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
32nd Ordinary Time
November 12, 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
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Liturgy
OPENING HYMN “Seek Ye First” Bulletin
Entrance Hymn Amos 5: 14-15a
P: Seek good and not evil, that you may live; then truly will the
Lord, the God of hosts, be with you as you claim.
R: Hate evil and love good, and let justice prevail at the gate.
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 Wisdom 6: 12-16
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 62
R: My soul is thirsting for You, O Lord my God.
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
Gospel Acclamations Matthew 24: 42a, 44
C: Stay awake and be ready! For you do not know on what day
your Lord will come.
Gospel Matthew 25: 1-13
LITURGY OF THE FAITHFUL
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 2 Page 82
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
RECESSIONAL “O Come Divine Messiah” Bulletin
Opening Hymn: “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”
CC Hymnal 335
Seek ye first the kingdom
of God, And His righteousness,
And all these things, shall be added onto you, Alleu, Alleluia
Man shall not live by
bread alone, But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God Alleu, Alleluia
Ask and it shall be given
unto you, Seek and ye shall find.
Knock and the door shall be opened onto you. Alleu, Alleluia.
Closing Hymn: “O Come, Divine Messiah”
PNCC Hymnal 28, verses 1 & 2
Refrain: Sweet Savior haste; Come, come to earth,
Dispel the night and show Thy face, and bid us hail the dawn of grace. O come,
divine Messiah! The world in silence waits the day.
When hope shall sing its triumph, and sadness flee away.
O come, divine
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away. R:
O Thou, whom nations sigh for,
Whom priests and prophets long foretold,
Wilt break the captive fetters;
Redeem the long-lost fold. R:
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.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Chopin Choir Rehearsal 7:00 P.M.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Bell Choir Rehearsal 6:30 P.M.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 33 Ordinary Time
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Christine Kost Int. Mr. Ralph Goldbach; +Glen Sleczkowski Int. Mrs. Carol Burlikowski
SOCL 10:15 A.M.
Parish Congregational Meeting 10:15 A.M.
Congratulations to Edmund and Laura Adamek who celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary this week. Sto lat and the Lord keep you both in His loving care.
Father will be away attending the National Clergy Conference in Lancaster, N.Y. this week. Please pray for the Spirit’s guidance as the bishops and priest gather together and prepare for the upcoming Synod in 2018.
Pierogi sale this week, November 17th
Help is always needed. Late Wednesday food prep; Thursday Food Prep and Friday pinching and cooking. Place your orders on Thursday between 8-Noon by calling the hall @412.664.7009.
Sunday Ministry Schedule
Today 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
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Sleczkowski No
Lectors Red Team Mass Ushers L. Ruozzi & T. Gibala Scheduled
32nd Sunday Ordinary Time Gospel Word Search
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
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 2017-2018 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” today 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.
We are called to be witnesses
Not lawyers and judges.
The annual Wigilia Dinner will be held Saturday, December 9th at 4:00 P.M. For tickets call Kathy @412.664.4591. Price: Adults $20; Youth (under 12) $10. Tickets must be purchased by December 1st.
Our SOCL Angel Tree has been set up so we can contribute to our community needs. Gifts will be given to the Salvation Army and the McKeesport Women’s Shelter. All gifts should be unwrapped, but may be placed in gift bag. All gifts are due by Sunday Dec. 3rd.
With a $15.00 donation to the Organ Fund, our parish choirs will give a bottle of sacramental wine for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The choirs are also selling the United Choir’s Polish Christmas Koledy CD, “Gwiazda.” for $15.00. Contact Fr. Bruce or Wendy Blotzer.
“The Gift of the Magi”
The SOCL & Youth Group are planning to attend the play, “Gift of the Magi” on December 10th at the Pittsburgh Playhouse for the 2 PM performance. Those who would like to attend are to contact David Kost @ 412.519.7771 as soon as possible so tickets can be purchased. The Youth Group will cover the youth expenses. Prices are $10 for seniors and $20 for adults.
Memorial Christmas Poinsettias envelopes are now available in the Church Narthex. Prices are $12 each.
Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated Wednesday Evening at 7:00 P.M. November 23rd. Let us join to give thanks for all we have received.
32nd Sunday Ordinary Time
First Reading: Wisdom 6: 12-16
Responsorial: Psalm 62
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
Gospel: Matthew 225: 1-13
Key Verse: “The bridegroom is here, go out to meet him.”
Mathew 25: 6
Readings: Our first reading sings the praise of wisdom. At the same time, it says that wisdom can be found by all who seek it. Paul consoles his converts at Thessalonica who are worried about the fate of their loved ones who have died. He tells them that God will raise them up as surely as He raised up Christ. The Gospel gives us a parable which urges us to stay awake because we do not know the day or the hour of our Lord’s coming. We are reminded not to be foolish by not being prepared for the that day.
Reflection: “Watch early for wisdom”: wise words, and ones that the foolish bridesmaids of the Gospel should have taken to heart. This is the ultimate in “putting off till tomorrow...”, since the reading is about the end of time, when the Son of Man will come again. Then there will be no tomorrow. If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing today. Quite often we contemplate the end of time with anxiety and fear: this is not what God wants. Look at the Psalm, where we hear of desperate longing, a thirst for the Lord, that cannot wait. We should not just wait for the Lord with patient endurance, but with impatient longing: what could we desire more than the coming of the Lord, the rising of the dead and an eternity of joy and glory?
Praying: We pray to You, Father for the gift of wisdom, so that we may always be prepared and ready to receive Christ our Lord and not act foolishly and miss out of the greatest gift we could every receive through Your Son who lives and reigns in unity with the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
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They will thank you.