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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Second Sunday in Advent

        December 4, 2016

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    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

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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


Second Sunday in Advent Liturgy


PROCESSIONAL HYMN        “On Jordan’s Bank”                      Bulletin                

        Candle Lighting Ceremony

Introductory Rite                                                                              Page 63

 Entrance Hymn                                                                         John 1: 6-8                            

 P:   A man named John was sent from God.  He came for testimony, to

       testify to the light, so that all might believe through Him.

 R:  He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.

 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                                                                        Isaiah 11: 1-10                          

  Responsorial Psalm                                                                        Psalm 72     

  R:  Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.

  Second Reading                                                                 Romans 15L 4-9       

 Gospel Acclamations.                                                                Luke 3: 4,6                                  

 C:   Alleluia   

 R:   Alleluia  

 C:   Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths:  all flesh shall see

        the salvation of God.

 R:   Alleluia 

 Gospel                                                                                   Matthew 3: 1-12   


NICENE CREED                                                                                Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

OFFERTORY                                                                                     Page 73


 CANON                           Eucharistic Prayer 3                                 Page 84

THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                                 Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                                Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN               “From Heav’n a Voice”                      Bulletin


The Advent Candle Lighting will take place during the 9:00 A. M. Mass



Processional Hymn:  “On Jordan’s Bank”

PNCC Hymnal # 20


On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken, for he brings glad tidings of the King of kings.
Then cleansed be every breast from sin; make straight the way for God within, and let each heart prepare a home where such a mighty Guest

may come.

For thou art our salvation, Lord, our refuge and our great reward;
without thy grace we waste away like flow’rs that wither and decay. To

heal the sick stretch out Thine hand, and bid the fallen sinner stand; shine forth and let thy light restore earth's own true loveliness once more.










Closing Hymn: “From Heav’n a Voice”

PNCC Hymnal 15, verses 1,2,3 & 5


From heav’n a voice comes down to earth, a star foretells the Savior’s birth

It shines through darkness sin and grief, and brings to mankind’s soul relief.


From Jesse’s stem a flower springs, which to the world salvation brings.

God sent to us His Son our Lord, before the ages long adored.


Our fathers heard the tale of old, the prophet’s words had long foretold,

That God would come so mankind be rescued from death eternally


Come and rejoice ye saints above, and all who sorrow feel His love.

All ye distressed who live in fear, the Savior of the world is near.




Sunday, December 4, 2016                                                         Advent 2

Confessions                                                                                   8:30 A.M.

Advent Candle Lighting

 Holy Mass                                                                                    9:00 A.M.

 +Joseph Korch (13th Ann.) Int. Janet & Bill Korch; +Mildred Budlikowski (102 Birthday Ann.) Int. Terri & Ethan Allen; +Alice Demski (13th Ann.) Int. Gary Demski

SOCL Classes                                                                             10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                                         10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                                   11:00 A.M.

+George Petro Int. Jan Pawlak


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Annunciation Bel Choir Rehearsal                                              5:30 P.M.                                                             

Bible Class                                                                                   5:45 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                                               7:00 P.M.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Parish Wigilia Dinner                                                                   4:00 P.M.


 Sunday, December 11, 2016                                                       Advent 3

Mission Collection

Confessions                                                                                   8:30 A.M.

Advent Candle Lighting

 Holy Mass                                                                                    9:00 A.M.

 +Dorothy Gibala Int. Mr. & Mrs. T Gibala; +Pearl Korenoski Int. Annunciation Bell & Chopin Choirs.

SOCL Classes                                                                             10:15 A.M.

SAMBS Monthly Meeting                                                         10:15 A.M.

Fellowship Hour                                                                         10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                                                   11:00 A.M.

Youth Association Meeting                                                        11:00 A.M.


Church Christmas Decorating

A reminder that we will be decorating the Church for Christmas on Saturday, December 17th beginning at 9 A.M.  We will need as many hands possible.  We will need help Friday, December 23rd when our Christmas flowers will arrive to arrange them around the Church and Altar.



Sunday Ministry Schedule


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

     Greeters             M. Sleczkowski                      A. Fioravanti               

      Lectors             Red Team                                B. & L. Zaucha      

      Ushers              S. Tadajski & D. Crouch        J. Wagner


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

     Greeters             C. Trumpe                               A Fioravanti                       

     Lectors              Youth Team                            B. & L. Zaucha          

     Ushers               D. Newcamp & W. Albeck    J. Wagner


Second Sunday in Advent Gospel Word Search

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 " Treasures for Children Angel Tree "
 All the Angel Tree Names have been taken, on behalf of the Salvation Army and Center for Victims/Women Place. All gifts should be unwrapped, but may be placed in a Christmas gift bag.  Presents are due by Sunday December 11th. Coordinating gift distributions is Rosemary Pociask for McKeesport Salvation Army, and Ashley Griffiths for Center of Victims/Women’s Place. SAMBS members are reminded to bring personal care items for the women as gifts to be included.


Don’t forget the Organ Fund, we are halfway there paying off our loan.


Sponsored by the Society of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Saturday, December 10, 2016

4:00 P.M. Doors Open








Costs: $20.00 Adults; Youth under 12 years of age $10.00

For Tickets call Kathy Trumpe @ 412.664.4591

Seating is limited, make your reservations

for the deadline for reservations today.

Enjoy Good Food, Great Fellowship and Santa Claus!


Polish Christmas Carol (Koledy) CD

If you enjoy Koledy, we have CD’s available for $15.00 performed by our United Choirs.   See Wendy Blotzer or Fr. Bruce for copies.  These make great stocking stuffers and gifts for those who enjoy Polish Christmas Carols.


Memorial Christmas Flower Envelopes & Oplatek (Christmas Wafers) are now available in the Parish Narthex.  Also, the 2017 Stewardship Envelopes. Contact the parish office for envelopes if you cannot find yours.


                Advent Meditations

Advent Devotional books can be found in the book rack in the Church Vestibule.  There are devotion books and activities for all ages to prepare for the coming of the Lord this Advent Season. Take one home with you this week.


PNU Scholarship Information

The criteria for the stipend application is as follows: a student currently enrolled in a college or university, part-time or full-time; a member of the PNU having a life insurance policy – current paying, single premium, or fully paid-up and in good standing for at least 5 years; current enrollment academic year (2016/2017) – effective December 1st- April 15th. Applications are in the Vestibule Narthex.


Second Sunday of Advent


First Reading: Isaiah 11: 1-10

Responsorial: Psalm 72

Second Reading: Romans 15: 4-9

Gospel: Matthew 3: 1-13


Key Verse: “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand”

                                                                                    Matthew 3: 2


Readings:  Isaiah’s promise of justice for the oppressed calls for peace. The peace the Messiah would bring would be so all encompassing that it would affect even nature. Encouragement and endurance are the keywords of this reading written by Paul.  Paul encourages his listeners to steadfastness in the Christian life.  The promises of God are valid for Jews and Gentiles alike.  Our Gospel introduces the forerunner of Christ, the prophet John the Baptist.  The primary message of John is a call to repentance for the coming kingdom.


Reflections: Throughout the first three weeks of Advent our focus is very clearly on the End of Time, and the Second Coming of the Lord - not on the run up to Christmas (that only comes in the last week). If we view Advent as a Season preparing for Christmas these readings will make little sense - and neither will the figure of John the Baptist who appears today: if it was about the preparation for Christmas, then John the Baptist, preaching after Jesus was born, becomes a confusing figure: his role is to preach to us, as he did of old, and to prepare us for the (second) coming of the Lord. Everything gets more specific today: what is being preached is not an event, but a person: Isaiah promises him, John welcomes him, Paul invites us to imitate him. We have here a thumbnail portrait of the Messiah useful to refer to when we get to Christmas and he is revealed as a child in a manger!


Praying:  Father, help us prepare in this holy season for Your Son’s glorious return at the end of time by changing those things in our lives that keep us from loving You and our brothers and sisters.