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
Sunday Easter 3
April 30, 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
EASTER 3 SUNDAY LITURGY
OPENING HYMN “Jesus Christ Our Lord is Risen Bulletin
Entrance Hymn Psalm 25: 15-16
P: My eyes are ever upon the Lord, Who frees my feet from the snare.
R: Look upon me, have pity on me, for I am alone and afflicted. Alleluia!
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 Acts 2: 14, 22-28
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 16
R: Lord, you will show us the path of life.
Second Reading 1 Peter 1: 17-21
Gospel Acclamations Luke 24: 32
C: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
R: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
C: Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us; make our hearts burn while You
speak to us.
R: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Gospel Luke 24: 13-35
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 2 (stand) Page 82
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
EASTER BLESSING Page 100
CLOSING HYMN “O’er Death Victorious” Bulletin
Christ Has Risen
Christ Has Risen Indeed!
Opening Hymn “Jesus Christ Our Lord Has Risen”
PNCC Hymnal 128 (verses 1& 4)
Jesus Christ our Lord has risen, Alleluia, Alleluia.
To mankind great joy He’s given, Alleluia, Alleluia.
By His rising on the third day, Alleluia, Alleluia,
For us poor and humble people, Alleluia, Alleluia!
On this Eastertide so joyous, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Let us praise God’s Son in chorus, Alleluia, Alleluia.
And the Holy Trinity, too, Alleluia, Alleluia.
As we give God praise and glory, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Closing Hymn “O’er Death Victorious”
PNCC Hymnal 132 verses 1, 3 & 4
O’er death victorious, Christ the Lord is risen
On the third morning, from death’s darkest prison
Frightened unfaithful, know that death is conquered
By the Messiah, Alleluia
Leave tides of sorrow, flow from us O sadness
Christ’s triumph glorious, fill our hearts with gladness
He has completed God the Father’s mission
He reigns victorious, Alleluia
Sing now O Zion, Church of Christ exultant
He Who was crucified, lived again triumphant
//Sing now in gladness, sing of Christ our Savior
Lord and Redeemer, Alleluia.//
Sunday, April 30, 2017 Easter 3
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Brian Lumseen; Int. Mrs. Martha Krusienski +Walter Walendziewicz; Int. Family and Friends
SOCL Classes 10:15 A.M.
YMSR Meeting 10:15 A.M.
Fellowship Hour 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
Paint & Sip Afternoon 1:00 P.M.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Marian Mass and May Crowning 10:00 A.M.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal 5:30 P.M.
Bible Class 5: 45 P.M.
Rosary/Marian Devotions 7:00 P.M.
Chopin Choir Rehearsal following service
Sunday, May 7, 2017 Good Shepherd Sunday
First Holy Communion
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Charles Korch (Birthday Ann.); Int. Mrs. Rosemarie Korch; +Mary Mowrey; Int. Bozena & Matthew Kijowski
SOCL Classes 10:15 A.M.
Fellowship Hour 10:15 A.M. Holy Mass 11:00 A.M
SAMBS Sub-Central Meeting 3:00 P.M. Holy Trinity Parish, McKees Rocks, PA
“If then you were raised with Christ seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1
Sunday Ministry Schedule
Today 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Krusienski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Red Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers W. Albeck & B. Griffith J. Wagner
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters C. Trumpe A. Fioravanti
Lectors Yellow Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers J. Trumpe & T. Kleckner J. Wagner
Easter 3 Sunday Gospel Word Search
Marian Devotions will begin Monday, May 1st with Mass & Crowning of our Holy Mother at 10:00 A.M. Rosary & Litany to the Blessed Mother will be celebrated every Wednesday during May at 7:00 P.M. Holy Mary, pray for us.
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 for $12.00 or just donate your items to the parish table. Contact Patty Bagshaw, Kristen Korenoski or Jan Gibala after Mass for details.
Baccalaureate Mass-Sunday May 28th
Please inform Fr. Bruce with information concerning our High School and College Graduates. Also, we will be recognizing SOCL attendance achievements during the 9:00 A.M. Mass.
Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast
Sunday, May 14th is Mother’s Day and the YMSR Men will honor the Moms of our parish with a breakfast following the 9:00 A.M. Mass. There will be only one Mass celebrated so that we can all celebrate Mother’s Day as a Church Family. The breakfast is free to all.
This year our Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish Cemetery, May 29th at 10:00 A.M. Before we go out to the store sales, sporting events and picnics, let us pause and give due honor to the men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy our freedoms with our loved ones.
Is the resurrection of Jesus Christ a historical event that really happened, or is it only a myth, as many atheists claim? While no one witnessed the actual resurrection, many people swore they saw the risen Christ after his death, and their lives were never the same.
Further nonbiblical evidence for Jesus' existence comes from the writings of Flavius Josephus, Cornelius Tacitus, Lucian of Samosata, and the Jewish Sanhedrin. The following seven proofs of the resurrection show that Christ did, indeed, rise from the dead.
PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION #1: THE EMPTY TOMB OF JESUS
The empty tomb may be the strongest proof Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Two major theories have been advanced by unbelievers: someone stole Jesus' body or the women and disciples went to the wrong tomb. The Jews and Romans had no motive to steal the body. Christ's apostles were too cowardly and would have had to overcome the Roman guards. The women who found the tomb empty had earlier watched Jesus being laid away; they knew where the correct tomb was. Even if they had gone to the wrong tomb, the Sanhedrin could have produced the body from the right tomb to stop the resurrection stories.
PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION #2: THE HOLY WOMEN EYEWITNESSES
The holy women eyewitnesses are further proof that the Gospels are accurate historical records. If the accounts had been made up, no ancient author would have used women for witnesses to Christ's resurrection.
Women were second class citizens in Bible times; their testimony was not even allowed in court. Yet the Bible says the risen Christ first appeared to Magdalene and other holy women. Even the apostles did not believe Mary when she told them the tomb was empty. Jesus, who always had special respect for these women, honored them as the first eyewitnesses to his resurrection. The male Gospel writers had no choice but to report this embarrassing act of God's favor, because that was how it happened.
PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION #3: JESUS' APOSTLES' NEW-FOUND COURAGE
After the crucifixion, Jesus' apostles hid behind locked doors, terrified they would be executed next. But something changed them from cowards to bold preachers. Anyone who understands human character knows people do not change that much without some major influence. That influence was seeing their Master, bodily risen from the dead. Christ appeared to them in the locked room, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and on the Mount of Olives. After seeing Jesus alive, Peter and the others left the locked room and preached the risen Christ, unafraid of what would happen to them. They quit hiding because they knew the truth. They finally understood that Jesus is God incarnate, who saves people from sin.
PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION #4: CHANGED LIVES OF JAMES AND OTHERS
Changed lives are yet another proof of the resurrection. James, was openly skeptical that Jesus was the Messiah. Later James became a courageous leader of the Jerusalem church, even being stoned to death for his faith. Why? The Bible says the risen Christ appeared to him. What a shock to see your friend, alive again, after you knew he was dead. James and the apostles were effective missionaries because people could tell these men had touched and seen the risen Christ. With such zealous eyewitnesses, the early church exploded in growth, spreading west from Jerusalem to Rome and beyond. For 2,000 years, encounters with the resurrected Jesus have changed lives.
PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION #5: LARGE CROWD OF EYEWITNESSES
A large crowd of more than 500 eyewitnesses saw the risen Jesus Christ at the same time.
The Apostle Paul records this event in 1 Corinthians 15:6. He states that most of these men and women were still alive when he wrote this letter, about 55 A.D. Undoubtedly, they told others about this miracle. Today, psychologists say it would be impossible for a large crowd of people to have had the same hallucination at once. Smaller groups also saw the risen Christ, such as the apostles, and Cleopas and his companion. They all saw the same thing, and in the case of the apostles, they touched Jesus and watched him eat food. The hallucination theory is further debunked because after the ascension of Jesus into heaven, sightings of him stopped.
PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION #6: CONVERSION OF PAUL
The conversion of Paul records the most drastically changed life in the Bible. As Saul of Tarsus, he was an aggressive persecutor of the early church. When the risen Christ appeared to Paul on the Damascus Road, Paul became Christianity's most determined missionary. He endured five floggings, three beatings, three shipwrecks, a stoning, poverty, and years of ridicule. Finally, the Roman emperor Nero had Paul beheaded because the apostle refused to deny his faith in Jesus. What could make a person willingly accept—even welcome—such hardships? Christians believe the conversion of Paul came about because he encountered Jesus Christ who had risen from the dead.
PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION #7: THEY DIED FOR JESUS
Countless people have died for Jesus, absolutely certain that the resurrection of Christ is a historical fact. Tradition says ten of the original apostles died as martyrs for Christ, as did the Apostle Paul. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of early Christians died in the Roman arena and in prisons for their faith. Down through the centuries, thousands more have died for Jesus because they believed the resurrection is true. Even today, people suffer persecution because they have faith that Christ rose from the dead. An isolated group may give up their lives for a cult leader, but Christian martyrs have died in many lands, for nearly 2,000 years, believing Jesus conquered death to give them eternal life.
April brings the beauty of nature to life. Flowers are growing in our gardens. Also, the grass is growing in our parish cemeteries.
Help is needed to maintain our cemetery grounds. Will you help?
The men and women who have saved our parish money through their voluntary work need added help this year. We are looking for our younger parishioners to help pitch. If we can get enough help, we could set a schedule so that no one will be overworked and overwhelmed by the work. We have the parish lawn mowers on site to use in the sheds at the cemeteries. A key will be given you to mow at your convenience. Contact our parish council chairman, Ted Gibala Also, don’t forget to make your cemetery donations this year to help defray the costs of the cemetery supplies.
The Blessed Sacrament Society cordially invites all women of the parish to a “Tea Party-A Fun afternoon with Jesus” on Saturday, June 3rd at 12:00 Noon in the parish hall. Fine tea will be brewed and a light lunch shall be enjoyed. The guest speaker is Jimmie Caughran. Admission is one can good to be donated to the food bank. For reservations call Kathy Trumpe @ 412.664.4591.
Diocesan Youth Retreat
This year the diocese will be holding their Youth Retreat at a new venue and new week. The youth retreat is scheduled for August 6-10, 2017 at the Whitehall Camp & Conference Center located in Emlenton PA. Bishop Mack asks for early commitment from those who will attend before he makes the down payment to the camp. Ages to attend are 7 yrs. to 18 yrs. Older teens who would like to attend will be designated as junior chaperones. Chaperones will be needed. Please contact Fr. Bruce for more information and if you plan to attend. Our parish youth are encouraged to attend.
National Golf Tournament
The YMS of R 3rd annual Golf Tournament is scheduled Saturday, August 19th at Elma, NY. Registration forms are available through Fr. Bruce. Fee $90 per player; $350 per foursome. For information call Deacon Thomas Klusek @716.875.6898
PNU Family Picnic & Outing
Mark your calendars…. the annual picnic is scheduled for July 22nd at Del Grosso Amusement Park, Tipton, PA. Come and enjoy a day a fraternal and family fun.
First Reading: Acts 2:22-28
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21
Gospel: Luke 24: 13-35
KEY VERSE: “Were not our hearts burning within us?”
READING: Peter reminds his listeners in Acts that Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. He rose from the dead and is indeed the Messiah. Peter uses the Old Testament to remind the people of God's promise that one of David's descendants would be the Messiah. In his psalm, David shows us hope in things that are lasting. We will be saved from the corruption of our sinfulness. We will have everlasting joy in the presence of God. This reward was purchased for us, not with silver or gold, but with the blood of Jesus. In order to share this glory, we must put our faith and hope in the risen Christ.
On the way to Emmaus, the disciples did not recognize Jesus at first. He reminded them, even before they recognized him, that the prophets said the Christ needed to suffer many things before he entered into his glory. At the end of the journey, in the breaking of the bread at the evening meal, the disciples recognized their fellow traveler to be Jesus and began to understand the worth of his gift.
REFLECTING: As with most tenets of Christianity, the belief that Christ resurrected stems from Scriptures. The New Testament describes how he disappeared from his tomb after three days and was subsequently seen by a number of apostles and other people for days afterward when he ascended into heaven. A firm belief in the resurrection of Christ is a matter of faith, not of scientific proof. The sinful ways of mankind began with the fall of Adam and Eve, but not until the advent of Christ's new covenant was all mankind elected to be saved. Through his death, Christ took on the weight of all people’s sins and through his resurrection, he absolved all of sin and, through their free will, granted them the power to follow his teachings and share eternal life with him in heaven.
PRAYING: Lord God, help me to understand and believe!