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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

Saints of August, Continued:

The month of August is a month rich with notable saints. Last week, we looked at some of the saints of the first half of August, and this week, we will present saints of the second half of the month. On August 16th, we honor St. Stephen of Hungary, whose birth date is uncertain, but who died in 1038. Stephen was the King of Hungary who established numerous dioceses and monasteries. He had a special concern for the needy. St. John Eudes (1601 – 1680) cared for plague victims in his early years and later founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, commonly called the Eudists. This group was devoted to founding seminaries to provide better education for priests. John Eudes stressed devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. August 20th is the memorial of St. Bernard (1090 – 1153) who was the abbot of the famous monastery of Clairvaux. He was responsible for setting up monasteries in France, Britain, and Ireland. Bernard is a Doctor of the Church known for his writings on spirituality. August 21st is the memorial of St. Pius X, who admittedly is not one of my favorite saints. The upside of Pius X is that he promoted frequent communion and lowered the age for children receiving communion. Pius X was also involved in reforming the liturgy and revising the Roman Breviary. The downside of Pius X, which is rarely mentioned in books about the saints, is that he did a great deal to discourage the Catholic biblical movement, forbidding scripture scholars to publish articles and books. Among those he treated poorly was Fr. Lagrange, a devoted priest who is really the pioneer of Catholic biblical scholarship. In addition to forbidding Legrange to publish articles and books which would have advanced the biblical movement among Catholics, many priests who had an interest in Scripture abandoned their studies because of Pius X’s repressive policies. Pius X basically had little knowledge of the Scripture techniques himself. Pius X was also difficult on world leaders and refused to meet U. S. president Teddy Roosevelt. St. Rose of Lima (1586 – 1617) chose a life of celibacy marked by penitential disciplines and service to the poor. She is the first person of the Americas to be canonized. August 28th is the memorial of St. Augustine and August 27th is the memorial of his mother, St. Monica. Monica prayed and fasted for her son, Augustine, who in his early life, had a live-in girlfriend and fathered a child outside of marriage. Through his mother’s prayers, and his contact with St. Ambrose, Augustine turned his life around and became a leading theologian of the church and the author of spiritual classics.

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.

Big Money Bingo at Good Shepherd Church

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, August 17 to Sunday, August 24

Faith Formation – Registration Form for 2014-2015 & Handbook for 2014-2015

The Registration Form and Handbook are now available on the “Downloads” page of our website.

Ministry Schedules – New schedules available

Ministry Schedules for July through September are available on the “Downloads” page of our website for Extraordinary Ministers, Altar Servers, Lectors, and Greeters.

From Our Music Ministry: Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections (June 15, 2014 to August 15, 2014; and *NEW* - August 17, 2014 to October 5, 2014.)

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.