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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                   21 Ordinary Time

                    August 27, 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 phone or E-mail at BSleczkowski@aol.comProduct Image


 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               “Amazing Grace ”                 Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                                              Deuteronomy 32: 3-4                       

 P:  For I will sing to the Lord’s renown.  Oh, proclaim the   greatness of our God!

 R:  The Rock, how faultless are His deeds, how right all His ways!  A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright He is!

 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 22: 19-23                   

 Responsorial Psalm                                                          Psalm 138     

 R: Lord, Your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of Your hands.

Second Reading                                                   Romans 11: 33-36                   

Gospel Acclamations                                               Matthew 16: 18              

 C:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 R:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 C:   You are Peter and upon this rock, I will build my Church and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.

 R:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 Gospel                                                                Matthew 16: 13-20  


 NICENE CREED                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

 CANON                        Eucharistic Prayer 3                     Page 84

 THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                  Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                 Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN  “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”   Bulletin



You are my Rock and my Fortress; for Your name’s sake lead and guide me.”                            Psalm 31: 4


  Opening Hymn: “Amazing Grace”

PNCC Hymnal 224, verses 1, 2 & 3


Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.


T’was grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fear  relieved,

How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.


The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures,

He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.














Closing Hymn: “Holy God We Praise Thy Name”

PNCC Hymnal 227 verses 1, 2 & 3


Holy God we praise Thy Name, Lord of all we bow before Thee,

All on earth Thy scepter claim, all in heav’n above adore Thee

Boundless is Thy vast domain, everlasting is Thy reign


Hark the loud celestial hymn, Angel choirs above are raising.

Cherubim and Seraphim, in unceasing chorus praising.

Fill the heav’n with sweet accord, holy holy, holy Lord.


Holy Father, Holy Son, Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee.

While in essence only One, undivided God we claim Thee.

And adoring bend the knee, while we own the mystery.




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


Sunday, September 3, 2017                         Ordinary 22


Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Thomas Jarusienski Int. Mr. & Mrs. Ted Gibala +Michael, Mary, Anna, Irene & Dorothy Tutko Int. Mrs. Helen Popovic

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.


Thank You Hanna Jobes (9 AM) & Mary Ann Warcholak (11 AM) for substituting for Wendy Blotzer these next two weeks.

This week we have a special envelope for the youth activities of our parish and National Church.  Your support will be greatly appreciated.


                     Prayer for Youth (2010 PNCC Prayer Book)
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.

Sunday Ministry Schedule


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

     Greeters       M. Sleczkowski                  A. Fioravanti                       

      Lectors        Yellow Team                   B. & L. Zaucha    

      Ushers         D. Mantia & R. Delong           J. Wagner


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

     Greeters        M. Krusienski                     A. Fioravanti                     

     Lectors         Red Team                         B. & L. Zaucha    

     Ushers          D. Newcamp & W. Albeck     J. Wagner



       YMSR Annual Steeler Ticket Raffle

September 4, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. is the drawing date to win 2 tickets to all the home games.  Ticket price $20.00 and only 250 raffle tickets will be sold. Have you bought yours yet?  Time is running out. 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.

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. Faculty should attend. Deadline for registration is September 17th, let Fr. Bruce know if attending.

Adult Confirmation Classes will begin this fall. Contact Fr. Bruce. Registration forms are in the Church vestibule.

Spojnia Sunday, September 24th

SAMBS Pork Roast Dinner, Sept 24th.

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


Wordsearch 21A.jpg (697×357)                        21th Sunday Gospel Word Search



The SAMBS of our Holy Trinity Washington Parish invites all our ladies to their Ladies Tea on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. to hear the King of Rock’n Roll sing praises to the KING OF KINGS. Tiara, Gown and Tea cups are optional. RSVP by September 9th to Darlene Pajak 724.228.8464.


There are various printer ink cartridges in the vestibule that if they can be used for your home printer, you can take them.  We are still collecting used printer ink cartridges and phone.

Also, our youth are still collecting aluminum cans.  A special retainer can be found in the parish hall.

Who Do You Say that I am?

Our Year of Commitment


 The question hung in the air like a thick morning fog. Imagine the complete silence and the small crowd around Jesus looking stupefied—too scared or uncertain to speak. They didn’t know what to say in response to the Lord’s  question, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15).


 Then, as though some invisible hand had flipped a switch, bringing him into perfect awareness, Simon Peter’s head shot up. He looked Jesus in the eye and declared, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). Peter got it right.


 Calling Jesus “Christ” and “God’s Son” was a big deal in biblical times.  Such a statement led to the death of many brave believers, as the Jewish and Roman authorities persecuted Christians who were willing to take a stand for their faith. Even those who walked side by side with Jesus and excitedly took part in His ministry would be taking a huge risk to call Him “Christ.” So, they sometimes remained silent while continuing to work for

 the kingdom.


Isn’t it interesting that today’s church often has the opposite problem? Many people are quick to exclaim “Jesus is Lord!” but then fail to go about His work and ministry.


Is there a disparity between what you profess with your mouth and what you’re doing for the kingdom? Jesus calls us to be complete in testimony and in deed. If your confession is “Jesus is Lord,” then your life should reflect your bold stance. What can you do today to reveal your faith to others? Remember, YOU could be the only Bible people may read in today’s world.

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          

           21st Ordinary Time


 First Reading:  Isaiah 22: 15, 19-23

 Responsorial:  Psalm 138

 Second Reading:  Romans 11: 33-36

 Gospel:  Matthew 16: 13-20



 Key Verse: “You are Peter, and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven”.                                                 Matthew 16: 19


 Readings: Our first reading from Isiah talks about one man being

 dismissed for his high office and the keys of authority being passed on to another. Paul’s Letter to the Romans for today contains a hymn of joyful praise to the wisdom of God, which is far too deep for us to fathom. It is up to our faith to listen and to live as God directs.  The Gospel gives us a marvelous declaration of faith in Jesus by Peter when our Lord asked Who He was.  Peter and all the apostles are given authority to the keys of the Kingdom of God.


 Reflection: There is a very simple theme to this Sunday’s readings: it is the principle of authority in the community of the Church: we are introduced to the idea that God gives authority to someone in the first reading, where Shebna is dismissed by God and replaced. This is a prelude to the Gospel story of Peter and all the apostles being given authority: not because they were powerful or wise in the world’s sense, but because they were able to profess their faith in the one sent by the Father. This is the principle of all

 authority in the Church: it is to spring only from God and our faith in God, professed by our way of life and rooted only in Christ, for “to him all authority, in heaven and on earth, has been given.”


 Praying: Heavenly Father, we pray that we may learn from the example of Peter and all the apostles to follow Christ more closely in our lives.  If we are to gain our rightful place in the Kingdom, may the Holy Spirit guide and teach us the necessary faith.  This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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