Good Shepherd Parish Picnic — Sunday, August 14 — 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. — Adams Ricci Park
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 University of Notre Dame Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m., at Good Shepherd Church Parish Hall. This annual event is open to all alumnae, parents and friends as well as prospective students and their parents to learn about Notre Dame and its offerings. The Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg is pleased to host Brian T. Lohr from the Notre Dame Office of Undergraduate Admissions. There will be a “no charge” spaghetti dinner provided for all those in attendance. If able, please join us for the 5:00 p.m. Mass at Good Shepherd prior to the Italian Dinner. Please RSVP by Monday, June 13, to Stephen Grady, DDD @ email@example.com.
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 June 4 & 5. A Good Shepherd parishioner will be responsible for delivering the donated items to this important homeless shelter in Harrisburg. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Taize Style will take place on the Feast of Corpus Christi – The Body and Blood of Christ, on Sunday, May 29, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Come join us in adoration and praise of the mercies of Our Lord in this unique setting on the Feast of the Corpus Christi!
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.
Come see for yourself! Spend an hour, or whatever time you can, in adoration in the Taize style before the Real Presence of Jesus Christ.
Would you like a candle lit on the altar the night of adoration? Candles will be blessed before the adoration and will be available for pickup after the service. If you are able, please include a free-will offering to cover the cost of the candle(s). Taize adoration is sponsored by the Legion of Mary. Contact the Parish Office at 717-761-1167 or see this week’s bulletin for more information.
That God is a communion of three persons and yet One God is a dogma and an article of faith. You often hear it said that the Trinity is a mystery and we should simply believe. While having faith is an important foundational element of our relationship with God, relating to the Three Persons of the Godhead also requires that we acknowledge God as a communion of love and of life, whereby God is reaching out to us. He is inviting us into His own life which is our own very source of being. St. Paul says “for in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts. 17:28) (more…)
The International Pilgrim Statue of Mary will be at Good Shepherd Church in June from the morning of Wednesday, June 22, to Noon on Thursday, June 23. Opportunities exist for volunteers to offer their services in helpful ways in assisting with this event. The statue was sculptured in 1947 by Jose Thedim, based on the description of Sister Lucia, the eldest of the three shepherd children to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. Many miracles and graces are reported wherever the statue travels including shedding tears many times, according to the Pilgrim Virgin Statue Foundation. Many churches in the Diocese will open their doors to venerate Our Lady of Fatima. For information and to volunteer please call the Parish Office.
We will close our 2015/2016 Year with a Retreat on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m., in the Chapel. Our presider will be Karen Bruskewicz and the topic is “Mary Our Mother.” A Social will follow in the All Purpose Room. All Women of the Parish are invited to join us!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL runs from June 20-24.
Registration forms will be available for pick-up in the Narthexes of the Church.
THE YOUTH GROUP IS INVITED TO HELP WITH VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL. Contact Mrs. Spahr if you are interested in helping, at the above numbers.
VBS Snack Coordinator Needed: An adult volunteer is needed to help coordinate snacks for Vacation Bible School (June 20-24). This person would be responsible for shopping and organizing snacks for VBS participants. The snacks have been chosen based on the theme of the program. If interested in helping please contact Amanda Spahr at the above numbers.
Please contact Mrs. Spahr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-737-8216 to RSVP and for additional information.
A special tuition angel envelope will be included in next weekend’s bulletin for the final opportunity in the 2015-2016 school year to provide tuition assistance to Good Shepherd School families. Many Good Shepherd families struggle with the financial means to afford a Catholic education and rely on parish funds for tuition. The Tuition Angel Program enables the parish to provide funds to these families. This year the tuition for a Catholic student is $5,200. Year to date the tuition angel collections have raised $10,080 for tuition assistance. (more…)
As we go about our daily lives, we often identify with different groups in the society. Such diversity can be good for enriching our lives. However, there is equally an underlying attitude in the world today which emphasizes conflicting ideologies among peoples. Such attitude makes people disagree rather than come together over issues of life; it makes us see each other in terms of our different opinions and ideologies rather than our common foundation as brothers and sisters in Christ, called to be one. This underlying attitude is also the reason why many would disagree with the Church’s teachings today. However, such disagreement is only symptomatic of the lack of faith in the LIVING WORD, which unites us in Christ. This disagreement we experience among ourselves even goes much deeper, into our relationship with God. But, Jesus prays in today’s gospel saying, “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one.” Only faith in the LIVING WORD can unite us together in Christ and with the God who, in charity dwells within, manifesting His love for us.
Father Ben Faneye