A Celebration of the Resurrection
Christ Has Risen, Christ Has Risen Indeed!
Holy Family Parish
1921 Eden Park Boulevard
McKeesport, PA 15132
Parish Office 412.678.0566; Hall 412.664.7009
Pastor Residence 412.276.5562
Fr. Bruce M. Sleczkowski, Pastor
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Celebrating the Year of the Family
Dear parishioners and friends in the risen Christ,
Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych; Milostiplné prežitie Veľkonočných sviatkov. This how we say Happy Easter in Polish and Slovak. It is an undeniable fact that some people are morning people, and some are night people. There are those who believe that morning is the best part of the day, and those who believe that the night hours are the most productive. One of the things about early morning people is that invariably you get to witness the dawn. There is something about the breaking of the dawn and the light at that time which is markedly different from sunset. With the dawn comes the expectation of a new day and all that it might bring. I don’t think it was any mistake that on that first Easter day the women went to the tomb in the garden just as dawn was breaking. As the light became brighter they could see that the tomb in which the body of Jesus had been placed was now empty as the stone was rolled away. As we meditate on the Easter story we see that the realization of what had taken place took some time to be absorbed by the first witnesses to the resurrection. Resurrection faith came slowly, but as the day unfolded the truth became clearer and then the resurrected Christ began to appear to his disciples.
There are many challenges to accepting the truth of Christ risen for us these days. So much of our world and so many lives seem to exist in a state of darkness and with the darkness thoughts that nothing can get better. For those who embrace faith in Jesus Christ, His saving death and resurrection, there is always the hope before us of our lives being transformed – even when faced with personal and social challenges. Uncertainty gives way to doubt and often despair. The risen Christ says to each of us “peace” and that gift of the peace which St Paul reminds us passes all understanding, secures and steady our lives and provides the confidence we need to continue in our journey towards ultimate fulfilment.
May you experience this year that gift of Easter peace that the risen Christ bestows on those who claim faith in Him and may the hope that He stimulates continue to guide us in the remainder of this year and beyond. See you at Mass every Sunday.
Listed are the Holy Week Liturgies. The liturgies reenact the events of the last days of Jesus from His triumphant entry into Jerusalem to His death on the cross at Calvary to the victory of the Resurrection. You are invited to share in the holiest of all weeks to fulfill the will of our heavenly Father to gain everlasting life. Join us.
Sunday, March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday Mass 9:00 A.M.
Follow the path of Jesus’ triumphantly entering the Holy city of
Jerusalem to the chants of Hosanna before His Passion.
Holy Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Mass of Chrism 7:00 P.M.
The clergy of the Diocese in union with the Bishop gather to
bless the Holy Oils used in the sacramental liturgy of the Church.
This special Mass will be celebrated in Saint Barbara’s Parish, Houtzdale, PA
Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018 Holy Mass 7:00 P.M.
Join together as the Church commemorates the Institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper, the New Covenant that must be continued till Christ returns, followed with a procession and vesper service at the Altar of Repose. 12 people will be needed to represent the Apostles in the foot washing ceremony. Contact Fr. Bruce if you plan to participate as one of the Apostles.
Good Friday, March 30, 2018 Mass of the Pre-Sanctified Noon
Stations of the Cross/Opening of the Symbolic Grave 3:00 P.M.
Bitter Lamentations 7:00 P.M.
We gather together on this Holy Day of Atonement
where Jesus carried the Cross of Redemption. We will
venerate the Holy Cross, and bless the symbolic grave, and in the
evening sing the Passion of the day’s event by the grave.
Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018 Easter Vigil Service 11:00 A.M.
The Lighting of the New Fire, the Blessing of the
Paschal Candle and Holy Water set the stage for the
Resurrection of our Lord and to our spiritual rebirth.
Easter Basket blessings will follow the Vigil Service.
Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 Mass/Procession Mass 8:30 A.M.
We process as the Church Triumphant with the resurrection symbols, singing the alleluias, reminding ourselves that we are redeemed and why we gather each Sunday for worship, continuing the Covenant proclaiming Christ our Savior and awaiting His return. There is only one Mass so we can all be together as a Church Family to celebrate.
Palm Sunday and Easter Processions
The beauty of the Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Processions are enhanced when all our parish youth, acolytes, sacristans and SAMBS members participate. What better way is there than processing our faith. Please make every effort to be present.
A Reminder: Last year special Polish floral palm branches were used in the Palm Sunday Procession. A request that those who still have these at home, bring them to Church before Palm Sunday so they can be re-used with new palms attached.
Palm Sunday Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt
Following Palm Sunday Mass, the annual Palm Sunday Breakfast will be held (there is only one Mass scheduled on Palm Sunday) hosted by the PTO and SOCL Parents. Donation: Adult $10.00, Child $5.00. (Age 3-10 yrs.) The SOCL/Youth Group children will be free. For catering purposes, reservations are requested. Please call Rosemary Pociask @ 724.861.0759 or Jan Gibala @412.678.7347. The Easter Bunny will be present for the children/teen Easter Egg Hunt. Please fill out the registration form in Church
Easter Altar Flower Donations
Don’t forget to make your Easter Flower donations this year. Special memorial envelopes for Easter Flowers donations can be found in the Church Narthex. Please take one.
Good Friday Vigil
All parishioners are encouraged to spend a 1/2 hour in front of Jesus in Adoration on Good Friday during the afternoon and early evening with lighted candles, along with our parish organizations. There will be no assigned schedules for the parish organizations but members are encouraged spend time in prayer at the time convenient to their schedule.
Parish Census Form
Included with our mailing is a parish census form to update our parish files and have a more accurate account of parish membership. Please fill out and return to Holy Family by mail or placing in offertory collection basket. Thank you.