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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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/
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 email@example.com or call (310) 285-5425.
“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.