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.

From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

November is the month of praying for the departed. During this month, we are especially encouraged to pray for the departed. The custom of praying for the faithful departed is based on the 2nd Book of Maccabees, chapter 12, verses 43 and following. This book was one of the first to express belief in the resurrection of the dead. It was written in the second century. The early Christians prayed for the departed, though we do not have explicit passages in the New Testament. Christians believed that, somehow, our prayers hastened the eternal union of their loved ones with God. St. Augustine especially urged people to pray for the faithful departed. Masses were viewed as another way to hasten loved ones’ union with God. Purgatory is the condition or state of a person who, while not rejecting God, is partially alienated from Him. The official teaching of the Church does not specifically teach that Purgatory is a place or process. The idea of Purgatory as a place comes from medieval art, not Church teaching. The Reformers completely rejected Purgatory. The indulgences that were sometimes related to Purgatory also turned Protestants off. The idea of Purgatory as a “penal colony” also came from the Middle Ages. The worst way we can view Purgatory is as a “short term hell.” Most moderns reject the material fire associated with Purgatory and think of Purgatory as a burning desire for union with God and a recognition that we are responsible for not being united with God at the time of our biological death. Protestants, for the most part, believe that Christ’s redeeming death is sufficient for cleansing all sin and that Purgatory is superfluous.

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.

Interested in joining Good Shepherd Parish Family?

We welcome you and are happy you’re here!

Good Shepherd Church is a warm and welcoming family of faith that offers many opportunities to enrich spiritual life, reach out to those in need, liturgical education and to belong to the family of Christ. Regardless of where you are in your journey of faith, you are welcomed and embraced in Good Shepherd Parish family.

How to get started…

  • Contact the Good Shepherd Parish office to register
  • Contact Good Shepherd Church via parish email at gsch@ptd.net
  • Bookmark our parish website: www.goodshepherd-drums.org
  • Take and read a copy of our weekly parish bulletin
  • Talk with Maryanna Portamento about our parish opportunities to become involved in at least one ministry or event
  • Take home a copy of our parish brochure located in our church foyer.

Please take time to discover this warm and energetic parish community!

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, November 19 to Sunday, November 26

Ministry Schedules

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

From Our Music Ministry

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.