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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Second Sunday in Advent

                         December 10, 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



Second Sunday in Advent Liturgy


PROCESSIONAL HYMN                                                   Bulletin

Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony

Entrance Hymn                                                                John 1: 6-8                                                     

 P:   A man named John was sent from God.  He came for

       testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe

       through Him.

 R:  He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.

 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 40: 1-5, 9-11                   

 Responsorial Psalm                                                           Psalm 85     

 R:   Lord, let us see Your kindness, and grant us Your salvation.

Second Reading                                                         2 Peter 3: 8-14                 

Gospel Acclamations                                                      Luke 3: 4,6            

 C:   Alleluia,

 R:   Alleluia,

 C:   Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths; all flesh

        shall see the salvation of God.

 R:   Alleluia.  

 Gospel                                                                            Mark 1: 1-8


 NICENE CREED                                                                 Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer.

 CANON                        Eucharistic Prayer 3                       Page 84

 THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                    Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                    Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                  Page 100

 RECESSIONAL                                                                  Bulletin


  “The one who gives this testimony says, Yes I am coming soon.  Amen! Come Lord Jesus!”

                                                            Revelations 3: 11


Processional Hymn: “On Jordan’s Bank”

PNCC Hymnal # 20


On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken, for he brings glad tidings of the King of kings.
Then cleansed be every breast from sin; make straight the way for God within, and let each heart prepare a home where such a mighty Guest may come.

For thou art our salvation, Lord, our refuge and our great reward;
without thy grace we waste away like flow’rs that wither and decay. To heal the sick stretch out Thine hand, and bid the fallen sinner stand; shine forth and let thy light restore earth's own true loveliness once more.








Recessional 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.



Advent Wreath Lighting Ceremony-9:00 A.M. Mass

Second Sunday-Faith for those who are weary!


L:  The Light shines in the darkness

R:  But the darkness has not overcome it

L:  During Advent our weary souls seek God’s daily strength.

R:  The Lord gives strength to the weary and increases the power of

       the weak.

L:  We grow weary when fear overshadows faith.

R:  The Lord gives strength to the weary and increases the power of

       the weak.

L:  We grow weary when destructive actions erupt in the world.

R:  The Lord gives strength to the weary and increases the power of

       the weak.

L:   For all of us feeling weary this Advent season.

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: Today we light two candles.  The first candle illuminates’ patience in the areas of our lives where God has called us to wait.  The second candle extends the promise of strength to all who feel weary and weak in the shadows of this world.  As we continue our Advent journey, may our hope be kindled as the light grows brighter.

Light Candles

  Closing Prayer:  God of mercy and compassion, scripture says that if we draw near to you, you will draw near to us.  In a shadowy world where human weakness and weariness reside, we ask for you to draw near and dispel the darkness around us.  May the light of this season illuminate our hope, strength, and steadfast endurance as we await the coming savior.  We pray this in the name of Christ the Lord.  Amen.



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.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bible Class                                                          5:45 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                      7:00 P.M.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    6:30 P.M.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Parish Church Decorating                                  9:00 A.M.      


Sunday, December 17, 2017                             Advent 3

Lighting of Advent Wreath

Confessions                                                        8:30 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

+Chester Krusienski (101th Ann. of birth) Int. Mrs. Martha Krusienski & family +Helen Lawrence Int. Mrs. Frances Palko

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      M. Sleczkowski                      A. Fioravanti

Lectors       Youth Team                             B. & L. Zaucha

Ushers        J. Lawrence & T. Kleckner     J. Wagner


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

Greeters     M. Krusienski                         A. Fioravanti                      

Lectors       Yellow Team                          B. & L. Zaucha            Ushers        L. Ruozzi & T. Gibala           J. Wagner


Advent 2 Gospel Word Search

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.


                                    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”

For those attending the play, “Gift the Magi” should meet at the theatre between 1:30 P.M. and 1:45 P.M. The play starts at 2:00 P.M. Tickets will be available between Masses. See David Kost.


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 Rosemarie Korch (sister) and the Piekielek Family upon the recent passing of +Victoria Leo.  Eternal rest grant to her and let the perpetual light shine upon her.  May she rest in peace.


Christmas Decorating

Our parish Christmas decorating will be on Saturday, December 16th beginning at 9 AM.  Volunteers are needed, especially from our SOCL & Youth Group. The more people helping will make the decorating easier.

December 24th

Both the 4th Sunday in Advent and the Pasterka-Shepherd Mass falls on December 24th.  A reminder that the 4th Sunday of Advent is a Sunday Mass of obligation and we should all be in attendance. This Mass is part of our Advent preparations.  There will be, but one Mass celebrated at 10:00 A.M. so there will be enough time for us to prepare for our home Wigilia meals.


The 2018 Parish Stewardship Envelopes are available. Your attendance at Mass and generous financial support will help keep our parish doors open to serve God and His people.  If you cannot find your envelope, please contact Fr. Bruce. A reminder that the Diocesan Development Fund has been increases to $40.00 for 2018.  Mandatory Funds are the General Church, Diocesan and 6% Fund.  All other envelopes are free will donations.  We have not raised the minimum requested free will donations of $250 per member. (this minimum has been in effect for the last 20 years) but our costs have risen over the past 20 years.

Second Sunday in Advent


First Reading:  Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11

Responsorial:  Psalm 85  

Second Reading: 2 Peter 3: 8-14

Gospel:  Mark 1: 1-8



Key Verse: “A voice of one crying out in the desert:  Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”                                      Mark 1:3                                               


Readings From our first reading, we receive an insight into the meaning of Advent, for it is a time of penance and conversion that will lead us to great joy. Peter reminds us that we should use our time carefully to be ready when the end (whether our end or the end of the world) does come. In our Gospel, we see John the Baptist.  John practiced a baptism of conversion that cleansed the people of their sins.  He also points out another type of baptism.  This new baptism not only washed us free of our sins but also gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit.


Reflection: Throughout the first three weeks of Advent our focus is very clearly on the Second Coming of the Lord - not so much on the run up to Christmas (until the last week). If we view Advent as a preparation for Christmas these readings will make little sense - and neither will the figure of John the Baptist who appears today: if it’s about the preparation for Christmas, then John the Baptist, preaching after Jesus was born, is a confusing figure: but his role is to preach to us, as he did of old, and to prepare us for the (second) coming of the Lord. Today we have a very graphic reference to the end of time and the Second Coming in the reading from Saint Peter; it is a frightening picture, and so the first reading offers tender words of comfort to help us understand who is coming, and why we should be ready to meet him.


Praying:  Heavenly Father, as we continue our Advent journey, may we be blessed that You love us so much, that You gave us Your Only Son.  Help us be prepared to meet Him.  This we pray through the same Jesus Christ Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.