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 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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)
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.