Rev. Daniel T. Straughn, S.T.L., Pastor

Liberty Site
3210 Liberty Way, McKeesport, PA 15133

Weekday Masses: Mon., Wed. & Fri. - 8:30 a.m.
Sunday Mass: Sat. Vigil 6pm
Port Vue Site
1125 Romine Ave
McKeesport, PA 15133

Weekday Masses: Tues., Thurs. & Sat. - 8:30 a.m.

Sunday Masses: 8am & 11am
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1125 Romine Avenue
McKeesport, PA 15133
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Sacraments
Reconciliation:
5:15 p.m. Sat. at the Liberty Site and upon request.

Marriage:
Engaged couples are to participate in a Marriage Preparation Class. Please call the Administration Center six months prior to the anticipated wedding date.

Baptism:
Baptisms are the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month after the 11:00 a.m. Mass (PV). Pre-Baptism Class is required. please contact the Administration Center three months prior to the anticipated birth.

Today’s Readings

  • Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:30:00 +0000: Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-17

    That night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
    "Go, tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD:
    Should you build me a house to dwell in?
    I have not dwelt in a house
    from the day on which I led the children of Israel 319
    out of Egypt to the present,
    but I have been going about in a tent under cloth.
    In all my wanderings everywhere among the children of Israel,
    did I ever utter a word to any one of the judges
    whom I charged to tend my people Israel, to ask:
    Why have you not built me a house of cedar?'

    "Now then, speak thus to my servant David,
    'The LORD of hosts has this to say:
    It was I who took you from the pasture
    and from the care of the flock
    to be commander of my people Israel.
    I have been with you wherever you went,
    and I have destroyed all your enemies before you.
    And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth.
    I will fix a place for my people Israel;
    I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place
    without further disturbance.
    Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old,
    since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel.
    I will give you rest from all your enemies.
    The LORD also reveals to you that he will establish a house for you.
    And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,
    I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
    and I will make his Kingdom firm.
    It is he who shall build a house for my name.
    And I will make his royal throne firm forever.
    I will be a father to him,
    and he shall be a son to me.
    And if he does wrong,
    I will correct him with the rod of men
    and with human chastisements;
    but I will not withdraw my favor from him
    as I withdrew it from your predecessor Saul,
    whom I removed from my presence.
    Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;
    your throne shall stand firm forever.'"

    Nathan reported all these words and this entire vision to David.

    Responsorial Psalm PS 89:4-5, 27-28, 29-30

    R. (29a) For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.
    “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
    I have sworn to David my servant:
    I will make your dynasty stand forever
    and establish your throne through all ages.”
    R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.
    “He shall cry to me, ‘You are my father,
    my God, the Rock that brings me victory!’
    I myself make him firstborn,
    Most High over the kings of the earth.”
    R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.
    “Forever I will maintain my love for him;
    my covenant with him stands firm.
    I will establish his dynasty forever,
    his throne as the days of the heavens.”
    R. For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

    Alleluia

    R.  Alleluia, alleluia.
    The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;
    all who come to him will live forever.
    R.  Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 4:1-20

    On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea.
    A very large crowd gathered around him
    so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down.
    And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land.
    And he taught them at length in parables,
    and in the course of his instruction he said to them,
    "Hear this! A sower went out to sow.
    And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
    and the birds came and ate it up.
    Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil.
    It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep.
    And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.
    Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it
    and it produced no grain.
    And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.
    It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."
    He added, "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."

    And when he was alone,
    those present along with the Twelve
    questioned him about the parables.
    He answered them,
    "The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you.
    But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that
    they may look and see but not perceive,
    and hear and listen but not understand,
    in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven."


    Jesus said to them, "Do you not understand this parable?
    Then how will you understand any of the parables?
    The sower sows the word.
    These are the ones on the path where the word is sown.
    As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once
    and takes away the word sown in them.
    And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who,
    when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy.
    But they have no roots; they last only for a time.
    Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
    they quickly fall away.
    Those sown among thorns are another sort.
    They are the people who hear the word,
    but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches,
    and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word,
    and it bears no fruit.
    But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it
    and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold."
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  • Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:30:00 +0000: Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19

    David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom
    into the City of David amid festivities.
    As soon as the bearers of the ark of the LORD had advanced six steps,
    he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.
    Then David, girt with a linen apron,
    came dancing before the LORD with abandon,
    as he and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD
    with shouts of joy and to the sound of the horn.
    The ark of the LORD was brought in and set in its place
    within the tent David had pitched for it.
    Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
    When he finished making these offerings,
    he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
    He then distributed among all the people,
    to each man and each woman in the entire multitude of Israel,
    a loaf of bread, a cut of roast meat, and a raisin cake.
    With this, all the people left for their homes.

    Responsorial Psalm PS 24:7, 8, 9, 10

    R. (8) Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
    Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
    reach up, you ancient portals,
    that the king of glory may come in!
    R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
    Who is this king of glory?
    The LORD, strong and mighty,
    the LORD, mighty in battle.
    R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
    Lift up, O gates, your lintels;
    reach up, you ancient portals,
    that the king of glory may come in!
    R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!
    Who is this king of glory?
    The LORD of hosts; he is the king of glory.
    R. Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!

    Alleluia SEE MT 11:25

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
    you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 3:31-35

    The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
    Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
    A crowd seated around him told him,
    "Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
    are outside asking for you."
    But he said to them in reply,
    "Who are my mother and my brothers?"
    And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
    "Here are my mother and my brothers.
    For whoever does the will of God
    is my brother and sister and mother."
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  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:30:00 +0000: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 2 Sm 5:1-7, 10

    All the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said:
    "Here we are, your bone and your flesh.
    In days past, when Saul was our king,
    it was you who led the children of Israel out and brought them back.
    And the LORD said to you, 'You shall shepherd my people Israel
    and shall be commander of Israel.'"
    When all the elders of Israel came to David in Hebron,
    King David made an agreement with them there before the LORD,
    and they anointed him king of Israel.
    David was thirty years old when he became king,
    and he reigned for forty years:
    seven years and six months in Hebron over Judah,
    and thirty-three years in Jerusalem
    over all Israel and Judah.

    Then the king and his men set out for Jerusalem
    against the Jebusites who inhabited the region.
    David was told, "You cannot enter here:
    the blind and the lame will drive you away!"
    which was their way of saying, "David cannot enter here."
    But David did take the stronghold of Zion, which is the City of David.

    David grew steadily more powerful,
    for the LORD of hosts was with him.

    Responsorial Psalm PS 89:20, 21-22, 25-26

    R. (25a) My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.
    Once you spoke in a vision,
    and to your faithful ones you said:
    “On a champion I have placed a crown;
    over the people I have set a youth.”
    R. My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.
    “I have found David, my servant;
    with my holy oil I have anointed him,
    That my hand may be always with him,
    and that my arm may make him strong.”
    R. My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.
    “My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,
    and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
    I will set his hand upon the sea,
    his right hand upon the rivers.”
    R. My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.

    Alleluia SEE 2 TM 1:10

    R.  Alleluia, alleluia.
    Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
    and brought life to light through the Gospel.
    R.  Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 3:22-30

    The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus,
    "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and
    "By the prince of demons he drives out demons."

    Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
    "How can Satan drive out Satan?
    If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
    And if a house is divided against itself,
    that house will not be able to stand.
    And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,
    he cannot stand;
    that is the end of him.
    But no one can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property
    unless he first ties up the strong man.
    Then he can plunder his house.  
    Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies
    that people utter will be forgiven them.
    But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
    will never have forgiveness,
    but is guilty of an everlasting sin."
    For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."


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  • Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:30:00 +0000: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-5, 10

    The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying:
    "Set out for the great city of Nineveh,
    and announce to it the message that I will tell you."
    So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,
    according to the LORD'S bidding.
    Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;
    it took three days to go through it.
    Jonah began his journey through the city,
    and had gone but a single day's walk announcing,
    "Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed, "
    when the people of Nineveh believed God;
    they proclaimed a fast
    and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.

    When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way,
    he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them;
    he did not carry it out.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

    R. (4a) Teach me your ways, O Lord.
    Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
    teach me your paths,
    Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my savior.
    R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.
    Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
    and your love are from of old.
    In your kindness remember me,
    because of your goodness, O LORD.
    R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.
    Good and upright is the LORD;
    thus he shows sinners the way.
    He guides the humble to justice
    and teaches the humble his way.
    R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.

    Reading 11 1 Cor 7:29-31

    I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out.
    From now on, let those having wives act as not having them,
    those weeping as not weeping,
    those rejoicing as not rejoicing,
    those buying as not owning,
    those using the world as not using it fully.
    For the world in its present form is passing away.

    Alleluia Mk 1:15

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The kingdom of God is at hand.
    Repent and believe in the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 1:14-20

    After John had been arrested,
    Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
    "This is the time of fulfillment.
    The kingdom of God is at hand.
    Repent, and believe in the gospel."

    As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
    he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
    they were fishermen.
    Jesus said to them,
    "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."
    Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.
    He walked along a little farther
    and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
    They too were in a boat mending their nets.
    Then he called them.
    So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
    along with the hired men and followed him.
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  • Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:30:00 +0000: Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time - USCCB Daily Readings

    Reading 1 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27

    David returned from his defeat of the Amalekites
    and spent two days in Ziklag.
    On the third day a man came from Saul's camp,
    with his clothes torn and dirt on his head.
    Going to David, he fell to the ground in homage.
    David asked him, "Where do you come from?"
    He replied, "I have escaped from the camp of the children of Israel."
    "Tell me what happened," David bade him.
    He answered that many of the soldiers had fled the battle
    and that many of them had fallen and were dead,
    among them Saul and his son Jonathan.

    David seized his garments and rent them,
    and all the men who were with him did likewise.
    They mourned and wept and fasted until evening
    for Saul and his son Jonathan,
    and for the soldiers of the LORD of the clans of Israel,
    because they had fallen by the sword.

    "Alas! the glory of Israel, Saul,
    slain upon your heights;
    how can the warriors have fallen!

    "Saul and Jonathan, beloved and cherished,
    separated neither in life nor in death,
    swifter than eagles, stronger than lions!
    Women of Israel, weep over Saul,
    who clothed you in scarlet and in finery,
    who decked your attire with ornaments of gold.

    "How can the warriors have fallen–
    in the thick of the battle,
    slain upon your heights!

    "I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother!
    most dear have you been to me;
    more precious have I held love for you than love for women.

    "How can the warriors have fallen,
    the weapons of war have perished!"

    Responsorial Psalm PS 80:2-3, 5-7

    R. (4b) Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
    O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
    O guide of the flock of Joseph!
    From your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth
    before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
    Rouse your power,
    and come to save us.
    R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.
    O LORD of hosts, how long will you burn with anger
    while your people pray?
    You have fed them with the bread of tears
    and given them tears to drink in ample measure.
    You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors,
    and our enemies mock us.
    R. Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

    Alleluia SEE ACTS 16:14B

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Open our hearts, O Lord,
    to listen to the words of your Son.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia

    Gospel Mk 3:20-21

    Jesus came with his disciples into the house.
    Again the crowd gathered,
    making it impossible for them even to eat.
    When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him,
    for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
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