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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Passion Sunday

March 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 412.678.734

                                                                                         The Holy Family





Fifth Sunday of Lent Liturgy


OPENING HYMN                                                               Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                                                           Psalm 43: 1-2

 P: Do me Justice, O God, and fight my fight against faithless

     people; from deceitful and impious men rescue me.

 R: For You, O God, are my strength.  Why do You keep me so far

      away?  Why must I go about in mourning, with the enemies

      oppressing me.

 P:  Lord, for us Your wounds were suffered.

 R:  O Christ Jesus, have mercy on us.

KYRIE                                                                                  Page 67



First Reading                                                     Jeremiah 31: 31-34            

Responsorial Psalm                                                           Psalm 51                                       

 R: Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Second Reading                                                       Hebrews 5: 7-9                    

Lenten Acclamation 2                                                   John 12: 26                         

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

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

 C:   Whoever serves me must follow me, says the Lord; and where

       I am, there also will my servant be.

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

 Gospel                                                                       John 12: 20-33


 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






Opening Hymn: “From Ashes to the Living Font”

CC Hymn 237 verses 1, 2, & 3

From ashes to the living font, Your Church must journey Lord,

Baptized in grace in grace renewed, by Your most holy Word.


Through fasting, prayers and charity, Your voice speaks deep within, returning us to ways of truth, and turning us from sin.


From desert to the mountaintop in Christ, our way to see,

So, tempered by temptation’s might we might transfigured be


Closing Hymn: ““Again We Keep This Solemn Feast”

CC 241


Again, we keep this solemn fast a gift of faith from ages past
This Lent which binds us lovingly to faith and hope and charity


The law and prophets from of old in figured ways this Lent foretold
Which Christ, all ages Lord and Guide, in these last days has sanctified


More sparing, therefore, let us make the words we speak, the food we take,
our sleep, our laughter — ev’ry sense! Learn peace through holy penitence.


Let us avoid each harmful way that lures the careless mind astray
By watchful prayer our spirits free from scheming of the Enemy


We pray O Blessed Three in One, our God while endless ages run,
that this our Lent of forty days may bring us growth and give you praise






Sunday, March 18, 2018          Lent 5- Passion Sunday

Confession                                                         8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Agnes Zajdel Int. Mr. & Mrs. T. Gibala; +Helen Korch (4th Ann.) Int. Janet & Bill Korch; +Josephine Kijowski (10th Ann.) Int. Dee Dee Eagan

SOCL Class                                                      10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.

Lajkoniki Dance Rehearsal                                3:00 P.M.

                                (both groups together)


Wednesday, March 21, 2018           

Bible Class                                                          6:00 P.M.

Bitter Lamentations III                                       7:00 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                     7:45 P.M.


Thursday March 22, 2018

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    6:30 P.M.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Stations of the Cross                                           7:00 P.M.

Meditations-Chopin/Annunciation Choirs


Sunday, March 25, 2018                           Palm Sunday

Confession                                                         8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                         9:00 A.M.

blessing and distribution of palms/procession

Palm Sunday Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt    10:45 A.M. 


It is requested that all sacristans/acolytes participate in the Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday processions. Children are to participate in the procession also.




Sunday Ministry Schedule


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

Greeters     M. Krusienski                        A. Fioravanti                        

Lectors       Yellow Team                         B. & L. Zaucha  

Ushers        D. Newcamp & B Griffith    J. Wagner


Nest Week                     9:00 A.M.                              

Greeters                      M. Sleczkowski                         

Lectors                           Red Team                          

Ushers                            All Ushers


2017 Fair Share Financials

Please contact Fr. Bruce for a copy of your 2017 Stewardship/Fair Share financials to Holy Family Parish for your IRS tax returns, email Father Bruce @ bsleczkowski@aol.com or call 412.276.5562.


Lent 5 Passion Sunday Gospel Word Search




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). Reservation forms are in the back of the Church or contact Rosemary Pociask @724.861.0759


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 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 Easter 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 the bard, contact Wendy Blotzer @412.203.1747.  The Bard sings at special events in the diocese.                         


Parish Census Forms

Please return the census form that was sent out with the Easter mailing.  We are trying to update all our files with accurate data and parish membership.  The forms can be placed in the collection plate or mailed to the parish office.


God’s Field/Rola Boza Subscriptions

God’s Field is the Church’s official newspaper of our Church.  Hard copy subscriptions are $48 per year for 12 issues sent to your home. Individual and annual subscription prepayments should be sent to: God’s Field 1006 Pittston Avenue Scranton, PA 18505. Please include zip+4 along with your name and address. Please note that the gratis online version of God’s Field will continue to be available to everyone the National Churches’ website @ pncc.org.  Subscription forms can be found in the vestibule




 Fifth Sunday of Lent



First Reading: Jeremiah 31: 31-34  

Responsorial: Psalm 51
Second Reading: Hebrews 5: 7-9

Gospel: John 12: 20-33



KEY VERSE: " “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”                                                                  John 12:23


READINGS The first reading speaks of the days that are coming when God will make a new covenant with Israel and when God will forgive Israel their iniquity. Paul in the second reading states that Jesus even though He was God’s Son, learned to obey and become for all people always the source of eternal salvation.  The Gospel speaks of just as the seed dies to bring forth a harvest of wheat, Jesus’ death will result in a harvest of life for all people.   From out of this death, a new life is offered through Jesus by the fidelity to God


REFLECTING: In the weeks of Lent so far, we have followed God’s work of salvation: we have seen the Covenants he established with Noah, Abraham, Moses and the people of Israel after the return from Babylon. Now we come to one of the most significant parts of the Old Testament: the promise of a brand-new Covenant, which will be different from all those that went before. This Covenant will see God and Man living more closely together. For the ratification of a Covenant, something was always sacrificed as a sign of the new relationship – normally man would offer some animal offering to God. But the New Covenant will be ratified not with the death of sheep or bull, but by the death of Jesus Christ, God and Man. In this perfect sacrifice is the source of our eternal salvation.


PRAYING: Let us pray that as we have been drawn into unity around the altar; all people may be united in the life which flows from the cross of Christ.