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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Second Sunday in Lent

        March 12, 2017

    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

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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

2nd Sunday in Lent Liturgy


OPENING HYMN       “From Ashes to the Living Font”                Bulletin                        

Introductory Rite                                                                                Page 63

 Entrance Hymn                                                                     Philippians 3: 9

 P:  I am no longer trying for perfection by my own efforts, the

      righteousness of my own based on the law.

 R   But that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from

      God, depending on faith.

 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 12: 1-4a                          

  Responsorial Psalm                                                                         Psalm 33     

  R: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in You.

  Second Reading                                                              2 Timothy 1: 8b-10     

 Lenten Acclamations I                                                           Matthew 17: 5                                 

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

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

 C:   From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:  This is my beloved

       Son, hear Him.

 R:   Alleluia 

 Gospel                                                                                  Matthew 17: 1-9  


NICENE CREED                                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

OFFERTORY                                                                                    Page 73


 CANON                           Eucharistic Prayer 3                                 Page 84

THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                                 Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                                Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN        “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”      Bulletin


Easter Flowers Envelopes are available in the Parish Narthex.  Please take one to celebrate Easter with fresh spring flowers on the altars.

Opening Hymn: “Through the Years”

PNCC Church Anthem


Through the years unto Thee, O Lord

Faithful service we have rendered

At the break of dawn marched sunward

(At the chains of bondage straining.)


Unto Thee we built a temple

Which for us became a treasure

Pouring gifts of faith and courage

(In it is our hope forever.)


Christ Himself speaks from its altars

As He spoke throughout the ages

To the poor among His people

(When their blinded eyes He opened).







Closing Hymn: “From Ashes to the Living Font”

CC Hymn 237 verses 1, 2, & 3

From ashes to the living font,

Your Church must journey Lord,

Baptized in grace in grace renewed,

By Your most holy Word.


Through fasting, prayers and charity,

Your voice speaks deep within,

Returning us to ways of truth,

And turning us from sin.


From desert to the mountaintop

In Christ, our way to see,

So, tempered by temptation’s might

We might transfigured be.

Sunday Ministry Schedule


     This 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


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

     Greeters            M. Krusienski                        A Fioravanti

     Lectors             Yellow Team                         L. Zaucha

     Ushers               L. Ruozzi & T. Gibala         J. Wagner


Stations of the Cross- Reading Schedule

March 17, 2017-SAMBS Members

March 24, 2017-Annunciation Bell & Chopin Choir Members

March 31, 2017-YMSR Members

April 7, 2017-SOCL Students & Faculty


Attend Lenten Services Wednesdays and Fridays


Institution of the PNCC

Today we celebrate the institution of the PNCC organized on March 14, 1897 where we give thanks and praise to Almighty God for His many blessings.  We also cherish our democratic Catholic Faith.  This occasion gives us the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to serve our Lord Jesus through the PNCC.

As Catholics, we are reminded that there are certain duties as members:  Those duties are:

·        To accept and obey what Christ taught us.

·        To give glory to God by leading a good life.

·        To support the work of the Church.

·        To help bring others into the Church.

May we fulfill all our obligations as a Catholic Body of Christ in this “Year of Commitment” through our faith and devotion.



Sunday, March 12, 2017     Institution of PNCC                        Lent 2                          

Mission Collection/National Church Center

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                                                                     1 0:15 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 Paige


Wednesday, March 15, 2017                            

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                                            5:30 P.M.

Bible Class                                                                                  5:45 P.M.

Bitter Lamentations III                                                               7:00 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                                             7:30 P.M.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Monthly Parish Council Meeting                                              7:30 P.M.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Stations of the Cross                                                                  7:00 P.M.

                          Readers: SAMBS Ladies


Saturday, March 19, 2017     

Lenten Penitential Service                                                       11:00 A.M.


Sunday, March 19, 2017                                                              Lent 3                          

Holy Mass                                                                                   9:00 A.M.

+Helen Korch (3rd Ann.) Int. Janet & Bill Korch; +Pearl Korenoski Int. Carol Davelli

SOCL Classes                                                                           10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                                       10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                                 11:00 A.M.

+Josephine Kijowski (9th Ann.) Int. Kijowski & Egan Families.


Next Lenten Pierogi Sale is March 24th.

Thank you all who helped this past week with our pierogi sale.

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Homemade Chocolate Easter Egg Sales

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.


SOCL Lenten Food Drive

We have begun our annual Food drive which will benefit the McKeesport Intersection which provides an onsite meal program and food pantry. Needed are nonperishable items: Pasta,
Pasta sauce, cereal, peanut butter, jelly and paper products. That year they provided more than 14,000 meals. Your support is greatly appreciated.


A Reminder:  Applications for the PNU Youth and Education Scholarships are due March 31st.

Organ Fund

The organ Fund received $1,250.00 in memory of Mary Mowrey by Family and Friends.  This brings our fund to $29, 155.00. 


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.



  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. 


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.


CLIPART           Second Sunday in Lent


First Reading: Genesis 12: 1-4

Responsorial:  33

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1: 8-10

Gospel: Matthew 17: 1-9




KEY VERSE:This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”.”                                            Matthew 17: 5b


READINGS: God chose an individual through whom He would bring salvation to all humanity.  Our first reading has Abraham called to be the father of the Jewish people.  Paul writes in our second reading that God had a plan for our salvation even before the creation of the world.  This means that God always intended us to share in His life for all eternity.  The Gospel identifies Jesus as the Father’s only begotten Son and we are to listen to His call.


REFLECTING:   Lent is a Season of preparation for the whole Paschal Triduum, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday: not just a time to reflect on the Cross. Often our Lenten devotions can focus exclusively on the Cross, and the idea of Baptism can be lost. Therefore, the Church invites us to join the disciples in looking beyond the cross this Sunday: we see the glory of Easter, the glory of the resurrection and the glory of the baptized. We see all this in the Transfiguration: we are invited to recognize who Jesus is. It is the glorified Jesus, whom we will celebrate at Easter, who calls us to journey through Lent, just as God called Abram to journey far from his home. So, the readings lead to us acknowledge that Lent is a very special calling, to follow the Lord of glory to the renewal of baptismal purity.


PRAYING: Father, as Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, may we transfigure our faith to become that disciple You called us to be.  May we learn from our Lenten pilgrimage about the abundant love being offered by Jesus. Hear our prayer, Heavenly Father.