Welcome to Good Shepherd Church – Drums, Pennsylvania

From the Pastor…Fr. Kloton

In this weekend’s Gospel, we hear of a classic miracle of Jesus. A man unable to speak properly or hear at all was cured by Jesus. Imagine the man who was cured hearing for the first time! Imagine him being able to speak plainly! Because of his encounter with Jesus, these things were able to happen. Each weekend, we have the opportunity to have an encounter with Jesus through Scripture and the Eucharist. Our ears are opened by the word of God to love others compassionately. Our tongue is loose so that we can go out and spread the word of God. Take a few moments this week to ponder the man who was cured in today’s Gospel. His life will be forever changed because of an encounter with Jesus. Will your life change because of your encounter with Jesus?

Altar Server Meeting and Training – Monday, September 27th

There will be a very important meeting for all new and current servers and for those who would like to become an altar server and for all parents. The meeting will be held on Monday, September 27th after Faith Formation in the Church.

On our "Downloads" page you will find a document (PDF) that contains a letter from Fr. Mike and Deacon Jim and an Altar Server Permssion Slip and Parent Commitment Form.

The Altar Server schedule from September 11, 2021 to October 3, 2021 is available in printer-friendly (PDF) format on the “Downloads” page of our website.

Letter from Bishop Bambera – August 6, 2021

In case you didn't see the latest letter from Bishop Bambera regarding the latest recommendations about attending Mass, it is available on the “Downloads” page of our website.

Letter from Bishop Bambera – July 15, 2021

A letter from Bishop Bambera regarding a return to Mass obligations is available on the “Downloads” page of our website.

Faith Formation Registration Form is Now Available

The Good Shepherd Church 2021-2022 Faith Formation Registration Form is now available to download in a printer-friendly format (PDF) from the “Downloads” page of our website.

Good Shepherd Pastoral Council Update

The last year-and-a-half has been a challenge for everyone due to the pandemic. We have used this time to review and evaluate the current goals of our Parish Pastoral Council. This included the formation of two committees: Word and Worship and Community and Service, as defined in our Pastoral Plan. Our lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish has also completed the same work and is moving forward with their Pastoral Plan as well. A few years ago, our parish was linked with Our lady of the Immaculate Conception and during the process, we found that both parishes share many of the same strengths and challenges. Both groups agreed that a Joint Parish Pastoral Council would be more practical to accomplish our goals. What does this mean for our parish? Nothing changes – no churches are going to be closed, finances will continue to be separate, and both parishes will continue to operate independently. So why the change? This will eliminate duplicate tasks, share resources, coordinate communications, promote spiritual development, build a deeper appreciation of the liturgy, encourage increased parishioner participation, and nurture a more robust community outreach in both parishes. We are truly blessed to have a great group of talented people in both churches and together, we can accomplish our goals, grow our faith, and carry out God’s work in our communities.

Calling all... “Collectors”?

We don’t call them ushers anymore so we’re calling on our parishioners to serve as “Collectors” at the Saturday 6:00 PM Mass and the Sunday 8:00 AM Mass starting the weekend of July 10th and 11th. Four are needed for each mass, and if we get enough volunteers, we could work on setting up a schedule. Please call the office (570-788-3141) and leave your name, phone number, and the mass you attend. Thank you for serving!

Good Shepherd Harvest Gathering – Craft Show Application & Food Vendor Application

The Craft Show Application and Food Vendor Application for the Good Shepherd Festival Craft Show to be held October 9 and 10, 2011, are available in printer-friendly format (PDF) on the “Downloads” page of our website.

Added 6/19/2021: Release and Hold Harmless Document. It is available in printer-friendly format (PDF) on the “Downloads” page of our website.

Attention Parishioners

Please read the letter from Fr. Mike regarding returning to Mass. It may be found on the “Downloads” page of our website.

Notice from Diocese regarding Fraternité Notre Dame

To read the notice from the Diocese regarding Fraternité Notre Dame, please go to the “Downloads” page of our website.

Message from Bishop Bambera Regarding Corona Virus Vaccines

Parishioners should have received via email a copy of the letter from Bishop Bambera sent by our parish office regarding the coronavirus vaccines. If not, a copy is available on the "Downloads" page of our website.

All Masses Online

Our new camera system will allow you to watch ALL MASSES in both churches. This includes weekday, weekend, holy days, and Friday Benediction at 3:00 PM and Stations of the Cross at 4:00 PM. The link for these masses is: YouTube.com/channel/UCRogmn_HRMsPzAq4XSysm3w.

Act of Spiritual Communion

One of the hardest parts of social distancing is not being able to receive the Holy Eucharist during Mass. For those of you who are participating in the Mass on television or with Father Kloton or Father Arun on YouTube, the following is the Prayer for Spiritual Communion. It can be said when you would normally receive the Host. We hope this gives you some small comfort until we can be together at Mass again.

Parking Lot Mass

All weekend Masses at the Church of the Good Shepherd (Saturday 6:00 PM, and Sunday 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM) will be available over your car radio. We ask that you park in the lower lot (to the left of the church) and tune your car radio to FM 98.3. You will be able to listen to the Mass over your radio in the comfort of your car and remain socially distant. At the end of Mass, an Extraordinary Minister will come to the parking lot to distribute Holy Communion. If you bring your envelopes, those will also be collected. Spread the word!

Parish Council - Parish Reinvigoration

To learn about the Parish Council’s Reinvigoration Plan, go to the “Downloads” page of our website. There are 2 documents there (PDF format): the first describes the areas of Community and Service; the second describes the areas of Word and Worship.

Confessions

Confessions are on Saturdays from 5:00 to 5:30 PM in Fr. Kloton’s office. Please enter and exit through the outer library door (white storm door) located at the ramp entrance to the church.

Links to Religious Services and Prayers

Parish of Good Shepherd Corona Virus Updates

Please note the following updates as they pertain to Good Shepherd Church:

Receiving Email Updates

If you would like to receive email updates on church-related matters, please email the parish office at gsch@ptd.net and you will be added to our list.

Messages from Bishop Bambera

Diocese of Scranton Corona Virus Update

For the latest update from the Diocese of Scranton relating to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic, please click on the following link (a new window or tab will open in your browser): https://www.dioceseofscranton.org/about/about-the-bishop/diocese-of-scranton-coronavirus-updates/

There and many areas of interest on that page relating to how the Diocese is confronting the Corona Virus Pandemic as well as suggestions for the faithful of the Diocese, including:

Cry Room

The Cry Room is reserved for those who need it.

Baptism Preparation

All parents who wish to have their child baptized are required to attend the mandatory Baptism Preparation class held quarterly by Deacon Jim.  Even if you have attended a Baptism Preparation class within the past three years, it is necessary for you to attend the class with Deacon Jim each time you wish to have a child baptized.

Attention Parishioners: Mass Intention Request Form

A new Mass Intention Request Form (with instructions) has been posted in printer-friendly format (PDF) to the “Downloads” page of our website.

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 a 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 the 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

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

Attention: High School and College Students – Caregiver Scholarships Available

Caring.com is an organization that has made available scholarships for high school and college students who function as caregivers for aging loved ones. To learn more about Caring.com and their scholarship program go to the “Community” page of our website. Click here to go directly to that page and the information.

Valuable Resources for Pennsylvania Senior Citizens

Assisted Living Research Institute is a research organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults. To learn more about Assisted Living Research Institute go the the “Community” page of our website. New 12/8/19: Another link has been added pointing to a resource that can help seniors and their families understand all the program that can help pay for senior care.

Click here to go directly to that page and the information.

Bingo at Good Shepherd Church – Bingo will return on Tuesday, September 7

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, August 29 to Sunday, September 5

Ministry Schedules

The following ministry schedules are available on the “Downloads” page of our website:

From Our Music Ministry

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Freeland

Good Shepherd Parish is now “linked” to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Freeland. For more information about Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, please visit their website at http://www.ourladyfreeland.org.