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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Third Sunday in Advent

                         December 17, 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



Third Sunday in Advent Liturgy


PROCESSIONAL HYMN                                                   Bulletin

Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony

Entrance Hymn                   Philippians 4: 4-5; Psalm 119: 151, 162                                                                                     

 P:   Rejoice in the Lord always.  I shall say it again; rejoice!  Your

       kindness should be known to all.  The Lord is near.

 R:  You are near, O Lord; by Your edict give me life.  I rejoice at

       Your promise, as one who has found rich spoil.

 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 61: 1-2a; 10-11                   

 Responsorial Psalm                                 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24                         

 R:   My soul rejoices in my God.

Second Reading                                                         2 Peter 3: 8-14                 

Gospel Acclamations                                                       Luke 4: 18            

 C:   Alleluia,

 R:   Alleluia,

 C:   The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed

         me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

 R:   Alleluia.  

 Gospel                                                                  John 1: 6-8, 19-28


 NICENE CREED                                                                 Page 71


     R:  Lord, Hear our Prayer.

 CANON                        Eucharistic Prayer 4                       Page 88

 THE LORD’S   PRAYER                                                    Page 95

 COMMUNION                                                                    Page 98


 DISMISSAL BLESSING                                                  Page 100

 RECESSIONAL HYMN                                                    Bulletin


“For in God our hearts rejoice; in Your holy name we trust.  May Your kindness, Lord, be upon us; as we have put our hope in You.”                                 Psalm 33: 22


Processional Hymn: “Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding”

PNCC Hymnal #25


Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding!
"Christ is nigh!" it seems to say;
"Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!"

 Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all ill dispelling,

Shines upon the morning skies.

Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heaven.
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all, to be forgiven,

Recessional Hymn: There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying”

PNCC Hymnal 24, verse 1 & 2


There’s a voice in the wilderness crying,
A call from the ways untrod: Prepare in the desert a highway,
A highway for our God! The valleys shall be exalted,
The lofty hills brought low; Make straight all the crooked places,
Where the Lord our God may go!

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, Get thee up to the heights and sing! Proclaim to a desolate people
The coming of their King. Like the flowers 
of the field they perish, the works of men decay,
The power and pomp of nations Shall pass like a dream away.




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

Third Sunday-Hope for those who are watching!


L:  Advent is a time to awaken our spiritual senses.

R:  We stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord, repeat them in our day!

L:  Grant us vision to behold your glory.

R:  We stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord, repeat them in our day!

L:  Quiet us so we may hear your still, soft voice..

R:  We stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord, repeat them in our day!

L:  Make us vessels of your mercy, compassion and grace.

R:  We stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord, repeat them in our day!

L:   For all of us eagerly watching for your glory in our midst;

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.

Christ be our Light















L: This morning we light 3 candles.  The 1st candle reminds us of those who find themselves in a season of waiting, resting in hopeful anticipation for God to act.  The 2nd candle is for anyone feeling weakened and wearied by the circumstances of life.  We echo the cry of scripture to renew their strength and increase their power.  The 3rd candle awakens our spiritual senses, challenging us to embrace the glory of God as we await our Savior’s promised coming.

Light Candles

Closing Prayer:  God of eternity, you called faithful people throughout the ages to behold your glory.  We acknowledge you call us to the same awareness today.  We confess at times our spiritual senses are stifled.  Rekindle a new awareness of your everlasting glory.  We stand awe of your deeds and ask you to repeat them in our day.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.




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.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Bible Class                                                          5:45 P.M.

Chopin Choir Rehearsal                                      7:00 P.M.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Annunciation Bell Choir Rehearsal                    6:30 P.M.

Parish Council Monthly Meeting                       7:30 P.M.


Sunday, December 24, 2017                             Advent 4

Holy Mass                                                        10:00 A.M.

+Anthony Palko Int. Mrs. Frances Palko; +George, +Sophie & +Richard Petro Int. Janet Pawlak

Christmas Concert                                            10:00 P.M.

Shepherd’s Mass-Pasterka                                10:45 P.M.

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.


Memorial Christmas Poinsettias envelopes are available in the Church Narthex. Prices are $12 each. Christmas Oplatek (Wafers) are in the Church vestibule. Let us keep the tradition alive as we celebrate our Christmas Eve dinners.



Sunday Ministry Schedule

Today            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

Next Week                             10:00 A.M.

Greeters                                 C. Trumpe

Lectors                                   Red Team                          

Ushers                           G. Jugan & D. Crouch


Advent 3 Gospel Word Search

Christmas Eve Procession

It has been a long- standing parish tradition of having our parish youth process with the Nativity figurines on Christmas Eve.  We encourage parents to bring their children to participate. SAMBS members are to participate holding candles during the procession.


Sacristans and Acolytes

All Sacristans and Acolytes are expected to be vest and assist for the Pasterka Mass Christmas Eve.  Your service enhances our Christmas Eve Mass celebration. Please make every effort.


The PNU Youth & Education Stipend Applications are available in the Church Narthex.  PNU Students enrolled in Higher Education are encouraged to apply.  One of the many advantages of being a PNU member. Pass this news to our college students who are Spojnia members.


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 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.


SOCL Sarris Candy Orders are in.  They can be found in the parish hall.  Those who haven’t paid their orders should do so.  Write out your check to Holy Family Parish.


  Snow Removal Volunteers

The winter weather is upon us and sometimes the snow falls prior to Church services or events. To keep the walkways clear, we need some volunteers to come with shovels. In severe icy and snow accumulations occurs, cancellation or schedule notices will be announced on our website, Facebook, and local news channels.


Our week begins with "Gaudete Sunday." Gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin.  It comes from the first word of the Introit “Rejoice in the Lord always!”  The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, "The Lord is near."  This joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath, which is rose colored, and the rose- color vestment used at the Eucharist during Mass.


Extra Christmas Schedule mailings are available in the bookrack in the vestibule if you didn’t receive one.


StThird Sunday in Advent


First Reading:  Isaiah 61: 1-2a,10-11

Responsorial:  Luke 1: 26-54

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-23

Gospel:  John 1: 6-8, 19-28


Key Verse: “Make ready the way of the Lord"                     John 1: 23


Readings:  John made his appearance in the desert announcing the coming of the Messiah. John came to testify, not to himself, but to the light that was coming into the world. A deputation of religious leaders came to interview John asking who he was. Rather, John declared who

 he was not. John was not the Messiah, but one who bore witness on his behalf. Neither was John the prophet Elijah who was expected to precede the coming of the Lord. Nor did John claim to be a prophet like Moses. John explained who he was by saying that he was simply a voice crying out: "Make ready the way of the Lord" John's function was to prepare the way for one who would baptize with the fire of the Holy Spirit (Matt 3:11).

Reflection: So, who is coming? This Sunday's readings help to answer that question. John the Baptist is asked about the coming of the Messiah - is it him? He affirms his role as a witness to speak for the light, by pointing to the one who stands among the crowd unknown to them who is coming after him. This idea is present in the First Reading, where Isaiah proclaims what the “anointed one,” (Messiah in Hebrew) will do, and the joy that this will bring. It is interesting that the Psalm appointed for this Sunday is the Magnificat - Mary's song of praise at the announcement that the Messiah would be born of her - in which she sings of the works of the coming Messiah. Paul then reminds us that we are still waiting patiently: “God has called you, and he will not fail you.” Therefore, on this 'Gaudete' Sunday, we as God's people rejoice in his care, made visible in his promises, fulfilled in Jesus.


Praying:  Heavenly Father, as we continue our Advent journey let us heed the words of John the Baptist.  This we pray through the same Jesus Christ Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.