Announcements for February 16-17

Office Closed Presidents Day

Both the School and Parish Office will be CLOSED this Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Parish Office will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 19th and, the School will reopen on Thursday, Feb. 21st.

Lenten Abstinence

All of the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence for Catholics who are at least 14 years old. Abstinence means abstaining from meat from animals such as cows, chickens, pigs, and goats. Fish and other seafood, however, are permitted.

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 for formation and training in this miraculous ministry on Wednesday, February 20, 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting will begin in the Parish Center and move to the Church.

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. For more information email; or call (310) 285-5425 to let us know when you are coming.

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 L.A. 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

St. Vincent de Paul

God helps our business when we help his. With your support, you share in our efforts to help his business of caring for his needy.

Prime Time Generation Oscar Party/Potluck

If you are over 40 (but have absolutely no intention of acting your age), then you sound like our kind of people! Join us on Sunday, February 24th at 5 p.m. for a Meet and Greet Potluck/Oscar-viewing Party. We’ll eat, drink, get to know one another and watch the Oscars together. Space is limited, so please, RSVP by Wednesday, February 20th to (When RSVP’ing, please specify what food you’ll bring.) Location details will be provided to those who RSVP. Mark your calendars, we have some exciting upcoming events (something for everyone)!

  • Saturday, March 9: Griffith Park Hike. Lace up those walking shoes and let’s get physical! Starting Time: 11 am
  • Saturday, April 6: Petersen Auto Museum. For all the car enthusiasts! RSVP and Sign-up at:

Live with a little more zest, a little more humor, and a little more friendship!

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: February 23 & 25, March 9 & 11, and April 6 & 8. Everyone is welcome to join.
For more information, please call (310) 285-5425.

Evening Prayer on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

If you’d like to try a new kind of prayer, join us for evening prayer each Wednesday this Lent. We’ll gather at 5:30 p.m., so you can join us on your way home from work for 15-20 minutes. Evening prayer is centered on the psalms, so this is also a good way to become more familiar with these ancient prayers. We have some books for you to use, but if you have your own, please bring it in case we run out of books to distribute.

Thank You

Thank you so much to all who attended our extremely successful 2nd Annual Mardi Gras party. Special thanks must be given to a few folks, starting with Rina Falcone for her generous contribution which made the event possible. Mardi Gras would not have been what it was without the talent of our esteemed chef and parishioner Alan Traynor who generously donated his time and skills creating our amazing New Orleans-styled dinner. Please show your support by considering him for your next catered event by contacting him at:
Once again, dessert was a heavenly treat! Please also show your support to parishioner Lina Kahwaji of C Bon La Crepe Catering, who provided the delicious dessert crêpes for the evening. She may be reached at: for all your crêpe needs!
Obviously this event could not have been put together without the support of our numerous, phenomenal committee members, volunteers and additional donors. The list is too long to mention everyone and many of you wished to remain anonymous but you know who you are and you all made this a tremendous event. Here’s looking forward to Good Shepherd’s 3rd Annual Mardi Gras party next year! Until then, have a blessed Lent and a Joyful Easter.
Sincerely, Jonathan Roumie

Help Needed

Sr. Virginia is in need of a person who would have time to do some computer work for her on occasion, for example, making flyers, preparing schedules etc.., etc. Please call the parish office at (310) 285-5425 or email;

Lectio Divina: A Lifetime of Prayer

Please Join Us For A Lenten Evening With Brother Bede. All are Welcome and Please Bring a Friend! Lectio Divina an ancient monastic practice of sacred reading endures to the present day. God’s Word is ever new, and although a practice with ancient roots, Lectio Divina continues to speak to us today. During our time together we will review the aspects of the practice of Lectio Divina and then make applications to our present circumstances. Brother Bede Healey, O.S.B Cam, is the Vice Prior of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur. A monk for 30 years and also a clinical psychologist, Brother Bede is interested in the interplay of psychology and spirituality, and in understanding how best to apply ancient monastic practices to our lives today.

Date: March 7th and repeated on March 8th
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Place: Good Shepherd Catholic Church Bedford Dr./ N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Young At Heart Senior Group

The Young at Heart meeting for February has been CANCELLED. No meeting in February. The next meeting is the second Saturday of the month and is scheduled for March 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Lunch follows and the fee is $10.
We need your support to help us increase our Young at Heart membership. Please invite your friends or family to our Young at Heart meetings. You will enjoy the speaker/program of the month. We extend a warm welcome to new parishioners.
Please check the church bulletin for forthcoming events. Come join the fun! For more information, please call the parish office at (310) 285-5425.


This weekend we celebrate the Rite of Election for the following people who will receive, complete their Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and, Confirmation:

Candidates              Sponsors
Doug Dombek           Ted Humphreville
Kiley Fox                    Michelle Gluss
Jessica Franks           Nick Gozza
Eustace Hicks            Nick Kenworthy-Browne
Jean Claude Lamarre       Vanessa Walkowiak
Rita Lewis                   Miranda Ginelli
Karenlin Madoff        Pamela Staton
Ray Mata                    Nathan Donohoe
Priscila Peterle          Carrie Hanley
Antonia Pittari          Nicole Krakowski
Engracia Porter         Jasmin Saputra
Dennis Quintela        Philip Grocher, Ken Klimaszewski
Catherine Raichel     Jose Cazares
Gigi Ruegsegger        Natalie Hanley
Robert Ruegsegger   Jason Ricks
Kavita Sainanee        John Nguyen
Amber Seaboldt        Rochelle Perkins
Jeanne Wilson           Magdelena Messenger

They are now called “The Elect.” They will go to the Cathedral on Sunday at 6 p.m. to celebrate this Rite with the Archbishop and other parishes in the Archdiocese.

Did You Know?

Archdiocese Abuse Prevention & Reporting Brochure Is Online: The Archdiocese of Los Angeles “Working Together to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse” brochure is available online in English and Spanish. The brochure lists all of the Archdiocese’s Safe Environment offices and contact information, as well as how and where to report abuse or suspected abuse to civil authorities in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The Brochure is available for download in English at:

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