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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March 25, 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







ASPERGES (2)                                                    Mass Book Page 9




OPENING HYMN                “Holy City”                               Choir

PENITENTIAL RITE                                                           Page 66

KYRIE                                                                                 Page 67



First Reading                                                              Isaiah 50: 4-7            

Responsorial Psalm                                                           Psalm 22                                       

 R: My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?

Second Reading                                                  Philippians 2: 6-11                    

Lenten Acclamation 2                                          Philippians 2: 8-9            12: 26                         

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

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

 C:   Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a

        cross.  Because of this, God greatly exalted Him and

        bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.

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

Passion                                                                 Mark 14: 1-15; 47


 NICENE CREED                                                                 Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer.

 CANON                        Eucharistic Prayer 5                       Page 92

 THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                    Page 95

 SIGN OF PEACE                                                                 Page 97

 LAMB OF GOD                                                                  Page 97

 COMMUNION                                                                    Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                  Page 100

 RECESSIONAL HYMN                                                    Bulletin


For those who cannot stand long for the passion reading, it is permissible to remain seated.




Procession Hymn: “Sent from High Heaven”


Sent from high heaven Christ fulfills His mission

T’wards Jerusalem strides with premonition

Startles disciples when at Bethphage’s border

Issues this strange order.


‘Two hence to village, hurray do not falter,

There find a donkey harnessed and with halter,

Untie the animal and her colt untether;

Bring them here together.


The two disciples did as Christ had bidden,

They [laced the Lord on colt till now unridden,

Excited crowds climb trees, palms and branches hewing

These before Him strewing.


Stirred by the Spirit, children raise glad voices;

Christ, King Hosanna Israel rejoices,

From sin and might of sin, man’s emancipation

Heaven sent salvation,


We bid Thee welcome, God’s own Son and Savior,

Promised by prophets, mankind’s Liberator,

Thou whose redemptive task conquered man’s enslaver

Restored him God’s favor.


Recessional Hymn: “All Glory, Laud and Honor”

CC #244: verses 1, 4, & 5


*Refrain:  All glory, laud and honor, To You Redeemer King

To whom the lips of children, made sweet hosannas ring.


You are the King of Israel, and David’s royal Son,

Now in the Lord’s name coming, our King and Blessed One. *


To You before Your passion, they sang their hymns of praise,

To You now high exalted our melody we raise. *


Their praises You accepted, accept the prayers we bring,

Great source of love and goodness, our Savior and our King. *




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. 


Holy Tuesday, March 27, 2018            Mass of Chrism

St. Barbara’s Parish, Houtzdale PA                    7:00 P.M.


Holy Wednesday, March 28, 2018               

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                     7:45 P.M.




Holy Thursday March 29, 2018       Maundy Thursday

Holy Mass/Procession to Altar of Repose          7:00 P.M.


Good Friday, March 30, 2018

Mass of the Pre-Sanctified                     12:00 P.M.-Noon

Stations of the Cross/Opening of Grave             3:00 P.M.

Bitter Lamentations (all parts)                            7:00 P.M.


Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018                 Easter Vigil

Lighting of New Fire; Paschal Candle; Holy Water

Blessing of Easter Baskets following Service


Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

Procession & Mass of the Resurrection             8:30 A.M.


It is requested that all sacristans/acolytes & children participate in the Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday processions. SAMB ladies are to participate in the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Easter Processions.



Sunday Ministry Schedule


Today                         9:00 A.M.                               

Greeters                  M.  Sleczkowski                                               

Lectors                       Red Team                            

Ushers                        All Ushers


Next Week                8:30 A.M.                              

Greeters                    C. Trumpe                         

Lectors                   Yellow 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.

Palm Sunday Gospel Word Search


Organ Fundraiser

Sabika Jewelry Party

 Sunday, April 15 in Parish Hall  12:30 P.M.

Hosted by Marian Sleczkowski & Kristen Korenowski

Proceeds toward the Organ Fund.



Holy Week

Beginning today with Palm Sunday, we enter the holiest of all weeks in the Catholic Church Year.  If you have not received your Easter Bulletin schedule through the mail, please contact Fr. Bruce.  For Holy Thursday, we will need 12 people to represent the 12 Apostles during the Maundy-foot washing.  On Good Friday, all parishioners along with parish Societies should spend time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament between Noon until the conclusion of Friday’s Bitter Lamentations. There will be no organizational scheduled time slots for Adoration.  You can come at the time of your choosing but come and spend time in Adoration of the Lord.  Since the Exposition will be on the altar of repose, you should sit on the left side of the Church.  Silence should also be maintained during the Exposition. The traditional procedure is to go to the crucifix in the main aisle, kiss the wounds of Jesus and then proceed to pray and meditate in front of the Sacrament.


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 Traditional Easter Basket


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.


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



          Palm Sunday


First Reading: Isaiah 50: 4-7  

Responsorial: Psalm 22
Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11

Passion: Mark 14:1-15:47


KEY VERSES: “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”  Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”   Mark 14: 61-62


READINGS: The first reading is about the suffering servant in which Jesus was the fulfilment of this prophecy.  Paul writes about the profound humility of Jesus and His obedience.  The Gospel Passion speaks of the establishment of the New Covenant the trials, betrayal and death of Jesus.  It is the details of the final days of Jesus.


REFLECTING: Today, the long reading of the Passion dominates the Palm Sunday celebration, and in a sense its meaning is obvious. Do not allow this, however, to detract from the other readings, which give the vital context necessary for understanding the Passion as more than just a long story. It is our story – the tale of how God achieved OUR salvation by the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ.


PRAYING: Let us pray that we always keep Jesus close to our hearts a we begin this Holy Week following our Lord’s steps.


Lord for us Your wounds were suffered. 

O Christ Jesus, have mercy on us.