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Announcements for February 22

Click here for this week’s bulletin (PDF) and here for the archive of past bulletins. For parish bulletin announcements as a web page…

Lenten Events Schedule

Stations of the Cross – 6:30 p.m. Each Friday during Lent beginning Friday, February 20
Lenten Supper in Good Shepherd Rm – 7 p.m. Each Friday after the Stations beginning Friday, February 20
Reconciliation Service:  March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Please take note:  There will be no 5:30 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday.

Lenten Fasting and Abstinence

The penitential season of Lent, and Good Friday (April 3) are days for fasting and abstinence. In addition, all of the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Abstinence means abstaining from meat, and applies to all Catholics who are at least 14 years old. Fasting applies to all Catholics who are at least 18 years old, but not yet 59. Fasting means that a person can have only one full, meatless meal.
In all cases, common sense should prevail; and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.

Joel 2:12 Scripture Cards and Stones

This weekend is the First Sunday of Lent, there will be scripture cards in the pews available for you to take home as a reminder of this holy season. We are highlighting the first line of the first reading on Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:12, which states: “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart.”
There are still Lenten Reminder Stones available in the basket on the Baptismal Font. Both the cards and the stones are ways we will have, in our pockets, purses, cars or homes, to remember to keep our focus on the love of God throughout this holy season. To “return to God” means to come home to God in every day, and in every part of our day. This Lent, let’s remember that “the world is charged with the grandeur of God,” and learn better how to spend our lives in and through that presence. Remember to take home a stone and a scripture card. Happy Lent!

We Are Family!

At special times, which are coming up soon, members of our church family who do not regularly come to pray with us will be here, and will further enliven our prayer and add to the energy and activity in the church. Specifically on Easter Sunday, April 5. We would like to be prepared for this extra influx of prayer and energy in the most hospitable way that we can be. Therefore, we are inviting anyone who is able to greet at the doors of the church on Easter to contact Joan Vos in the Parish Center. We especially encourage students, and families with children, single parents, single people, or couples. Come and join the fun and bring your smiles and open hearts. Let’s make Good Shepherd the most hospitable church on the planet

Date Change: Tuesdays with Mary, February 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Mary Mother of God Our Blessed Mother for Everyday

Earthly Living: Untying the Strong Woman
These monthly Tuesday sessions will be an opportunity for participants to connect with the holiness of God, in and through Mary, the Mother of God. The group on Tuesday will be discussing, “The Flight into Egypt.”
For further information please contact Joan Vos at (310) 285-5425.

Cantribution Sunday:  February 28 & March 1

Let’s Go Over The Top!
Please bring your bag of nonperishable goods to the Parish Hall or the Parish Office by this Wednesday, March. 4 to help those in need.
Items needed are: canned goods of all kinds, fruits, bags of rice, beans, vegetables, pastas, tuna, fruit juices, baby food, diapers, peanut butter, jam/jelly, breakfast cereals, toiletries for men and women, boxes of items to be put in lunch bags for children. Thank you for caring and for your loving generosity.

Parish Student Choir

For students ages 9-14 – Grades 3-8
Rehearsals on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Office Building
Next rehearsal is February 24. The choir will be singing at the Sunday, March 1, Mass at 12:30 p.m. Choir Pizza party after Mass

Get On The Bus – White Elephant/Book Sale

Our annual fund-raiser for Get on the Bus is scheduled for the weekend of March 6 – 7 after each Mass. This is a good time to start an early Spring cleaning, sort through what you haven’t used in a while (or will never use) and donate these items to help us transportation funds.
Start bringing your donated items, such as usable clothes, pots and pans, electronics, trinkets and books, to the church office or parish hall. Thank you for continued support of the Get on the Bus Program!

Mark your calendar…

Get on the Bus Mother’s Day Card Sale – April 25 – 26 & May 2 – 3

Get on the Bus Volunteers!

Come meet our new coordinators for Get on the Bus.
Betty Nguyen – Melanie Overby – David Trevino
After the 12:30 pm Mass this weekend in the Parish Hall. Welcome them, courage them, offer your help and support. That them know we are a parish alive with energy and vitality.
Let them know by your overwhelming response that our parish is proud to be part of Get on the Bus.
For more info on Get on the Bus, visit their website:  getonthebus.us

Teen Confirmation Movie Night
23 Blast

Friday, March 27, 7:15 p.m. at Good Shepherd School
148 S. Linden Dr. Beverly Hills, 90212
Full Service Movie & Dinner!
Please join us Friday, March 27, 7:15 p.m. for our Teen Confirmation Movie Night! Come enjoy a showing of the inspirational movie 23 Blast (PG-13), and a full service dinner featuring LA’s famous Tito’s Tacos. Just come, sit, and enjoy the show! All proceeds will go to The Freeman Foundation and The National Federation of the Blind.
Movie: $15 Minimum Donation
Movie & Dinner Suggested Donation $25 – $30
Cash or Check made payable to Good Shepherd Church
Here is the Freeman Foundation info:
http://www.travisfreeman.org/about-the-foundation/

Interested In The Catholic Church?

Have you been thinking about becoming a Catholic or you just know God may be knocking at you heart?
What if I’m Baptized but would like to complete my Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation – is this night for me also? Yes, we welcome each and all of you. This is a night for your questions, your concerns.
The door is always open and God waits to see you.
Inquiry Nights continue on Mondays March 16.
For more information please call Sr. Virginia at 310.285.5425

Habitat for Humanity – Catholic Build
Help Create a Needy Family’s New Home

Habitat for Humanity is an amazing organization that works with financially challenged families to provide a hand up into home ownership. Each family works on their home as well as is trained in budgeting, fiscal responsibility and home upkeep, and has a mortgage they will repay.
We have the opportunity to organize a group to work on a house in Lynwood or Long Beach, but we need a team of at least 25 volunteers (16 or older) and a group leader. We will construct part of someone’s house – we could be roofing, painting or doing landscaping – it’s whatever they need done at that point in the build. But don’t panic – there will be experts there to guide you if you’ve never put up drywall! It is a very physical 8 – 3:30 day – but one that’s also Very Rewarding!
Saturdays are available in April if we can get a committed team pulled together (date is flexible).
If you might be interested in being a group leader or in volunteering for this wonderful outreach
project, please contact outreach@gsbh.org a soon as possible. If enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details.

You Are Invited!

To what? When? How?
Each Sunday morning, refreshments are served in our Parish Hall after the three morning Masses.
Who serves? Who refreshes the table? That’s where you come in!
Help once a month or twice a month, at one Mass or all 3.
Serve as:  A single person, A couple, A ministry and A family
Come on board! Enjoy the fellowship!
It is a delightful experience! Do not miss this opportunity.
Please call the Parish office at (310) 285-5425 this week and let them know you can hardly wait to be of service.

Wake Up! Parish Family!

Did you hear the news? Did you take your copy of “Our Parish Life Directory?”
This brochure shows you the ministries and groups in our parish. And there will be more news coming out in the weeks ahead.
Giving of one self, gives you more Life, more Zest in your being! In other words, we Come Alive! Come On, Parish Family—Let’s set the world on fire with love! So check out where you can give of yourself and pick up your phone, email, and get going! Tomorrow & Tomorrow is too late!
For more information please call the Parish Office (310) 285-5425.

Events Planner for the Parish

Enjoy planning events for the Parish such as potlucks, dance night, game nights, barbecues, holiday events – the possibilities are wide open.
– You meet other people and make new friends
– When event is over, you have a great sense of satisfaction
– You bring out the best in each other, because you use the talents God gave you
For more information, please contact Sr. Virginia at vstehly@gsbh.org or call 310.285.5425.

Can’t find your checkbook or envelope Sunday morning?

Join the parishioners who are using Faith Direct for automated giving to Church of the Good Shepherd. It is secure, convenient and Faith Direct will provide you an offertory card to place in the basket during the collections. There is no cost to you, and the program provides a great benefit to our parish. Sign up today by visiting www.faithdirect.net, our parish code is CA461.

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Together In Mission

Last Sunday, Deacon Jim Carper,  gave the homily at all Masses. Launching from the message of the Scripture readings, which call us to be instruments of Jesus compassion and healing touch, he led all of us in considering a generous pledge to Together in Mission as a way of say to the Lord “Whatever it takes to fulfill Your mission” rather than the often-heard “Whatever . . .” accompanied by a shrug of the shoulders.

Deacon Jim is DMD (Director of Mission and Development) at Holy Name of Jesus School in Los Angeles, and is pictured above with students from the school. (We had a lot to reminisce about because I was assigned there as an associate pastor in the early 1980s.)

Here’s his homily:

Together in Mission supports 81 parishes and 63 schools in every region of the Archdiocese – and we’re the only Annual Appeal program in the country that dedicates every dollar to assisting parishes and schools that need it. Your gift enables us to provide essential resources and ministries that enrich parish life, strengthen families, advance Church leadership and inspire and educate future generations of our faith.

If you have not yet made a pledge to Together in Mission, you can easily do so online here. Be sure to put Good Shepherd Parish, Beverly Hills, where it says Select a Parish.

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Announcements for February 14-15

Click here for this week’s bulletin (PDF) and here for the archive of past bulletins. For parish bulletin announcements as a web page…

Date Change:Tuesdays with Mary, February 24,
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Mary Mother of God Our Blessed Mother for Everyday Earthly Living:Untying the Strong Woman. These monthly Tuesday sessions will be an opportunity for participants to connect with the holiness of God, in and through Mary, the Mother of God. The group on Tuesday will be discussing, “The Flight into Egypt.” For further information please contact Joan Vos at (310) 285-5425.

Lenten Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday (February 18), which is the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, and Good Friday (April 3) are days for fasting and abstinence. In addition, all of the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Abstinence means abstaining from meat, and applies to all Catholics who are at least 14 years old. Fasting applies to all Catholics who are at least 18 years old, but not yet 59. Fasting means that a person can have only one full, meatless meal. Some food can be taken at the other regular meal times if necessary, but combined this food should be less than a full meal. Liquids are allowed at any time, but no solid food should be consumed between meals. In addition to those who are excused because of age, the following people are excused from fasting and abstinence: the physically or mentally ill; individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes; and pregnant or nursing women. In all cases, common sense should prevail; and ill

We Are Family!

At special times, which are coming up soon, members of our church family who do not regularly come to pray with us will be here, and will further enliven our prayer and add to the energy and activity in the church. Two of these days specifically are Ash Wednesday, February 18, and Easter Sunday, April 5. We would like to be prepared for this extra influx of prayer and energy in the most hospitable way that we can be. Therefore, we are inviting anyone who is able to greet at the doors of the church on either or both of these two days to contact Joan Vos in the Parish Center. We especially encourage students, and families with children, single parents, single people, or couples. Come and join the fun and bring your smiles and open hearts. Let’s make Good Shepherd the most hospitable church on the planet!

Joel 2:12 Scripture Cards and Stones

Beginning the weekend of February 21-22, the First Sunday of Lent, there will be scripture cards in the pews available for you to take home as a reminder of this holy season. We are highlighting the first line of the first reading on Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:12, which states: “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart.” Beginning on February 18, Ash Wednesday, there will be stones at the entrances of the church which also have this scripture reference named. Both the cards and the stones are ways we will have, in our pockets, purses, cars or homes, to remember to keep our focus on the love of God throughout this holy season. To “return to God” means to come home to God in every day, and in every part of our day. This Lent, let’s remember that “the world is charged with the grandeur of God,” and learn better how to spend our lives in and through that presence. Remember to take home a stone and a scripture card. Happy Lent!

Before Mass Quiet Contemplation during the Season of Lent

All of our lives are so filled with sound, and often noise! The holy season of Lent calls us to simplify our lives so that we can see and hear clearly the love of God that surrounds us. As a means to help us reduce the noise of life, we are all invited to join in five minutes of quiet contemplation, sitting in the presence of God, before every Mass during the season of Lent. The church tradition during the season of Lent has always called each of us to the practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Perhaps these five minutes of contemplation before Mass would be a prime opportunity to fulfill the call to prayer as one of your Lenten promises this year. Why not consider coming to Mass early during this holy season, and join others in your parish family in these five minutes of quiet prayer.

The Divorced and Separated Support Group

We meets every third Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be February 19 at 7 PM at the Parish Center. Please feel free to join us for information, support, and community. For more information call Rebecca 310.402.6385.

RCIA News

Our Catechumens and Candidates are ready for the Rite of Election or Enrollment of Names. This will take place on Saturday, February 21 at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. This step is called election because with the testimony of their godparents, catechists, and RCIA Team, you the Church judges they are ready to advance to the Sacraments of Initiation. They will inscribe their names in the book that lists those who have been chosen for Initiation. They will be on retreat Saturday afternoon in preparation for this rite. Please pray for them ~ they count on your love, prayers, and support. As of this day they will be known as the elect.

Prime Generation 3rd Annual Pot Luck Oscar Party 2015

It is on Sunday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m. Space is limited, so please RSVP by Thursday, February 19 by filling out & submitting the form at: http://goo.gl/77wcai. Remember to indicate what dish you will be bringing and how many people your dish will serve. Beverages are always plentiful, so let’s concentrate on the bites! You will receive a confirmation notice after completing your RSVP Form and the location details will be emailed to you Friday, February 20. (To protect the privacy of our hostess, this information is only for your use; please do not share this information with anyone else). See you on the red carpet!

Get on the Bus Volunteers!

You are invited to attend a reception on Sunday, February 22. We will gather in the Parish Hall immediately after the 12:30 p.m. Mass. Come and meet your new Bus Coordinators: Betty Nguyen and Melanie Overby, assisted by David Trevino. In addition to thanking you for your continued volunteer service, we will organize schedules for the upcoming fund raisers that have been planned. Please email David at dtrevino@gsbh.org if you plan to attend the reception, so that refreshments can be arranged accordingly.
For more info on Get on the Bus, visit their website: getonthebus.us

White Elephant/Book Sale

Our annual fund-raiser for Get on the Bus is scheduled for the weekend of March 6 – 7 after each Mass. This is a good time to start an early Spring cleaning, sort through what you haven’t used in a while (or will never use) and donate these items to help us transportation funds. Start bringing your donated items, such as usable clothes, pots and pans, electronics, trinkets and books, to the church office or parish hall. Thank you for continued support of the Get on the Bus Program! Mark your calendar…
Get on the Bus Mother’s Day Card Sale – April 25 – 26 & May 2 – 3

Cantribution Sunday: February 28 & March 1

Let’s Go Over The Top! Please bring your bag of nonperishable goods to the Parish Hall or the Parish Office by this Wednesday, March. 4 to help those in need. Items needed are: canned goods of all kinds, fruits, bags of rice, beans, vegetables, pastas, tuna, fruit juices, baby food, diapers, peanut butter, jam/jelly, breakfast cereals, toiletries for men and women, boxes of items to be put in lunch bags for children. Thank you for caring and for your loving generosity.

Help Create a Needy Family’s New Home

Habitat for Humanity is an amazing organization that works with financially challenged families to provide a hand up into home ownership. Each family works on their home as well as is trained in budgeting, fiscal responsibility and home upkeep, and has a mortgage they will repay. We have the opportunity to organize a group to work on a house in Lynwood or Long Beach, but we need a team of at least 25 volunteers (16 or older) and a group leader. We will construct part of someone’s house — we could be roofing, painting or doing landscaping — it’s whatever they need done at that point in the build. But don’t panic — there will be experts there to guide you if you’ve never put up drywall! It is a very physical 8 – 3:30 day — but one that’s also Very Rewarding! Saturdays are available in April if we can get a committed team pulled together (date is flexible). If you might be interested in being a group leader or in volunteering for this wonderful outreach project, please contact outreach@gsbh.org as soon as possible. If enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details.

Friday, March 27  It’s Movie Night!

The Good Shepherd Confirmation Teens are sponsoring a movie night, with FOOD!, to raise awareness and money for the Freeman Foundation. The event will be Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Good Shepherd School. Please support our young people in their efforts to make a difference. Tickets are on sale at the church entrance. It’s a great movie! Inspirational for all ages! Here is the Freeman Foundation info: http://www.travisfreeman.org/about-the-foundation/

Interested In The Catholic Church?

Have you been thinking about becoming a Catholic or you just know God may be knocking at you heart? What if I’m Baptized but would like to complete my Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation – is this night for me also? Yes, we welcome each and all of you. This is a night for your questions, your concerns. The door is always open and God waits to see you. Inquiry Nights continue on Monday March 16.
For more information please call Sr. Virginia at 310.285.5425

Parish Student Choir

For students ages 9-14 – Grades 3-8. Rehearsals on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
in the Parish Center Office Building. There will be No Rehearsal February 17
Next rehearsal is February 24. The choir will be singing at the Sunday, March 1, Mass at 12:30 p.m. Choir Pizza party after Mass.

Sunday 5:30 p.m. Mass Small Ensemble

Would you consider joining Sunday 5:30 p.m. small ensemble? We rehearse on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. in church and then lead the music at the Mass immediately following. It is not a heavy time commitment and loads of fun! Good people and new friendships await you!
Call Joan Vos at the parish office, 310.285.5425 to add your name to the roster, or if you have any further questions.

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Announcements for February 8-9

Click here for this week’s bulletin (PDF) and here for the archive of past bulletins. For parish bulletin announcements as a web page…

Together In Mission

In today’s readings, we are told, “He tells the number of the stars; he calls each by name.” Though we are many, we are one Church. God calls each of us by name to offer our time, talents, and treasure to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Everything we have is a gift from God, which we are called upon to share. When we give generously, our life is most like His. You are the one who can provide parishes and schools with the resources they need. Your gift can be the one that allows a priest to serve communities in need. It can help a school make essential repairs for the safety of their students. It can enable parishioners to have a place to celebrate Mass. The strength of the Church is not in numbers, but in love. Your contribution, large or small, is the one that matters. During all Masses next weekend, we will conduct the in-pew process for the collection of gifts & pledges to this year’s appeal. God bless you for your generous response and support to those in need.

Palms to Ashes

We are all invited to bring back our palms, from Palm Sunday last year, to church next weekend, Feb 14-15, and place them in baskets that will be at all of the entrances of the church. The palms collected will then be burned after the 5:30 PM Mass next Sunday, Feb 15, and the ashes accumulated will be used on Ash Wednesday, Feb 18th. You are most welcome to join the ceremony of burning the ashes next Sunday evening. This will take place on the patio area behind the rectory.

Joel 2:12 Scripture Cards

Beginning the weekend of February 21-22, the First Sunday of Lent,there will be scripture cards in the pews available for you to take home as a reminder of this holy season. We are highlighting the first line of the first reading on Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:12, which states: “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart.” Beginning on February 18, Ash Wednesday, there will be stones at the entrances of the church which also have this scripture reference named. Both the cards and the stones are ways we will have, in our pockets, purses, cars or homes, to remember to keep our focus on the love of God throughout this holy season. To “return to God” means to come home to God in every day, and in every part of our day. This Lent, let’s remember that “the world is charged with the grandeur of God,” and learn better how to spend our lives in and through that presence. Remember to take home a stone and a scripture card. Happy Lent!

Before Mass Quiet Contemplation during the Season of Lent

All of our lives are so filled with sound, and often noise! The holy season of Lent calls us to simplify our lives so that we can see and hear clearly the love of God that surrounds us. As a means to help us reduce the noise of life, we are all invited to join in five minutes of quiet contemplation, sitting in the presence of God, before every Mass during the season of Lent. The church tradition during the season of Lent has always called each of us to the practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Perhaps these five minutes of contemplation before Mass would be a prime opportunity to fulfill the call to prayer as one of your Lenten promises this year. Why not consider coming to Mass early during this holy season, and join others in your parish family in these five minutes of quiet prayer before Mass?

Interested In The Catholic Church?

Have you been thinking about becoming a Catholic or you just know God may be knocking at you heart? What if I’m Baptized but would like to complete my Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation – is this night for me also? Yes, we welcome each and all of you. This is a night for your questions, your concerns. The door is always open and God waits to see you.
Inquiry Nights continue Mondays, February 9 and March 16. For more information please call Sr. Virginia at 310.285.5425.

We Are Family!

At special times, which are coming up soon, members of our church family who do not regularly come to pray with us will be here, and will further enliven our prayer and add to the energy and activity in the church. Two of these days specifically are Ash Wednesday, February 18, and Easter Sunday, April 5. We would like to be prepared for this extra influx of prayer and energy in the most hospitable way that we can be. Therefore, we are inviting anyone who is able to greet at the doors of the church on either or both of these two days to contact Joan Vos in the Parish Center. We especially encourage students, and families with children, single parents, single people, or couples. Come and join the fun and bring your smiles and open hearts. Let’s make Good Shepherd the most hospitable church on the planet!

Celebration Time! Valentine’s Day!

Come one, come all for those who are feeling young at heart! Our Senior Group meeting and luncheon will be Saturday, February 14 at 11 a.m. This will include a musical program! Lunch donation $10 and it’s important to call the parish office to reserve your place 310.285.5425. Don’t miss this wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!!!

Wake Up! Parish Family!

Did you hear the news? Did you take your copy of “Our Parish Life Directory?”
This brochure shows you the ministries and groups in our parish. And there will be more news coming out in the weeks ahead. Giving of one self, gives you more Life, more Zest in your being! In other words, we COME ALIVE! Come On, Parish Family—Let’s set the world on fire with love! So check out where you can give of yourself and pick up your phone, email, and get going! Tomorrow & Tomorrow is too late! For more information please call the Parish Office 310.285.5425.

Help Create a Needy Family’s New Home

Habitat for Humanity is an amazing organization that works with financially challenged families to provide a hand up into home ownership. Each family works on their home as well as is trained in budgeting, fiscal responsibility and home upkeep, and has a mortgage they will repay. We have the opportunity to organize a group to work on a house in Lynwood or Long Beach, but we need a team of at least 25 volunteers (16 or older) and a group leader. We will construct part of someone’s house — we could be roofing, painting or doing landscaping — it’s whatever they need done at that point in the build. But don’t panic — there will be experts there to guide you if you’ve never put up drywall! It is a very physical 8 – 3:30 day — but one that’s also Very Rewarding! Saturdays are available in April if we can get a committed team pulled together (date is flexible). If you might be interested in being a group leader or in volunteering for this wonderful outreach project, please contact outreach@gsbh.org as soon as possible. If enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details.

Beverly Hills Meals on Wheels !!Volunteers Needed!!

Did you know the leadership of this group said, “We get the Best Help from Good Shepherd and they are “The Most Dependable.” The BH Meals on Wheels needs You!
To do what: Drive and deliver meals to Homebound Seniors in the area.
Time & Days: 10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday – Friday, You can choose your day or days you wish to help. For more information please call Pat Jacobson at 310.423.3517.

Sunday 5:30 p.m. Mass Small Ensemble

Our small ensemble of musicians at the Sunday 5:30 p.m. Mass has served our community well this past year. As we continue into another year we are in need of more singers. Do you like to sing? Would you consider joining us? We rehearse on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. in church and then lead the music at the Mass immediately following. It is not a heavy time commitment and loads of fun! Good people and new friendships await you! Call Joan Vos at the parish office, 310.285.5425 to add your name to the roster, or if you have any further questions.

Church of the Good Shepherd Parish Student Choir

For students ages 9-14 – Grades 3-8. Rehearsals on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.in the Parish Center Office Building, Rehearsal Dates: February 10, 17, 24. The choir will be singing at the Sunday, March 1, Mass at 12:30 p.m. Please encourage your child to join.

Get on the Bus

The wheels are in motion for Get on the Bus (GOTB) May 30, 2015. GOTB is a program that unites children with their incarcerated parents for Mother’s and Father’s Day weekend by providing free transportation on the day of the event. Last May 31, 2014, 14 families visited their fathers at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) in San Luis Obispo for an early Father’s Day. It went very well thanks to you! “Thanks to me,” you may ask? Yes! We could not secure transportation or provide travel gifts and visiting materials without your generosity. Your continued support would be greatly appreciated. Mark your calendars for these upcoming annual
GOTB Fundraisers:
March 7 – 8: White Elephant and Book Sale
April 25 – 26 & May 2 – 3: Mother’s Day Card Sale
For more info on Get on the Bus, visit their website: getonthebus.us

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Announcements for February 1st

Click here for this week’s bulletin (PDF) and here for the archive of past bulletins. For parish bulletin announcements as a web page…

Cantribution Sunday is this weekend
January 31 – February 1: Let’s Go Over The Top!

Please bring your bag of nonperishable goods to the Parish Hall or the Parish Office by this Wednesday, Feb. 4 to help those in need. Items needed are: canned goods of all kinds, fruits, bags of rice, beans, vegetables, pastas, tuna, fruit juices, baby food, diapers, peanut butter, jam/jelly, breakfast cereals, toiletries for men and women, boxes of items to be put in lunch bags for children. Thank you for caring and for your loving generosity.

Parish Family News!

Let’s wake up, encourage one another to get on board.
When we give of ourselves, we have more life, more zest in our being and besides that, giving of yourself is giving who you are to be of service to Jesus by serving others.
This weekend you will receive a copy of “Our Parish Life Directory.” This brochure shows you all the events, happenings in our Parish. Please keep it handy and pick up your phone, email and take the step to be involved.
Please call Sr. Virginia at the Parish Office (310) 285-5425 for the choice you have made.

2015 Year of Consecrated Life World Day

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church this Monday, February 2, 2015 and in parishes on the weekend of February 7-8, 2015. Please pray for all those who have made commitments to the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day.
May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.
Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life: O God, throughout the ages You have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give You thanks for these courageous witnesses of faith and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to You. Continue to enrich Your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Together In Mission

Our Holy Father Pope Francis has enlivened the Church to renew our spirit of evangelization. Through their ministries and education supported by funds provided by Together in Mission, recipient parishes and schools are doing just that, reaching out to their communities and making the message of God’s love known to those around them.
The funds we collect will directly benefit more than 250,000 of our Catholic brethren, and ensure our parishes and schools remain centers of faith and hope for their surrounding communities. Archbishop Gomez will soon be sending letters to those that have generously given to Together in Mission in the past. If you receive this letter, we ask you renew your support.
May God bless you for your generous support of this year’s appeal.

Celebrate your union at the World Marriage Day Mass 2015

Sunday, February 8, at 10 a.m. (English) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)
World Marriage Day honors husband and wife as head of the family, for the beauty of their faithfulness, and the sacrifice and joy in daily married life. Couples celebrating significant wedding anniversaries such as their 25th, 50th, 60th (or more) are invited to World Marriage Day Mass for a special recognition and blessing by the celebrant.
The World Married Day masses will take place the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 on Sunday, February 8th at 10 a.m. in English and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish.
For more information please call (213) 680-5209 or visit us at www.olgcathedral.org

Thank You from Professional Entertainment Fellowship

Thank you to all who attended, helped out and blessed the Professional Entertainment Fellowship with their presence Sunday night.
It was a well-attended meeting, with a spirited discussion, kept on the spiritual track by our own Father Tom Welbers.
We look forward to our next meeting on Sunday, March 29th with our next Guest Speaker to be revealed soon!
And, The Professional Entertainment Fellowship would like to congratulate our past Guest Speaker, Michael Harney on his much-deserved win in the ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Television’ category at the SAG awards last Sunday night!
We here at Good Shepherd are all so proud and honored to have had the opportunity to hear him share his journey in faith and entertainment with us last fall. Continued success, Michael!

Young at Heart Celebrates!

Come one, come all for those who are feeling young at heart!
Our Senior Group meeting and luncheon will be February 14th at 11 a.m. and it is also Valentines Day, which includes a musical program and lunch. Please call the Parish Office to reserve your place (310) 285-5425.

For Your Security And Safety . . .

We have just completed the installation of surveillance cameras in the church and various locations around the parish property. Sadly, in this day and age, if we are to maintain a safe and welcoming environment where all can pray and find peace, we have to monitor the church and other public areas of our campus in case of disturbances of any kind. Hospitality and security have to go hand in hand. Fr. Tom

Sunday 5:30 p.m. Mass Small Ensemble

Our small ensemble of musicians at the Sunday 5:30 p.m. Mass has served our community well this past year.
We thank the members for their dedication and service: Instrumentalists Ken, Ryan and Joe, and vocalists Maureen and Linda.
As we continue into another year we are in need of more singers. Do you like to sing? Would you consider joining us? We rehearse on Sundays at 4:30 p.m.in church and then lead the music at the Mass immediately following. It is not a heavy time commitment and loads of fun! Good people and new friendships await you!
Call Joan Vos at the parish office, (310) 285-5425 to add your name to the roster, or if you have any further questions.

Church of the Good Shepherd Parish Student Choir
For students ages 9-14 – Grades 3-8

The Parish Student Choir is directed by Nick Kenworthy-Browne, Good Shepherd parishioner and member of Music Ministry and Leadership Council.
Rehearsals on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Office Building, Conference Room 3, 504 N. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills
Rehearsal Dates:
February 3, 10, 17, 24
The Parish Student Choir will be singing for the following masses: 12:30 p.m. Mass on Sundays: February 1 and March 1
Parents are encouraged to sing with us on these Sundays.Please encourage your child to join. Partaking in these sort of activities helps on their high school applications, and is great fun!

Interested In The Catholic Church?

Have you been thinking about becoming a Catholic or you just know God may be knocking at you heart?
What if I’m Baptized but would like to complete my Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation – is this night for me also? Yes, we welcome each and all of you. This is a night for your questions, your concerns.
The door is always open and God waits to see you.
Inquiry Nights continue Mondays, February 9th and March 16th. For more information please call Sr. Virginia at (310) 285 – 5425.

Married Couples…prepare your hearts for Easter in a special way!

Experience a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend this Lent and return with a refreshed relationship, full of hope and joy. Renew your Sacrament and love now!
Weekends take place in a local hotel and all sharing is private with your spouse. Presentations made by married couples and a priest, teach valuable communication tools and much more! Our next weekend is March 20-22 in Torrance. We strongly encourage signups by February 20 to reserve your spot! Learn more about us!
Visit www.ilovemyspouse.net to apply or contact Sarah & Jacob Flores at (562) 923-7335 or Ginny & Boon Hazboun at (562) 760-6277.

Help Create a Needy Family’s New Home

Habitat for Humanity is an amazing organization that works with financially challenged families to provide a hand up into home ownership. Each family works on their home as well as is trained in budgeting, fiscal responsibility and home upkeep, and has a mortgage they will repay.
We have the opportunity to organize a group to work on a house in Lynwood or Long Beach, but we need a team of at least 25 volunteers (16 or older) and a group leader. We will construct part of someone’s house — we could be roofing, painting or doing landscaping — it’s whatever they need done at that point in the build. But don’t panic — there will be experts there to guide you if you’ve never put up drywall! It is a very physical 8 – 3:30 day — but one that’s also Very Rewarding!
Saturdays are available in April if we can get a committed team pulled together (date is flexible).
If you might be interested in being a group leader or in volunteering for this wonderful outreach project, please contact outreach@gsbh.org as soon as possible. If enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details.

Get on the Bus

The wheels are in motion for Get on the Bus (GOTB) May 30, 2015. GOTB is a program that unites children with their incarcerated parents for Mother’s and Father’s Day weekend by providing free transportation on the day of the event.
Last May 31, 2014, 14 families visited their fathers at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) in San Luis Obispo for an early Father’s Day. It went very well thanks to you!
“Thanks to me,” you may ask? Yes! We could not secure transportation or provide travel gifts and visiting materials without your generosity. Your continued support would be greatly appreciated. Mark your calendars for these upcoming annual GOTB Fundraisers:
March 7 – 8 White Elephant and Book Sale
April 25 – 26 & May 2 – 3 Mother’s Day Card Sale.
For more info on Get on the Bus, visit their website: getonthebus.us

First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Come to First Saturday, February 7th, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the Spirituality of Saint John Paul II.
Come to Pray the Rosary
Consecration Mass
Teaching of Saints John Paul II
Healing Prayer with a First Class Relic of St. John Paul II
Date: Every First Saturday of the Month
Location: Our Lady of the Bright Mount Parish
Address: 3424 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
For more information, please contact: Brother Mauricio at (323) 404-1621 or email mauriciototustuus@hotmail.com

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