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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Fourth Sunday in Advent

                         December 24, 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



Fourth Sunday in Advent Liturgy


PROCESSIONAL HYMN                                                   Bulletin

Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony

Entrance Hymn                                    Luke 1: 28, 42; Judith 15: 9b                                                                                     

 P:   Hail favored one!  The Lord is with you.  Most blessed are

       you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

 R:  You are the glory of Jerusalem, the surpassing joy of Israel!

       You are the splendid boast of our people.

 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                                2 Samuel 7: 1-5; 8b-12, 14a, 16                

 Responsorial Psalm                                                           Psalm 89                                       

 R: Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. 

Second Reading                                                   Romans 16: 25-27                 

Gospel Acclamations                                                       Luke 1: 38            

 C:   Alleluia,

 R:   Alleluia,

 C:   Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me

       according to your word.

 R:   Alleluia.  

 Gospel                                                                         Luke 1: 26-38


 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 HYMN                                                    Bulletin


“When the fulness of time had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law.”                                 

                                                                       Galatians 4:4


Processional 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


Image result for advent wreath clipartCome 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.







Recessional Hymn: Watchmen, tell us of the Night”

PNCC Hymnal #31


Watchman, tell us of the night, what its signs of promise are.
Traveler, o’er yon mountain’s height, see that glory beaming star.

Watchman, doth its beauteous ray Aught of joy or hope foretell?

Traveler, yes—it brings the day, Promised day of Israel.

Watchman, tell us of the night; Higher yet that star ascends.
Traveler, blessedness and light, Peace and truth its course portends.
Watchman, will its beams alone Gild the spot that gave them birth?
Traveler, ages are its own; See, it bursts o’er all the earth.

Watchman, tell us of the night, For the morning seems to dawn.
Traveler, darkness takes its flight, Doubt and terror are withdrawn.
Watchman, let thy wanderings cease; Hie thee to thy quiet home.

Traveler, lo, the Prince of Peace, Lo the Son of God is come.


Advent Wreath Lighting Ceremony

Fourth Sunday-Hope for those who are wounded!


L:  Advent is a time to bind up the broken hearted.

R:  Come, Lord, and make all things new!

L:  For past wrongs that prevent us from moving forward.

R:  Come, Lord, and make all things new!

L:  For any bitterness that scratches our soul.

R:  Come, Lord, and make all things new!

L:  For relationships left in decay and neglect.

R:  Come, Lord, and make all things new!

L:   For any action that has wounded us or by which we have wounded others;

ChristBeOurLightR:  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 4 candles.  The 1st candle is the light of hope for those in times of waiting. The 2nd candle is the light of hope for those who are wearied by the circumstances of life.  The 3rd candle is the light of hope for those eagerly watching for God’s promised glory.  The 4th candle is the light of hope for those who carry the wounds of life.  Today we acknowledge our pain and the pain we have caused others.  As the light shines, we turn to the Savior who came to rescue the lost, to help the hurting, and to bind up the broken.                      Light Candles

Closing Prayer:  Merciful God, Advent reminds us that You left heaven’s majesty to walk among wounded people in a broken world.  We thank You that Your love knows no boundaries or limitations. No wounds of this earth is greater than the wounds You came to heal.  For all who suffer this day, light the way, O Lord, towards the promise of healing and wholeness made known to You.  Amen.



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.


Monday, December 25, 2017                  Christmas Day

Mass of the Nativity                                         10:00 A.M.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017             St. John’s Day

Blessing of Wine & Mass                                10:00 A.M.

+Nicholas Fioravanti, +John, + Mary, +Kenneth & +Thomas Zaucha Int. Mrs. Antoinette Fioravanti.


Sunday, December 31, 2017              Humble Shepherd

Special Collection for Savonarola Seminary

Holy Mass                                                          9:00 A.M.

SOCL Class                                                      10:15 A.M.

Holy Mass                                                        11:00 A.M.                           


Christmas Concert

The Annunciation Bell Choir, the Frederic Chopin Choir and Bethesda Chancel Choir with special performances by choir members will hold Holy Family’s Festival of Christmas Carols beginning at 10:00 P.M. tonight.  Come and enjoy this special event as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus.


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                                    10:00 A.M.

Greeters                                 C. Trumpe

Lectors                                   Red Team                         

Ushers                           G. Jugan & D. Crouch


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

Greeters          M. Sleczkowski                        A. Fioravanti

Lectors           Yellow Team                            B. & L. Zaucha

Ushers            D. Newcamp & W. Albeck      J. Wagner


Advent 4 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.



College Stipends

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.


  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.



Holy Family extends its prayers and sympathies to the family of +Josephine Tarli who was buries this past Friday.  Eternal rest grant to her Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon her.  May she rest in peace.





Fourth Sunday in Advent


First Reading:  2 Samuel 7: 1-5,8-11,16

Responsorial:   Psalm 89

Second Reading: Romans 16: 25-27

Gospel:  Luke 1: 26-38




Key Verse: “Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son."   Luke 1: 31


Readings:  In the first reading, we see the Lord establishes a correct order, He tells David that he will be the one to create a house for David’s dynasty. Our second reading is a prayer of praise which celebrates the goodness of the Lord.  Our Gospel gives an account of the annunciation of the blessed virgin. It reminds us that nothing is impossible for God.


Reflection: Here we enter a new stage of Advent: having spent so much time on the Second Coming, now we look back, to remember the details of the Lord's First Coming. Today we focus on the character of Mary, and hear of the angel Gabriel being sent to her, to invite her to take her part in the mystery of the Incarnation, “the revelation of the mystery kept secret for endless ages”. This mystery springs from the House of David, and so we lead into the Gospel by hearing of the establishing of that house. An interesting idea is that the first reading talks of David wishing to build a house for the Lord; through the prophet he is told not of the house that he would build, but the House which is his line: eventually, in Mary (betrothed to Joseph) the House of David does itself become the house of the Lord, the womb wherein he has a dwelling place.


Praying:  Lord, we have completed our Advent pilgrimage with Holy Mass today. Make me understand the purpose of these preparation as we wait for the coming of our Savior Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen


“O Come Let Us Adore Him”