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Announcements for May 16-17

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Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day

There will be only one Mass at 10 a.m.
and, the Parish and School Offices will be Closed.

Single Parents Ministry
Last Tuesday Of Every Month

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 26, 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 emailing Linda Echegaray at Lrchegaray@gmail.com or go to My Good Shepherd https://gsbh.ccbchurch.com to sign up for our group and RSVP at the same time!

Save The Date – Sunday, June 28

Thank You – Farewell Mass and Reception for Fr. Tom will be Sunday, June 28 following the 12:30 Mass

Young Adults Group

Calling you — yes you—the 20’s –30’s. 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.

Cantribution Weekend
June 6-7

Begin filling your bag of non-perishable goods to help those in need. Thank you for your loving generosity.

Parish Social Event Planning Team

Now what does that mean? This is a group of people (anyone welcome) who desires as their gift to the parish to help plan ~ organize—make it happen an event for the Parish. These social events will happen at different times throughout the year. If you are a person who likes to be a part of planning a Parish event from start to finish, please call the Parish Office (310) 285-5425.

Divorced and/or Separated

Just a gentle gift to you if you have been through a divorce or 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.

On The Feast of Pentecost

In celebration of the Feast Day of Pentecost, the feast of the Holy Spirit, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, “birthday of the Church”, you are invited to wear something RED.
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles on this feast, it says of the disciples that “there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.” In this spirit, with us as Christ’s disciples today, we are all asked to wear red, or other colors of fire, next weekend to Mass. This is a fun way in which we can participate visually in the feast day.

Thinking About Becoming A Catholic?

Inquiry Sessions continue on Wednesdays, May 27, June 10, and June 24. “Come and see”, that is what Jesus says to you. No obligation. Just come! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

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.

Wedding Liturgy Team

We don’t have a lot of weddings here at Good Shepherd, but we want to be sure that the weddings we do have are prayerful and holy occasions in the life of the couples and their families and friends. We have a small group of people who help with planning the wedding liturgy, the rehearsal and the day of the wedding. It is a very important ministry, and they need your help! We need a few more people who are able to be present for rehearsals (usually on the Thursday or Friday before the wedding) and weddings (most often on a Saturday), to help bring all the tiny details of the ceremony together with beauty and prayer-fulness. If you think you can help, please contact Joan Vos, Parish Liturgist, at the Parish Center (310) 285-5425 or via email jvos@gsbh.org. Thank you.

Immaculate Heart Radio

AM 930 – KHJ
888-887-7120
www.ihradio.com
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.
We also have 2 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, the Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio does exist.
If you wish to get involve and become the Parish Ambassador, please call the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425 for more information.

What Is Get On The Bus?

“Get On The Bus” brings children and their caregivers from throughout the state of California to visit their mothers or fathers in prison.
As a fifteen-year-old girl participating in GOTB said, “Get On The Bus” makes us a complete family…even for just a little a little while”.

How Does Get On The Bus Work?

On the day of the trip, each child is provided a travel bag, a photo with his or her parent, and meals for the day (breakfast, snacks, lunch at the prison,
and dinner). On the trip home, each child receives a teddy bear with a letter from his or her parent. In addition, post-event counseling is available.
The prison’s visiting room is transformed into a fun, non-threatening family environment with child-centered activities. Children eat pizza, play games, or participate in arts and crafts with their mothers or fathers. This important visit provides a positive family interaction and allows children and parents the ability to reconnect after a long separation.

What Do The Parishioners Of Good Shepherd Church Do?

To help offset transportation, travel expenses and other costs, the parishioners at Good Shepherd help the GOTB Team raise funds by generously supporting our Annual White Elephant and Book Sale and Mother’s Day Card Sale. Volunteers’ help participating families complete the required documentation for the visit, help register the families on the morning of the trip, and provide chaperones for children who are traveling by themselves.
To date, $5,727.52 has been raised toward our goal of $10,000. Your continued generosity is greatly appreciated, especially all our volunteers who helped with our fund raisers!

How Can You Help?

Drop cash into one of the Get On The Bus “Piggy Banks”
**Make a check to “Get on the Bus” and put it in the collection basket
**If you use FaithDirect, make a donation using the “One-Time Gift”.
**Indicate our Church Code: CMC-01 with your donation.
This year, we have 8 teens (13 – 17 years old), 12 children (6 – 12 years old) and 5 (1 – 5 years old).

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Bundle Sunday

On Sunday, May 31, our Parish is having a Bundle Sunday for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores.
Please bring your useable clothing and useable household items on this day. Bargain hunters will be happy to buy them. All profits will support our efforts to assist the needy. The St. Vincent de Paul truck will be here in our church parking lot.
Bring clothing, small appliances, gadgets, etc… to the truck. They are in great need of furniture and large appliances. Please phone (323) 224-6280 or (800) 974-3571 for free pickup of large items.

Did You Know?

Child molesters look like everyone else they do not look like scary people that anyone should know to avoid. They do live with their families and in our neighborhoods. An important way to assure the safety of children is to know the warning signs of adults who present a risk of harm to children. Some of these signs include: 1. Wanting to be alone with children. 2. Allowing children to do things their parents would not permit. 3. Being more excited to be with children than with adults. 4. Discouraging others from participating in activities involving kids. For information about the VIRTUS® Child Sexual Abuse Prevention programs contact: jvienna@la-archdiocese.org or go to www.virtus.org.

Catholic Apps!

Do you have a favorite Catholic App for your phone or other electronic device? Send it to the church office via email and we will share it here in the bulletin for others to enjoy and appreciate. Thank you. Here’s the first to share; The #1 Free Catholic App is LAUDATE. The most popular and most comprehensive free Catholic App. Daily Mass Readings (with Saint of the Day and Reflections), Liturgy of Hours, Latin Liturgy of Hours, Latin Mass, New American Bible, interactive Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Seven Sorrows Rosary, Chaplet of St. Michael, Franciscan Crown Rosary, Latin Rosary, Latin Chaplet. Open itunes or Google Play to download.

LAMP SoCal

Liturgical Arts Ministry Project [LAMP SoCal] is a summer workshop open to boys and girls who are entering grades 9 through 12 and are involved in liturgical ministry in their parish our high school. The five day, multi-cultural camp will be held at Mount St. Mary’s University (Chalon campus) in Los Angeles (Brentwood), CA.
LAMP SoCal is designed to mentor high school students in liturgy, music and the liturgical arts during a week-long residential summer camp with leading Catholic pastoral, liturgical and music leaders from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and beyond. The program is designed to mentor and form the next generation of leaders in our Catholic communities.
Registration Fee:  $550
Registration includes five nights lodging, all meals, including lunch on Monday through dinner on Friday, and all activities.
Nonrefundable Deposit: $100 required with application. Housing: Girls and boys will be housed separately in double occupancy dorm rooms accommodations with adult supervision at all times. If you are interested, contact Joan Vos at the Parish Center.

Funeral Ministry: Helping Families at the Time of the Death of a Loved One

Our parish community has teams of people who assist others at the time of Adult Baptism, Infant Baptism, Weddings, Confirmation, First Communion and every Sunday Mass. Do you think you might have this kind of sensitivity and compassion, to gently guide people in the preparation, prayer and burial surrounding the death of a loved one? Because of the increasing cost of burial, more and more families are choosing cremation for their loved ones. This gives the family greater flexibility in scheduling the Funeral Mass when more family members can travel and be present. This is a great benefit, but it often means that by the time the Funeral Mass is held, the funeral home is no longer involved. The funeral home provided a presence of hospitality and support at the Mass that is now often missing. We, as a community, need to provide that support and hospitality. Even at Funeral Masses when a funeral home is present, we, as a community in Christ, can bring a sense of support. We can hold one another up in prayer and service. If you have interest in helping to form this ministry and want to learn more about how we can serve one another with bereavement care, please contact Joan Vos, Parish Liturgist, at the Parish Center (310) 285-5425) or send an email jvos@gsbh.org. Thank you.

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Announcements for May 9 – 10 , Mother’s Day

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Greetings bothers and sisters of Beverly Hills!

I am humbled and honored to serve as your future Spiritual Leader starting July 1st! My only prayer is that I can imitate the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep. He will be my daily example as I try to serve the spiritual needs of this fine community.
As Director of the Office of New Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I am keenly aware of the need of a spiritual renewal in our Church. Thankfully, Pope Francis is modeling the way for us. He has declared 2016 a Jubilee year of Mercy and wants our Parishes and Schools to be “islands of mercy in a sea of indifference.” Strong words from a strong man. He wants us Catholics to be instruments of Divine Mercy.
However, we can’t give what we don’t have. We can’t give Divine Mercy if we don’t first receive it. Thus, the New Evangelization invites all of us baptized Catholics to first receive the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ. Through daily scripture reading, reception of sacraments, faith sharing, prayer groups, personal testimonies, Eucharistic Adoration, rosaries, and other devotions, we will become aware how merciful Jesus really is! This awareness that Divine Mercy is accessible to all will inspire us to be instruments of Divine Mercy in our marriages, families, work place settings, parishes, and local community. This is the way us Catholics will transform our society. We will incarnate the love of Jesus Christ in all the aspects of our culture.
I look forward to praying and learning with you how we can all be instruments of Divine Mercy every day.
God Love you,
Rev. Ed Benioff

May – The Month Of Mary

Popular piety dedicates the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Devotion to Mary deserves special attention here in the United States where we are under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception.

Mother’s Day

We wish all the Mothers of our community, including those visiting our Parish, a Blessed and Happy Mother’s Day!

Organ Recital At Good Shepherd
Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Terry Hicks, Parish Organist/Choir Director will be playing an organ recital that will also involve singing by some of the women from the choir. Besides doing some chant, they will be singing an arrangement of “Panis angelicus” by Cesár Franck. Also, he will be playing an organ composition by Franck, music of J. S. Bach, Buxtehude (one of Bach’s mentors), an early French work based on “Veni Creator Spiritus” and a movement from a 20th Century composition about the Ascension. The usual requested minimum donation of $10 will go entirely to the Musical Events Fund to help underwrite future events.

I’m Thinking About Becoming A Catholic

I’m thinking about becoming a Catholic, but do I really want to? God calls in surprising ways! Why don’t you try it out?

Inquiry Night

This Monday, May 11th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. Be Courageous and see what God has in store for you. We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

On The Feast of Pentecost

In celebration of the Feast Day of Pentecost, the feast of the Holy Spirit, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, “birthday of the Church”, you are invited to wear something RED.

Single Parents Ministry
Last Tuesday Of Every Month

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 25, 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 Lrchegaray@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!

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Bundle Sunday

On Sunday, May 31, our Parish is having a Bundle Sunday for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. Please bring your useable clothing and useable household items on this day. Their truck will be here in our church parking lot. Please help them in their endless efforts to assist the needy. They are in great need of furniture and large appliances. Please phone (323) 224-6280 or (800) 974-3571 for free pickup of large items.

Good Shepherd Archives

We are just beginning a formal process of gathering historical records, photos and artifacts in order to establish a parish archive, and to prepare for our 100th anniversary which is just a few years away. We are forming a task force of parishioners who have experience with archives, record keeping, library science, interest in history, etc.
Do you fit into any of those categories? Or do you just simply have interest in being a part of this task force? If so, please contact Sr. Virginia at vstehly@gsbh.org or (310) 285-5425. Our first meeting of the new archive committee is this Tuesday, May 12 at 3 p.m. in the Parish Center.

Young Adults Group

Calling you — yes you—the 20’s –30’s—Help this group become vitally Alive—Energetic— 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.

Did You Know?
Adults are responsible for reporting abuse.

When any adult has reason to suspect that a child is being or has been abused, he or she has a moral (and often legal) responsibility to report suspicions to civil authorities. Reporting suspected abuse takes courage. Adults who take a stand for children and make the call are often responsible for saving a child from terrible torment. Learn more about how to identify and report suspected abuse by reading chapter 9.8.1 of the Administrative Handbook for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Go to: http://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9/section-9-8/topic-9-8-1

Funeral Ministry: Helping Families at the Time of the Death of a Loved One

Our parish community has teams of people who assist others at the time of Adult Baptism, Infant Baptism, Weddings, Confirmation, First Communion and every Sunday Mass. Do you think you might have this kind of sensitivity and compassion, to gently guide people in the preparation, prayer and burial surrounding the death of a loved one? Because of the increasing cost of burial, more and more families are choosing cremation for their loved ones. This gives the family greater flexibility in scheduling the Funeral Mass when more family members can travel and be present. This is a great benefit, but it often means that by the time the Funeral Mass is held, the funeral home is no longer involved. The funeral home provided a presence of hospitality and support at the Mass that is now often missing. We, as a community, need to provide that support and hospitality. Even at Funeral Masses when a funeral home is present we, as a community in Christ, can bring a sense of support. We can hold one another up in prayer and service. If you have interest in helping to form this ministry and want to learn more about how we can serve one another with bereavement care, please contact Joan Vos, Parish Liturgist, at the Parish Center (310)285-5425) or send an email jvos@gsbh.org. Thank you.

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Announcements for May 2-3

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Welcome, Fr. Ed!

This past week, Archbishop José Gómez announced the appointment of Fr. Ed Benioff as the new Pastor of Good Shepherd, beginning July 1.
Fr. Ed is a native of Los Angeles, comes from an athletic and teaching background, and was ordained a priest in 2007. He first served at Holy Trinity Parish in San Pedro, then as chaplain at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, and is the Director of the Archdiocesan Office for the New Evangelization. He brings many gifts of leadership, communication and teaching to his ministry here, focusing on a deep spirit of collaboration in the work of enabling God’s Kingdom to come alive in our midst.
Next week, we hope to feature a letter to you from Fr. Ed, but for now you can see him online at www.radiate.la, read his weekly column at www.angelusnews.com/voices/fr-ed, and follow him on Twitter @RadiateLA.
I’m delighted to welcome him as my successor as Pastor here at Good Shepherd.
I Love you,
Fr. Tom Welbers

Feeling Young At Heart

Welcome to our May 9th celebration in the Parish Hall at 11 a.m.
A Thailand Group, dressed in their native attire will perform in song & dance.
Come! Men, women, all are welcome.
Lunch at 12 Noon.
Donation is $10.
Do not miss this uplifting, relaxing program.
Please RSVP and call the Parish Center at
(310) 285-5425 to reserve your place.

Nepal’s Earthquake

This weekend, our Community of the Good Shepherd joins in the worldwide outpouring of love and support for our brothers as sisters who are suffering the effects of last week’s disastrous earthquake in Nepal.
Our parish is dedicating 10% of our Sunday collection to the work of Catholic Relief Services in Nepal. CRS, in union with Caritas International, is one of the first responders wherever in the world disaster strikes and immediate aid is needed. If you wish to make a donation to support the work of Catholic Relief Services in Nepal, please use the special colored envelope in the pew racks, or write “Earthquake relief” on the memo line of your check. Make it out to “Good Shepherd” and it will go in the special account for Nepal.
You can get more information and contribute online at the Catholic Relief Services website, www.crs.org.

Cantribution This Weekend – May 2 – 3

If you have forgotten your bag this weekend please bring them in the Parish Office by Wednesday morning.
Needs are great for:
Pasta, beans, rice, peanut butter, jam, vegetables, all sorts of canned tomato products, meats, toiletry items, baby food, diapers, canned fruits, desserts, and cold cereals.
Let’s give our all! Pour out your love by remembering bag of food to share.

I’m Thinking About Becoming A Catholic

I’m thinking about becoming a Catholic but, do I really want to? God calls in surprising ways! Why don’t you try it out?

Inquiry Night

May 11th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.
Be Courageous and see what God has in store for you. We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

More About Musical Events At Good Shepherd

Approximately two years ago, a generous donation from a parishioner laid the foundation for funding organ recitals and other special musical events such as the “Christmas to Candlemas” service. We try to recover the expenses through a minimum donation at the door. However, that does not always cover costs. My reason for writing about this is to invite other parishioners to donate toward the Musical Events Fund, which is not part of the general operating expenses of the parish. Plus, I would like to make everyone aware of some events coming up.
Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m., I will be playing an organ recital that will also involve singing by some of the women from the choir. Besides doing some chant, they will be singing an arrangement of “Panis Angelicus” by Cesár Franck. I will also be playing an organ composition by Franck, plus music by music of J. S. Bach, Buxtehude (one of Bach’s mentors), an early French work based on “Veni Creator Spiritus” and a movement from a 20th Century composition about the Ascension. The usual requested minimum donation of $10 will go entirely to the Musical Events Fund to help underwrite future events.
Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m., the children’s choir “Pueri Cantores” of San Gabriel Valley will be giving a concert. “Pueri Cantores” is an international organization formed in 1965 specifically to promote singing of liturgical music by students of high school age and younger. This particular choir will in fact be traveling to Rome for the international conference of the organization.
Your co-worker in Christ,
Terry Hicks

Single Parents Ministry

Last Tuesday Of Every Month

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 25, 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 Lrchegaray@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!

April Baptisms

We extend a special welcome to all the infant children who were welcomed into the Christian family here at the parish baptism last Sunday. May they always know God’s love and protection.
Andromeda Chaney
Lucinda Huart
Parker McIntire
Luca Mioni
Kian Rodrigues
Grace Travelstead
Vivian Uribe
Grayson Wall
Luciana Wittek
Alessandra Ysabel

What Is Get On The Bus?

“Get On The Bus” brings children and their caregivers from throughout the state of California to visit their mothers or fathers in prison.
As a fifteen-year-old girl participating in GOTB said, “Get On The Bus” makes us a complete family…even for just a little a little while”.

How Does Get On The Bus Work?

On the day of the trip, each child is provided a travel bag, a photo with his or her parent, and meals for the day (breakfast, snacks, lunch at the prison, and dinner). On the trip home, each child receives a teddy bear with a letter from his or her parent. In addition post-event counseling is available.
The prison’s visiting room is transformed into a fun, non-threatening family environment with child-centered activities. Children eat pizza, play games, or participate in arts and crafts with their mothers or fathers. This important visit provides a positive family interaction and allows children and parents the ability to reconnect after a long separation.

What Do The Parishioners Of Good Shepherd Church Do?

To help offset transportation, travel expenses and other costs, the parishioners at Good Shepherd help the GOTB Team raise funds by generously supporting our Annual White Elephant and Book Sale and Mother’s Day Card Sale. Volunteers’ help participating families complete the required documentation for the visit, help register the families on the morning of the trip, and provide chaperones for children who are traveling by themselves.
To date, $4,127.88 has been raised toward our goal of $10,000. Your continued generosity is greatly appreciated.

How Can You Help?

Drop cash into one of the Get On The Bus “Piggy Banks”
Purchase “Get on the Bus” Mother’s Day Card
**Make a check to “Get on the Bus” and put it in the collection basket
**If you use FaithDirect, make a donation using the “One-Time Gift”.
**Indicate our Church Code: CMC-01 with your donation.
This year, we have 8 teens (13 – 17 years old), 12 children (6 – 12 years old) and 5 (1 – 5 years old).

I Want To Serve Somewhere

I hear God calling me to give of my time, my service. I keep looking at the Parish Life Directory but, I have questions. Where do I go?
If this is you, please feel free to call one of the staff members, Joan, David, Wendy, Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425. They would be happy to talk with you and help you find where God is calling you. What if I am a new parishioner, just arrived… what would I do? We invite you to call any one of us.

Catholic Apps!

Do you have a favorite Catholic App for your phone or other electronic device? Send it to the church office via email and we will share it here in the bulletin for others to enjoy and appreciate. Thank you. Here’s the first to share; The #1 Free Catholic App is LAUDATE. The most popular and most comprehensive free Catholic App. Daily Mass Readings (with Saint of the Day and Reflections), Liturgy of Hours, Latin Liturgy of Hours, Latin Mass, New American Bible, interactive Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Seven Sorrows Rosary, Chaplet of St. Michael, Franciscan Crown Rosary, Latin Rosary, Latin Chaplet. Open itunes or Google Play to download.
Earth-shaking Faith
When I heard reports of the devastation from the earthquake in Nepal and neighboring countries, I thought of two things: I remembered a friend who had, a few years ago, climbed partway up Mt. Everest. I recalled what he had told me about the base camp, and my mind’s eye saw the pictures of his trip in a whole new, sad light – my friend and his father had been successful in their journey, but now, so many who had hopes of achieving the same goal had been killed in the act of achievement, buried by avalanches triggered by the quake. I prayed for these climbers-who-were-fallen, and for their families. And I prayed that those who were going in to retrieve and, possibly, rescue others would be kept safe and not lose hope.
The second thing I thought of was the destruction that had occurred to so many ancient buildings of faith, temples that had withstood so very much during their lifetime that were now little more than rubble. This is a tragedy, and not one easily overcome, considering the profound, centuries-long meaning instilled in each structure. I prayed that the prayers that had been lifted up by many in those houses of worship would be loosed on the world, swirling around those who remain, to ignite a fire of determination and steadfast belief.
For although the earthquake destroyed precious people and places, as the dust and the earth settle, there are still people who remain and a world ready to help.
Beyond the terror and the pain – yes, there is hope carried along by those who remain.
Peace,
Maureen — Good Shepherd Parishioner
Read more at http://www.maureenpratt.com

Young Adults Group

Calling you — yes you—the 20’s –30’s—Help this group become vitally Alive—Energetic— 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.

Parish Social Event Planning Team

Now what does that mean?
This is a group of people (anyone welcome) who desires as their gift to the parish to help plan ~ organize—make it happen—an event for the Parish. These social events will happen at different times throughout the year. If you are a person who likes to be a part of planning a Parish event from start to finish, please call the Parish Office (310) 285-5425.

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Announcements for April 25-26

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I am the Good Shepherd. A Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.
John 10:11

Celebrate Our Parish Feast Day Today, Good Shepherd Sunday

Come celebrate our Parish Feast Day today, April 26th, Good Shepherd Sunday with a Pancake Breakfast after each of the morning Masses. Plan to come, be there, stay and enjoy the gift of each other to celebrate being part of a Parish Family.
Prepare the Scripture of the day, John 10:11-18. Oh! Do not miss this wonderful celebration day, our Feast Day.

Congratulations To

Fr. Tom Welbers,
who will be celebrating 47 years of Ordination
and, to
Fr. Colm O’Ryan,
who will be celebrating 60 years of ordination.
Both our beloved priests were ordained on April 27th. Thank you dear Fathers for all your years of love and service to us. Our prayers, love and gratitude to you and for you.
God blesses you, – we do also.

Children Celebrating First Holy Communion

Elizabeth Zsuzsa Ahn,  James Peter Austin,  Alexia Beight,  Elisa Bonaparte-Wyse,  Lucien Bonaparte-Wyse,  Lara Leal Davies,  Onyinye Valerie Elumelu,  Nneka Vera Elumelu,  Ugo Vivienne Elumelu,  Scott Harris,  William Harris,  Eugena Lee,  Isabella Marie Mohr,  Oliver Robert Chapman Mohr,  Ronin Molina,  Jacob Perlmutter,  Anna Rosciszewski,  Jan Rosciszewski,  Zofia Rosciszewski,  Anabel Serra,  Andrew Shabtai, Cassidy Stone,  Clinton Emmanuel Valencia,  Samantha Madalaine Valencia,  Benjamin Ward,  Jackson Ward,  Gemma Hazel Wyles

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, April 28, 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!

Cantribution Weekend will be here May 2 – 3!

Remember, we aim for everyone bringing a bag of goods to share. Needs are great for:
Pasta, beans, rice, peanut butter, jam, vegetables, all sorts of canned tomato products, meats, toiletry items, baby food, diapers, canned fruits, desserts, and cold cereals. Parish Family, be ready! Let’s give our all! Pour out your love by remembering a bag of food to share.

The Good Shepherd Catholic School Book Fair

Our school will be having its annual book fair May 1st-3rd before and after each Mass in the Parish Hall. Please plan to stop by and browse their terrific selection of books to excite and inspire young minds. Books make a terrific gift for the young people in your lives and buying books at our book fair helps support our parish School.

I’m Thinking About Becoming A Catholic

I’m thinking about becoming a Catholic but, do I really want to? God calls in surprising ways! Why don’t you try it out?

Inquiry Night

May 11th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. Be Courageous and see what God has in store for you. We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

Wedding Liturgy Team

We don’t have a lot of weddings here at Good Shepherd, but we want to be sure that the weddings we do have are prayerful and holy occasions in the life of the couples and their families and friends. We have a small group of people who help with the planning of the wedding liturgy, rehearsal and day of the wedding. It is a very happy and important ministry, and they need your help! We need a few more people who are able to be present for rehearsals (usually on the Thursday or Friday before the wedding) and weddings (most often on a Saturday), to help bring all the tiny details of the ceremony together with beauty and prayer-fulness. If you think you can help, please contact Joan Vos, Parish Liturgist, at the Parish Office (310) 285-5425 or via email jvos@gsbh.org.
Thank you.

Story of the Word – May 1 & 2

Mark your calendar for a very special event: “The Story of the Word: how we got the Bible and what we can do with it.” This will be a weekend retreat with Fr. Tom Welbers, to be held in the Good Shepherd Room at the Parish Center beginning Friday evening, May 1 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., and continuing on Saturday, May 2, beginning with a light breakfast at 9 a.m., and concluding at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. It’s free, but we need to know how many will be coming. RSVP as soon as possible to the Parish Office at (310) 285-5425.

Save The Date!

The Church of the Good Shepherd Staff wishes to acknowledge all service ministry volunteers with a reception on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Your invitation is forthcoming, so mark your calendar!

Feeling Young At Heart

Welcome to our May 9th celebration in the Parish Hall at 11 a.m.
A Thailand Group, dressed in their native attire will perform in song and dance.
Come! Men, women, all are welcome. Lunch at 12 Noon. Donation is $10.
Do not miss this uplifting, relaxing program. Please RSVP and call the Parish Center at (310) 285-5425 to reserve your place.

Funeral Ministry: Helping Families at the Time of the Death of a Loved One

Our parish community has teams and teams of people who assist others at the time of Adult Baptism, Infant Baptism, Weddings, First Communion, Confirmation and every Sunday Mass. It’s time we gather a team of people who could be trained to assist families during a time of grief. Do you think you might have this kind of sensitivity and compassion, to gently guide people in the preparation, prayer and burial surrounding the death of a loved one? Because of the increasing cost of burial, more and more families are choosing cremation for their loved ones. This gives the family greater flexibility in scheduling the Funeral Mass when more family members can travel and be present. This is a great benefit, but it often means that by the time the Funeral Mass is held, the funeral home is no longer involved. The funeral home provided a presence of hospitality and support at the Mass that is now often missing. We as a community need to provide that support and hospitality. Even at Funeral Masses when a funeral home is present we, as a community in Christ, can bring a sense of support. We can hold one another up in prayer and service. If you have interest in helping to form this ministry and learn more about how we can serve one another with bereavement care, please contact Joan Vos, Parish Liturgist, at the Parish Center (310)285-5425) or send an email jvos@gsbh.org. Thank you.

LAMP SoCal

Liturgical Arts Ministry Project [LAMP SoCal] is a summer workshop open to boys and girls who are entering grades 9 through 12 and are involved in liturgical ministry in their parish our high school. The 5-day multi-cultural camp will be held at Mount St. Mary’s University (Chalon campus) in Los Angeles (Brentwood), CA. LAMP SoCal is designed to mentor high school students in liturgy, music and the liturgical arts during a week-long residential summer camp with leading Catholic pastoral, liturgical and music leaders from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and beyond. The program is designed to mentor and form the next generation of leaders in our Catholic communities.
Registration Fee: $550 per person
Registration includes five nights lodging, all meals, including lunch on Monday through dinner on Friday, and all activities.
Nonrefundable Deposit: $100 required with application. Housing: Girls and boys will be housed separately in double occupancy dorm rooms accommodations with adult supervision at all times. If you are interested, contact Joan Vos in the Parish Center.

Get On The Bus

Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30 trip.

Your help would be greatly appreciated!
You can make a financial donation in several ways:
1) Drop your cash donation into one of the Get on the Bus “piggy banks” located in the Parish Hall.
2) Make a check to “Get on the Bus.” On the Memo Line, indicate our CHURCH CODE: CMC-01. Drop your donation in the collection basket or bring it by the Parish Center.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
3) If you are a FaithDirect subscriber, you can make a donation using the “One-Time Gift” option. In the Optional Information section, enter “Get On The Bus, Church Code: CMC-01″ in the Notes.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
4) Purchase Mother’s Day Cards at our annual sale on April 25 – 26 and May 2 – 3.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity to help bring children and their Dads together for a special Father’s Day visit.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Travel games, Playing cards, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
You can leave the items at the Parish Center or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

Did You Know?

Administrative Handbook for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. For the first time, the Archdiocese has a Handbook that integrates a wide range of pre-existing resources, guides, manuals and other publications to offer a single comprehensive source of information on Archdiocesan administrative policies and procedures. This new resource also includes Chapter 9, a special section which provides detailed information about all of the Safe Environment policies, procedures, programs, forms and other resources utilized by the Archdiocese for the protection of our children and young people. Go to:  http://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9.

I Want To Serve Somewhere

I hear God calling me to give of my time, my service. I keep looking at the Parish Life Directory but, I have questions. Where do I go? If this is you, please feel free to call one of the staff members, Joan, David, Wendy, Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425. They would be happy to talk with you and help you find where God is calling you. What if I am a new parishioner, just arrived… what would I do? We invite you to call any one of us.

Together In Mission

As part of the Annual Catholic Appeal, Together in Mission supports 81 parishes and 63 schools throughout 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.
Parish Goal – $62,300
Amount Pledged – $87,964
Amount Paid – $71,434
Difference Over/(Under) Goal vs. Amount Paid: $9,134

Musical Events At Good Shepherd

Approximately two years ago, a generous donation from a parishioner laid the foundation for funding organ recitals and other special musical events such as the “Christmas to Candlemas” service. We try to recover the expenses through a minimum donation at the door. However, that does not always cover costs. My reason for writing about this is to give other parishioners the opportunity to donate toward the Musical Events Fund, which is not part of the general operating expenses of the parish. Plus, I would like to make everyone aware of some events coming up. Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m., I will be playing an organ recital (no longer than an hour), and the usual “donation” will go entirely to the Musical Events Fund to help underwrite future events. In fact, there will be two more events after my recital in May. Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m., the children’s choir “Pueri Cantores” of San Gabriel Valley will be giving a concert. “Pueri Cantores” is an international organization formed in 1965 specifically to promote singing of liturgical music by students of high school age and younger. This particular choir will in fact be traveling to Rome for the international conference of the organization. Our last event will be an organ recital Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m., played by Cheryl Van Ornam of Richmond, Virginia. More details about all of these programs will be in future bulletins.
Your co-worker in Christ,
Terry Hicks

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Announcements for April 18-19

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

Sacrament of Confirmation

We shout with joy as our parish’s Teens and Adults celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation Presided by Archbishop José Gomez this Sunday at St. Paul the Apostle Church
Teens:
David Laurenti
Brendan Nisperos
Nicolette Nuzzi
Anthony Talamantes
Karl Joshua Torres
Kendra Traynor
Serafina Trevino
Jake Weiler
Matthew Weiler
Erin Winarto
Adults:
Ashley Adams
Julia Collao
Alba Correa
Jody Gwyn Green
Rhoda Harris
Idalia Santos
Alberto Snaidero
Helen Yun
Marie Zalameda
Thank you for answering the call!

Celebrate Our Parish Feast Day
April 26th – Good Shepherd Sunday

Come celebrate our Parish Feast Day on April 26th, Good Shepherd Sunday with a Pancake Breakfast after each of the morning Masses. Plan to come, be there, stay and enjoy the gift of each other, to celebrate being part of a Parish Family.
Prepare the Scripture of the day, John 10:11-18. Oh! Do not miss this wonderful celebration day our Feast Day.

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, April 28, 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!

Story of the Word – May 1 & 2

Mark your calendar for a very special event: “The Story of the Word: how we got the Bible and what we can do with it.” This will be a weekend retreat with Fr. Tom Welbers, to be held in the Good Shepherd Room at the Parish Center beginning Friday evening, May 1 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., and continuing on Saturday, May 2, beginning with a light breakfast at 9 a.m., and concluding at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. It’s free, but we need to know how many will be coming. RSVP as soon as possible to the parish office at (310) 285-5425.

Save The Date!

The Church of the Good Shepherd Staff wishes to acknowledge all service ministry volunteers with a reception on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Your invitation is forthcoming, so mark your calendar!

All Persons Feeling Young At Heart

On Saturday, May 9th, we will have the privilege of a dance group for our entertainment. Do not miss this! Program at 11 a.m. followed by lunch. More details next week. Please call the Parish Center at (310) 285-5425 to make your reservation.

A Day of Renewal & Prayer for Healing

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Jerome Parish Hall, 5550 Thornburn St., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Speaker: Bob Canton from St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Stockton.
Council Member: Vatican-based International Cath.
Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS)
Member of Assoc. of Christian Therapists
Member of Filipino Pastoral council, Stockton Diocese
No registration. Please bring a sack lunch.
For more information, contact Donatus or Murglen Muoneke at (323) 294-1940.

Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A Catholic?

Has this question crossed your mind or are you interested in completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation? Feeling like you are in a small boat or on a stormy sea, looking for peace, for a meaningful life, a life of courage, energy, fire, passion? “Women – Men, do not wait if you hear God calling deep in your heart – Run! Pick up that phone now!” God so desires to be a part of your life.
Welcome To Our Inquiry Sessions
May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. No obligation. Give us a call or just come. We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

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.

First Holy Communion

The 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 25 will be the celebration of First Holy Communion.

Bible Online

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

California Safely Surrendered Baby Law

Implemented in 2001, and becoming 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:  many newborns were safely surrendered in Los Angeles County this year alone. For more information, visit www.babysafe.ca.gov

Did You Know?

Administrative Handbook for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
For the first time, the Archdiocese has a Handbook that integrates a wide range of pre-existing resources, guides, manuals and other publications to offer a single comprehensive source of information on Archdiocesan administrative policies and procedures. This new resource also includes Chapter 9, a special section which provides detailed information about all of the Safe Environment policies, procedures, programs, forms and other resources utilized by the Archdiocese for the protection of our children and young people. Go to:  http://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9.

Get On The Bus

Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30 trip.
Your help would be greatly appreciated!
You can make a financial donation in several ways:
1) Drop your cash donation into one of the Get on the Bus “piggy banks” located in the Parish Hall.
2) Make a check to “Get on the Bus.” On the Memo Line, indicate our Church Code: CMC-01. Drop your donation in the collection basket or bring it by the Parish Center.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
3) If you are a FaithDirect subscriber, you can make a donation using the “One-Time Gift” option. In the Optional Information section, enter “Get On The Bus, Church Code: CMC-01″ in the Notes.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
4) Purchase Mother’s Day Cards at our annual sale on April 25 – 26 and May 2 – 3.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity to help bring children and their Dads together for a special Father’s Day visit.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Travel games, Playing cards, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
You can leave the items at the Parish Center or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

Musical Events At Good Shepherd

Approximately two years ago, a generous donation from a parishioner laid the foundation for funding organ recitals and other special musical events such as the “Christmas to Candlemas” service.
We try to recover the expenses through a minimum donation at the door. However, that does not always cover costs. My reason for writing about this is to give other parishioners the opportunity to donate toward the Musical Events Fund, which is not part of the general operating expenses of the parish. Plus, I would like to make everyone aware of some events coming up.
Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m., I will be playing an organ recital (no longer than an hour), and the usual “donation” will go entirely to the Musical Events Fund to help underwrite future events.
In fact, there will be two more events after my recital in May.
Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m., the children’s choir “Pueri Cantores” of San Gabriel Valley will be giving a concert. “Pueri Cantores” is an international organization formed in 1965 specifically to promote singing of liturgical music by students of high school age and younger. This particular choir will in fact be traveling to Rome for the international conference of the organization.
Our last event will be an organ recital Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m., played by Cheryl Van Ornam of Richmond, Virginia.
More details about all of these programs will be in future bulletins.
Your co-worker in Christ,Terry Hicks

Save The Date May 1st – 3rd

The Good Shepherd Catholic School Book Fair
Our school will be having its annual book fair May 1st – 3rd before and after each Mass in the parish hall. Please stop by and browse their terrific selection of books to excite and inspire young minds. Books make a terrific gift for the young people in your lives and buying books at our book fair helps support our parish school.

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