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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Fourth Sunday in Lent

        March 26, 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

4th Sunday in Lent Liturgy


OPENING HYMN                   “Shepherd of Souls”                         Bulletin                        

Introductory Rite                                                                                Page 63

 Entrance Hymn                                      Isaiah 43:8-9a; Jeremiah 5: 21-22a

 P:  Lead out the people who are blind though they have eyes, who are deaf

      though they have ears.  Let all the nations gather together, let the people


 R   Pay attention to this, foolish and senseless people who have eyes and

      see not, who have ears and hear not.  Should you not fear Me, says the

      Lord, should you not tremble before 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



  First Reading                                                      1 Samuel 16: 1, 6-7, 10-13                          

  Responsorial Psalm                                                                         Psalm 23     

  R: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

  Second Reading                                                                 Ephesians 5: 8-14     

 Lenten Acclamations I                                                                  John 8: 12                                 

 C:   Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.   

 R:   Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.   

 C:    I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will

         have the light of life.

 R:   Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ. 

 Gospel                                                                                        John 9: 1-41  


NICENE CREED                                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

OFFERTORY                                                                                    Page 73


 CANON                           Eucharistic Prayer 5                                 Page 92

THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                                 Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                                Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN           “Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior ”       Bulletin


Opening Hymn: “Shepherd of Souls”

CC Hymnal #447


Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless, Your chosen pilgrim flock

With manna in the wilderness, with water from the rock.


We would not live by bread alone, but by your word of grace

In strength of which we travel on, To our abiding place.


Be known to us in breaking bread, but do not then depart,

Savior abide with us and spread your table in our hearts.


Lord, sup with us in love divine; Your body and Your blood

That living bread, that heav’nly wine, be our immortal food.










Closing Hymn: “Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior”

PNNC Hymnal #90 verses 1,2, & 5


Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior

Lamb of God so wont to suffer.

You did bear Your heavy cross in anguish

For the sins in which all men would languish.


Weep, O man, in His sad station,

How He suffers degradation.

Jesus, Jesus, on the cross is dying,

Sunlight’s brilliance now in darkness lying.


At the end, His side is pierced too,

Blood and water, rushing, flow through.

Let a flood of tears this day flow from us,

Jesus, Jesus, please have mercy on us.


Sunday, March 26, 2017                                                 Lent 4

Confessions                                                                  8:30 A.M.  

Holy Mass                                                                9:00 A.M.

+Agnes Zajdel Int. Mr. & Mrs. Ted Gibala; +Mary Mowrey Int. Annunciation Bell & Chopin Choirs; +George & Sophie Petro Int. Janet Pawlak

SOCL Classes                                                             10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                         10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                   11:00 A.M.

+Wladyslaw Barczyk & Adela Wolak Int. Bozena Kijowski

+Jozef & Karolina  Soltys (55 yrs.) Int. Mrs. Josephine Rencewicz and family.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017                           

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                               5:30 P.M.

Bible Class                                                                 5:45 P.M.

Bitter Lamentations II                                                    7:00 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                                 7:30 P.M.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Stations of the Cross                                                      7:00 P.M.

Readers: Ushers/YMSR Members


Sunday, April 2, 2017            Passion Sunday               Lent 5

Confessions                                                                    8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                 9:00 A.M.

+Formal, Staniek & Como Families Int. Steffie Piekielek and Family; +Dr. Donald Mushalko Int. Raymond & Barbara Kostovny

SOCL Classes                                                              10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                          10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                    11:00 A.M.

Pisanki Egg Decorating                                               11:30 A.M.


Stations of the Cross- Reading Schedule

March 31, 2017-YMSR Members

April 7, 2017-SOCL Students & Faculty


Sunday Ministry Schedule

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

     Greeters            M. Sleczkowski                      A. Fioravanti              

      Lectors            Red Team                                B. & L. Zaucha      

      Ushers             G. Jugan & S. Tadajski           J. Wagner


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

     Greeters            C. Trumpe                              A Fioravanti

     Lectors              Yellow Team                         B. & L. Zaucha

     Ushers               D. Newcamp & W. Albeck   J. Wagner


4th Sunday in Lent Gospel Word Search

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Holy Family Parish extends it condolences and prayers to Dolly Szatkowski and family upon the recent death of her brother, +Walter Walendrziewicz.  Eternal rest grant to him and let the perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.


SOCL Lenten Food Drive

A box for our annual SOCL Food drive can be found in the Church Vestibule. Needed are nonperishable items: Pasta,
Pasta sauce, cereal, peanut butter, jelly and paper products. Your support is greatly appreciated. Deadline for Food Drive is April 23rd. All food items will be given to the McKeesport Intersection Food Bank.


Palm Sunday Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Palm Sunday Breakfast will be held after the 9:00 A.M. Mass, April 9th, (there is only one Mass scheduled on Palm Sunday) Donation:  Adult $10.00, Child $5.00.  The SOCL/Youth Group children will be free. This is the same price as last year. For catering purposes, reservations are requested.  Please call Rosemary Pociask @ 724.861.0759 or Jan Gibala @412.678.7347. Please respond before April 2nd.The Easter Bunny will be present for the children/teen Easter Egg Hunt. Patty Bagshaw and Angie Jobes will be coordinating the egg hunt this year. Reservation forms will be available in the Vestibule.


  Pisanki-Easter Egg Decorating

Do you want to learn how to decorate these beautiful unique Easter Egg?   Come Sunday April 2nd after the 11:00 A.M Mass.  Everyone is invited and the event is free of charge. You can also bring your friends. You will be surprised how easy it is to make these beautiful Easter Eggs.


Paint & Sip Afternoon Sunday April 30th.

Registration forms are available in the vestibule and are due by April 2nd.  Price $40, space is limited.  The event is sponsored by our parish choirs. Call Kristen Korenoski @ 412.461.1421 for additional information.

50th Parish Celebration

We will be celebrating our 50th year in celebrating the Eucharist in our present worship site on Sunday, October 8th Feast of the Christian Family with Mass at 10 AM followed by a luncheon at a place to be determined. Looking for pictures, videos of the last 50 years with celebrations in our parish.  Please contact any one of our Parish Council members with ideas and volunteers welcomed


          Looking Ahead

Palm Sunday                      April 9th

Maundy Thursday              April 13th

Good Friday                       April 14th

Holy Saturday                    April 15th

Easter Sunday                   April 16th   

Afternoon Paint and Sip     April 30th

First Communion                May 7th

Parish Flea Market            May 13th

Mother’s Day Breakfast     May 14th

Baccalaureate Mass          May 28th

Memorial Day Mass           May 29th

Reminder:  Those who received the special decorative floral Polish palm branches for procession last year are asked to return them so they can be used again this year with new palms.


Lajkoniki Dance Troupe

Our dance troupe will be starting rehearsals soon. New dancers are always welcomed.  Contact Frank Pociask @ 724.861.0759 if you would like to join.


           Fourth Sunday in Lent


First Reading: 1 Samuel 16: 1b, 6-7, 10-13a

Responsorial:  Psalm 23

Second Reading: Ephesians 5: 8-14

Gospel: John 9: 1- 41



KEY VERSE: “You were once darkness, but now are light in the Lord.                                                                          Ephesians 5: 8


READINGS: In the first reading, David is anointed, and the Spirit of the Lord seizes on him. This anointing light him along the right path - ‘no evil would I fear’ as the Psalm says. Then Paul tells us more about this light: it is Christ shining on us, calling us to live as children of light. All this is summed up in the Gospel, the marvelous story of the healing (by being ‘anointed’ with spittle) of the man born blind. Jesus is the light of the world


REFLECTING: There are two symbols of the resurrection that we use in Church: fire and light (the Easter Candle) and water (the Font). Last week we reflected on water, and this week there are passages all about light – true light, that defeats the blindness of sin. Again, this would have been offered to those preparing for Baptism, but speaks to all of us who have been baptized, inviting us to be renewed in the light of Christ at Easter. Remember that one of the oldest titles of the newly baptized was “neophyte”, which means “newly enlightened” There is a subtle link between the readings on this Sunday. 


PRAYING: Heavenly Father, you called us from darkness into light. May we always live in that light through Jesus Christ our Lord.