Holy Family Parish

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



                          February 18, 2018


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





First Sunday in Lent Liturgy

OPENING HYMN                                                               Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                                                       Sirach 44: 17-18

 P: Noah, found just and perfect, renewed the race in the time of

     devastation.  Because of his worth there were survivors, and

     with a sign to him the deluge ended.

 R: A lasting agreement with him, that never should all flesh be


 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                                                          Genesis 9: 8-15                

 Responsorial Psalm                                                          Psalm 25                                       

 R:  Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep Your


Second Reading                                                      1 Peter 3: 18-22                          

Lenten Acclamation 2                                              Matthew 4: 4b                         

 C:   Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.

 R:   Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.

 C:   One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that

        comes forth from the mouth of God.

 R:   Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.  

 Gospel                                                                       Mark 1: 12-15


 NICENE CREED                                                                 Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer.

 CANON                        Eucharistic Prayer 4                       Page 88

 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 if you choose.


Opening Hymn: “Lord, Who Throughout These 40 Days”

C.C.  Hymnal 238


Lord, who throughout these forty days, for us did fast and pray,

Teach us to overcome our sins, and close by You to stay.


As You with Satan did contend, and did the vict’ry win,

O give us strength in You to fight in You to conquer sin.


As You did hunger and did thirst So teach us, gracious Lord,

To die to self, and so to live, by Your most holy word..


Abide with us, that through this life, of doubts and hope and pain,

An Easter of unending joy We may at last attain.







Closing Hymn: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

PNCC Hymnal 113


When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of Glory died

My richest gain, I count but lost,

And pour contempt on all my pride.


Forbid it Lord, that I should boast

Save in the death of Christ, my Lord.

All the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to His blood.


Were the whole realm of nature mine

That were a present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my soul, my life, my all.





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.

+Helen Bargiel Int. Family


Wednesday, February 21, 2018           

Bible Class                                                         6:00 P.M.

Bitter Lamentations II                                        7:00 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                     7:45 P.M.


Thursday, February 22, 2017

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    6:30 P.M.

Rescheduled Parish Council Meeting                 7:30 P.M.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Stations of the Cross                                           7:00 P.M.



Sunday, February 25, 2018                                  Lent 2

Confession                                                         8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Warren Albeck Int. Annunciation Bell & Chopin Choirs; + Eleanor Sharik Int. Mr. David Kost

SOCL Class                                                      10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.






Sunday Ministry Schedule


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

Greeters     C. Trumpe                             A. Fioravanti                        

Lectors       Red Team                             B. & L. Zaucha  

Ushers       B. Griffith & G. Jobes           J. Wagner


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

Greeters    M. Krusienski                         A. Fioravanti

Lectors      Yellow Team                          B. & L. Zaucha

Ushers       J. Trumpe & T. Kleckner       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.

Lent 1 Gospel Word Search


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

Come and see what is being offered for sale and enjoy a delicious Polish meal.  Invite your friends to attend and have lunch. Chinese Auction basket are needed.


   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.







SAMBS Chocolate Easter Egg Sale

Our women are selling homemade chocolate Easter Eggs.   Order envelopes are available in the vestibule. Orders must be received by March 4th to be filled.  Varieties are coconut, peanut butter, fruit & nut, and maple nut, milk & dark chocolate eggs.  Prices:  Small (1/2 pound) $6.00 and Large (1 pound) $10.00. Delivery March 25th.



Lenten Thoughts to ponder

Lent is a time to take time to let the power of our faith story take hold of us, a time to let the events get up and walk around in us,
a time to intensify our living unto Christ, a time to hover over the thoughts of our hearts, a time to place our feet in the streets of
Jerusalem or to walk along the sea and listen to his Word,
a time to touch his robe and feel the healing surge through us,
a time to ponder and a time to wonder….Lent is a time to allow
a fresh new taste of God! Perhaps we’re afraid to have time to think, for thoughts come unbidden. Perhaps we’re afraid to face our future knowing our past. Give us courage, O God, to hear your Word and to read our living into it. Give us the trust to know we’re forgiven and give us the faith to take up our lives and walk.

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 the Family 

Stations of the Cross-Parish Organization Schedule

February 23rd -SAMBS

March 2nd – Lectors-Acolytes-Sacristans

 March 9th-SOCL-Youth

March 16th-YMSR

 March 23rd-Chopin & Annunciation Bell Choirs


Palm Sunday Breakfast March 25th

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Reservations will soon be available

Mark your calendars


Easter Flower Envelopes are available in the Church Vestibule.

Please donate to celebrate the Resurrection with beautiful Easter Flowers on our altars.                              


               First Sunday

                 In Lent


First Reading: Genesis 9: 8-15

Responsorial: Psalm 25
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3: 18-22

Gospel: Mark 1:12-15


KEY VERSE: “Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness.  And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.”                  Mark 1:12-13

READINGS: The early Christians saw two important realities in the story of Noah:  God’s promise of salvation through a covenant and a symbol of the saving waters of baptism.  Our second reading see in the salvation of Noah, a symbol of our salvation through baptism.  In the Gospel we see Jesus tempted by Satan and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry to preach the Good News and asks the hearers to repent and believe in the message.


REFLECTING: We begin our Lenten journey at the decisive moment of the flood, when God establishes his first Covenant with man, in the person of Noah. Noah was saved from the waters, while we (as Saint Peter points out) are saved by the waters of Baptism. This is the Covenant we live in, thanks to Christ, who came to establish this “new and eternal Covenant in his blood”. He is the only one who can do this, because he is without sin, despite “having been tempted in every way that we are”.


PRAYING: Heavenly Father, let us pray that we who have tasted the one bread may be strengthened and encourage one another to live and believe the Good News, so that we do not fall victim to the follies of the sinful world that will lead to eternal destruction of our souls.