Schedules for July 1 – October 1, 2017, for Altar Servers, Lectors, and Ministers of Communion are now available.
Are you interested in learning about the history of the Church? Good Shepherd’s 2017-2018 Faith Formation series is just the program to walk you through over 2000 years of the history of the Church. This 20-session series, which will be presented in two parts, will take you through the major people, places and events that make up the history of the Catholic Church. See the glory of the Church founded by Christ and understand where you fit into this Epic story. This is Church history taught from a solid Catholic perspective. (more…)
Effective June 19, 2017, Fr. Sterner, a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg retired and took up residence with us at Good Shepherd. Fr. Sterner was born and raised in McSherrystown, PA, and after getting his college degree in teaching he began a short career in teaching at Lancaster Catholic High School. He went to the seminary at Mount St. Mary’s and was ordained a priest in 1971. Fr. Sterner served at St. Vincent’s Parish in Hanover, then St. Joseph’s Parish in Hanover. It was at St. Joseph’s Parish where Fr. Sterner and I worked together as the Assistants to Msgr. Robert Gribbin who was Pastor at that time. Fr. Sterner was at St. Joseph Parish for five years and then moved to St. Aloysius Parish in Littlestown PA where he served for the last twenty-seven
years as Pastor before retiring this year. Please join Fr. Ben and me in welcoming Fr. Sterner to Good Shepherd Parish.
First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be on Friday, July 7, after the 6:30 a.m. Mass in the Chapel until Vespers and Benediction at 7:00 p.m. All are invited throughout the day for Eucharistic Adoration and quiet prayer. Signup sheets with half-hour prayer times between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. are in the Chapel Narthex. Plan to join our Good Shepherd Family in the Chapel throughout the day. Peace be with you!
Moses reminded the Chosen People how God led them through the desert from captivity to freedom. (Dt. 8:2) On that journey, God fed them with manna which did not only satisfy their hunger but it was an invitation to enter into a relationship of faith with God. With or without their worries, the manna fell from the sky for their daily needs. All that God asked of them was to trust in Him. Trust Him who leads! This trust is also what Jesus is asking of us as He says “whoever eats my body and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him/her. (Jn. 6:56) This is a trust that underlies a relationship of love whereby we recognize God at the center of our lives and our being is totally dependent on Him. And so, to “remain” in Christ is to be in a relationship whereby we constantly experience the presence of God who enables us not simply to avoid the pitfalls of life, but to follow Him who is our true life. Finally, the body and blood of Christ is also food for those dying, known as viaticum, which expresses our hope in eternal life. When our earthly body falls asleep in death, it is not the end of life. The faithful simply follow (remain in) the Savior in whom they were baptized and at that moment when death comes, each one should be given the opportunity of being led by the Savior into the heavenly Jerusalem, our true home.
Father Ben Faneye
Sunday, June 25, 2017
2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
G. S. PARISH HALL & GROUNDS
COST: $10 adult,
$5 child, $25 family
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Chicken will be grilled by our Knights of Columbus. We ask those parishioners whose last name begins with A to L to bring a side dish (Salad, chips, etc.) and those whose last name begins with M thru Z to bring a dessert… Dinner at 4:30 p.m. Thank You! Please make sure all perishable food items are kept properly cooled to avoid spoilage.
The Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus will be selling tickets after all Masses beginning May 20 in the Parish Hall…..and in the Parish Office during regular office hours. Please purchase your tickets early so we can have an accurate head-count! Ticket Sales will close on Sunday, June 18, after
Students in Grades 5 through 12, who would like to serve, are invited to Server Training on Monday & Tuesday, August 7 & 8, from 10:00 a.m. –12:00 noon in the Church. Trainees must attend both days. Interested students are asked to call the Parish Office. If you are interested, but cannot attend this session, please advise the Parish Office.
Congratulations to the people of Good Shepherd Parish for your generosity, caring for and dedication to your parish. Because of your generosity, care and dedication, you have paid off the debt which was scheduled to last another 66 months. This says much about you as a parish community.
On June 3, 2017 at the 5:00 p.m. Mass, with Fr. Helwig, we will hold the ceremonial burning of our note or mortgage. We will hold the ceremonial burning in the church following Communion and the Closing Prayer but before the Final Blessing. Plan to be present.
Philip was one of the seven chosen to take care of the distribution of goods for those in need in the community. Like the rest, he was filled with the Spirit. In carrying out his ministry among the Samaritans, Philip remained open to the Holy Spirit. It turned out that he not only offered the Samaritans food for their bodily needs, but he also proclaimed the Gospel message to which many were receptive, “and many possessed people, many paralyzed or crippled people were cured.” (Acts 8:7) As one of the deacons who served the early Church, Philip was filled with the Spirit, a quality that required self-awareness and the willingness to respond to the Spirit’s promptings. That awareness of the Spirit of God in a person’s life strengthens one’s relationship with God. It helps one to be opened to the workings of the Holy Spirit in one’s life. Philip shows us how we too could respond to the Spirit’s promptings as God manifests His plan through us. And because salvation is by the grace of God, not our own human effort, the Samaritans became receptive of Philip’s message which offered them the hope of new life as it encouraged them to embrace Christ our life. Being opened to the Spirit is the awareness of our baptismal calling and allowing the Spirit of God within us to truly transform our lives, not holding back in fear, but letting ourselves be free in God in order to be fulfilled in Him who is our life.
Father Ben Faneye
Fr. Ben and I are most grateful to our parishioners for all the kind remembrances given to us for Easter. The cards, the goodies, and all the Easter blessings are so very much appreciated. Know that all of you are remembered in our prayers.
I also want to express my gratitude to our parishioners for the Easter Collection gift to the parish in the amount of $30,731. Your generosity is most edifying and a wonderful example of faithful Stewardship.
Finally, I want to express gratitude to the parish office staff, our music ministry, altar servers, lectors, ushers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and all who were part of decorating the church for the Triduum celebrations which beautifully enhanced the environment of our church.
God bless all of you and protect you throughout this holy season.|