Schedules for October 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017, for Altar Servers, Lectors, and Ministers of Communion are now available.
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.
The Most Reverend Ronald Gainer, D.D.,J.C.L., Bishop of Harrisburg, will be the principal celebrant at the Annual Red Mass to take place on MONDAY, October 3, at 5:30 p.m. The Mass will be held in the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, Harrisburg. Reverend David Link, J.D., L.L.D., D.Litt., D.Sc., a former dean of the Notre Dame Law School and who is the longest tenured among American law school deans, will be the homilist. At the Red Mass, lawyers, judges, lawmakers, and public officials gather together to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in their pursuit of justice. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For additional information, please visit: www.saintthomasmoresociety.com.
During the Penitential rite at Mass, we acknowledge our sins, especially sins of “omission” as we ask for God’s mercy that our sacrifice may be acceptable. In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man was not a bad person. Given the wealth with which he has been blessed, he was totally oblivious of the real human need at his doorstep. While he did not inflict any harm on Lazarus, neither did he act to alleviate the suffering of the poor man in need when he could have made a difference. He looked the other way probably saying to himself
“it is not my problem.” It was for this reason that Amos condemned the Israelites for their complacency, saying they had grown too comfortable, taking for granted the God who had granted them the wealth. (Amos 6:1) (more…)
The BLESSING of the ANIMALS will take place today, Sunday, October 2, at 5:00 p.m. in the backyard of the Rectory. Bring your pets for a special blessing on this special day. Pet supplies and treats will be collected and given to Molly’s Place.
On this anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country, we remember all the innocent victims who lost their lives. We commend them to God. We also remember all those with injury and who struggle with physical and emotional pain, we ask the Lord to give them courage and help them find peace. On this occasion of remembrance, we should ask how best do we honor the men, women and children who gave their lives for freedom, while going about their daily lives, doing what they believed in, serving fellow citizens? We do not want to lose sight of their desire for a better world. And that is what we too want to do to keep their memory alive. Writing to Timothy, St. Paul says “I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief. Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (1Tim. 1:13-14) As Christians, we are reminded not to let events of the past rule our lives. We should not live in fear, neither should we allow ourselves to be governed by the rhetoric of fear. We are a people of faith, called to love, transformed by God’s grace. It is only in faith and in loving action that we can honor the memory of all those who gave their lives. Through our loving examples, we would not only bring about a better world but also honor the memory of our brave comrades!
Father Ben Faneye, O.P.
The Interfaith Shelter for homeless families is in need of the following donations: paper napkins, toilet tissue, paper towels, new household pillows, shaving cream, AA batteries, disposable dessert plates, household spoons (teaspoons), laundry detergent, bathroom tub and tile cleaner, baby wipes, copy paper, and white-out. Bins/boxes for Interfaith Shelter donations will be placed in all of the church narthexes after Masses the weekend of September 17-18. A Good Shepherd parishioner will be responsible for delivering the donated items to this important homeless shelter in Harrisburg. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
September 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
The Good Shepherd Parish invites all families who have experienced the loss of a child (through miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth or early death) to join us in the Mass of Remembrance on Thursday, September 15, The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, at 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church. The Mass is the most powerful form of healing prayer. Please take this opportunity to remember your children, to name them if you have not, and to celebrate the fulfillment of God’s plan of having each human family incorporated into God’s spiritual family. (more…)
The catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that pride is the deadliest of the capital sins. The reason for this is not simply because pride is opposed to the virtue of humility but because of how it leads to other sins and vices. (CCC, #1866, 2540) Through a false perception of others, pride makes a person fall easily into other sins. We ordinarily think of the sin of Adam and Eve as the sin of disobedience. But their fault was pride. They chose to rely on their own resources rather than be disposed to God’s will. For us, this might take the form of looking down on others, or overestimating the self and acting contrary to God’s plan as Adam and Eve did. But, humility is the Christian virtue which disposes a person to rely on God, and such is a mark of the wise person who waits on God to exalt him or her trusting in God’s providence. Being humble means we despise no one and not doubting our own dignity since we rely on God in whose image we are created. Sirach tells us that the humble person finds “favor in the sight of the Lord,” not because favor is a reward for humility, but because humility is to abandon our self-assertion and allow God to act where we can do nothing.
Father Ben Faneye, O.P.
“The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts” Part 1, to be held from September 21 through November 9, 2016, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Sister Mary Ann Lawrence will facilitate the Bible Study in the All Purpose Room. Books for $13.00 each are available in the Parish Office.