About Sacred Heart of Jesus PNCC

Welcome to Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Canonsburg, PA!

You will find the members of our Parish community to be warm, friendly and caring Catholic believers who live by their faith.  Our mission includes spiritual, educational and faith building activities that are essential to every day Christian Life.

We encourage you to come and worship with us at Mass, participate in our parish programs and join our Parish Family in Canonsburg, PA with our daily walk with Christ!

We welcome all nationalities (not only Polish) and all those who wish to have a relationship with God.

What is the Polish National Catholic Church?

 The Polish National Catholic Church was organized in Scranton, Pennsylvania on March 14, 1897. We adhere to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ. It is a Catholic Church rooted in Scripture, based on tradition and accepting as dogmatic the first Seven Councils of the undivided Christian Church.

 It is a Sacramental Church preserving the Apostolic Succession, an unbroken line of bishops from the Apostles of Jesus Christ to the present day bishops and priests. It is a Sacramental Church, which acknowledges the following sacraments: Baptism and Confirmation, The Word of God, Penance, Holy Eucharist, Holy Unction, Holy Orders and Matrimony.

It is a Ecumenical Church. We reach into the community and cooperate with the other churches to make our community a better place in which to live. It is a Worshipping Church. Regular Mass attendance is required on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation. We also celebrate Benediction and Litanies to give praise and honor to God.

The Beliefs of the Polish National Catholic Church

As a Polish National Catholic Church, the members of Sacred Heart of Jesus believe in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. Our beliefs are based on Holy Scripture, Christian tradition and the first seven Church ecumenical councils.

We believe that God is One in Three Divine Persons: the Father, who created us; the Son, who died for us and rose from the dead, and the Holy Spirit, who regenerates and sanctifies our souls.

We believe that the Son of God was conceived through the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered and died on the cross. We believe that on the third day, He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity; and He abides in the Church to teach, govern and sanctify its members.

We believe that God chose Mary to be the mother of His Son, Jesus Christ.

We believe it is every Christian’s duty to help spread God’s Kingdom on earth through the grace and virtue of love, justice and dedication to the will of God.

We believe that our souls are immortal and that Jesus will reward every person, good or bad, according to his/her life in the Body.

We believe that our faith in God will be the salvation for our sins.

We believe that the Church is comprised of baptized Christians who worship together, who receive the sacraments, and who hear and obey the Word or God.

We believe that God wants all nations of the world to live together in peace, brotherhood and justice.

Common Questions:

Do you need to be Polish to be a member of the Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC)?You do not need to be Polish or of Polish ancestry to be a member of the PNCC. The PNCC was organized by Polish immigrants in 1897, but has diversified as much as America.

In what language is the Mass celebrated?The Mass is celebrated in the language of the people, which is English at Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Is Holy Communion administered:Holy Communion is given under 2 forms, bread and wine, which are the body and blood of Christ. The method used is Intinction, which simply means that the Sacred Host is dipped in the Consecrated wine and administered to the faithful at the altar and placed on the tongue. Only priests and deacons may administer the Eucharist.

What does the church teach regarding confession?A humble confession of our faults, followed by the assignment of penance and absolution given by way of the priest, is the way the congregation obtains forgiveness of sins. Private confession is required for all members younger than 16 and public confession is part of each mass. In this form, the faithful confess their sins directly and privately to God and the entire congregation recites the Prayer of Confession together.

Can a divorced person participate fully in parish life and remarry?Yes, there are no discriminatory regulations against those who have suffered from divorce. Divorced people may participate in mass and receive communion. Each diocese has a matrimonial commission that studies each request for remarriage and makes recommendations to the bishop who makes the final decision.

Why do we permit priests to marry?The church sees no moral reason to forbid a priest from receiving the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony. Many believe that a married priest is more likely to understand the problems of marriage and child rearing.

How is the PNCC governed?It is governed in accordance with the National Church’s constitution. In matters of faith, morals and discipline, bishops and priests possess the authority to explain and teach the doctrinal position of Christ’s church. The legislative authority of the church is vested in the General Synod, the Special Synod, the Diocesan Synod and the parish meeting. In financial and administrative matters, the Parishioners possess administrative authority. Representatives elected at the Annual Parish Meeting, and confirmed by the Diocesan Bishop, exercise their constitutional authority.

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The Symbol of the Polish National Catholic Church briefly summarizes the substance of Christianity.

Book: Represents the revealed Work of God

Sun: sign of religious freedom and fervor.

Cross: Symbol of sacrifice.

Palm: emblem of merited peace and victory.

Motto: Truth, Work and Struggle is the maxim by which Christian principles are incorporated into life.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish recommits itself to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith it was organized upon in 1918.

We continue to follow the example of the early church and welcome any individual who desires a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

May we become one with the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and may we be known by the way we love one another.

 

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