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
33rd Ordinary Time
November 19, 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
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Liturgy
OPENING HYMN “We Gather Together” Bulletin
Entrance Hymn Jeremiah 3: 19
P: I had thought, how I should like to treat you as sons and give
you a pleasant land, a heritage most beautiful among the
R: You would call Me, My Father. I thought and never cease
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 Provers 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 128
R: Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6
Gospel Acclamations John 15: 4a, 5b
C: Remain in me as I remain in you, says the Lord. Whoever
remains in me bears much fruit.
Gospel Matthew 25: 14-30
LITURGY OF THE FAITHFUL
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
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
RECESSIONAL “Now Thank We All Our God” Bulletin
CC Hymnal 317
We gather together to
ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to His name: He forgets not his own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Whose kingdom calls all to the love which endures,
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
You, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Yours!
We all do extol You, our leader triumphant,
And pray that You still our defender will be.
Let Your congregation escape tribulation;
Your name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
Closing Hymn: “Now Thank We All Our God”
CC Hymnal 321
Now Thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices
Who wondrous things has done in whom His world rejoices
Who from our mothers’ arms hath blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love and still is ours today.
O may this gracious God through all our life be near us
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us,
Preserve us in His grace and guide us in distress
And free us from all sin till heaven we possess.
All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given
The Son and Spirit blest, who reigns in highest heaven;
Eternal Triune God whom earth and heaven adore
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
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.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Vigil Thanksgiving Day Mass 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, November 26, 2017 Christ the King
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Eileen Zalewski (3rd Ann.) Int. Allen, Wanda & Kristen Korenoski +Beverly Kotulsky (2nd Ann.) Int. Mrs. Mildred Kotulsky and family
SOCL 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
Sunday Ministry Schedule
Today 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Sleczkowski No
Lectors Red Team Mass
Ushers L Ruozzi & T. Gibala Scheduled
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Krusienski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Yellow Team B. & L. Zaucha Ushers D. Newcamp & W. Albeck J. Wagner
33rd Sunday Ordinary Time Gospel Word Search
Next Pierogi sale is Dec. 1st.
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.
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 today’s 9:00 A.M. Mass 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. Only one Mass is scheduled so that all parishioners can attend. Reminder that all parish organizations be prepared to give their reports. To serve on the Board, the person must fulfill the PNCC Constitution requirements.
Hurray…. Sarris Christmas Candy Sale Ends Soon
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.
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.
Give thanks to the Lord by attending Mass this Wednesday evening at 7 PM.
A Reminder: we are fast approaching the end of our year 2017. Have you fulfilled your obligations and stewardship to Holy Family Parish? Both your spiritual and financial support keeps our parish doors open. Besides stewardship is our giving back to God for all the blessings we have enjoyed.
Polish National Union of America
The season of gift giving is rapidly approaching. Why not give
of financial security with an insurance policy from Spojnia. There
are many good products being offered by our church’s fraternal. By being a policy holder, you will be able to a part of the Spojnia
Credit Union with its many benefits. Talk with Henrietta Kleckner
after Mass or check out the parish information rack in the Church Vestibule.
33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
First Reading: Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Responsorial: Psalm 128
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6
Gospel: Matthew 25: 14-30
Key Verse: “You have been faithful in small things; come and join in your master's happiness.” Matthew 25: 21
Readings: By worldly standards the woman mentioned in the first reading would hardly be classified as a talented person. Yet according to the writer she has something more precious than jewels, namely, a loving heart and caring hand. Paul tells his friends that he doesn’t know when the Lord will come back. Therefore, he urges them to always be ready lest they be caught unaware. The Gospel contains the parable of three men who got some money from their master and how two of them used it well, whereas the third failed to make any use of it at all.
Reflection: We must be very careful that the real point of today’s first reading is not washed away in genuine concerns over what one can and cannot say about the responsibilities of spouses. This is not, in fact, a recipe for “the perfect wife”, but an illustration, from one age, of the virtue of fully employing the talents God gives us. Some things are timeless, such as holding out a hand to the poor, while other talents shift and change. The point is that all of us are bestowed in varying ways and degrees: none of us should begrudge anyone else their talents, for fear that we overlook our own. We work wisely and well, looking forward to the master’s return, when we can hand over to him not just what he gave us, but also the fruits that our labours have gained.
Praying: Heavenly Father, we are the talents. Grant that we may not bury any part of ourselves. Help us to grow so that we may become what we are called to be and one-day merit to hear those happy words, “well done good and faithful servant. We ask this through Christ our Lord.