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
30th Ordinary Time
October 29, 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
Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Liturgy
OPENING HYMN “My Lord, My God, My All” Bulletin
Entrance Hymn Deuteronomy 6: 5; 1 John 4: 21
P: Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.
R: This is the commandment we have from Him, whoever loves
God must also love his brother.
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 Exodus 22: 20-26
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 18
R: I love You, Lord, my strength
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 1-5c-10
Gospel Acclamations John 14: 23
C: Whoever loves me will keep My word, says the Lord, and My
Father will love him and We will come to Him.
Gospel Matthew 22: 34-40
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 4 Page 88
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
RECESSIONAL “Joyful, Joyful” Bulletin
1 John 4: 12
Opening Hymn: “Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All”
CC Hymnal 282: Tune: Faith of our Fathers
Refrain: Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore! O, make us
love Thee more and more. O, make us love Thee more and more.
Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all! How can I love Thee as I
And how revere this wondrous gift, so far surpassing hope or thought? R:
Had I but Mary's sinless heart, to love Thee with, my dearest King,
O’, with what burst fervent praise, Thy goodness, Jesus, would I sing! R:
O’ see upon the altar placed, The victim of divinest love.
Let all the earth below adore, and join the choirs of heav’n above. R:
Closing Hymn: “Joyful, Joyful We Adore You”
CC Hymnal 209 verses 1, 2 & 4
Joyful, joyful, we adore you, God of glory, Lord of love.
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.
All your works with joy surround you; earth and heav’n reflect your rays. Stars and angels sing around you, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadows, flashing sea
Chanting bird and flowing fountain, praising you eternally.
Mortals join the mighty chorus, which the morning stars began,
God’s own love is reigning o’er us; joining people hand in hand,
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music lifts us sunward, in the triumph song of life.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 30 Ordinary Time
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Edward Lotz Int. Mrs. Frances Palko; +Dr. Donald Mushalko. Int. Brian & Neil Stahurski
SOCL 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
+Joseph Kijowski (4th Ann.) Int. Eagan & Kijowski Families.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 All Saints Day
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Holy Mass 7:00 P.M.
Choir Rehearsal to follow Mass
Thursday, November 2, 2017 All Souls Day
Holy Mass with Requiem Remembrances 7:00 P.M.
Bell Choir Rehearsal after Mass
Sunday, November 5, 2017 31 Ordinary Time
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Felix Zajdel Int. Mr. & Mrs. Ted Gibala; +Mary Mowrey Int. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Zurovic
SOCL 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
+Joseph Ferenac Int. Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Kokel
Pierogi making for freezing this week. Prep work begins on Wednesday Nov. 1 in the afternoon; Thursday Nov. 2 and Friday, pinching and cooking. This is a non-sale in preparation for the Thanksgiving, Christmas seasons and future sales.
Sunday Ministry Schedule
Today 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Sleczkowski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Red Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers J. Trumpe & G. Jugan J. Wagner
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Krusienski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Yellow Team B. & L. Zaucha Ushers S. Tadajski & D. Crouch J. Wagner
30th Sunday Ordinary Time Gospel Word Search
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.
Parish Annual Meeting
After the 9:00 A.M. Mass on November 19th we will hold our annual Parish meeting as mandated by our PNCC Constitution. We will review the past year, plan for the new year, elect members of the parish council, elect Synod delegates and pass the parish’s 2016-2017 budget. There will be only one Mass scheduled so that all can attend. Parish organizations are to give their reports.
All Saints and All Souls Day
All Saints' Day is a solemnity celebrated on the 1st of November by traditional Catholic Churches as an opportunity for the faithful to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history. As part of this day of obligation, we are required to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist with the Communion of Saints. Remembering saints and martyrs and dedicating a specific day to them each year has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD.
All Souls' Day is marked on 2nd November (or the 3rd if the 2nd is a Sunday), directly following All Saints' Day, and is an opportunity for the faithful to commemorate the dearly departed. They remember and pray for the souls of people who are in Purgatory - the place (or state) in which those who have died atone for their less grave sins before being granted the vision of God in Heaven (called Beatific vision).
Reasoning behind this stems from the notion that when a soul leaves the body, it is not entirely cleansed from venial (minor) sins. However, through the power of prayer and self-denial, the faithful left on earth may be able to help these souls gain the Beatific Vision they seek, bringing the soul eternal sublime happiness.
The offering of a Requiem Mass for the dead, reading the names of deceased family members, visiting family graves, and for the reflection on lost loved ones. Whilst praying for the dead is an ancient Christian tradition, it was Odilo, Abbot of Cluny (France) who, in 998AD, designated a specific day for remembering and praying for those in the process of purification. In the Polish National Catholic Church, these two solemnities are held in high importance.
Hurricane Relief Collection
Our hurricane relief program will conclude October 31st.
Thank you to all who have supported this program.
Sarris Christmas Candy Sale
Our annual SOCL Candy sale is underway. Order forms can be found in the Church Vestibule. Orders should be given to Fr. Bruce by December 3rd for delivery on December 16th. This candy sale benefits the financial supply needs of our School of Christian Living. Your support is greatly appreciated. SOCL students should also help to sell to their friends and family.
This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Medieval Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania” on Sunday, November 12th from Noon to 5:00 P.M. at the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning in Oakland. Our Lajkoniki Dancers will be performing at 1:30 P.M. and there will be many venues featuring Polish Food, Medieval Crafts, Folk Music, Crafts, KID’s Craft Korner, and many, many more interesting Cultural Exhibits. Admission is free and proceeds benefit Nationality Room Scholarship Fund.
PNU Education & Youth Commission Raffle
Raffle Tickets are available in the Vestibule. Proceeds benefit the College Stipend Program of the PNU which has benefitted many of your college students through the years. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
McKeesport High School Veterans Day Concert.
The annual program will be held Thursday, November 9th at 9:30 A.M. in the school auditorium. This special patriotic multimedia presentations will consist of performances by the band, choir and orchestra. A light reception will follow.
30th Sunday Ordinary Time
First Reading: Exodus 22: 20-26
Responsorial: Psalm 18
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1: 5c-10
Gospel: Matthew 22: 34-40
Key Verse: You shall love your neighbor as yourself”
Readings: We often know how someone feels who suffers loss or
pain only because we have felt the same way ourselves. God
reminds the Israelites in the reading from Exodus today that they
were once outsiders. They know how it feels to be foreigners in a
strange land, and therefore they should do nothing against the
disadvantaged. The Thessalonians had also suffered persecution, but
through their conversion they became model Christians. Paul and
Timothy were true to God and modeled fidelity. Through the
strength of their example, many Thessalonians turned away from
idolatry in order to serve the one, living God. And what does God
ask of those who would be of service? In answer to another trick
question from the Pharisees, Jesus gives us God's greatest
commandment: To love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and
to love one another as we love ourselves ... whether we've been
where they are or not.
Reflection: If we consider power and importance to be signs of
strength, we miss the greatness of humility. Throughout the Gospels
we hear stories of Jesus turning everything upside down with his
ideas of the last being first and the humble being blessed. It is that
message that he expresses in Matthew's Gospel today. In order to be
great in God's eyes, we need to love God and one another with as
much love as we have for ourselves.
Praying: Lord God, may I learn how to forgive and to love. Let Your Divine Grace come upon me as I continue to follow the Cross of Jesus. Lord hear my prayer.