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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First Sunday in Lent

        March 5, 2017

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    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

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 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


1st Sunday in Lent Liturgy


OPENING HYMN         “The Glory of These 40 Days”                  Bulletin                        

Introductory Rite                                                                                Page 63

 Entrance Hymn                                                   Psalm 91: 1-2; Psalm 17:8

 P:  You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the

       shadow of the Almighty, says to the Lord, My refuge and fortress, my

       God in Whom I trust.”

 R   Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your


 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.                                                                               

 KYRIE                                                                                              Page 67



  First Reading                                                              Genesis 2: 7-9; 3: 1-7                          

  Responsorial Psalm                                                                         Psalm 51     

  R: Be merciful, I Lord, for we have sinned.

  Second Reading                                                                  Romans 5: 12-19     

 Lenten Acclamations I                                                           Matthew 4: 4b                                 

 C:   Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.   

 R:   Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.   

 C:   One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth

        from the mouth of God.

 R:   Alleluia 

 Gospel                                                                                  Matthew 4: 1-11  


NICENE CREED                                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

OFFERTORY                                                                                    Page 73


 CANON                           Eucharistic Prayer 2                                 Page 82

THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                                 Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                                Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN               “Cross of Compassion”                        Bulletin



Opening Hymn: “The Glory of These Forty Days”

CC Hymn 239

The glory of these forty days,
We celebrate with songs of praise;
For Christ, by Whom all things were made,
Himself has fasted and has prayed.

Alone and fasting Moses saw
The loving God Who gave the law;
And to Elijah, fasting, came
The steeds and chariots of flame.

So Daniel trained his mystic sight,
Delivered from the lions’ might;
And John, the Bridegroom’s friend, became
The herald of Messiah’s Name.

Then grant that we like them be true
Consumed in fast and prayer with you.
Our spirits strengthen with Your grace,
And give us joy to see Your face.


Closing Hymn: “Cross of Compassion”

PNCC Hymnal 110 verses 1, 2, & 3


Cross of compassion, Cross of salvation

Cross of all wisdom, Cross of love

He who would seek thee, love Thee and know Thee

He shall find guidance, from above.


Cross of contrition, Cross of redemption

Cross of all victory Cross of gain

We would come near Thee, there rest our burden

and share our sorrow, grief and pain.


When with deep suff’ring and doubts affliction

Your heart is wounded through and through

When peril threaten, to the cross hasten,

It will sustain and rescue you.


Sunday, March 5, 2017                                                    Lent 1

Confessions                                                              8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                9:00 A.M.

+Max Sleczkowski & Deacon Raymond Lagesse Int. Sleczkowski & Lagesse Families; +Dorothy Kovacic Int. Mrs. Carol Davelli.

SOCL Classes                                                             10:15 A.M.

YMSR Meeting                                                           10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                         10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                   11:00 A.M.

+Matthew Gadzich Int. David Kost


Wednesday, March 8, 2017                            

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                              5:30 P.M.

Bible Class                                                                5:45 P.M.

Bitter Lamentations II                                                   7:00 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                               7:30 P.M.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Stations of the Cross                                                    7:00 P.M.

                          Readers: Lectors, Acolytes, Sacristans     


Sunday, March 12, 2017     Institution of PNCC         Lent 2                          

Mission Collection

Confessions                                                              8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                9:00 A.M.

+Craig Kelley Int. Mrs. Frances Palko; +Carl Kijowski Int. SAMBS

SOCL Classes                                                             10:15 A.M.

SAMBS Meeting                                                        10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                         10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                   11:00 A.M.

+Joseph Ferenac Int. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Grant

Baptism of Kenzie Kernicky

Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday Change clocks 1 hour ahead


Stations of the Cross- Reading Schedule

March 10, 2017 -Lectors, Sacristans & Acolytes

March 17, 2017-SAMBS Members

March 24, 2017-Annunciation Bell & Chopin Choir Members

March 31, 2017-YMSR Members

April 7, 2017-SOCL Students & Faculty


Sunday Ministry Schedule


     This Week       9:00 A.M.                               11:00 A.M.         

     Greeters            M. Sleczkowski                      A. Fioravanti              

      Lectors             Red Team                               L. Zaucha      

      Ushers              B. Griffith & J. Trumpe         J. Wagner


    Next Week         9:00 A.M.                             11:00 A.M. 

     Greeters            C. Trumpe                              A Fioravanti

     Lectors              Youth Team                           L. Zaucha

     Ushers               J. Lawrence & T. Kleckner   J. Wagner


1st Sunday in Lent Gospel Word Search

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SAMBS Homemade Chocolate Easter Egg Sales

The ladies from our SAMBS organization will be making Chocolate Easter Eggs again this year. Order forms are in the parish vestibule or contact any SAMBS member.  There will be a variety of 1 lb. Easter Eggs at $10.00 each.  All orders are requested by March 19th.


2016 Parish Stewardship Report

If you would like a copy of your 2016 Parish Stewardship for tax purposes, please contact Fr. Bruce at 412.276.5562 or email him @bsleczkowski@aol.com.


On Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Holy Trinity in McKees Rocks is hosting an afternoon with author Judith Kelly, who will speak about her book entitled "Just Call Me Jerzy".  She wrote this book about Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, who was martyred in 1984 when the Communists were trying to subdue the Solidarity movement.  His heroic witness in Poland and his travels to the U.S. and Canada are documented.  He has since been beatified in 2010.  You can order this book through jerzymail30@gmail.com.  Book arrives with invoice of $10 plus postage.  There is no charge to attend.


Palm Sunday Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Palm Sunday Breakfast will be held after the 9:00 A.M. Mass, April 9th, (there is only one Mass scheduled on Palm Sunday) Donation:  Adult $10.00, Child $5.00.  The SOCL/Youth Group children will be free. This is the same as last year. 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. Patty Bagshaw and Angie Jobes will be coordinating the egg hunt this year. Reservation forms will be available in the Vestibule


Lenten Penitential Services March 18th at 11:00 A.M.

                                      Pisanki-Easter Egg Decorating

Do you want to learn how to decorate these beautiful unique Easter Egg?   Come after the 11 AM Mass (noon) to the parish hall on Sunday April 2nd.  Everyone is invited and the event is free of charge. You can also bring your friends. You will be surprised how easy it is to make these beautiful Easter Eggs. 


The PNU Can Help You Use Your Tax Refund Wisely

Insurance policies, Endowments, and annuities are just some of the things the PNU can offer to help you and your family grow financially. Contact the PNU Home Office @ 1-800-724-6352 or Henrietta Kleckner @ @ 724.863.6715 for more information on ways you can use your tax refund wisely.


Pierogi Sale This Week

Help will be needed as we hold our 1st Lenten Pierogi Sale this week.  Wednesday late afternoon food prep; Thursday food prep and Friday pierogi pinching and sale. Without the pierogi program, our parish would have to make up at least $12, 490 to replace this financial loss.  An appeal to all parishioners is being made to help this parish fundraiser.


50th Parish Celebration

How time flies…. this is our 50th year in celebrating the Eucharist in our present worship site and we would like to celebrate the occasion this autumn.  Help and suggestions are being asked to give ideas as to how we want to celebrate this milestone.  Please contact any one of our Parish Council members with ideas as more information will be forthcoming.

           First Sunday in Lent


First Reading: Genesis 2: 7-9, 3: 1-7

Responsorial:  51

Second Reading: Romans 5: 12-19  

Gospel: Matthew 4: 1-11



KEY VERSE: “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.”                                                     Matthew 4: 1


READINGS: In our first reading, we have the account of the Creation and the fall of humanity through disobedience.  Note how the serpent (Satan) manipulates Eve through suggestions and lies. Paul in his letter writes about the effects of sin and the damage it causes between the person and God.  Our Gospel is about the temptations of Jesus and how Jesus was able to overcome the temptations.


REFLECTING: We begin the holy season of Lent where we recognize that sin separates us from the flow of God’s graces.  Let us reflect upon the calling that has been given to us by our Savior to complete His mission bringing salvation to all, but first before we can complete our mission, we must begin with ourselves through a sincere confession and reconciliation.


PRAYING: Father, as we begin our Lenten journey, may we receive your forgiveness for we have been sinful people.  This we pray through Christ our Lord.