Holy Family Parish

National Catholic Church

1921 Eden Park Boulevard

McKeesport. Pa. 15132

412.678.0566 Office; Auditorium 412.664.7009


Facebook page: Holy Family National Catholic Church

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        January 22, 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

 Liturgy for the Sunday Ordinary 3


OPENING HYMN                 “O God of Ages Past”                       Bulletin                        

Introductory Rite                                                                               Page 63

 Entrance Hymn                                                                          Psalm 27: 1                            

 P:  The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom do I fear?

 R:  The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom am I afraid?

 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



  First Reading                                                                     Isaiah 8: 23-9: 3                          

  Responsorial Psalm                                                                        Psalm 27     

  R: The Lord is my light and my salvation.

  Second Reading                                                 1 Corinthians 1: 10-13, 17     

 Gospel Acclamations.                                                           Matthew 4: 23                                 

 C:   Alleluia   

 R:   Alleluia 

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

        among the people.

 R:   Alleluia 

 Gospel                                                                                Matthew 4: 12-23   


NICENE CREED                                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

OFFERTORY                                                                                    Page 73


 CANON                           Eucharistic Prayer 4                                 Page 88

THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                                 Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                                Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN                  “Christ Be Beside Me”                     Bulletin


“All the ends of the earth will worship and turn to the Lord; All the families of nations will bow low before You”

                                                                                                    Psalm 22: 28


Opening Hymn: “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

CC Hymnal 343; verses 1,2, 3 & 6

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Your throne, Your saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Your arm alone, And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, or earth received its frame,
From everlasting You are God, to endless years the same.

Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Still be our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home.

Closing Hymn: “Christ Be Beside Me”

CC Hymnal 324

 Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me, King of my heart.
Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
Christ be above me, never to part.

Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,
Christ all around me, shield in the strife.
Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising, light of my heart.


Christ be in all hearts thinking about me,
Christ be on all tongues telling of me.
Christ be the vision in eyes that see me,



Sunday, January 22, 2017                                              3 Ordinary Time

Confessions                                                                                    8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                                      9:00 A.M.

+Catherine Tondera Int. Mrs. Helen Popovic; +Dorothy Kovacic Int. Mr. & Mrs. Richard Contrella

SOCL Classes                                                                              10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                                          10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                                    11:00 A.M.

+Joseph Kijowski Int. Mr. & Mrs. George Jugan


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bible Class                                                                                      5:45 P.M.                                                             


Saturday, January 28, 2017

PNU District Teleconference                                                         7:30 P.M.                                                                                


Sunday, January 29, 2017                                              4 Ordinary Time

Music Scholarship Sunday

Confessions                                                                                    8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                                      9:00 A.M.

+Eleanor Sharik (1st Ann,) Int. Parknavy & Sharik; +Phillip Kotulsky

 (5th Ann.) Int. Mrs. Mildred Kotulsky and Family.

SOCL Classes                                                                              10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                                          10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                                    11:00 A.M.


The 2016 Financial Books have been closed.  Please use the 2017 Envelopes for the envelope numbers change each year and we do not want anyone to lose credit in their stewardship. Remember that the Diocesan Development Fund was increased to $40 at the October Synod.


If you have any special requiem anniversary date that you would want to reserve for the 2017 year, please contact Fr. Bruce so they can be recorded in the parish ordo.


Thank you to all who helped taking down the Christmas Decorations last week.  It was wonderful to have so much help. God bless you all.  Just think Christmas is only 336 days and counting. 


Sunday Ministry Schedule


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

     Greeters             M. Sleczkowski                      A. Fioravanti               

      Lectors             Yellow 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               B. Griffith & J. Trumpe         J. Wagner


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Epiphany Home Visitations.

If you would like to have your home blessed for 2017 during the Epiphany Season, please make arrangements with Fr. Bruce @412.276.5562. Blessed chalk, incense, charcoal and home blessing ritual can be found by the Nativity in the sanctuary.


Parish Sympathies

Holy Family Parish extends it prayers and sympathies to the Gazdich & Oglesby Families upon the untimely death of Matthew Gazdich.  Eternal rest grant to him O lord and let the perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.



Parish Ministries Year of Commitment

We have various ministries in our parish.  Be it singing or playing bells in the choirs, lectors, acolytes, ushering, cooking etc.  We also have organizations that worships our Lord in their services, such as the SAMBS, YMSR and Youth.  Ministries can be found in working around the parish worship center with little odd and ends such as polishing the liturgical appointments to prayer blankets.  A Mission & Evangelism Committee is being formed.  We have something for everyone. Speak with Father and he will direct you to a ministry that would utilize your God given gifts.


Youth Gathering

The Cathedral Youth Association cordially inviting the Youth of the Diocese to spend a Saturday with them at "Splash Lagoon" in Erie, PA. The date is Feb 11th from 10:30 AM until closing. (approx. times).  The group rate cost is $36.95 per person which includes all the standard water rides at the facility. The 'absolute" cut off as JANUARY 29th to guarantee the tickets. Those interested should contact Patty Bagshaw or Fr. Bruce.



The Polish National Union…has something for everyone!

Family of 5 – We can help. Grandparents of 8 – We can help

Widow/Widower – We can help Divorced with Children – We can help Single – We can help College Student – We can help regardless of your status in life, we offer many ways to provide financial security for you and your family.  Contact Henrietta Kleckner@ 724.863.6715 or call the PNU Head Office at 1.800.724.6352 for more information.


Music Scholarship Sunday

Sunday, January 29th has been designated as Music Scholarship Sunday.  Scholarships are awarded to aspiring musicians and vocalists throughout the Church to help in their studies.  Holy Family has benefited with many awards to our applicants over the years and continues today. 2016 Scholarship awards were given to our own Hannah Jobes and Tyler Bagshaw.  Applications and requirements for the 2017 Scholarship Program can be downloaded nucscholarship@gmail.com.  Deadline for application is May 1, 2017.


To date our Parish Organ Fund has reached $27, 880.00.  Thank you for the generosity of our parishioners and organizations.


Year of Commitment-Can I Commit?

Across America there are people, young and old alike who are uncommitted. There are many in our own National Catholic Church.

They have the appearance of commitment.  -they talk the talk
but they don't walk the walk Their actions speak louder than their words telling of half-hearted -conditional commitment.


 See if these sound familiar?

-Lord, I'll come to church but only on Sunday Morning at my convenience.
-Lord, I'll come to church every time the doors are open but don't expect me to do anything else.
-Lord, I'll do anything for you as long as it doesn't cost me anything.
- I know that I am being a little harsh maybe
but I don't want to be a part of a group of people that has little or no wholehearted commitment to God's purpose and plan.
- I am at a place in my life where I am comfortable and I only care about my needs and have no time towards other.

-It must be my way or no way.


 Commitment is following Jesus. "Commitment demands a choice. Jesus wasted no time getting to the heart of commitment: Either the disciples would be committed to Him and deny their own desires. or they would be determined to go their own ways and deny Him. The choice to commit is the same for all believers - either deny ourselves or deny Him; either go His way or we pursue our way.


Talk about Christ would be meaningless without the walk with Him. The disciples were to take up their crosses. Carrying the cross beam was a public declaration of Tome's authority. Jesus challenged them to put themselves voluntarily under God's authority, doing His will His way. Commitment demands action; it cannot be divorced from responsibility. It extends beyond our relationship to the heavenly Father to other areas of life. Commitment limits choices because it is exclusive. For example, in a commitment to marriage, God's plan is for one woman and one man to commit to each other exclusively and permanently.

Commitment builds up faith and develops character. It is a spiritual discipline requiring time, work and determination.


As our year of 2017 progresses, let us look deeply within ourselves and ask are we truly giving Christ His due?  Let the Spirit guide us.


Third Sunday  

Ordinary Times


First Reading: Isaiah 8:23-9:3

Responsorial:  27

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 10-13, 17

Gospel: Matthew 4: 12-23



Key Verse: “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.”

                                                                                   Matthew 4: 23      


Readings:  Isaiah wrote today’s first reading when Israel was being overrun by foreign powers.  Yet note the optimism and hope that accompany his announcement of God’s help.  In our second reading, the Good News doesn’t eliminate divisions.  In fact, its very preaching may have led to the troubles mentioned by Paul.  But the Good News can still be the source of unity.  In the Gospel, Matthew sees in Jesus the fulfillment of the prophecy mentioned in the reading from Isaiah.


Reflections:  The readings today tell us that we, like the early followers of Jesus, have been called to proclaim the reign of heaven to continue the ministry that Jesus began.  It is not an easy task but can be a fruitful endeavor.  As we celebrate the Year of Commitment in our Church may be eager to follow in the early disciple’s example as we strengthen our commitment to Christ and His Church.

PRAYING: Almighty God, we pray that we always be on guard against all forms of pessimism and try to overcome it through our committed faith in Jesus, our Lord and Savior, so that we can continue His mission here on earth



People who rely most on God

Rely least on themselves.