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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22nd Ordinary Time

                September 3, 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        “Sweet Hour of Prayer ”                 Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                                     Jeremiah 17: 10; Psalm 63:9                                  

 P:  I, the Lord, alone probe the mind and test the heart.  To reward

      everyone according to the merits of his deeds.

 R:  My soul clings fast to You.  Your right hand upholds me.

 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                                                         Jeremiah 20: 7-9                   

 Responsorial Psalm                                                            Psalm 63     

 R: My soul is thirsting for You, O Lord my God.

Second Reading                                                        Romans 12: 1-2                   

Gospel Acclamations                                           Ephesians 1: 17-18              

 C:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 R:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 C:   May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of

        our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to

        our call.

 R:   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 Gospel                                                                Matthew 16: 21-27  


 NICENE CREED                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

 CANON                        Eucharistic Prayer 4                     Page 88

 THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                  Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                 Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN                  “Ode to Joy”                      Bulletin


“Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life”

                                                                 Matthew 12: 25



Opening Hymn:  Sweet Hour of Prayer

PNCC Hymnal #223 verse 1 & 2


Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer that calls me from world of care. And bids me at my Father’s Throne, makes all my wants and wishes known


In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief

And oft escaped the temper’s snare by thy return sweet hour of prayer.


Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, Thy wings shall my petition bear To Him whose truths and faithfulness, engage the waiting soul to bless


And since He bids me seek His face, believe His word and trust His grace.  I’ll cast on Him my every care and wait for Thee sweet hour of prayer.


Opening Hymn: “Ode to Joy”

PNCC Hymnal 228


Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love.

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee, praising Thee their sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the dark of doubt away. Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.


      All Thy works with joy surround Thee; earth and heav’n reflect Thy

       rays, Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, blooming meadows, flashing sea

Chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in Thee.


Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,

Well- spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest.

Thou art Father, Christ our brother; all who live in love are Thine;

Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.


Mortals join the mighty chorus, which the morning stars began,

Father love is reigning o’er us; Brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,

Joyful music lifts us sunward, in the triumph song of life.




Sunday, September 3, 2017                         Ordinary 22

Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

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.


Sunday, September 10, 2017                 Brotherly Love

Mission Sunday

Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                               10:00 A.M.

SOCL Classes                                                  10:15 A.M.

SAMBS Meeting                                              10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.


Guest Organists: Hanna Jobes (9 AM) & Mary Ann Warcholak (11 AM).  Thank you for sharing your talents.



Sunday Ministry Schedule


Today             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


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

Greeters     C. Trumpe                              A. Fioravanti                     

Lectors      Red Team                               B. & L. Zaucha     Ushers       D. Newcamp & W. Albeck    J. Wagner



 YMSR Annual Steeler Ticket Raffle

Tomorrow, 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.





Next Sunday begins our SOCL 2017-2018 religious educational classes. All parish youth should attend.  Nothing is more important than continuing your child’s education in knowing our Lord. The parish seeks parental support. Our classes are Nursery School, Intermediate, Junior and Confirmation.

The adult class will begin September 20th. This year’s course will be on the Gospel of John. All parish children and teens should be registered.

Adult Confirmation Classes will be formed.  Adults who haven’t been confirmed. Should contact Fr. Bruce so they can complete their baptismal vows.

Registration Forms are in the Vestibule.

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.


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Spojnia Sunday, September 24th

SAMBS Pork Roast Dinner, Sept 24th.

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


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.


Pierogi-September 13-15, 2017

We will be making cabbage pierogies for future sales with prep work Wednesdays late afternoon, Thursday and Friday.  Call Steffie @412.672.5403 to help or for information.





The 4th Sunday of September has been designated by the General Synod to be Spojnia Sunday in appreciated for all that the PNU has given to the Church.  Spojnia Branch 132 will celebrate Spojnia Sunday with free coffee and doughnuts after the 9:00 A.M. A short presentation will be given.   Check the hall bulletin board concerning announcements about the PNU and the Spojnia Credit Union.  For questions about policies and associate memberships, speak with Henrietta Kleckner after Mass or call the home office @ (800) 724-6352.  In conjunction with Spojnia Sunday, a contest is being held.  Information can be found on the bulletin table in the vestibule.


Hurricane Harvey Relief

Holy Family will be partnering with the Pittsburgh base Brother’s Brother Foundation in conjunction with Gleaning for the World organization in Lynchburg, VA in helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Requested are all types of school supplies. A special barrel will be available. Donations will be accepted until October 31, 2017. Financial Donations can be sent to the Salvation Army PO Box 1959, Atlanta, Ga 30301.  Checks are to be made out to Hurricane Harvey-Salvation Army. In addition, Prime Bishop Mikovsky requests that a special collection be taken in all parishes which will be done next Sunday on the Feast of Brotherly Love. It is now time to put our Christian Faith into action by helping those in need. God bless you all!



           22nd 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: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” 

                                                                        Matthew 16: 24


 Readings: Our first reading has Jeremiah coming to his wit’s end.  Speaking God’s message to the people has brought him nothing but insults.  Yet, somehow, he cannot remain silent.  Paul urges in our second reading not to live like the people around us.  Instead, we should strive to do the will of god.  Jesus in the Gospel foretells His suffering and death at the hands of the religious leaders.  He tells His disciples that they too must be prepared to face hardship and suffering.


 Reflection: A quick glance at last week’s Gospel reveals the interesting development of the story: last week, we heard Peter proclaiming that Jesus was the Messiah, and being given authority as a result. This week, Peter gets it wrong: he is rebuked by the Lord because he does not understand who the Messiah is. The Messiah is the one who will give everything for his people - even his own life. To be a follower of Jesus demands an understanding and acceptance of this fact, and a willingness to take up the cross as Jesus did. Our introduction to this is the prophet Jeremiah - also persecuted for doing and saying what was right. We must be prepared to face persecution for our beliefs by people who do not understand the true meaning of life.


 Praying: Heavenly Father, we pray that the words of Jesus become true to our lives.  Allow us to listen and follow our Savior, even if it means we take up the cross.  This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord.