fruitful should not allow us to forget that in many areas of the world the church is bringing forth charity and justice, so we should be reminded to direct ourselves to bringing for every kind of good fruit. In the Gospel, Jesus turns the parable of Isaiah into an allegory, applying various points of it to Himself.
Reflection: As we celebrate 50 years on this solemnity today we focus on the vineyard: frequently we see the vineyard as an image or parable of the Kingdom of God. A vineyard takes a great deal of work, throughout the year; it must be tended, watered, pruned, cared for if there is to be any fruit - there are no quick results with vines. So, the financial and labor investments made would create high expectations for a good crop. How heartbreaking when the fruit is as sour as vinegar! So, it was with God and his people: he invested immense care and love on them, tending then and giving them what they needed - but the fruit was rotten and sour. What can God do? Hand the vineyard over to some tenants who will bring in a harvest. That is us, the new people of Israel: but what sort of harvest will we produce? It is your choice.
Praying: Heavenly Father, look down from heaven and see, take care of this vine, our parish of Holy Family so that we continue to bring good fruits to our families and community. We pray through our Lord Jesus who lives and reigns forever.