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
Fifth Sunday in Lent-Passion Sunday
April 2, 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 Custodian 412.678.7347 The Holy Family
Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard
5th Sunday in Lent Liturgy
OPENING HYMN “O, My Jesus” Bulletin
Introductory Rite Page 63
Entrance Hymn Daniel 12: 2-3
P: Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall
live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.
R But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and
those who lead the many to justice shall be like stars forever.
P: Lord, for us Your wounds were suffered.
R: O Christ Jesus, have mercy on us.
KYRIE Page 67
LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading Ezekiel 37: 12-14
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 130
R: With the Lord there is mercy and fulness of redemption.
Second Reading Romans 8: 8-11
Lenten Acclamations I John 8: 12
C: Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.
R: Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.
C: I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will
have the light of life.
R: Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel John 11: 1-45
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
OFFERTORY Page 73
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 2 Page 82
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
CLOSING HYMN “Forty Days and Forty Nights ” Bulletin
Attend Lenten Devotions
Opening Hymn: “O, My Jesus”
PNCC Hymnal #86 verses 1, 6, 7
Refrain: Come my Jesus, come my Jesus, come my Jesus hear my pray’r;
grant me Lord Your grief to share.
O, my Jesus, knelt in anguish; on the cross of pain and grief,
Lord and angel soothes Your suffer, from the piercing soul relief:
O, my Jesus, dearest Jesus, as You die on the cross of pain;
When You think on the bitter passion, do not keep us from heav’nly reign:
O, my Jesus, filled with suffering, crucified on the shameful tree,
When You come into Your kingdom, there O Lord, remember me.
Closing Hymn: “Forty Days and Forty Nights”
PNCC Hymnal 114
Forty days and forty nights Thou was fasting in the wild
Forty days and forty nights tempted and yet undefiled.
Shall not we Thy sorrows share and from worldly joys abstain
Fasting with unceasing pray’rs strong with Thee to suffer pain?
Then if Satan on us press, flesh or spirit to assail
Victor in the wilderness, grant we may not faint or fail.
So shall we have peace divine, holier gladness ours shall be,
Round us, too, shall angels shine such as ministered to Thee.
Keep, o keep us, Savior dear, ever constant by Thy side,
That with Thee we may appear at the eternal Eastertide.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 Passion Sunday Lent 5
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Fornal, Staniek & Como Families Int. Steffie Piekielek and Family; +Dr. Donald Mushalko Int. Raymond & Barbara Kostovny
SOCL Classes 10:15 A.M.
SAMBS Meeting 10:15 A.M.
Fellowship Hour 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
Pisanki Egg Decorating 11:30 A.M
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal 5:30 P.M.
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Bitter Lamentations III 7:00 P.M.
Chopin Choir Rehearsal 7:30 P.M.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Stations of the Cross 7:00 P.M.
Readers: SOCL Students & Faculty
Sunday, April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
Blessing and Distribution of Palms; Procession
Palm Sunday Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt 10:30 A.M.
There will be only one Mass celebrated next Sunday
Pisanki-Easter Egg Decorating today
Do you want to learn how to decorate these beautiful unique Easter Egg? Everyone is invited and the event is free of charge. You can also bring your friends. You will be surprised how easy it is to make these beautiful Easter Eggs.
Sunday Ministry Schedule
This Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters C. Trumpe A. Fioravanti
Lectors Yellow Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers D. Newcamp & W. Albeck J. Wagner
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Krusienski No
Lectors Parish Lectors Mass
Ushers All Ushers Scheduled
5th Sunday in Lent Gospel Word Search
SOCL Lenten Food Drive
A box for our annual SOCL Food drive can be found in the Church Vestibule. Needed are nonperishable items: Pasta, Pasta sauce, cereal, peanut butter, jelly and paper products. Your support is greatly appreciated. Deadline for Food Drive is April 23rd. All food items will be given to the McKeesport Intersection Food Bank.
Paint & Sip Afternoon Sunday April 30th.
Registration forms are available in the vestibule and are due by April 2nd. Price $40, space is limited. The event is sponsored by our parish choirs. Call Kristen Korenoski @ 412.461.1421 for additional information.
50th Parish Celebration
We will be celebrating our 50th year in celebrating the Eucharist in our present worship site on Sunday, October 8th Feast of the Christian Family with Mass at 10 AM followed by a luncheon at a place to be determined. Looking for pictures, videos of the last 50 years with celebrations in our parish. Please contact any one of our Parish Council members with ideas and volunteers welcomed
Reminder: Those who received the special decorative floral Polish palm branches for procession last year are asked to return them so they can be used again this year with new palms.
Lajkoniki Dance Troupe
Our dance troupe will be starting rehearsals soon. New dancers are always welcomed. Contact Frank Pociask @ 724.861.0759 if you would like to join.
Banns of Marriage I
Joel Adam Parknavy, son of Joseph J. & Deborah L. Parknavy and Chelsea Rae Nelson, daughter of Craig R. & Kelly A Nelson. Their wedding will be solemnized April 22, 2017.
Don’t forget to make your Easter Flower Donation this year. Envelopes can be found in the Church Narthex
Last Pierogi Sale This Week
Our final pierogi sale for Lent will be Friday, April 7th. Orders can be made on Thursday, from 8 AM to Noon by calling 412. 664.7009. Help will be needed Wednesday late afternoon for prep, Thursday Prep from 9 AM til and Friday 9 AM til orders are filled.We are anticipating large orders, so we need your help.
Our parish organ fund is still ongoing.
If you haven’t made a donations, please do so. Special envelopes can be found on the vestibule table in the nartex. We are halfway there to paying off our loan.
PNU District 5 Meeting
The quarterly meeting is scheduled for April 29th here at Holy Family. The meeting will begin at 11:00 A.M. Spojnia members are encourage to attend. A light luncheon will be provided.
Parish Flea Market
As we are spring cleaning and clearing out our basements and garages,our parish youth will be sponsoring a flea market, May 13th on the parish grounds. Tables are available to sell or just donate to the parish table. Contact Patty Bagshaw, Kristen Korenoski or Jan Gibala after Mass for details.
Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been
for who you can become.
Fifth Sunday in Lent
First Reading: Ezekiel 37: 12-14
Responsorial: Psalm 130
Second Reading: Romans 8: 8-11
Gospel: John 11: 1-45
KEY VERSE: “I am the Resurrection and the life.” John 11: 25
READINGS: In the first reading, Ezekiel tells the Israelites, who have become very discouraged in their Babylonian captivity, that God has no intention of leaving them in their state of slavery. Using the word “flesh” to mean self-centered interests, and the word “spirit” to represent life and peace, Paul comments on our inability to be happy or alive when we are dominated by ourselves. By raising Lazarus, Jesus glorifies His father, a God of life.
REFLECTING: The Gospel of Passion Sunday is perhaps the deepest meditation on the mystery of Baptism and membership of the Church. It is a prelude to the events of Easter Sunday, when we celebrate the triumph of life over death. To be plunged into the waters of baptism is to be buried with Christ, only to rise with him from the waters. This paradox of life and death is the content of today’s readings. There is no more important part of our faith that the resurrection: that Christ rose from the dead is the very center and heart of all that we believe - without it, our faith is useless. In the same way, our belief in our own resurrection is vital: it is the most deeply needed gift that Christ gives us. Therefore, the climax of the instructions given to candidates for Baptism was this teaching: that Christ would give them life after death.
PRAYING: Let us pray to our Father, promising Him through Christ within us, that we will put to death the works of the flesh that we may live in His Spirit.