THE PARISH OFFICE WILL CLOSE AT NOON ON WEDNESDAY FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. THE OFFICE REOPENS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27. We WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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.
“Whatever You Did for the Least of My Brothers and Sisters, You Did for Me.” That line from sacred scripture is the inspiration for the Matthew 25 Collection to be taken up in our parish next Sunday, November 19. Twenty-five percent of the funds collected will stay in our parish for the support of people in need, while 75 percent will go to a diocesan fund for distribution to such projects as soup kitchens, food pantries and job-training programs. The purpose of the collection is to address the substantial need for food, clothing and utility assistance that is tangible in our communities. Please give generously. Poverty, hunger and material need can be as close as a neighbor on your block, in our church, or in our school.
You can keep Christ in Christmas by sending religious Christmas cards this year. The Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus Council will be selling religious Christmas cards in the Parish Hall after the Masses, beginning this weekend, November 4/5.
Manna Bags are in each Narthex of the Church. The Manna Bags have a list of items needed, attached to them. Please return the Manna Bags to the Church by Saturday, November 18. Any donations towards the purchase of turkeys would be greatly appreciated. Please consider using Giant and Karns Gift Cards (available in the Parish Office) to purchase your Manna Bag food items. This would benefit our Good Shepherd School while helping the Needy.
We are excited to announce that Bishop Ronald Gainer has endorsed the new Catholic Podcast Network Breadbox Media. Please visit their website and discover all that the network has to offer. www.breadboxmedia.com
American flag memorials will be sold in the Parish Hall after 5:00 p.m., Saturday vigil Mass, and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass. Please consider honoring a veteran, first responder, favorite teacher, or anyone living or deceased who has made an impact in your life. The blessed flags will line the church driveways prior to Veterans Day. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus and Girl Scouts.
“Celebrate the Hope that Saves”
October 22 is World Mission Sunday. We are called to this Eucharistic celebration—along with Catholics in every parish, chapel and church throughout the world – to fulfill the call we first heard at Baptism, the call to be missionaries, to share our faith. Today we are invited to “celebrate the hope that saves” through prayer and participation in the Eucharist, and by giving generously to the collection today for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Let us pray, especially at this Mass, for all who long to hear the hope-filled, saving message of Jesus, and for the priests, religious and lay catechists in mission countries worldwide who offer them that “Good News.”
MASS WITH THE SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK will be celebrated on Saturday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m., at Good Shepherd Church. People wishing to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick are invited to this special Mass. Families and friends are also welcome to attend. A luncheon will follow. Transportation will be provided for those who need it and there will be people at church, including medical personnel, to provide assistance if needed. Those who wish to be anointed (or a relative or friend) are asked to call the Parish Office at 717-761-1167, before October 18. Who can be anointed? Anyone who has a serious or chronic illness, is infirm due to old age, is scheduled to undergo surgery, and those suffering from mental disorders may be anointed. If I was anointed before, can I be anointed again? If a new illness has developed or there has been a relapse during the same illness, a person can be anointed again. Do you have to be a certain age to be anointed? Any baptized Catholic, who has sufficient use of reason, can be anointed. Is this the sacrament that was referred to as Extreme Unction or the Last Rites? Yes it is, however, since the Second Vatican Council the emphasis of this sacrament is the healing of the mind, body and spirit of persons and is not reserved only for the dying.
The Good Shepherd Respect Life Committee invites you to join us on Tuesday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m., in Parish Hall A, for a panel discussion on the moral, medical, and legal considerations that arise in the final stages of life.
What options does a patient have for end of life care? How does the law provide for advance planning of end of life care? What does the Church teach about discontinuing medical treatment? Learn the answers to these questions and more from our panel of speakers including Fr. Paul Schenck from the Diocese of Harrisburg.
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 October 21-22. A Good Shepherd parishioner will be responsible for delivering the donated items to this important homeless shelter in Harrisburg. Your donations are greatly appreciated!