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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Fourth Sunday in Advent

        December 18, 2016

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    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

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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

Fourth Sunday in Advent Liturgy


PROCESSIONAL HYMN   “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”  Bulletin                

        Candle Lighting Ceremony

Introductory Rite                                                                              Page 63

 Entrance Hymn                                                       John 11:27; Psalm 90:2                            

 P:   Yes, Lord.  I have come to believe that You are the Messiah, the Son of

        God, the One Who is coming into the world.

 R:  Before the mountains were born, the earth and the world brought forth,

       from eternity to eternity You are God.

 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 7: 10-14                          

  Responsorial Psalm                                                                        Psalm 24     

  R:  Let the Lord enter; He is King of Glory.

  Second Reading                                                                    Romans 1: 1-7     

 Gospel Acclamations.                                                           Matthew 1: 23                                 

 C:   Alleluia   

 R:   Alleluia 

 C:   The Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name Him


 R:   Alleluia 

 Gospel                                                                                Matthew 1: 18-24   


NICENE CREED                                                                               Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer

OFFERTORY                                                                                     Page 73


 CANON                           Eucharistic Prayer 5                                 Page 92

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:  “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”

PNCC Hymnal #29


Come Thou long expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free.

From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth Thou art,

Dear desire of ev’ry nation, joy of ev’ry longing heart.


Born Thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a king,

Born to reign in us forever, now Thy gracious Kingdom bring.

Be Thine own eternal Spirit, rule in all our hearts alone,

By Thine all sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious Throne.  Amen.













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 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.

 +Adela Wolak (birthday ann.) & Wladyslaw Barczyk Int. Mrs. Bozena Kijowski


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Annunciation Bel Choir Rehearsal                                               5:30 P.M.

Bible Class                                                                                     5:45 P.M.                                                             

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                                                7:00 P.M.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Flower Decorating                                                      11:00 A.M.


Saturday, December 24, 2016                                            Christmas Eve

Christmas Concert                                                                        10:00 P.M.

Christmas Shepherd’s Mass (Pasterka)                                        10:30 P.M.           

 Sunday, December 25, 2016                                              Christmas Day         

Mass of the Nativity                                                                     10:00 A.M.


Christmas Eve Procession

It has been a longstanding parish tradition of having our parish youth process with the Nativity figurines on Christmas Eve.  We encourage parents to have their children participate.  SAMBS Members are asked to participate in the opening procession and all Sacristans and Acolytes are requested to serve during the Pasterka Christmas Eve Mass.


Christmas Day

This year Christmas falls on a Sunday.  Even though the Christmas Eve Mass technically fulfills Sunday Obligation; it would be beautiful if the choirs, altars servers and parishioners come back to worship on Sunday morning at 10:00 A.M. as we celebrated the Nativity of the Lord.


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             M. Krusienski                         A. Fioravanti               

      Lectors             Yellow Team                           B. & L. Zaucha      

      Ushers              J. Trumpe & J. Lawrence       J. Wagner


    Next Week                               10:00 A.M.        

     Greeters                             M. Sleczkowski                                                 

     Lectors                                    Red Team                                      

     Ushers                         T. Kleckner & T. Gibala           


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 " Treasures for Children Angel Tree ".

Thank you to all who contributed to the Angel Tree programs this Christmas.  God bless you all.

The gifts have been distributed to the Salvation Army and Women’s Shelter. We thank Rosemary Pociask and Ashley & Janice Griffith for coordinating this charitable program.

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.


The SOCL Sarris Christmas Candy orders are in; you can pick up your orders after Mass in the parish hall. Thank you for your support.


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.


If you have any special requiem anniversary date that you would want to reserve for the 2017 year, please contact Fr. Bruce so they can be recorded in the parish ordo.

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First Reading: Isaiah 7: 10-14

Responsorial: Psalm 24

Second Reading: Romans 1: 1-7

Gospel: Matthew 1: 18-24


Key Verse: “The virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name Him Emmanuel”                                                               Matthew 1:23


Readings:  This is the famous Emmanuel prophecy and Isaiah invites the king and the nation to trust in god’s faithfulness rather and succumb to fear it.  In these opening verses of the letter to the Romans, Paul emphatically declares his faith in Jesus Christ, Son of God by the Spirit’s power and Son of David’s “according to the flesh.”

As Advent draws to a close, the Gospel for this 4th Sunday depicts the Annunciation to Joseph, son of David, concerning Mary’s conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us.


Reflections: Here we enter a new stage of Advent: having spent so much time on the Second Coming, now we look back, to remember the details of the Lord’s First Coming. Today we focus on the character of Mary, and hear of the angel Gabriel being sent to her, to invite her to take her part in the mystery of the Incarnation, “the revelation of the mystery kept secret for endless ages”. This mystery springs from the House of David, and so we lead into the Gospel by hearing of the establishing of that house. An interesting idea is that the first reading talks of David wishing to build a house for the Lord; through the prophet he is told not of the house that he would build, but the House which is his line: eventually, in Mary (betrothed to Joseph) the House of David does itself become the house of the Lord, the womb wherein he has a dwelling place.


Praying:  Father, as we are closing our Advent journey, let us welcome the Lord Jesus into our hearts with His abiding presence.


We still have “At Home with the Word” daily readings available.  Price $10.  See David Kost or Fr. Bruce after Mass.