The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process through which unbaptized persons who have the desire to become members of the Catholic Church, and persons baptized in other Christian traditions who wish to embrace the Catholic faith, enter a faith journey, which will lead to their reception as full members of the Catholic Community at the Easter Vigil. If you or someone you know wishes to join the Catholic Church or simply desires to learn more about the Church, please call the Parish Office at 761-1167 and leave a name and phone number or complete the form below and drop it in the collection basket. Classes will be held every Monday from 7:00-9:00 p.m., starting on September 19, 2016, in the All Purpose Room of the Church.
As the People of God in Good Shepherd Parish, we whole-heartedly embrace our mission: to deepen our personal relationship with God; to foster a faith-filled community; to provide opportunities to grow in the Catholic Faith; to share the Good News of Jesus Christ; and to promote Christian Service to all people.
Relying on the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves as a Parish community, to continue the work that God has begun in us by reflecting in our daily life and activities the love and grace of God.
Monday, August 15, is THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, It is a Holy Day but not of obligation since it falls on a Monday.
Masses will be celebrated at 6:30, 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in honor of the Feast.
Jeremiah was thrown into the cistern by the princes in order to silence him, simply because he had preached inviting them to turn to God for their protection rather than seeking security in alliances with pagan nations. Jeremiah became unpopular for representing God and he paid the price for speaking in God’s name. What Jeremiah suffered probably reminds us of similar situations we may have experienced in life. God does not delight in our suffering, but for anyone who is a believer and sincerely follows God’s ways, there will be conflicts as we try to serve God faithfully in the world. God desires peace and happiness for us, and we can only realize these things in Him. However, as we strive towards that goal, our lives and examples are meant to radiate the light of His love, which dispels the darkness of the world. Just as Jeremiah was not fazed by his opposition because he knew clearly that he was on the right with God, neither should our concern be with those who oppose us. We should simply let our love for God lead us in spite of all opposition, a love which is only a response to
God’s initial offer of salvation to us. This is what authentic Christian life entails.
Father Ben Faneye
“That Man Is You “ will restart at Good Shepherd on September 17! And it’s FREE… Watch for details.
The Good Shepherd School Principal, Dr. Fry, will be hosting two sessions to assist volunteers who have not yet obtained their Youth Protection Clearances. Please join Dr. Fry, school staff and parish office staff on either Friday, August 12, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or Friday, August 19, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Good Shepherd School computer lab to complete the clearances process. (more…)
Good Shepherd is inviting all parishioners tojoin in our Adult/Young Adult Faith Formation series for 2016-2017, beginning this September and running through next year’s Lenten season. This year’s program will be “Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom,” an Ascension Press program conducted by Jeff Cavins. The Acts of the Apostles provides an historic framework for understanding the rest of the New Testament. This program will provide insight into how the Gospel message spread outward from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria, and finally the ends of the earth. This program will help to see how the Holy Spirit guided the Apostles and how the Spirit guided Church adapted to new cultures when proclaiming the Gospel. (more…)
Peter, it has been wonderful having you here for the past year! We thank you for your assistance with serving at Mass, visiting the sick, teaching at school, playing music for the Divine Mercy Chaplet, working with the youth, Jeopardy game nights, and your many other good works. God bless you and we will keep you in our prayers as you continue your studies at St. Charles Seminary.
Your Good Shepherd Family
Volunteering just once a month would be a GREAT help (or more often if you are able). Hot lunch is served Monday thru Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please consider volunteering your time. I guarantee you will have a ton of fun getting to know the kids as well. I bet your children/grandchildren would LOVE to see you at their school. If you are interested or would like more information about the Hot Lunch Program, please contact Cathy Johnson at 717-802- 9876 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Protection Clearances are required. Please contact the Parish Office for information and assistance regarding the clearance process. Thank you in advance for your generosity of time.
What exactly is human life all about? Is it having it my way? Our first parents were created in the state of original grace but lost it because of their choice to act contrary to God’s will. It was that disobedience which resulted in original sin. By virtue of our human nature, we all partake of the stain of that original sin. But, St. Paul tells us that this is the old self that must die for the “new self” which is reborn in Christ. In Christ, we are redeemed from the guilt of the sin of our first parents. In Christ, the grace of God is once again bestowed upon us; in Him, we come to know God and this knowledge is not ordinary human knowledge which tends to be defective, selfish or even unwilling to do the right thing, but a divinely inspired knowledge of right and wrong. (more…)
Seminarian Peter Quach’s pastoral year assignment at Good Shepherd Parish will come to a close on Sunday, July 31. He will return soon to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia to continue his studies for the priesthood. On the weekend of July 30-31, Peter will be at the weekend Masses and will be in the Parish Hall afterwards to say farewell. All are invited to stop by and wish him well. We are most grateful to Peter and all of his efforts this past year at Good Shepherd Parish.