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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20 Ordinary Time

                              August 20, 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



        Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard




OPENING HYMN                     “Come Unto Jesus ”                     Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                                                 Baruch 5:5; Psalm 122: 1-2                       

 P:  Up Jerusalem! Stand upon the heights; look to the east and see your

      children gathered from the east and the west at the word of the Holy

      One, rejoicing that they are remembered by God.

 R:  I rejoice when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord.  And

       now our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem.

 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

 GLORIA                                                                                           Page 67



 First Reading                                                                       Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7                   

 Responsorial Psalm                                                                         Psalm 67     

 R: God, let all the nations praise You!

Second Reading                                                     Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32                   

Gospel Acclamations                                                              Matthew 4: 23              

 C:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 R:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 C:   Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom and cured every disease

        among the people.

 R:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 Gospel                                                                             Matthew 15: 21-28  


 NICENE CREED                                                                             Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

 CANON                            Eucharistic Prayer 2                               Page 82

 THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                                Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                                Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                               Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN      “All Creatures of our God and King”         Bulletin


“Turn to Me and be safe, all the ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other!”                                                                           Isaiah 45: 22


Opening Hymn: “Come Unto Jesus”

PNCC Hymnal 180


Refrain:  Lo, the vision wondrous to behold

He would save us from this sinful world

To heaven’s blessed glory untold

O dearest Lord we come!


Come unto Jesus, Come while you may

Hear how He calls you, come now this day

How He does love you, follow His way,

Gently He calls you come:


Come O my child now, come heed His call

Give Him your heart, your love and your all

He shall uplift you, lest you should fall

Gently He calls you come!


Come fallen sinner, come while you may!

Christ will accept you, do not delay!

Tears of repentance He wipes away,

Trust in Him only, Come!


Closing Hymn: “All Creatures of our God and King”

CC Hymnal 300 verses 1 & 7


All creatures of our God and King,

Lift up your voice and with us sing

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

O burning sun with golden beam             

And silver moon with softer gleam

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!


Let all things their Creator bless

And worship God in humbleness,

Alleluia, Alleluia.

O praise the Father, praise the Son,

And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!



Sunday, August 20, 2017                                         Ordinary 20    


Holy Mass                                                                      9:00 A.M.

+Roland Reynolds Int. Mrs. Frances Palko; +Mary Mowrey Int. Brian & Neil Stahurski

Holy Mass                                                                    11:00 A.M.

+Paul Yonek Int. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Yonek


Saturday, August 26, 2017

50th Anniversary Picture Sort                                       10:00 A.M.                


Sunday, August 27, 2017                                         Ordinary 21

Youth Fund Collection


Holy Mass                                                                      9:00 A.M.

+Anthony Palko (6th Ann.) Int. Mrs. Frances Palko; +Dr. Donald Mushalko Int. Mrs. Mildred Kotulsky

SOCL Faculty Meeting                                               10: 15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                    11:00 A.M.

+Joseph Ferenac Int. Mr. Ray Sobczak

Next Sunday there is a special envelope for the youth activities of our parish and National Church.  Your support is greatly appreciated to entire the various programs.


Holy Family offers its prayers and sympathies to the Jugan Family upon the recent passing of +Gladys Jula, sister of George Jugan.  Eternal rest grant to her Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.



Organ Fund

We are over halfway to paying off our parish loan for our new organ.  Don’t forget to make your donation.  Envelopes are in the vestibule. Thank You for your support.


Sunday Ministry Schedule


     Today          9:00 A.M.                               11:00 A.M.         

     Greeters       C. Trumpe                               A. Fioravanti                       

      Lectors       Yellow Team                           B. & L. Zaucha    

      Ushers         D. Crouch & J. Bagshaw        J. Wagner


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

     Greeters        M. Sleczkowski                      A. Fioravanti                     

     Lectors         Red Team                                B. & L. Zaucha    

     Ushers          D. Mantia & R. Delong           J. Wagner


50th Anniversary Celebration-October 8th

We are looking for help in putting up display boards of photo’s through the years. Needed are pictures of weddings, baptisms and any other events celebrated. If you are willing to help, call Fr. Bruce.@ 412.276.5562.  We will begin sorting out pictures Saturday, August 26th at 10:00 A.M. and help with putting videos



       YMSR Annual Steeler Ticket Raffle

Win 2 tickets to all the home games.  Ticket price $20.00 and only 250 raffle tickets will be sold. Four numbers per ticket based on the PA evening daily lottery.  Date of Drawing is September 4th. Sellers are needed.  See Frank Pociask after Mass. If you haven’t been able to sell your tickets, please return them so we try to sell them.

SOCL Information

The SOCL 2017-2018 semesters will begin Sunday, September 10th.  The adult class will begin September 20th.  All parish children and teens should be registered. The curriculum for classes have arrived and teachers should take them home for study.  A SOCL workshop for the deanery will be held Saturday, September 30th at Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, PA beginning at 10 AM -2:00 P.M, lunch included. Deadline for registration is September 17th, let Fr. Bruce know if attending.


Organ Fund

We are over halfway to paying off our parish loan for our new organ.  Don’t forget to make your donation.  Envelopes are in the vestibule. Thank You for your support          

Spojnia Sunday, September 24th

SAMBS Pork Roast Dinner, September 24th.

Youth Vendor Sale September 30th-Venders needed. Call Patty Bagshaw @724.864.5475


Thank You

International Village was a wonderful success this year, not because we financially did exceptionally well, but because God blessed us with many old and new faces volunteering their time and talents.  The display of Christian attitudes and fellowship were evident as a Church should be, even when unexpected glitches occurred, they were all handled with calm and reserve.   Our coordinating chairs did a great job each day making sure we could live up to our Polish Booth reputation of delicious food and smiling service.  Check out our parish Facebook, highlighting each day.  God bless all who made everything work.   


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In our holy National Catholic Church, the month of August is a special one because we focus on our Youth.  Youth Sunday is celebrated on August 27th this year. As we continue in our Year of Commitment - what is our commitment to our youth?  Do we keep them in our prayers?  Do we support them in their efforts to live and spread the faith to their peers?  Do we encourage them to have important roles in the ministry of our parish?  Do we equip them with tools to learn and cherish our Christian Catholic faith?

Remember what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said about the youth (Mark 9:33-37):
Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”  But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Let us pray.  Loving and kind Father, because You created us in Your image and likeness and determined that one generation should follow another to continue life, keep in Your tender and steadfast care the youth of the Church.  May they come to know and understand that true happiness can be attained when they live in harmony with Your teaching.  May they, like our Lord and Savior in His youth, grow “in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.”  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

                    20th Sunday

                 Ordinary Time



First Reading:  Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7

Responsorial:  Psalm 67

Second Reading:  Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32

Gospel:  Matthew 15: 21-28


Key Verse: “O woman, great is your faith.”                       Matthew 15:28


Readings: Isaiah speaks to "insiders" and "outsiders." It reminds us that salvation is not contingent on membership in a chosen people. Rather, it depends on a person's attitude of faith.  In the second reading, we find Paul speaking of a remnant, a recurring theme throughout the ancient Scriptures. Paul emphasizes that the prophets have continued to announce that no matter what befalls God's people, God will save a remnant. Paul sees this as a divine gift, a gift of life out of death. Matthew uses this event to explain how Jesus' mission of salvation is not a parochial one. Rather, the evangelist wants to make it abundantly clear that Jesus' mission is one that extends beyond the house of Israel to the ends of the earth and to all its people. Matthew wants us to understand that membership in the chosen people is neither enough nor essential. What is enough, what is essential is active faith.


Reflection: Let us reflect upon who Jesus came to save. He came for all people, underlining the “will” of His Father.  We should think about what God through His Son has and is doing for our salvation.  What we must do is respond in a prayerful way to recognize Jesus among us and His gift to us. Are we employing the essential of an active faith in our daily living?   This is what we must employ within ourselves.


Praying: Heavenly Father, You gave us Your Son Jesus to show us the way to all healing and strength.  Jesus is our passage to heaven.  May we always keep faithful to Your commandments and follow Your Son each day for Jesus is Your way, truth and life to everlasting glory.



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