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.
Thursday, December 8, is the patronal feast of the United States and a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be a Vigil Mass on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Masses on the Holy Day will be celebrated at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
At the 11:30 a.m. Mass last week November 27, we celebrated the Rite of Welcoming this year’s RCIA catechumens and
candidates who will be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in April 2017. We ask your prayers and encouragement for the following men and women as they continue their journey of discernment:
Catechumens: Veronica Savidge and Andrea Weber.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Taize Style, on The Vigil of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Wednesday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Church.
Come join us in adoration and praise of the mercies of Our Lord in this unique setting on the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
What is it? Taize (pronounced TAZ-ZAY) adoration is adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in church, prominently lit by beautiful candlelight and accompanied by songs from the French Taize community – which through repeating a single verse or two, draw the human spirit into deeper communion with our Creator. Let our Lord wrap you in His breathtaking presence with the sweet soothing sounds of gentle singing with flute and organ accompaniment alternating with silence and spoken word from scripture. (more…)
5:00 p.m. – Musical Prelude
5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer (Vespers)
Advent I (November 27, 2016)
Advent Music for Flute and Organ
Jonathan Noel, organ Marian Noel, flute
Advent II (December 4, 2016)
Advent Music for Celtic Instruments
Members of the Lee Family
Advent III, Gaudete (December 11, 2016)
Advent Music for Organ
Alexander Ashman, organ
Advent IV (December 18, 2016)
Advent Music for Piano and Violin
Daniel Glessner, piano – Gregory Glessner, violin
I am pleased to announce that Good Shepherd Church will be utilizing the online giving program called WeShare, hosted by Liturgical Publications effective immediately. Here is a link to register and get started.
Many parishioners appreciate this convenient type of giving option to help them better manage their personal finances. Current choices include a recurring offertory donation on a weekly or monthly
schedule or a one-time donation option. As in the past, building debt donations may also be made online.
Thank you for your generosity to our parish and for prayerfully considering this method of exercising stewardship of the gifts with which God has blessed you.
Sincerely in Christ,
Blessed are you, Lord our God,
creator of heaven and earth
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:
we praise you for your glory,
and thank you for your
goodness to us.
We praise you for your
and for bringing fruitful results
to our labors.
As we rejoice in your kindness,
we pray also for those who
are in need.
Open our hearts to them,
and teach us to be as generous
as you are to us.
help us all to follow Jesus our Lord,
and so bear eternal fruit for you.
Blessed are you, Lord our God,
forever and ever.
The Angel Tree Project is a gift-giving endeavor that will ensure that families and individuals in need from our parish and community will have gifts for the Christmas holiday. Please consider participating in this worthy effort.
What do you need to do to participate?
On the weekends of December 3/4 and 10/11 Angel Tree ornament tags will be available on Christmas Trees in the narthexes of the church. Parishioners are invited to take an ornament, print your name and phone number on the attached slip at Church, leave the slip in the basket by the tree, and return the gift listed on the ornament. Gifts may be returned to the Church narthexes the weekend of December 10/11, to the Parish Office narthex during the week before 5:00 p.m. or on Saturday, December 17, to the Parish Hall between 9:30 a.m. and Noon. The gift should be wrapped with the tree ornament tag attached to the outside for identification and distribution. (more…)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS and plan to attend one of the following Parish Penance Services. Let it be the Christmas gift you give to yourself, a gift that enables you to renew your spiritual life, thanks to Jesus’ generous mercy and saving grace. Penance Services are listed on Parish Calendar.
Good Shepherd School Open House – on Sunday, November 20, from 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m. Families interested in Pre-School to 8th grade Catholic education are invited to tour the school, meet the teachers and register for the 2017-18 academic year during the Open House on Sunday, November 20, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Online registration is encouraged on the school’s website. If you are unable to make the open house but would like to schedule a tour, call the School Office at (717) 737-7261.