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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

Reflecting on Advent from a Historical Perspective

The term “Advent” is taken from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” It was originally employed to designate the coming of the emperor to a particular area. The season of Advent, which was established for preparing for Christmas and the Epiphany, seems to have begun in the church in the mid-fourth century. The length of the season varied from place to place. Some areas observed a relatively long Advent season beginning on November 11th, St. Martin’s Day, while other areas had a short Advent season of a week or so. In Rome, Advent became a four-week period. Today, Advent begins on the day closest to the feast of St. Andrew, November 30th. This year, the first Sunday of Advent actually occurs on St. Andrew’s day and is observed instead of the feast of the apostle. Advent has as its purpose preparing for the remembrance of the birth of Jesus and preparing for Christ’s coming at the end of time. The purple vestments of Advent, with rose as an option for the third Sunday of Advent, speak of both the royalty of Christ’s birth and also the need for being penitent. The readings of Advent alternate between preparing for Christ’s birth and His coming at the end of time. The First Sunday of Advent concentrates on the Second Coming as does the preface. As we draw closer to Christmas, the readings refer more to Christ’s birth. The Gloria is not recited or sung during Advent, but the Alleluia is. The Gloria is omitted, not for penitential reasons, but “so that on Christmas night, the song of the angels may ring out anew in all its freshness.” The prophet of Advent is Isaiah who continually speaks of God’s visitation, consolation, and redemption of His people. The various Gospels view Jesus as the fulfillment of the prophets’ promises. Besides Isaiah, John the Baptist, who appears midway through the second week of Advent, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is much in evidence in the final week of Advent, are also key figures of the season. The fourth Sunday of Advent is always observed even if it falls on the day before Christmas.

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.

The Magic of Christmas

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 Lottery

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, November 16 to Sunday, November 23

Faith Formation News

Ministry Schedules

Ministry Schedules for October through December are 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.

New schedules for all ministries will be posted soon. Check back in a few days.

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.

A new Hymn Selections and Responsorial Psalm selections will be posted soon. Check back in a few days.

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.