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Our Lenten Processional Cross

During Lent we are using an Ethiopian processional cross. This very intricate style of cross is similar to those used by Coptic Christians as well. When we see it, may it help us to remember in prayer the persecuted Christians of Africa and the Middle East. Continue reading

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Assumptions and the Akedah

What color is this alb? White or blue?

This past week The Dress caused us all to rethink what we assume may be apparent to everyone. My assumptions about something that is very clear to me can be very wrong. And once I can accept that fact, I am open to conversion, to forming my life to newly discovered facts that have always been there but that I never noticed.

On Ash Wednesday Scott Taylor, the deacon at All Saints Episcopal Church, and I went out to distribute ashes on the streets of Beverly Hills. Standing at three different street corners, we imposed ashes on about 100 people. For each, as I imposed the ashes, I said “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

To repent means to act on a new realization about my life. It means to change directions based on a new reality, to undergo a conversion from one way of life to another. Repentance is what happens at a fork in the road.

There are many great stories of conversion. The impetus for conversion is often a dramatic break in our assumptions, the way one perceives or understands the world or one’s place in it. Continue reading

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Announcement for February 28 – March 1, 2015

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

Set Clocks Forward

Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, March 8. Please remember to set your clocks forward one hour.

Lenten Events Schedule

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

Cantribution Sunday is this weekend February 28 & March 1

Let’s Go Over The Top! Please bring your bag of nonperishable goods to the Parish Hall or the Parish Center 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.

White Elephant/Book Sale

Our annual fund-raiser for Get on the Bus is scheduled for the weekend of March 7 – 8 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 raise transportation funds. Start bringing your donated items, such as usable clothes, pots and pans, electronics, trinkets and books, to the Parish Center 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

Baby Bottle Drive – Thank You

The East L.A. Pregnancy Center would like to thank you for your participation in the Baby Bottle Drive Event in January 2015. A total of $2,992.03 was raised to help support the goals and services of the East L.A. Pregnancy Center. Thank you, everyone, for your overwhelming support and generosity! For a tax receipt, or to continue donating monthly, please contact Lily Felix at (323) 728–1292 or email lily@elapc.com. Thank you for taking a stand for life!

40th Anniversary of the Rice Bowl

40 years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to famine in Africa. Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving? The answer was yes—and it came in the form of a small cardboard box. St. Monica Catholic Community in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Oregon Catholic Press (OCP) is sponsoring a free concert event “Bring Lent to Life” commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Rice Bowl at St. Monica Catholic Church Friday, March 6, at 8 pm. Join us for a night of prayer, worship and witness to celebrate 40 years of helping people in need around the world. The evening begins with a not so typical Fish Fry at 6 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. and concert featuring Ben Walther, worship leader and OCP recording artist, and Thomas Awiapo, inspirational speaker for CRS originally from Ghana. Bring the whole family! For more information visit us livestream from home at www.stmonica.net/live

Young At Heart For All

Come one—Come all if you are feeling Young At heart!
When: Saturday, March 14th
Where: Parish Hall at 11 a.m. followed by lunch. Donations accepted.
Our guest is Carolyn McKenna. She will be do stretching and balance exercises with us. So, dress casual. Please call the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425 to make your reservation.

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.

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 rehearsals are, March 3, 10, 17, 24. The choir will be singing at the Palm Sunday, March 29th, Mass at 12:30 p.m. Choir pizza party after Mass.

First Saturday Mass in Honor to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

“Jesus wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world.” —Our Lady of Fatima.  Come every First Saturday of the month to adore and pray in a consecration Mass in honor to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Where:  Our Lady of Mount Bright Church (the Polish Church)
Address:  3424 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Hour:  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Date:  Saturday, March 7, 2015
By coming, you fulfill Our Lady’s request. We will have healing prayer with a first Class Relic of St. John Paul II, teaching about the spirituality of St. John Paul II “Totus Tuus”.

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2015

Join us March 12, (Youth Day), March 13 – 15 at the Anaheim Convention Center for the 2015 Religious Education Congress. Visit www.RECongress.org. To obtain a Registration Guidebook contact your religious education office at your parish or call the RECongress information line at (213) 637-7348.

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: http://www.travisfreeman.org/about-the-foundation/

RCIA News

The 12 members of the RCIA who were the Catechumens and Candidates are now called The Elect. This Lenten season is a very special time for them, as well as for all of us. You will receive a picture of one of them with a short bio. You are invited encouraged, to pray along for that person in particular and bring a card for that person. This means the world to them. Thank you in advance for your love, support, encouragement and prayers.

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 Night is on Monday, March 16. For more information, please call Sr. Virginia at (310) 285-5425.

World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable. Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 6. World Day of Prayer USA promotes justice and equality for women through prayer, partnerships, service and celebration. For more information, visit the national office of World Day of Prayer USA www.wdp-usa.org.

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.

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 three.
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 Center Office at (310) 285-5425 this week and, let them know you can hardly wait to be of service.

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.

Breathprayer

“There is no set amount of time for the breathprayer. It can be prayed for as long as you wish. Many spiritual traditions have found that being attentive to our breathing is a helpful way to become centered or focused on our inner world. Breathing attentively, at an easy, regular pace, slows us down and calms our rushing mind and body. Sitting with the back straight is the recommended posture when doing breathprayer. A word or phrase is suggested for you to say when you are breathing in and another word or phrase as you are breathing out. At first, this breathprayer may feel awkward and useless, but if you continue to do it each day, this practice can gradually become a helpful way to go within and to enter into your sacred time with God.” From the Cup of our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth by Joyce Rupp

Something Beautiful for God

“Going to Church is to visit God’s House – a place to worship and celebrate. Everything within the church building is to bring honor and glory to God’s presence. It is the Environment and Art Committee of our parish whose goal it is to help create the church’s ambience, by expressing through decoration, the liturgical feast or season. The committee is composed of a diverse group of individuals with varying artistic preferences, all working together as a collective. The work is specific and challenging, yet joyously rewarding. However, as in all earthly endeavors, there is always a glaring limitation. Flowers, ribbons, lights, baskets, vases, wreaths – and the list goes on – all come at a cost. We can only create with what we can tangibly have. So, as you enter God’s House and look around, perhaps you might consider giving a seasonal contribution. We would deeply appreciate any assistance you could give to help us continue to grow. There are flower envelopes in the pews for your contribution. Simply place it in the collection basket or drop it off during the week at the Parish Center Office. Thank you. Church of the Good Shepherd Environment and Art Committee

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?

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 Office. All are encouraged to be a greater: students, families with children, single parents, single people, or couples. Come and join the fun and bring your smiles and open hearts.

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Announcements for February 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…

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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