Holy Family Parish

National Catholic Church

1921 Eden Park Boulevard

McKeesport. Pa. 15132

412.678.0566 Office; Auditorium 412.664.7009

www.hfpncc.org

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Solemnity-Humble Shepherds

                         December 31, 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 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

       everlasting 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

GLORIA                                                                               Page 68

OPENING PRAYER

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:   Alleluia,

 R:   Alleluia,

 C:   Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on

        whom His favor rests.

 R:   Alleluia.  

 Gospel                                                                         Luke 2: 15-20

LITURGY OF THE FAITHFUL

 NICENE CREED                                                                 Page 71

 GENERAL INTERCESSION

     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

 CLOSING HYMN                                                              Bulletin

            

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. //

 

 

THIS WEEK

 

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

 

           Humble Shepherd Gospel Word Search

 

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.

 

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.

 

 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.

 

Stewardship

Don’t forget to take your 2018 Stewardship envelopes. If you cannot find your envelope, please contact Fr. Bruce.

 

 

Solemnity-Humble Shepherd

 

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.