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
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.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
YEAR OF THE FAMILY
EASTER SUNDAY LITURGY
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
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
LITURGY OF THE WORD
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
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
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
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
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
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
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
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
Society of the Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Altar Easter Symbols
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412.276.5562.
Easter Sunday Gospel Word Search
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
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.
First Reading: Acts 10: 34, 37-43
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.