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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

The month of July offers many interesting saints. Included in the month are the apostles Thomas (July 3) and James, the son of Zebedee (July 25). Thomas is known for making the statement that expresses the most doubt regarding Jesus’ resurrection, although none of the apostles expected Jesus to rise from the dead. When other apostles were told of Jesus’ resurrection, they also doubted. However, Thomas also makes the strongest confession of faith in the New Testament when he says,““My Lord and my God!” James, the son of Zebedee, was likely the first apostle to be martyred. He was called James the Greater because according to the Gospels, he was called by Jesus prior to His calling James, the son of Alphaeus, who is called James the Lesser only because of the time sequence. The feast day of the popular young martyr, Maria Goretti, was July 6th. Benedict, the founder of Western monasticism, has a day in his honor on July 11th. Kateri Tekawitha, who was finally canonized, has her feast day on July 14th. She lived in upper New York state and Canada. The well-loved Bonaventure, who was a philosopher-theologian of considerable ability, but who was overshadowed by his Dominican friend, Thomas Aquinas, has his feast day on July 15th. Bonaventure offered great leadership to the Franciscans in addition to being quite formidable in academics. St. Camillus De Lellis, a reformed gambler, was a real pioneer in health care. St. Camillus saw the need for proper ventilation for patients’ rooms, for isolating patients with contagious diseases and introduced the first battlefield ambulance. He also stressed the need for treating patients in a very personable manner. St. Mary Magdalene, who has been misrepresented more than any other saint, has a feast day on July 22nd. On July 26, we observe the feast day of Joachim and Ann, the parents of Mary. Our information about them is not present in the canonical Gospels, but in the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James. St. Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus of Bethany, has a feast day on July 29th. Her sister, Mary, does not have a feast day nor does her brother, Lazarus, in the Roman Catholic Church. Mary of Bethany does not have a feast day because in the Roman Rite, she was errantly identified with Mary Magdalene, who does have a feast. Mary of Bethany is a different person than Mary Magdalene. St. Ignatius Loyola’s feast is July 31st. He is, of course, the founder of the Jesuits and has created a popular form of retreat.

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

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

Good Shepherd Lottery - 2014

Good Shepherd Lotteryt

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 20 to Sunday, July 27

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: stjb@ptd.net.