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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

St. Alphonsus Liguori

The memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori is on August 1st. This past week, in Liguorian magazine, I read an interesting article on Saint Alphonsus which offered something I did not know about the saint, namely his identification with the condemned, which I will discuss. Some things I do know about St. Alphonsus include that at one time, he was a very successful lawyer, much like Perry Mason in that he never lost a case for many years. When he finally lost a case, Alphonsus interpreted it as a sign from God that he should change his ways and study for the priesthood. Alphonsus founded the congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, commonly called the Redemptorists, a community of priests dedicated to preaching, hearing confessions and providing the sacraments. St. Alphonsus excelled in moral theology and spiritual writing. His moral theology was most frequently taught in seminaries from his own time to the mid-20th century. For a couple hundred years, his Stations book was the most popular one, and today, some churches still use it, though I feel Clarence Enzler’s Everyman’s Way of the Cross is better written. What I did not know about St. Alphonsus was his zeal for the Sacrament of Penance, especially for prisoners condemned to death. St. Alphonsus (1696 – 1787) was a confessor in stark contrast to St. Charles Borromeo who advised confessors to deal harshly with penitents. Borromeo warned priests not to forgive sins too easily or they would condemn themselves to eternal damnation. St. Alphonsus belonged to a sodality of lay people and priests dedicated to the spiritual welfare of criminals in Naples prisons. The sodality, called the Bianchi, ministered to those who were to be executed. The Bianchi stayed with prisoners who were to be executed. They also made sure that these men received a proper burial. If the executed man left behind a family, the Bianchi would solicit alms for that family after each sodality member made his/her own pledge. St. Alphonsus stated, “It is a work of charity to assist the dying, but it is much more meritorious to assist those condemned to death since they deserve greater compassion on account of the sad condition in which they find themselves.”

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Go to the Pastoral Council section of our website (use navigation bar on the left side of this page) to learn about this ministry and to see an updated list of Council members.

You will also find a nomination form there which you may submit online if you are interested in serving on the Good Shepherd Parish Council.

Bingo at Good Shepherd Church

Bingo every Tuesday evening at Good Shepherd. Doors open at 5:00 PM, games start at 6:00 PM.

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Because Good Shepherd Church and St. John Bosco Church of Conyngham, Pennsylvania are no longer “linked,”you will note that this site is devoted to matters related primarily to Good Shepherd Church. You may visit the St. John Bosco website at www.stjohnboscochurch.org or contact them by phone at (570) 788-1997, or email: stjb@ptd.net.