National Catholic Church
1921 Eden Park Boulevard
McKeesport. Pa. 15132
412.678.0566 Office; Auditorium 412.664.7009
Facebook page: Holy Family National Catholic Church
Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 18, 2016
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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
LITURGY OF THE WORD
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: The Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name Him
Gospel Matthew 1: 18-24
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
OFFERTORY Page 73
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 5 Page 92
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
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.
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
" 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.
Fourth Sunday of Advent
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.