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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    Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard


Solemnity- Christian Family

27th Ordinary Time

                  October 8, 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




Christian Family Liturgy


PROCESSIONAL HYMN   “Christian Family Hymn”      Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                                  1 Timothy 5:8; Galatians 6:10                                  

 P:  Whoever does not provide for relatives and especially family

       member has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

 R:  So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all,

       but especially to those who belong to the family of the 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

 GLORIA                                                                               Page 67



 First Reading                                                                 Isaiah 5: 1-7                   

 Responsorial Psalm                                                            Psalm 80     

 R: The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

Second Reading                                                     Philippians 4: 6-9                  

Gospel Acclamations                                                       John 10:27              

 C:   Alleluia,

 R:   Alleluia,

 C:   Observe, my son, your father’s bidding and reject not your

        mother’s teaching.

 R:   Alleluia.  

 Gospel                                                                 Matthew 21: 33-43


 NICENE CREED                                                                 Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

 CANON                        Eucharistic Prayer 1                       Page 77

 THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                    Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                    Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                  Page 100


      “Through the Years”            PNCC Hymnal #2 verses 1, 2, & 8 


RECESSIONAL   “The Church’s One Foundation”           Bulletin




Opening Hymn: “Christian Family Hymn”


R:  For our homes and for our daily food, we express our thanks and gratitude.  Most of all for families, thanks to our God above.


God who made this world so fair; keep our fathers in your care

Give them happiness we pray; bless them dear Lord today. R:


Bless our dear mothers whom we love; grant peace unto them from above;

They teach us patience and how to pray, Jesus bless them today. R:


May our children reach their goal, give them peace of heart and soul;

Grant them wisdom and let them know, on the right path to go. R:







Closing  Hymn: “The Church’s One Foundation”

PNCC Hymnal 231, verses 1 & 2


The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord

She is His new creation by water and the word

From heav’n He came and sought her to be His holy bride

With His own blood He bought her and for her life He died.


Elect from every nation yet one o’er all the earth

Her charter of salvation one Lord, one faith, one birth

One holy Name she blesses, partakes one holy food

And to one hope she presses with every grace endued.


Yet she on earth hath union with God the Three in One

And mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won

O happy ones and holy Lord give us grace that we

Like then, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell in Thee.  Amen.




Sunday, October 8, 2017   Solemnity-Christian Family

50th Anniversary Celebration of Parish Site

Mission Collection

Confessions                                                        9:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        10:00 A.M.

Brunch                                                           12:00 P.M.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bible Class                                                          5:45 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                      7:00 P.M.

Thursday, October 11, 2017

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    7:00 P.M.

Sunday, October 15, 2017                 28 Ordinary Time

Confessions                                                        9:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        10:00 A.M.

+Dorothy Kovacik Int. SAMBS; +Anthony Davelli (10th Ann.) Int. Mrs. Carol Davelli & Family

SOCL                                                               10:15 A.M.

YMSR Meeting                                                10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.

+Thomas Zaucha (3rd Ann.) Int. Mrs. Bonnie Zaucha

and Family

SAMBS Religious Forum                                 3:00 P.M.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Lilly, PA


Detour maps are available to Rock Run Inn at Butler’s Golf Course where our Parish Brunch will be held. 


Our First Pierogi Sale this Week.  Help is always needed: prep Wednesday late afternoon; Thursday morning; pinching, cooking Friday morning. Orders can be taken by calling 412.664.7009 Thursday morning. For more information call Steffie Coddington at 412.672.5403.



The Christian Family

Today we are celebrating the 50th year of worshipping in our parish home.  The Solemnity of the Christian Family was chosen because during the month of October across our Polish National Catholic Church we celebrate this solemnity as one family. In our culture we see fewer and fewer examples of a Christian Family, praying together and following the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We are reminded during this month to strengthen our commitment to our faith and our individual family as well as our parish family.
In the book of Genesis we read about God as the Creator of all things, including the institution of the family.  The very basic concept of family defines it as a husband and wife with one or more children.  However, we know that this is not always the case in every family situation.  For example, some families do not have a mother or a father present; and some families have a husband and wife, but no children.  Even regarding Jesus, we realize that Mary is His mother and Joseph is His guardian.  The importance of the family in society should not be underestimated, for that is where we learn and develop our basic moral values.
At the Third General Synod of the Polish National Catholic Church in 1914 the delegates instituted the Solemnity of the Christian Family and selected the second Sunday of October to celebrate it.  The Solemnity of the Christian Family commemorates the values of the Holy Family and how we should apply these values to our own families.  The responsibility of children to respect, honor and love their parents is found in the Bible.  It is important for each of us to remember the Fourth Commandment:  Honor your father and mother.  Love and respect of parents toward their children is also taught many times in Holy Scripture.  Parents not only have a responsibility to provide for the physical and material needs of their children, they are entrusted to provide for their spiritual needs as well. The parents are to bring up their children in the Christian faith and should set a good example for the children to follow.  Parents are to teach, guide and discipline their children in the love of the Lord.  This solemnity reminds us of the importance of mutual love and respect within each Christian family.
Just as an individual family is part of society, the Christian family is part of a parish family, which is part of a larger family called the Church.  The individual Christian families and the Church share a common faith in Christ and worship Him.  This solemnity also reminds us that the Christian family is built on the foundation of Christ Jesus, our Lord.  We become a part of the Christian Family in the Sacrament of Baptism and reiterate in the Sacrament of Confirmation, through which we are united with Christ and become brothers and sisters in Him.
The Church is essential to the Christian family because the family members encounter Christ in the parish community by participating in worship at Holy Mass, receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, hearing the Word of God and receiving the other sacraments.






Sunday Ministry Schedule


Today                              10:00 A.M.

Greeters                      M. Sleczkowski                     

Lectors                         Youth Team                          

Ushers                  D. Mantia & R. DeLong      


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


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SAMBS Pork Loin Dinner

Saturday, October 21st


Adults $10;

Children 12 and under $7.00

Dinner will be served

from 4 P.M.-7:00 P.M.

Eat in or Take out





Organ Dedication Concert

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


Religious Forum

The annual religious forum will be next Sunday, October 15th at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Lilly, PA.  Hospitality begins at 2:00 P.M. A liturgical service will begin at 3:00 P.M. followed by the forum and dinner.  Tickets are $10 for the dinner.  All women of our parish are invited to attend sponsored by the Sub-Central SAMBS. Contact Marian Sleczkowski if you plan to attend.


PNU District 5 Meeting & Seminar-October 28th

A reminder that the meeting will begin at 10:30 A.M. followed by the Seminar by PNU CFO John Andrzejewski, hosted by Branch 132.  All PNU members are encouraged to attend this very informative seminar.

Volunteers to help serve dinner is requested.


Our neighbor, the Free Hungarian Reform Church will be holding their annual Autumn Luncheon Bingo Nov. 4th.  Tickets $25.00.  Call 412.672.7298 for tickets and information.




Solemnity-Christian Family

27th Sunday Ordinary Time


First Reading:  Isaiah 5: 1-7

Responsorial:  Psalm 80  

Second Reading:  Philippians 4: 6-9

Gospel:  Matthew 21: 33-43


Key Verse: “He will lease the vineyard to other tenants."

          Matthew 21: 41


 Readings: Isaiah tells us of God’s feelings when He works so hard to bring forth fruit but ends up getting only useless grapes. Paul is petitioning God to help us become more fruitful should not allow us to forget that in many areas of the world the church is bringing forth charity and justice, so we should be reminded to direct ourselves to bringing for every kind of good fruit. In the Gospel, Jesus turns the parable of Isaiah into an allegory, applying various points of it to Himself.


 Reflection: As we celebrate 50 years on this solemnity today we focus on the vineyard: frequently we see the vineyard as an image or parable of the Kingdom of God. A vineyard takes a great deal of work, throughout the year; it must be tended, watered, pruned, cared for if there is to be any fruit - there are no quick results with vines. So, the financial and labor investments made would create high expectations for a good crop. How heartbreaking when the fruit is as sour as vinegar! So, it was with God and his people: he invested immense care and love on them, tending then and giving them what they needed - but the fruit was rotten and sour. What can God do? Hand the vineyard over to some tenants who will bring in a harvest. That is us, the new people of Israel: but what sort of harvest will we produce? It is your choice.


Praying:   Heavenly Father, look down from heaven and see, take care of this vine, our parish of Holy Family so that we continue to bring good fruits to our families and community.  We pray through our Lord Jesus who lives and reigns forever.