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
Solemnity-Circumcision of our Lord
January 1, 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
Feast of the Circumcism of our Lord Liturgy
OPENING HYMN “Another Year is Dawning” Bulletin
Introductory Rite Page 63
Entrance Hymn Genesis 17:10; Psalm 89: 35-36a
P: This is My covenant with you and your descendants after you that you
must keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised.
R: I will not violate My covenant; the promise of My lips I will not alter,
by My holiness, I swore once for all.
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 Numbers 6: 22-27
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 67
R: May God bless us in His mercy.
Second Reading Galatians 4: 4-7
Gospel Acclamations. Hebrews 1: 1-2
C: In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; in these
last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
Gospel Luke 2: 22
SACRAMENT OF THE WORD
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer
OFFERTORY Page 73
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 1 Page 77
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
CLOSING HYMN “New Year Comes Flying” Bulletin
Opening Hymn: “Another Year is Dawning”
PNCC Hymnal #84
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee.
Another year of learning, upon Thy loving breast,
Another year of trusting of quiet happy rest.
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of progress, another year of praise;
Another year of proving Thy presence of all the days.
Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.
Closing Hymn: “New Year Comes Flying”
PNCC Hymnal 55
New Year comes flying, Who is this lying in the hay?
This is the Lordling, praise Him, adore Him on the earth.
Here lies the Infant much like a lambkin. Where O where?
In Beth’lem City, Hurry go quickly, find Him there.
How shall we find Him? How shall we know our Jesus Lord?
In humble wrappings, not in rich velvet, see Him there.
Angels are playing, gratefully singing. What O what?
//Glory and praises throughout the ages, to the Child. //
Sunday, January 1, 2017 Solemnity- Circumcism of the Lord
Confessions 8:30 A.M.
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
Holy Mass 11:00 A.M.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Bible Class 5:45 P.M.
Friday, January 6, 2017 Epiphany of the Lord
Holy Mass 10:00 A.M.
Blessing of Chalk, Incense & Charcoal
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.
A special envelope for the Savonarola Theological Seminary can be found in the 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 M. Sleczkowski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Red Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers T. Kleckner & T. Gibala J. Wagner
Next Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters C. Trumpe A Fioravanti
Lectors Yellow Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers G. Jugan & S. Tadajski J. Wagner
Christmas Word Search
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.
A New Year, A “Year of Commitment”
The practice of making New Year's resolutions goes back over 3000 years. The start of a New Year gives us the feeling of a fresh start, a new beginning, and new opportunities. It is a time when people feel that they can begin anew with their lives. Common New Year's resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more and eat healthier; or to spend more time with family. Still others include managing money better and being more organized.
Although there is nothing in the Bible or notable in Christian tradition about New Year's resolutions, many good stewards take advantage of this time of year to become closer to the Lord. They may re-commit themselves to pray more, to read the Bible, or to attend Mass more regularly. If you are looking for some helps in your New Year's resolutions, here are a few ideas to get you started as we begin a “Year of Commitment” throughout our Church.
Practice gratitude – Cultivating a grateful heart is the hallmark of a Christian steward. Every day, express thankfulness to the Lord and to others. Seeing the good in your life will allow you to keep your heart compassionate and loving.
Encounter the Lord each day – Find time to be with the Lord each day, whether it be for an hour or ten minutes. Have a conversation with the Lord. Give your joys and worries to Him as well. Allow God's love to transform them. Our encounters will keep our eyes and ears open to the presence of Christ in our midst.
Be present to others – There is much celebration and mourning, joy and sorrow in peoples' lives. What a blessing it is to be able to share those times and not let others experience them alone. The gift of your presence to others is much more valuable than you realize.
Resist overwork – There is a pressure to produce, meet goals, be successful. But activities that lead us to overwork, constant fatigue and worry do not give glory to God. What God calls us to do we can do well. Be mindful that life requires balance, down time and letting go of unrealistic goals.
Nurture friendships – Our friends are those we choose to be with, those with whom we spend our evenings, with whom we vacation, to whom we go to for advice. Friends are gifts from God who give us a greater appreciation of God's love for us. Friends need our time and love.
Give more – Good stewards realize that everything they have is entrusted to them as gift to be shared. There is no better place to begin than sharing with the community that gathers around the Lord's table at Mass. Consider what you are giving to your parish and local diocese and commit to an even greater contribution as circumstances allow. Make a difference in your parish community – Believe it or not, your parish community can use your talents. Offering your talents to your faith community is one of the most effective ways to feel useful and connected to others, and it is a potentially life-changing New Year's resolution.
Consider living more simply – We cannot find fulfillment in possessions. They add nothing to our self-worth. Jesus blessed the "poor in spirit" in his Sermon on the Mount; and Saint Francis of Assisi urged us to live with only what was necessary, for that is how we begin to find God.
Don't give up – People give up their New Year's resolutions because of perfectionism and unrealistic expectations. So, take it slow, be kind to yourself and keep trying. Resist the urge to throw your hands up and quit. You succeed through small, manageable changes over time.
Turn to the Lord – Ask the Lord for guidance, strength and perseverance in achieving your resolutions. In his letter to the Philippians, Saint Paul writes: "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" (Phil 4:13).
If God is the center of our New Year's resolutions, they have a better chance for success.
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.
Do not forget your parish when formulating your Estate Plans. This will help our parish’s outreach to bring the Gospel of the Lord to our communities.
Circumcism of our Lord
First Reading: Numbers 6:22-27
Responsorial: Psalm 67
Second Reading: Galatians 4: 4-7
Gospel: Luke 2: 22
Key Verse: “When the fullness of time had come, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law so that we might receive adoption as sons (and daughters)
Galatians 4: 4-5
Readings: The first reading is the blessing that the Lord gave to Moses that he was to invoke over the people of Israel. Paul reminds us of our identity and references that God sends the Holy Spirit into our hearts so that we can know how much God loves us. The Gospel tells us that they being good Jews, fulfills all the prescription of the law of Circumcism.
Reflections: We begin the year 2017 with great anticipation and hope. With the celebration of the birth of Christ, we can also celebrate our rebirth to Christ. Jesus left us a covenant that we should keep until the time He returns; the Eucharist. Do not miss the opportunity given to us by the Savior of whom the angel chorus announced. There is so much we can do for our families, friends, parish home and communities but this can only happen when all our parish members participate in worship and parish programs. Our parish’s spiritual and physical growth depends upon all of us who call Holy Family our home.
Praying: Father, we begin a new year. We thank you for the blessing received during the past year and we await with joyful anticipation with this new year. Help us to grow as your disciples so that we can continue to complete your mission here on earth and bring all towards the final goal of everlasting life in Your kingdom.