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July 25-26, 2015

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Pope Francis appoints three Auxiliary Bishops to Los Angeles

Fr. Robert Barron, Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan and Msgr. David G. O’Connell, auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will join Archbishop José H. Gomez, other auxiliary bishops, priests and deacons in serving the largest archdiocese in the United States.
Congratulations, and may God bless them during their journey of leadership.

Young Adults

Young Adults of Good Shepherd (18-39 years old) will be meeting after the 12:30 p.m. Mass on the patio to walk over to the new gelato shop, Amorino (Italian ice cream) in Beverly Hills. Please join us for some refreshing sweet gelato on a hot day!

Good Shepherd Professional Entertainment Fellowship

The Good Shepherd Professional Entertainment Fellowship will have their next bi-monthly meeting this Sunday, July 26, at 7 p.m., in the Parish Hall.
Our special guest speaker will be Casting Director of “God’s Not Dead”, and award-winning Director, Billy DaMota. ​Food and drinks will be served.​ Suggested contribution $5 requested to cover these costs. ​For more info, go to facebook.com/goodshepherdpef

Formed in the Word: Faith Formation at Good Shepherd Parish

August 1st & 2nd Registration for High School Confirmation and Saturday Religious Education
Next weekend, enroll your Kindergarten – 8th grader for our Saturday Religious Program, or your high school teen for our Confirmation Program. Stop by the registration table on the patio at the Church’s west entrance. Classes begin in September!
You may also register on-line at the parish website www.gsbh.org or stop by the parish office during the week.

Parish Archive Interviews

Our parish has such an interesting history, and we are making efforts to be more intentional about keeping a record of that history. We also are preparing a more extensive archive exhibit for our 100th anniversary (nine years from now!) We have a committee that is gathering articles and photos about our parish. If you would like to join us to help on the committee, or if you have any photos or articles you would like to share with us, please contact Joan Vos, Parish Liturgist, in the Parish Center. During the month of August, we plan to do video interviews of long term parishioners (at Good Shepherd 30 years or more), who will be sharing their memories for our archive records. If you know someone who would like to be a part of this process, perhaps a parishioner who is homebound or living elsewhere, please contact the Parish Center Office (310) 285-5425. Thank you.

Cantribution Weekend – August 1 – 2

Pantry donation guide:
Canned meats and fish, Pasta, Cereal, Canned vegetables and fruits, Crackers, Peanut butter, Beans, Rice, Vegetable Oil, Empty egg cartons, Plastic bags, Soup and Broth
Please do not include items that have expired or items that are packaged in glass containers.
All your gifts of bags go to St. Joseph’s Center in Venice. They are so grateful to us for our monthly donations. We were told that our parish was their most reliable, constant contributor. Let’s keep up our great spirit of generosity!
If you cannot bring it this weekend, bring a bag of canned goods to the office when you can. For July, we brought only 30 bags! We can do better! Let’s all help.

Habitat for Humanity – Catholic Build

With the support of community partners, donors and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity (Habitat LA) constructs new or renovates existing homes alongside Habitat Partner Homebuyers. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest “sweat equity” hours building their future Habitat home and the homes of other Habitat Homebuyers.
Shelter is a basic human need and, since 1990, Habitat for Humanity has worked to achieve its goal of eliminating substandard housing by making decent, sustainable and affordable housing a reality for all.
Construction materials and resources for each building project cost approximately $5,000.00. Habitat for Humanity typically likes their church building teams to cover at least 50% of that amount $2,500.00. If we can raise more, all the better, of course!
To make your donation for our Good Shepherd Build Team, please use either the Orange or Pink donation envelopes found in the pew rack.
Make your checks payable to Habitat L.A.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer builder, please contact coordinator, Milkah LoScalzo at (310) 975-4519 or milkahdl@gmail.com.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please visit habitatla.org.
Thank you for your generosity in supporting this new parish ministry!

Raffle Night Galore

Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: ADULTS, $10 in Advance ONLY. No tickets at the doors.
Location: Parish Hall
504 N Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
For more information please call: Kelly Marley (310) 285-5425
This event will sell out fast. First Come, First Served. (Limited Space)
Tickets are available now in the Parish Center Office & will also be sold after all Masses starting August 8.
A wonderful night of community gathering with food, music, fun, faith, and raising money for our parish.
Glamorous prizes from Beverly Hills area restaurants, retailers, spas, salons and more!
All raffle tickets are cash only. Prizes awarded throughout the evening! Take home your prize or multiple prizes!
Each ticket guarantees a seat, beverage, and snack for the table to share. Bring additional wine/beer and cheese, hummus, crackers, etc…you would like to share with your table during the evening. All money raised is for Martha’s Kitchen and The Good Shepherd Battered Women and Children Shelter. Mingle and see what prizes you will win! You have to be in it to win it!

Missalettes

In this age of electronic resources, in which we are able to access God’s Word and the church’s lectionary more easily than ever before, and in order to be more responsible in our care for the earth, we will no longer have (disposable) missalettes available for those who have regularly requested them. We encourage you to either purchase a full missal, which is available through any Catholic supply store or website, or gain access to the readings on the US Bishops website: usccb.org, where you can request the daily readings emailed to directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Children and internet: tips for the summer
Summer vacation is here and time away from school could mean extra time online for children – a lot of it happening when you’re not there to supervise. Here are some tips to help keep children safe. 1. Talk to children about internet predators and whether they have ever been approached online. 2. Keep the computer in a common area of the home. 3. Establish rules for when children are allowed to use their cell phone.
For complete VIRTUS® Article email jvienna@la-archdiocese.org.

Lay Mission-Helpers

Have you ever felt called to share your gifts and live your faith in another country?
Lay Mission-Helpers and Mission Doctors Associations, who have sent individuals, couples and families to serve in 36 countries around the world for 60 years, have an August 1st deadline for applications for the 2016 formation program. There is still room for the September Discernment Weekend.
Teachers, nurses, accountants, administrators, and other professionals are invited to contact Lay Mission-Helpers at (213) 368-1873 or visit the web site: www.LayMissionHelpers.org
Physicians and dentists contact the Mission Doctors Association (213) 368-1875 or visit the web site: www.MissionDoctors.org

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Announcements for July 18 – 19

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Young Adults

The Young Adults (18-39 years) will be meeting after the 5:30 p.m. Mass this Sunday, July 19 for dinner at Panini Café in Beverly Hills. We will meet on the patio to walk over after Mass.

Professional Entertainment Fellowship

The Good Shepherd Professional Entertainment Fellowship will have their next bi-monthly meeting SUNDAY, July 26 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Our special guest speaker will be Casting Director of “God’s Not Dead” and Award-winning Director, Billy DaMota. Refreshments will be served. ​For more info, go to facebook.com/goodshepherdpef

New Here in the Parish?

Are you desiring to make friends, get acquainted and feel at home? Have you asked yourself: What should I do? Where can I go? Is there something I can do or, a group I can join and feel like I belong?
If this is you, we welcome you! One of our Parish Staff members would love to meet you. Please call the Parish Office (310) 285-5425 and contact Joan Vos at the Office.
Please do not include items that have expired or items that are packaged in glass containers.

Habitat For Humanity – Catholic Build

With the support of community partners, donors and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity (Habitat LA) constructs new or renovates existing homes alongside Habitat Partner Homebuyers. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest “sweat equity” hours building their future Habitat home and the homes of other Habitat Homebuyers.
Shelter is a basic human need and, since 1990, Habitat for Humanity has worked to achieve its goal of eliminating substandard housing by making decent, sustainable and affordable housing a reality for all.
A volunteer team will be helping a family build their house on Saturday, August 15. It will be a long, physical day, but very rewarding.
If you would like to contribute toward our $2,500.00 goal or would like more information about becoming a volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity Ministry, contact coordinator, Milkah LoScalzo at (310) 975-4519 or milkahdl@gmail.com.

Cantribution Weekend – August 1 – 2

Canned meats and fish Peanut butter, Canned vegetables and fruits, Fresh produce, Pasta, Crackers, Canned sauce, Beans and rice, Vegetable oil, Cereal, Soup and broth, Empty egg cartons and plastic bags.
All your gifts of bags go to St. Joseph’s Center in Venice. They are so grateful to us for our monthly donations. We were told that our parish was their most reliable, constant contributor. Let’s keep up our great spirit of generosity!
If you cannot bring it this weekend, bring a bag of canned goods to the office when you can. For July, we brought only 30 bags! We can do better! Let’s all help.

Immigration Mass 2015 is Today, Sunday, July 19

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 Sunday, at 4 p.m. for Mass with Archbishop Gomez.

“To be or not to be” Catholic?

Do not think forever! If God is stirring your heart now—Go for it! Just come, check it out.
No obligation.
You are welcome!

Are you a baptized Catholic? …missing the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

Well now, don’t wait! Look forward to deepening your relationship with God!
Wow! An experience that lasts a lifetime!
Inquiry Sessions

Inquiry Sessions begin Wednesday, September 9 and continue each Wednesday, 7 – 9 p.m., in the Parish Hall. For more information, please contact: Sr. Virginia at (310) 285-5425, e-mail:  vstehly@gsbh.org

Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio

An English speaking Catholic radio is on the air each day at KHJ 930 AM and reaches over 15 million people. For more information call 888-887-7120 or visit us online www.ihradio.com
We also have two online music streams:
immaculateheartmusic.com/
contemporary Christian music with Catholic values
immaculateheartsacredmusic.com
sacred music

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.

Raffle Night Galore

Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Tickets:  Adults, $10 in Advance only
Location: Parish Hall
504 N Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
For Info: Kelly Marley (310) 285-5425
This event will sell out fast.
First Come, First Served. (Limited Space)
A wonderful night of community gathering with food, music, fun, faith, and raising money for our parish.
Glamorous prizes from Beverly Hills area restaurants, retailers, spas, salons and more!
All raffle tickets are cash only. Prizes awarded throughout the evening! Take home your prize or multiple prizes!
Each ticket guarantees a seat, beverage, and snack for the table to share. Bring additional wine/beer and cheese, hummus, crackers, etc…you would like to share with your table during the evening.
All money raised is for Martha’s kitchen and, The Good Shepherd Battered Women And Children Shelter.
Mingle and see what prizes you will win! You have to be in it to win it!

Did You Know?

Summertime safety is key for children and parents.
All teachers, staff and volunteers in the Archdiocese who work with children must undergo fingerprinting and criminal background checks. Last year alone, the Office of Safeguard the Children trained 30,514 adults and 166,850 children in the VIRTUS® Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs. If your child is participating in summer activities outside of the Archdiocese, make sure you know if the organization or camp performs criminal background and reference checks on their staff. Learn more here: http://www.acacamps.org/child-health-safety/child-abuse/standards.

California Safely Surrendered Baby Law

California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law, www.babysafe.ca.gov, was first implemented in 2001 and became permanent law in 2006.
The purpose of the law is to protect newborns from being hurt or killed because they are abandoned by mothers who are frightened or under severe duress and who feel they have no place to turn for help. The law saves babies’ lives: between January 1 and early June of this year seven newborns were safely surrendered in Los Angeles County alone.

G.S. Music Ministers

If you are interested in being in the Parish Choir or the 5:30 Sunday Ensemble, please contact Terry Hicks at gsmusicministry@aol.com or Joan Vos jvos@gsbh.org.

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Announcements for July 11-12

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Need a Driver’s License and don’t have documentation?

Holy Sprit’s Church Community Outreach Ministry is offering a free class this Sunday, July 12, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Church located at 1421 S. Dunsmuir Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019-4031, at the corner of Pico Blvd. and Dunsmuir. A general orientation will be provided as to the process of applying for a Driver’s License and preparing for the Driver’s test. An immigration officer will be available to answer questions.

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.

Young Adults

The Young Adults (18-39 years) will be meeting after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, July 19th for dinner at Panini Café in Beverly Hills. We will meet on the patio to walk over after Mass.

Are You Being Called To Become A Deacon?

Diaconate Formation Office:
Information Meeting for Men Interested in the Permanent Diaconate Sunday July 19.
The Diaconate Formation Office will be hosting an information meeting for all men who are interested in finding out more about becoming a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Members of the Archdiocesan Diaconate Formation Office will be present to explain the role of the deacon in the Church, to explain the Diaconate Formation Program, and to answer any questions that participants might have. Men must be between the ages of 30 and 60 years to enter the formation program. It is important for men who are married to attend with their wives.
The next information meeting will be held on Sunday July 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Jerome Parish, 5550 Thornburn St., Los Angeles, 90045.
For further information, please contact Mrs. Claudia Ortiz in the Diaconate Formation Office at (213) 637-7383 or, e-mail; CAOrtiz@la-archdiocese.org
If you want to be first, make yourself servant of all. (Mt. 20:27)

Professional Entertainment Fellowship

The Good Shepherd Professional Entertainment Fellowship will have their bi-monthly meeting SUNDAY, July 26 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Our special guest speaker will be announced shortly. Refreshments will be served.
​For more information go to: facebook.com/goodshepherdpef

G.S. Music Ministers

If you are interested in being in the Parish Choir or the 5:30 Sunday Ensemble, Please contact Terry Hicks gsmusicministry@aol.com or Joan Vos jvos@gsbh.org.

Did You Know?

Help children be aware of unhealthy behavior among others.
Children have more opportunities to be out of your immediate sight during the summer. It’s important to remind your child that if another child or adult – including people they know and trust – try to touch them inappropriately they should: Say no and get away from any person or situation that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused. Tell them to trust their feelings and be sure to tell a trusted adult. And, it’s never too late to tell a trusted adult what happened. For a copy of the article called “Know the Rules…Summer Safety Tips to Teach Children” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, email:  jvienna@la-archdiocese.org

Summer Day Camp – July 6-31
Holy Spirit School

Registration now open for Grades TK – 6th. Holy Spirit School offers a fun-filled program for summer campers, for incoming TK through incoming 6th graders. Campers will enjoy academic classes that reinforce basic skills and encourage self-expression in a nurturing environment. Tuition is $325/month. Sibling discounts are available. Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please call the school Office at (323) 933-7775 or, email:   holyspiritschoolla@yahoo.com.

Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio

An English speaking Catholic radio is on the air each day at KHJ 930 AM and reaches over 15 million people. (888) 887- 7120 www.ihradio.com
We also have two online music streams:
immaculateheartmusic.com/ contemporary Christian music with Catholic values
immaculateheartsacredmusic.com sacred music
Parish Ambassador needed. A Parish Ambassador is one who will help raise awareness and get the word out in our Parish Community that Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio does exist. If you wish to get involved and become the Parish Ambassador, please call the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425 for more details.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

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. 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.

Habitat For Humanity Greater Los Angeles Catholic 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 e-mail milkahdl@gmail.com

Raffle Night Galore

Saturday, August 29, at 7 p.m.
Tickets:  Adults, $10 in Advance only
Location:  Parish Hall
504 N Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
For Info:  Kelly Marley (310) 285-5425
This event will sell out fast.
First Come, First Served. (Limited Space)
A wonderful night of community gathering with food, music, fun, faith, and raising money for our parish.
Glamourous prizes from Beverly Hills area restaurants, retailers, spas, salons and more!
All raffle tickets are cash only. Prizes awarded throughout the evening! Take home your prize or multiple prizes!
Each ticket guarantees a seat, beverage, and snack for the table to share. Bring additional wine/beer and cheese, hummus, crackers, etc…you would like to share with your table during the evening.
Mingle and see what prizes you will win! You have to be in it to win it!

Children’s Liturgy Of The Word

Resuming in August we will have Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLoW) at every Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. Mass.
It is a special time designed for children in Kindergarten – 3rd Grade to encounter the Bible 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 or deacon invites the children to come up to the front of the altar for a blessing. The leaders usher the children to the designated room prepared for them. Once the session concludes, the leaders assist the children back into the church to join their family for the rest of Mass. This is not a discontinuing or an interruption of Mass, but a continuum of the celebration of the whole Liturgy that constitutes the “Mass”. For more information or if you would like to be trained as a CLoW leader, please contact Wendy Rappé at wrappe@gsbh.org or (310) 285-5425.

Thinking about becoming a Catholic and/or Completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

Then, I invite you to read on and save the date! The Inquiry Sessions begins on September 9, 7 – 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Did you know Jesus’ love will find you? Will you have the courage to accept the invitation? For more information, please call Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or email vstehly@gsbh.org or Penny at (310) 739-8762.

Rosary

The Rosary is being recited Tuesdays immediately after the Noon Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel located in the Parish Center, from 12:45 – 1:15 p.m. All are welcome.

Meditation

The Meditation Group meets three times a week. Please come and 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.

Sunday TV Mass for Homebound Catholics

9 a.m. every Sunday on KDOC Ch. 56. For cable/satellite TV channel number, please check the listings in your area for “KDOC.” For your free copy of the Mass Prayer Book, write to: Heart of the Nation, 1126 S. 70th Street, Suite N601, Milwaukee, WI 53214 or call, toll free: 1 (800) 430-0930

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Announcements for July 4-5

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God Bless America

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July weekend.

May we light the fire of love as Jesus did, by our caring actions to one another.

Welcome, Fr. Ed Benioff!

We, your parish family, are happy to welcome you Home to Church of the Good Shepherd as our new pastor! Our prayers, love, open arms and hearts are with you and ready to serve as you lead us into a new era. May God bless you.

Thank You

Thank you so much for your wonderful greetings and gifts on the occasion of my retirement. I will try to answer each one personally, but that will take several weeks after I move in to Nazareth House, which is occupying most of my time and attention right now.
With deep appreciation and love,
Fr. Tom Welbers
Visit my website. http://tomwelbers.net and subscribe to my Newsletter.

Cantribution Weekend is this weekend, July 4-5!

You outdid yourselves last month! Let’s do it again this weekend.
Pantry donation guide:
canned meats and fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, fresh produce, pasta, crackers, canned sauce, beans and rice, vegetable oil, cereal, soup and broth
Please do not include items that have expired or items that are packaged in glass containers. All your gifts of bags go to St. Joseph’s Center in Venice. They are so grateful to us for our monthly donations. We were told that our parish was their most reliable, constant contributor. Let’s keep up our great spirit of generosity! 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 blesses you.

Calling all Young Adults

You, yes, you are needed. This is your moment!
Date & Time: Thursday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Parish Center
Who is invited?: You! Young men and women that are new to the parish, or have been here a long time. Do not miss this chance to share your hopes, dreams and desires to make something come alive here at Good Shepherd for you. Each and every person who calls themselves a young adult, married or single, should attend. Do you have the courage to gather your friends? New and Active parishioners, please step forward and come share your wisdom.

I’m New Here in the Parish!

I am new here in the parish, desiring to make friends, get acquainted and, feel at home. What should I do? Where can I go? Is there something I can do? Or, a group I can meet and feel like I belong? If this is you, we welcome you! One of our Parish Staff members would love to meet you. Please call the Parish Office (310) 285-5425 and/or contact Sister Virginia at the Office.

Looking for a place to be helpful?

You have found it! Please read on:
Martha’s Kitchen—each Friday morning, 6:30 –10:30 a.m. help is needed to serve breakfast to the poor and homeless among us. Refreshments served after the Sunday morning Masses. Always in need of persons to set up, serve and clean up. This is also a wonderful experience to get acquainted with other parishioners. The joy and laughter that lights up the room during these delightful mornings is contagious. Come and find out! Serve as a family, a couple, or as a single person. Come, give of yourself and be happy!
For more information, please contact the Parish office at (310) 285-5425 or, see Margaret on a Sunday morning in the Parish Hall during that time.

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 – 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 18 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.

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.

Prayer for Our Family

Loving God, help me to always work for the dignity of all my brothers and sisters, including immigrants, for all of us are citizens of Your family.
May I live out my commitment to attend a Mass in celebration of our common membership of Your family at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. with Archbishop José Gomez. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

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.

Rosary

The Rosary is being recited Tuesdays immediately after the Noon Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel located in the Parish Center, from 12:45 – 1:15 p.m. All are welcome.

Children’s Liturgy Of The Word

We will be on a summer break 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?

Help children be aware of unhealthy behavior among others. Children have more opportunities to be out of your immediate sight during the summer. It’s important to remind your child that if another child or adult – including people they know and trust – try to touch them inappropriately they should: Say no and get away from any person or situation that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused. Tell them to trust their feelings and be sure to tell a trusted adult. And it’s never too late to tell a trusted adult what happened. For a copy of the article called “Know the Rules…Summer Safety Tips to Teach Children” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, email:  jvienna@la-archdiocese.org

Thinking about becoming a Catholic and/or Completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

Then, I invite you to read on and save the date!
The Inquiry Sessions begins on September 9th, 7 – 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Did you know Jesus’ love will find you? Will you have the courage to accept the invitation?
For more information, please call Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or email vstehly@gsbh.org or Penny at (310) 739-8762.

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 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 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 e-mail milkahdl@gmail.com

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.

Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio

An English speaking Catholic radio is on the air each day at KHJ 930 AM and reaches over 15 million people.
888-887-7120 / www.ihradio.com
We also have two online music streams:
immaculateheartmusic.com/ contemporary Christian music with Catholic values
immaculateheartsacredmusic.com sacred music
Parish Ambassador needed. A Parish Ambassador is one that will help raise awareness and get the word out in our Parish Community that Immaculate Heart Catholic Radio does exist. If you wish to get involved and become the Parish Ambassador, please call the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425 for more details.

Did You Know?

Help children be aware of unhealthy behavior among others.
Children have more opportunities to be out of your immediate sight during the summer. It’s important to remind your child that if another child or adult – including people they know and trust – try to touch them inappropriately they should: Say no and get away from any person or situation that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused. Tell them to trust their feelings and be sure to tell a trusted adult. And it’s never too late to tell a trusted adult what happened. For a copy of the article called “Know the Rules…Summer Safety Tips to Teach Children” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, email:  jvienna@la-archdiocese.org

Are You Being Called To Become A Deacon?

Diaconate Formation Office:
Information Meeting for Men Interested in the Permanent Diaconate Sunday July 19, 2015
The Diaconate Formation Office will be hosting an information meeting for all men who are interested in finding out more about becoming a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Members of the Archdiocesan Diaconate Formation Office will be present to explain the role of the deacon in the Church, to explain the Diaconate Formation Program, and to answer any questions that participants might have. Men must be between the ages of 30 and 60 years to enter the formation program. It is important for men who are married to attend with their wives. The next information meeting will be held on Sunday July 19, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Jerome Parish, 5550 Thornburn St., Los Angeles, 90045. For further information, please contact Mrs. Claudia Ortiz in the Diaconate Formation Office at (213) 637-7383 or, e-mail;  CAOrtiz@la-archdiocese.org
If you want to be first make yourself servant of all. (Mt. 20:27)

Young Adults

The Young Adults (18-39 years) will be meeting after the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, July 19th for dinner at Panini Café in Beverly Hills. We will meet on the patio to walk over after Mass.

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Announcements for June 27-28,

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

Farewell, Fr. Tom!

Goodbye

Today, it is time to say goodbye as I venture into retirement this week.
There is no such thing as retiring from the priesthood. I am and will remain a priest for the rest of my earthly days – after that, it’s all in God’s merciful hands. I have actively served as a priest in a variety of assignments for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 47 years. Now I’m finding it more and more difficult to balance the many leadership and management responsibilities of pastor, and very much need a simpler way of managing God’s gift of time.
In today’s Church, the time and energy of fewer numbers of priests have to be managed in a way that is most effective for the greater good, not merely stretched by piling on tasks. It is time for a much younger spirit to take the lead, and Fr. Ed Benioff, almost thirty years younger, is the perfect candidate. I trust that you will love and support him as you have me.
So, where am I going and what will I be doing?
I will live at Nazareth House, a lovely retirement community on the south end of Cheviot Hills. I will not be far. I plan to do as little as possible during the summer. I need to rest and to become accustomed to a new pace of life.
After a few months, I will begin to plan what my own ministry priorities will be: in what ways do I feel the Lord is calling me to be of service to his people. If the past can serve as a model for the future, this will probably involve some of the following:

● developing habits of prayer that can better nourish me and others to discern how God is working in our lives through spiritual direction;
● pursuing my own study programs of our history and heritage as Christians, as well as Scripture, liturgy and theology;
● vigorously engaging in teaching, writing, and other forms of communication through the wonders of the internet, simple video technology, and wide-ranging social media;
● leading pilgrimages to various places, including my beloved Early Christian World Pilgrimage to Turkey, which will mark its tenth anniversary next year;
● designing “virtual pilgrimages” in which I can lead others to drink from the spiritual wellsprings of significant places without actually having to go there;
● and perhaps more . . . or perhaps less . . . that’s up to God more than you or me.

If you want to stay in touch with me, please do so through my website, tomwelbers.net. All the information you’ll need will be there.
If you want me to stay in touch with you, I plan to write a regular (at least weekly) newsletter to keep you in touch with my comings and goings. You can also sign up for these regular emails at tomwelbers.net.
If you are interested in joining me on a pilgrimage, there are brochures around the church and in the hall. (It was also an insert in last Sunday’s bulletin.)
If my 47 years as a priest, I have had to say goodbye to about a dozen different communities. It is never easy, for me or for you. But, as a bit of each community still resides in my heart, so will you.

I love you.
Fr. Tom Welbers

Dear Father Tom,

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. ~ Ecclesiates: 3-1
God brings people into our lives sometimes for a Reason, sometimes for a Season or sometimes for a Lifetime. Regardless of the length of time we are given for a relationship, what matters is the impression and quality it has made upon our lives and our community.
When you walked through the doors of The Church of the Good Shepherd in 2009 you were immediately a catalyst for inspiration, change, conversation, and a journey of insight and inner perception that was both individual to each person and broad-based to the community at large.
Within every family, though raised under the same roof, each family member takes away different meanings from the relationship. Likewise, each parishioner, visitor, and occasional church-goer was influenced by your presence and the many gifts which you have given.
You have shared with us your professional expertise of spiritual studies, friendship, mentorship, advice and guidance which have left indelible footprints in our lives, memories and hearts. From your development and use of our Parish Assessment and Renewal (PAR), Parish Newsletter, Website, Twitter, Facebook, Stewardship Renewal, and even YouTube, you brought forth the news of the Good Shepherd Community and the word of God for all to hear!
Life, lived with you during your time here at Good Shepherd, was not a candle flickering in the breeze; it was a blazing torch to light new flames. Your tenure was an added strength and foundation to our community that helps us all face the future with added joy and confidence. We thank you, Fr. Tom and send you forward with our love and blessings.

As you have said, “I love you”
So, we say, “We love you, Fr. Tom.”
Your Good Shepherd Family

Farewell Reception

There will be a special liturgy at the 12:30 p.m. Mass today, which will include the choir and other musicians. Following the Mass will be a farewell reception for Fr. Tom in the Parish Hall. Please join us. All are welcomed.

Peter’s Pence Collection for The Holy Father

The Peter’s Pence special collection will be taken up this weekend, June 27-28, for the Holy Father. Envelopes are in the pews. Thank you for your generous support.

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

Junipero Serra

Did you know that on November 24, 1713, a very tiny, very weak little baby was born in Petra on the island of Mallorca? He was baptized quickly, because everyone was afraid he would die. Miguel Jose Serra did grow up to be a small man. But, this small man walked thousands of miles through the Mexican and California wilderness in the service the Church to evangelize the Native Americans.

Thinking about becoming a Catholic and/or Completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?

Then, I invite you to read on and save the date! The Inquiry Sessions begins on September 9th, 7 – 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Did you know Jesus’ love will find you? Will you have the courage to accept the invitation?
For more information, please call Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or email vstehly@gsbh.org or Penny at (310) 739-8762.

Did You Know?

The important impact of fathers and father figures on children…
Whether you’ve seen a child light up when you encourage them, succeed with a little bit of mentoring, or problem solve after lending your listening ear, it is clear that fathers and father figures are a gift in the life of children. While nothing can replace the presence of a father, many of us know from experience the influence that other trusted adults can have on the life of children. Children thrive when they have adults that they can trust and learn from. For complete VIRTUS® Article email: jvienna@la-archdiocese.org.

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.

“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 10:00-11:30 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.

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

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.

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Join Us This Weekend

  • 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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