Monthly Breakfast

BreakfastMonthly Breakfast is held the 1st Sunday of every month in the Good Shepherd Parish Hall (basement). The menu includes eggs (any style); ham, bacon, sausage (choice of 2); potatoes; toast; pancakes; coffee, tea, juice, chocolate milk; fresh fruit; yogurt; and assorted pastries. Serving time is from 8:00 AM until noon. Come break bread with your extended parish family!

Bingo

Bingo is held every Tuesday evening in the Good Shepherd Parish Hall. Doors open at 5:00 PM, and games start at 6:00 PM. Food and refreshments are available. Free cake and coffee in a SMOKE-FREE and friendly environment. It's all paper, so bring your dabbers. Come relax and enjoy yourself while supporting your church. Hope to see you there! Thanks to our Bingo workers for making our weekly Bingo a success!

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Tuesday Night Bingo

Bingo at Good Shepherd Church HallTuesday Night Bingo at Good Shepherd Church starts with our Early Bird game at 6:00 PM. We play 22 games each week and payouts range from $50 to over $500. Our regular games pay $100 each. The kitchen opens at 5:00 PM with special soups, sandwiches, beverages, ethnic foods and a variety of other goodies including fries, pretzels, candy, chips, and more. We also provide complimentary coffee, tea, and cake to our players (and volunteers).

Valley Food Pantry

The Valley Food Pantry will be making Christmas boxes for needy families in the area. Good Shepherd has been asked to contribute cake mix and frosting for 58 boxes. The local churches have also been asked to help with coffee, flour, and sugar. If you cannot get out shopping and wish to help, checks payable to the "Valley Food Pantry” will also be accepted. The deadline for contributions is Wednesday, December 13th. Thank you for your generosity!

Head Start Giving Tree

The Head Start Giving Tree is up and decorated with gift tags. Parishioners are asked to select a tag, purchase a gift, and return the wrapped gift and tag by Sunday, December 17th. Thank you for your generosity!


The Women of Good Shepherd

Women of Good Shepherd Attending “A Christmas Carol”

The Women of Good Shepherd will be attending the PTPA production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The play is Thursday, December 7, at 7:00 PM. The cost of dinner and the show is $35.00. If you would like to join us, please call (570) 401-5092. Please reserve your seat by Sunday, November 26th.

Holy Childhood Missions

The children in Faith Formation are asked to bring in a donation to the missions each Monday in Advent. We call it “Advent Giving” (there are no individual collection boxes this year). Holy Childhood Missions is a national program for children helping children. Any donations will be greatly appreciated by the children in need all over the world. This program also helps our children prepare their hearts for Jesus’ coming on Christmas. Thank you and God bless you!

~ Submitted by Jean Klinger, Missions Coordinator

Grief Ministry

The newly-forming Good Shepherd Parish grief support ministry will hold its next meeting on Thursday, December 14, at 9:00 AM in the Holy Family Room.

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen

On the first Wednesday of each month, Good Shepherd Church donates, prepares, and serves a hot meal at the Hazleton Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. Our volunteers provided 64 people with a Thanksgiving feast of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, cranberry sauce, bread, pumpkin pie, and ice cream sundaes. Each person receives a “take out bag” filled with peanut butter crackers, a pudding cup, a banana, a personal pack of tissues, and some candies. Through the generous support of Father McHugh and our parishioners, we continue to put our Catholic faith into action by serving the needy of the Hazleton area. Special thanks go to our friends at Providence Place who help package the “take out bags” each month.

~ Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Stoffa Beozzo, Chairperson

Scripture Study Transcripts

Over the last several years, Father McHugh has presented a large number of lectures and discussions of Scripture, Christian traditions, and the teachings and behaviors of Christ. Parishioner Jim McGuire has transcribed Father’s notes and they are available to those who would like a permanent copy. The text, just over 300 pages long, covers 83 Scripture sessions, and is available for $15. To reserve a copy, fill out the coupon below and return it to the parish office.

SCRIPTURE SESSION TRANSCRIPT REQUEST

Name ____________________________________

Phone Number _____________________________

(~ For a printer-friendly version (PDF), go to the “Downloads” page of our website.)

Drums Crochet or Knit for a Cause

The Drums Crochet or Knit for a Cause Group makes baby hats and blankets for newborn babies of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Greater Hazleton. The meetings are held monthly on the 1st Wednesday.



Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

The Knights of Columbus, Council 8613, is inviting all boys and girls from ages 5 through 14 to participate in their organization’s international “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest. Grand Knight Andy Pitonyak said, “By engaging the creativity and the imagination of our young people, we hope they will come to a deeper understanding of the true spiritual meaning of Christmas.” The contest runs from December 3rd through the 17th. All entries are due by December 18th. Registration forms and judging rules will be available at the Faith Formation office or call contest chairman Tom Pandolfi at (973) 943-3152.

Free Breakfast

On Thursday, December 14, at 8:00 AM, please join singer/songwriter Sarah Vienna for a free breakfast at Perkins Restaurant, Route 93, Hazleton. She will share how God is working through her music and Firm Foundations Romania to help the lives of the neglected gypsy children. If you plan to attend the breakfast, please email Jackie at www.faith-ag.com by Monday, December 11th.

Live In Concert

Christmas With Sarah Vienna will be hosted by Faith Assembly of God, 34 Fox Manor Road, Hazle Township, on Sunday, December 16, at 6:30 PM. For more information, please call (570) 459-2410 or visit www.faith-ag.com.

Wigilia

A Polish Christmas Eve Celebration with be held at Capriotti’s Palazzo, 1 Banks Avenue, McAdoo, on Sunday, December 17, at 1:00 PM. It will feature a 13-course meatless meal served family style. For reservations or more information, call Olga Morgan at (570) 929-2012 or Tom K. at (570) 454-4397 by Monday, December 11th. The cost is $25.00 per person.

Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society has many available resources (books, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, city records, church records, cemetery records and family histories) which can aid in your genealogical quest. They are located at 689 Main Road, Hanover Township, in the caretaker’s house inside the Hanover Green Cemetery. Their website is www.nepgs.com.

Catholic School Academic Angel

As families register their students for the upcoming school year, consider becoming an Academic Angel! Your contribution is an investment in a child’s future– the outcome speaks for itself. Our schools offer an instructional environment that challenges the mind while inspiring and strengthening the spirit. Please consider supporting our students for the 2017–18 school year. You can designate the gift as a memorial or as an honor for someone special and you can also select a particular school to receive your gift, or allow us to allocate it to the area with the greatest need. Contributions can be sent to the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation, 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton PA 18503.

Pregnancy Resource Center of Greater Hazleton Update

The center has been open for about 16 months and is located in West Hazleton behind the Stroehman’s bread store. Our mission is to share the love of Christ with those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and might have never experienced His compassion and His peace. Our special classes are geared to help women and girls learn valuable life and parenting skills. Our newest is called the “Something Special Classand” which meets on the second Tuesday of each month. So far, we have had a music class, made applesauce, dipped chocolate, and made smoothies. We also offer pregnancy tests and peer counseling. This past year, we have had 62 unique clients for a total of 192 visits. It is our intent to build relationships with the girls and their support person. Ways that you can get involved include our prayer team, making baby hats, or being involved in our golf tournament, baby bottle fundraiser, or the annual fall banquet. We take seriously the importance of prayer at the center. Each week, our prayer warriors meet to pray for the needs of the center, volunteers and clients, and each day at the center is opened with prayer. You are welcome to come take a tour of the center and learn a little more of everyday center life. Thank you for your support!

Vibrational Sound Healing

Parishioner Anita Kobilis is offering Vibrational Sound Healing sessions. She uses Solfeggio-tuned tuning forks and crystals to re-establish the natural balance of the energetic fields of the body in order to create health. There is no charge. Donations are appreciated. Call her at (570) 751-3082 to set up an appointment.

The Shepherd’s Hands

Homebound, Nursing Home, Assisted Living Christmas Reach Out

Members of The Shepherd’s Hands group would like to reach out to members of Good Shepherd who are homebound or in a nursing or assisted living facility. If you or someone you know would like a visit and a small gift on Sunday, December 17, after the 10:00 AM Mass, please call the parish office at (570) 788-3141. Please leave your name, phone number, and address. We are looking forward to bring some Christmas cheer to you.

Heifer International

There is a wonderful charity called Heifer International. They help needy families by giving them farm animals so they can feed themselves. Before they get an animal, they are educated on how to take care of it. When the animals have offspring, the family shares with another family. It is a very efficient and effective system.

Some people give a gift of an animal to someone on their list that has everything. The animal really goes to a needy family. The gifted person gets a card explaining the gift. There are many ways to help. Our group has pledged $10.00 per month to provide a goat for a family.

If you are interested in donating monthly to very good charity, you can visit their website at www.heifer.org/monthly or contact them at (855) 548-6437. They can also be contacted by mail at Heifer International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203-9412.

Good Shepherd Pro-Lifers

Rose for Life Update

Requests for 2018 are now being accepted. If you are unfamiliar with the Rose for Life, the Good Shepherd Pro-Lifers will place a red rose for life near the altar each week. Anyone can request the rose in honor of or in memory of someone by filling out the request form below and placing it, with a donation of $5.00 minimum, in an envelope marked “Rose for Life” and putting it in the collection basket at Mass. The request may also be dropped off at the parish office. Any money left over after the purchase of the roses will be used for Pro-Life activities. Please pick an alternate date in case your first choice is taken. Include your phone number in case both dates are taken. The rose is for one week, from Saturday to Friday. The red rose is a known symbol for life. Having the rose near the altar reminds us that all life is precious. If you have any questions, please call Jean Klinger at (570) 788-3958.

Rose for Life

Rose for Life Check the small calendar on the bulletin board in the church vestibule to see what weeks are taken in 2017. There are extra coupons in the vestibule. If you have any questions, call Jean Klinger at (570) 788-3958. Look for the rose in front of one of the statues in the front of the church.

Requests for 2018 are now being accepted. If you are unfamiliar with the Rose for Life, the Good Shepherd Pro-Lifers will place a red rose for life near the altar each week. Anyone can request the rose in honor of or in memory of someone by filling out the request form below and placing it, with a donation of $5.00 minimum, in an envelope marked “Rose for Life” and putting it in the collection basket at Mass. The request may also be dropped off at the parish office. Any money left over after the purchase of the roses will be used for Pro-Life activities. Please pick an alternate date in case your first choice is taken. Include your phone number in case both dates are taken. The rose is for one week, from Saturday to Friday. The red rose is a known symbol for life. Having the rose near the altar reminds us that all life is precious. If you have any questions, please call Jean Klinger at (570) 788-3958.

Request for Rose

Rose in honor/memory of: ____________________________________________

Requested by: ____________________________________________

Phone Number _______________________________

Dates

First Choice: _________________________________

Second Choice: ______________________________

~ A printer-friendly (PDF) version is available on the “Downloads” page of our website.

Attention: Amazon Shoppers

Amazon, the largest Internet retailer, offers a program that allows you to contribute to your favorite charity while you shop. Go to smile.amazon.com, sign in, and choose your charity. Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Education Fund is one. Any eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a .5% donation. This is a painless way to donate to a good cause.

Thank You

Thank you to all who already signed a petition to Pennsylvania legislators and governor to stop dismemberment abortions. Petitions are on the table in the vestibule for those who still wish to sign. Also, please call Representative Tarah Toohill at (570) 453-1344 and Senator John Yudichak at (570) 740-2434 and say, “I would like to ask (name) to support House Bill 1948, which bans dismemberment abortions.” Please call Governor Tom Wolfe at (717) 787-2500 and say, “Please sign House Bill 1948 into law.” This is a life-saving bill. Please act now.

Cell Phone Plan

Doug and Marie Potter told me about a cell phone plan called Charity Mobile. A percentage of your payment goes to a charity that you pick from a list of 2,000 charities, including some for pro-life. You can call 1-877-474-3662 or visit their website at www.charity-mobile.com. If you have any questions, you may call Doug at (570) 788-5835. This is an easy way to make a difference!

Catholic Karate and Scripture

Catholic Karate and Scripture is starting up 2 beginner classes and is accepting 5 new families at each of its locations at St. John Bosco and Most Precious Blood. Each class starts and ends with a blessing. Scripture and prayer are also part of the class. A 2-month course is $60 with $10 off for a 2nd family member. Contact Sensei Burns at (570) 578-3499 to reserve your spot.

A Place for Mom (and We Help Dads, Too!)

You have an important decision to make about the care and living arrangements for your loved ones. It’s not an easy time. There’s a lot to factor in – their health and living needs, budget, and research on senior living communities. Fortunately, when that time comes, there’s a caring, well-informed local person who can help you through this. At A Place for Mom, we help anyone over age 55 find the right senior living options, whether it is assisted living, independent living, memory care, respite care, home care, or group homes.

For more information, please take a brochure from the table in the church vestibule, or call (570) 291-8815 to speak with a Senior Living Advisor or email nepa@aplaceformom.com.

St. Joseph’s Pantry

Catholic Social Services is in need of volunteers for the St. Joseph Pantry. It is a client-choice pantry and open four days a week - Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 AM – Noon and 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and on Thursday from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. Volunteers would assist with filling orders and, if comfortable, interviewing. The pantry serves approximately 400 unduplicated families per month. Also, the agency is in need of volunteers to help with coordination of the Christmas Giving Distribution. For more information, please call (570) 455-1521.

Ladies of Charity

Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton invites the ladies of the parish to join The Ladies of Charity as they serve those in need of material and spiritual assistance. Just one hour a month can make a big difference in the lives of so many and you will find great satisfaction in doing God’s Will. Our Ladies serve in their parishes and their communities and they choose their own works of charity. Please join with us and enjoy the fellowship and many spiritual blessings throughout the year. It would be our pleasure to welcome you. We are planning our Day of Enrollment in April with liturgy and a solemn investiture for new members. For further information, please call Evelyn at (570) 474-5192.

Look Good Feel Better Program

Are you a woman undergoing cancer treatment? Are you having a hard time dealing with the side effects of losing your hair, or the changes in your complexion? The American Cancer Society can help through its Look Good Feel Better program to be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, March 9, at the Cancer Treatment Center, 1701 East Broad Street, Hazleton. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register. Patients are reminded that the American Cancer Society has three free wig salons in the Greater Hazleton Area – The Hair Cellar, 258 East Muir Avenue, Hazleton; Hazleton Geisinger Cancer Center, 1740 East Broad Street, Hazleton; and Sandy’s Hair Net-Work, 302 Ridge Street, Freeland. Please call 1-800-227-2345 to make an appointment.

Haven for Women

If you or someone you know is pregnant and scared, there is help locally – the Haven for Women, 128 W. Green Street, Hazleton. Telephone (570) 459-5900 or visit www.onlineforlife.org. Online for Life is a non-profit outreach to help women in crisis pregnancies. Please give your baby life – your mother did.

Building and Grounds Committee

The Building and Grounds Committee invites anyone with expertise in the construction field (carpenters, roofers, electricians, and plumbers) to join the committee. They only meet once every two months. If you are interested, please call the parish office.


Attention Veterans

If you would like to help in programs that benefit veterans and residents of Sugarloaf and Butler Valley, please consider joining American Legion Post 795. If interested, call (570) 788-5335.

SpiriTrust Hospice

SpiriTrust Hospice is looking for volunteers to join the Hospice Team. Volunteer to visit terminally ill clients in your community. A volunteer is a good neighbor who gives a helping hand, is a good listener, and reassures with kind words of encouragement. Volunteers also help with office work, bereavement calls and visits, and baking bread for bereaved families. Call Cathy Sweeney, Volunteer Coordinator, at (877) 438-3511 to learn more.

Holy Family Academy

Holy Family Academy is a Catholic School in Hazleton educating children in grades PreK to eight. Students live the Gospel message daily, attend Liturgy weekly, and they are provided with an environment of high academic achievement.

Location

Location is at 601 North Laurel Street, Hazleton.

Tuition Credit Program

Help a family with tuition costs at no cost to you!!! IT'S SIMPLE!! Participate in our Tuition Credit Program. You can help a family you know or a family from your parish. Buy Gift cards for all your grocery and shopping needs and a percentage will be deducted from tuition expenses. For a list of participating businesses please call Lisa at 455-9431, ext. 103. A great way to do all your holiday shopping while helping others at the same time!!

Scholarship Fund

The “Holy Family Academy Scholarship Fund” has been established! If you would like to contribute, please mail your donation to: Holy Family Academy, 601 N. Laurel St., Hazleton, PA 18201, Attention: Olivia. Thank you so much for what you are doing to help maintain Catholic education in the Hazleton area!! God Bless.

Holy Family Academy Victory Drive

Parishioners and friends of Holy Family Academy are encouraged to donate to the HFA VICTORY Drive to keep Catholic education alive and well in the Hazleton area. Checks can be made out to the GREATER HAZLETON CATHOLIC SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION and mailed to " GHCSF", P.O. Box 285, Hazleton, Pa. 18201. Donations will be deposited in the local KNBT account and the fund will be managed by members of the Enrollment and Marketing Committee.

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