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Why Are You Afraid?

Why are you terrified?

That’s the question Jesus asks his disciples in today’s gospel, and he asks each of us the same question.

But you know what? This is another case of a softened translation. Because the word attributed to Jesus in the original Greek is stronger. It’s more like “coward.”

Imagine Jesus asking you, “Why are you a coward?” Ouch!

Today’s story continues the exploration of faith. Because the opposite of faith is not doubt, as we may assume. In the gospel, the opposite of faith is fear. It’s not doubt that plagues us and challenges our faith. It’s fear of what may happen if we truly embrace the Gospel. Continue reading

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Announcements for June 20-21

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

Our Parish family wishes all the Fathers, including those visiting our parish, a blessed and Happy Father’s Day!

Rosary And Mass For Peace

On Tuesday evening June 23, St. Monica Parish (725 California Avenue, Santa Monica 90403) will host an evening of prayer to honor Mary as the Queen of Peace and to pray for peace in the world. The Rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 7 p.m. Please join us for this special night to pray for peace.

Farewell Reception for Father Tom

The Farewell Reception for Father Tom is on June 28 after the 12:30 p.m. Mass. If you are interested in helping with the preparation of this event, please contact Elizabeth Nguyen at liezelps@msn.com.

Calling All Parents!

On June 30, at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, the Single Parents Ministry will be hosting its very first event, and it is open to all parents! Thomas Y. Simon, MFT, is a Santa Monica psychotherapist seeing couples and individuals. He specializes in helping couples improve communication and works with individuals to help resolve anxiety, depression, and problems with career, family, and low self-worth. Learn more at www.ThomasYSimon.com. He will be presenting “3 Ways to re-Connect…” A conversation about how to better manage couples conflict in our families. Is this an issue for you? Please RSVP by June 21 to Elizabeth.negotiator888@gmail.com or lrechegaray@gmail.com

Come Celebrate 4th of July!

Special Mass at 10 a.m. Let us pray together and thank God for His many blessings to our country. A reception will follow after Mass. If you wish, you may bring a platter of fresh fruit or coffee cake to share. There is no 8 a.m. Mass, but we will have the 5:30 p.m. Mass as usual. All are welcome!

Cantribution Weekend!

Here it comes—July 4-5!
You outdid yourselves last month! Let’s do it again. Pantry donation guide:
Canned meats and fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, fresh produce, pasta, crackers, cereal, beans and rice, canned sauce, vegetable oil, soup and broth.
Please do not include items that have expired or packaged in glass containers.
If you cannot bring it this weekend, bring a bag of canned goods to the office when you can. Thank you for your loving generous gifts. God bless you.

Divorced and/or Separated

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

Our Year with God’s Word

Now that the busyness of the Easter season and all different age group graduations have finished, we can turn our focus to our declaration of “Our Year with God’s Word” here in the parish. The year runs from Easter Sunday 2015 to Easter Sunday 2016. It was inspired by the Saint John’s Bible which is the first hand inscribed and illuminated bible in the last 500 years. It was a project of St. John’s College and Monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota. In the spirit of this work, we are offering some fun summertime events.

On Saturday, July 11 (the feast of St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine order which established and maintains St. John’s College and Monastery, as well as the publishing house, Liturgical Press), in the Good Shepherd Room of the Parish Center from 10:00-11:30 a.m., we will be showing the film “The Illuminator,” which aired on BBC in 2011 and is the story of the main artist and calligrapher, Donald Jackson (head scribe to Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family), and his journey to becoming the main artist and supervisor of the St. John’s Bible project. After the film, we will be given a simple demonstration of calligraphy by Ricardo Abellan, one of our parishioners (10:30 usher).

Some of the art pieces in the St. John’s Bible are in the style of iconography, so on the following Saturday, July 18th from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, we will be watching some other brief film clips about the St. John’s Bible, and these will be followed by a demonstration of iconography offered by another parishioner (and parish wedding team coordinator), Mary Anne Cosgrove, who is an artist and iconographer. We hope you can join us. Please call the parish office to reserve your space. Thank you.

Sunday, July 19
Immigration Mass 2015

Last year, thousands came from the Archdioceses of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino to fill the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants. Please join us this year on Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. for Mass with Archbishop Gomez.

Children’s Liturgy Of The Word

We will be on a summer break from CLW for the month of July. Please look forward to the start-up on Sunday, August 2. For more information and/or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Wendy Rappé at (310) 285-5425.

Did You Know?

You can help children prepare for natural disasters. When parents and caregivers or other family members deal with crisis situations calmly and confidently, children feel more confident and secure. A child’s reactions are influenced by the behavior they see. The better prepared you are, the more reassuring you may be during an emergency. To help prepare your family, develop a disaster plan and assemble a supply kit. For more information and emergency preparedness tips, visit bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov.

Volunteer for the Special Olympics World Games in LA this Summer!

Looking for service opportunities for you and your children this summer? The Special Olympics World Games are coming to L.A. July 25 through August 2. Be a “Fan in the Stands” and show your appreciation for these world-class athletes! Anyone over the age of 14 can be a Team Leader and earn service hours while cheering on Special Olympians. See the below information and sign up yourself, family, friends or parish group today! To become a Team Captain, visit: http://www.la2015.org/volunteer/fans-in-the-stands or email Kimberly at Kimberly.villa@LA2015.org

Habitat For Humanity – Cat holic Build

Help Create a Needy Family’s New Home. Construct part of someone’s house — we could be roofing, painting or doing landscaping — it’s whatever they need done at that point in the build.  But don’t panic — there will be experts there to guide you if you’ve never put up drywall! It is a very physical 8-3:30 day — but one that’s also very rewarding! We will also need to raise about $2,500 to help with the house build. If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful outreach project, please contact Milkah LoScalzo as soon as possible. Our Build Date is Saturday, August 15. When enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details. For more information please contact Milkah at (310) 975-4519 or email milkahdl@gmail.com

The Culture Project
Coming to L.A. For A Full Year!

The Culture Project International is sending a bilingual team of six young adult missionaries to Los Angeles from October 1, 2015 – May 30, 2016. They offer dynamic presentations on the virtue of chastity and the dignity of every human life to middle and high school students, as well as parishes, confirmation classes, youth groups, and young adult groups. Learn more about The Culture Project: www.restoreculture.com
Schedule your classroom or whole school presentation now! Contact Life, Justice, and Peace Project Coordinator Kevin Kast at kkast@la-archdiocese.org.

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.

Husbands, give your wife a special gift!
Plan a weekend away just for the two of you!

Enrich your marriage by attending the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on August 7-9, 2015. Weekends fill up quickly, so we strongly encourage signups by July 1 to reserve your spot. Apply Online at www.ilovemyspouse.net or contact Sarah and Jacob Flores at (562) 923-7335 or Ginny & Boon Hazboun at (562) 861-7562 for more details.

Fr. Tom invites you to join him on a Pilgrimage to explore the life, times, and spiritual depth of St. Francis in his native town, Assisi, Italy. This two-week adventure will take you Rome, too. October 23 to November 4 (with optional 2 extra days in Rome with Fr. Tom). $3,200 double occupancy, land only – not including airfare. See the flyers at the doors of the church and in the hall for a detailed itinerary, a registration information, or visit www.tomwelbers.net. Hurry, reservations must be made by the end of July.

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Announcements for June 13-14

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Organ Recital June 14

At 3 p.m. on June 14, Good Shepherd is hosting an organ recital by Cheryl Van Ornam.
The recital includes music by 17th & 18th Century composers of Germany, France, Italy, plus 20th Century composers of England, France, and the USA. Cheryl resides in Richmond, VA, and is active as a church musician. Besides having a Masters in Organ Performance & Church Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, she has had further instruction from outstanding teachers in of the USA, Canada, and Europe. A suggested donation of $10 will collected at the door.

Farewell to Ruddy Garcia

After many years of serving the Good Shepherd Parish Community, Ruddy is leaving us. We extend a warm thank you to Ruddy for his many years of faithful service, and we wish him well in the future. We will miss you.

Farewell Reception for Father Tom

The Farewell Reception for Father Tom is on June 28 after the 12:30 p.m. Mass. If you are interested in helping with the preparation of this event, please contact Elizabeth Nguyen at liezelps@msn.com.

The Daughters of St. Paul Book Exhibit

The Daughters of St. Paul are here this weekend, visiting our parish for a Book Exhibit.
Pauline Books & Media is part of their larger apostolic mission of spreading the Gospel through social communication. The Sisters will be bringing books for all ages, DVDs about the lives of Saints, music by the Daughters of St Paul Choir, and much more. These items will be available for purchase after the Masses. You can also visit their Pauline Books & Media Center at 3908 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230. Their hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ministry Volunteer Reception

Our Church of the Good Shepherd Ministry Volunteer Reception took place Tuesday evening, June 9. About 140 ministry leaders and service ministry volunteers gathered in fellowship, made new friends, and enjoyed a delicious catered meal. Thirteen church and school staff members facilitated the evening, which culminated with a beautiful prayer service.
On behalf of Fr. Tom and the entire Good Shepherd staff, we thank all of those who answered the call for your dedication to be “Jesus’ hands and feet” to the service of our parish family and community. We look forward to seeing more volunteers at next year’s reception!

Rosary And Mass For Peace

On Tuesday evening June 23, St. Monica Parish will host an evening of prayer to honor Mary as the Queen of Peace and to pray for peace in the world. The Rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 7 p.m. Please join us for this special night to pray for peace. 725 California Avenue, Santa Monica 90403.

Save The Date
Saturday, July 4 – 10 a.m. Mass

On Saturday, July 4 there will be only one Mass at 10 a.m. followed by a reception in the Hall. Come, pray, celebrate as a parish family the birthday of our Country. Let us thank God for the blessings of our United States of America. There is NO 8 a.m. Mass

Calling All Parents!

On June 30, at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, the Single Parents Ministry will be hosting its very first event, and it is open to all parents! Thomas Y. Simon, MFT, is a Santa Monica psychotherapist seeing couples and individuals. He specializes in helping couples improve communication and works with individuals to help resolve anxiety, depression, and problems with career, family, and low self-worth. Learn more at www.ThomasYSimon.com. He will be presenting “3 Ways to (re-)Connect…” A conversation about how to better manage couples conflict in our families. Is this an issue for you? Would you like to have some tools to help resolve bad feelings between partners and increase harmony, warmth and cooperation in the whole family? The conversation will also address ways to prevent parent conflicts from negatively impacting the children of the family. Please RSVP by June 21, so we know how much food to bring and how many chairs to set up. This conversation is designed for parents only, no children will be permitted. If babysitting is a problem, please let us know, so we can plan for that service.
RSVP to Elizabeth.negotiator888@gmail.com or lrechegaray@gmail.com

Did You Know?

You can help children know they are understood. As parents, educators and volunteers, we want children to know that we are not only authority figures in their lives, but also people they can trust. To foster authentic trust with children, it is important that they know that you understand them. One of the simplest ways to do this is by repeating back what children are telling you. When you do this, you are affirming to the child that they are heard and understood. For complete VIRTUS® Article and more communication tips email:  jvienna@la-archdiocese.org.

Habitat for Humanity – Catholic Build

Bringing catholic parishes toghether to build a home. Help Create a Needy Family’s New Home. Construct part of someone’s house — we could be roofing, painting or doing landscaping — it’s whatever they need done at that point in the build.  But don’t panic — there will be experts there to guide you if you’ve never put up drywall! It is a very physical 8-3:30 day — but one that’s also very rewarding! We will also need to raise about $2,500 to help with the house build.
If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful outreach project, please contact Milkah LoScalzo as soon as possible. Our Build Date is Saturday, August 15.
When enough interested folks respond, we will have a brief meeting to begin to work out details. Milkah:  (310) 975-4519 or email; milkahdl@gmail.com

Pre-Need Planning

Making cemetery and mortuary arrangements in advance of need is both a loving and financially wise thing to do. Advance planning provides a family reassurance, comfort and peace of mind. Such thoughtfulness relieves family members from shouldering the burden during a most stressful time, allowing for careful decision making in an unhurried atmosphere, and assuring that your expressed wishes will be followed.
The added affordability of working with today’s prices as opposed to tomorrow’s can also represent a significant savings. You owe it to yourself and to your family to explore the many advantages of advance planning. To know more, please call (310) 836-5500 ext. 1.
A representative can answer any questions you may have.

Volunteer for the Special Olympics World Games in LA this Summer!

Looking for service opportunities for you and your children this summer? The Special Olympics World Games are coming to L.A. July 25 through August 2. Be a “Fan in the Stands” and show your appreciation for these world-class athletes! Anyone over the age of 14 can be a Team Leader and earn service hours while cheering on Special Olympians. See the below information and sign yourself, family, friends or parish group up today!To become a Team Captain visit:  http://www.la2015.org/volunteer/fans-in-the-stands or email Kimberly at Kimberly.villa@LA2015.org

Beverly Hills Public Library Program

This program helps adults learners improve their reading, writing, and comprehension skills. You would need to complete the two hour Tutor Training Workshop and, after being matched with an Adult learner, tutor once a week for a minimum of six months. For more details please call (310) 288-2207.

Young Adults Group

Calling you — yes you—the 20 – 30 year-olds. 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.

Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy

Fr. Tom invites you to join him on a Pilgrimage to explore the life, times, and spiritual depth of St. Francis in his native town, Assisi, Italy. This two-week adventure will take you Rome too. October 23 to November 4 (with optional 2 extra days in Rome with Fr. Tom). $3,200 double occupancy, land only – not including airfare. See the flyers at the doors of the church and in the hall for a detailed itinerary a registration information, or visit www.tomwelbers.net. Hurry, reservations must be made by the end of July.

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Announcements for June 6-7

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

Priest Retirement Fund

This weekend a special collection will be taken up for the Priest Retirement Fund.
The Priest Retirement Fund offers us a way to give back to our Catholic priests who have served us so faithfully. Your contributions will help archdiocesan priests live modestly and peacefully in retirement.
Help us offer thanks for their years of devotion to God and faithful service to our parish communities.
The envelopes are available in the pews.

Cantribution Weekend

This weekend is Cantribution Weekend. Please bring your bags of non-perishable food to help the poor.

Professional Entertainment Fellowship

“A big thank you to everyone who helped out and attended the Professional Entertainment Fellowship event last weekend with Robert King from “The Good Wife”. We packed the hall and many were inspired to hear Mr. King speak.
A special thank you goes out to Father Tom for bringing Mr. King to the Fellowship table and Michael Caraway for making the event a logistical reality. God bless all our volunteers, service providers and attendees who, together, made the evening with Mr. King one of most (if not the most) well attended event in our two year history. We are ever grateful. – Jonathan Roumie, Chairman; Richard Winter-Stanbridge, Co-Chair.
For more info on our ministry please go to: www.facebook.com/goodshepherdpef or e-mail us at goodshepherdpef@gmail.com

Volunteer Appreciation Reception Tuesday, June 9 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. RSVP to dtrevino@gsbh.org

Organ Recital June 14

Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m., Cheryl Van Ornam will present a recital that includes music by 17th & 18th Century composers of Germany, France, & Italy, also 20th Century composers of England, France, and the USA.
Cheryl resides in Richmond, VA, and is active as a church musician.
Besides having a Masters in Organ Performance & Church Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, she has had further instruction from outstanding teachers around the USA & Canada.
There will be a suggested minimum donation of $10 collected at the door.

Farewell Reception for Father Tom

The Farewell Reception for Father Tom is on June 28th after the 12:30 p.m. Mass. If you are interested in helping with the preparation of this event, please contact Elizabeth Nguyen at liezelps@msn.com.

Single Parents Ministry

“The Single Parents Ministry will be hosting an event, “3 Ways to (re-)Connect”, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room.
Santa Monica psychotherapist, Thomas Simon, will be speaking about improving family relations with a particular emphasis on avoiding negative impacts to children when having domestic disputes. All parents are welcome. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please see the bulletin for details and to RSVP.”

Save the Date!
Sunday, July 19

Immigration Mass 2015
Last year, thousands came from the Archdioceses of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino to fill the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants.
Please join us this year on Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. for Mass with Archbishop Gomez.

Divorced and/or Separated

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

Did You Know?

Safety is an important part of summer fun.
Summer is almost here. School is almost out, and many new opportunities for recreation and relaxation await. Maybe you are sending your children to a music or sports camp? Or maybe they have been invited by their friends to go camping in the mountains or at the beach? Whatever the situation, it is important to remember that parents have the responsibility of controlling access that new people will have to their children. If your child will attend a summer camp, insist that counselors or anyone else who might have access to your children have undergone an application process that includes a criminal background check and reference checks. Learn more here: http://www.acacamps.org/child-health-safety/child-abuse/standards

Calling All Parents!

On June 30, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room, the Single Parents Ministry will be hosting our very first event, and it is open to all parents!
Thomas Y. Simon, MFT, is a Santa Monica psychotherapist seeing couples and individuals. He specializes in helping couples improve communication, and works with individuals to help resolve anxiety, depression, and problems with career, family, and low self-worth. Learn more at www.ThomasYSimon.com.
He will be presenting “3 Ways to (re-)Connect…” A conversation about how to better manage couple conflict in our families. Is this an issue for you? Would you like to have some tools to help resolve bad feelings between partners and increase harmony, warmth and cooperation in the whole family? The conversation will also address ways to prevent parent conflicts from negatively impacting the children of the family.
Please RSVP by June 21, 2015 so we know how much food to bring and how many chairs to set up. This conversation is designed for parents only, no children will be permitted. If babysitting is a problem, please let us know so we can plan for that service.
RSVP to Elizabeth.negotiator888@gmail.com or lrechegaray@gmail.com

Get On The Bus

Wow! What a wonderful day the children had with their fathers last Saturday, May 30th. Thanks to you, our amazing parish family who donated funds and other items for the trip, our Get on the Bus Team was able to send 16 children and their caregivers to San Luis Obispo’s California Men’s Colony for a special Father’s Day visit with their dads.
The children enjoyed quality time with their fathers, including playing games, face painting and sharing a meal. Above all, they got to receive hugs and kisses! The day couldn’t have been better – it was warm and sunny with gentle breezes, which made enjoying each other’s
company in the outdoor courtyard a pleasant experience. At the end of the day, each child received a framed family portrait with their dad, as well as a book of stamps and stationery, so that they can keep in touch once they return home.
On behalf of the Get on the Bus Coordinators, Betty Nguyen and Melanie Overby, we wish you an extremely heart-felt Thank You for making this year’s event another success!
We especially want to extend our deepest gratitude to our amazing volunteers who helped with the travel day event, including helping transport participating families to Good Shepherd at 3:30 a.m. and back home after the trip at 7:30 p.m.
Our Parish Staff:  Fr. Tom Welbers, Sister Virginia, Wendy Rappé, Andres Orejuela
Morning Event Managers:  Sharon Monroe, Lee Reed
Family Check-in:  Karen Boyle, Anna Grimm, Christine Elisabeth, Brenda Valdez, Susan Kelsey
Transportation:  Adriana Frausto, Aurora Manabat, Jamie Murphy, Severin Nesselhauf, David Treviño
Photographers:  Anne Czarkowski, Ana Greenwood
Parking Greeters/Escorts:  Marcus Anderson, Eric Cansler, Ron Greenwood, Tom Haberkorn, Gerry Hoyme
Breakfast Servers:  Shirley Ephraim, Margaret Kame, Claudio Ludovisi, Lisa Manesh, Kate Martin
Caterers:  Pierre Schillinger, Alan Traynor (Crack of Dawn Catering)
And, to our wonderful special angels who contributed the funds to meet our $10K goal, we are grateful for your generosity!
Are you interested in helping Get On The Bus 2016? Please join us for a planning meeting on Saturday, June 13th, at 10 a.m., in the Parish Office-Good Shepherd Room. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to David at dtrevino@gsbh.org. You could be our next Bus Coordinator!

Young Adults Group

Calling you — yes you—the 20 – 30 year olds. 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.

Beverly Hills Public Library Program

This program helps adults learners improve their reading, writing, and comprehension skills.
You would need to complete the two hour Tutor Training Workshop and, after being matched with an Adult learner, tutor once a week for a minimum of six months. For more details please call (310) 288-2207.

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Announcements for May 30-31

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

Priest Retirement Fund

The Priest Retirement Fund offers us a way to give back to our Catholic priests who have served us so faithfully. Your contributions will help archdiocesan priests live modestly and peacefully in retirement. Help us offer thanks for their years of devotion to God and faithful service to our parish communities.The envelopes are available in the pews this weekend and next.

Blessing and Dedication of our new statues

We will have a brief ceremony of blessing and dedication of the new statues in honor of Our Blessed Mother after the 12:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, May 31.

Professional Entertainment Fellowship

“The Professional Entertainment Fellowship will have their bi-monthly meeting THIS SUNDAY, May 31st, at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. Our special guest speaker will be Robert King, who is co-creator and showrunner of the hit CBS TV show, “The Good Wife”. Please join us for an insightful discussion with Mr. King​ on Career and  Faith. Refreshments will be served. ​For more info, go to:www.facebook.com/goodshepherdpef.”

An Evening Of Peaceful Prayer
Sunday, June 7, 2015

Come and join together with other members for a brief evening of prayer and reflection in honor of The Feast the Body and Blood of Christ.
Schedule:
5:30 pm Mass
6:30 pm – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
6:30 – 7 pm – Adoration with Reading and Taize Chants
7 – 7:15 pm – Brief Spiritual Talk on “Living a Eucharistic Life” Benediction and Reposition
7:30 pm – Social

Remembering Sister Barbara Ann

Sister Barbara Ann McConnell, CSJ of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 64 years, died on Sunday, May 24th. She was the first person Fr. O’Ryan employed in 1991, when he became pastor. They attended a workshop in Orange to learn all they could about the RCIA. In 1991, the RCIA process was initiated at Good Shepherd. She led the RCIA process and the classes for Confirmation for the teenagers until October 2004. Due to serious illness, she retired at Carondelet Center. Sister Barbara Ann also helped with the liturgy of the Parish whenever possible. She will be remembered by many for a wonderful sense of humor, her loving smile, and her deep love of Scripture. Sister fostered in the lives of those in the RCIA process a desire to ponder the Scriptures and to have quiet time for prayer. She had a great regard for the poor — the homeless, as she referred to each as “God’s little ones.”
The Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 pm at Carondelet Center. Located at 11999 Chalon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90049. We are confident that God greeted Sister Barbara Ann — “Well done my beloved”, and welcomed her HOME. May she rest in peace.

Farewell to Our Dear Ethel
Yes, Ethel Olah who has worked here and volunteered here since 1991, will be moving on to new adventures. She has been blessed to find a new home at Nazareth House on Manning Avenue. We will miss you, Ethel ~ the twinkle in your eye, your ready smile, your compassion, your inclusive welcoming of each person you met along the way, your willingness to be of service wherever and whenever you were needed or offered help.
You blessed the RCIA and Teen Confirmation processes with your guidance, wisdom, and love of sharing the Scriptures, and you called forth many a person to share your ministry of sacristan.
Yes, Ethel ~ you will be missed ~ but, we will call – invite you back often to share your presence with us, the Good Shepherd Parish Family you love dearly. You touched our hearts and lives, and we are blessed because of you. Our prayers and love go with you as you go forth to new horizons. God be with you on the way.

Cantribution Weekend: June 6-7

Please begin filling your bags of non-perishable goods to help those in need.

Get On The Bus

The kids are traveling this weekend to see their fathers. There will be a full report to come…

Organ Recital
Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m.

Cheryl Van Ornam will present a recital that includes music by 17th and 18th Century composers of Germany, France, & Italy, also 20th Century composers of England, France, and the USA. Cheryl resides in Richmond, VA, and is active as a church musician. Besides having a Masters in Organ Performance & Church Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, she has had further instruction from outstanding teachers around the USA & Canada.
There will be a suggested minimum donation of $10 collected at the door.

Save The Date: Sunday, June 28

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

Looking For A place To Belong

Are you feeling alone, new to the parish, or looking for a place to belong for:
Friendship
Lots of laughter and conversation
Meeting wonderful people
People of all ages
Enjoying the gift of each other
A room that rocks with the joy of smiles, love, energy
Where: On Sundays after the three morning Masses in the Parish Hall with coffee and refreshments. Don’t miss out. All are welcome! Try it, you may be surprised. Come!

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  • Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Mass: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.
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