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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Septuagesima -4th Sunday Ordinary Time

                          January 28, 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





Septuagesima-4 Ordinary Time Liturgy


OPENING HYMN                                                               Bulletin

Entrance Hymn                                 Isaiah 48: 17; Jeremiah 7: 23b

 P: Thus, says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:  I,

       the Lord your God teach you what is for your good, and lead

       you on the way you should go.

 R: Listen to My voice, then I will be your God and you shall be

      My people.  Walk in the ways that I command you, so that you

      may prosper.

 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                                              Deuteronomy 18: 15-20                

 Responsorial Psalm                                                            Psalm 95                                       

 R:    If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts. 

Second Reading                                              1 Corinthians 7:32-35                          

Gospel Acclamations                                                 Matthew 4: 16                   

 C:   Alleluia,

 R:   Alleluia,

 C:   The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light; on those

         dwelling in a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen.


 R:   Alleluia.  

 Gospel                                                                        Mark 1: 21-28


 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

 CLOSING HYMN                                                              Bulletin


Opening Hymn: “Come unto Jesus”

PNCC Hymnal 180


Refrain:  Lo, the vision wondrous to behold

He would save us from this sinful world

To heaven’s blessed glory untold

O dearest Lord we come!


Come unto Jesus, Come while you may

Hear how He calls you, come now this day

How He does love you, follow His way,

Gently He calls you come:


Come O my child now, come heed His call

Give Him your heart, your love and your all

He shall uplift you, lest you should fall

Gently He calls you come!


Come fallen sinner, come while you may!

Christ will accept you, do not delay!

Tears of repentance He wipes away,

Trust in Him only, Come!







Closing Hymn: “In Thy Protection”

PNCC Hymnal #210


In thy protection, Father in heaven,

Lo we thy children place our life, our all.

Lord wilt Thou bless us, save us from temptation,

keep us from danger, lest in sin we fall.


Though all be peaceful, though storms beset us,

in Thy protection, we shall find our rest.

Father we pray Thee, humbly we beseech thee,

deliver us the children Thou has blessed.




Sunday, January 28, 2018                        Septuagesima

Music Scholarship Sunday

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Philip Kotulsky (6th Ann.) Int. Mrs. Mildred Kotulsky and Family + Edward Dudek Int. PNU District 5

SOCL Class                                                      10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018            

Bible Class                                                         6:00 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                     7:00 P.M.


Thursday, February 1, 2017

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    6:30 P.M.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

PNU District 5 Teleconference Meeting          11:00 A.M.    


Sunday, February 4, 2018                           Sexagesima

Holy Mass                                                         9: 00 A.M.

Blessing of Candles & Throats

+Bishop Thaddeus Peplowski Int. Holy Family Parish SOCL Class                                                      10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.

+Bishop Thaddeus Peplowski Int. Holy Family Parish


With this morning Mass, we begin a three-week period in the liturgical year called Pre-Lent which is a transitory time from the joyous celebration of the Nativity to the solemn observance to repentance and reconciliation of Lent. The “Gloria” is omitted from Mass and the dismissal for Mass is “Let us bless the Lord.”. The rose-colored vestments are worn symbolizing anticipation.


Blessing of Candles & Throats

Next Sunday, during the 9:00 A.M. Mass, candles will be blessed in conjunction to the Presentation of the Lord and after both Masses in honor of St. Blaise, throats will be blessed.

Support Music Scholarship Sunday

Sunday, January 29th

Applications for scholarships are available at


Thank you for your generous support.


Sunday Ministry Schedule


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

Greeters    M. Krusienski                      A. Fioravanti                        

Lectors      Red Team                            B. & L. Zaucha  

Ushers      T. Gibala & G. Jugan           J. Wagner


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

Greeters    C. Trumpe                           A. Fioravanti

Lectors     Yellow Team                       B. & L. Zaucha

Ushers      S. Tadajski & J. Bagshaw   J. Wagner


The quarterly meeting for PNU District 5 has been re-scheduled to Saturday, February 3rd. The teleconference meeting will begin promptly at 11:00am. 


2018 Special Intention Request

If you have special requiem anniversary dates for the 2018 liturgical year, please call Father Bruce @ 412.276.5562 to reserve these date in the Parish Ordo. This includes hall rentals.   



    Rt. Rev. Thaddeus Peplowski

Our beloved bishop emeritus was laid to rest Friday, January 26th, on the Cathedral grounds.  Bishop Thaddeus was ordained to the priesthood May 15, 1958 and consecrated Bishop, November 30, 1990 and was assigned Bishop Ordinary of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese. He retired July 31, 2012 serving the diocese for 22 years.  Bishop Peplowski visited our parish many times and endeared us with his spiritual directions and his love for Christ and His Church. His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ May Bishop rest in peace.

Septuagesima Gospel Word Search


Thank you to all who helped to take down the Christmas decorations. Bog Zaplac



Tentative Lenten Pierogi Sales

We have set up the dates for our Lenten pierogi sales.  The pierogi program is a much-needed parish financial necessity.  If you can help, call Steffie @412.672.5403.

Selected dates are Feb 2 (no sale) for making cabbage pierogies this week.  Sale Dates are February 16th; March 9th and March 23rd.  We also need dish washers on Fridays. Listed below are the monies that will be lost if we do not continue this program due to lack of help but will need to be made up to cover expenses.


FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2015

FY 2016


Utility rcpts (10%)

 $              1,674.17

 $              2,347.10

 $              1,581.98

 $              1,933.60

 $              1,884.21

Gen fund rcpts (50%)






M&I fund rcpts (40%)







 $           16,863.64

 $           23,967.00

 $           15,759.75

 $           19,383.60

 $           18,993.50








 $           10,008.57

 $           15,440.27

 $           10,755.59

 $           13,755.93

 $           12,490.09

Wednesday’s, we prep for Thursday.  Check with Steffie on the time.  Thursday are prep days beginning at 8:00 A.M.  Friday’s are pinching, cooking and packaging days.  Experience is not necessary, we will teach you. Friends are always encouraged. 

Ash Wednesday is February 14th

This year Ash Wednesday falls on St. Valentine’s Day. Blessing of Ashes and Mass will be at 10:  A.M. and Bitter Lamentations and Distribution of ashes at 7:00 P.M.  This is a day of Fast. Celebration of St. Valentine’s Day should be done prior to the beginning of Lent.



           Septuagesima Sunday

             4th Ordinary Time


First Reading: Deuteronomy 18: 15-20

Responsorial: Psalm 95

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7: 32-35

Gospel: Mark 1: 21-28



KEY VERSE: "If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts".                                                                           Psalm 95: 8


READINGS:  Moses tells the people that God will no longer speak directly to them but will speak through Moses and the prophets like him. Paul continues to advise the Corinthian Church that because the known world is passing away, Christians should live differently without anxiety and offers practical insight into how this is to be done. Jesus expels a demon from a man in the synagogue showing the He, Jesus is the “Holy One of God.”


REFLECTING: Where does authority come from? Why is one man regarded as a prophet, and another as a lunatic, and a third as a hypocrite? Jesus startles the crowds with a ‘new teaching’ today, but what amazes them so much is not the message but the authority behind it: they are convinced because what he does somehow adds credibility to what he says. It’s the old situation that we are all familiar with - we look through words to see the actions, which show us the real message. The scribes did not heal or work miracles, but simply talked about God. Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God, but also shows the people what it is - a Kingdom where all that damages human happiness is abolished. The other side to this is that we must listen to a prophet or teacher when they are backed by such authority; we may not “harden our hearts” and ignore the message when we have recognized that the messenger is sent by God. This is the hard part, because it demands that we too show, by our actions, that we have heard.


PRAYING: Heavenly Father, the gift of faith and being a member of the church is precious and is meant to show your glory and our salvation.  May we recognize this treasure and invite others to the life of faith in your Son through His Church.