Holy Family Parish

National Catholic Church

1921 Eden Park Boulevard

McKeesport. Pa. 15132

412.678.0566 Office; Auditorium 412.664.7009


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Easter 2-Low Sunday

April 8, 2018


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.comProduct Image


 Parish Staff:

  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






OPENING HYMN                                                               Bulletin

 Entrance Hymn                                                          Psalm 40: 2-4

  P: I waited, waited for the Lord; Who bent down ad heard my

      cry.  Drew me out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud of

      the swamp.  Set my feet upon rock, steadied my steps. Alleluia!

  R: And put a new song in my mouth, a hymn to our God.  Many

       shall look in awe and they shall trust in the Lord. 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.

 GLORIA                            Melodic Gloria                            Choir                                

 KYRIE                                                                                Page 67



  First Reading                                                            Acts 4: 32-35                              

  Responsorial Psalm                                                        Psalm 118     

  R:   Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love is


  Second Reading                                                         1 John 5: 1-5

Gospel Acclamations.                                                    John 20: 29     

 C:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 R:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 C:   You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says

        the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen me, but still


 R:  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 Gospel                                                                       John 20:19-31



 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


 EASTER BLESSING                                                      Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN                                                             Bulletin



Opening Hymn: “Come Ye Faithful”

PNCC English Hymnal Vol. 1 #20


Come ye faithful, raise your voices, Alleluia, Alleluia

For this day the world rejoices, Alleluia, Alleluia

Sing the song of resurrection, Alleluia, Alleluia

Christ would grant to us salvation, Alleluia, Alleluia.


When the women would anoint Him, Alleluia, Alleluia

Lo an angel said unto them, Alleluia, Alleluia

He is not here, He is risen, Alleluia, Alleluia

Go; proclaim His Resurrection, Alleluia, Alleluia.


Now with tears of joy and gladness, Alleluia, Alleluia

Learn O man of God’s forgiveness, Alleluia, Alleluia

Let us worship our Redeemer, Alleluia, Alleluia

Praise the Lord, our God and Savior, Alleluia, Alleluia.






Closing Hymn: “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks”

CC Hymnal 264 verses 1, 2, 3, & 5


Refrain:  Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord

Alleluia, alleluia give praise to His Name.


Jesus is Lord of all the earth;

He is the King of creation. (Refrain)


Spread the good news o’er all the earth

Jesus has died and has risen (Refrain)


We have been crucified with Christ;

Now we shall live forever.  (Refrain)


Come let us praise the living God

Joyfully sing to our Savior (Refrain)





Sunday, April 8, 2018                                  Low Sunday

Mission Collection

Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

SAMBS Monthly Meeting                               10:15 A.M.

SOCL Classes                                                  10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018               

Bible Class                                                          6:00 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                      7:00 P.M.


Thursday, April 12, 2017

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    6:30 P.M.


Sunday, April 15, 2018                                      Easter 3

Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Josephine Tarli Int. Diane, Archie, Bob & Cindy; +Joseph Zurovcik Int. Chopin & Annunciation Choirs.

SOCL Classes                                                  10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.

+Thomas Zaucha Int. Bonnie Zaucha


                                                Organ Fundraiser

               Sabika Jewelry Party

 Sunday, April 15 in Parish Hall

12:30 P.M.

Hosted by Marian Sleczkowski &

       Kristen Korenowski

Proceeds benefit the Organ Fund. Everyone is invite



Sunday Ministry Schedule

                                     This Week

  9:00 A.M.                                              11:00 A.M.

 Greeters: M. Krusienski                        A. Fioravanti

 Lectors:  Youth Team                           B. & L. Zaucha   

 Ushers: D. Newcamp & B. Griffiths     J. Wagner                             

Next Sunday

 9:00 A.M.                                              11:00 A.M.

Greeters:  M. Sleczkowski                     A. Fioravanti

Lectors:    Red Team                              B. & L. Zaucha

Ushers:    G. Jobes & M. Trumpe          J. Wagner


2017 Fair Share Financials

Please contact Fr. Bruce for a copy of your 2017 Stewardship/Fair Share financials to Holy Family Parish for your IRS tax returns, email Father Bruce @ bsleczkowski@aol.com or call 412.276.5562.


2 Easter Gospel Word Search


YMSR Meeting Sunday April 29th after 9:00 Mass


YMSR/PNCC Bowling Tournament

The annual bowling tournament is scheduled for June 8- 10 in Carbondale, PA. (outside Scranton) Bowlers who would like to represent Holy Family and form a men & women’s team, contact Fr. Bruce or Frank Pociask.


The 18th Annual Mission & Evangelism Workshop hosted by our diocese will be held Friday April 27th-Sunday April 29th in All Saints Parish, Carnegie, PA.  The theme is “The UNworkshop: You will Find Me.  Those who would like to attend and represent Holy Family Parish are to contact Fr. Bruce.  Registration forms are available from the parish office.


Parish Census Forms

Please return the census form that was sent out with the Easter mailing.  We are trying to update all our files with accurate data and parish membership.  The forms can be placed in the collection plate or mailed to the parish office.  Also include the addresses of your children.


PNU District 5 Meeting

The quarterly meeting is scheduled for April 21th at Holy Trinity Parish, Stowe Township.  The meeting will begin at 11:00 A.M. Branch 132 Spojnia members are encourage to attend. 

Convo 2018

Registration are now available for Convo 2018. The theme: “Anointed Lifeguard: You Have Been Chosen, Anointed, Empowered, and Blessed to Do Jesus’ Work.”

Convo will be hosted at The University of Scranton, July 23-27, 2018. Parents should encourage their child to attend this great event offered by the Church.


Why do we call today Low Sunday?

The first Sunday after Easter. The origin of the name is uncertain, but it is apparently intended to indicate the contrast between it and the great Easter festival immediately preceding, and also, perhaps, to signify that, being the Octave Day of Easter, it was considered part of that feast, though in a lower degree. Lo and behold” must have been the instinctive reaction of St. Thomas. This man who appears before my eyes, whom my finger and hands are touching and scrutinizing, this is my Rabboni Jesus! Thanks to this special apparition of the risen Christ to his faithless apostle, Thomas the incredulous was suddenly converted. “My Lord and my God”: he saw a man and he believed God. He was instantaneously turned into a real “apostle”, who was to carry the Good News of Christ. And this conversion would lead him to the bottom tip of India, converting souls by the thousands to the King of Glory!

“Low” is a comparative term which qualifies it relatively to what is “high”! The high Sunday is Easter, certainly the greatest of all liturgical feast. Christ’s resurrection in the flesh was probably the most unbelievable dogma for the Western pagan world, as St. Paul soon found out in Athens, which used to be the center of Western wisdom. The risen Christ is the foundation of our faith: “If Christ has not risen from the dead, our faith is vain!” The fact of Easter being a Sunday is also the main reason for moving the day of worship from the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday. Low” is said also of the end of the octave of the white catechumens parading in their bright and splendid garments of the faith, not unlike newborns. Low is said of them because it is the day when the neophytes (literally "new plants") shed their new skin and are considered now ordinary Christians, lost in the mass of God’s chosen ones.


    2 Easter-Low Sunday

First Reading: Acts 4: 32-35  

Responsorial: Psalm 118
Second Reading:1 John 5: 1-6

Gospel: John 20: 19-31


KEY VERSES:” You believe in me Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen but still believe!                                                                John 20:29


READINGS: The first reading is the idealized vision of life in the early Christian Community. Our second reading from John speaks of God’s love founds in Christ.  The Gospel relates the first and second encounter of the resurrected Christ to the Apostles.


REFLECTING: After the joys and exuberance of Easter Sunday and Easter Week, we settle down into the longest Season in the Church’s Year - Eastertide. This period of fifty days is a time of sustained gladness, which comes through reading and reflecting on the Scriptures which describe the risen life of Jesus - not just his appearances to the disciples after the Resurrection, but the teachings from his ministry which reveal the risen life he now possesses. We also spend time hearing about how the Resurrection made a difference: how the timid and frightened disciples were able to leave Jerusalem and proclaim a message of life over death to the whole world, as we read through the book of the Acts of the Apostles. We also linger over the first letter of Saint John, which ties together so many of the themes of Easter: life, faith, baptism, the Spirit - all brought together in the person of the Lord Jesus, risen from the dead. On this second Sunday, we continue to track through “real time”, by hearing what happened in Jerusalem on the Sunday after the Resurrection. with the Lord appearing to Thomas - strengthening his faith and strengthening ours as we listen to the account.


PRAYING: Lord, help me to believe that I can be a true disciple of Christ and capable of spreading the Good News that Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again.