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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Third Sunday in Advent

        December 11, 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

Third Sunday in Advent Liturgy


PROCESSIONAL HYMN         “Advent Longing”                       Bulletin                

        Candle Lighting Ceremony

Introductory Rite                                                                              Page 63

 Entrance Hymn                                                         Isaiah 26: 19b; 29: 19                            

 P:   Awake and sing, you who lie in the dust.  For your dew is a dew of

       light, and the land of shades give birth.

 R:  The lowly will ever find joy in the Lord, and the poor rejoice in the

       Holy One of Israel.

 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: 35: 1-6a, 10                          

  Responsorial Psalm                                                                      Psalm 146     

  R:  Lord, come and save us.

  Second Reading                                                                     James 5: 7-10       

 Gospel Acclamations.                                                                Isaiah 61:1                                   

 C:   Alleluia   

 R:   Alleluia 

 C:   The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed Me to

        bring glad tidings to the poor.

 R:   Alleluia 

 Gospel                                                                                Matthew 11: 2-11   


NICENE CREED                                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

OFFERTORY                                                                                     Page 73


 CANON                           Eucharistic Prayer 4                                 Page 88

THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                                  Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                                 Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                                Page 100

 CLOSING HYMN         “O Come O Come Emmanuel”                 Bulletin


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

Processional Hymn:  “Advent Longing”

PNCC Hymnal 18

In this time of Advent Longing, we await our Savior’s coming,

//Filled with hope and expectation, of the coming peace salvation.//


Send forth dew from Heav’n on high; for the Savior’s birth is nigh,

//May the dew enrich the earth; yield the Righteous One in birth. //


In this time of Advent longing, we await the Savior’s coming,

//Let us cleanse both heart and mind, for the birth of Christ Divine.// 










Closing Hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

PNCC Hymnal 32, verses 1, 2 & 7


Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel,

                shall come to Thee O Israel.


O come, o come Emmanuel,

and ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here,

until the Son of God appears. R.

O come Thou Wisdom from on high,

And order all things far and nigh.

To us the path of knowledge show,

And cause us in her ways to go, R.


O come, Desire of nations bind

All peoples in one heart and mind;

Bid envy, strife and envy cease;

Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace. R.



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.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Annunciation Bel Choir Rehearsal                                               5:30 P.M.                                                             

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                                                7:00 P.M.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Church Decorating                                                       9:00 A.M.


 Sunday, December 18, 2016                                                       Advent 4

Confessions                                                                                   8:30 A.M.

Advent Candle Lighting

 Holy Mass                                                                                    9:00 A.M.

+Chester Krusienski (100th Ann. of birth) Int. Mrs. Martha Krusienski;

+Stella Tamblyn Int. Ms. Joy Roma.

 SOCL Classes                                                                             10:15 A.M.

 Fellowship Hour                                                                         10:15 A.M.

 Holy Mass                                                                                   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.

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.

Sunday Ministry Schedule


     This 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


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

     Greeters            M. Krusienski                          A Fioravanti                       

     Lectors             Yellow Team                            B. & L. Zaucha          

     Ushers              J. Trump & J. Lawrence           J. Wagner


Third Sunday in Advent Gospel Word Search

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 " Treasures for Children Angel Tree "
The Angel Tree gifts are due today. The gifts should be unwrapped, but may be placed in a Christmas gift bag.  Coordinators are 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’s Shelter as gifts to be included.


Don’t forget the Organ Fund, we are almost halfway there paying off our loan. To date we have collected $22,849.00.  Thank you.


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.


PNU Scholarship Information

If you are advancing in higher education, please read about the PNU Scholarship Program offered by the Youth and Education Commission. 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.

 Winter Weather Alert

Winter is here and sometimes the weather conditions can be dangerous. The cancellations or time change of Church services or parish events will be posted on the three local TV Channels, our parish Facebook and Website when we wintery weather poses hazardous driving conditions.  Always use your judgment with winter conditions.

YMSR men and Youth Members are requested to help clear the parish walkways of snow.



Holy Family Parish thanks all the volunteers this year to help make our pierogi project financially successful and to all the volunteers who helped this year in the grass maintenance of out parish cemeteries. God bless you all for your dedication.


To cry out, "Come, Lord Jesus!" in sincerity from the depths of our being is made possible only by acknowledging the reality of who we are. It is therefore, at the same time, to exclaim, "I am a sinner.  Let us prepare ourselves this Advent Season through a firm resolution to try our best to avoid sin as we welcome our Lord. Come Lord Jesus! Holy Spirit, fountain of love, I call on you with trust: "Purify my heart, and help me to walk as a child of the light."

Third Sunday of Advent


First Reading: Isaiah 35: 1-6, 10

Responsorial: Psalm 146

Second Reading: James 5: 7-10

Gospel: Matthew 11: 2-11


Key Verse: “Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?”                                                                   Matthew 11: 2


Readings:  Isaiah presents us with an image of death turned to life, a desert in full bloom and filled with God’s glory.  It is a scene of opposites: a parched land is filled with exultant praise, the lowly fear nothing, the blind see, the deaf hear, and the lame leap like a stag.  James encourages his fellow Christians to be patient as the await the Lord’s coming.  In the Gospel John, the Baptist is found in prison, but is reassured that Jesus is the promised Messiah that Isaiah had prophesized.  


Reflections: In many ways, the readings this Sunday are simply a continuation of last week. Isaiah gives us more details about the work of the Messiah, and Paul invites us to continue to be patient until the Lord’s Coming. What is slightly different is the voice of John the Baptist this week: last week in Matthew 3 he was proclaiming with utter confidence that “someone is coming”. Now, in Matthew 11, he asks Jesus from prison: “Is it you?”  For us, as we listen to these scriptures, we are being offered something very particular, the prophecies of Isaiah (and indeed the prophet John the Baptist) are pinned down firmly and securely in the person of Jesus, Son of Mary in fact, Jesus himself, in his reply to John says as much: I am the Messiah that Isaiah prophesied. Again, we are invited to hold the images of the prophecies in our minds until Christmas, when we can look on the child in the manger and say we know who this is: it is the promised Messiah, God who comes to save us!


Praying:  Father, help us prepare during this Advent Season to greet

Our Lord.