Welcome to Good Shepherd Church – Drums, Pennsylvania
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This week, we celebrate Holy Week, which offers us the most moving devotions of the year. We relive the main events in the life of Jesus. We celebrate the most stirring devotions of the year. This is a wonderful time for all of us to experience a resurgence of our faith. Participating in Holy Week services certainly affords us an opportunity to be renewed in faith. Even if we have not utilized Lent well to date, a good use of Holy Week can uplift our faith. I would strongly recommend reading the different Passion Narratives during Holy Week. I don’t think any type of spiritual reading could be better. Reading the Passion Narratives, you will notice that Mark’s is the bleakest of the narratives. Jesus dies alone in Mark without any supporters. The death of Jesus in Matthew is not as bleak as in Mark’s Gospel, but on the dark side. Jesus, in the Passion Narrative of Luke, is rather serene. He is more concerned about others rather than Himself as He goes to His death. Jesus implores His Father to forgive those who have taken part in His crucifixion. In John, Jesus is presented as in total control of His passion. The Passion of Jesus in John is viewed as a glorious victory of the evangelist. On Holy Thursday, we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood. The Gospel for Holy Thursday is always John’s Narrative of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples, which illustrates His humility and His call for us to serve others without seeking honors.
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.
RCiA at Good Shepherd
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is in full gear. Candidates for entrance into the Catholic Church are dismissed after the homily to discuss the Scriptures with RCIA team members. Candidates also meet every two weeks with RCIA team members to discuss our Catholic faith. Presentations will be made on important topics by the RCIA team and after Easter by me. Anyone wishing to become a Catholic should notify RCIA Coordinator, Barry Kraynack, or me. Those who complete the program will be admitted into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 2015.
RCIA Team Members Needed
We can always use people who are practicing Catholics who are informed about their faith (you need not be a scholar) to become part of the RCIA team. Two team members in particular are needed to discuss the readings and the homily with the candidates at the weekend Mass they attend. At present, we have five team members, of which three are communion ministers or lectors, another, the president of the Parish Council, and the other, our Youth Minister.
2014 Festival Fundraisers
To see all of the fundraisers for the 2014 Festival, go to the “Fundraising” page of our website.
Retreats for Men
Six retreats are offered by the Benedictine monks of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, PA over weekends Friday evening to Sunday afternoon running from May 16 to July 25. Go to the "Community" page of our website.
Bingo at Good Shepherd Church
Good Shepherd Lottery - 2014
Tickets are on sale before and after weekend Masses in the Holy Family Room or by calling the Parish Office at (570) 788-3141
Quick Links: Good Shepherd Events – Sunday, April 13 to Sunday, April 20
- Sunday, April 13: Living Stations Presentation
- Monday, April 14: Faith Formation Classes as usual
- Tuesday, April 15: Confessions after AM Mass (if no funerals)
- Tuesday, April 15: Holy Family Academy Open House
- Tuesday, April 15: Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Cathedral
- Tuesday, April 15: NO Bingo
- Wednesday, April 16: Confessions after AM Mass (if no funerals)
- Thursday, April 17: NO AM Mass
- Thursday, April 17: Mass of the Lord's Supper
- Thursday, April 17: Rice Bowl Collection
- Friday, April 18: NO AM Mass
- Friday, April 18: Service of the Lord's Passion
- Friday, April 18: Collection for Holy Land
- Saturday, April 19: Blessing of Baskets
- Saturday, April 19: Easter Vigil Mass
- Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday Masses (8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM)
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All new Ministry Schedules for Holy Week and April through June are now available on the “Downloads” page of our website for Extraordinary Ministers, Altar Servers, Lectors, Cantors/Accompanists, and Greeters.
Music Ministry – Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections (Apr 13, 2014 to June 8, 2014)
Hymn selections and Responsorial Psalm selections 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.