Welcome to Good Shepherd Church – Drums, Pennsylvania
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I would like to look at two topics: The Passion of the Lord, to which the month of February is dedicated, and Upcoming Lenten Readings. Many saints have been devoted to the Passion of Christ, including St. Francis of Assisi. The Franciscan Order especially fostered devotion to the Stations of the Cross and helped popularize this devotion. One of the better known orders of priests is the Passionists, founded by St. Paul of the Cross. Christians often have prayed before a crucifix. A real source of spirituality is reading the Passion narratives. The Passion narratives help us realize the great love Jesus had for us in being willing to lay down his life for us. Looking ahead at the Lenten texts: Lenten readings amplify the exhortation of Ash Wednesday, “Repent and believe in the gospel.” Many of the first readings of Lent are from the prophets, both major and minor, and some other important Old Testament figures. The readings exhort people to abandon sin and return to God. The love, mercy and forgiveness of God are related frequently in the Lenten readings. The Responsorial Psalms also emphasize God as kind, merciful and forgiving. This Lent, the Gospels are often taken from Luke and include many of the parables of mercy, some of which are unique to Luke, such as the Prodigal Son and the Lost Coin. John’s Gospel is often employed for the weekdays of the second half of Lent. The readings reveal the split between those who believe in Jesus and those who do not. There are only two major celebrations during Lent, the Chair of Peter the Apostle on February 22nd, which emphasizes the unity that should exist among Church communities and the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19th, which always occurs in Lent. The United States celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th in a grand fashion. The season of Lent will be upon us very shortly, and it is a kind of “do it yourself retreat.” We can put into the season as much or little as we want. We have the traditional Church disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving which are emphasized in the Gospel of Matthew on Ash Wednesday. The church provides daily Mass, the 4:00 PM Friday Stations of the Cross, Scripture sessions, which are held on the Thursdays of Lent beginning on February 11th at 9:00 AM in the parish hall and running for five weeks, additional Confession times, and a Penance Service at a time to be determined. This Lent, we hope to join with other parishes in offering full Penance Services with a Liturgy of the Word and music, etc. In addition to parish support and church-related charities, most of us are inundated with mail requests from assorted charities. Some people are free to attend an extra Mass or the public Stations of the Cross. All of us are free to say some extra prayers or recite the Stations privately. We also have the ability to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. We can read the bulletin inserts on Lenten-related topics. Have a great Lent!
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.
Women of Good Shepherd Church – Scholarship
The Application for the Women of Good Shepherd Church Scholarship – 2016 – is now available on the “Downloads” page of our website.
Potato Pancake and Deep Fried Pierogies Sale
Bingo at Good Shepherd Church
Quick Links: Good Shepherd Events – Sunday, February 7 to Sunday, February 14
- Sunday, February 7: Breakfast
- Sunday, February 7: Drawing for Super Bowl Raffle
- Sunday, February 7: Faith Formation Mass - 4th Grade Class
- Sunday, February 7: Deadline for submitting interest in Hospitality Committee bus trips
- Monday, February 8: Women of Good Shepherd Meeting
- Tuesday, February 9: Bingo
- Wednesday, February 10: Ash Wednesday Masses and Distribution of Ashes
- Thursday, February 11: Scripture Session
- Friday, February 12: Stations of the Cross
- Sunday, February 14: Diamond Fire Company Valentine’s Day All Cash Bingo, Hazleton
- Sunday, February 14: Hospitality Committee Meeting
- Sunday, February 14: Lenten Retreat - Doors of Mercy at Holy Name of Jesus, West Hazleton
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All current ministry schedules are available on the “Downloads” page of our website:
- Lector Schedule – December 5, 2015 to March 16, 2016
- Extraordinary Minister Schedule – January, February, and March 2016 (thru 3/20/2016)
- Altar Server Schedule – January, February, and March 2016
- Greeter Schedule – January, February, and March 2016
- Cantor/Accompanist Schedule – November 28, 2015 to June 26, 2016
From Our Music Ministry
- Beginning on September 20th, we will introduce a new Mass setting, “The Mass of Christ the Savior.” It is the Mass setting that is most widely used in our diocese at the present time. Initially, we will begin by learning the Gloria and gradually add the other selections. A copy of the music will be placed in each pew for the congregation to follow along. As the cantors being reviewing the new music, we ask for your full participation. The music is beautiful and lively and will enhance our worship in giving glory to God.
- The Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections for February 10, 2016 (Ash Wednesday) to March 25, 2016 (Good Friday), are now available on the “Downloads” page of our website. (added February 10, 2016)
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.