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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Sexagesima-Ordinary Time 7

        February 19, 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

Sunday Liturgy


OPENING HYMN                      “Ode of Joy”                                 Bulletin                        

Introductory Rite                                                                                Page 63

 Entrance Hymn                                                                    Psalm 34: 15-16

 P:  My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in

      our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

 R   But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law

       as transgressors.

 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                                                          Leviticus 19: 1-2; 17-18                          

  Responsorial Psalm                                                                       Psalm 103     

  R: The Lord is kind and merciful.

  Second Reading                                                         1 Corinthians 3: 16-23     

 Gospel Acclamations.                                                                  1 John 2: 5                                 

 C:   Alleluia   

 R:   Alleluia 

 C:  Whoever keeps the word of Christ, the love of God is truly perfected in


 R:   Alleluia 

 Gospel                                                                                Matthew 5: 38-48   


NICENE CREED                                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

OFFERTORY                                                                                    Page 73


 CANON                           Eucharistic Prayer 4                                 Page 88

THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                                 Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                                Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN      “They will Know We are Christians”          Bulletin


“Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.”

                                                                                     Romans 12” 21

Opening Hymn: “Ode to Joy”

PNCC Hymnal 228 verses 1, 3, & 4


Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love.

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee, praising Thee their sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the dark of doubt away.

Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.


Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,

Well- spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest.

Thou art Father, Christ our brother; all who live in love are Thine;

Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.


Mortals join the mighty chorus, which the morning stars began,

Father love is reigning o’er us; Brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,

Joyful music lifts us sunward, in the triumph song of life.



  Closing Hymn: “They will know We are Christians

CC Hymnal 397


Refrain: And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.


We are one in the spirit; we are one in the Lord

We are one in the spirit; we are one in the Lord

And we pray that our unity may one day be restored. R:


We will walk with each other; we will walk hand in hand

We will walk with each other; we will walk hand in hand

And together, we’ll spread the news that God is in our land. R:


We will work with each other; we will work side by side

We will work with each other; we will work side by side

And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride. R:


All praise to the Father, from whom all things come

And all praise to Christ Jesus, His only Son

And all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one. R:




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


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                              5:30 P.M.

Bible Class                                                                5:45 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                                7:00 P.M.


Sunday, February 26, 2017                             Quinquagesima

Confessions                                                              8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                9:00 A.M.

+Helen Korch Int. Mr. & Mrs. Terry Kleckner; +Carl Kijowski Int. SAMBS

SOCL Classes                                                             10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                         10:15 A.M

Holy Mass                                                                  11:00 A.M.

+Frances Strawniak Int. Jerry & Marilyn Trimble


Pre-Lenten Pierogi Making

To prepare for our Lenten Pierogi Sales, we will begin making potato pierogies this week to freeze for the future sales.  Work begins Wednesday late afternoon for prep, Thursday for prep and Friday for cooking and packaging.   Help will be needed.  Future Sale Dates are: March 10th; March 24th; and April 7th.


Next YMSR Meeting will be held March 5th after 9 A.M. Mass

Ash Wednesday begins March 1 with Mass at 10 AM and Bitter Lamentations at 7:00 P.M.  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.  Parish organizations are requested to participate during the Stations of the Cross praying the readings.  Acolytes are needed each week at all the services.


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             J. Bagshaw &. S. Tadajski     J. Wagner


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

     Greeters            M. Krusienski                        A Fioravanti

     Lectors             Red Team                               B. & L. Zaucha

     Ushers              D. Crouch & D. Newcamp     J. Wagner


Sexagesima Gospel Word Search

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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 nucscholarship@gmail.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


“The Best of Italy”

All Saints Parish will be hosting their annual “Best of Italy” Wine Tasting and Small Plates on Sunday, February 26th at 2 PM in the Parish Hall located at 500 Fifth Street, Carnegie, PA. Price is $45.00 per person.  There will also be a 50/50 Raffle and Door Prizes.  For tickets call 412.276.2462.

Catering done by Nick Romano from BAKD and the Wines Tasting hosted by Tony Minichello from Nawrocki Imports.


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.

Year of Commitment

The Kingdom of God


Let’s look at the kingdom of God, a central theme of the New Testament and of Jesus’ teaching. Can you proclaim the kingdom of God without speaking of, or at least implying, commitment? Not unless you deviate from the Scriptural meaning of kingdom. But if you understand what commitment means, you will understand what the kingdom of God is. If you take commitment out of the kingdom of God, you are left with a hollow term that has been emptied of its meaning.


The kingdom of God means the kingship of God. It proclaims God as King. The old English translation “kingdom” has now become standard; it is misleading in our modern age because “kingdom” is understood today in terms of territory as in “United Kingdom”. Today we think of kingdom in terms of a territory, but that is not its basic meaning in the New Testament. “Kingdom of God” funda­mentally means “kingship of God”—referring to His reign, His rule, His government—and is not primarily concerned with territory as such. But because “kingdom” was used in the King James Version, it has since become a standard term, though some newer translations are starting to use the word “kingship”.


The kingship of God means that God is king in your life. If you ponder for a moment on what it really means, you would see that it’s a most fundamental and radical change. Without commitment, it’s not even remotely possible to move from a self-centered way of life to a life in which God is king. In the old way of life, you did as you wished. When you wanted to sin, you sinned. When you wanted to be selfish, you behaved selfishly. When you wanted to lose your temper, you lost your temper.


But now that you live under God’s kingship, you no longer do what you used to do. You even must get God’s permission to get angry! Paul says, “Be angry and do not sin” (Eph.4:26). Anger is not necessarily wrong. Anger may be justified when we see evil or injustice, but we must not behave in a way that dishonors God. That takes a lot of self-control, a quality that is of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23). Is it possible to submit to God’s kingship without commitment? Not even remotely. God will not compel you to live under His kingship, for it is something of your own free choice. But choosing to live under God’s kingship requires commitment:” I entrust myself to You and submit to Your kingship in response to Your love for me.”                                                                             to be continued


   Sexagesima Sunday  

     7 Ordinary Times


First Reading: Leviticus 19: 1-2; 17-18

Responsorial:  103

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3: 16-23  

Gospel: Matthew 5: 38-48




KEY VERSE: “Love your Enemies and pray for those who persecute

you.”                                                                                        Matthew 5: 44


READINGS:  In Leviticus, the Lord tells Moses to call the entire people to imitate God’s own holiness. Today’s second reading has Paul dealing with controversies that could break up the Christian community at Corinth. After he formed this community, Apollos, another evangelizer, preached a different message. Although Paul surely believed in the superiority of his own interpretation, he avoids debating the merits of the preaching of others, reminding the people that they belong not to him or any other preacher, but to Christ and God. This teaching from the Sermon on the Mount is not only difficult, but can also be very confusing to an ethical person. Citing the laws from Exodus, Jesus repeats the law and then delivers the incredible advice to “offer no resistance to one who is evil.” If he had not offered examples, his disciples (and us) would have had no warrant to work for justice or defend the oppressed.


REFLECTING: The “wisdom of this world”, which Saint Paul mentions, will not teach us this: the world will believe in vengeance and friendship only for your friends. Each of us must ask how we can embrace the apparent folly of Jesus’ teaching: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  We must overcome our hatred and love each other, keeping with God’s teaching through Scripture. 

Heavenly Father, as we gather each Sunday, may we always recognize Your love for us and may the Eucharist we receive help us to become better servants.  This we pray through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.