Announcements for February 8-9

Bring in Your Blessed Palms

Lent will be here before you know it! It’s time to collect our palms from past Palm Sundays and bring them to the church so they can be burned for our Ash Wednesday ashes. In this way we take a symbol of celebration and burn it to create a symbol of repentance. This weekend, February 9-10, baskets will be placed on the altar steps for your old palms. There you are invited to join us after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on February 10 for a brief ceremony to burn the palms. These are the ashes we will use on the following Wednesday, February 13, Ash Wednesday.

Father Daughter Dance

The 2nd Annual Good Shepherd Catholic School Father Daughter Dance is this Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall (immediately following the 5:30 pm Mass).

Lenten Events Calendar

As we begin the season of Lent this month, all parishioners are invited to participate in the following Lenten events. Take the opportunity to prepare your hearts for Christ’s passion, death and resurrection this spring.

Ash Wednesday, February 13
6:30 a.m. Mass with Ashes
8:20 a.m. GS School Mass with Ashes
12:05 p.m. Mass with Ashes
5:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Word with Ashes
7:30 p.m. Mass with Ashes

Stations Of The Cross

February 15, 6:30 p.m. February 22, 6:30 p.m.
March 1, 6:30 p.m. March 8, 6:30 p.m.
March 15, 6:30 p.m. March 22, 6:30 p.m.

Lenten Supper In Parish Hall
February 15, 7 p.m. February 22, 7 p.m.
March 1, 7 p.m. March 8, 7 p.m. March 15, 7 p.m. March 22, 7 p.m.

Reconciliation Service
March 5, 7:30 p.m.

Prepare for Lent—Are We Ready?

Are we ready for Lent? Lent calls us to return to God with our whole heart. Take time to prepare the readings for Ash Wednesday, Joel 2:12 – 18, 2 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:2 Gospel Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18. All kinds of spiritual helps w8ll be at all doors of the church on this day! God invites us to an Adventure of Love! Let’s be ready dear Parish Family!

Attention All Current Extraordinary Ministers Of Holy Communion (EMHCs)

Good Shepherd will be offering a “REQUIRED” formation meeting for ALL current and new EMHCs. Please join us on one of the dates below for formation and training in this miraculous ministry:
Wednesday – 2/20/2013 – 7 – 9 p.m.
The meeting will begin in the Church and move to the Parish Center. Whether you have been a EMHC for a long time or are just beginning, this program is for you. Because this training is so essential, you are required to participate in one of the two sessions above. Please mark your calendars to attend one of this date/time; For more information email; or (310) 285-5425 to let us know when you are coming. Thank you.


On Saturday, February 16th during the 5:30 Mass, our catechumens and candidates will take part in the Rite of Election. This means that they say, “Yes” again to follow the call and way of Jesus. On the testimony of their godparents, the catechists, you their parish family, decide they are ready for the Sacraments of Initiation. From this day forward they will be called “The Elect” and will write their name in the book of Election. On Sunday, they will join all the parishes of the Archdiocese at the Cathedral for a ceremony with Archbishop Jose Gomez. Please continue to pray for them during this Lenten period.

Children’s Liturgy Of The Word Comes To Good Shepherd!

“Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:14) As we begin 2013 and celebrating the Year of Faith, we are proud to announce the start-up of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) at Good Shepherd. This will be held every Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, beginning on Sunday, February 17. This is for children in Kindergarten – 3rd Grade. CLW is designed for the children to encounter the Word of God at their level of understanding. As each child is created in God’s image, he or she will have the opportunity to develop a personal relationship – an Encounter – with Jesus Christ through the Gospel. During the Mass, the priest will invite the children to come up to the front of the altar, and the catechist(s) will be ushering the children outside and through the parish hall, into the designated room prepared for the children’s liturgy. Once the session concludes, the catechist(s) will be assisting the children back into the church to join their family members, and continue celebrating Mass. Please be advised that the children’s dismissal is NOT a discontinuing or an interruption of Mass, but a continuum of the celebration of the whole Liturgy that constitute the “Mass”. For more information and/or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Wendy Rappe at (310) 285-5425.

Schedule for the Bible Study Group

We are studying the spirituality of each Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and the lives of two saints (or other 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 include: February 11, February 23 & 25, and March 9 & 11. Everyone is welcome to join. For more information or to obtain the study materials before the next session, please contact John at (310) 285-5425, or

A Musical Event

Good Shepherd will be hosting organist James Casey in recital on Sunday, February 24, at 3 p.m. Jim is organist for St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood, and Music Director of St. James Episcopal School in LA. His Bachelor’s from Drake University is in organ and church music, and his Master’s in organ is from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. There is a suggested minimum donation of $10 which will be collected at the door. A reception in the Hall will follow the recital.
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) – Sonate II
Herbert Howells (1892-1983) – Master Tallis’ Testament
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) – Prelude & Fugue in B Minor (BWV 544)
Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) – Forlana
César Franck (1822-1890) – Prelude, Fugue & Variation
William Bolcom (b. 1938) – Just as I Am
Eugène Gigout (1844-1925) – Toccata

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