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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

November is the month of saints and souls. It is a reminder to us that we are members of the Communion of Saints – the union of the faithful on earth, the souls in or in the process of Purgatory, depending whether you think Purgatory is a place or process, and the blessed in heaven. Most Protestants believe in the Communion of Saints, but see it as a bond between only the faithful on earth with the blessed in heaven, since most Protestants do not believe in Purgatory. Catholics point to 2nd Maccabees 12:43-46 as the passage which encourages us to pray for the departed. Protestants do not accept 2nd Maccabees in their Canon of Scripture. From its early years, the Catholic Church has taught that our prayers hasten the union of the departed with God. St. Augustine, of the early Church fathers, especially encouraged prayers for the departed. Catholics have the custom of offering Masses for the departed, which we believe hastens people‚Äôs eternal union with God. The earliest celebration of All Saints was in the 4th century when the martyrs were honored. Later, others known for their holiness of life were regarded as saints. By the 800s, the Roman Rite celebrated All Saints Day. In the middle of the 11th century, St. Odilo, abbot of Cluny, which was a French monastery, declared that monasteries should offer prayers for the departed on November 2nd. The custom spread to the entire Catholic Church. Regarding Purgatory, the Church feels that few people achieve perfection in this life and are still scarred by traces of sinfulness, and that some period of purification may be necessary before a person is united with God. The Council of Trent affirmed a Purgatory state and contended the prayers of the living can assist the process of purification. Though All Saints Day does not carry an obligation since it falls on a Saturday, I still encourage you to attend Mass on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM. All Souls’ Day supplants the 31st Sunday of the year, and the regular three weekend Masses will be those of All Souls.

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.

Pot Luck Dinner at Good Shepherd

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Bingo at Good Shepherd Church

Bingo every Tuesday evening at Good Shepherd. Doors open at 5:00 PM, games start at 6:00 PM.

Good Shepherd Lottery - 2014

Good Shepherd Lotteryt

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, October 26 to Sunday, November 2

Faith Formation News

Ministry Schedules – New schedules available and Updated Cantor/Accompanist Schedule

New Ministry Schedules for October through December are now available on the “Downloads” page of our website for Extraordinary Ministers, Altar Servers, and Greeters.

An updated Cantor/Accompanist schedule is now available on the Downloads page of our website. It covers through November 23, the end of the liturgical year.

UPDATE – From Our Music Ministry: Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections (October 12, 2014 to November 23, 2014)

The latest Hymn Selections and Responsorial Psalm selections 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: stjb@ptd.net.