NEWS

What's Happening at Good Shepherd? Whether it's a recurring event in the parish or one of the other fun and uplifting singular events throughout the year, we hope you find something that will enhance being a part of the Good Shepherd community.

CURRENT EVENTS


BISHOP PERMITS COMMUNION VISITATIONS - Bishop Persico alerted pastors of his decision to allow them to renew the visitation of the sick for the purpose of distributing Holy Communion. This ministry would be carried out by Eucharistic Ministers or the pastor.


The Bishop specified three conditions:
• The person requesting the Eucharist was willing to have a person come to his/her home for the visit.
• The Minister/Pastor was not compromised in any way and was willing to exercise this ministry.
• THE ENCOUNTER WOULD BE SHORT – simply the prayer, the reception of Communion and a blessing. For everyone’s safety, these would not be social visits. If Anointing of the Sick was also requested, only the Pastor would make the visit.

Therefore, we’re inviting solitary or shut-in parishioners who fulfill the first condition listed above to call the rectory office to register for a visit.

The Bishop also formally announced that marking off every other pew in churches (rather than every two pews) would be allowed throughout the Diocese. On the Building Certificate issued by the Commonwealth, our capacity is 500; the Diocese determined we could cap our Sunday attendance (or weddings and funerals) at 30% of capacity, therefore 170.

We recently purchased an electrostatic sanitizer sprayer ($800 +) to be used after every Mass in the church. Staff and Ushers/Greeters have been trained in its use and care. This eliminates and surpasses the effectiveness of the manual spraying and wiping we’ve been doing for the last several months. We owe a debt of gratitude to the volunteers who performed this task in the past and who also laundered the towels we used weekly.

RECURRING EVENTS

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - The council meetings are held every other month at 6:00PM in the Social Hall. For specific dates and time changes please refer to the bulletin.

BAPTISMAL CLASS - Classes are scheduled by appointment with the pastor.

RCIA SESSIONS - Sessions are held at a time determined when a new group forms. Click here to go to the ministry page for more info.

MENS CLUB - Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:00PM in the Social Hall.

ALTAR ROSARY SOCIETY - Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30PM in the Social Hall.

MASS SCHEDULE

Weekdays: Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri 8:30am
Wednesday: 7:00PM
Saturday: 6:00 pm (Vigil)
Sunday: 9:00 am and 11:30 am

Holydays: 8:30 am and 7:00 pm

PROGRAMS

PRAYER CHAIN: For intentions, please call 724-977-3369

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Every First Friday from 9:00 AM until noon.

ROSARY: During October and May, before the 9:00AM Sunday Mass.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: During Lent, Friday evenings at 7:00 PM.

SACRAMENTS

BAPTISM: Baptisms are scheduled by appointment, six (6) weeks in advance and take place during the weekend Masses or Sunday afternoons. Pre-Baptism sessions are required. During Lent and Advent, Baptisms usually are not scheduled.

RECONCILIATION: Saturday afternoon from
5:15 – 5:45 PM or anytime by appointment.

MATRIMONY: By appointment at least six months in advance.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK: We want to celebrate this sacrament whenever anyone is in need due to illness, the infirmity that comes with age or any other time it is desired. Please call the Pastor at the rectory number, extension 11. Communal celebrations of this sacrament are scheduled several times throughout the year at a weekend Mass.

HOLY ORDERS: Some men fulfill a call to holiness by serving as priests or permanent deacons. Men who feel that call should call the pastor.

FAITH FORMATION

RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process the Church offers to those who have not been Baptized, or Confirmed or admitted to First Communion as children in Religious Education. It is also the path to Full Communion in the Catholic Church for those Baptized in another faith. Please call the Religious Education office or the Pastor.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: For grade and high school students is conducted during the school year for grades 1-11 on Sunday from 10:00 AM until 11:20 AM in the Faith Formation Building. Call the Religious Education office for more information.