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
Ordinary Time 5
February 5, 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.com
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 5
OPENING HYMN “Morning Hymn” Bulletin
Introductory Rite Page 63
Entrance Hymn Isaiah 58: 3a, 4
P: Why do we fast, and You do not see it? Afflict ourselves and You take
no note of it?
R Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting, striking with wicked
claw. Would that today you might fat so as to make your voice heard
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
LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading Isaiah 58: 7-10
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 112
R: The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5
Gospel Acclamations. John 8: 12
C: I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will
have the light of life.”
Gospel Matthew 5: 13-16
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
OFFERTORY Page 73
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 2 Page 82
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
CLOSING HYMN “This Day God Gives Me” Bulletin
Opening Hymn: Morning Hymn
PNCC Hymnal 195 verses 1, 2, & 3
Lord this morn we raise our voices
As the world in song rejoices
All the works of Your creation
Join to sing in admiration.
You have formed us, God our Savior
Overwhelmed us with Your favor
Blessed with gifts beyond all measure
May we praise You now and ever.
At the moment, we awaken
We will call to God in heaven
When we call Him, He will hear us
When we seek Him His is near us.
Closing Hymn: “This Day God Gives Me”
CC Hymnal #404
This day God gives me, strength of high heaven
Sun and moon shining, flame in my hearth
Flash of lightning, wind in its swiftness
Deeps of the ocean, firmness on earth.
This day God sends me, strength as my guardian
Might to uphold me, wisdom as guide.
Your eyes are watchful. Your ears are list’ning
Your lips are speaking, friend at my side.
God’s way is my way; God’s shield is round me,
God’s host defends me, saving from ill
Angels of heaven, drive from me always
All that would harm me stand by me still.
Rising I thank you, Mighty and strong One
King of creation, Giver of rest,
Firmly confessing, Three-ness of Persons
Oneness of God head, Trinity blest.
Sunday, February 5, 2017 5 Ordinary Time
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Mike Foster, Martha Turnbull, & Amy Helffrich Int. Abbey Foster; +Pearl Korenoski Int. Mr. & Mrs. Richard Tomkowitz.; +Edward Michael Piekielek (10th Ann.) Int. Steffania Piekielek & Family
SOCL Classes 10:15 A.M.
Fellowship Hour 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal 5:30 P.M.
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Chopin Choir Rehearsal 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 Septuagesima
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Kathleen Rosso Int. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Zurovcik; +Joseph Ferenac Int. Mrs. Mildred Kotulsky & Family
SAMBS Monthly Meeting 10: 15 A.M.
SOCL Classes 10:15 A.M.
Fellowship Hour 10:15 A.M
Youth Meeting 11:00 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
A short meeting will be held after SOCL Classes next Sunday to review programs that are in the planning stages for the year. All parish youth should attend, parents are always invited.
Sunday Ministry Schedule
This Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Krusienski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Yellow Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers J. Lawrence & T. Kleckner J. Wagner
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Sleczkowski A Fioravanti
Lectors Youth Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers L. Ruozzi & T. Gibala J. Wagner
5 Ordinary Time Word Search
We are still collecting used ink cartridges and phones for recycle; the monies collected go into the Mission /Evangelism Fund and aluminum cans which benefit our youth programing. Please bring them and place in the receptacles provided.
Spojnia Student Stipends
March 31st is the deadline for applications for student stipends issued by the Education and Youth Commission of the PNU. These stipends are for members of the PNU for the past 5 years and are enrolled in an accredited college, university or trade school. Applications are online: www.pnu.org. click on downloadable application or in the Church Book Rack.
The Polish National Union Fraternal offers many programs and benefits to its member via Insurance Policies, Credit Union Memberships, Educational Funds and Fraternal Activities. Check out Spojnia’s website @ pnu.org or speak with Branch Secretary Henrietta Kleckner.
Music Scholarship Applications
Applications and requirements for the 2017 Scholarship Program can be downloaded firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for application is May 1, 2017. The National United Choirs thanks the Congregation of Holy Family Parish for their continual support of the Music Ministry of our Church and the Music Scholarship Program.
God’s Field/Rola Boza
The 2017-2018 subscriptions to are Church’s Official Publications are now being taken. The yearly price has remained the same-$48.00. Order forms are available in the Church’s Book Rack in the Vestibule. To view monthly issues on line, go to PNCC.org and click onto God’s Field link.
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.
Year of Commitment
Commitment in the Church Today?
The subject of commitment runs through the whole Bible. If we take it out of the Bible, we won’t have any Bible left to read, for commitment lies at the heart of our relationship with God.
People in our so-called free society are not interested in committing to God. The church’s failure to teach commitment has resulted in the dead churches all around us. Whenever the subject of commitment is raised, many would say the cost is too high!” To this one would answer, but commitment is taught everywhere in the Scriptures.
That is why we will consider the Bible to see what it says about commitment see for yourself what the Bible teaches about it.
The Bible teaches not just commitment but total commitment, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Total commitment is the foundation of our relationship with God. Commitment is sometimes stated explicitly, other times implicitly. In the latter case, the statement would make sense only in relation to commitment. If you remove the element of commitment from it, the sentence would lose its meaning.
Commitment means to Love God with our Whole Being
Let us look at a couple of explicit statements. Let us start with something familiar from the Old Testament, in Deuteronomy 6:5-7:
Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Whether you are asleep or awake, or outside the house or inside, you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. That is total commitment, plain and simple. That the Israelites are to love God with their entire being is repeated in Deuteronomy 11:13: So if you faithfully obey the commands—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul ... this principle is reaffirmed in the New Testament, in the very teaching of Jesus Christ: And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Mt.22:37, ESV)
Therefore, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, total commitment finds expression in loving the Lord our God with our whole being.
to be continued
First Reading: Isaiah 58: 7-10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5
Gospel: Matthew 5: 13-16
KEY VERSE: “You are the salt of the earth”; “You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:13; 15
READING: Isaiah reminds us that if we live as God wants us to live; our lives will shine like the dawn. Paul reminds us that faith rests not on the wisdom of the human race but rather on the power of God. The Gospel reminds us that we are special people with a special purpose. That we are to be beacons for the world to see is how we live each day. If we are to bring others to God, we must be God-like for all to see.
REFLECTING: While the world may seem to be very indifferent to Christianity most of the time, it can be very critical of Christians who do not seem to be following the most basic tenet of their faith – to be a people of “good deeds”, as Jesus teaches in today’s portion of the Sermon on the Mount. While we may sometimes feel indignant about the world’s criticism of our faults, we must remember that we are in a vital relationship with “the word” – we are to be its light. This means that we should welcome the world’s gaze and scrutiny of our actions and beliefs and we should, in a sense, be accountable to the world for the way we live. We should never be salt that loses its taste. This openness to the gaze of all is not for our own glory, however: it is so that others may find what we have found – their way to the Father.
PRAYING: Heavenly Father, I ask through prayer that You give me the power of the Spirit so I may be Your servant to fulfill my Christian requirements in our year of commitment so that I do not lose the salt nor light given to me as His disciple.
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