We wish all the Mothers of our community, including those visiting our parish, a Blessed and Happy Mother’s Day!
Motherhood Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. – Anonymous
Gathering Of Ministers
This Tuesday, May 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Parish Center
According to our Yearly Tradition of Planning, the Gathering of Ministers is the time when ALL those involved in groups and ministries have a chance to give feedback to the Commissions about what has happened so far this year, to offer ideas about what the Commissions are planning for the next year and to identify new Leadership Commission members. Join your fellow stewards of service! Sponsored by the Pastoral Council. Light dinner will be served. For more information, please call the parish office at (310) 285-5425.
Pentecost Is Coming!
This is the feast of the Holy Spirit – the birthday of the Church – May 18-19. The liturgical color for this day is RED, symbolizing the fire of love. You are invited to wear a touch of RED this day. To celebrate this day there will be a Pancake Breakfast after each of the morning Masses! Come one – come all. Join your parish in this Birthday Celebration.
An Extended Pentecost Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. At this special Mass, we will recall: (1) how the apostles gathered together in an upper room and devoted themselves with one accord to prayer and (2) then at Pentecost, how tongues of fire came to rest upon the apostles and filled them with the Holy Spirit. The Mass will include several Old Testament readings, a New Testament reading, and a Gospel reading. In addition, the teens from our parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 28 will join us at this Mass, and will help us to recall how we received the Sacrament of Confirmation in years past. This special Mass will be somewhat longer than usual, but should end no later than 7 p.m. Afterward, everyone will be invited to the Hall for a reception and to congratulate the teens for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The celebration of Pentecost will continue at the Masses on Sunday, May 19 (8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.). At the 10:30 a.m. Mass, the members of the RCIA Program who were newly baptized and newly received into the Church at the Easter Vigil will receive a special blessing and a reception for them will follow in the Hall after the Mass.
Schedule for the Bible Study Group
We are studying the spirituality of each Gospel, and the lives of two notable Christians who have lived out that spirituality. We meet in the Parish Center every other week on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 noon, with a repeat on the following Monday from 7 – 9 p.m. The upcoming meetings will be on: May 18 & 20, June 1 & 3 and June 15 & 17. Everyone is welcome to join. For more information, please call (310) 285-5425.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, there will be one Mass at Good Shepherd, at 10 a.m.
Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A Catholic and/or Completing Your Sacraments?
Something is stirring in your heart, you hear, “Come—Come! Closer.” What will you do? Life is passing! Are you ready for the greatest adventure of your life with God?
Inquiry Sessions Continue
May 22 & June 5
7:30 – 9 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 Sr. Virginia at (310) 285-5425, e-mail email@example.com or, Penny Lane (310) 739-8762.
Next “Bus Stop” – Travel Bags!
The bus to the prison will leave Good Shepherd Church parking lot on Saturday, June 1st at 6 a.m. in the morning. The ride to prison in San Luis Obispo lasts approximately 4 hours. Each child is given a travel bag with items he/she can use during the ride to the prison. Below is a list of suggested items, by age level, that can be put into the bags.
Under 9 years old: coloring books, crayons, puzzles, toy cars, small toys, easy read books, easy card games such as Go Fish, Old Maid or Crazy Eights. We currently have 33 children under 9 years old registered for our buses. Over 9 years old: sports and teen magazines, journals, playing cards, brain teasers, books, travel sized games, Kleenex packages, sketch pads and pencils. We currently have 30 children over 9 years registered for our buses.
Please bring the items for the bags (over the weekend) to the Parish Hall or during the week to the Parish Center.
Volunteers Still Needed
If you are interested in being a volunteer on Saturday, June 1st at 4:30 am in the morning to help greet, check-in, and meet with the children and families before they “get on the bus” please contact Lucas at 1 (617) 388-9456 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 7-9, 2013 - A “Beginning Experience” weekend will be held at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino for those who’ve experienced the loss of a spouse through death or divorce/separation. This program helps a person move from the darkness of grief into the light of a new beginning with renewed hope. Beginning Experience is recognized by the Office of Family Life for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The ministry’s website is www.beginningexperience.org. For info/registration, contact Peg Setti at (818) 767-1007 and, email email@example.com or Maria Rojas (bilingual/Spanish) at (310) 365-0186.
Married Couples, Need A Summer Getaway? Attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend!
Summer is a great time to spend a weekend away together to reconnect, and to rediscover your spouse. Weekends take place in a local area hotel, and all sharing is private with your spouse. A series of presentations made by married couples and a priest teach valuable communication tools and much more! Many couples complete the weekend with a renewed sense of togetherness, romance and deeper communication. Join us on our next WWME weekend June 28-30 in Los Angeles. We strongly encourage signups by June 3 to reserve your spot! Visit www.ilovemyspouse.net to apply or contact Sarah & Jacob Flores at (562) 923-7335 or Vinny & Tanya Calingasan at (424) 777-WWME (9963).
Did You Know?
Cell Phones: A mixed blessing
Cell phones with photographic capability are a great blessing but they can certainly be misused as well. Have a healthy suspicion of anyone using a cell phone in an awkward or unusual way. Be especially cognizant of any suspicious cell phone use in areas where people could be in various states of undress or where children are gathered. If you see someone using a cell phone in a way that appears suspicious, don’t be afraid to ask what he or she is doing or to alert someone in a position of authority about your concerns. For a copy of the complete VIRTUS® article above “Taking A Closer Look at Cell Phone Video Voyeurism” email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Was Imprisoned And You Visited Me
We have good news to report! Central Juvenile Hall is now allowing new Catholic volunteers to visit teenagers again. However, you must complete a VISTO (Volunteers in Service to Others) application and return it to the Chaplain by the 15th of the month prior to your initial visit. If you would like to receive an application please contact Barbara Gunning at email@example.com or call the parish office at (310) 285-5425. Please get your application back to the chaplain by May 15 if you want to visit on Sunday, June 2. This will be the next opportunity for new volunteers to visit teenage inmates at Central Juvenile Hall. On June 2, we will meet in the Good Shepherd parking lot at 7 a.m. and carpool downtown together for a brief orientation followed by 8 a.m. Mass. After Mass, we will visit with the teenagers in small groups for about an hour followed by a longer orientation with the Chaplain.
Volunteer Sacristans Are Needed For All Masses
A sacristan is someone who serves by working with the Sacred.
If you volunteer, you will serve as part of a Sacristan Team. The team members will work together to prepare the altar and the sanctuary for the celebration of Mass, and will supervise clean up afterwards. For example, a Sacristan Team will set out the Sacred Vessels and the vestments, determine the number of hosts and the amount of wine needed, light the candles, set out the books and the worship aids, and assist a new or a substitute priest who may not be familiar with the parish. On Sundays, you would serve at your usual Sunday Mass. If you feel that God may be calling you to serve our community in this way, please call Ethel at (310) 285-5425 for more information and training.
2013 Pilgrimage Presentation
Summary: This is an announcement that 2013 Pilgrimage Presentation will occur on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Description: Pilgrims who traveled on the Early Christian World Pilgrimage to Turkey will join Fr. Tom in a presentation to the parish about this wonderful experience. Photos and videos, and sharing and discussion will be featured. Turkish delights will be shared as well.
Prime Time Generation For People Over 40
If your goal is to live with a little more zest, a little more humor, and a little more friendship, come join us!
Friday, June 7:
Argentine Tango Dance Class @ 8 pm
Untangle your two left feet at the L.A. Dance Experience Studio, located at 1941 Westwood Blvd. RSVP for all of the details.
July: Dodgers Game
August: Concert in the park
RSVP/sign-up at: PrimeTimeGenBH@gmail.com
Beverly Hills Meals On Wheels Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers to drive and deliver meals to homebound seniors in and around Beverly Hills. We deliver Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. To volunteer and for more information, please call Pat Jacobs at (310) 423-3517.