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

ALL OF THESE EVENTS ARE NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS AS WELL AS ALL MASSES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. SEE BISHOP LETTER - CLICK HERE. ALSO YOU CAN VIEW THE NORMAL PRACTICES FOR PRIESTS DOCUMENT - CLICK HERE.


LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS -
Every Friday of Lent at 7:00PM

ANOINTING OF THE SICK - On Sunday, March 22, the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated after the 11:30 am Mass with Fr. Stan Swacha, chaplain of John XXIII Home assisting Fr. Whitman. It is a great opportunity for any who are feeling some of the effects of ageing, or preparing for a stay in the hospital, or facing various medical tests are welcome to participate in the prayer of the Church. Anyone of any age is encouraged to celebrate the sacrament. If you aren’t attending the 11:30 am Mass that day, try to arrive at church by 12:30 pm.

COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICES -
Lenten Penance Services have been scheduled in the Mercer County Deanery. They are:
• Sunday, March 15 at 1:30 pm at Beloved Disciple, Grove City
• Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 pm at St. Michael, Greenville
• Sunday, March 22 at 4:00 pm at Immaculate Heart, Mercer
• Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 pm at Good Shepherd
• Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 pm at Notre Dame, Hermitage
• Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph, Sharon

SCRIPTURE STUDY - On the Mondays of Lent in the meeting room, we will walk through the four Passion Narratives found in the New Testament. There will be no book for these sessions, but in order to have enough handouts for participants, please register by Monday, February 24 by calling the rectory office (724.528.3539, ext.5). The morning session will begin at 9:30, ending around 11:00. The evening session will begin at 6:00 and run to 7:30 pm.

COMMUNION VISITATIONS - We have several trained adult parishioners who stand willing and able to visit homebound parishioners and any Good Shepherd members who are living in senior centers. They are eager to visit and bring the Holy Eucharist to any who wish to receive. If you are in such a situation or know a family member who is, please call the rectory office (724.528.3539, ext. 5) and talk to Lisa who will help you schedule a visit. This is one component of our I AM WELL IF YOU ARE WELL program.

CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL- Our parish project for this year is the replacement of the roof over the meeting room and the installation of AC/Heating units in the Social Hall kitchen, the dish room and the meeting room. These projects will cost about $30,000, and when added to our diocesan assessment, will make our goal for this year $83,296.00. Pledge cards are available in the parish office.

RECURRING EVENTS

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - The council meetings are held every other month at 7:00PM 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 on Thursdays at 6:30PM at the Rectory through Easter.

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.