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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First Sunday in Advent

                         December 3, 2017


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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 Custodian412.678.7347                                           The Holy Family


Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard



First Sunday in Advent Liturgy


PROCESSIONAL HYMN                                                   Bulletin

Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony

Entrance Hymn                   Psalm 130: 5-6; Lamentations 3: 25-26                                                     

 P:   I wait with longing for the Lord, my soul waits for His word.

       My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak.

 R:  Good is the Lord to one who waits for Him, to the soul that

       seeks Him.  It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of

       the 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



 First Reading                                 Isaiah 63: 16b-17; 19 b; 64: 2-7                   

 Responsorial Psalm                                                           Psalm 80     

 R:   Lord, make us turn to you; let us see Your face and we shall

       be saved.

Second Reading                                                 1 Corinthians 1:3-9                  

Gospel Acclamations                                                          Psalm 85            

 C:   Alleluia,

 R:   Alleluia,

 C:   Show us, Lord, Your love; and grant us Your salvation.

 R:   Alleluia.  

 Gospel                                                                      Mark 13: 33-37


 NICENE CREED                                                                 Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer.

 CANON                        Eucharistic Prayer 2                       Page 82

 THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                    Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                    Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                  Page 100

 RECESSIONAL                                                                  Bulletin


  “My soul rest in God alone, from Whom comes my

   salvation.”                                                    Psalm 62: 2



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.



Recessional Hymn: “O Come, Divine Messiah”

PNCC Hymnal 28, verses 1 & 2

Sweet Savior haste; Come, come to earth, Dispel the night and show Thy face, and bid us hail the dawn of grace. O come, divine Messiah! The world in silence waits the day.
When hope shall sing its triumph and sadness flee away.

O come, divine Messiah!
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away. R:

 O Thou, whom nations sigh for,
Whom priests and prophets long foretold,
Wilt break the captive fetters;
Redeem the long-lost fold. R:



Advent Wreath Lighting Ceremony

First Sunday-Hope for those who wait!


L: Advent is a time for the human heart to wait, while trusting God’s eternal time.

R:  How long, O Lord, how long?

L:  For those waiting for answered prayer.

R:  Grant Your steadfast patience.

L:  for those waiting in the face of uncertainty.

R:  Grant unshakable confidence in your sovereign provision.

L:  For those waiting for justice and mercy to reign

R:  Grant a glimpse of your glory in our wounded world.

L:  For all of us waiting for God’s kingdom to come.

R:  Grant that we might have the peace of Christ as we wait, the love of Christ as we act, and the grace of Christ as we speak.
















L: This morning we light the first candle which reminds us that through out history, God’s people have spent time waiting, wandering, and wondering about the timing of God’s eternal plan.  Like the people of old, we long for God’s presence to illumine the area of life where we are called to wait.  This morning we echo the words of the psalmist, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”  Psalm 27:14

Light Candle


Closing Prayer:  God of all creation, we declare that you are the Eternal One.  We confess to you, O Lord, that we easily grow impatient, when you word to us is to wait.  Ignite within us a new and everlasting hope.  We pray this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.




Sunday, December 3, 2017                               Advent 1

Lighting of Advent Wreath

Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Joseph Korch Int. Janet & Bill Korch +Mildred Budzilowski (103 Birthday Ann.)  Int. Terry Allen; +Alice Demski (14th Ann.) Int.  Gary Demski

SOCL                                                               10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bible Class                                                          5:45 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                      7:00 P.M.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    6:30 P.M.


Friday, December 8, 2017       Immaculate Conception

Holy Mass                                                        10:00 A.M.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Parish Wigilia Dinner                                         4:00 P.M.


Sunday, December 10, 2017                             Advent 2

Mission Collection

Lighting of Advent Wreath

Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Dorothy Gibala Int. Ted & Janis Gibala +Victoria (5th Ann.) & Edwin (18th Ann.) Stahurski Int. Grantz, Frydrych & Roche Families

SOCL                                                               10:15 A.M.

SAMBS Monthly Meeting                               10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.



Sunday Ministry Schedule


Today            9:00 A.M.                            11:00 A.M.

Greeters      C. Trumpe                              A. Fioravanti

Lectors       Red Team                               B. & L. Zaucha

Ushers        G. Jobes & J. Trumpe            J. Wagner


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

Greeters     M. Sleczkowski                       A. Fioravanti                      

Lectors       Youth Team                            B. & L. Zaucha            Ushers        J. Lawrence & T. Kleckner     J. Wagner


Advent 1 Gospel Word Search


Hurray…. Sarris Christmas Candy Sale Ends Today

Order forms can be found in the Church Vestibule. Orders should be given to Fr. Bruce for delivery on December 16th. This candy sale benefits the material needs of our School of Christian Living. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Memorial Christmas Poinsettias envelopes are now available in the Church Narthex. Prices are $12 each.


Christmas Oplatek (Wafers) are available in the Church vestibule. Let us keep the tradition alive as we celebrate our Christmas Eve dinners.



                   Angel Tree

All gifts are due today and should be unwrapped, but may be placed in gift bag. Thank you for making a child’s Christmas happy.


         Choir Fundraising

With a $15.00 donation to the Organ Fund, our parish choirs will give a bottle of sacramental wine for Wigilia and Christmas dinners.  The choirs are also selling the United Choir’s Polish Christmas Koledy CD, “Gwiazda.” for $15.00.  Contact Fr. Bruce or Wendy Blotzer. 


“The Gift of the Magi”

The SOCL & Youth Group are planning to attend the play, “Gift of the Magi” on December 10th at the Pittsburgh Playhouse for the 2 PM performance.  Those who would like to attend are to contact David Kost @ 412.519.7771 as soon as possible so tickets can be purchased.  The Youth Group will cover the youth expenses.  Prices are $10 for seniors and $20 for adults.


Polish National Union of America

The season of gift giving is rapidly approaching.  Why not give of financial security with an insurance policy from Spojnia.  There are many good products being offered by our church’s fraternal. By being a policy holder, you will be able to a part of the Spojnia

Credit Union with its many benefits.  Talk with Henrietta Kleckner after Mass or check out the parish information rack in the Church Vestibule.

Parish Condolences

Holy Family extends its love and sympathies to Eileen Kustra and Family upon the passing of +Edward Kustra, husband and father.  Eternal rest grant to him and let the perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.


This year’s Advent Candles were donated by Mrs. Frances Palko in memory of her husband +Anthony Palko.


Parish Christmas Decorating will be on Saturday, December 16th beginning at 9 AM.  Volunteers are needed, especially from our SOCL & Youth Group.


First Sunday in Advent


First Reading:  Isaiah 63: 16-17, 19; 64: 2-7

Responsorial:  Psalm 87  

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9

Gospel:  Mark 13: 33-37




Key Verse: “Stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming!”                                                   Mark 13:33


Readings From our first reading, the emphasis is for the necessity of conversion to experience our restoration.  The second reading speaks of the second coming of our Lord and we must convert our lives in order to be ready for that Great Day.  The Gospel reminds us that we must always be prepared and watchful and live each day as a precious day for there may not be another.


Reflection: Advent opens with a great cry, and a great promise: “Oh that you would tear the heavens open and come down!” is the cry, of a people who need God. “The master is coming” is the promise, not to breed fear, but to answer our cry. Advent begins, not with thoughts of the past, with the coming of the Lord we celebrate at Christmas, but with the future, and the promise that He is coming back. We are encouraged to treat every day as the day the Lord will come; we do not do this out of fear for a Master who beats his servants, but out of love of a Master who always treats us with love and mercy. Nevertheless, we must always be watchful, because we can grow sleepy and complacent, saying that we can leave this prayer or that confession or the other change in the way we live to tomorrow. Even as we look forward to the tomorrow of the Lord’s coming, we must remember that it might be today!


Praying:  Heavenly Father, we begin a new year of Your Church with this celebration of Advent.  May we prepare ourselves to receive our Lord in the past, in the present and in the future.  This we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever,