I am the Good Shepherd. A Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.
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.
Fr. Tom Welbers,
who will be celebrating 47 years of Ordination
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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 email@example.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,