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
Quinquagesima-Ordinary Time 8
February 26, 2017
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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
OPENING HYMN “Blessed is He” Bulletin
Introductory Rite Page 63
Entrance Hymn Psalm 77: 2-3
P: I cry aloud to God, cry to God to hear me.
R On the day of my distress I seek the Lord; by night my hands are raised
unceasingly; I refuse to be consoled.
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 49: 14-15
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 62
R: Rest in God alone, my soul.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 5: 1-5
Gospel Acclamations. Hebrews 4: 12
C: The word of God is living and effective; discerning reflections and
thought of the heart.
Gospel Matthew 6: 24-34
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
OFFERTORY Page 73
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
CANON Eucharistic Prayer54 Page 92
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
CLOSING HYMN “Seek Ye First” Bulletin
“I command you; be firm and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God, is with you wherever you go.”
Opening Hymn: “Blesses is He”
PNCC Hymnal 196 verses 1, 2 & 6
Blessed is he who trusts in God Almighty
And he who hopes in God’s most gracious mercy.
He shall acknowledge, God is my protector
In life’s dark journey I shall fear no danger.
I shall fear no danger.
From all the pow’rs of evil God shall save him
Of nature’s forces, he shall ne’er fall victim.
Under the pinions of the Lord Almighty,
In God’s protection, he shall dwell in safety,
He shall dwell in safety.
Savior we heed Thy won’drous invitation,
And we accept the strength of Thy protection.
Lord in Thy mercy, keep us safe forever,
And in life’s journey, Lord, forsake us never
Lord forsake us never!
Closing Hymn: “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”
CC Hymnal 335
Seek ye first the
kingdom of God,
And His righteousness,
And all these things, shall be added onto you,
Man shall not live by
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God
Ask and it shall be
given unto you,
Seek and ye shall find.
Knock and the door shall be opened onto you.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 Quinquagesima
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Helen Korch Int. Mr. & Mrs. Terry Kleckner; +Dr. Donald Mushalko Int. Mrs. Carol Davelli.
SOCL Classes 10:15 A.M.
Fellowship Hour 10:15 A.M
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
+Frances Strawniak Int. Jerry & Marilyn Trimble
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Ash Wednesday
Holy Mass and Distribution of Ashes 10:00 A.M.
Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal 5:30 P.M.
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Bitter Lamentations 7:00 P.M.
Chopin Choir Rehearsal 7:30 P.M.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Stations of the Cross 7:00 P.M.
Readers: Parish Council
Sunday, March 5, 2017 Lent 1
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Max Sleczkowski & Deacon Raymond Lagesse Int. Sleczkowski & Lagesse Families; +Dorothy Kovacic Int. Mrs. Carol Davelli.
SOCL Classes 10:15 A.M.
YMSR Meeting 10:15 A.M.
Fellowship Hour 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
+Matthew Gadzich Int. David Kost
Future Pierogi Sale Dates are: March 10th; March 24th; and April 7th. Come and help with our parish fundraiser.
Lent begins this Wednesday, March 1st with Ash Wednesday Mass at 10 AM and Bitter Lamentations at 7:00 P.M. Ashes will be distributed at both celebrations. During the Holy Season of Great Lent; Bitter Lamentations will be celebrated every Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. and Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7:00 P.M. Our parish organizations will be participating during the Stations of the Cross. Acolytes are needed each week at all the services. We should all make that extra effort to attend the Lenten services in this Year of Commitment. A special Penitential Service is scheduled for Saturday, March 18th at 11 AM. with Penitential Mediations and General/Private Confessions.
March 3, 2017 - Parish Council Members
March 10, 2017 -Lectors, Sacristans & Acolytes
March 17, 2017-SAMBS Members
March 24, 2017-Annunciation Bell & Chopin Choir Members
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. Krusienski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Yellow Team L. Zaucha
Ushers D. Crouch & D. Newcamp J. Wagner
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M Sleczkowski A Fioravanti
Lectors Red Team L. Zaucha
Ushers B. Griffith & J. Trumpe J. Wagner
Quinquagesima Gospel Word Search
SAMBS Homemade Chocolate Easter Egg Sales
The ladies from our SAMBS organization will be making Chocolate Easter Eggs again this year. Order forms are in the parish vestibule or contact any SAMBS member. There will be a variety of 1 lb. Easter Eggs at $10.00 each. All orders are requested by March 19th.
2016 Parish Stewardship Report
If you would like a copy of your 2016 Parish Stewardship for tax purposes, please contact Fr. Bruce at 412.276.5562 or email him @firstname.lastname@example.org.
Always check out the bulletin board in the narthex. All types of information are continuously being posted about events and programs from our parishes and our community for your interest and doesn’t make the bulletin because of space.
ATTEND LENTEN DEVOTIONS
Year of Commitment
In his teaching, the Lord Jesus repeatedly describes the situation in which people have eyes yet do not see, and ears yet do not hear. Why is this so? Let’s ponder for a minute on this question in preparation for the rest of this chapter. Why is it that some people have eyes, yet do not see spiritual things? Or have ears, yet cannot hear anything in the word of God when they read it? For these people, Bible study is a waste of time. It’s like taking a blind man to a theater; the performance on the stage may be outstanding but he can’t see it. It is also like taking someone to a music concert who doesn’t appreciate the beauty of music.
The Lord Jesus says that the Israelites, the people of God, have eyes that do not see, and ears that do not hear:
“Therefore, I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, “You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive; For the heart of this people has become dull, And with their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes lest they should see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart and return, And I should heal them.” (Matthew 13:13-15).
But if their eyes do see and their ears do hear, and if they return to the Lord, God will heal them. This is a far more important matter than listening to a concert or watching a theater performance. The truly important question is whether you are healed, that is, saved, for if you are not healed spiritually, you will die.
The Lord brings up the same issue—seeing yet not seeing, hearing yet not hearing—in Mark 4:12 and 8:18, and in Luke 8:10. John speaks of the Jews in such terms in John 12:40, as does Paul in Acts 28:26 and Romans 11:8. This recurring theme in Scripture clearly indicates that we must pay serious attention to this spiritual problem of blindness and deafness.
In these words, in Matthew 13, Jesus is quoting from Isaiah, an Old Testament prophet. What was true of Israel in the time of Isaiah, was later true of Israel in the time of Jesus, and is also true of the church today. The passage that Jesus quotes from is Isaiah 6:10-11.
To be continued
8 Ordinary Times
First Reading: Isaiah 49: 14-14
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5
Gospel: Matthew 6: 24-34
KEY VERSE: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6: 24
READINGS: In our first reading, God is presented as a mother who despite all manifestations of indifference and sinfulness, cannot forget the child of her womb. Paul tells us that God cannot do all it all by himself; He needs servants and administrators of His love. Jesus teaches us to trust I our Father, nevertheless points out that there is much work that needs to be done on our part.
REFLECTING: These past weeks, as we follow the Sermon on the Mount in Saint Matthew’s Gospel, it can feel as though we are dealing with some obvious and familiar teachings and this week the extremely simple message that God loves and cares for us. This is because the Sermon on the Mount is a great summary of the most basic teachings of our faith, and we should take this opportunity to renew within ourselves our awareness of these teachings. Jesus elaborates on the idea of the constant care of God for us with some more beautiful images: he invites us to look at the birds and the flowers, which do not have money, mortgages, computers, cars or so many of the things we have and worry about, and yet manage to be beautiful and happy in what God provides. The message is simple, and is expressed right at the beginning of the Gospel: trust God; be the servant of God, relying on God for everything, not on money or the other things of this world.
PRAYING: “Seek first His kingship over you, his holiness, and all these things will be given you besides, we offer our prayers rededicating our lives to this search as Lent approaches. Lord hear our prayer and let our cry come to You.