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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Fifth Sunday in Lent-Passion Sunday

        April 2, 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

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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 Custodian 412.678.7347                                         The Holy Family


Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard

5th Sunday in Lent Liturgy


OPENING HYMN                     “O, My Jesus”                                Bulletin                        

Introductory Rite                                                                                Page 63

 Entrance Hymn                                                                       Daniel 12: 2-3

 P:  Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall

       live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.

 R   But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and

       those who lead the many to justice shall be like stars forever.

 P:  Lord, for us Your wounds were suffered.

 R:  O Christ Jesus, have mercy on us.

KYRIE                                                                                               Page 67



  First Reading                                                                    Ezekiel 37: 12-14                          

  Responsorial Psalm                                                                       Psalm 130     

  R: With the Lord there is mercy and fulness of redemption.

  Second Reading                                                                    Romans 8: 8-11     

 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 11: 1-45  


NICENE CREED                                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

OFFERTORY                                                                                    Page 73


 CANON                              Eucharistic Prayer 2                              Page 82

THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                                 Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                                Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN             “Forty Days and Forty Nights ”            Bulletin


Attend Lenten Devotions


Opening Hymn: “O, My Jesus”

PNCC Hymnal #86 verses 1, 6, 7


Refrain:  Come my Jesus, come my Jesus, come my Jesus hear my pray’r;

                grant me Lord Your grief to share.


O, my Jesus, knelt in anguish; on the cross of pain and grief,

Lord and angel soothes Your suffer, from the piercing soul relief:


O, my Jesus, dearest Jesus, as You die on the cross of pain;

When You think on the bitter passion, do not keep us from heav’nly reign:


O, my Jesus, filled with suffering, crucified on the shameful tree,

When You come into Your kingdom, there O Lord, remember me.











Closing Hymn: “Forty Days and Forty Nights”

PNCC Hymnal 114


Forty days and forty nights Thou was fasting in the wild

Forty days and forty nights tempted and yet undefiled.


Shall not we Thy sorrows share and from worldly joys abstain

Fasting with unceasing pray’rs strong with Thee to suffer pain?


Then if Satan on us press, flesh or spirit to assail

Victor in the wilderness, grant we may not faint or fail.


So shall we have peace divine, holier gladness ours shall be,

Round us, too, shall angels shine such as ministered to Thee.


Keep, o keep us, Savior dear, ever constant by Thy side,

That with Thee we may appear at the eternal Eastertide.


Sunday, April 2, 2017            Passion Sunday               Lent 5

Confessions                                                                    8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                 9:00 A.M.

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

SOCL Classes                                                              10:15 A.M.

SAMBS Meeting                                                         10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                          10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                    11:00 A.M.

Pisanki Egg Decorating                                               11:30 A.M


Wednesday, April 5, 2017                           

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                               5:30 P.M.

Bible Class                                                                 5:45 P.M.

Bitter Lamentations III                                                   7:00 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                                 7:30 P.M.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Stations of the Cross                                                      7:00 P.M.

Readers: SOCL Students & Faculty


Sunday, April 9, 2017                                            Palm Sunday

Confessions                                                                    8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                 9:00 A.M.

            Blessing and Distribution of Palms; Procession

Palm Sunday Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt                 10:30 A.M.

There will be only one Mass celebrated next Sunday


Pisanki-Easter Egg Decorating today

Do you want to learn how to decorate these beautiful unique Easter Egg?   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.

Sunday Ministry Schedule

     This 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


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

     Greeters            M. Krusienski                              No

     Lectors              Parish Lectors                            Mass

     Ushers               All Ushers                              Scheduled


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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.


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



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.


Banns of Marriage I

Joel Adam Parknavy, son of Joseph J. & Deborah L. Parknavy  and Chelsea Rae Nelson, daughter of Craig R. & Kelly A Nelson. Their wedding will be solemnized April 22, 2017.


Don’t forget to make your Easter Flower Donation this year.  Envelopes can be found in the Church Narthex

Last Pierogi Sale This Week

Our final pierogi sale for Lent will be Friday, April 7th.  Orders can be made on Thursday, from 8 AM to Noon by calling 412. 664.7009.  Help will be needed Wednesday late afternoon for prep, Thursday Prep from 9 AM til and Friday 9 AM til orders are filled.We are anticipating large orders, so we need your help.


Our parish organ fund is  still ongoing.

If you haven’t made a donations, please do so.  Special envelopes can be found on the vestibule table in the nartex.  We are halfway there to paying off our loan.



PNU District 5 Meeting

The quarterly meeting is scheduled for April 29th here at Holy Family.  The meeting will begin at 11:00 A.M. Spojnia members are encourage to attend.  A light luncheon will be provided.


Parish Flea Market

As we are spring cleaning and clearing out our basements and garages,our parish youth will be sponsoring a flea market, May 13th on the parish grounds. Tables are available to sell or just donate to the parish table.  Contact Patty Bagshaw, Kristen Korenoski or Jan Gibala after Mass for details.  


Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been

for who you can become.

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           Fifth Sunday in Lent

              Passion Sunday


First Reading: Ezekiel 37: 12-14

Responsorial:  Psalm 130

Second Reading: Romans 8: 8-11

Gospel: John 11: 1-45



KEY VERSE: “I am the Resurrection and the life.”         John 11: 25                    


READINGS: In the first reading, Ezekiel tells the Israelites, who have become very discouraged in their Babylonian captivity, that God has no intention of leaving them in their state of slavery.  Using the word “flesh” to mean self-centered interests, and the word “spirit” to represent life and peace, Paul comments on our inability to be happy or alive when we are dominated by ourselves.  By raising Lazarus, Jesus glorifies His father, a God of life.


REFLECTING: The Gospel of Passion Sunday is perhaps the deepest meditation on the mystery of Baptism and membership of the Church. It is a prelude to the events of Easter Sunday, when we celebrate the triumph of life over death. To be plunged into the waters of baptism is to be buried with Christ, only to rise with him from the waters. This paradox of life and death is the content of today’s readings. There is no more important part of our faith that the resurrection: that Christ rose from the dead is the very center and heart of all that we believe - without it, our faith is useless. In the same way, our belief in our own resurrection is vital: it is the most deeply needed gift that Christ gives us. Therefore, the climax of the instructions given to candidates for Baptism was this teaching: that Christ would give them life after death.


PRAYING: Let us pray to our Father, promising Him through Christ within us, that we will put to death the works of the flesh that we may live in His Spirit.