Welcome to Good Shepherd Church – Drums, Pennsylvania
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ATTENTION: Graduating High School Seniors of Good Shepherd Church
The Women of Good Shepherd Church proudly announce a scholarship for graduating high school seniors. To access the application form (PDF format), go to the “Downloads” page of our website. Deadline for submitting completed application is May 15th.
Presentation of the scholarship will take place at the 10:00 Mass honoring our graduating seniors on June 7th.
Holy Week Services
I am grateful to all who assisted with the services of Holy Week – the music ministry, communion ministers, lectors, altar servers, those who prepared the church, cleaned the altar linens, arranged the flowers, etc. The efforts of many people greatly aided the liturgies of Holy Week. Of the Triduum services, Holy Thursday attendance was on the light side while Good Friday and the Easter Vigil were well attended. The Passion narratives of Mark (read on Palm Sunday) and John (read on Good Friday) exhibited two different versions of the Passion. Jesus’ death in Mark was presented in a bleak fashion. Jesus died alone with the apostles, disciples and the holy women not present to support Him. He cried out in Mark’s Gospel, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” which is the opening line of Psalm 22. Some scholars interpret the phrase as a cry of anguish while other scholars point out that Psalm 22 ends with the author trusting in God. Without a doubt, the above phrase is the most troubling of Jesus’ words from the cross. John’s Passion narrative, on the other hand, presents Jesus as totally in control of His destiny. He is crucified only because He allows His persecutors to do so. Jesus does not die in John’s Gospel without support. Mary, the Beloved Disciple and the holy women are beneath the cross of Jesus as he dies. Jesus appears in total control when He utters, “It is finished.” Holy Thursday reminded us that humble service goes hand in hand with the Holy Eucharist. We must serve God and our neighbor. The Easter Vigil is the principal liturgy of the liturgical year. We review salvation history and then renew our baptismal promises. Our Easter Vigil liturgy was more complete this year with the entrance of three candidates into full communion with the Church. The Masses of Easter Sunday also included the renewal of baptismal promises and were filled with joyful song.
Know Your Parish Council
Go to the Pastoral Council section of our website (use navigation bar on the left side of this page) to learn about this ministry and to see an updated list of Council members. You will also find a nomination form there which you may submit online if you are interested in serving on the Good Shepherd Parish Council.
Bingo at Good Shepherd Church
Quick Links: Good Shepherd Events – Sunday, April 12 to Sunday, April 19
- Sunday, April 12: Breakfast
- Sunday, April 12: Church Women United Annual Apple Dumpling Sale after Masses
- Sunday, April 12: Theme Basket Auction at Catholic Social Services, Hazleton
- Monday, April 13: Faith Formation Resumes
- Monday, April 13: Women of Good Shepherd Meeting
- Monday, April 13: Focusing on Hope Bereavement 6-Week Workshops (begins), Lutheran Home and Hospice Office
- Tuesday, April 14: Bingo
- Wednesday, April 15: Gardening Workshop
- Thursday, April 16: Building and Grounds Committee Meeting
- Saturday, April 18: VIRTUS Program at Holy Family Academy, Hazleton
- Sunday, April 19: Coffee and Donuts after Masses
- Sunday, April 19: Hospitality Committee Meeting
- Sunday, April 19: Baptism Preparation Class
- Sunday, April 19: Big Cash Bingo
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All current ministry schedules are available on the “Downloads” page of our website:
- Lector Schedule – March 28 to June 28
- Extraordinary Minister Holy Week Schedule – April 2 to April 5
- Extraordinary Minister Schedule – April 11 to June 28
- Altar Server Schedule – April 4 to June 28
- Greeter Schedule – April 4 to June 28
- Cantor/Accompanist Schedule – March 15 to July 5
From Our Music Ministry: Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections (April 5 to May 24, 2015)
The Hymn Selections and Responsorial Psalm Selections for February 18 (Ash Wednesday) to April 3 (Good Friday), 2015, are now available on the “Downloads” page of our website.
Looking for St. John Bosco Information?
Because Good Shepherd Church and St. John Bosco Church of Conyngham, Pennsylvania are no longer “linked,” you will note that this site is devoted to matters related primarily to Good Shepherd Church. You may visit the St. John Bosco website at www.stjohnboscochurch.org or contact them by phone at (570) 788-1997, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.