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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Quinquagesima -6th Sunday Ordinary Time

                          February 11, 2018


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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





Quinquagesima-6 Ordinary Time Liturgy

OPENING HYMN                                                               Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                                            Luke 4: 27; Psalm 41:5

 P: There were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha, the

      prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naman the


 R: Once I prayed, Lord have mercy on me, I have sinned against


 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 13: 1-2, 44-46                

 Responsorial Psalm                                                            Psalm 32                                       

 R:  I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and You fill me with the

       joy of salvation.

Second Reading                                       1 Corinthians 10: 31-11:1                          

Gospel Acclamations                                                       Luke 7:16                   

 C:   Alleluia,

 R:   Alleluia,

 C:   A great prophet has arisen in our midst, God has visited His people.

 R:   Alleluia.  

 Gospel                                                                        Mark 1: 40-45


 NICENE CREED                                                                 Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer.

 CANON                        Eucharistic Prayer 3                       Page 84

 THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                    Page 95

 SIGN OF PEACE                                                                 Page 97

 LAMB OF GOD                                                                  Page 97

 COMMUNION                                                                    Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                  Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN                                                              Bulletin

In this time of the flu epidemic; during the sign of peace, acknowledge each other with a nod and smile instead of the usual handshakes and kisses.


Opening Hymn: “O Heart of Jesus”

PNCC Hymnal #181 verses 1, 2, & 3


O heart of Jesu filled with love and mercy,

How we would love Thee, worship, honor, bless Thee

Yet our poor hearts, so faithless and cold,

And to Thy suff’ring and grief untold


When O my Savior, when O dearest Jesus,

Shall our hearts know that love Thou showest to us?

When shall our cold hearts before Thee bow?

O heart of Jesus, may it be now!


Your heart O Jesus, racked with pain on all sides,

And at the last was pierced on the right side.

//As our poor hearts are thrown into the world

Become so withered like severed blooms.//




Closing Hymn: “From This Dark Land”

PNCC Hymnal #186 verses 1 & 2


From this dark land of sorrow and sadness

My longing soul would cry unto Thee.

O heart of Jesus, treasure most precious,

Hear now thy sinful child’s humble plea.

Turn not away from my fervent prayer,

But keep me safe in Thy tender care.

O heart of Jesus, our strength and refuge

Lord, show thy mercy, Lord, grant Thy peace.


Lord with assurance we come before Thee

Even though tears of grief fill our eyes

Sure, at Thy love we trust in Thy mercy

Our broken hearts Thou shalt not displace

We lift our pleading voices to Thee.

From tribulation, Lord set us free

O heart of Jesus, our strength and refuge

Lord, show Thy mercy, Lord, grant Thy peace.




Sunday, February 11, 2018                   Quinquagesima

Mission Collection

Confession                                                         8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Edward Kustra Int. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Zurovcik; +Josephine Tarli Int. Mrs. Frances Palko

SOCL Class                                                      10:15 A.M.

SAMBS Monthly Meeting                               10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.

+Ted Balawajder Int. Bob & Janet Yonek


Wednesday, February 14, 2018            Ash Wednesday

Blessing of Ashes & Holy Mass                     10:00 A.M.

Bible Class                                                         6:00 P.M.

Bitter Lamentations                                            7:00 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                     7:45 P.M.


Thursday, February 15, 2017

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    6:30 P.M.

Parish Council Meeting                                      7:30 P.M.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Stations of the Cross                                           7:00 P.M.

Meditations-Parish Council


Sunday, February 18, 2018                                  Lent 1

Confession                                                         8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Victoria Leo Int. Mr. & Mrs. Terry Kleckner; + Dr. Donald Mushalko Int. Mr. & Mrs. Frank Pociask

SOCL Class                                                      10:15 A.M.

YMSR Quarterly Meeting                                10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.

+Audrey Staszak Int. Mr. & Mrs. Richard Karnash


                  Music Scholarships

Applications for scholarships are available at www.nucmusicscholarship.weebly.com or Wendy Blotzer, our parish organist.



Sunday Ministry Schedule

Today          9:00 A.M.                                   11:00 A.M.

Greeters    M. Sleczkowski                            A. Fioravanti                        

Lectors      Youth Team                                B. & L. Zaucha  

Ushers       D. Mantia & D. Newcamp          J. Wagner


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

Greeters    C. Trumpe                                   A. Fioravanti

Lectors     Yellow Team                               B. & L. Zaucha

Ushers      B. Griffiths & G. Jobes               J. Wagner


If you would like to be part of parish ministries, see Fr. Bruce for Greeters, Dave Kost for Lectors and Frank Pociask for Ushers.  If you would like to be a part of the Music Ministry see Wendy Blotzer or Carol Davelli and if interested as serving as an acolyte or sacristan, see Fr. Bruce.


Pierogi Sale This Week

Our Pierogi program needs help.  More people are needed to help in all areas of the program.  No experience is needed.  We will teach you how to make them. Please consider this request for help. The pierogi program helps in the financial expenses of our parish so that we continue our ministry in McKeesport at Holy Family Parish. Pierogi Prep help will be needed on Wednesday evening prior to Ash Wednesday services; Thursday and Friday we will be making and cooking the pierogies.  Contact Steffi Coddington @ 412.672.5403 if you can help.


Homemade Soup Sale

The Free Hungarian Reformed Church, our friends next door will be holding a homemade soup sale, February 25th.  Orders can be made up to February 17th.  Call June Coyne @ 412.673.3573.  Chicken Soup $6.00 and Gulyas $8.00.  All soups are sold in quarts.  Pick-up Sunday, 25th in the Church Hall from 11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

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Vendors & Crafter Fair and March Madness Lunch

Saturday, March 3, 2018

9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M

Hosted by Holy Family Youth Group

     Vender* Crafters *Chinese Auction *Polish Lunch


   PNU Education and Youth Commission Stipends

March 31, 2018 is the deadline for applications for PNU stipends for Spojnia members attending accredited colleges, universities or trade schools. This fraternal benefit is one of the many benefits offered to Spojnia members. This benefit is not based on any economic need or academic performance. More information can be found on the bulletin board.  To get your application online:  www.pnu.org.  Click on downloadable forms-Ed & Youth applications or see our Spojnia branch secretary, Henrietta Kleckner. Don’t forget about the many products Spojnia has to offer in insurance benefits. Also, the Spojnia Credit Union is available to all members and associate members.



Lent Begins Wednesday

This Holy Season of Great Lent begins with Ash Wednesday.  Our Synod has declared that 2018 the Year of Family. Lent is an excellent time to begin our renewal of regeneration spiritually and physically. We are asked to fast and sacrifice as reminders of Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross.  Following the three pillars of our Lenten devotion-prayer, fasting and almsgiving-will open our hearts to the changes, maybe even transformations-of our spiritual lives as we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday.

  We will celebrate Ash Wednesday with Holy Mass at 10 AM with the blessing of ashes and Bitter Lamentations at 7 PM. When the ashes are placed on our foreheads, it is a reminder that there is a separation of our two beings.  Our bodies return to the dust from whence it came but our soul is to return to the Creator. The season of penance, sacrifice and preparation gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our immortal souls and free ourselves from the ravages of sin. A special Penitential Service will be held Saturday, March 17th at 11 A.M. Private confessions for youth and teens are held before/after each Sunday Mass. Adult private confessions are upon request any time. This year, make the holy season of Lent meaningful by your presence, repentance and participation in this year of regeneration. 

Stations of the Cross-Parish Organization Schedule

February 17th -Parish Council

February 23rd -SAMBS

March 2nd – Lectors-Acolytes-Sacristans

 March 9th-SOCL-Youth

March 16th-YMSR

 March 23rd-Chopin & Annunciation Bell Choirs


Our Organ Fund is more than half way there.  Let us pay off our loan. Envelopes are in the Church Vestibule.



Palm Sunday Breakfast March 25th

Reservations will soon be available

Mark your calendars



               6th Ordinary Time

          Quinquagesima Sunday



First Reading: Leviticus 13: 12, 44-46

Responsorial: Psalm 32
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10: 31-11: 1
Gospel: Mark 1:40-45


KEY VERSE: “if you will to do so, you can cure me

                                                                                         Mark 1: 40

READINGS: In our first reading we read the regulations for those suffering from leprosy.  The whole 13th chapter deals with those afflicted and how it affected the community.  Paul in his letter encourages the members of the Corinthian Church to seek the glory of God in all things, Our Gospel records another healing by Jesus and Jesus advises the leper to follow the Law of Moses while admonishing him not to reveal Jesus as the source of healing.  Instead, the man publicizes the whole miracle where it became difficult for Jesus to publicly enter a town resulting in taking refuge in the desert.


REFLECTING: Thankfully, we do not encounter leprosy in our culture. It can therefore be difficult to enter the real depth of today’s readings. We must understand that leprosy meant exclusion, rejection and the end of “normal” life. For your leprosy to be cured would be like being given a second chance at life. What is the cause of exclusion and rejection in our society – or even in the Church? Who are those who must “live apart”? And how can we put into effect in our day those most touching of the words of Jesus, when asked if he wants to cure the leper: “Of course I want to!”? Contemplating exclusion and rejection in our world can be hard work: Saint Paul guides the way: the Christian path is not to work “for my own advantage, but for the advantage of everybody else”.


PRAYING: Heavenly Father, Your healing effect demonstrate that You control both the heavens and the earth.  Heal me from any disorder that separates me from You, so I may live through Your Son, Jesus my Lord.