Retirement Fund for Religious
Next Sunday, December 8, the annual collection for retired Sisters and Brothers will be taken up. Special envelopes are in the pews this weekend for this purpose.
We will be having a Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, December 8th after all the morning Masses.
The “Sunday Sip” after the 5:30 p.m. Mass this Sunday, December 8th
Join us in the patio between the church and the hall for the “Sunday Sip” after the 5:30 p.m. Mass this Sunday, December 8th. We will have wine, sparkling water, hot apple cider, and hot hors d’oeuvres, with Advent/Christmas music playing in the background. It’s a great way to relax and meet new people—and to have a bit more fun before the workweek starts! The “Sunday Sip” is held after the 5:30 p.m. Mass every second Sunday of the month. If you’d like to help with setting up or cleaning up, please contact John at (310) 285-5425 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated this Monday, December 9th with two Masses at 6:30 a.m. and 12:05 p.m., but is not a Holy Day of Obligation. This solemnity is usually celebrated as a Holy Day of Obligation on December 8th. However, because December 8th this year falls on the Second Sunday of Advent, the solemnity (but not the obligation) is transferred to Monday, December 9th.
Pauline Books and Media
Pauline Books and Media is sponsoring the LA Premier of “Mary of Nazareth!”
Join us this Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the RAVE 18 Cinemas located at: 6081 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
$12 tickets on sale at Pauline Books and Media only, 2908 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230. For more information please call (310) 397-8676.
Come Celebrate Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Americas
A Special Mariachi Mass will be celebrated here at Good Shepherd in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe this Thursday, December 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Following the mass, please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and Mariachi Music. All are welcome!
Please bring a rose or a bouquet of roses on December 12 to leave at the Altar before Mass or during the Procession.
90th Anniversary Christmas Ornaments
In celebration of the 90th anniversary of Church of the Good Shepherd on December 12th, the day we also celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we are offering a limited edition commemorative Christmas ornament with pictures of the church and our Good Shepherd from the stained glass window in the church.
These Christmas ornaments will make a great souvenir gift and are available for a minimum donation of $20 each. Donations over that amount may be considered a tax deductible donation. They are available in the Parish Office, after Mass and also during the December 12th celebration of our Lady of Guadalupe. Don’t miss this opportunity to support Good Shepherd and own this collectible keepsake.
Young At Heart
The Young At Heart will meet on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall.
We will be socializing and getting into the spirit of the Christmas holiday. We request that you bring a small gift to exchange and to join the fun of giving and receiving.
Please arrive at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow and the cost is $10. A warm welcome is extended to new and interested parishioners of all age groups. Invite your friends for a joyous, festive afternoon. Come and sing along with us. To RSVP or for more information, please call the parish office at (310) 285-5425.
Advent Reconciliation Service
Come celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. Confessions – Come for an evening of prayer, of quiet and let God give you the gift of Peace!
Parking During the Holidays
Note: During the holiday season finding parking is always an issue. The City of Beverly Hills has many convenient parking structures located throughout the City including across the street from the church, between big and little Santa Monica Blvd. Also, street parking after 6 p.m. on both Bedford and Roxbury is okay and unrestricted. For details and a map of the city’s public parking lots, please visit The City of Beverly Hills website at
Advent and Christmas 2013 Schedule
Immaculate Conception of Mary
Not a Holy Day of Obligation
Monday, December 9
6:30 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Thursday, December 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17th at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20 11:40 a.m. – 12 p.m. (regular time) and
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21 4 – 5 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 23 11a.m. – 12 p.m., & 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 24 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Christmas Eve Masses
There will be a 6:30 a.m. Mass, but no 12:05 p.m. Mass.
4 p.m., (no incense)
6 p.m., (no incense)
10 p.m. (Choir and incense)
(with a 9:30 p.m. Choral Prelude)
Christmas Day Masses
8:30 a.m., (no incense)
10:30 a.m., (Choir and incense)
12:30 p.m. (Choir and incense)
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
10 a.m. Only
Christmas Flowering Offering
To support our efforts to beautify and decorate the church for the Christmas season and throughout the year, please make a donation using the “Flower Offering” envelopes in the pews. Then please put the envelope in the collection basket or return it to the Parish Center. Thank you!
Banquet of the Word
Banquet of the Word is now online. Go to www.tomwelbers.net, click on “Banquet of the Word.”
Prepare for Next Sunday’s Scripture Readings at Mass.
Because of an overwhelmingly large amount of items of interest and importance that need to appear in the parish bulletin, Fr. Tom’s “Banquet of the Word” will no longer appear here on page 4. You can easily access it online. However, at Fr. Tom’s personal website, tomwelbers.net. The story of the “Banquet of the Word” goes back to the late 1970s when Fr. Tom first prepared weekly commentaries on the Sunday readings to help people in his parish prepare to celebrate Sunday Mass better. The “Banquet” was very popular in many parishes, was eventually published in book form, and continues to be widely read on the internet.
Our Giving Tree
Again this Advent we have the lovely custom of the (Jesse Tree) Giving Tree.
Found at each entrance door of the Church. What do I do?
Please take an ornament, do what it says or use your own creativity. Wrap your gift. Tape the ornament on it so we know what it is. All gifts must be in the Parish Hall or Office by December 17. Let us be an outstanding parish of “Giving” so that joy may abound! God bless you.
Catholic Volunteer Network Directory
Copies of the new Catholic Volunteer Network directory (Response) are available near the doors of the church and in the Parish Center. The directory lists full-time, faith-based volunteer opportunities throughout the United States and around the world for people of all ages and skills. The indices toward the end of the directory allow you to search for full-time volunteer opportunities based on your preferences regarding type of service, location, and length of service (e.g., from several weeks to several years). If you are interested in full-time volunteer opportunities, please take home a copy of the directory. For more information, go online to catholicvolunteernetwork.org.
Catholic Religious Vocation Guide
Copies of the new Vision Vocation Guide are available near the doors of the church and in the Parish Center. The Guide includes numerous articles about religious life, prayer, and discernment (including for discerners who are 40+). In addition, it includes a comprehensive directory of the various religious communities in the United States. Please take home a copy of the Guide if you are interested in possibly serving God and the Church as a religious sister, brother, priest, or missionary. For additional information, go online to vocationnetwork.org.
Landings Program for inactive and occasionally active Catholics
Maybe you left or drifted away from God or the Catholic Church for a particular reason or for no particular reason. Regardless, if you are an inactive or occasionally active Catholic, we invite you to join Landings, which provides a safe harbor or “landing place” where you can explore the possibility of returning to the practice of the faith and to the Sacraments. We offer a supportive community where a returning Catholic can ask questions, discuss issues, and deal with difficulties with other returning Catholics and with formerly inactive Catholics who may have faced and overcome similar difficulties on their journeys back to the Catholic faith. Landings will help to make your journey back home to the Church easier, shorter, more joyful, and less lonely.
Starting on January 8th, we’ll meet every Wednesday from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Parish Center for about eight weeks to explore our faith and to share our stories about leaving and then returning to the Church and the Sacraments. For more information or to join, please call (310) 285-5425, or e-mail John at email@example.com.
Crespi Carmelite High School
“Crespi Carmelite High School is now accepting applications online for the fall of 2014. Register online for our High School Placement Prep Course Dec 26-28. Our Entrance exam will be offered on January 25th and February 1st. Please visit www.crespi.org for more information or to sign up.”
Lower your Income Taxes and Support Good Shepherd!
Congress has brought back the “charitable IRA rollover.”
Through and until the 31st of December 2013, anyone 70½ or older can transfer up to $100,000 tax-free from their IRAs to eligible charities like the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Any amounts distributed directly to charity by your IRA administrator will not be included in your taxable income and will count towards this year’s required minimum distribution. So for maximum tax savings, you might want to look at this opportunity before taking your 2013 required minimum distribution.
But remember: The Church of the Good Shepherd must receive your gift by December 31, 2013, in order to quality for the tax-free rollover. Interested? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Director of Administration, Michael Caraway at 310-285-5425.
(Example: Suppose your required minimum distribution for this year is $15,000. Let’s say you ask your IRA administrator to transfer $10,000 directly to the Church of the Good Shepherd. You will only need to withdraw and report the balance of $5,000 as taxable income. Or if you donate the entire $15,000, you will not have to personally withdraw or report any taxable income at all!)
If you are too young to take advantage of this now, you still can still name the Church of the Good Shepherd as a beneficiary of your IRA making use of your beneficiary designation form. After your lifetime, these assets will pass completely tax-free to Good Shepherd to ensure that our parish life and ministries continue to grow and flourish.