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
December 31, 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
Celebrating Mass 50 years on Eden Park Boulevard
Humble Shepherds Liturgy
OPENING HYMN Bulletin
Entrance Hymn Wisdom 18: 1-14; Psalm 93:2
P: For when peaceful stillness compassed everything and the
night in its swift course was half spent, Your all-powerful
Word from heaven’s royal throne bounded, a fierce warrior,
into the doomed land.
R: Your throne stands firm from of old; You are from the
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
GLORIA Page 68
LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading Isaiah 62: 11-12
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 97
R: A light will shine on us this; the Lord is born for us.
Second Reading Titus 3: 4-7
Gospel Acclamations Luke 2: 14
C: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on
whom His favor rests.
Gospel Luke 2: 15-20
LITURGY OF THE FAITHFUL
NICENE CREED Page 71
R: Lord, Hear our Prayer.
CANON Eucharistic Prayer 2 Page 82
THE LORD’S PRAYER Page 95
COMMUNION Page 98
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
DISMISSAL BLESSING Page 100
GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST
Opening Hymn: “Shepherds Hurried Into Bethlehem”
PNCC Hymnal #61
Refrain: Glory to God on high, Glory to God on high!
Peace on earth, Peace on earth!
Lowly shepherds hurried into Bethlehem
When they saw the Babe they played their harps for Him. R:
They approached the manger in humility.
Bowing low with willing hearts, O God to Thee! R:
Angels of the Lord announced the wondrous birth.
Ne’er before was heard such news o’er all the earth. R:
Now we know Him as our Savior, God and Lord.
Dedicating all the love our hearts afford. R:
Closing Hymn: “In Midnight Silence”
PNCC Hymnal #67, verses 1, 2, & 4
In midnight silence came a voice so clear
Rise up, O shepherds, Christ the Lord is here
Hurry onto City Beth’lem, In a manger you shall find Him
Go and greet the Lord.
‘Twas there they found Him, in a manger cold.
With all the signs the prophets had foretold.
And their hearts were filled with gladness, as they knelt before God’s greatness, Honoring their Lord.
Songs of the angel’s sound from heaven on high,
Come join the chorus, praise and magnify;
//Glory, laud to God on high, To the Lord of earth and sky
Peace on earth below. //
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.
Monday, January 1, 2018 Circumcism of the Lord
Holy Mass 10:00 A.M.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Bible Class 6:00 P.M.
Saturday, January 6, 2018 Epiphany of the Lord
Holy Mass 10:00 A.M.
Blessing of incense, charcoal & chalk
Sunday, January 7, 2017 Baptism of the Lord
Installation of 2018 Parish Council
Holy Mass 9:00 A.M.
SOCL Class 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 Yellow Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers D. Newcamp & W. Albeck J. Wagner
Nest Week 9:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Greeters M. Krusienski A. Fioravanti
Lectors Red Team B. & L. Zaucha
Ushers B. Griffiths & G. Jobes J. Wagner
Solemnity of the Humble Shepherds
This feast is celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas and commemorates the spirit, the evangelical nature, and the purity of the common shepherds that were the first to hear of the glorious birth of the Savior of the world in the continuation of the Christmas gospel narrative from the Shepherd’s Mass celebrated on Christmas Eve. This unique feast of the Polish National Catholic Church emphasizes the sacred
vocations with the spiritual and material support of the Savonarola Theological Seminary through a special offering collection envelope.
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.
Snow Removal Volunteers & Cancellation Notices
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. If severe icy and snow accumulations occur, cancellation or revised schedule notices will be announced on our website, Facebook, and local news channels.
Feast of the Epiphany
For many years in the English-speaking world the feast of Epiphany has been overshadowed by that of Christmas. But unless we realize the significance of this great day, we see only one side of the mystery of the Incarnation. Now after contemplating the staggering fact that God has become a human child, we turn to look at this mystery from the opposite angle and realize that this seemingly helpless Child is, in fact, the omnipotent God, the King and Ruler of the universe. The feast of Christ's divinity completes the feast of His humanity. It fulfills all our Advent longing for the King "who is come with great power and majesty." We see that whereas Christmas is the family feast of Christianity, Epiphany is the great "world feast of the Church." The feast unites three events in the life of Christ when His divinity, as it were, shines through His humanity: the adoration of the Magi; the baptism of Christ in the Jordan; and the first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana. Moreover, at Epiphany the Church looks forward to the majestic coming of Christ on the "youngest day" when His manifestation as God will be complete. Mass for this second celebration of Christmas will be held next Saturday morning at 10:00 A.M.
For Koledy-Epiphany Home blessing call Fr. Bruce at 412.276.5562 for scheduling.
Year of the Family 2018
Lord, let this year be filled with the things that are truly good—with the comfort of warmth in our relationships, with the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others.
As our Church dedicates the year 2018 to the family, may we emulate our Holy Family making a firm resolution to place God first in our lives and homes. May we feed faithfully upon the Eucharist during Holy Mass each week to nourish our spiritual being, forgive others as we have forgiven and share the Good News to all.
Thank You: Fr. Bruce & Marian would like to thank our parish family for the beautiful Christmas Cards, Gifts, Baked Goods and Warm Wishes during this holiday season. God bless you for kindness and generosity.
Now is the time to reserve dates for special Mass requiem intentions and for hall rentals for the year. Please contact Fr. Bruce by calling 412.276.5562 or emailing him you’re your special requests.
Don’t forget to take your 2018 Stewardship envelopes. If you cannot find your envelope, please contact Fr. Bruce.
First Reading: Isaiah 62: 11-12
Responsorial: Psalm 97
Second Reading: Titus 3: 4-7
Gospel: Luke 2: 15-20
Key Verse: “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2: 15
Readings: Our first reading from the Old Testament speaks about the coming of the Messiah in prophecy in terms of the Incarnation. This was something special for the Jewish People of old. Paul writes to Titus how God’s own compassions have saved us upon receiving Him in our hearts. The Gospel continues the Christmas narrative about the shepherds who left their flocks and sought out our Lord. Upon seeing Him, they believed and told everyone concerning this Child through their glorifying and praising of God.
Reflection: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.’ The mystery of Christmas is this - a great revelation: a light in the darkness, a star through the night, the birth of the Sun of Justice; the showing to the whole world of the love of God, made visible in Jesus. No wonder there is a great throng of the heavenly host shattering the darkness of that cold night on the hillside outside Bethlehem - because the invisible night of sin and sadness is shattered by the light of the Savior’s birth. Christmas is a very emotive and (in a sense) romantic feast: many of our parish will come with childhood memories and their own idea of what Christmas is about. It is important that we are aware of this, so that you we can allow the deepest wonder of this night to penetrate through what can sometimes be rather shallow thoughts about the mystery. Remember it is not about ‘then’ - this is about ‘now’ and our salvation.
Praying: Lord, as the shepherds gazed upon the Christ Child and believed, may we believe that Jesus, came here to redeem us of our sins and open the doors toward salvation. This we pray through the same Jesus our Lord.