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
31st Ordinary Time
November 5, 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
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Liturgy
OPENING HYMN “Amazing Grace” Bulletin
Entrance Hymn Jeremiah 7: 3
P: Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:
R: Reform your ways and your deeds, so that I may remain with
you in this place.
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 Malachi 1: 14b-2: 2b, 8-10
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 131
R: In You, Lord, I have found my peace.
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 2: 7b-9, 13
Gospel Acclamations Matthew 23: 9b-10b
C: You have but one Father in heaven and one master, the Christ.
Gospel Matthew 23: 1-12
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 5 Page 92
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
RECESSIONAL “Fairest Lord Jesus” Bulletin
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
Colossians 3: 12
Opening Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
PNCC Hymnal 224 verses 1, 2 & 3
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.
Fairest Lord Jesus
PNCC Hymnal 226
Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature
O Thou of God and man the Son
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of man!
Glory and honor, praise adoration,
Now and forever more be Thine.
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 Zurovcik; +Carol Harvey (15th Ann.) Int. Amy, Lonnie & Jenna Ruozzi
SOCL 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
+Joseph Ferenac Int. Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Kokel
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Chopin Choir Rehearsal 7:00 P.M.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Bell Choir Rehearsal 6:00 P.M.
Sunday, November 12, 2017 32 Ordinary Time
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Julia Rucinski (14th Ann.) Int. Allen, Wanda & Kristen Korenoski; +Eleanor Sharik Int. Ken & Teresa Piotrowski
SOCL 10:15 A.M.
SAMBS Meeting 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
Upcoming Pierogi Sales
November 17th and December 1st will be the last pierogi sales for the year. Help is always needed. Mark your calendars.
Sunday Ministry Schedule
Today 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
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters C. Trumpe A. Fioravanti
Lectors Youth Team B. & L. Zaucha Ushers J. Lawrence & T. Kleckner J. Wagner
31st Sunday Ordinary Time Gospel Word Search
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 parishioners can attend. Parish organizations are to give their reports on their past year activities. To serve on the Board, the person must fulfill the PNCC Constitution requirements.
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 material 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 our parish college students through the years. Your support will be greatly appreciated to keep this fraternal program’ continuance.
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.
We need new Advent candles this year for the Advent Season. If you would like to purchase a set in memory of a loved one, please contact Fr. Bruce.
A reminder that you can you can read the Church’s official publication “God’s Field” by going onto our parish website and if you would like to receive the monthly hard copy sent to your homes, subscription forms can be found in the vestibule bookrack.
With a $15.00 donation to the Organ Fund, our parish Choirs will give a bottle of sacramental wine for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also, for $15.00, you can receive the Polish Christmas Koledy CD. Contact Fr. Bruce or Wendy Blotzer. Also, an angel tree will be set up for the Salvation Army and the Women’s Shelter again this year. Rosemary Pociask and Ashley Griffiths will coordinate these efforts. The parish Wigilia is set for Saturday, December 9th. Tickets will soon be available. Thank you to all who donated School Supplies for the Hurricane Relief program spearheaded by the Brother’s Brother Foundation.
Election Day, November 7th-don’t forget to vote.
31st Sunday Ordinary Time
First Reading: Malachi 1: 14b-2: 2b, 8-10
Responsorial: Psalm 131
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2: 7b-9, 13
Gospel: Matthew 23: 1-12
Key Verse: “They do not practice what they preach”
Mathew 23: 3
Readings: In our first reading from Malachi, the prophet gives the priests of his day a right good telling off because they have shown favoritism, thus causing distinctions and divisions among God’s people. Paul reminds the Thessalonians of his love and care for them, and how hard he worked to bring the God News to them. Jesus in the Gospel launches a very strong attack on the religious leaders, but what He says is important to us. That is of hypocrisy, saying one things but doing something else. In other words, we are to practice what we preach.
Reflection: An awkward set of readings to sit through as a priest today! The more responsibility we have for the flock of God, the
more is demanded of us. But for all God’s people, there is the need
for constant vigilance, to be on guard against hypocrisy and
complacency, the two greatest threats to our living God’s way and
not our own, self-serving way. This is a prelude to the end: for the
next three weeks we will think about the end of the world and the
judgement that awaits. This Sunday’s readings should begin to
encourage us not to fear and dread that day, but to look forward to
it, by putting our lives in order and living as the Lord showed us.
Praying: Father, hear our prayers. Sometimes we do not practice what we preach, help us to overcome this struggle, so that as we prepare for the coming of your Son, we can receive Him with blessed assurance in Your Eternal Kingdom.
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