Welcome to Good Shepherd Church – Drums, Pennsylvania
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For the past three weeks, we have been reading from chapter 13 of Matthew which consists of parables. Parables contain much of the novel teachings of Jesus. Mark offers only a handful of parables but Matthew gives us approximately 20 and Luke about 30. Some of the shorter parables are borderline metaphors and are classified differently by scholars. The Gospel of John, for some reason, does not employ parables but prefers to have Jesus speak in long discourses. I have done substantial study in the field of parables including reading most of the key books on the topic. Jesus primarily addressed the parables to His opponents. About 85% of the parables are aimed at opponents and only 15% are directed to disciples or to people favorable to Jesus. Parables fit into set categories and also have similar characteristics in things, surprise endings, reversals of fate, etc. Jesus is fond of employing scenes from the world of nature and domestic life in presenting His parables. Many of the parables of Jesus have been allegorized. This means that people and things represent other people and things. I have found the study of parables to be a fascinating one. Much of the core message of Jesus is found in the parables.
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.
Retreats for Men
Six retreats are offered by the Benedictine monks of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, PA over weekends Friday evening to Sunday afternoon running from May 16 to July 25. Go to the "Community" page of our website.
Bingo at Good Shepherd Church
Good Shepherd Lottery - 2014
Tickets are on sale before and after weekend Masses in the Holy Family Room or by calling the Parish Office at (570) 788-3141
Quick Links: Good Shepherd Events – Sunday, July 27 to Sunday, August 3
- Sunday, July 27: Men of Marian Summer Picnic
- Monday, July 28: Mandatory Confirmation Meeting
- Tuesday, July 29: Bingo
- Wednesday, July 30: Parish Pastoral Council Meeting
- Thursday, July 31: Pro-LIfe Rosary of the Unborn
- Friday, August 1: First Friday Devotions
- Sunday, August 3: Breakfast
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Faith Formation - Registration Form for 2014-2015
The Registration Form for Faith Formation is now available on the “Downloads” page of our website. The Faith Formation Handbook for 2014-2015 will be available shortly. Check back often.
Ministry Schedules - New schedules available
New Ministry Schedules for July through September are available on the “Downloads” page of our website for Extraordinary Ministers, Altar Servers, Lectors, and Greeters.
From Our Music Ministry: Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections (June 15, 2014 to August 15, 2014)
Hymn selections and Responsorial Psalm selections are now available on the “Downloads” page of our website.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.