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

March 4, 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





Third Sunday of Lent Liturgy


OPENING HYMN                                                               Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                                            Deuteronomy 6: 4-5, 13

 P: Hear, O Israel!  The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!

     Therefore, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

      and with all your soul, and with all your strength.

 R: The Lord your God shall you fear.  Him shall you serve, and by

      His name shall you swear.

 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                                                         Exodus 20: 1-17                

 Responsorial Psalm                                                          Psalm 19                                       

 R:  Lord, you have the words of everlasting life

Second Reading                                            1 Corinthians 1: 22-25                    

Lenten Acclamation 2                                                     John 3: 16                         

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

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

 C:   God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son, so that

        everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life.

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

 Gospel                                                                         John 2: 13-25


 NICENE CREED                                                                 Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer.

 CANON                        Eucharistic Prayer 2                       Page 82

 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





Opening Hymn: “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation”

Tune: “Angels from the Realm of Glory”


Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the head and cornerstone;

Chosen of the Lord and precious, binding all the Church in one;

Holy Zion’s help for- ever and her confidence alone.


To the temple where we call you, come, O Lord of hosts today;

With your wonted loving kindness, hear your servants as they pray,

And your fullest benediction, shed in all its bright array.


Grant, we pray to all your people, all the grace they ask to gain,

What they gain from you forever, with the blessed to retain,

And here after in your glory, evermore with you to reign.



Closing Hymn: “Forty Days and Forty Nights”

PNCC Hymnal 114


Forty days and forty nights Thou was fasting in the wild

Forty days and forty nights tempted and yet undefiled.


Shall not we Thy sorrows share and from worldly joys abstain

Fasting with unceasing pray’rs strong with Thee to suffer pain?


Then if Satan on us press, flesh or spirit to assail

Victor in the wilderness, grant we may not faint or fail.


So, shall we have peace divine, holier gladness ours shall be,

Round us, too, shall angels shine such as ministered to Thee.


Keep, O keep us, Savior dear, ever constant by Thy side,

That with Thee we may appear at the eternal Eastertide.






Sunday, March 4, 2018                                        Lent 3

Confession                                                         8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+ Deacon Raymond Lagesse & Max Sleczkowski Int. Lagesse & Sleczkowski Families

SOCL Class                                                     10:15 A.M.

SAMBS Meeting                                             10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018           

Bible Class                                                         6:00 P.M.

Bitter Lamentations I                                         7:00 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                     7:45 P.M.


March 8, 2018

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    6:30 P.M.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Stations of the Cross                                           7:00 P.M.

Meditations-SOCL, Youth Group


Sunday, March 11, 2018                                      Lent 4

Solemnity-Institution of the PNCC

Mission Collection

Confession                                                         8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

SOCL Class                                                      10:15 A.M.

SAMBS Meeting                                              10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.

Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday, March 11th.

Change your clocks one hour forward.


Pisanki-Easter Egg decorating today from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. SOCL students can join in after class. Everything will be provided.  This is a fun family event for the young and old.

Friends are always invited.


Sunday Ministry Schedule

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

Greeters     M. Sleczkowski                       A. Fioravanti                        

Lectors       Red Team                                B. & L. Zaucha  

Ushers        L. Ruozzi & T. Gibala            J. Wagner

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

Greeters     C. Trumpe                               A. Fioravanti

Lectors      Youth Team                             B. & L. Zaucha

Ushers       J. Bagshaw & T. Mantia          J. Wagner



Holy Family Parish extends its prayers and love to Rae Zurovcik & family upon the recent passing +Joseph Zurovcik whose funeral was held this past week. Eternal rest grant to him and let the perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.



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

March 9th-SOCL-Youth

March 16th-YMSR

 March 23rd-Chopin & Annunciation Bell Choirs


Lent 3 Gospel Word Search


             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.


Our Next Pierogi Sale will be March 16th.  Volunteer are always welcomed.  Please mark your calendars.


Palm Sunday Breakfast March 25th

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Adult $10.00, Child $5.00. (3yrs -10yrs) Under 2 yrs. free; SOCL/Youth Group children will be free.

Reservation Forms are available in the Vestibule.

(only one Mass will be celebrated Palm Sunday)


The YMSR/PNCC National Bowling Tournament is scheduled for June 8-10 in Carbondale, PA.  Bowlers who would like to represent Holy Family contact Fr. Bruce or Frank Pociask.

Easter Flower Envelopes are available in the Church Vestibule.

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

Easter Baskets for our Elderly

Our Youth groups will be putting together blessed Easter Baskets for our elderly March 31th, who cannot attend the Easter Blessings and are alone. To help with this project, needed are baskets, small containers, ribbon, white lace or napkins, decorated eggs, kielbasa, small ham, cheese candy (cross) and Ester Lamb with flags.  Contact Patty Bagshaw (412) 953-5123 or Angela Jobes (412) 860-3498 for needed items and/or for someone who would like a basket.  Orders will be taken until March 25th and can be picked up after the Easter Vigil Blessing March 31th. 


The 18th Annual Mission & Evangelism Workshop hosted by our diocese will be held Friday April 27th-Sunday April 29th in All Saints Parish, Carnegie, PA.  The theme is “The UNworkshop: You will Find Me.  Registration fee is $75.00. ($95.00 after April 4th) Those who would like to represent Holy Family Parish are to contact Fr. Bruce.  Registration forms are available from the parish office.

The Polish Bard

Efforts are being made to reorganize the Bard.  If you would like to sing and join, contact Wendy Blotzer @412.203.1747.  The Bard sings at diocesan events that are held.                        


                   Third Sunday

                        of Lent


First Reading: Exodus 20: 1-17

Responsorial: Psalm 19
Second Reading:1 Corinthians 1: 22-25

Gospel: John 2: 13-25


KEY VERSE: “Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.”                                                                 John 2: 19


READINGS: Sometimes we are tempted to contrast Old Testament “legalism” with New Testament love.  But today’s first reading from Exodus shows that love has always been essential for real obedience to God’s commands. Paul writes that the foolishness of God is wisdom for those on the way to salvation in Christ. God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. From the Gospel today, we learn that the true sanctuary of the Christian is not a place, but rather the body of Jesus raised up in glory.


REFLECTING: This week, in our journey through the Old Testament, we reach Covenant Number Three: and this is the big one - the Covenant with Moses at Sinai. The Ten Commandments are (or should be) familiar to us all: they form our side of the agreement with God - if we stick to these rules and commands, then we are truly God’s people, and he is truly our God. If we ignore them, or break them, then we break the Covenant or relationship.  The Temple was, for the people of Israel, the place that guaranteed the permanence of this Covenant - God dwelling with man. Jesus alerts us to the new Temple - himself - since he is the core of the New Covenant, God and Man in perfect unity. Only by the destruction of this new Temple, in his death, will he rise again as an eternal Temple, and the eternal guarantee of the New Covenant which we enjoy.


PRAYING: Heavenly Father, let us pray that we understand what Jesus has done for us and may we respond through our faith during this Season of Lent.