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 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).

If playing Bingo is not your cup of tea, we encourage you to join the Bingo team as a volunteer. Our staff includes kitchen, admissions, sales, and floor workers. We can accommodate your schedule with as little as one hour in our sales room or admissions table, or up to three or four hours as kitchen staff. We have four teams of volunteers that rotate each week so that most volunteers only work once a month.

Bingo at Good Shepherd Church is an important source of income for our parish. Please call the parish office at (570) 788-3141 or Bingo Coordinator Carol at (570) 788-5891 if you can volunteer to help.

Valley Food Pantry

The Valley Food Pantry helps those in need of food, paper products, and hygienic articles. We have been asked to collect tissues, tuna, applesauce, stewed tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, rice, cereal, and pancake mix and syrup. Please check expiration dates.

The Women of Good Shepherd

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, May 14, at 6:30 PM in the St. Joseph Room.

Attention: Graduating Seniors

The 2018 Women of Good Shepherd Scholarship applications are now being accepted. Please visit the "Downloads" page of our website to download the application.

The deadline for submission is Monday, May 14th.

The Sugarloaf/Valley Chapter of Church Women United – May Friendship Day

The Sugarloaf/Valley Chapter of Church Women United invites you to attend May Friendship Day which will be held at Conyngham Christ Lutheran Church on Friday, May 4th. The service will begin at 1:00 PM with light refreshments to follow. The focus of this program will be “Child Hunger.” We will also be celebrating the Fellowship of the Least Coin. Each time a woman prays for peace, a least coin is offered as a token of her prayer. These least coins will be given to an international fund to support women around the world. Please remember to wrap your least coins (pennies). Thank you! Call Andrea at (570) 788-2002 for more information.

Good Shepherd Golf Tournament

On June 8th, Good Shepherd will be hosting its 12th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit our Youth Ministry and scholarship fund. In order to continually grow this event and make it our most successful yet, the golf committee is requesting your help. We need volunteers to assist on our prize committee, to help with identifying and following up with our sponsors, to recruit additional golfers, and to help with the operations on the day of the tournament. The committee will be meeting in early February to discuss these and other issues. If you would be interested in assisting with this effort, please contact either of our co-directors Chuck Jumpeter at (570) 788-6977 (home) or (631) 922-3764 (cell), or Joe Yamulla at (570) 401-5324. You may also call the parish office and leave your contact information and we’ll contact you. If anyone has any suggestions on how we could improve and grow this event, but doesn’t have the time to actually volunteer, please email your ideas to Chuck at

Queen of Our Hearts Rosary Group

Queen of Our Hearts Rosary Group invites you to come pray with us on Saturday mornings at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Church. We will be praying the Infant of Prague chaplet, the Holy Rosary, and the Divine Mercy chaplet. Join us in praying for Our Lady’s intentions, your intentions, and all those that have asked us to pray for them. All are welcome! This is a beautiful devotion to add to your Lenten activities. For any questions or comments, contact us at We hope to see you there!

2018 Catholic Men’s Conference – “Be A Man: Christ is Here, Come and See”

All men are invited and encouraged to attend the fourth annual Catholic Men’s Conference to be held on Saturday, May 5, at King’s College, Scandlon Physical Education Center, 149 North Main St, Wilkes-Barre. Experience a day focused on the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, featuring solidly Catholic presentations by three speakers: Marian Father Michael Gaitley MIC, author of numerous books including 33 Days to Morning Glory and Consoling the Heart of Jesus; Tom Peterson, whose “Catholics Come Home” organization has helped to bring over 500,000 people back to the Catholic faith; and finally, the fiery and inspirational Jesse Romero, former USA middleweight kickboxing champion and retired sheriff. Jesse leads retreats and parish revivals, and energetically shares Catholic teachings that fortify attendees with a deeper love for God. There is ample opportunity for Reconciliation, with many priests available for confessions. The Most Reverend Bishop Joseph Bambera will celebrate the closing Mass. Eucharistic Adoration is at 6:00 AM, registration/continental breakfast is at 7:00 AM, and the main conference and Mass is from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Registration cost is $35 ($30 early-bird until April 16th) for adults; $15 for students; priests and deacons free. You may register online at (click the “Register” button), call the Diocesan Pastoral Center at (570) 207-2213, or via postal mail (forms are on the table in the church vestibule).

1st Annual Catholic Women’s Conference – Refresh Your Faith

Does your faith need a boost? Are you looking to be inspired and uplifted? Join hundreds of women, at all levels of faith from Northeast Pennsylvania and beyond, as they gather at the 1st Annual Catholic Women’s Conference. The conference includes Mass with Bishop Joseph Bambera, and keynote speakers include Judy Landrieu Klein, Father Richard McAlear, and Megan Murphy. “His Own” will provide music and ministry. Enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch, and shopping at the Catholic Vendor Marketplace. The conference will be held at the University of Scranton, Byron Complex, on Saturday, June 23, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For registration and information, go to A parish coordinator for Good Shepherd is needed. If you are interested, please contact the parish office for contact information.

Join Altus for Women

Join Altus for Women, a Catholic Women’s Ministry, as we meet in small groups all over the diocese, reading Mary’s Way by Judy Klein. Klein shows us how to be powerful intercessors for ourselves, our children, and those we love. Annunciation Parish will be hosting an Altus Group meeting for 6 sessions to be held at Brandon’s Forever Home, 187 N. Church Street, Hazleton, on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM, beginning on Tuesday, April 17, though Tuesday, May 22, with a tea party finale on May 23rd at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Scranton. Registration is $20 plus the cost of the book. Online registration is open now at Group size is limited, so sign up now. For more information, or if you do not have internet access, please contact Carol Matz at (570) 956-0817 or

Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., will lead a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 22nd, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Scranton. Events of the day and transportation to and from the National Shrine for all regions of the diocese are being planned. It is Bishop Bambera’s hope that each one of us will take advantage of this unique opportunity to join together with fellow parishioners and friends from the eleven counties of the Diocese of Scranton for a day of pilgrimage and prayer at Mary’s Shrine in our nation’s capital.

Presentation – The Story of Father Walter J. Ciszek, SJ

All the faithful of the area are invited to a special talk entitled “Finding Freedom in the Gulag: The Story of Father Walter J. Ciszek, SJ” which will be given by author, John M. DeJak, on Thursday, April 26, at the University of Scranton’s Ciszek Hall Chapel beginning at 4:40 PM with a Prayer Service. A light supper will follow the talk. John M. DeJak is compiler and co-editor of With God in America: The Spiritual Unlikely Jesuit. He is an attorney and Catholic educator, and is currently President of Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His articles have appeared in many Catholic journals including Chronicles, The Bellarmine Forum, Gilbert, The Distributist Review, and The St. Austin Review.

Spring Handbell Concert

Christ Lutheran Church, 467 Main Street, Conyngham, will present a Spring Handbell Concert featuring “The Jubilation Ringers” from Asbury United Methodist Church, Allentown, on Sunday, April 29, at 4:00 PM. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, May 3, at Good Shepherd Church hall from 1:00 – 6:00 PM. Anyone who is 17 years old, weighs at least 105 pounds, and is in general good health is eligible to give blood.

Coloring Contest Winners

The Knights of Columbus announce the winners of their coloring contest:

World Youth Day 2019

World Youth Day 2019 will be held in Panama City, Panama from January 22-27, 2019. World Youth Day is an initiative from St. John Paul II to gather young Catholics of the world every 2 to 3 years in a celebration of faith and culture. The event gathers millions, including Pope Francis, young Catholics, clergy, and religious brothers and sisters. The Diocese of Scranton is sponsoring two separate pilgrimage packages for young adults ages18-35. If you, or a young adult you may know, are interested in learning more about the World Youth Day Pilgrimage, contact Shannon Kowalski, Coordinator for Youth & Young Adult Ministry at (570) 207-2213 x1155 or email

Holy Name of Jesus Parish – Bus Trip to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Hazleton is sponsoring a bus trip to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in New York on Saturday, July 14. Experience the sprawling Watkins Glenn International Speedway turned into a wine lover’s paradise with tasting, live music, demonstrations, seminars, and more! The bus leaves from the side of Transfiguration Church at 7:00 AM and leaves Watkins Glen at 6:00 PM. The cost is $92 per person and includes bus and admission (tasting at approximately 90 wineries) and complimentary snacks on the bus. If you have any questions, call Cindy at the parish rectory at (570) 454-3933 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, or Lee Ann at (571) 233-0451 nights and weekends.

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen

The winter weather has not been kind to the soup kitchen schedule. Nasty snow and ice storms have closed the soup kitchen on our scheduled dates for the past two months. We will try again this month and hope that April brings better weather for all. On the first Wednesday of each month, Good Shepherd Church continues to donate, prepare, and serve a hot meal to approximately 60 people at the Hazleton Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. This is the second year our parish has participated in this service to the needy of our community. Our next meal is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4th. For more information on how you can participate in this parish project, please contact the parish office.

Part-Time Summer Help Needed

Calvary Cemetery is looking for part-time summer help. The position is for 29 hours per week and involves cutting and trimming grass on the cemetery grounds. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to work from April 23rd until late September. The job pays minimum wage. For more information, or to apply, visit the Calvary Cemetery office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, or Saturday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (no telephone calls, please.)

Praying the Psalms

The Holy Dormition Byzantine Franciscans will host “Praying the Psalms” on Tuesday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 24, from 10:00 – 11:30 AM at the friary located at 712 State Highway 93, Sybertsville. Learn how the Psalms are laid out and a variety of ways the Psalms are used in prayer. The classes will be led by Dr. Phil Yevics, who is retired from the faculty of the University of Scranton. For more information, contact him at or (570) 239-0611.

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.


Name ____________________________________

Phone Number _____________________________

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

Heaven and Earth Gift Shop

Janine Evanish is pleased to announce the opening of the Heaven and Earth Gift Shop located in the former Guild Studios building at 400 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. The Guild building has been extensively remodeled and offers a fine selection of greeting cards, books, jewelry, home décor, children’s and teens’ gifts, and classic Catholic merchandise. Plans are also being made to open an adjoining café in the near future. Hours are 10:30 AM-5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. If you have any questions, please call (570) 800-1877.

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.

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

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!

Companions on the Journey Grief Ministry News

SpiriTrust Hospice Presentation

On Thursday, April 19, at 9:30 AM, SpiriTrust Hospice representatives will speak on their experiences “walking with the grieving.” The presentation will last about an hour and is open to any interested parishioner or friend. Pre-registration is not required and the group will meet in the St. Joseph Room.

Grief Support Group at St. John Bosco

Our friends at St. John Bosco will be hosting a seven-week grief support group and have extended an invitation to any interested Good Shepherd parishioner to join them. They will be reflecting on understanding common grief reactions, coping strategies, self-care throughout the grief process and beyond, and the uniqueness of your grief experience. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one and would like the help of a support group in moving forward, please contact Marie Guza at (570) 455-3874 to register. The sessions begin on Monday, March 12th.

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

Thank You

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped deliver palm crosses to our homebound and personal care/nursing home parishioners. So many were deeply touched by the Holy Week gift and the visits!

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 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

Rose for Life Rose for Life: Thank you to all who requested Roses for Life. There are still many dates open for 2018. Request forms are available on the table in the church vestibule.

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 _______________________________


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, sign in, and choose your charity. Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Education Fund is one. Any eligible purchase you make at 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 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

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 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 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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