First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be on March 3 after the 6:30 a.m. Mass in the Chapel. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed until Vespers and Benediction at 5:00 p.m. All are invited throughout the day for Eucharistic Adoration and prayer. Sign-up sheets with half-hour options for quiet prayer between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. are available in the Chapel Narthex. Plan to join our Good Shepherd Family in the Chapel throughout the day for resting and refreshing in the Lord. Peace be with you!
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 Legion of Mary is a worldwide organization open to all Catholics. Active members meet weekly and travel throughout the parish in pairs to perform various corporal works of mercy and conduct home visits. Auxiliary members support the Legion by praying the Rosary and Legion prayers daily. The Good Shepherd Legion of Mary will meet on Thursday, February 16, at 3:00 p.m. in the All Purpose Room. Our group will continue meeting every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. We are open to new members… please contact the Parish Office (761-1167) if you are interested in meeting with us.
There are times we find ourselves surrounded by problems, not of our making. We not only ask God
“Why?” but we easily become overwhelmed because we are thinking simply about how we cannot do anything about the problem. However, God who has placed us in that situation is not expecting us to solve the problem. He simply wants us to make a choice that would reflect the grace he has endowed us with, a choice that reflects his love at that moment. By so doing, we would have changed ourselves in ways that would greatly impact the lives we touch. By changing ourselves, we would have taken the focus away from “me” putting it on God who gives us life and doing everything possible to nourish life, which is that precious gift, the very image of God in us. By changing ourselves, we would have overcome our own indifference and come to value the heavenly standard, which is that of true life in being conformed to God’s law of love. God offers us this path of life and desires it for us but we must choose it first. In today’s first reading, Sirach reflects on Moses’ admiration for God’s law, which God’s people were reminded of at the threshold of the Promised Land. This law is the source of life in God. “Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him.” (Sir.15:17)
Father Ben Faneye, OP
If you are interested in serving on Palm Sunday, during Holy Week, or on Easter, a sign-up sheet is available in
the altar server sacristy for your convenience. You may also call the Parish Office during regular office hours. Please sign up ASAP but no later than March 1. All unfilled spots will be automatically filled by the scheduling program. Thank you for your willingness to serve.
BLESSING OF THROATS WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, THE FEAST OF
SAINT BLAISE, AT THE 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. MASSES.
FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT will be on February 3 after the 6:30 a.m. Mass in the Chapel. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed until Vespers and Benediction at 7:00 p.m. All are invited throughout the day for Eucharistic Adoration and prayer. Sign-up sheets are available in all the Narthexes of the Church. Please note the special times: for Rosary, Quiet Prayer, Divine Mercy Chaplet Recitation and Intercessory Prayer with Music and Singing. Please join us for this monthly First Friday Gathering and Celebration!
One of the gospel passages we often hear at funerals is the Beatitudes. Jesus declares people in various states of life as blessed or happy. These states are ordinarily not what we would want to be in but they are not permanent for people of faith. Despite the present deprivation, the faith that unites with God holds a reward, which is the happiness of being in God’s presence. No one wants to be in a situation where you are humiliated by others because of the faith one professes but if one perseveres in spite of the hardship or suffering, there is a reward that comes after. At the time one has to endure ridicules and rejection for being a believer, one does not only realize the limitations of the present, but must equally acknowledge the dependence on God who gives the grace to persevere in the face of such humiliation. This is what spiritual poverty often means in our
relationship with God, that we are not self-sufficient, and that we need God to be our strength and courage. The acknowledgment of one’s limitations in our relationship with God is no sign of weakness. It is rather a recognition of the impoverished state of our human condition and recognizing God as the one who alone can fill the void within. That indeed is true happiness!
Father Ben Faneye
Good Shepherd School will hold its Catholic Schools Week Open House on January 29 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Families interested in PreSchool (3 year olds) through 8th grade Catholic education are invited to tour the School, meet the teachers and register for the 2017-18 academic year.
Parishioners are also invited to attend and see what’s happening at the School. Online registration is encouraged: gsschpa.org/open-house. If you are unable to make the Open House but would like to schedule a tour of the School, please call the School Office at (717) 737-7261 or email the School Office Manager, Helen Kantes, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Sunday, January 29 begins Catholic Schools Week, please consider a gift to the Good Shepherd Tuition Angel Program. Many Good Shepherd families struggle with the financial means to afford a Catholic education. The Tuition Angel Program enables the parish to provide funds to assist these families. Special Tuition Angel envelopes can be found in the church narthexes.
Many thanks to those who will use the “Angel” envelope. Simply drop it in the collection basket on any weekend or return it to the Parish Office. Contributions in any amount are welcome and will be gratefully appreciated.
- January 29
Open House at G.S. School for the Opening of Catholic Schools Week
- January 31
- March 1
- March 19, 20, 21
- April 9
- April 12
Parish Penance Service
- April 16
- April 22
- May 6