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Announcements for April 25-26

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I am the Good Shepherd. A Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.
John 10:11

Celebrate Our Parish Feast Day Today, Good Shepherd Sunday

Come celebrate our Parish Feast Day today, April 26th, Good Shepherd Sunday with a Pancake Breakfast after each of the morning Masses. Plan to come, be there, stay and enjoy the gift of each other to celebrate being part of a Parish Family.
Prepare the Scripture of the day, John 10:11-18. Oh! Do not miss this wonderful celebration day, our Feast Day.

Congratulations To

Fr. Tom Welbers,
who will be celebrating 47 years of Ordination
and, to
Fr. Colm O’Ryan,
who will be celebrating 60 years of ordination.
Both our beloved priests were ordained on April 27th. Thank you dear Fathers for all your years of love and service to us. Our prayers, love and gratitude to you and for you.
God blesses you, – we do also.

Children Celebrating First Holy Communion

Elizabeth Zsuzsa Ahn,  James Peter Austin,  Alexia Beight,  Elisa Bonaparte-Wyse,  Lucien Bonaparte-Wyse,  Lara Leal Davies,  Onyinye Valerie Elumelu,  Nneka Vera Elumelu,  Ugo Vivienne Elumelu,  Scott Harris,  William Harris,  Eugena Lee,  Isabella Marie Mohr,  Oliver Robert Chapman Mohr,  Ronin Molina,  Jacob Perlmutter,  Anna Rosciszewski,  Jan Rosciszewski,  Zofia Rosciszewski,  Anabel Serra,  Andrew Shabtai, Cassidy Stone,  Clinton Emmanuel Valencia,  Samantha Madalaine Valencia,  Benjamin Ward,  Jackson Ward,  Gemma Hazel Wyles

Single Parents Ministry

Last Tuesday of every month. The Single Parents Ministry is a group open to all parents who are facing or have faced the challenges of raising children on their own. We are a brand new ministry and welcome all single moms and dads to join us! Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please be thinking about what needs you have for this ministry to provide to you and what types of activities you would like to see us initiate. Please RSVP by either emailing Linda Echegaray at Lrechegaray@gmail.com or better yet, go to My Good Shepherd https://gsbh.ccbchurch.com to sign up for our group and RSVP at the same time!

Cantribution Weekend will be here May 2 – 3!

Remember, we aim for everyone bringing a bag of goods to share. Needs are great for:
Pasta, beans, rice, peanut butter, jam, vegetables, all sorts of canned tomato products, meats, toiletry items, baby food, diapers, canned fruits, desserts, and cold cereals. Parish Family, be ready! Let’s give our all! Pour out your love by remembering a bag of food to share.

The Good Shepherd Catholic School Book Fair

Our school will be having its annual book fair May 1st-3rd before and after each Mass in the Parish Hall. Please plan to stop by and browse their terrific selection of books to excite and inspire young minds. Books make a terrific gift for the young people in your lives and buying books at our book fair helps support our parish School.

I’m Thinking About Becoming A Catholic

I’m thinking about becoming a Catholic but, do I really want to? God calls in surprising ways! Why don’t you try it out?

Inquiry Night

May 11th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. Be Courageous and see what God has in store for you. We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

Wedding Liturgy Team

We don’t have a lot of weddings here at Good Shepherd, but we want to be sure that the weddings we do have are prayerful and holy occasions in the life of the couples and their families and friends. We have a small group of people who help with the planning of the wedding liturgy, rehearsal and day of the wedding. It is a very happy and important ministry, and they need your help! We need a few more people who are able to be present for rehearsals (usually on the Thursday or Friday before the wedding) and weddings (most often on a Saturday), to help bring all the tiny details of the ceremony together with beauty and prayer-fulness. If you think you can help, please contact Joan Vos, Parish Liturgist, at the Parish Office (310) 285-5425 or via email jvos@gsbh.org.
Thank you.

Story of the Word – May 1 & 2

Mark your calendar for a very special event: “The Story of the Word: how we got the Bible and what we can do with it.” This will be a weekend retreat with Fr. Tom Welbers, to be held in the Good Shepherd Room at the Parish Center beginning Friday evening, May 1 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., and continuing on Saturday, May 2, beginning with a light breakfast at 9 a.m., and concluding at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. It’s free, but we need to know how many will be coming. RSVP as soon as possible to the Parish Office at (310) 285-5425.

Save The Date!

The Church of the Good Shepherd Staff wishes to acknowledge all service ministry volunteers with a reception on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Your invitation is forthcoming, so mark your calendar!

Feeling Young At Heart

Welcome to our May 9th celebration in the Parish Hall at 11 a.m.
A Thailand Group, dressed in their native attire will perform in song and dance.
Come! Men, women, all are welcome. Lunch at 12 Noon. Donation is $10.
Do not miss this uplifting, relaxing program. Please RSVP and call the Parish Center at (310) 285-5425 to reserve your place.

Funeral Ministry: Helping Families at the Time of the Death of a Loved One

Our parish community has teams and teams of people who assist others at the time of Adult Baptism, Infant Baptism, Weddings, First Communion, Confirmation and every Sunday Mass. It’s time we gather a team of people who could be trained to assist families during a time of grief. Do you think you might have this kind of sensitivity and compassion, to gently guide people in the preparation, prayer and burial surrounding the death of a loved one? Because of the increasing cost of burial, more and more families are choosing cremation for their loved ones. This gives the family greater flexibility in scheduling the Funeral Mass when more family members can travel and be present. This is a great benefit, but it often means that by the time the Funeral Mass is held, the funeral home is no longer involved. The funeral home provided a presence of hospitality and support at the Mass that is now often missing. We as a community need to provide that support and hospitality. Even at Funeral Masses when a funeral home is present we, as a community in Christ, can bring a sense of support. We can hold one another up in prayer and service. If you have interest in helping to form this ministry and learn more about how we can serve one another with bereavement care, please contact Joan Vos, Parish Liturgist, at the Parish Center (310)285-5425) or send an email jvos@gsbh.org. Thank you.

LAMP SoCal

Liturgical Arts Ministry Project [LAMP SoCal] is a summer workshop open to boys and girls who are entering grades 9 through 12 and are involved in liturgical ministry in their parish our high school. The 5-day multi-cultural camp will be held at Mount St. Mary’s University (Chalon campus) in Los Angeles (Brentwood), CA. LAMP SoCal is designed to mentor high school students in liturgy, music and the liturgical arts during a week-long residential summer camp with leading Catholic pastoral, liturgical and music leaders from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and beyond. The program is designed to mentor and form the next generation of leaders in our Catholic communities.
Registration Fee: $550 per person
Registration includes five nights lodging, all meals, including lunch on Monday through dinner on Friday, and all activities.
Nonrefundable Deposit: $100 required with application. Housing: Girls and boys will be housed separately in double occupancy dorm rooms accommodations with adult supervision at all times. If you are interested, contact Joan Vos in the Parish Center.

Get On The Bus

Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30 trip.

Your help would be greatly appreciated!
You can make a financial donation in several ways:
1) Drop your cash donation into one of the Get on the Bus “piggy banks” located in the Parish Hall.
2) Make a check to “Get on the Bus.” On the Memo Line, indicate our CHURCH CODE: CMC-01. Drop your donation in the collection basket or bring it by the Parish Center.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
3) If you are a FaithDirect subscriber, you can make a donation using the “One-Time Gift” option. In the Optional Information section, enter “Get On The Bus, Church Code: CMC-01″ in the Notes.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
4) Purchase Mother’s Day Cards at our annual sale on April 25 – 26 and May 2 – 3.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity to help bring children and their Dads together for a special Father’s Day visit.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Travel games, Playing cards, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
You can leave the items at the Parish Center or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

Did You Know?

Administrative Handbook for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. For the first time, the Archdiocese has a Handbook that integrates a wide range of pre-existing resources, guides, manuals and other publications to offer a single comprehensive source of information on Archdiocesan administrative policies and procedures. This new resource also includes Chapter 9, a special section which provides detailed information about all of the Safe Environment policies, procedures, programs, forms and other resources utilized by the Archdiocese for the protection of our children and young people. Go to:  http://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9.

I Want To Serve Somewhere

I hear God calling me to give of my time, my service. I keep looking at the Parish Life Directory but, I have questions. Where do I go? If this is you, please feel free to call one of the staff members, Joan, David, Wendy, Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425. They would be happy to talk with you and help you find where God is calling you. What if I am a new parishioner, just arrived… what would I do? We invite you to call any one of us.

Together In Mission

As part of the Annual Catholic Appeal, Together in Mission supports 81 parishes and 63 schools throughout the Archdiocese – and we’re the only Annual Appeal program in the country that dedicates every dollar to assisting parishes and schools that need it. Your gift enables us to provide essential resources and ministries that enrich parish life, strengthen families, advance Church leadership and inspire and educate future generations of our faith.
Parish Goal – $62,300
Amount Pledged – $87,964
Amount Paid – $71,434
Difference Over/(Under) Goal vs. Amount Paid: $9,134

Musical Events At Good Shepherd

Approximately two years ago, a generous donation from a parishioner laid the foundation for funding organ recitals and other special musical events such as the “Christmas to Candlemas” service. We try to recover the expenses through a minimum donation at the door. However, that does not always cover costs. My reason for writing about this is to give other parishioners the opportunity to donate toward the Musical Events Fund, which is not part of the general operating expenses of the parish. Plus, I would like to make everyone aware of some events coming up. Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m., I will be playing an organ recital (no longer than an hour), and the usual “donation” will go entirely to the Musical Events Fund to help underwrite future events. In fact, there will be two more events after my recital in May. Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m., the children’s choir “Pueri Cantores” of San Gabriel Valley will be giving a concert. “Pueri Cantores” is an international organization formed in 1965 specifically to promote singing of liturgical music by students of high school age and younger. This particular choir will in fact be traveling to Rome for the international conference of the organization. Our last event will be an organ recital Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m., played by Cheryl Van Ornam of Richmond, Virginia. More details about all of these programs will be in future bulletins.
Your co-worker in Christ,
Terry Hicks

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Announcements for April 18-19

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

Sacrament of Confirmation

We shout with joy as our parish’s Teens and Adults celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation Presided by Archbishop José Gomez this Sunday at St. Paul the Apostle Church
Teens:
David Laurenti
Brendan Nisperos
Nicolette Nuzzi
Anthony Talamantes
Karl Joshua Torres
Kendra Traynor
Serafina Trevino
Jake Weiler
Matthew Weiler
Erin Winarto
Adults:
Ashley Adams
Julia Collao
Alba Correa
Jody Gwyn Green
Rhoda Harris
Idalia Santos
Alberto Snaidero
Helen Yun
Marie Zalameda
Thank you for answering the call!

Celebrate Our Parish Feast Day
April 26th – Good Shepherd Sunday

Come celebrate our Parish Feast Day on April 26th, Good Shepherd Sunday with a Pancake Breakfast after each of the morning Masses. Plan to come, be there, stay and enjoy the gift of each other, to celebrate being part of a Parish Family.
Prepare the Scripture of the day, John 10:11-18. Oh! Do not miss this wonderful celebration day our Feast Day.

Single Parents Ministry Last Tuesday Of Every Month

The Single Parents Ministry is a group open to all parents who are facing or have faced the challenges of raising children on their own. We are a brand new ministry and welcome all single moms and dads to join us!
Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Please be thinking about what needs you have for this ministry to provide to you and what types of activities you would like to see us initiate.
Please RSVP by either emailing Linda Echegaray at Lrechegaray@gmail.com or better yet, go to My Good Shepherd https://gsbh.ccbchurch.com to sign up for our group and RSVP at the same time!

Story of the Word – May 1 & 2

Mark your calendar for a very special event: “The Story of the Word: how we got the Bible and what we can do with it.” This will be a weekend retreat with Fr. Tom Welbers, to be held in the Good Shepherd Room at the Parish Center beginning Friday evening, May 1 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., and continuing on Saturday, May 2, beginning with a light breakfast at 9 a.m., and concluding at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. It’s free, but we need to know how many will be coming. RSVP as soon as possible to the parish office at (310) 285-5425.

Save The Date!

The Church of the Good Shepherd Staff wishes to acknowledge all service ministry volunteers with a reception on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Your invitation is forthcoming, so mark your calendar!

All Persons Feeling Young At Heart

On Saturday, May 9th, we will have the privilege of a dance group for our entertainment. Do not miss this! Program at 11 a.m. followed by lunch. More details next week. Please call the Parish Center at (310) 285-5425 to make your reservation.

A Day of Renewal & Prayer for Healing

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Jerome Parish Hall, 5550 Thornburn St., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Speaker: Bob Canton from St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Stockton.
Council Member: Vatican-based International Cath.
Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS)
Member of Assoc. of Christian Therapists
Member of Filipino Pastoral council, Stockton Diocese
No registration. Please bring a sack lunch.
For more information, contact Donatus or Murglen Muoneke at (323) 294-1940.

Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A Catholic?

Has this question crossed your mind or are you interested in completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation? Feeling like you are in a small boat or on a stormy sea, looking for peace, for a meaningful life, a life of courage, energy, fire, passion? “Women – Men, do not wait if you hear God calling deep in your heart – Run! Pick up that phone now!” God so desires to be a part of your life.
Welcome To Our Inquiry Sessions
May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. No obligation. Give us a call or just come. We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

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.

First Holy Communion

The 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 25 will be the celebration of First Holy Communion.

Bible Online

For the Bible online, in many different translations, and for many other sources for studying God’s Word, consider this website:  biblehub.com

California Safely Surrendered Baby Law

Implemented in 2001, and becoming 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:  many newborns were safely surrendered in Los Angeles County this year alone. For more information, visit www.babysafe.ca.gov

Did You Know?

Administrative Handbook for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
For the first time, the Archdiocese has a Handbook that integrates a wide range of pre-existing resources, guides, manuals and other publications to offer a single comprehensive source of information on Archdiocesan administrative policies and procedures. This new resource also includes Chapter 9, a special section which provides detailed information about all of the Safe Environment policies, procedures, programs, forms and other resources utilized by the Archdiocese for the protection of our children and young people. Go to:  http://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9.

Get On The Bus

Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30 trip.
Your help would be greatly appreciated!
You can make a financial donation in several ways:
1) Drop your cash donation into one of the Get on the Bus “piggy banks” located in the Parish Hall.
2) Make a check to “Get on the Bus.” On the Memo Line, indicate our Church Code: CMC-01. Drop your donation in the collection basket or bring it by the Parish Center.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
3) If you are a FaithDirect subscriber, you can make a donation using the “One-Time Gift” option. In the Optional Information section, enter “Get On The Bus, Church Code: CMC-01″ in the Notes.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
4) Purchase Mother’s Day Cards at our annual sale on April 25 – 26 and May 2 – 3.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity to help bring children and their Dads together for a special Father’s Day visit.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Travel games, Playing cards, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
You can leave the items at the Parish Center or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

Musical Events At Good Shepherd

Approximately two years ago, a generous donation from a parishioner laid the foundation for funding organ recitals and other special musical events such as the “Christmas to Candlemas” service.
We try to recover the expenses through a minimum donation at the door. However, that does not always cover costs. My reason for writing about this is to give other parishioners the opportunity to donate toward the Musical Events Fund, which is not part of the general operating expenses of the parish. Plus, I would like to make everyone aware of some events coming up.
Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m., I will be playing an organ recital (no longer than an hour), and the usual “donation” will go entirely to the Musical Events Fund to help underwrite future events.
In fact, there will be two more events after my recital in May.
Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m., the children’s choir “Pueri Cantores” of San Gabriel Valley will be giving a concert. “Pueri Cantores” is an international organization formed in 1965 specifically to promote singing of liturgical music by students of high school age and younger. This particular choir will in fact be traveling to Rome for the international conference of the organization.
Our last event will be an organ recital Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m., played by Cheryl Van Ornam of Richmond, Virginia.
More details about all of these programs will be in future bulletins.
Your co-worker in Christ,Terry Hicks

Save The Date May 1st – 3rd

The Good Shepherd Catholic School Book Fair
Our school will be having its annual book fair May 1st – 3rd before and after each Mass in the parish hall. Please stop by and browse their terrific selection of books to excite and inspire young minds. Books make a terrific gift for the young people in your lives and buying books at our book fair helps support our parish school.

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Announcements for April 12

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

Thank You for Your Support

The staff at Church of the Good Shepherd would like to thank you for your generous donations in support of our parish community.
In an effort to acknowledge each individual’s contributions, we ask that, when using the blank donation envelopes in the pew rack, please complete the information requested on the envelope. This way, your contributions can be properly recorded in your account – this will make next year’s reporting and tax preparation that much easier for all of us.
May you continue to be blessed for your support of the Good Shepherd Parish Community.

Sunday Sip

Our monthly hospitality and fellowship “Sunday Sip” is today Sunday, April 12, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

Leadership Night

Our monthly Leadership Night meeting is Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Thank you to the Ministry Council members (Administration, Community, Faith Formation, Outreach & Social Justice, Spirituality, Prayer & Worship and Good Shepherd School) who continue to work towards the goals which serve the parish community.

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.

Single Parents Ministry
Last Tuesday Of Every Month

The Single Parents Ministry is a group open to all parents who are facing or have faced the challenges of raising children on their own. We are a brand new ministry and welcome all single moms and dads to join us!
Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please be thinking about what needs you have for this ministry to provide to you and what types of activities you would like to see us initiate.
Please RSVP by either emailing Linda Echegaray at Lrechegaray@gmail.com or better yet, go to My Good Shepherd https://gsbh.ccbchurch.com to sign up for our group and RSVP at the same time!

Cantribution

We will cancel this event for the month of April. Save all your generous Donation for the weekend of May 2-3

Get On The Bus

Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30 trip.
Your help would be greatly appreciated!
You can make a financial donation in several ways:

1) Drop your cash donation into one of the Get on the Bus “piggy banks” located in the Parish Hall.
2) Make a check to “Get on the Bus.” On the Memo Line, indicate our CHURCH CODE: CMC-01. Drop your donation in the collection basket or bring it by the Parish Center.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
3) If you are a FaithDirect subscriber, you can make a donation using the “One-Time Gift” option. In the Optional Information section, enter “Get On The Bus, Church Code: CMC-01″ in the Notes.
The Church Code ensures the funds are allocated to Good Shepherd.
4) Purchase Mother’s Day Cards at our annual sale on April 25 – 26 and May 2 – 3.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity to help bring children and their Dads together for a special Father’s Day visit.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Travel games, Playing cards, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
You can leave the items at the Parish Center or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

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: so far this year, six newborns were safely surrendered in Los Angeles County alone.

The Bible Online

For the Bible online, in many different translations, and for many other sources for studying God’s Word, consider this website: biblehub.com

Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A Catholic?

Has this question crossed your mind or are you interested in completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation? Feeling like you are in a small boat or on a stormy sea, looking for peace, for a meaningful life, a life of courage, energy, fire, passion? “Women – Men, do not wait if you hear God calling deep in your heart – Run! Pick up that phone now!” God so desires to be a part of your life.
Welcome To Our Inquiry Sessions
April 20 and May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.
No obligation. Give us a call or just come.
We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

Story of the Word – May 1 & 2

Mark your calendar for a very special event: “The Story of the Word: how we got the Bible and what we can do with it.” This will be a weekend retreat with Fr. Tom Welbers, to be held in the Good Shepherd Room at the Parish Center beginning Friday evening, May 1 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., and continuing on Saturday, May 2, beginning with a light breakfast at 9 a.m., and concluding
at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. It’s free, but we need to know how many will be coming. RSVP as soon as possible to the parish office at (310) 285-5425.

What is Prayer Shawl Ministry?

Throughout the ages, shawls have symbolized shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. The National Prayer Shawl Ministry, started in 1998, is an ecumenical movement with people praying as they create hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need. The creation and presentation of a prayer shawl, like all acts of generosity, enriches the giver as well as the recipient. If you enjoy praying, knitting and/or crocheting, or would like to learn, please join our warm and friendly Prayer Shawl Ministry. We meet every other Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Parish Center.
We accept requests for individual Prayer Shawls, and we donate Prayer Shawls to the Good Shepherd Shelter for battered women and children.
For information or to make a monetary donation for yarn, please contact Cheryl Wunsch through the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425.

Did You Know?

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
It is most appropriate that Child Abuse Prevention Month is held during the Easter season. There is no better time than Easter to celebrate the protection of our most valuable gift from God – our children. For information on how you can become more informed and involved in keeping our children safe, and to learn more about the 2015 pamphlet, “Working Together to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse,” please go to: http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/safeguard/

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Announcements for April 5, Easter Sunday

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

Rejoice in the Lord! May all the beauty and glory of this blessed season fill our hearts with praise. The Good Shepherd Parish Community wishes our visitors and parishioners a Blessed and Happy Easter!

Congratulations to Our New Catholics!

The following were received into the Church at the Easter Vigil.
New Catholics                  Their Sponsors
Ana Greenwood                 Ron Greenwood
Angela Perino Augustus    Monica Showalter
Eric Cansler                        Joe Deluliis
Sasha David                       Richard Craig
David Foldvary                  Laura Horan
Rory Johnson                     Angela Vianello
Kerstin Leavitt                   Adam Christiansen
Brianna Little                    Karenlin Madoff
Michael Muncatchy          Jonathan Roumie
Jennifer Tsui                      Penny Lane
Bryce Warner                    Michael Smuck
Erika Wiese                       Anna Grimm
Our Parish celebrates with you, our Neophytes, new Catholics, as you continue this journey of love. You inspire us and gift our parish with new life. Our love and prayers are with you. May God bless you. We also thank your sponsors who walked this journey with you. May God bless them too for the love and care they shared with you.

Young At Heart

Young at Heart will meet on Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m. Lunch at 11:45 a.m. followed by a movie. Come, bring a guest and enjoy the friendship.

Sunday Sip

Our next monthly hospitality and fellowship “Sunday Sip” will be next Sunday, April 12, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A Catholic?

Have you ever thought about becoming a Catholic or completing your Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation? Feeling like you are in a small boat or on a stormy sea, looking for peace, for a meaningful life, a life of courage, energy, fire, passion? “Women – Men, do not wait if you hear God calling deep in your heart – Run! Pick up that phone now!” God so desires to be a part of your life.

Welcome To Our Inquiry Sessions

April 20 and May 11
7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Office
No obligation, give us a call or just come. We are here for you! For more information, please contact either Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail vstehly@gsbh.org or, call Penny Lane at (310) 739-8762.

Single Parents Ministry
Last Tuesday Of Every Month

The Single Parents Ministry is a group open to all parents who are facing or have faced the challenges of raising children on their own. We are a brand new ministry and welcome all single moms and dads to join us! Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Room. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please be thinking about what needs you have for this ministry to provide to you and what types of activities you would like to see us initiate. Please RSVP by either emailing Linda Echegaray at Lrechegaray@gmail.com or better yet, go to My Good Shepherd https://gsbh.ccbchurch.com to sign up for our group and RSVP at the same time!

Did You Know?

It is safe to keep your child’s personal information personal.

If your children give out personal information over the Internet, not only is it easy to track, it is tough to completely remove. Emphasize to them how important it is that they keep personal information private. Make sure that they have a strong username and password that does not reveal anything personal. Encourage them not to give out their e-mail address, if they have one. If your children tell you that they have given out personal information online, contact your Internet Service Provider or the site where the information is posted to see what you can do to have it removed. For more information, visit: www.NetSmartz.org.

May 1 and 2, 2015

Mark your calendar for a very special event: a weekend scripture retreat with Fr. Tom Welbers – “The Story of the Word: A Look at How the Bible Came to Be”. The retreat will begin on Friday evening, May 1 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., and continue on Saturday, May 2, beginning with a light breakfast at 9 a.m., and continuing until 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Cantribution

We will cancel this event for the month of April as it is Easter Weekend. Save all your generous Donation for the weekend of May 2-3

What is Prayer Shawl Ministry?

Throughout the ages, shawls have symbolized shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. The National Prayer Shawl Ministry, started in 1998, is an ecumenical movement with people praying as they create hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need. The creation and presentation of a prayer shawl, like all acts of generosity, enriches the giver as well as the recipient. If you enjoy praying, knitting and/or crocheting, or would like to learn, please join our warm and friendly Prayer Shawl Ministry. We meet every other Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Parish Center Office. We accept requests for individual Prayer Shawls, and we donate Prayer Shawls to the Good Shepherd Shelter for battered women and children.
For information or to make a monetary donation for yarn, please contact Cheryl Wunsch through the Parish Center Office at (310) 285-5425.

Get On The Bus

Our goal is to reach $10,000 for the May 30 trip.
Our next fund raiser is our annual Mother’s Day Card Sale scheduled on April 25-26 and May 2-3.
Also, you can make a financial contribution by visiting: www.getonthebus.us.
Enter our Church Code: CMC-01 or you can drop your donation in the collection basket. Make your checks payable to: Get on the Bus and
indicate CMC-01 on the memo line.
May you be blessed for your continued generosity.
Items for Children’s Travel Bags are still needed!
Please bring the following items suitable for our children going to see their fathers:
Magazines, Playing cards
Travel games, Books
10 Teenagers 13+
15 Ages 6 to 12
5 Ages 1 to 5
You can leave the items at the Parish Center Office or contact Melanie at moverby@gmail.com.

Are You Gluten Intolerant?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have approved low gluten altar breads for official use at the Mass, if needed. We can make those hosts available to you, if you have that need. Please contact our parish liturgist, Joan Vos in the Parish Center Office, (310) 285-5425 to make those arrangements.

The Bible Online

For the Bible online, in many different translations, and for many other sources for studying God’s Word, consider this website: biblehub.com

Spiritual Direction Ministry:  A way to draw closer to God

Spiritual direction is an ancient ministry, a unique one-to-one relationship in which a trained person assists another person in the search for an ever closer union of love with God.
Directors listen carefully to the unfolding of directees’ lives, to help them discern the ways in which God is leading them. The practice of spiritual direction consists much more of “holy listening” rather than direction in the sense of offering guidance or direct advice.
If you would like to find someone who can assist you in deepening your relationship with God, contact Sister Virginia at (310) 285-5425, so she can put you in touch with a qualified director.

Thank You to Our Sunday Bulletin Advertisers

Our Sunday bulletin is an important way for us to communicate with you. Producing it every week could be very costly, but through our arrangement with the J.S. Paluch Company the parish does not pay for the printing, saving thousands of dollars each year.
Our Bulletin is supported through the generosity of the businesses that you see advertised on the back cover. Most of these advertisers are parishioners and members of our local community. During these difficult economic times, we encourage you to support these advertisers with your patronage and tell them that you appreciate their support of our parish through their advertisements in the bulletin. As we come to rejoice the risen of Jesus Christ, we would like to say to you, Thank You, for your support.

Handicapped Accessible

Our parish facilities are handicapped accessible, via ramps and parking spaces. We welcome everyone

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.

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Senate Bill 128 (SB 128) “Assisted Suicide” – ACTION ALERT

The Los Angeles Archdiocese is urging a “VOTE NO” on Senate Bill 128 (SB 128) End of Life, aka Assisted Suicide bill.

Click HERE to read the full article on the LA Archdiocese’s website to learn more about this bill to make an informed vote.

Get involved in the movement to stop this bill by visiting: AHardPill.org.

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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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