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Announcements for July 4-5

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God Bless America

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July weekend.

May we light the fire of love as Jesus did, by our caring actions to one another.

Welcome, Fr. Ed Benioff!

We, your parish family, are happy to welcome you Home to Church of the Good Shepherd as our new pastor! Our prayers, love, open arms and hearts are with you and ready to serve as you lead us into a new era. May God bless you.

Thank You

Thank you so much for your wonderful greetings and gifts on the occasion of my retirement. I will try to answer each one personally, but that will take several weeks after I move in to Nazareth House, which is occupying most of my time and attention right now.
With deep appreciation and love,
Fr. Tom Welbers
Visit my website. http://tomwelbers.net and subscribe to my Newsletter.

Cantribution Weekend is this weekend, July 4-5!

You outdid yourselves last month! Let’s do it again this weekend.
Pantry donation guide:
canned meats and fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, fresh produce, pasta, crackers, canned sauce, beans and rice, vegetable oil, cereal, soup and broth
Please do not include items that have expired or items that are packaged in glass containers. All your gifts of bags go to St. Joseph’s Center in Venice. They are so grateful to us for our monthly donations. We were told that our parish was their most reliable, constant contributor. Let’s keep up our great spirit of generosity! If you cannot bring it this weekend, bring a bag of canned goods to the office when you can.
Thank you for your loving generous gifts.
God blesses you.

Calling all Young Adults

You, yes, you are needed. This is your moment!
Date & Time: Thursday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Parish Center
Who is invited?: You! Young men and women that are new to the parish, or have been here a long time. Do not miss this chance to share your hopes, dreams and desires to make something come alive here at Good Shepherd for you. Each and every person who calls themselves a young adult, married or single, should attend. Do you have the courage to gather your friends? New and Active parishioners, please step forward and come share your wisdom.

I’m New Here in the Parish!

I am new here in the parish, desiring to make friends, get acquainted and, feel at home. What should I do? Where can I go? Is there something I can do? Or, a group I can meet and feel like I belong? If this is you, we welcome you! One of our Parish Staff members would love to meet you. Please call the Parish Office (310) 285-5425 and/or contact Sister Virginia at the Office.

Looking for a place to be helpful?

You have found it! Please read on:
Martha’s Kitchen—each Friday morning, 6:30 –10:30 a.m. help is needed to serve breakfast to the poor and homeless among us. Refreshments served after the Sunday morning Masses. Always in need of persons to set up, serve and clean up. This is also a wonderful experience to get acquainted with other parishioners. The joy and laughter that lights up the room during these delightful mornings is contagious. Come and find out! Serve as a family, a couple, or as a single person. Come, give of yourself and be happy!
For more information, please contact the Parish office at (310) 285-5425 or, see Margaret on a Sunday morning in the Parish Hall during that time.

Our Year with God’s Word

Now that the busyness of the Easter season and all different age group graduations have finished, we can turn our focus to our declaration of “Our Year with God’s Word” here in the parish. The year runs from Easter Sunday 2015 to Easter Sunday 2016. It was inspired by the Saint John’s Bible, which is the first hand inscribed and illuminated bible in the last 500 years. It was a project of St. John’s College and Monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota. In the spirit of this work, we are offering some fun summertime events.

On Saturday, July 11 (the feast of St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine order which established and maintains St. John’s College and Monastery, as well as the publishing house, Liturgical Press), in the Good Shepherd Room of the Parish Center from 10 – 11:30 a.m., we will be showing the film “The Illuminator,” which aired on BBC in 2011 and is the story of the main artist and calligrapher, Donald Jackson (head scribe to Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family), and his journey to becoming the main artist and supervisor of the St. John’s Bible project. After the film, we will be given a simple demonstration of calligraphy by Ricardo Abellan, one of our parishioners (10:30 usher).

Some of the art pieces in the St. John’s Bible are in the style of iconography, so on the following Saturday, July 18 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, we will be watching some other brief film clips about the St. John’s Bible, and these will be followed by a demonstration of iconography offered by another parishioner (and parish wedding team coordinator), Mary Anne Cosgrove, who is an artist and iconographer. We hope you can join us. Please call the parish office to reserve your space. Thank you.

Save the Date! Sunday, July 19

Immigration Mass 2015
Last year, thousands came from the Archdioceses of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino to fill the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants.
Please join us this year on Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. for Mass with Archbishop Gomez.

Prayer for Our Family

Loving God, help me to always work for the dignity of all my brothers and sisters, including immigrants, for all of us are citizens of Your family.
May I live out my commitment to attend a Mass in celebration of our common membership of Your family at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. with Archbishop José Gomez. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

Meditation

The Meditation Group meets three times a week. Please come, join us and experience great moments of serenity through Meditation. We meet in the Sacred Heart Chapel, located in the Parish Center.
Tuesday: 7 – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday: 9 – 10 a.m.

Rosary

The Rosary is being recited Tuesdays immediately after the Noon Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel located in the Parish Center, from 12:45 – 1:15 p.m. All are welcome.

Children’s Liturgy Of The Word

We will be on a summer break for the month of July. Please look forward to the start-up on Sunday, August 2. For more information and/or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Wendy Rappé at (310) 285-5425.

Did You Know?

Help children be aware of unhealthy behavior among others. Children have more opportunities to be out of your immediate sight during the summer. It’s important to remind your child that if another child or adult – including people they know and trust – try to touch them inappropriately they should: Say no and get away from any person or situation that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused. Tell them to trust their feelings and be sure to tell a trusted adult. And it’s never too late to tell a trusted adult what happened. For a copy of the article called “Know the Rules…Summer Safety Tips to Teach Children” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, email:  jvienna@la-archdiocese.org

Thinking about becoming a Catholic and/or Completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

Then, I invite you to read on and save the date!
The Inquiry Sessions begins on September 9th, 7 – 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Did you know Jesus’ love will find you? Will you have the courage to accept the invitation?
For more information, please call Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or email vstehly@gsbh.org or Penny at (310) 739-8762.

Help Create a Needy Family’s New Home

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 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. day — but one that’s also very rewarding! We will also need to raise about $2,500 to help with the house build. If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful outreach project, please contact Milkah LoScalzo as soon as possible. Our Build Date is Saturday, August 15.
When enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details.
For more information please contact Milkah at (310) 975-4519 or e-mail milkahdl@gmail.com

Husbands, give your wife a special gift!
Plan a weekend away just for the two of you!

Enrich your marriage by attending the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on August 7-9, 2015. Weekends fill up quickly, so we strongly encourage signups by July 1 to reserve your spot. Apply Online at www.ilovemyspouse.net or contact Sarah and Jacob Flores at (562) 923-7335 or Ginny & Boon Hazboun at (562) 861-7562 for more details.

Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio

An English speaking Catholic radio is on the air each day at KHJ 930 AM and reaches over 15 million people.
888-887-7120 / www.ihradio.com
We also have two online music streams:
immaculateheartmusic.com/ contemporary Christian music with Catholic values
immaculateheartsacredmusic.com sacred music
Parish Ambassador needed. A Parish Ambassador is one that will help raise awareness and get the word out in our Parish Community that Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio does exist. If you wish to get involved and become the Parish Ambassador, please call the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425 for more details.

Did You Know?

Help children be aware of unhealthy behavior among others.
Children have more opportunities to be out of your immediate sight during the summer. It’s important to remind your child that if another child or adult – including people they know and trust – try to touch them inappropriately they should: Say no and get away from any person or situation that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused. Tell them to trust their feelings and be sure to tell a trusted adult. And it’s never too late to tell a trusted adult what happened. For a copy of the article called “Know the Rules…Summer Safety Tips to Teach Children” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, email:  jvienna@la-archdiocese.org

Are You Being Called To Become A Deacon?

Diaconate Formation Office:
Information Meeting for Men Interested in the Permanent Diaconate Sunday July 19, 2015
The Diaconate Formation Office will be hosting an information meeting for all men who are interested in finding out more about becoming a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Members of the Archdiocesan Diaconate Formation Office will be present to explain the role of the deacon in the Church, to explain the Diaconate Formation Program, and to answer any questions that participants might have. Men must be between the ages of 30 and 60 years to enter the formation program. It is important for men who are married to attend with their wives. The next information meeting will be held on Sunday July 19, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Jerome Parish, 5550 Thornburn St., Los Angeles, 90045. For further information, please contact Mrs. Claudia Ortiz in the Diaconate Formation Office at (213) 637-7383 or, e-mail;  CAOrtiz@la-archdiocese.org
If you want to be first make yourself servant of all. (Mt. 20:27)

Young Adults

The Young Adults (18-39 years) will be meeting after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, July 19th for dinner at Panini Café in Beverly Hills. We will meet on the patio to walk over after Mass.

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Announcements for June 27-28,

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Farewell, Fr. Tom!

Goodbye

Today, it is time to say goodbye as I venture into retirement this week.
There is no such thing as retiring from the priesthood. I am and will remain a priest for the rest of my earthly days – after that, it’s all in God’s merciful hands. I have actively served as a priest in a variety of assignments for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 47 years. Now I’m finding it more and more difficult to balance the many leadership and management responsibilities of pastor, and very much need a simpler way of managing God’s gift of time.
In today’s Church, the time and energy of fewer numbers of priests have to be managed in a way that is most effective for the greater good, not merely stretched by piling on tasks. It is time for a much younger spirit to take the lead, and Fr. Ed Benioff, almost thirty years younger, is the perfect candidate. I trust that you will love and support him as you have me.
So, where am I going and what will I be doing?
I will live at Nazareth House, a lovely retirement community on the south end of Cheviot Hills. I will not be far. I plan to do as little as possible during the summer. I need to rest and to become accustomed to a new pace of life.
After a few months, I will begin to plan what my own ministry priorities will be: in what ways do I feel the Lord is calling me to be of service to his people. If the past can serve as a model for the future, this will probably involve some of the following:

● developing habits of prayer that can better nourish me and others to discern how God is working in our lives through spiritual direction;
● pursuing my own study programs of our history and heritage as Christians, as well as Scripture, liturgy and theology;
● vigorously engaging in teaching, writing, and other forms of communication through the wonders of the internet, simple video technology, and wide-ranging social media;
● leading pilgrimages to various places, including my beloved Early Christian World Pilgrimage to Turkey, which will mark its tenth anniversary next year;
● designing “virtual pilgrimages” in which I can lead others to drink from the spiritual wellsprings of significant places without actually having to go there;
● and perhaps more . . . or perhaps less . . . that’s up to God more than you or me.

If you want to stay in touch with me, please do so through my website, tomwelbers.net. All the information you’ll need will be there.
If you want me to stay in touch with you, I plan to write a regular (at least weekly) newsletter to keep you in touch with my comings and goings. You can also sign up for these regular emails at tomwelbers.net.
If you are interested in joining me on a pilgrimage, there are brochures around the church and in the hall. (It was also an insert in last Sunday’s bulletin.)
If my 47 years as a priest, I have had to say goodbye to about a dozen different communities. It is never easy, for me or for you. But, as a bit of each community still resides in my heart, so will you.

I love you.
Fr. Tom Welbers

Dear Father Tom,

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. ~ Ecclesiates: 3-1
God brings people into our lives sometimes for a Reason, sometimes for a Season or sometimes for a Lifetime. Regardless of the length of time we are given for a relationship, what matters is the impression and quality it has made upon our lives and our community.
When you walked through the doors of The Church of the Good Shepherd in 2009 you were immediately a catalyst for inspiration, change, conversation, and a journey of insight and inner perception that was both individual to each person and broad-based to the community at large.
Within every family, though raised under the same roof, each family member takes away different meanings from the relationship. Likewise, each parishioner, visitor, and occasional church-goer was influenced by your presence and the many gifts which you have given.
You have shared with us your professional expertise of spiritual studies, friendship, mentorship, advice and guidance which have left indelible footprints in our lives, memories and hearts. From your development and use of our Parish Assessment and Renewal (PAR), Parish Newsletter, Website, Twitter, Facebook, Stewardship Renewal, and even YouTube, you brought forth the news of the Good Shepherd Community and the word of God for all to hear!
Life, lived with you during your time here at Good Shepherd, was not a candle flickering in the breeze; it was a blazing torch to light new flames. Your tenure was an added strength and foundation to our community that helps us all face the future with added joy and confidence. We thank you, Fr. Tom and send you forward with our love and blessings.

As you have said, “I love you”
So, we say, “We love you, Fr. Tom.”
Your Good Shepherd Family

Farewell Reception

There will be a special liturgy at the 12:30 p.m. Mass today, which will include the choir and other musicians. Following the Mass will be a farewell reception for Fr. Tom in the Parish Hall. Please join us. All are welcomed.

Peter’s Pence Collection for The Holy Father

The Peter’s Pence special collection will be taken up this weekend, June 27-28, for the Holy Father. Envelopes are in the pews. Thank you for your generous support.

Save the Date! Sunday, July 19

Immigration Mass 2015

Last year, thousands came from the Archdioceses of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino to fill the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants.
Please join us this year on
Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. for Mass with Archbishop Gomez

Junipero Serra

Did you know that on November 24, 1713, a very tiny, very weak little baby was born in Petra on the island of Mallorca? He was baptized quickly, because everyone was afraid he would die. Miguel Jose Serra did grow up to be a small man. But, this small man walked thousands of miles through the Mexican and California wilderness in the service the Church to evangelize the Native Americans.

Thinking about becoming a Catholic and/or Completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

Then, I invite you to read on and save the date! The Inquiry Sessions begins on September 9th, 7 – 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Did you know Jesus’ love will find you? Will you have the courage to accept the invitation?
For more information, please call Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or email vstehly@gsbh.org or Penny at (310) 739-8762.

Did You Know?

The important impact of fathers and father figures on children…
Whether you’ve seen a child light up when you encourage them, succeed with a little bit of mentoring, or problem solve after lending your listening ear, it is clear that fathers and father figures are a gift in the life of children. While nothing can replace the presence of a father, many of us know from experience the influence that other trusted adults can have on the life of children. Children thrive when they have adults that they can trust and learn from. For complete VIRTUS® Article email: jvienna@la-archdiocese.org.

Children’s Liturgy Of The Word

We will be on a summer break from CLW for the month of July. Please look forward to the start-up on Sunday, August 2. For more information and/or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Wendy Rappé at (310) 285-5425.

“Our Year with God’s Word”

Now that the busyness of the Easter season and all different age group graduations have finished, we can turn our focus to our declaration of “Our Year with God’s Word” here in the parish. The year runs from Easter Sunday 2015 to Easter Sunday 2016. It was inspired by the Saint John’s Bible, which is the first hand inscribed and illuminated bible in the last 500 years. It was a project of St. John’s College and Monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota. In the spirit of this work, we are offering some fun summertime events.
On Saturday, July 11 (the feast of St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine order which established and maintains St. John’s College and Monastery, as well as the publishing house, Liturgical Press), in the
Good Shepherd Room of the Parish Center from 10:00-11:30 a.m., we will be showing the film “The Illuminator,” which aired on BBC in 2011 and is the story of the main artist and calligrapher, Donald Jackson (head scribe to Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family), and his journey to becoming the main artist and supervisor of the St. John’s Bible project. After the film, we will be given a simple demonstration of calligraphy by Ricardo Abellan, one of our parishioners (10:30 usher). Some of the art pieces in the St. John’s Bible are in the style of iconography, so on the following Saturday, July 18th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, we will be watching some other brief film clips about the St. John’s Bible, and these will be followed by a demonstration of iconography offered by another parishioner (and parish wedding team coordinator), Mary Anne Cosgrove, who is an artist and iconographer. We hope you can join us. Please call the parish office to reserve your space. Thank you.

Save the Date!
Sunday, July 19

Immigration Mass 2015
Last year, thousands came from the Archdioceses of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino to fill the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants.
Please join us this year on Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. for Mass with Archbishop Gomez

Husbands, give your wife a special gift!
Plan a weekend away just for the two of you!

Enrich your marriage by attending the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on August 7-9, 2015. Weekends fill up quickly, so we strongly encourage signups by July 1 to reserve your spot. Apply Online at www.ilovemyspouse.net or contact Sarah and Jacob Flores at (562) 923-7335 or Ginny & Boon Hazboun at (562) 861-7562 for more details.

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Why Are You Afraid?

Why are you terrified?

That’s the question Jesus asks his disciples in today’s gospel, and he asks each of us the same question.

But you know what? This is another case of a softened translation. Because the word attributed to Jesus in the original Greek is stronger. It’s more like “coward.”

Imagine Jesus asking you, “Why are you a coward?” Ouch!

Today’s story continues the exploration of faith. Because the opposite of faith is not doubt, as we may assume. In the gospel, the opposite of faith is fear. It’s not doubt that plagues us and challenges our faith. It’s fear of what may happen if we truly embrace the Gospel. Continue reading

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Announcements for June 20-21

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Our Parish family wishes all the Fathers, including those visiting our parish, a blessed and Happy Father’s Day!

Rosary And Mass For Peace

On Tuesday evening June 23, St. Monica Parish (725 California Avenue, Santa Monica 90403) will host an evening of prayer to honor Mary as the Queen of Peace and to pray for peace in the world. The Rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 7 p.m. Please join us for this special night to pray for peace.

Farewell Reception for Father Tom

The Farewell Reception for Father Tom is on June 28 after the 12:30 p.m. Mass. If you are interested in helping with the preparation of this event, please contact Elizabeth Nguyen at liezelps@msn.com.

Calling All Parents!

On June 30, at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, the Single Parents Ministry will be hosting its very first event, and it is open to all parents! Thomas Y. Simon, MFT, is a Santa Monica psychotherapist seeing couples and individuals. He specializes in helping couples improve communication and works with individuals to help resolve anxiety, depression, and problems with career, family, and low self-worth. Learn more at www.ThomasYSimon.com. He will be presenting “3 Ways to re-Connect…” A conversation about how to better manage couples conflict in our families. Is this an issue for you? Please RSVP by June 21 to Elizabeth.negotiator888@gmail.com or lrechegaray@gmail.com

Come Celebrate 4th of July!

Special Mass at 10 a.m. Let us pray together and thank God for His many blessings to our country. A reception will follow after Mass. If you wish, you may bring a platter of fresh fruit or coffee cake to share. There is no 8 a.m. Mass, but we will have the 5:30 p.m. Mass as usual. All are welcome!

Cantribution Weekend!

Here it comes—July 4-5!
You outdid yourselves last month! Let’s do it again. Pantry donation guide:
Canned meats and fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, fresh produce, pasta, crackers, cereal, beans and rice, canned sauce, vegetable oil, soup and broth.
Please do not include items that have expired or packaged in glass containers.
If you cannot bring it this weekend, bring a bag of canned goods to the office when you can. Thank you for your loving generous gifts. God bless you.

Divorced and/or Separated

Just a gentle gift to you if you have been through a divorce or are feeling separated from your partner. There is a place to meet with a qualified therapist. The place is here, at Good Shepherd Parish Center on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, please call Rebecca at (310) 402-6385 or e-mail udellrebecca@yahoo.com and reserve your place.

Our Year with God’s Word

Now that the busyness of the Easter season and all different age group graduations have finished, we can turn our focus to our declaration of “Our Year with God’s Word” here in the parish. The year runs from Easter Sunday 2015 to Easter Sunday 2016. It was inspired by the Saint John’s Bible which is the first hand inscribed and illuminated bible in the last 500 years. It was a project of St. John’s College and Monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota. In the spirit of this work, we are offering some fun summertime events.

On Saturday, July 11 (the feast of St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine order which established and maintains St. John’s College and Monastery, as well as the publishing house, Liturgical Press), in the Good Shepherd Room of the Parish Center from 10:00-11:30 a.m., we will be showing the film “The Illuminator,” which aired on BBC in 2011 and is the story of the main artist and calligrapher, Donald Jackson (head scribe to Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family), and his journey to becoming the main artist and supervisor of the St. John’s Bible project. After the film, we will be given a simple demonstration of calligraphy by Ricardo Abellan, one of our parishioners (10:30 usher).

Some of the art pieces in the St. John’s Bible are in the style of iconography, so on the following Saturday, July 18th from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, we will be watching some other brief film clips about the St. John’s Bible, and these will be followed by a demonstration of iconography offered by another parishioner (and parish wedding team coordinator), Mary Anne Cosgrove, who is an artist and iconographer. We hope you can join us. Please call the parish office to reserve your space. Thank you.

Sunday, July 19
Immigration Mass 2015

Last year, thousands came from the Archdioceses of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino to fill the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants. Please join us this year on Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. for Mass with Archbishop Gomez.

Children’s Liturgy Of The Word

We will be on a summer break from CLW for the month of July. Please look forward to the start-up on Sunday, August 2. For more information and/or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Wendy Rappé at (310) 285-5425.

Did You Know?

You can help children prepare for natural disasters. When parents and caregivers or other family members deal with crisis situations calmly and confidently, children feel more confident and secure. A child’s reactions are influenced by the behavior they see. The better prepared you are, the more reassuring you may be during an emergency. To help prepare your family, develop a disaster plan and assemble a supply kit. For more information and emergency preparedness tips, visit bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov.

Volunteer for the Special Olympics World Games in LA this Summer!

Looking for service opportunities for you and your children this summer? The Special Olympics World Games are coming to L.A. July 25 through August 2. Be a “Fan in the Stands” and show your appreciation for these world-class athletes! Anyone over the age of 14 can be a Team Leader and earn service hours while cheering on Special Olympians. See the below information and sign up yourself, family, friends or parish group today! To become a Team Captain, visit: http://www.la2015.org/volunteer/fans-in-the-stands or email Kimberly at Kimberly.villa@LA2015.org

Habitat For Humanity – Cat holic Build

Help Create a Needy Family’s New Home. 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! We will also need to raise about $2,500 to help with the house build. If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful outreach project, please contact Milkah LoScalzo as soon as possible. Our Build Date is Saturday, August 15. When enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details. For more information please contact Milkah at (310) 975-4519 or email milkahdl@gmail.com

The Culture Project
Coming to L.A. For A Full Year!

The Culture Project International is sending a bilingual team of six young adult missionaries to Los Angeles from October 1, 2015 – May 30, 2016. They offer dynamic presentations on the virtue of chastity and the dignity of every human life to middle and high school students, as well as parishes, confirmation classes, youth groups, and young adult groups. Learn more about The Culture Project: www.restoreculture.com
Schedule your classroom or whole school presentation now! Contact Life, Justice, and Peace Project Coordinator Kevin Kast at kkast@la-archdiocese.org.

Meditation

The Meditation Group meets three times a week. Please come, join us and experience great moments of serenity through Meditation. We meet in the Sacred Heart Chapel, located in the Parish Center.
Tuesday: 7 – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday: 9 – 10 a.m.

Husbands, give your wife a special gift!
Plan a weekend away just for the two of you!

Enrich your marriage by attending the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on August 7-9, 2015. Weekends fill up quickly, so we strongly encourage signups by July 1 to reserve your spot. Apply Online at www.ilovemyspouse.net or contact Sarah and Jacob Flores at (562) 923-7335 or Ginny & Boon Hazboun at (562) 861-7562 for more details.

Fr. Tom invites you to join him on a Pilgrimage to explore the life, times, and spiritual depth of St. Francis in his native town, Assisi, Italy. This two-week adventure will take you Rome, too. October 23 to November 4 (with optional 2 extra days in Rome with Fr. Tom). $3,200 double occupancy, land only – not including airfare. See the flyers at the doors of the church and in the hall for a detailed itinerary, a registration information, or visit www.tomwelbers.net. Hurry, reservations must be made by the end of July.

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Announcements for June 13-14

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Organ Recital June 14

At 3 p.m. on June 14, Good Shepherd is hosting an organ recital by Cheryl Van Ornam.
The recital includes music by 17th & 18th Century composers of Germany, France, Italy, plus 20th Century composers of England, France, and the USA. Cheryl resides in Richmond, VA, and is active as a church musician. Besides having a Masters in Organ Performance & Church Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, she has had further instruction from outstanding teachers in of the USA, Canada, and Europe. A suggested donation of $10 will collected at the door.

Farewell to Ruddy Garcia

After many years of serving the Good Shepherd Parish Community, Ruddy is leaving us. We extend a warm thank you to Ruddy for his many years of faithful service, and we wish him well in the future. We will miss you.

Farewell Reception for Father Tom

The Farewell Reception for Father Tom is on June 28 after the 12:30 p.m. Mass. If you are interested in helping with the preparation of this event, please contact Elizabeth Nguyen at liezelps@msn.com.

The Daughters of St. Paul Book Exhibit

The Daughters of St. Paul are here this weekend, visiting our parish for a Book Exhibit.
Pauline Books & Media is part of their larger apostolic mission of spreading the Gospel through social communication. The Sisters will be bringing books for all ages, DVDs about the lives of Saints, music by the Daughters of St Paul Choir, and much more. These items will be available for purchase after the Masses. You can also visit their Pauline Books & Media Center at 3908 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230. Their hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ministry Volunteer Reception

Our Church of the Good Shepherd Ministry Volunteer Reception took place Tuesday evening, June 9. About 140 ministry leaders and service ministry volunteers gathered in fellowship, made new friends, and enjoyed a delicious catered meal. Thirteen church and school staff members facilitated the evening, which culminated with a beautiful prayer service.
On behalf of Fr. Tom and the entire Good Shepherd staff, we thank all of those who answered the call for your dedication to be “Jesus’ hands and feet” to the service of our parish family and community. We look forward to seeing more volunteers at next year’s reception!

Rosary And Mass For Peace

On Tuesday evening June 23, St. Monica Parish will host an evening of prayer to honor Mary as the Queen of Peace and to pray for peace in the world. The Rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 7 p.m. Please join us for this special night to pray for peace. 725 California Avenue, Santa Monica 90403.

Save The Date
Saturday, July 4 – 10 a.m. Mass

On Saturday, July 4 there will be only one Mass at 10 a.m. followed by a reception in the Hall. Come, pray, celebrate as a parish family the birthday of our Country. Let us thank God for the blessings of our United States of America. There is NO 8 a.m. Mass

Calling All Parents!

On June 30, at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, the Single Parents Ministry will be hosting its very first event, and it is open to all parents! Thomas Y. Simon, MFT, is a Santa Monica psychotherapist seeing couples and individuals. He specializes in helping couples improve communication and works with individuals to help resolve anxiety, depression, and problems with career, family, and low self-worth. Learn more at www.ThomasYSimon.com. He will be presenting “3 Ways to (re-)Connect…” A conversation about how to better manage couples conflict in our families. Is this an issue for you? Would you like to have some tools to help resolve bad feelings between partners and increase harmony, warmth and cooperation in the whole family? The conversation will also address ways to prevent parent conflicts from negatively impacting the children of the family. Please RSVP by June 21, so we know how much food to bring and how many chairs to set up. This conversation is designed for parents only, no children will be permitted. If babysitting is a problem, please let us know, so we can plan for that service.
RSVP to Elizabeth.negotiator888@gmail.com or lrechegaray@gmail.com

Did You Know?

You can help children know they are understood. As parents, educators and volunteers, we want children to know that we are not only authority figures in their lives, but also people they can trust. To foster authentic trust with children, it is important that they know that you understand them. One of the simplest ways to do this is by repeating back what children are telling you. When you do this, you are affirming to the child that they are heard and understood. For complete VIRTUS® Article and more communication tips email:  jvienna@la-archdiocese.org.

Habitat for Humanity – Catholic Build

Bringing catholic parishes toghether to build a home. Help Create a Needy Family’s New Home. 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! We will also need to raise about $2,500 to help with the house build.
If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful outreach project, please contact Milkah LoScalzo as soon as possible. Our Build Date is Saturday, August 15.
When enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details. Milkah:  (310) 975-4519 or email; milkahdl@gmail.com

Pre-Need Planning

Making cemetery and mortuary arrangements in advance of need is both a loving and financially wise thing to do. Advance planning provides a family reassurance, comfort and peace of mind. Such thoughtfulness relieves family members from shouldering the burden during a most stressful time, allowing for careful decision making in an unhurried atmosphere, and assuring that your expressed wishes will be followed.
The added affordability of working with today’s prices as opposed to tomorrow’s can also represent a significant savings. You owe it to yourself and to your family to explore the many advantages of advance planning. To know more, please call (310) 836-5500 ext. 1.
A representative can answer any questions you may have.

Volunteer for the Special Olympics World Games in LA this Summer!

Looking for service opportunities for you and your children this summer? The Special Olympics World Games are coming to L.A. July 25 through August 2. Be a “Fan in the Stands” and show your appreciation for these world-class athletes! Anyone over the age of 14 can be a Team Leader and earn service hours while cheering on Special Olympians. See the below information and sign yourself, family, friends or parish group up today!To become a Team Captain visit:  http://www.la2015.org/volunteer/fans-in-the-stands or email Kimberly at Kimberly.villa@LA2015.org

Beverly Hills Public Library Program

This program helps adults learners improve their reading, writing, and comprehension skills. You would need to complete the two hour Tutor Training Workshop and, after being matched with an Adult learner, tutor once a week for a minimum of six months. For more details please call (310) 288-2207.

Young Adults Group

Calling you — yes you—the 20 – 30 year-olds. Help this group become vitally Alive—Energetic— and a Dynamic Spirit of life in our Parish. Will you have the courage to step forward — you – your friends and make this happen. Please call the Parish Office (310) 285-5425 for more information.

Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy

Fr. Tom invites you to join him on a Pilgrimage to explore the life, times, and spiritual depth of St. Francis in his native town, Assisi, Italy. This two-week adventure will take you Rome too. October 23 to November 4 (with optional 2 extra days in Rome with Fr. Tom). $3,200 double occupancy, land only – not including airfare. See the flyers at the doors of the church and in the hall for a detailed itinerary a registration information, or visit www.tomwelbers.net. Hurry, reservations must be made by the end of July.

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