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January 25

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Professional Entertainment Fellowship

The Professional Entertainment Fellowship invites you today, January 25th, from 7-9 p.m. (right after the 5:30 Mass) in the Parish Hall to come celebrate the New Year with Faith, Food and Fellowship. All who work in the Entertainment Industry are encouraged to attend!

Cantribution Sunday

January 31 – February 1: Let’s Go Over The Top!
Please remember to bring your bag of nonperishable goods 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.

Did You Know?

Instagram: Photo and Video Posting Dangers for Young People
Teens and tweens frequently post photos online using their cell phones. One of the most popular mobile applications (apps) for photo sharing is called Instagram…Instagram allows members to digitally edit, upload and share photos and short videos with other members through the Instagram website, email, and other social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumbler, and Flickr, all with a single click. The biggest danger for young people is that the photos and videos that they are posting on Instagram are accessible to countless unintended viewers…which means the images can be viewed by anyone in the world. For complete VIRTUS® Article with helpful tips email:  jvienna@la-archdiocese.org.

Looking for Volunteers – You!

Possibilities:
Refreshments on Sunday mornings:
Help set up and/or help serve
Choose a Mass or do all three
Come as an individual, a couple or as a family
Oh, the joy you receive as you serve others
Sunday Sip – 5:30 Sunday evening Mass:
On the 2nd Sunday of each month
Can help set up, serve, buying refreshments to eat and drink
This is a grand experience – lots of energy!
Will you be there to light the fire?
Please call Sister Virginia at the Parish Office for more information (310) 285-5425.

Baby Bottle Drive

Did you pick up your baby bottle last weekend? This is your opportunity to fill it with a generous check/cash to help the East L.A. Pregnancy Center. Bottles can be picked up during the week at the office and, on Sunday in the Parish Hall. You may also make a donation online at www.elapc.com
All bottles must be returned to the Parish Office or to Church this weekend January 24-25. Thank you for doing your part to help the pro-life movement.

Church of the Good Shepherd Parish Student Choir
For students ages 9-14 – Grades 3-8

The Parish Student Choir is directed by Nick Kenworthy-Browne, Good Shepherd parishioner and member of Music Ministry and Leadership Council. Rehearsals on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Office Building, Conference Room 3, 504 N. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills
Rehearsal Dates:  January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24.
The Parish Student Choir will be singing for the following masses: 12:30 p.m. Mass on Sundays:  February 1 and March 1
Parents are encouraged to sing with us on these Sundays.
Please encourage your child to join. Partaking in these sort of activities helps on their high school applications, and is great fun!

First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Come to First Saturday, February 7th, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the Spirituality of Saint John Paul II.
Come to Pray the Rosary
Consecration Mass
Teaching of Saints John Paul II
Healing Prayer with a First Class Relic of St. John Paul II
Date:  Every First Saturday of the Month
Location:  Our Lady of the Bright Mount Parish
Address:  3424 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018
Time:  10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
For more information, please contact: Brother Mauricio at (323) 404-1621 or email mauriciototustuus@hotmail.com

Now Recruiting: Amy’s Angels!

Residents of Country Villa (Fairfax and Willoughby) who don’t have visitors get a nice surprise every month – a visit from an Amy’s Angels. Amy’s Angels, a new outreach ministry, was formed last year when one of our resident homeless, taken ill, lived out her days at the Villa. Parishioners visiting our “Amy” realized there were many individuals at the Villa, from all walks and in all stages of life, who were alone and would welcome a friendly hello. After Amy’s passing, this group of Angels continued to visit, carpooling from church the third Tuesday of the month to be present for these folks from 2-3 p.m. As Amy’s Angels grows, other days and times can be arranged; Spanish and Russian speaking parishioners (or their friends) would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to find out more, please call Ethel at (310) 274-3068.

Rosary

The Rosary is being recited Tuesdays after the Noon Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel located in the Parish Center from 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Communal Anointing of the Sick – February 7-8, 2015

The theme of Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Sick being celebrated on February 11, 2015 is “I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame,” taken from the book of Job.
“Wisdom of the heart means being with our brothers and sisters. Time spent with the sick is holy time.
It is a way of praising God who conforms us to the image of his Son, who “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28). Jesus himself said: “I am among you as one who serves” (Lk 22:27). Wisdom of the heart means going forth from ourselves towards our brothers and sisters. Occasionally, our world forgets the special value of time spent at the bedside of the sick. Since we are in such a rush caught up as we are in a frenzy of doing, of producing, we forget about giving ourselves freely, taking care of others, being responsible for others. Behind this attitude there is often a lukewarm faith which has forgotten the Lord’s words: “You did it unto me’ (Mt 25:40).” (Pope Francis, “Sapientia Cordis – the Wisdom of the Heart” Dec. 30, 2014)
To mark the World Day of Prayer in our parish, and in response to Pope Francis’ call to join in solidarity with those who are sick, we will be including an Anointing of the Sick ritual at the Saturday 5:30 p.m. Mass on February 7th and at all Masses on Sunday, February 8th. We extend a special invitation to all those who are sick and usually homebound, requesting that families, friends, neighbors make an extra effort to bring them to Mass that weekend. Receiving the grace of God, while surrounded and embraced by the prayer of the community, can often be a very healing time for those who are ill and elderly. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to see and feel how important they are to our community and to know that they are always remembered in our thoughts 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 Nights continue Mondays, February 9th and March 16th.

Parish Family

Let’s wake up, encourage one another to get on board. When we give of ourselves, we have more life, more zest in our being and besides that, giving of yourself is giving who you are to be of service to Jesus by serving others. Please call Sr. Virginia at the Parish Office (310) 285-5425 for the choice you have made.

2015 Year of Consecrated Life World Day

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Monday, February 2, 2015 and in parishes on the weekend of February 7-8, 2015. Please pray for all those who have made commitments to the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day.
May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.
Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life:
O God, throughout the ages You have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give You thanks for these courageous witnesses of faith and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to You. Continue to enrich Your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Celebrate your union at the World Marriage Day Mass 2015
Sunday, February 8, at 10 a.m. (English) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)

World Marriage Day honors husband and wife as head of the family, for the beauty of their faithfulness, and the sacrifice and joy in daily married life. Couples celebrating significant wedding anniversaries such as their 25th, 50th, 60th (or more) are invited to World Marriage Day Mass for a special recognition and blessing by the celebrant. The World Married Day masses will take place on Sunday, February 8th at 10 a.m. in English and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish.

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.

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Come and See

In today’s gospel reading Jesus calls his first disciples.

John the Baptist tells his disciples that Jesus is the one to follow. Two of them come up to him. When Jesus asks what they want, they stammer and appear at a loss for words. They offer some small-talk: “Where are you staying?” Polite conversation. We’ve all asked the same question at parties: Where do you live?

But Jesus does not appear to be big on small talk. His response to their polite chatter is a dare: “Come and see.”

And so they do. At least one of them stays for the rest of his life. This is Andrew, the only one of the original pair called by Jesus who is named in Mark’s gospel.

Andrew goes to his brother Simon and tells him he has to meet this guy Jesus. So Simon goes to meet him, and Jesus gives Simon a nickname: Rock, or Peter.

You know what happened to Peter, who became the first bishop of Rome and whose successor today is Pope Francis. But do you know what happened to his brother Andrew? Continue reading

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Announcements for January 17-18

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Announcements for January 10-11

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Surprises from near and far

The Solemnity of the Epiphany is the one feast throughout the year which draws together past, present, and future in one dimension, with distant lands and nearby neighborhoods in another dimension.

The word “epiphany,” from the Greek, means manifestation. It was originally used to describe the King”s triumphal entry into a city or territory that he had conquered.

However the coming of the prince of peace has turned this warlike image of military victory upside down. Continue reading

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