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
January 8, 2017
Change of address or phone number, for parish registration, hospital visitations
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
phone or E-mail at BSleczkowski@aol.com
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
Solemnity of the Humble Shepherd Liturgy
OPENING HYMN “Let us Hasten” Bulletin
Introductory Rite Page 63
Entrance Hymn Wisdom 18: 14-15a; Psalm 93: 2
P: For when peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its
swift course was half spent, Your all-powerful Word from heaven’s
royal throne bounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land.
R: Your throne stands firm from of old; You are everlasting, Lord.
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 62: 11-12
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 97
R: A light will shine on us this day; the Lord is born for us.
Second Reading Titus 3: 4-7
Gospel Acclamations. Luke 2: 14
C: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom His
Gospel Luke 2: 15-20
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
OFFERTORY Page 73
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 2 Page 82
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
CLOSING HYMN “The First Noel” Bulletin
We welcome Ms. Mary Ann Warholak as guest organist while our organist Wendy Blotzer is recuperating from surgery. Thank you, Mary Ann.
Opening Hymn: “Let Us Hasten”
PNCC Hymnal 62 verses 1, 2, & 3
Let us hasten to the manger, welcoming the Holy Savior
//Waken now from slumber brother, Bow before the Child and Mother.//
As the prophets long have stated, patriarch have love awaited,
//Now we come with joy to meet You, Heaven and earth this
night shall greet You.//
O you shepherds of good fortune, who can know your joy’s proportion?
//What your fathers long demanded, you were first to see commanded. //
Closing Hymn: “The First Noel”
PNCC Hymnal 82 verses 1,2,3 & 6
Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.
The first Noel the
angels did say
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay:
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
on a cold winter's night that was so deep. (Chorus)
They looked up and saw a star
shining in the east beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night. (Chorus)
And by the light of that same star
Three Wise Men came from country far;
To seek for a king was their intent
And to follow the star, wherever it went; (Chorus)
Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made heaven and earth of naught
And with His blood mankind hath bought. (Chorus)
Sunday, January 8, 2017 Solemnity of the Humble Shepherds
Mission Collection/Seminary Collection
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
Installation of the 2017 Parish Board of Council
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.
Monday, January 9, 2017 Baptism of the Lord
Holy Mass 10:00 A.M.
Wednesday, January 11 2017
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Saturday, December 14, 2017
Christmas Church Undecorating 9:00 A.M.
Sunday, January 15, 2017 2 Ordinary Time
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
+Dr. Donald Mushalko Int. Mr. & Mrs. Terry Kleckner; +Helen Korch Int. Ms. Barbara Gojdiuk
SOCL Classes 10:15 A.M.
Fellowship Hour 10:15 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
+Frances Strawniak Int. Ms. Rosemarie Twork
Baptism of Madison Judith Kapral , daughter of Matthew & Michelle (Piekielek) Kapral.
A special envelope for the Savonarola Theological Seminary can be found in the 2016 Stewardship Envelopes for the Solemnity of the Humble Shepherds.
2016 Stewardship Envelopes will be accepted until January 15th. The financial books for 2016 will be closed after the 15th. Please begin to use the 2017 Envelopes for the envelope numbers change each year and we do not want anyone to lose credit in their stewardship. Remember that the Diocesan Development Fund was increased to $40 at the October Synod.
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.
We still have “At Home with the Word” daily readings available. Price $10. See David Kost or Fr. Bruce after Mass.
Sunday Ministry Schedule
This Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters C. Trumpe A. Fioravanti
Lectors Red Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers G. Jugan & S. Tadajski J. Wagner
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Krusienski A Fioravanti
Lectors Yellow Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers D. Crouch & J. Bagshaw J. Wagner
Humble Shepherd Word Search
Epiphany Home Visitations.
If you would like to have your home blessed for 2017 during the Epiphany Season, please make arrangements with Fr. Bruce @412.276.5562. Blessed chalk, incense, charcoal and home blessing ritual can be found by the Nativity in the sanctuary.
2017 Board Installation
During Mass this morning, the installation of our elected Parish Board will be administered. Please keep our Board Members in your prayers as they assume their important positions within our parish as your representatives.
Chairman: Mr. Ted Gibala
Vice Chair: Mr. Donald Newcamp
Secretary: Mrs. Janis Gibala
Financial Secretary: Mr. Terry Kleckner
Treasurer: Mrs. Sharon Kish
Board Members: Mrs. Marcia Angel, Mrs. Wendy Blotzer, Mrs. Jean Ann Crouch, Mrs. Dee Dee Egan, Mrs. Alexa Foster, Mrs. Bozena Kijowski, Mrs. Helen Mulac, Mrs. Deanna Nemec, Mr. Frank Pociask, Mr. Brian Stahurski
Alternates: Mr. George Jugan and Mrs. Deborah Parknavy
Audit Committee: Mr. David Kost, Mrs. Rosemary Pociask, Mrs. Marian Sleczkowski
Parish Tribunal: Rosalie Clark and Janet Korch
You can take your Christmas Poinsettias home after Mass today; don’t forget to take the memorial angels. Available are angel bags to put them in for a keepsake compliments of Marlene Jobes.
Our Church created the Solemnity of the Humble Shepherds. Along with
this Solemnity is a special collection for the Savonarola Theological
Seminary in Scranton. Shepherds have often been used to the title of a
clergyman. The Pastor leads his flock, teaches his flock and tends his
flock. Why did God choose the shepherds to announce the birth of His Son?
There are many reasons but I choose to believe it was because they were
simple people. Hard working, loyal and faithful to their position in life and
in their faith, traits a good priest possesses. The simplicity of Christianity
sometimes is overshadowed by its complexity and I believe Bishop Hodur in
his wisdom chose this Solemnity to bring the Church back to its simple roots
and away from all the complexities. If we just love God with all our hearts,
souls and minds and our neighbor as ourselves, all the rules and teachings
fall into place. How simple is that? We may want to know how many angels
fit on a pinhead needle, but does really matter and is it important? To me,
no, I just simply acknowledge that the Lord loves me and is watching over
me and the joy of Christmas continue to live in my Heart, Home and
Church. May the same joy be in yours.
We have various ministries in our parish. Be it singing or playing bells in the choirs, lectors, acolytes, ushering, cooking etc. We also have organizations that worships our Lord in their services, such as the SAMBS, YMSR and Youth. Ministries can be found in working around the parish worship center with little odd and ends such as polishing the liturgical appointments to prayer blankets. A Mission & Evangelism Committee is being formed. We have something for everyone. Speak with Father and he will direct you to a ministry that would utilize your God given gifts.
Marian and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parishioners and parish family for the beautiful cards, gifts and best wishes to us during our Christmas Celebration. Your love shown to us enhances our ministry here in Holy Family Parish as we continue building Christ’s Church along the path to salvation for our parish. God, Bless You All!
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First Reading: Isaiah 62: 11-12
Second Reading: Titus 3: 4-7
Gospel: Luke 2: 15-20
Key Verse “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Luke 2: 15
Readings: Our first reading from the Old Testament speaks about the coming of the Messiah in prophecy in terms of the Incarnation. This was something special for the Jewish People of old. Paul writes to Titus how God’s own compassions have saved us upon receiving Him in our hearts. The Gospel continues the Christmas narrative about the shepherds who left their flocks and sought out our Lord. Upon seeing Him, they believed and told everyone concerning this Child through their glorifying and praising of God.
Reflections: How can I share the gift of Jesus during this Christmas and New Year Season? From the commemoration of the birth of Christ, is it possible to have a rebirth within myself? Being baptized in the faith I should reflect about our spiritual state of being as a follower of the Lord and how I can improve. With God, all things are possible if I allow Jesus to enter my life. This is a Year of personal Commitment to Jesus and His Church; may I do so.
PRAYING: Thank you Heavenly Father for giving Your Son to me. May my prayers always reflect Your love and forgiveness as I imitate those shepherds at the First Christmas who saw their salvation in that Child lying in the manger. This I pray through the same Child, Christ the Lord.