CHURCHAs 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.


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Week of Nov. 23-27, 2015
November 23
8:30 a.m. Church

November 24
6:30 a.m. Church
8:30 a.m. Church

November 25
6:30 a.m. Church
8:30 a.m. Church

November 26 - Thanksgiving
9:00 a.m. Church

November 27
6:30 a.m. Church
8:30 a.m. Church

News & Notes

by Anthony Ciucci

It was my great honor and privilege to sing, as a member of the Archdiocesan Choir, for two Masses celebrated by Pope Francis during his recent visit to Philadelphia.  The choir began rehearsing in preparation for this monumental event back in March.  We sang a wide variety of liturgical music and choral anthems, including three pieces commissioned for the occasion.

The Holy Father arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday morning, September 26, 2015, and celebrated Mass in the magnificent Cathedral/Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, located at 18th and Race Streets in Philadelphia.  The following day His Holiness celebrated an outdoor Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway which was attended by roughly 800,000 people.  This Mass featured five choirs including the Archdiocesan Choir, the Vietnamese Choir, the Spanish Choir, the Black Gospel Choir and the Youth Choir.  Each choir was featured alone and in combination, accompanied by organ, piano and other instruments.  The combined choirs were accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by music director Yannick Néget-Séguin.  The world-renowned orchestra also performed the following classical works as part of the prelude music: the  Third Movement from Symphony No. 3 by Johannes Brahms, the Second Movement from the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvořák and the Fourth Movement from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Peter Latona, music director at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, composed the text and music of a choral anthem entitled Look Up and Count the Stars in honor of the occasion.  The official hymn of the World Meeting of Families held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia (Sept. 22-27) was Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom, composed by Normand Gouin with text by Rev. Andrew D. Ciferni, O. Praem.; the World Meeting drew some 17,000 registered participants representing over 100 countries.  The third commissioned work was a beautifully poignant choral setting of the text of the Communion antiphon of the day, the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, composed by Julian Darius Revie.  The text of this exquisite piece, from 1 John 3:16, is:  By this we came to know the love of God: that Christ laid down his life for us; so we should lay down our lives for one another.  The composer indicates in the score that it should be performed “In all-embracing trust.” 

The Ordinary of the Mass (Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) was sung in Latin to Gregorian chant melodies; the Kyrie Eleison was sung in Greek.  The choral repertoire performed as part of the prelude and within the Mass itself included Rachmaninoff’s Ave Maria (from Vespers), Elgar’s Ecce sacerdos magnus, Palestrina’s Tu es Petrus, the Beethoven Hallelujah Chorus (from The Mount of Olives), Mendelssohn’s Verleih’ uns Frieden, Parry’s I was glad when they said unto me, Philip Stopford’s The Spirit of the Lord, Stopford’s Ave Maria, Leo Nestor’s Virgin Great and Glorious, the Saint-Saëns Tollite hostias (from Christmas Oratorio, Opus 12) and the Duruflé Sanctus (from Requiem, Opus 9.)  

Having lived, studied and worked in Philadelphia for a total of 17 years, it was a particular joy for me to return to my “second home” and to the Cathedral where I had sung in the Collegiate Choir under Dr. Peter Lamanna during my student days, to participate in this historic event.  This “once in a lifetime” experience of grace and inspiration, is one for which I am deeply grateful and one that I will remember fondly for years to come.

New Ministry Schedules

Schedules for October 10, 2015 - January 3, 2016 for Altar Servers, Lectors, and Ministers of Communionare now available.

From the Desk of the Pastor

I want to first express my gratitude to the Catholic Council of Women who hosted the reception following the Installation Ceremony on Saturday evening. My deepest gratitude as well to our choir for leading us again so beautifully in sung prayer at the Mass. To Father Ben and the whole staff of Good Shepherd Parish, thank you for all you have done to welcome me and help me in settling in here at the parish. You have
certainly helped to make the transition smooth for me. Also, I thank all the people I have met so far who are involved in various ministries of our parish for help in helping me settle in. Finally, to all the parishioners who have sent cards of welcome, support and prayer, thank you so very much for all your kindness. I look forward to a wonderful journey of faith with you. God be with
you all this grace filled parish.

Fr. Phil Burger

“A Farewell” and “A Welcome”

The effective date of Father Helwig’s new assignment as Pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish is Monday, June 22. After all the Masses on the weekend of June 20-21 Farewell Receptions will be held in the Parish Hall to say farewell. Parishioners who would like to wish Father well are invited to stop by to share a few words and refreshments. A Wine and Cheese Reception will be organized by the Parish Council of Catholic Women on Saturday evening; Coffee and Donuts will be available after the Sunday Masses compliments of the Parish Knights of Columbus. All are welcome to stop by as Father prepares to move to his new assignment.

Father Philip Burger will begin his appointment as Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish on Monday, June 22. Father Burger will be installed as Pastor at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, July 11, in a brief ceremony that will take place during the Mass. We welcome Father Burger and pray that his assignment here will be one that is filled with blessings and grace.

  • Pastor: Very Rev. Philip G. Burger
  • Parochial Vicar:
    Rev. Benedict Faneye, O.P.
  • Deacon: Francis C. Gorman
  • Deacon: Patrick M. Kiley