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Getting rid of what doesn’t belong

My homily for this Sunday, the Third Sunday of Lent. (You can find the Scripture readings here.)

Quite a scene in the Jerusalem Temple today!

This wandering preacher from a hick town out in the boondocks comes to the big city with his ragtag band of followers, goes to the most important building in the center of the city, and starts disrupting commerce there, attacking the merchants with whips, scattering herds of animals all over the place, overturning tables and throwing massive piles of coins on the ground. What’s going on?

A little background. At the time of Jesus, the vast majority of Jews lived outside Jerusalem, for example in Galilee, where Jesus came from, but also as far away as Rome, Alexandria, or even Spain.

Each year there were three major Pilgrimage feasts, when pious Jews would travel to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices in the Temple.

Because it’s difficult to travel long distances bringing sheep or oxen (or even turtledoves) with you, merchants set up shop around the Temple to sell these animals needed for the sacrifice. Continue reading

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Announcements for March 7-8

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

White Elephant/Book Sale

Our Get on the Bus White Elephant and Book Sale is this weekend, March 7 – 8. Our goal is to raise $10,000.00 to pay for two buses, meals and other travel-related expenses to send children of all ages to visit their fathers in prison in the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Thank you for the books, clothes and all types of other trinkets and items that have been donated for this event!
Mark your calendar… Get on the Bus Mother’s Day Card Sale will be April 25 – 26 & May 2 – 3.

Young At Heart For All

Come one—Come all if you are feeling Young At heart!
When: Saturday, March 14th
Where: Parish Hall at 11 a.m. followed by lunch. Donations accepted. Our guest is Carolyn McKenna. She will be do stretching and balance exercises with us. So, dress casual.
Please call the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425 to make your reservation.

Pray the Stations written by Pope Francis

Stations of the Cross, 6:30 p.m. each Friday during Lent.
Lenten Supper in the Good Shepherd Room at 7 p.m. each Friday after the Stations.

Catholic Relief Services Collection

Next weekend, March 14-15th, our parish will take up the Catholic Relief Services Collection. This Collection supports six Catholic agencies that touch more than 100 million lives around the world. The funds from this Collection provide food to the hungry, support to displaced refugees, and show Christ’s love and respect to all people. Please give generously to the Catholic Relief Services Collection and help Jesus in disguise.

Reconciliation Service
March 24, 7:30 p.m.

Please take note: There will be no 5:30 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday.

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2015

Join us March 12, (Youth Day), March 13 – 15, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center for the 2015 Religious Education Congress. Visit www.RECongress.org. To obtain a Registration Guidebook contact your religious education office at your parish or call the RECongress information line at (213) 637-7348.

Parish Student Choir

For students ages 9-14 – Grades 3-8
Rehearsals on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Office Building. Next rehearsals are, March 17 and 24. The choir will be singing at the Palm Sunday, March 29, Mass at 12:30 p.m. Choir pizza party after Mass.

RCIA News

The 12 members of the RCIA who were the Catechumens and Candidates are now called The Elect. This Lenten season is a very special time for them, as well as for all of us. You will receive a picture of one of them with a short bio. You are invited and encouraged to pray for that person in particular and bring a card for that person. This means the world to them. Thank you in advance for your love, support, encouragement 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 Night is on Monday, March 16. For more information, please call Sr. Virginia at (310) 285-5425.

An Evening of Peaceful Prayer, Experience Taizé
Sunday, March 22, 2015

For the young professional person, between working tirelessly day after day to establish your career, plus creating a comfortable home for yourself, and struggling to build relationships that work, life can become very complicated and stressful. This evening is a chance to rest in peaceful prayer. So many of us come to Good Shepherd Church for that sense of peace. Come and join together with other members your age for a brief Lenten evening of prayer and reflection.
Schedule:
4:30 p.m. Light refreshments in the Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. Mass in Church
6:30 p.m. Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration with Scripture readings and Taizé chants, concluding with Benediction at 7:15 p.m. Brief Break
7:30 p.m. Speaker – Fr. Mark Villano, C.S.P.
7:45 p.m. Night Prayer
Although this evening is centered on the prayer needs of the young professional, members of our parish, everyone is always welcome!

Teen Confirmation Movie Night

Friday, March 27, 7:15 p.m. at Good Shepherd School, 148 S. Linden Dr., Beverly Hills
Full Service Movie & Dinner! Please join us Friday, March 27, 7:15 p.m. for our Teen Confirmation Movie Night! Come enjoy a showing of the inspirational movie 23 Blast (PG-13), and a full service dinner featuring LA’s famous Tito’s Tacos. Just come, sit, and enjoy the show!!! All proceeds will go to The Freeman Foundation and The National Federation of the Blind.
Movie: $15 Minimum Donation
Movie & Dinner Suggested Donation $25 – $30
Cash or Check made payable to Good Shepherd Church
Here is the Freeman Foundation info:  http://www.travisfreeman.org/about-the-foundation/

Professional Entertainment Fellowship

“Save the Date” for Sunday, March 29th, 7 p.m. for the next Professional Entertainment Fellowship meeting.

Still Looking for Help to Stop Physician Assisted Suicide!

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Life, Justice, and Peace is working with the Coalition of Californians Against Assisted Suicide to form and train teams from parishes to visit legislator offices to encourage opposition to the Physician Assisted Suicide Bill, SB 128. If you are interested, please call Kathleen Domingo at (213) 637-7236 or email, KDomingo@la-archdiocese.org

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.

Parish Archivist Needed

Are you a person who likes to keep records and pictures of events? You are the one the Parish needs. Please call the parish office at (310) 285-5425 and volunteer yourself!

Wake Up! Parish Family!

Did you hear the news? Did you take your copy of our “Parish Life Directory”? This brochure shows you the ministries and groups in our parish. And, there will be more news coming out in the weeks ahead. Giving of one’s self, gives you more Life, more Zest in your being! In other words, we COME ALIVE! Come On, Parish Family—Let’s set the world on fire with love! So, check out where you can give of yourself and pick up your phone, send an email, and get going! Tomorrow & Tomorrow is too late! For more information please call the Parish Office (310) 285-5425.

Before Mass Quiet Contemplation during the Season of Lent

All of our lives are so filled with sound, and often noise! The holy season of Lent calls us to simplify our lives so that we can see and hear clearly the love of God that surrounds us. As a means to help us reduce the noise of life, we are all invited to join in five minutes of quiet contemplation, sitting in the presence of God, before every Mass during Lent. The season of Lent has always called each of us to the practices of prayer, fasting and alms giving. Perhaps these five minutes of contemplation before Mass would be a prime opportunity to fulfill the call to prayer as one of your Lenten promises this year. Why not consider coming to Mass early during this holy season, and join others in your parish family in these five minutes of quiet prayer before Mass?

“Lent provides a focus for us to ‘set things right.’ And what might those ‘things’ be? If we are unsure about what might need setting straight in our life, we can respond to the following questions: What has led me to deter from my desire to be my best self?
Who or what has tumbled from my heart either by choice or by unawareness?
Have I strayed from my intention to live my faith well?
Is the path from my heart to the heart of Christ a straight and steady one?”
– Sr. Joyce Rupp, O.S.M. from Living Faith:
Daily Catholic Devotions published by Creative Communications for the Parish

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Our Lenten Processional Cross

During Lent we are using an Ethiopian processional cross. This very intricate style of cross is similar to those used by Coptic Christians as well. When we see it, may it help us to remember in prayer the persecuted Christians of Africa and the Middle East. Continue reading

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Assumptions and the Akedah

What color is this alb? White or blue?

This past week The Dress caused us all to rethink what we assume may be apparent to everyone. My assumptions about something that is very clear to me can be very wrong. And once I can accept that fact, I am open to conversion, to forming my life to newly discovered facts that have always been there but that I never noticed.

On Ash Wednesday Scott Taylor, the deacon at All Saints Episcopal Church, and I went out to distribute ashes on the streets of Beverly Hills. Standing at three different street corners, we imposed ashes on about 100 people. For each, as I imposed the ashes, I said “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

To repent means to act on a new realization about my life. It means to change directions based on a new reality, to undergo a conversion from one way of life to another. Repentance is what happens at a fork in the road.

There are many great stories of conversion. The impetus for conversion is often a dramatic break in our assumptions, the way one perceives or understands the world or one’s place in it. Continue reading

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Announcement for February 28 – March 1, 2015

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

Set Clocks Forward

Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday, March 8. Please remember to set your clocks forward one hour.

Lenten Events Schedule

Stations of the Cross – 6:30 p.m.
Each Friday during Lent .
Lenten Supper in Good Shepherd Room
7 p.m. Each Friday after the Stations
Reconciliation Service
March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Please take note: There will be no 5:30 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday.

Cantribution Sunday is this weekend February 28 & March 1

Let’s Go Over The Top! Please bring your bag of nonperishable goods to the Parish Hall or the Parish Center Office by this Wednesday, March, 4 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.

White Elephant/Book Sale

Our annual fund-raiser for Get on the Bus is scheduled for the weekend of March 7 – 8 after each Mass. This is a good time to start an early Spring cleaning, sort through what you haven’t used in a while (or will never use) and donate these items to help us raise transportation funds. Start bringing your donated items, such as usable clothes, pots and pans, electronics, trinkets and books, to the Parish Center Office or parish hall. Thank you for continued support of the Get on the Bus Program!

Mark your calendar…

Get on the Bus Mother’s Day Card Sale – April 25 – 26 & May 2 – 3

Baby Bottle Drive – Thank You

The East L.A. Pregnancy Center would like to thank you for your participation in the Baby Bottle Drive Event in January 2015. A total of $2,992.03 was raised to help support the goals and services of the East L.A. Pregnancy Center. Thank you, everyone, for your overwhelming support and generosity! For a tax receipt, or to continue donating monthly, please contact Lily Felix at (323) 728–1292 or email lily@elapc.com. Thank you for taking a stand for life!

40th Anniversary of the Rice Bowl

40 years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to famine in Africa. Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving? The answer was yes—and it came in the form of a small cardboard box. St. Monica Catholic Community in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Oregon Catholic Press (OCP) is sponsoring a free concert event “Bring Lent to Life” commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Rice Bowl at St. Monica Catholic Church Friday, March 6, at 8 pm. Join us for a night of prayer, worship and witness to celebrate 40 years of helping people in need around the world. The evening begins with a not so typical Fish Fry at 6 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. and concert featuring Ben Walther, worship leader and OCP recording artist, and Thomas Awiapo, inspirational speaker for CRS originally from Ghana. Bring the whole family! For more information visit us livestream from home at www.stmonica.net/live

Young At Heart For All

Come one—Come all if you are feeling Young At heart!
When: Saturday, March 14th
Where: Parish Hall at 11 a.m. followed by lunch. Donations accepted.
Our guest is Carolyn McKenna. She will be do stretching and balance exercises with us. So, dress casual. Please call the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425 to make your reservation.

Married Couples…prepare your hearts for Easter in a special way!

Experience a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend this Lent and return with a refreshed relationship, full of hope and joy. Renew your Sacrament and your love for each other now! Our next weekend is March 20-22 in Torrance. Learn more about us!
Visit www.ilovemyspouse.net to apply or contact Sarah & Jacob Flores at (562) 923-7335 or Ginny & Boon Hazboun at (562) 760-6277.

Parish Student Choir

For students ages 9-14 – Grades 3-8
Rehearsals on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Office Building. Next rehearsals are, March 3, 10, 17, 24. The choir will be singing at the Palm Sunday, March 29th, Mass at 12:30 p.m. Choir pizza party after Mass.

First Saturday Mass in Honor to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

“Jesus wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world.” —Our Lady of Fatima.  Come every First Saturday of the month to adore and pray in a consecration Mass in honor to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Where:  Our Lady of Mount Bright Church (the Polish Church)
Address:  3424 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Hour:  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Date:  Saturday, March 7, 2015
By coming, you fulfill Our Lady’s request. We will have healing prayer with a first Class Relic of St. John Paul II, teaching about the spirituality of St. John Paul II “Totus Tuus”.

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2015

Join us March 12, (Youth Day), March 13 – 15 at the Anaheim Convention Center for the 2015 Religious Education Congress. Visit www.RECongress.org. To obtain a Registration Guidebook contact your religious education office at your parish or call the RECongress information line at (213) 637-7348.

Teen Confirmation Movie Night

Friday, March 27, 7:15 p.m. at Good Shepherd School, 148 S. Linden Dr. Beverly Hills, 90212.  Full Service Movie & Dinner! Please join us Friday, March 27, 7:15 p.m. for our Teen Confirmation Movie Night! Come enjoy a showing of the inspirational movie 23 Blast (PG-13), and a full service dinner featuring LA’s famous Tito’s Tacos. Just come, sit, and enjoy the show! All proceeds will go to The Freeman Foundation and The National Federation of the Blind.
Movie:  $15 Minimum Donation
Movie & Dinner Suggested Donation $25 – $30
Cash or Check made payable to Good Shepherd Church
Here is the Freeman Foundation info: http://www.travisfreeman.org/about-the-foundation/

RCIA News

The 12 members of the RCIA who were the Catechumens and Candidates are now called The Elect. This Lenten season is a very special time for them, as well as for all of us. You will receive a picture of one of them with a short bio. You are invited encouraged, to pray along for that person in particular and bring a card for that person. This means the world to them. Thank you in advance for your love, support, encouragement 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 Night is on Monday, March 16. For more information, please call Sr. Virginia at (310) 285-5425.

World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable. Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 6. World Day of Prayer USA promotes justice and equality for women through prayer, partnerships, service and celebration. For more information, visit the national office of World Day of Prayer USA www.wdp-usa.org.

Lenten Fasting and Abstinence

The penitential season of Lent, and Good Friday (April 3), are days for fasting and abstinence. In addition, all of the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Abstinence means abstaining from meat, and applies to all Catholics who are at least 14 years old. Fasting applies to all Catholics who are at least 18 years old, but not yet 59. Fasting means that a person can have only one full, meatless meal. In all cases, common sense should prevail; and, ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.

You Are Invited!

To what? When? How?
Each Sunday morning, refreshments are served in our Parish Hall after the three morning Masses. Who serves? Who refreshes the table? That’s where you come in!
Help once a month or twice a month, at one Mass or all three.
Serve as: A single person, A couple, A ministry and A family.
Come on board! Enjoy the fellowship! It is a delightful experience! Do not miss this opportunity. Please call the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425 this week and, let them know you can hardly wait to be of service.

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.

Breathprayer

“There is no set amount of time for the breathprayer. It can be prayed for as long as you wish. Many spiritual traditions have found that being attentive to our breathing is a helpful way to become centered or focused on our inner world. Breathing attentively, at an easy, regular pace, slows us down and calms our rushing mind and body. Sitting with the back straight is the recommended posture when doing breathprayer. A word or phrase is suggested for you to say when you are breathing in and another word or phrase as you are breathing out. At first, this breathprayer may feel awkward and useless, but if you continue to do it each day, this practice can gradually become a helpful way to go within and to enter into your sacred time with God.” From the Cup of our Life: A Guide for Spiritual Growth by Joyce Rupp

Something Beautiful for God

“Going to Church is to visit God’s House – a place to worship and celebrate. Everything within the church building is to bring honor and glory to God’s presence. It is the Environment and Art Committee of our parish whose goal it is to help create the church’s ambience, by expressing through decoration, the liturgical feast or season. The committee is composed of a diverse group of individuals with varying artistic preferences, all working together as a collective. The work is specific and challenging, yet joyously rewarding. However, as in all earthly endeavors, there is always a glaring limitation. Flowers, ribbons, lights, baskets, vases, wreaths – and the list goes on – all come at a cost. We can only create with what we can tangibly have. So, as you enter God’s House and look around, perhaps you might consider giving a seasonal contribution. We would deeply appreciate any assistance you could give to help us continue to grow. There are flower envelopes in the pews for your contribution. Simply place it in the collection basket or drop it off during the week at the Parish Center Office. Thank you. Church of the Good Shepherd Environment and Art Committee

Before Mass Quiet Contemplation during the Season of Lent

All of our lives are so filled with sound, and often noise! The holy season of Lent calls us to simplify our lives so that we can see and hear clearly the love of God that surrounds us. As a means to help us reduce the noise of life, we are all invited to join in five minutes of quiet contemplation, sitting in the presence of God, before every Mass during the season of Lent. The church tradition during the season of Lent has always called each of us to the practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Perhaps these five minutes of contemplation before Mass would be a prime opportunity to fulfill the call to prayer as one of your Lenten promises this year. Why not consider coming to Mass early during this holy season, and join others in your parish family in these five minutes of quiet prayer before Mass?

We Are Family!

At special times, which are coming up soon, members of our church family who do not regularly come to pray with us will be here, and will further enliven our prayer and add to the energy and activity in the church –specifically on Easter Sunday, April 5. We would like to be prepared for this extra influx of prayer and energy in the most hospitable way that we can be. Therefore, we are inviting anyone who is able to greet at the doors of the church on Easter to contact Joan Vos in the Parish Center Office. All are encouraged to be a greater: students, families with children, single parents, single people, or couples. Come and join the fun and bring your smiles and open hearts.

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