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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30th Ordinary Time

                  October 29, 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 Custodian412.678.7347                                           The Holy Family


Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard



30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Liturgy


OPENING HYMN     “My Lord, My God, My All”            Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                               Deuteronomy 6: 5; 1 John 4: 21                                 

 P:  Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your

       heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.

 R: This is the commandment we have from Him, whoever loves

      God must also love his brother.

 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                                                        Exodus 22: 20-26                   

 Responsorial Psalm                                                            Psalm 18     

 R: I love You, Lord, my strength

Second Reading                                          1 Thessalonians 1-5c-10                  

Gospel Acclamations                                                      John 14: 23           

 C:   Alleluia,

 R:   Alleluia,

 C:   Whoever loves me will keep My word, says the Lord, and My

        Father will love him and We will come to Him.

 R:   Alleluia.  

 Gospel                                                                 Matthew 22: 34-40


 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

 RECESSIONAL                    “Joyful, Joyful”                     Bulletin


“No one has ever seen God.  Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is brought to perfection in us. 

                                                                                        1 John 4: 12



Opening Hymn: “Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All”

CC Hymnal 282: Tune: Faith of our Fathers


Refrain: Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore! O, make us love Thee more and more. O, make us love Thee more and more.

Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all! How can I love Thee as I ought?
And how revere this wondrous gift, so far surpassing hope or thought? R:

Had I but Mary's sinless heart, to love Thee with, my dearest King,
O’, with what burst fervent praise, Thy goodness, Jesus, would I sing! R:

O’ see upon the altar placed, The victim of divinest love.

Let all the earth below adore, and join the choirs of heav’n above. R:






Closing Hymn: “Joyful, Joyful We Adore You”

CC Hymnal 209 verses 1, 2 & 4


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

Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,  opening to the 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 your works with joy surround you; earth and heav’n reflect your rays. Stars and angels sing around you, center of unbroken praise.

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

Chanting bird and flowing fountain, praising you eternally.


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

God’s own love is reigning o’er us; joining people hand in hand,

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

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





Sunday, October 29, 2017                 30 Ordinary Time

Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Edward Lotz Int. Mrs. Frances Palko; +Dr. Donald Mushalko.  Int. Brian & Neil Stahurski

SOCL                                                               10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.

+Joseph Kijowski (4th Ann.) Int. Eagan & Kijowski Families.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017               All Saints Day

Bible Class                                                          5:45 P.M.

Holy Mass                                                           7:00 P.M.

Choir Rehearsal to follow Mass


Thursday, November 2, 2017                   All Souls Day

Holy Mass with Requiem Remembrances          7:00 P.M.

Bell Choir Rehearsal after Mass


Sunday, November 5, 2017               31 Ordinary Time

Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Felix Zajdel Int. Mr. & Mrs. Ted Gibala; +Mary Mowrey Int. Mr. & Mrs.  Joseph Zurovic

SOCL                                                               10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.

+Joseph Ferenac Int. Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Kokel


Pierogi Making

Pierogi making for freezing this week.  Prep work begins on Wednesday Nov. 1 in the afternoon; Thursday Nov. 2 and Friday, pinching and cooking.  This is a non-sale in preparation for the Thanksgiving, Christmas seasons and future sales.


Sunday Ministry Schedule

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

Greeters     M. Sleczkowski                A. Fioravanti

Lectors       Red Team                         B. & L. Zaucha

Ushers        J. Trumpe & G. Jugan      J. Wagner   

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

Greeters     M. Krusienski                    A. Fioravanti                       

Lectors      Yellow Team                     B. & L. Zaucha    Ushers       S. Tadajski & D. Crouch   J. Wagner


30th Sunday Ordinary Time Gospel Word Search


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.

Parish Annual Meeting

After the 9:00 A.M. Mass on November 19th we will hold our annual Parish meeting as mandated by our PNCC Constitution.  We will review the past year, plan for the new year, elect members of the parish council, elect Synod delegates and pass the parish’s 2016-2017 budget. There will be only one Mass scheduled so that all can attend.  Parish organizations are to give their reports.


All Saints and All Souls Day

All Saints' Day is a solemnity celebrated on the 1st of November by traditional Catholic Churches as an opportunity for the faithful to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history. As part of this day of obligation, we are required to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist with the Communion of Saints. Remembering saints and martyrs and dedicating a specific day to them each year has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD.


 All Souls' Day is marked on 2nd November (or the 3rd if the 2nd is a Sunday), directly following All Saints' Day, and is an opportunity for the faithful to commemorate the dearly departed. They remember and pray for the souls of people who are in Purgatory - the place (or state) in which those who have died atone for their less grave sins before being granted the vision of God in Heaven (called Beatific vision).

Reasoning behind this stems from the notion that when a soul leaves the body, it is not entirely cleansed from venial (minor) sins. However, through the power of prayer and self-denial, the faithful left on earth may be able to help these souls gain the Beatific Vision they seek, bringing the soul eternal sublime happiness.


The offering of a Requiem Mass for the dead, reading the names of deceased family members, visiting family graves, and for the reflection on lost loved ones. Whilst praying for the dead is an ancient Christian tradition, it was Odilo, Abbot of Cluny (France) who, in 998AD, designated a specific day for remembering and praying for those in the process of purification. In the Polish National Catholic Church, these two solemnities are held in high importance.











Hurricane Relief Collection

Our hurricane relief program will conclude October 31st.

Thank you to all who have supported this program.


Sarris Christmas Candy Sale

Our annual SOCL Candy sale is underway.  Order forms can be found in the Church Vestibule. Orders should be given to Fr. Bruce by December 3rd for delivery on December 16th. This candy sale benefits the financial supply needs of our School of Christian Living. Your support is greatly appreciated. SOCL students should also help to sell to their friends and family.


Polishfest ‘17

This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Medieval Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania” on Sunday, November 12th from Noon to 5:00 P.M. at the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning in Oakland.  Our Lajkoniki Dancers will be performing at 1:30 P.M. and there will be many venues featuring Polish Food, Medieval Crafts, Folk Music, Crafts, KID’s Craft Korner, and many, many more interesting Cultural Exhibits. Admission is free and proceeds benefit Nationality Room Scholarship Fund.


PNU Education & Youth Commission Raffle

Raffle Tickets are available in the Vestibule.  Proceeds benefit the College Stipend Program of the PNU which has benefitted many of your college students through the years.  Your support will be greatly appreciated.


McKeesport High School Veterans Day Concert.

The annual program will be held Thursday, November 9th at 9:30 A.M. in the school auditorium.  This special patriotic multimedia presentations will consist of performances by the band, choir and orchestra.  A light reception will follow.

30th Sunday Ordinary Time


First Reading:  Exodus 22: 20-26

Responsorial:  Psalm 18  

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1: 5c-10

Gospel:  Matthew 22: 34-40




     Key Verse: You shall love your neighbor as yourself”

                                                                                          Mathew 22:39


    Readings: We often know how someone feels who suffers loss or

    pain only because we have felt the same way ourselves. God

    reminds the Israelites in the reading from Exodus today that they

    were once outsiders. They know how it feels to be foreigners in a

    strange land, and therefore they should do nothing against the

    disadvantaged. The Thessalonians had also suffered persecution, but

    through their conversion they became model Christians. Paul and

    Timothy were true to God and modeled fidelity. Through the

    strength of their example, many Thessalonians turned away from

    idolatry in order to serve the one, living God. And what does God

   ask of those who would be of service? In answer to another trick

   question from the Pharisees, Jesus gives us God's greatest

   commandment: To love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and

    to love one another as we love ourselves ... whether we've been

    where they are or not.


    Reflection: If we consider power and importance to be signs of

    strength, we miss the greatness of humility. Throughout the Gospels

    we hear stories of Jesus turning everything upside down with his

    ideas of the last being first and the humble being blessed. It is that

    message that he expresses in Matthew's Gospel today. In order to be

    great in God's eyes, we need to love God and one another with as

     much love as we have for ourselves.


Praying:  Lord God, may I learn how to forgive and to love.  Let Your Divine Grace come upon me as I continue to follow the Cross of Jesus.  Lord hear my prayer.