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

BLESSED CHRISTMAS TRADITION - The age-old story of the birth of Christ was performed by the elementary Religious Education students after 11:30 Mass on December 16. Lots of animals, a couple choirs of angels, some grim looking Roman soldiers and three boys who looked too young to be so wise showed up with shepherds, some OT prophets, Mary and Joseph and the other usual suspects. After the Academy Award winning performance, over 220 people filled the Social Hall for a delicious dinner, capped off by a visit from a polar icecap visitor and his elves. Gifts were distributed and the Teen Shepherds helped make sure things ran smoothly. It’s such a great way for the parish family to celebrate the holy day together while remembering the reason for the season. Special thanks to the Hanssens, Lauren DeFelice our DRE, some neighborhood kitchen help from New Wilmington and everyone else who pitched in.

CHRISTMAS MASSES
- Christmas Eve Masses are scheduled for 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM. On Christmas there is one Mass at 10:00 AM. No Mass or communion service on December 26.

CHURCH OFFICE / RECTORY / RELIGIOUS ED - are all CLOSED from December 24 through January 2.

TEEN SHEPHERD VISITATION -
During this season, the Teen Shepherds bake dozens and dozens of cookies, make cards and lap blankets and deliver them all to over 30 shut-ins from the parish. Regrettably, some cookies get “injured” in the process and self-sacrificing students clean up the debris. How brave of them!

A COUPLE WEEKS LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT - The Pastor was late in scheduling a retreat for himself during 2018, so he’s making it up January 6 – 11 at the Benedictine Monastery in Berryville, Virginia. After the last Mass on Sunday, January 6, there won’t be Mass scheduled until January 12 at 6:00 PM.

From ASK MARILYN -
“If we stopped shaking hands, would there be a measurable effect on the spread of flu?” No good studies exist. Beyond that we should remember that shaking hands, pushing grocery carts, opening doors to coffee shops and other public places don’t cause problems. Washing our hands before eating and keeping them away from our faces the rest of the time is an effective health habit. marilyn@parade.com

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 (NEW TIME) 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.