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 Sunday

April 1, 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






PROCESSION “Wesoly Nam/Come Rejoice” PNCC Hymnal 127           

OPENING HYMN          “Easter Chant”                       Choir/Bells

 Entrance Hymn                                 Psalm 139:18, 5b-6a; 118:1-2

  P:  I have risen: I am with you once more; you placed your hand

      on me to keep me safe.  How great is the depth of Your

      wisdom. Alleluia!

  R:  O Lord, You have probed me and You know me; You know

      when I sit and when I stand.  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 10: 34, 37-43                               

  Responsorial Psalm                                                        Psalm 118     

  L:   This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

  R:   This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

  Second Reading                                                 Colossians 3: 1-4

EASTER SEQUENCE                                                                  

 Gospel Acclamations.                                1 Corinthians 5: 7b-8a       

 C:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 R:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 C:   Christ has become our Paschal sacrifice; let us feast with joy

        in the Lord.

 R:  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 Gospel                                                                           John 20:1-9



 NICENE CREED                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

 CANON                  Eucharistic Prayer 1 (stand)               Page 77

 THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                  Page 98


 EASTER BLESSING                                                      Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN               “Christ is Risen”                  Bulletin




To the Paschal Victim let Christians offer a sacrifice of praise.

The Lamb redeemed the sheep, Christ, sinless,

reconciled sinners to the Father.

Death and life were locked together in a unique struggle.

Life’s captain dies, now he reigns, never more to die.

Tell us Mary, “What did you see on the way?”

“I saw the tomb of the now living Christ. 

I saw the glory of Christ now risen,

I saw angels who gave witness, the cloth too

which once had covered head and limbs.

Christ my hope has arisen.  He will go before his own in Galilee.”

We know that Christ has indeed risen from the dead.

Do you, conqueror and King, have mercy on us.  Amen.  Alleluia.



Recessional Hymn: “Christ is Risen”

PNCC Hymnal 124


Christ is risen, sing O Christian, Wipe the tears of grief away

All who would now seek salvation, come rejoice with us this day

He has risen, Lord in glory, as He had foretold His vic’try

Alleluia, Alleluia, let us sing forth Alleluia!


Useless was the stone so heavy, which they used to seal the grave.

Unsuccessful were the sentries, keeping watch o’er One Who saves

All for naught were their endeavor to contain the Mighty Victor, 

Alleluia, Alleluia, let us sing forth Alleluia!


God Almighty, God of nature, reigns above all He has made,

Crushes walls, concedes no barrier, Rises boldly from the grave.

Guards fall down in trepidation, motionless in fear before Him

Alleluia, Alleluia, let us sing forth, Alleluia!


Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, humbly we would ask of Thee

That we might know Thy salvation, and o’er death know victory,

//That we might come with Thy chosen and behold Thee, Lord of Heaven Alleluia, Alleluia, let us sing forth, Alleluia//






Sunday, April 1, 2018                                          Easter

Procession & Mass of the Resurrection             8:30 A.M.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018               

Bible Class                                                          6:00 P.M.


Saturday, April 7, 2018                

Diocesan Council Meeting                               11:00 A.M.

Mercyhurst College Erie PA


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.



                Sunday Ministry Schedule


 This Week                           8:30 A.M.

 Greeter                                 C. Trumpe

 Lectors                                 Yellow Team

 Ushers                                  All Ushers


Next Sunday

 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


Christ Has Risen; Christ Has Risen Indeed!



Order of Easter Sunday Procession


Processional Cross

Society of the Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Altar Easter Symbols

Parish Children




The Resurrection Procession will begin at the empty tomb and process around the Church stopping at all four corners of our Worship Center, symbolizing the Gospel being proclaimed to the four corners of the world. When the Sacrament of the Eucharist passes, you should genuflect out of respect. 


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.


Easter Sunday Gospel Word Search


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 invited.

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. 


Food for Thought


What does the resurrection of Jesus mean to you? What does it mean to me?

First, it assures our future resurrection. Because Jesus both died and rose again, we will be raised like Him. 1 Corinthians 15:20 says, “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” The word first fruits speak of a sampling, a foretaste, a glimpse. Jesus is the first fruit.

Jesus has died and has risen, so we know that our resurrected bodies in some way will resemble His resurrection body. To what extent, we cannot be certain. But if they were completely like His, it would mean that we would be clearly recognizable.

Second, the resurrection of Jesus is a proof of future judgment. Now that may not sound all that exciting, but it’s something we need to know. We live in a society, and indeed a world, in which justice is often perverted and neglected. We look at things that happen and say, “How can that be? How could that happen?” The Resurrection means, among other things, that God’s justice will ultimately prevail.

Third, the resurrection of Christ gives us power to live the Christian life (see Romans 8:11). Certainly, the Bible does not teach that we will be sinless in this physical body we now live in. On the other hand, we can sin less, not by our own abilities, but by the power of the Spirit.

Christ can make us altogether different kinds of people. We must believe that. “Old things have passed away . . . all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). God can give you the power to live this Christian life.


          Easter Sunday


First Reading: Acts 10: 34, 37-43  

Responsorial: Psalm 118
Second Reading: Colossians 3: 1-4

Gospel: John 20: 1-9


KEY VERSES:” If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.”                                           Colossians 3: 1


READINGS: The first reading is a witnessing speech Peter gave concerning the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of forgiveness for those who believe. Paul reminds us that the reward we receive when Christ returns, we will share in His glory for all eternity.  The Gospel recounts the events of that first Easter when Jesus resurrected from the dead.


REFLECTING: When we reflect upon the Easter message, we recognize that God truly loves us and forgives us our sins.  What we must do is be forever faithful in our actions by listening to His Word and continuing His mission through our participation and support of the Church that was established to help all people achieve their rightful place in the Kingdom of Heaven. Easter is the time of rebirth, so may we be reborn through the resurrection. 


PRAYING: Lord, help me in my faith so that I can continue to do Your will and not mine, which results in life’s failure. May I always recognize Your love each day and experience the forgiveness You give.