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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

July: The Month of Confusing and Misunderstood Saints

July 22nd was the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene who, incorrectly, has been viewed as a prostitute in the history of the Church. She has often been identified with the sinful woman of chapter 7 of Luke’s Gospel mainly because she appears early in chapter 8. Mary Magdalene, in reality, was one of the loyal women disciples of Jesus, and was mentioned more than any other woman disciple. Other people have mistakenly confused Mary Magdalene, who was from Magdala, with Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. The confusion has led to Mary of Bethany, unlike her sister Martha, not having a feast day because the Church incorrectly believed that Mary of Magdala and Mary of Bethany were the same person. Hopefully, someday the Church will rectify this errant view.

The feast day of St. James occurs on July 25th. We have three important people named James in the New Testament: two apostles have that name – James, the brother of John and the son of Zebedee, and James, the son of Alphaeus. We also have James, called the brother of the Lord, who appears in the Acts of the Apostles and was the leader of the Jerusalem Church after Peter. James, the son of Zebedee, was likely the first apostle martyred, probably around 42 A.D. We know little of James, the son of Alphaeus. He is called James the Less because Jesus called him after He called James, the brother of John. James, the brother of John, is called James the Greater because he was called early. James, the brother of the Lord, led the Jerusalem community after Peter and was a leader of the Council of Jerusalem who wanted Jewish customs to be observed by Gentiles who became Christians. James was a conservative Jewish Christian who was well-respected by his fellow Christians and Jews alike. He was probably martyred in 62. A.D. It is very difficult to determine who wrote the letter of James. From my studies, I feel that James, the leader of the Jerusalem Church, is more likely to be the author of the epistle than are either of the apostles named James. Evidence for this is far from conclusive, and it is not out of the realm of possibility that some other James, unknown to us, composed the letter of James.

Know Your Parish Council - UPDATED 7/16/2015

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, August 2 to Sunday, August 9

Ministry Schedules

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

From Our Music Ministry: Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections (July 26 to August 23, 2015)

The Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections for July 26 to August 23, 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.