Welcome to Good Shepherd Church – Drums, Pennsylvania

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Because of the inordinate amount of spam that has recently been received via our email contact forms, please direct all inquiries to Father McHugh, Erin Braddock, and Chris Tino to the email address for the parish: gsch@ptd.net. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

ATTENTION: Graduating High School Seniors of Good Shepherd Church

The Women of Good Shepherd Church proudly announce a scholarship for graduating high school seniors. To access the application form (PDF format), go to the “Downloads” page of our website. Deadline for submitting completed application is May 15th.

Presentation of the scholarship will take place at the 10:00 Mass honoring our graduating seniors on June 7th.

From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

The Ascension

The Ascension of Jesus is closely related to His Resurrection. The Gospels seem to imply that the Ascension took place shortly after the Resurrection, perhaps on Easter Sunday itself. The Acts of the Apostles is the only book from which we get the idea that Jesus spent forty days on earth instructing His apostles before He ascended to heaven. We have to recall that forty is a symbolic number and indicates a period of indefinite spiritual preparation. We do not have to take the number forty literally in regard to such events as Jesus being in the desert for forty days, Noah in the ark for the same period of time or Moses on Mt. Sinai for forty days, etc. Biblical writers want us to be aware of a period of spiritual preparation. East Coast dioceses are among the minority in still celebrating the Ascension on a Thursday. Because of the low weekday attendance on Ascension Thursday, most dioceses now celebrate the Ascension on the seventh Sunday of Easter. The Ascension, in my opinion, is too important of a day to have such a low attendance when it is celebrated on Thursday. I have always observed that the Ascension is the poorest-attended of the holy days. I feel it should be moved to the seventh Sunday of Easter to insure that it be observed in a fitting manner. I am happy to offer the extra Masses of the holy day, but I believe the majority of Catholics do not make the effort to observe it when it occurs on a Thursday.

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.

Bingo at Good Shepherd Church

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

Quick Links: Good Shepherd Events – Sunday, May 17 to Sunday, May 24

Ministry Schedules

All current ministry schedules are available on the “Downloads” page of our website:

From Our Music Ministry: Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections (April 5 to May 24, 2015)

The Hymn Selections and Responsorial Psalm Selections for February 18 (Ash Wednesday) to April 3 (Good Friday), 2015, 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: stjb@ptd.net.