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Holy Week and Easter schedule

Holy Thursday, April 2nd

7:30 p.m. -Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Adoration until 11 p.m.

Good Friday, April 3rd

12 Noon – Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
2 p.m. – Stations of the Cross
7:30 p.m. – Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, April 4th

8 p.m. – Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday Masses:

Church
8 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.(Choir); 11:30 a.m.(Choir); 1:30 p.m.
Parish Hall
9:30 a.m.(small ensemble); 11:30 a.m.(small ensemble)
No evening Mass

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Announcements for March 28-29, Palm Sunday

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

2015 Holy Week

Holy Thursday, April 2nd

7:30 p.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper and
Adoration until 11 p.m.

Good Friday, April 3rd

12 Noon
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Stations of the Cross
2 p.m.

&
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
7:30 p.m.

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, April 4th

8 p.m.

Easter Sunday Masses

Church
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – Choir
11:30 a.m. – Choir
1:30 p.m.
Parish Hall
9:30 a.m. small ensemble
11:30 a.m. small ensemble
No evening Mass

Professional Entertainment Fellowship’s

Professional Entertainment Fellowship’s next meeting is this Sunday, March 29th, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall, where our special guest will be Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP. Sister will be discussing her new book on Martin Sheen: “Pilgrim on the Way”. Light refreshments will be provided and special memorabilia will be on display.”

Young At Heart

Young at Heart will meet on Saturday, April 11th, at 11 a.m. Lunch at 11:45 a.m. followed by a movie. Come, bring a guest and enjoy the friendship.

RCIA News

Cards are due!
Remember each of the persons coming into the Church at the Easter Vigil are counting on your prayers! The person you prayed for this Lent would be deeply touched by the card you bring for them. All cards must be in the office or collection basket by end of Good Friday. Do not disappoint them.

Did You Know?

It is safe to keep your child’s personal information personal.

If your children give out personal information over the Internet, not only is it easy to track, it is tough to completely remove. Emphasize to them how important it is that they keep personal information private. Make sure that they have a strong username and password that does not reveal anything personal. Encourage them not to give out their e-mail address, if they have one. If your children tell you that they have given out personal information online, contact your Internet Service Provider or the site where the information is posted to see what you can do to have it removed. For more information, visit: www.NetSmartz.org.

Come Away for a Quiet Day

Come away for a quiet day or a weekend of peace and quiet were you can find a place of rest, refreshment and renewal at the Villa Maria House of Prayer, (562) 691-5838 located in La Habra, CA 90631 or, at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center (310) 377-4867 in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Get On The Bus

Thank you for your support of the White Elephant/Book Sale.
Proceeds combined with generous
donations have put us over the $2,000 mark.
Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30th trip.
Our next fund raiser is our annual Mother’s Day Card Sale scheduled on April 25-26 and May 2-3.
You can make a financial contribution by visiting: www.getonthebus.us.
Enter our Church Code: CMC-01 or you can drop your donation in the collection basket. Make your checks payable to: Get on the Bus and
indicate CMC-01 on the memo line.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Playing cards
Travel games, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
May you be blessed for your continued generosity.
You can leave the items at the Parish Center Office or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

Cantribution

We will cancel this event for the month of April as it is Easter Weekend. Save all your generous Donation for the weekend of May 2-3

“I am ever amazed at how God keeps on extending care and kindness to me no matter how I feel or think, no matter what mood I am in, no matter how loving or nasty I am. God keeps offering welcoming love and abiding peace to me. God is quite astounding. This Divine Being is a limitless lover, always filling the small hands of my life with grace and goodness, always enriching my life with all that I need for my spiritual path… The scriptures often speak of the abundance of God. This divine love is described as being poured into our hearts (Romans 5:5). The book of Joel tells of God’s Spirit being poured out on all humanity (Joel 2:28). The psalms use many images to proclaim the generosity of God’s gifts. Our lives, too, are a testimony to the generosity of the Divine Giver. Today is a day to step inside the marvelous abundance of God and to enjoy what you find there.” Joyce Rupp, The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth

Sunday TV Mass for Homebound Catholics

9 a.m. every Sunday on KDOC Ch. 56.
For cable/satellite TV channel number, please check the listings in your area for “KDOC.” For your free copy of the Mass Prayer Book, write to:  Heart of the Nation, 1126 S. 70th Street, Suite N601, Milwaukee, WI 53214 or call, toll free: 1 (800) 430-0930.

Beverly Hills Meals On Wheels
Volunteers Needed

Beverly Hills Meals on Wheels needs your help! We need volunteers to drive and deliver meals to the Homebound seniors in the Beverly Hills area. We deliver on Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Please call Pat Jacobson at (310) 423-3517 for more information.

Habitat for Humanity

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! Saturdays are available if we can get a committed team pulled together (date is flexible). 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. When enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details.
Milkah:  310 975 4519
milkahdl@gmail.com

California Safely Surrendered Baby Law

California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law, www.babysafe.ca.gov, was first implemented in 2001 and became permanent law in 2006.
The purpose of the law is to protect newborns from being hurt or killed because they are abandoned by mothers who are frightened or under severe duress and who feel they have no place to turn for help. The law saves babies’ lives: between January 1 and early July of this year six newborns were safely surrendered in Los Angeles County alone.

Catholic Cemeteries 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.

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Announcements for March 21-22

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

Reconciliation Service

“Return to God”
This Tuesday, March 24th, 7:30 p.m.

Christian Meditation

On Tuesday, March 24, this day only, Christian Meditation will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel.

2015 Holy Week

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 29th

Holy Thursday, April 2nd, 7:30 p.m.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Adoration until 11 p.m.

Good Friday, April 3rd

12 Noon, Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
2 p.m., Stations of the Cross
&
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 7:30 p.m.

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, April 4th
8 p.m.

Easter Sunday Masses

April 5th
Church
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – Choir
11:30 a.m. – Choir
1:30 p.m.
Parish Hall

9:30 a.m. small ensemble
11:30 a.m. small ensemble
No evening Mass

Stations of the Cross

– 6:30 p.m. Friday during Lent.

March 27 – Journey of Decision Way of the Cross

Lenten Supper in the Good Shepherd Room at 7 p.m. Friday after the Stations.

Professional Entertainment Fellowship’s

Professional Entertainment Fellowship’s next meeting is Sunday March 29th at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall, where our special guest will be Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP. Sister will be discussing her new book on Martin Sheen, ‘Pilgrim on the Way”. Light refreshments will be provided and special memorabilia will be on display.”

Teen ConfirmationMovie Night

Cancelled
The Teen Movie Night Fund-Raiser is cancelled. “We are sorry for the inconvenience.”

Come Away for a Quiet Day

Come away for a quiet day or a weekend of peace and quiet at the Villa Maria House of Prayer (562-691-5838) in La Habra or at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center (310-377-4867) in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Single Parents Ministry

Last Tuesday Of Every Month
The Single Parents Ministry is a group open to all parents who are facing or have faced the challenges of raising children on their own. We are a brand new ministry and welcome all single moms and dads to join us! Our next meeting is this Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please be thinking about what needs you have for this ministry to provide to you and what types of activities you would like to see us initiate. Please RSVP by either emailing Linda Echegaray at Lrechegaray@gmail.com or better yet, go to My Good Shepherd  https://gsbh.ccbchurch.com to sign up for our group and RSVP at the same time!

Get On The Bus

Help keep the wheels on the bus spinning! Each year, Church of the Good Shepherd sponsors two buses for the Get on the Bus trip. Our goal is $10,000. Your generous contributions will help to offset the travel-related costs.
Here are two ways you can help us meet our goal:
1) Drop your contribution envelope in the collection basket. Please make a note on the envelope or on your check’s memo line: Get on the Bus CMC-01
2) Visit www.getonthebus.us and make your donation on line. Good Shepherd’s bus code is: CMC-01
Thank you for doing your part to bring children and their fathers together on May 30, 2015.

Cantribution

We will cancel this event for the month of April as it is Easter Weekend.
Save all your generous Donation for the weekend of May 2-3

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’s 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, send an email, and get going! Tomorrow & Tomorrow is too late! For more information please call the Parish Center Office (310) 285-5425.

For the Bible online, in many different translations, and for many other sources for studying God’s Word, consider this website: biblehub.com

“Did you ever notice the people whom Jesus called and drew to himself? They were people who failed, people who were flawed. These very ordinary people were the ones Jesus yearned to teach and to guide toward wholeness.
We don’t find Jesus lingering very long with people who thought they were living life perfectly. In fact, it is the ones who thought they were living perfectly (the scribes and Pharisees) whom Jesus severely reprimanded. It is out of our human lives that God reaches us. We expect that these lives would be less wounded, less bumbling, less muddled. We hope that our lives would have a quality of “pureness” to them, but God reaches us in the way that God has always reached human beings – through our ordinary, flawed lives.
No matter what the reason for our failures, we need to eventually move to the place where we forgive ourselves for how we have failed. We also need to ask forgiveness of God and of others if we have harmed them. And then we turn with trust to the One who readily and endlessly extends the cup of mercy to us. The scriptures are very clear about God’s welcome of us, even when we feel like the greatest failure in the world. Look at your flawed life today and let God come into it.”
– Joyce Rupp The Cup of Our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth.

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New Life for Ghost Boys and Girls

In January of 1988 a 12-year-old South African boy named Martin Pistorius was sent home sick from school. He got worse. And worse. And worse.

He was weak, he couldn’t eat, it was painful to walk, he became forgetful. Eventually he became unable to move and then less than a year after coming home sick from school one day, Martin sank into a sort of waking coma. Although he could be sat up and fed, he was unconscious. And he remained that way until about the age of 16, when one day he suddenly regained consciousness, having lost all memory of his life to that point. He slowly became more aware until by the age of 19 his mind had fully healed.

But here’s the problem. Although Martin had regained his consciousness and was fully alert, nobody noticed. Continue reading

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Announcements for March 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…

2015 Lenten Schedule

Reconciliation Service
Tuesday, March 24th
7:30 p.m.

Holy Thursday, April 2nd
7:30 p.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Adoration until Midnight

Good Friday, April 3rd
12 Noon
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

2 p.m.
Stations of the Cross

7:30 p.m.
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, April 4
8 p.m.

Easter Sunday Masses

Church
8 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – Choir
11:30 a.m. – Choir
1:30 p.m.

Parish Hall
9:30 a.m.
small ensemble
11:30 a.m.
small ensemble
No evening Mass

Catholic Relief Services Collection

This weekend, March 14-15th, our parish will take up the Catholic Relief Services Collection.
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25:40).
Today, we are reminded that Jesus identified himself with our poorest brothers and sisters. The Catholic Relief Services Collection serves Jesus in the victims of human trafficking, in those who suffer from unjust laws, and in those who need pastoral care and humanitarian assistance across the globe. Through your support with today’s Collection, you help Jesus in disguise. Please be generous.

Christian Meditation

On Tuesday, March 24, this day only, Christian Meditation will be at 6:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel.

Stations of the Cross – 6:30 p.m.
Each Friday during Lent.

March 20 – Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross
March 27 – Journey of Decision
Way of the Cross
Lenten Supper in the Good Shepherd Room at 7 p.m.
Each Friday after the Stations.

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 your love for each other now! Our next weekend is March 20-22 in Torrance. 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.

“Our Year with God’s Word”

There are many websites that offer the daily readings. Try this one: usccb.org
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offer the readings in print or in audio form.

RCIA News

Our Elect (those 12 persons who will be received into the Church at the Easter Vigil) are counting on you, their Parish Family for your love, welcoming spirit, encouragement, and prayers. To put your words into action, there are picture cards of each of them at the tables, places around the Church. It means the world to them to receive a card from you telling of your prayers and love for them. Place your card in the collection basket or bring it to the Parish Center Office.

Have You Been Thinking About Becoming A Catholic?

Have you been thinking about becoming a Catholic and/or completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?
This night is for you!
Monday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Come to this wonderful night in March.
The door is open! This is a night for all your questions and concerns. For more information, please call Sr. Virginia at (310) 285-5425.

Thank You from Get On The Bus

Get On The Bus thanks all donors and volunteers who helped raise over $2,000 last weekend at the White Elephant Book Sale.
You can also donate online at:  www.getonthebus.us. Remember to use code CMC-01, so Good Shepherd receives credit toward our $10,000 goal.

Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center

Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center cordially invites you to Our Christian Calling: The Beatitudes, A morning reflection led by Msgr. Clement J. Connolly, Pastor Emeritus of Holy Family Church in South Pasadena presented by the USC Caruso Catholic Center Newman Guild (ladies group which supports Campus Ministry at the USC Caruso Catholic Center) on March 18th at 10:30 a.m. at 844 W. 32nd Street, Los Angeles, 90007. Daily Mass and a luncheon will follow.
Parking is available at Hebrew Union College located at 32nd Street and Hoover. Please RSVP to events@catholictrojan.org or (213) 516-3973. A donation is appreciated.

Habitat For Humanity – Catholic 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! Saturdays are available if we can get a committed team pulled together (date is flexible). 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. When enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details.
Milkah: (310) 975 4519
milkahdl@gmail.com

Cantribution

We will cancel this event for the month of April as it is Easter Weekend. Save all your generous Donation for the weekend of May 2-3

Professional Entertainment Fellowship

“Save the Date” for Sunday, March 29th, 7 p.m. for the next Professional Entertainment Fellowship meeting.

Single Parents Ministry
Last Tuesday Of Every Month

The Single Parents Ministry is a group open to all parents who are facing or have faced the challenges of raising children on their own. We are a brand new ministry and welcome all single moms and dads to join us!
Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please be thinking about what needs you have for this ministry to provide to you and what types of activities you would like to see us initiate. Please RSVP by either emailing Linda Echegaray at Lrechegaray@gmail.com or better yet, go to My Good Shepherd https://gsbh.ccbchurch.com to sign up for our group and RSVP at the same time!

“Being open is a prerequisite for spiritual growth. In order for God to enter our lives fully, we must be ready to receive. The door to our inner self must be wide open. Our mind and heart need to be receptive so that we can hear and receive what God is offering us. God needs openings in our lives in order to get through to us, to communicate with us, to nourish us, to stretch us toward greater growth, to revitalize and renew us with love….Sometimes we may be open but not have much room to receive, due to inner clutter that junks up and crowds our mind and heart. This clutter claims a lot of mental and emotional space and keeps us from receiving the good things we need. Just as our bodies breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, so our spirits need to take in what is life-giving and empty out what is not helpful for us….The daily practice of solitude prepares and nurtures your readiness to receive from God throughout your day. Solitude can help you to refocus your intentions, to listen more fully,
and to clear away some of the inner debris that obstructs your spiritual openness. As you pray through this week, may you continue to open space within yourself that is waiting to be filled with the radiance of God.” – Joy Rupp from The Cup of our Life: a Guide for Spiritual Growth

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