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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24th Ordinary Time

               September 17, 2017

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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 Custodian412.678.7347

                                                                                The Holy Family


  Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard



24th Sunday Ordinary Time Liturgy


OPENING HYMN    “To Worship, Work & Witness”        Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                                Sirach 10: 6-7; Ephesians 4: 32                                  

 P:  No matter the wrong, do no violence to your neighbor, and do

      not walk the path of arrogance.  Odious to the Lord and to men

      is arrogance, and the sin of oppression they both hate.

 R:  Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another

       as God has forgiven you in Christ.

 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                                                      Sirach 27: 30-28-9                   

 Responsorial Psalm                                                          Psalm 103     

 R: The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in


Second Reading                                                        Romans 14: 7-9                   

Gospel Acclamations                                                     John 14: 7-9              

 C:   Alleluia,

 R:   Alleluia,

 C:   I give you a new commandment, says the Lord; love one

        another as I have loved you.

 R:   Alleluia.

 Gospel                                                                Matthew 18: 21-35  


 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    “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”      Bulletin


“If you forgive others their transgressions, your Heavenly Father will forgive you.”                                 Matthew 6: 14


Opening Hymn: “To Worship. Work and Witness”

Tune:  “The Church’s One Foundation”, verses 1, 3, & 4  


To worship, work, and witness, The Good News spread abroad,
We magnify thy mission, Church of the living God;
The Father's new creation Thro' Jesus Christ his Son,
The Spirit has empowered to do as Christ has done.

Be thou to Christ his body, Hold fast to Christ thy Head;
Be thou Christ's open letter By all men to be read;
Be thou Christ's holy temple, Himself the cornerstone;
Be thou Christ's living altar Whereon his love is shown.

Head of the Church, inspire us To have in us thy mind,
To humbly wait thy guidance, Thy joy in serving find,
Bestow the Spirit's grace gifts To serve the common good,
While helping each the other To love thy brotherhood.

Closing Hymn: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

CC Hymnal 339 verses 1, 2, & 4


A mighty Fortress is our God, a sword and shield victorious;

Who breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod and sins salvation glorious.

The old satanic foe has sworn to work us woe!

With craft and dreadful might, he arms himself to fight,

On earth he has no equal.


No strength of ours can match his might!  We would be lost rejected

But now a champion comes to fight, Whom God alone elected.

You ask who this may be?  The Lord of hosts is He.

Christ Jesus mighty Lord.  God’s only Son adored.

He holds the field victorious.


God’s Word forever shall abide, no thanks to foes who fear it;

For God our Lord fights by our side, with weapons of the Spirit.

Were they to take our house; goods, honor child or spouse

Though life be wretched away, they cannot win the day.

The Kingdom’s ours forever.



Sunday, September 17, 2017             24 Ordinary Time

Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Stanley Rucinski (11th Ann.) Int. Allen, Wanda, and Kristen Korenoski; +Glen Sleczkowski Int. Mary Beth Kurpiel

Fellowship Hour                                              10:00 A.M.

SOCL Classes                                                  10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.

+Anna Yonek Int. Robert & Janet Yonek


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bible Class                                                         6: 45 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                     7:00 P.M.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    6:30 P.M.

Parish Council Meeting                                      7:30 P.M.                            


Sunday, September 24, 2017             25 Ordinary Time


Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Dorothy Misiura Int. Ted & Jan Gibala; +Gladys (Catherine) Jula Int. George & Irene Jugan

Fellowship Hour                                               10:00 A.M.

SOCL Classes                                                  10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.


We will have a special basket in the Church Vestibule for our parish’s special collection for the Hurricanes Relief for those who were not present in Church last Sunday and would like to contribute.


Sunday Ministry Schedule


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

Greeters    M. Sleczkowski                        A. Fioravanti                       

Lectors     Yellow Team                            B. & L. Zaucha    Ushers      W. Griffith & G. Jobes             J. Wagner


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

Greeters      M. Krusienski                        A. Fioravanti                     

Lectors       Red Team                               B. & L. Zaucha     Ushers        G. Jugan & S. Tadajski          J. Wagner



The School of Christian Living has begun and it is important that all parents cooperate by having your child attend classes every Sunday.  Our dedicated teachers prepare their curriculum each week and it is sinful when an entire class does not attend.  Nothing is more important in life than place God first in our lives by attending Holy Mass receiving the Eucharist and learning God’s moral direction to living through SOCL classes.


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.  SOCL faculty should be in attendance.


Our SOCL will be working on a “witnessing project after Mass today.  They will be putting together care packages

To be donated to the Intersection of McKeesport.  These items have been donated from past fundraisers but most importantly is teaching our youth about caring for others.



                24th Sunday Gospel Word Search

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Saturday, September 30, 2017-Parish Hall

9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.

Vendors, Crafters, Chinese Auction, Refreshments

Sponsored by the Youth Association

Needed: Chinese Auction Baskets. Requests are made to the youth parents and to anyone else who would like to donate. A youth club meeting will be held today after SOCL, parents are invited to attend. Parish youth and teens should be a part of our Youth Association.


September is Spojnia Month

Spojnia Sunday-September 24th Join the PNU for complimentary coffee and donuts after Mass next Sunday and hear about the Benefits of the PNU................ now celebrating 109 years!

Check out the Church Bookrack for the various PNU services and programs that are offered.



50th Anniversary Information

We will celebrate 50 years in our present worship site on October 8th the Solemnity of the Christian Family with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 A.M. (one Mass only) followed by a Parish Brunch at the Butler’s Golf Course and Rock Run Inn. Buffet includes appetizers, English style baked cod, stuffed chicken breasts, green beans & mushrooms and roasted fingerling potatoes.  Costs:  $20 for adults and $7:00 for children. A short video program highlighting our 50 years will be presented.  For reservations call Janis Gibala @ 412.678.7347. Jan will be in the vestibule to take reservations after Mass today.

Hurricane Harvey/Irma 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 these deadly hurricanes.  Requested are all types of school supplies. Special barrels 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- or Irma.


SAMBS Pork Loin Dinner

Saturday, October 21st

Prices:  Adults $10; Children 12 and under $7.00

Dinner will be served from 4 P.M.-7:00 P.M.


Organ Dedication Concert

A special concert will be presented by our Choirs with guest organists and singers on Saturday, October 28th at 5 PM. Fellowship and refreshments will follow. A free will collection will be taken benefiting our parish organ fund during the concert. Come and enjoy.


     24th Sunday Ordinary Time


First Reading:  Sirach 27: 30-28: 7

Responsorial:  Psalm 103  

Second Reading:  Romans 14: 7-9

Gospel:  Matthew 18: 21-35





 Key Verse: “I do not tell you to forgive seven times, but seventy- seven times.”                                                           Matthew 18: 22


 Readings: From our first reading, what is almost a running commentary on the prayer Our Father, the reading shows that even in Old Testament times, some of the people had advanced far beyond the Law of Talion which is “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.  In Paul’s writing to the Romans, we hear that responsibility for our actions reaches up to God Himself.  Jesus tells us to forgive as often as forgiveness is asked of us.


 Reflection:  Jesus tells a dramatic story in the Gospel, to make a very important point: the desperate need in our world for forgiveness and reconciliation. How many chances do we give each other? As many as seven? How often do we shut doors on people, even family and friends, saying “That’s it; you’ve just gone too far this time: never again”? When Jesus says that we must forgive “seventy-seven” times, he implies that we never stop forgiving, whatever happens. He doesn’t just say this, however: even when they do the worst thing that could be done to him, nailing him to a cross, Jesus puts these words into practice: “Father, forgive them...”  As his disciples, we must do likewise.


Praying:  Father, give us the wisdom and strength to forgive those who have hurt usRecognizing that we cannot be forgiven if we do not know how to forgive, help us with our struggles with this command as we pray to our Lord Jesus who lives and reigns with you for help.