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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

The Infancy Gospels

Two Gospels, Luke and Matthew, treat the birth of Christ in their two opening chapters. Luke’s infancy narrative is much longer than Matthew’s; 132 verses in contrast to 48 verses. These infancy Gospels are much different than one another, and scholars today realize they cannot be reconciled. Matthew and Luke agree on certain things: the names of the Holy Family, the role of the angels and the Holy Spirit, the titles of Jesus – Christ, and the Son of David – the birth in Bethlehem, the reign of Herod, the Virgin birth, etc. The infancy Gospels of Luke and Matthew differ in many ways. Matthew concentrates on men – Jesus, Joseph, David, the Magi, Herod and the chief priests, scribes, and Archelaus. Matthew’s infancy story is written from the perspective of Joseph, while Luke’s is written from the perspective of Mary. Many of the key characters in Luke’s infancy narrative are women, including Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna. Also, Luke has those who represent the poor – shepherds, Zechariah, and Simeon. The infancy narrative of Luke is a joyful one; glory, praise, faith, and humility are stressed. In Matthew’s infancy account, right from the beginning, Herod wants to kill the newborn infant. The Holy Innocents and the flight into Egypt are in Matthew alone. Both infancy narratives have Old Testament parallels. In Matthew, the dreams of Joseph can be related to the dreams of the Old Testament Joseph in the Book of Genesis, and the Holy Innocents to Pharaoh wishing to kill the Hebrew newborn children who are boys. In Luke, the birth of John the Baptist to elderly parents can be compared to the births of Isaac, Samuel, and Samson to elderly parents. Matthew seems to indicate that Joseph and Mary lived in Bethlehem originally and that Jesus was born at home. Luke contends that Joseph and Mary originally lived in Nazareth and that they were called to Bethlehem for the census. I feel, from my own studies, that Matthew is more likely to be correct. I do not feel there is a reason for the census at that time and that it is quite dubious that one took place. Our manger scenes, along with our Christmas cards and nativity plays, etc., are a combination of both infancy narratives.

Know Your Parish Council

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.

Interested in joining Good Shepherd Parish Family?

We welcome you and are happy you’re here!

Good Shepherd Church is a warm and welcoming family of faith that offers many opportunities to enrich spiritual life, reach out to those in need, liturgical education and to belong to the family of Christ. Regardless of where you are in your journey of faith, you are welcomed and embraced in Good Shepherd Parish family.

How to get started…

  • Contact the Good Shepherd Parish office to register
  • Contact Good Shepherd Church via parish email at gsch@ptd.net
  • Bookmark our parish website: www.goodshepherd-drums.org
  • Take and read a copy of our weekly parish bulletin
  • Talk with Marydonna Portonova about our parish opportunities to become involved in at least one ministry or event
  • Take home a copy of our parish brochure located in our church foyer.

Please take time to discover this warm and energetic parish community!

Bingo at Good Shepherd Church

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

Quick Links: Good Shepherd Events – Sunday, December 10 to Sunday, December 17

Ministry Schedules

All current ministry schedules are available on the “Downloads” page of our website:

From Our Music Ministry

Good Shepherd Choir Notes

The children will be singing at the 4:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass beginning at 3:30 PM. The Good Shepherd Choir will be singing at the 9:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass beginning at 8:30 PM, and will sing at the 10:00 AM Christmas Day Mass beginning at 9:30 AM.

Looking for St. John Bosco Information?

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.