We are honored and pleased to announce that Bishop Burbidge will celebrate Mass at Good Shepherd on Sunday, December 18 at 9am. (Bishop Burbidge is also scheduled to celebrate Mass throughout the Diocese in January. SCHEDULE HERE)
Join us for Las Posadas
Begins today! December 15 - 23 (Mon-Fri: 6:30pm, Sat: 5:30pm, Sun: 1pm)
Join us for this Advent tradition where families portray Mary and Joseph's journey over 9 days. Songs and prayers in Spanish (translation available) and a small celebration on the final night.
Need Help with Christmas Errands?
Saturday, December 17, 1-4pm
- Babysitting (fundraiser for High School WorkCamp) GS teens will babysit school-age children while parents finish Christmas shopping or other errands! Donations help HS WorkCamp 2017.
- Gift Wrapping (fundraiser for Alice's Kids) Volunteers will wrap gifts in exchange for a donation that supports local children and teens.
This Weekend at Good Shepherd
- Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 18.
- Help Decorate for Christmas - Saturday, December 17, 9:30am - noon
- Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, December 18, after all morning Masses.Thank you, Knights of Columbus!
- Sharing Sunday - December 17 and 18. Thanks for your donation of non-perishable food items for St. Lucy's Project!
- Lessons & Carols - Sunday, December 18, 4:30pm. Enjoy a celebration with scripture readings and music in preparation for Christmas!
- NO Religious Education Classes this week: December 18, 20, 21 and 22.
Subscribe to "2Minutes2Virtue"
Take the Challenge! Exciting 2 minute video series to help build the virtues you wish you already had. Our own Father Tom Ferguson will be offering the reflections for the four Sundays in December! Sign-up HERE (From the Diocesan Office for Family Life.)
Volunteer Opportunities and Event for Teens
- Holiday Babysitting - Saturday, December 17, 1-4pm. Watch school-age children while parents finish their Christmas errands. Proceeds will fund the HS WorkCamp 2017. Contact: email@example.com
- Gift Wrapping - Wrap-It-Up for Alice's Kids Saturday, December 17, 1 - 4pm Wrap presents to raise money for Alice's Kids, a local organization that benefits children and teens in the Mount Vernon area. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Decorate the Basilica of the National Shrine - Monday, December 19, 4:45 - 9pm. Sign up by December 11! Permission forms HERE
- Movie Field Trip: Star Wars Rogue One - Tuesday, December 20. Join us for a fun trip to Regal Movie Theaters at Springield Town Center. Permission form HERE
- For more opportunities, visit the MSHS Faith Formation page HERE
End-of-Year Giving with Faith Direct
It isn’t too late for a year-end gift!
- If you have a Faith Direct account: Click Here to log in to your account. Once logged in to your account, in the Upcoming Gifts section, click on the One-Time Gift button to make your one-time payment. Real time credit/debit card payments processed online until midnight on December 31st will be credited as a 2016 donation.
- If you don't have an account: make a One-Time Gift Donation to Good Shepherd Catholic Church HERE
Simbang Gabi Mass
Tuesday, December 20th, 7:30pm - St. Louis Church
Rosary will start at 6:30pm,
The Filipino-American community at St. Louis Catholic Church cordially invites you to a traditional Filipino spiritual preparation for Christmas. Rev. Matthew H. Zuberbueler will be presiding. A reception will follow the Mass at McClunn Hall.
"Loving as Christ loves, serving as Christ serves."