Welcome to Good Shepherd Church – Drums, Pennsylvania
Welcome to the “new” website of Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church of Drums, Pennsylvania. If you have been a visitor to our website in the past, you will note that the look, feel, and organization of the site has changed. Let us know what you think about our “new” look by sending an email to our webmaster. You can do so by clicking on “Contact Us” in the sidebar to the left. On the page you will be directed to, you will find a link to send an email to our webmaster.
The Infancy Narratives and Their Purpose
Two evangelists, Matthew and Luke, opt to speak about the birth of Jesus and offer an incident or two about His childhood. Mark begins his Gospel with the preaching of John the Baptist in the desert, while John initiates his Gospel by speaking of Jesus’ pre-existence in Heaven. While curiosity might have had some influence on Matthew and Luke choosing to write an Infancy Narrative, neither evangelist was trying to write a biography of Jesus. The prime reason for Matthew and Luke writing an Infancy Narrative was a religious one. While the evangelists composed very different Infancy Narratives that cannot be reconciled, they agree on two important issues – the identity of Jesus and the virginal conception of Him. The Infancy Narratives likely take more liberty in presenting the birth of Jesus than they do in telling of His public ministry, which had eyewitnesses. We do not know where Matthew and Luke got their information about Jesus’ birth. I would strongly object to the theory that the evangelists got their information from Mary and Joseph since the two accounts of Jesus’ birth from Matthew and Luke differ so much. Matthew believes that Mary and Joseph actually have a home in Bethlehem. They flee to Egypt since the coming of the Magi, guided by the star, results in Herod’s decision to slay infants in the Bethlehem area because he fears that the newborn king is a threat to his kingship. Matthew tells us that Mary and Joseph went to Nazareth because Herod’s son succeeded him in Judea. Luke presents Joseph and Mary as living originally in Nazareth and later going to Bethlehem because of a Roman census. Scholars are divided on which account is more correct. I favor Matthew’s version that Mary and Joseph had their own home in Bethlehem because there seems to be little evidence of a census around the time of Jesus’ birth, and the Romans probably did not demand a census of the Jewish people. Our manger scene is a combination of the Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke. Matthew and Luke agree on the identity of Jesus, namely that He is of the House of David because Joseph is His legal father. Matthew and Luke agree that Mary conceived Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit, not through relations with Joseph. In both Matthew and Luke, the identity of Jesus is proclaimed by an angel. Both Gospels state that the identity of Jesus is to be shared with others. Both Infancy Narratives form a bridge from the Old to New Testament. Matthew employs Old Testament scriptures and parallels Joseph on Old Testament events and the Old Testament figure of Joseph, son of Jacob. Luke uses Old Testament-like characters such as Zechariah and Elizabeth, and Simeon and Anna.
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.
2014 Festival Fundraisers
To see all of the fundraisers for the 2014 Festival, go to the “Fundraising” page of our website.
Bingo at Good Shepherd Church
Good Shepherd Lottery - 2014
Quick Links: Good Shepherd Events – Sunday, December 8 to Sunday, December 15
- Sunday, December 8: Women of Good Shepherd Open Cookie Jar Sale
- Sunday, December 8: Christkindlfest at Christ Lutheran Church
- Sunday, December 8: Fr. McHugh on Internet Radio (rebroadcast)
- Tuesday, December 10: Extra Confessions (after daily Mass)
- Tuesday, December 10: Bingo
- Wednesday, December 11: Extra Confessions (after daily Mass)
- Wednesday, December 11: RCIA Organizational Meeting
- Wednesday, December 11: MPB Community Players Christmas Pageant at CSS Family Center
- Saturday, December 14: Christmas Play Practice
- Saturday, December 14: Children's Mass at 4:00 PM
- Sunday, December 15: Deadline for Head Start Giving Tree Gifts
- Sunday, December 15: Christmas Play
- Sunday, December 15: MPB Community Players Christmas Pageant at Trinity Lutheran Church
- Sunday, December 15: MPB Community Players Christmas Pageant at Most Precious Blood
(Click on a link to go to related page/section for more information.)
Ministry schedules for October, November, and December are 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.