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
Septuagesima-Ordinary Time 6
February 12, 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
OPENING HYMN “Love Divine, All Love Excelling” Bulletin
Introductory Rite Page 63
Entrance Hymn Psalm 34: 15-16
P: Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
R The Lord has eyes for the just and ears for their cry.
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 Sirach 15: 15-20
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 119
R: Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 2: 6-10
Gospel Acclamations. Matthew 11: 25
C: Blessed are You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; You have revealed
to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
Gospel Matthew 5: 17-37
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
OFFERTORY Page 73
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 3 Page 84
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
CLOSING HYMN “Love is the Sunlight” Bulletin
“If you love Me. You will keep My commandments.”
John 14: 15
Opening Hymn: “Love Divine, All Love Excelling”
CC Hymnal 352 verses 1, 2, & 3
Love divine, all love excelling, Joy of heav’n to earth come down
Fix in us your humble dwelling, All your faithful mercies crown
Jesus source of all compassion, love unbounded love all pure
Visit us with your salvation, let your love in us endure.
Come almighty to deliver, let us all your life receive
Suddenly return and never, never more your temples leave.
Lord we would be always blessing, Serve you as your hosts above
Pray and praises you without ceasing, Glory in your precious love.
Finish then your new creation, Pure and spotless, gracious Lord
Let us see your great salvation, Perfectly in you restored
Changed from glory into glory, Till in heav’n we take our place
Till we sing before th’almighty, Lost in wonder, love and praise.
Closing Hymn: “Love is the Sunlight”
CC Hymnal #459
Love is the sunlight, shaped of your splendor
Love is the star bright, born of your hand,
Blessing of heaven, graciously given,
Radiant with glory, from your command.
Love is the spacious, quiet of shadows,
Love is the gracious, shade of release,
Mist of the morning, midday adorning,
Cool with the twilight, breath of your peace.
May we in gladness, grow in your sunshine,
May we in sadness, rest in your shade,
Giving and gaining, ever remaining,
One in the marriage, your love has made.
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.
Wednesday, February15, 2017
Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal 5:30 P.M.
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Chopin Choir Rehearsal 7:00 P.M.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Parish Council Monthly Meeting 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 Sexagesima
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Catherine Tondera (1st Ann.) Int. Mrs. Frances Palko; +Stella Tamblyn Int. Todd & Debbie Schultz
SOCL Classes 10:15 A.M.
Fellowship Hour 10:15 A.M
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
+Ted Balawajder Int. Bob & Janet Yonek
Ash Wednesday begins March 1 with Mass at 10 AM and Bitter Lamentations at 7:00 P.M.
What is Pre-Lent
The Pre-Lenten season is a period of about three weeks directly preceding Lent, extending from the last Sunday in Epiphany to the beginning of Lent itself. The early Church fathers designed this season as a transition time from the gaiety and celebration of our Lord’s nativity to the quieter, more focused time of examen and fasting in Lent. This time, marked by Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima count us back, in round numbers from the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth days, respectively, before Easter and herald an excellent opportunity for us to begin review our spiritual lives in our Lord—what we are, and what He is calling us to be in His Body, the Church. Like our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem just prior to His crucifixion, it’s a time when we begin to prepare ourselves for our own Gethsemane in the wilderness of Lenten devotions and growth.
A short meeting will be held after SOCL Classes today 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. Sleczkowski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Youth Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers J. Ruozzi & T. Gibala J. Wagner
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters C. Trumpe A Fioravanti
Lectors Yellow Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers J. Bagshaw & S. Tadajski J. Wagner
Septuagesima Gospel Word Search
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.
Music Scholarship Applications
Applications and requirements for the 2017 Scholarship Program can be downloaded email@example.com. 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
Year of Commitment
The Word “Commitment” in the Bible
Does the word “commitment” (or the verb “commit”) occur in the Bible or are we merely fabricating it? That a word is absent in the Bible does not necessarily mean that it is scripturally untrue. Some biblical concepts are accurately expressed by words that are not found in the Bible. An example is “sacrament,” an important word that refers to baptism and the communion, yet is not found in the Bible. Another example is “atonement,” an important word used by the church to refer to what was accomplished by Christ’s death: he died to atone for—to pay for—our sins in order to reconcile us to God.
Commitment and Repentance
The explicit use of the word “commit” is to the implicit use. In Matthew 4:17 are the first words preached by Jesus right after his baptism, at the start of his ministry: “From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
What does repent mean? The Greek word for “repent” means a change of heart, a change of the mind, and a change of attitude. Repentance turns our whole life around. We have been going in one direction, now we go in the opposite direction. Can we repent without commitment? Here is an instance of what I mean by “implied” commitment. The commitment might not be stated explicitly, yet clearly there can be no change or repentance without it. We are not just talking about any kind of change, but about a far-reaching transformation from one state of the heart to another.
For you and me, becoming a Christian might not be as difficult as that, but this case illustrates what it may mean for a person to change. Irrespective of the extent or manner of change, we all have to change. And in every case of change, commitment is involved. Change is simply impossible without commitment. If we are unwilling to commit, we shouldn’t even talk about repentance. If we talk about a repentance that requires no commitment, we have made it into a hollow word. We often take “repent” to mean, “I feel sorry for my sins.” But that is not the meaning of repentance. True repentance involves a fundamental change of heart and mind, and not just feeling sorry for our sins. Feeling sorry is not enough if we are unwilling to accept the consequences of change Now you can see why I said earlier that if you take commitment out of the Bible, you won’t have any Bible left to read, for everything in it implies commitment. If you aim to preach the Bible faithfully, the element of commitment must not be left out.
to be continued
6 Ordinary Times
First Reading: Sirach 15: 15-20
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 2: 6-10
Gospel: Matthew 5: 17-37
KEY VERSE: “We speak a wisdom to those who are mature, not a wisdom of this age.” 1 Corinthians 2:6a
READINGS: In Sirach, God presented religion to the people in a form of choice, a choice that had to be freely decided upon, a choice that not even God could impose upon a person. Paul writes that God’s Spirit is not content with the mere outward appearance of things. The Gospel shows us that Jesus insists that He has come to fulfill the Law and gives us evidences of the Law written.
REFLECTING: Some people “adopted” Jesus Christ as an icon of rebellion, overturning authority and tearing up the rulebook, possibly because of the frequent confrontations between Our Lord and the Pharisees. Today’s Gospel, however, shows us Jesus not as rule-breaker, but as rule-fulfiller, bringing an even greater depth to the rule that had guided the people of Israel for centuries. Jesus does not throw out the rulebook or as the first reading says, He does not command us to be godless! He challenges us in this Gospel to see how far our keeping God’s Law will go: will it just be about the letter of the Law (I have never killed anyone), or will it look deeper (Have I ever been angry? Have I been violent in my thoughts?). The challenge of the Kingdom of Heaven is to keep the commandments first and foremost from within, so that our outward behavior conforms to the requirements of God’s Law.
PRAYING: Heavenly Father, we pray for the proper attitude to the laws we will encounter this week, an attitude that will prompt us to look for the values beneath them. This we pray through Christ our Lord.