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
Christ the King Sunday
November 26, 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
Christ the King Liturgy
OPENING HYMN “Come Though Almighty King” Bulletin
Entrance Hymn Revelations 5: 12; 19: 16
P: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and
riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.
R: He has a name written on His cloak and on His thigh, King of
Kings and Lord of Lords.
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 Ezekiel 34: 11-12; 15-17
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 23
R: The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28
Gospel Acclamations Mark 11: 9, 10
C: Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is
the kingdom of our father David that is to come.
Gospel Matthew 25: 31-46
LITURGY OF THE FAITHFUL
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 “Now Thank We All Our God” Bulletin
Daniel 7: 14b
Opening Hymn: “Come Thou Almighty King”
PNCC Hymnal 230 verses 1, 2, & 4
Come Thou Almighty King, help us Thy name to sing
Help us to praise, Father all glorious, o’er all victorious
Come and reign over us, ancient of days.
Come now Incarnate Son, Your life in us begun
Our prayer attend, come and your people bless
And give your Word success, strengthen your righteousness,
Savior and friend.
To the great One in Three, Eternal praises be,
Hence ever more, His sov’reign majesty
May we in glory see, and to eternity, love and adore.
Closing Hymn: “All Creatures of our God and King”
CC Hymnal 300 verses 1, 2, & 3
All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing
O burning sun with golden beam
And silver moon with softer gleam
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!
O rushing wind and breezes soft,
O clouds that ride the winds aloft,
O rising morn in praise rejoice,
O light of evening find a voice.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
O flowing waters pure and clear,
Make music for your Lord to hear.
O fire so masterful and bright,
Providing us with warmth and light,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
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.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Chopin Choir Rehearsal 7:00 P.M.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 Advent 1
Lighting of Advent Wreath
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Joseph Korch Int. Janet & Bill Korch +Mildred Budzilowski (103 Birthday Ann.) Int. Terry Allen; +Alice Demski (14th Ann.) Int. Gary Demski
SOCL 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
Pierogi Sale This Week- Dec. 1st.
This will be the last sale of the year. Extra help is needed to fill all orders. We are begging for help. 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 M. Krusienski 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 C. Trumpe A. Fioravanti
Lectors Red Team B. & L. Zaucha Ushers G. Jobes & J. Trumpe J. Wagner
Christ the King Gospel Word Search
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.
Memorial Christmas Poinsettias envelopes are now available in the Church Narthex. Prices are $12 each.
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 Wigilia 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.
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.
Parish Annual Meeting
Last Sunday, the parish came together as a Church Family for our annual meeting. It would have been better if more parishioners would have attended for it is a privilege of our Church to hold such meetings and give a voice to the parish’s direction. Presented and accepted was the Fiscal Year Financial Report and 2018 Budget. A discussion concerning financial responsibilities of parish members should be fulfilled. If it wasn’t for fundraisers, our parish would have to close its doors. Included in the discussion was that our younger generation and younger families were not fulfilling their stewardship. All parish organizations gave their reports of the good works they have been doing for the benefit of our church and community. Father Bruce’s report was given and will be sent with the Christmas bulletin as was suggested by many in conversation after the meeting. Mission was an important topic and Father will have a seminar workshop and printed correct answers brochures for parishioners concerning the Polish National Catholic Church when approached concerning the Church. Also discussed was parish cemetery property sale, Verizon Tower and General Synod.
Elected to the Board for 2018 were Ted Gibala, chairman; Terry Kleckner, financial secretary; Brian Stahurski, Helen Mulac, Wendy Blotzer as Board of Directors; Kathy Trumpe and Debbie Parknavy as Alternates; Marian Sleczkowski, auditor; Janet Korch and Rosalie Clark, Parish Tribunal. Elected Synod Delegates were Marian Sleczkowski, Bozena Kijowski and David Kost. Ted Gibala, alternate.
2018 Board of Directors
Chairman: Ted Gibala; Vice Chairman: Donald Newcamp; Financial Secretary: Terry Kleckner; Secretary: Janis Gibala; Treasurer: Sharon Kish; Board of Directors: Helen Mulac, Wendy Blotzer, Brian Stahurski, Marcia Angel, Bozena Kijowski, Dee Dee Eagan, Jean Crouch and Frank Pociask. Alternates: Kathy Trumpe and Debbie Parknavy. Auditors: Marian Sleczkowski, Rose Mary Pociask and David Kost; Parish Tribunal: Janet Korch, Rosalie Clark and Fr. Bruce Sleczkowski
The meeting lasted almost two hours and we all left with positive and enthusiastic prospects for our parish’s future.
Christ the King Sunday
First Reading: Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17
Responsorial: Psalm 23
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28
Gospel: Matthew 25: 31-46
Key Verse: “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.”
Matthew 25: 31
Readings: In our first reading from Ezekiel God is portrayed not so much as a judge to His people but as someone who cares for them as a good shepherd cares for his sheep. Paul writes about that at the end of the world Christ will reign as universal King, having overcome all hostile forces, including death. The Gospel from Matthew contains a great scene of the Last Judgement which one day will come.
Reflection: “Shepherd-King o’er mountain steep, homeward guide thy wand “ring sheep.” This hymn which is very popular captures the readings perfectly: our King is not a cruel tyrant or despot, but a shepherd who loves his flock, who would (and did) give his life for them. Love for the flock means that he will have to judge them, separating the sheep from those who do not belong to him. Coming to the end of the Church’s year leads us to look to our final ending, the homecoming the hymn speaks of. The judgement of the end of time we do not view as a trial or a terror, but as a coming home: look back to the Isaiah reading on the 28th Sunday to see what a homecoming party is offered. All we do is put our lives in order, living just and holy lives, longing for the day of the lord to come.
Praying: Heavenly Father, as we end our Liturgical Year, we pray that Your message given to us may help us to evaluate our faith more closely in this Year of Commitment. This we pray through our Lord Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit on God forever and ever.