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