“This year Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine’s Day (February 14), a largely secular celebration, particularly in the United States. There have been inquiries if a dispensation from the obligations to fast and abstain from meat will be given. As Catholics, we recognize Ash Wednesday as the solemn beginning of a period of prayer, penance, and works of charity. Its spiritual importance is evidenced by the large number of faithful choosing to attend Mass on this day. In view of the significance of Ash Wednesday, the obligations of fast and abstinence are naturally the priority in the Catholic community. Valentine’s Day can appropriately be celebrated on another day, such as Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which happens to be Mardi Gras, a time of celebration prior to the Lenten journey.”
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.
Rev. Paul R. Fagan, C.P., a Passionist priest who lives in New York, will lead our Mission this year from February 11-13 beginning at 7 p.m. each evening. He will also be preaching at all Masses that weekend. Fr. Fagan was named Director of Passoinists Communications and Executive Producer and Host of the Passionist Sunday Mass television ministry. Fr. Fagan wants to bring God’s Good Word, the Good News, to people as he celebrates each preaching moment. Father will also be speaking after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Monday, February 12, and at the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, February 13.
ARE YOU SEEKING PEACE? You will find it by learning the Art of Praying.
According to the method of Father Ignacio Larrañaga, a practical and efficient method based on the Bible:
- Have a personal relationship with God, Our Loving Father
- Discover the value of interior silence and attain serenity
- Achieve your spiritual growth and live life to the fullest
- Over 200,000 people attend this workshop every year in more than 44 countries in 12 languages.
15 Free 2-hour Sessions
Place: Good Shepherd Church
Start date: Wednesday, January 31
Frequency: every Wednesday
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information or to register please contact: Rosy Gonzalez Grigg: (717) 903-1111 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check www.tovpil.org to find out more about it.
This year we are trying something new!
We invite anyone of any age to participate in this year’s Living Stations, which will be held on Good Friday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. (If youth participate, they will receive at least ten service hours.) Participating in Living Stations is a great way for you to enter into the Lenten Season and for us to come together as a parish. Please join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, January 28, from 2-3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Most practices are Sundays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. through Lent. There will not be any practice on Presidents’ Day and Forty Hours weekends. No experience needed. We are also looking for parishioners who play musical instruments. We welcome everyone–singles or families! Call or text Amanda Spahr at 717-737-8216 or email email@example.com for more information and the schedule.
The Good Shepherd Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring a Bus Trip to Washington D. C. on Thursday, April 5, 2018. The Trip is open to the Parish on a first-come, first-served basis. The bus is limited to 50 people. We will depart from the Good Shepherd Parking Lot at 7:00 a.m. and arrive home at 8:30 p.m. Our day will include a visit to the Bible Museum (a new section of the Smithsonian Institute) and a tour of the Cherry Blossoms and a few monuments. Dinner will be at the Golden Corral on our way home. The cost is $85.00 per person. Sign-up sheets are available in the Chapel Narthex. Payment to: CCW, must accompany registration and returned to the Parish Office no later than February 23, 2018.
For more information: call Rosa Shanabrough at 717-350-8882.
The Good Shepherd Parish Office is in need of a full-time secretary primarily responsible for producing the parish Bulletin. This position requires a detail-oriented and flexible individual who can work both independently and collaboratively. Candidate should be skilled in Microsoft Office software applications including Publisher, and have the ability to learn proprietary, parish and diocesan software programs. Proofreading capability coupled with impeccable spelling and grammar are essential. Reliability, trustworthiness, and the ability to complete routine delegated assignments in a timely manner are essential. Interested individuals should stop by the Parish Office for a detailed job description and employment application. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.
Schedules for January 6 – March 25, 2018, for Altar Servers, Lectors, and Ministers of Communion are now available.
Holy Week and Easter will be included on the next schedule. If you are interested in serving any of these services, please call the parish office by March 21 to sign up. A list of the required number of Altar Servers, Lectors, and Ministers of Holy Communion needed for each is here. All remaining open spots will be automatically filled by the scheduling program.
On January 5, 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 welcome during the day to make a visit to pray. Sheets are available in the Chapel Narthex to signup. Please join us for this monthly First Friday Gathering and Celebration!
With sadness, I wish to announce the retirement of Terry Bates. Terry has been an integral part of our parish for 23 years and her contributions will always be valued. Her dedication and commitment to Good Shepherd will be missed; however, Terry plans to volunteer in the office and help the team from time to time. On behalf of the parish office, I would like thank her for her service and wish Terry God’s blessings in her retirement.
ATTENTION ALTAR SERVERS
This year we would like to express our gratitude to our Altar Servers and MCs for their service at the altar throughout the year.
On Saturday, February 3, 2018, we would like to take our servers to the Faith and Family Night with the Hershey Bears. Servers will be treated to a Hershey Bears Game that night. The game begins at 7 p.m. Further details will come in the near future. Please RSVP to the parish office, 717-761-1167, by January 12, 2018, so we can order the correct number of tickets. Hope you will join us!
Rev. Philip Burger, Pastor