We are in need of Altar Servers for the Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Please call the parish office at 639-7600 or email: email@example.com if you are able to help.
Good Shepherd Parish will have First Friday Eucharistic Adoration Friday, April 6! The more we adore our Eucharistic Lord, the more He blesses us. If you’re available during the day, please come by the church to pray and spend a quiet moment with Jesus.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will occur after 9am Mass and conclude with Benediction at 5pm. Please come and spend time with the Lord! (St. Robert Parish will continue to have Eucharistic Adoration every Friday after the morning Mass until Benediction at 5:30pm.)
- About First Friday & First Saturday Devotions: https://www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/what-is-the-first-friday-and-first-saturday-devotion/
- About the 12 Promises of Devotion to the Sacred Heart: (12.) I promise thee, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
First Reconciliation – Congratulations to Gabrielle Huckleberry and Jayden Huckleberry for making their First Reconciliation last weekend. May God’s grace continue to bless you both with much love and mercy.
Thank you to all the families of the 2nd grade group who attended our First Eucharist Retreat Saturday. We look forward to the celebrations of the children receiving the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, throughout the month of April.
Eighth Graders will be serving the North End Soup Kitchen this Sunday. Please pray for them during their final weeks toward confirmation, as they experience many ways they may be called to serve those in need in our surrounding communities.
Lisa Lee – DRE
Youth Group will be doing our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 1st. We are asking for donations of candy for this event, candy can be dropped of at the Youth Group room by Sunday March 25th.
The next Youth Group meeting will be Sunday March 25th @ 6pm. We will be getting ready for the Egg Hunt, this would be a great time to bring a friend to help be the “bunnies”.
Our annual Subiaco Retreat is Friday April 13 – Sunday April 15th. Information & Permission forms will be coming home soon. The retreat cost is $110 per person but because of fundraising teens will be asked to only pay $55. This is a wonderful opportunity for teens to spend time away from their busy lives, where they can pursue a deeper relationship with God. Teens do not have to be in Youth Group to participate.
Any 9-12th grade students interested in Growing in Faith, Making New Friends, Serving the Community & having Fun, come join us! Dinner always provided
Please check out the Youth Group website for other articles and events.
When the great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
the king of Israel.”
Today, in preparation for Easter, we retell the story of Jesus’ saving passion and death. We are reminded that Jesus died for us though we are sinners. In our sinfulness, we play the role of the crowd, calling for Jesus’ death, and yet Jesus begs the Father to forgive us. Jesus even extends mercy to the criminal who simply asks Jesus to remember him. As we give thanks for so great a salvation, we are reminded to extend forgiveness and mercy to everyone around us. Therefore, let us ask ourselves these questions: Do others see me as merciful and forgiving? Am I quick to forgive or do I hold grudges? Would others describe me as a peacemaker? Who do I most need to forgive? If we don’t like the answers to the questions above, then we should ask God for the grace to be more forgiving and merciful.
On Good Friday, we have the opportunity to join in the Divine Mercy Novena, praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each day until Divine Mercy Sunday (April 8). Given the violence and suffering in our world, I implore you to join me in this devotion for our world greatly needs Mercy! Materials will be made available at church and further explanations of the devotion are available to share on-line:
Lord, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
– Fr. Gordon
NOTE: Our world is full of violence and spiritual neglect; let us together ask for God’s Mercy by praying the Divine Mercy Novena from Good Friday until Divine Mercy Sunday.
A Divine Mercy Sunday event will be held at St. Robert Parish from 2-4pm on Sunday, April 8, to conclude the novena.
The Youth Group will be doing the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 1st. We are asking for donations of candy for this event. Candy can be dropped off at the Youth Group room before Sunday, March 25th.
The Montrose Ministerial Association is Hosting a Cross Walk at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday). We will meet at the Montrose Baptist Church. We will walk through town and surround our churches, schools and community centers with prayer. Please join us!
The Book club will meet on Monday’s, April 9 – May 21 at 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center. We are reading Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer by Kate Grosmaire.
The riveting story of one couple’s decision to forgive the man who murdered their daughter and how God is using that act to change the way justice is administered in America. Forgiveness is possible even in impossible circumstances.
Book Club Schedule:
April 9 – discuss ch. 1 -3
April 16 – discuss ch. 4-6
April 23 – discuss ch. 7 & 8
April 30 – discuss ch. 9-12
May 7 – discuss ch. 13-16
St. Robert will host a Lenten series on the “Kingdom of Happiness”:Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life
February 21 -April 11 after the Wednesday 6:45 pm Mass
A DVD series and discussion on “living the Beatitudes” will be offered every Wednesday evening starting Feb. 21 from 7:30 to 8:45 pm in Angel Hall. The series features Fr. Jeffrey Kirby as well as profiles of ordinary people living out the Beatitudes in extraordinary ways. Mark Harris and Jim Heroux will facilitate the evenings. The book Kingdom of Happiness will be distributed on Ash Wednesday to parishioners as a starting place for the series discussions. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; call the parish office (810) 659-2501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us as we explore how living the Beatitudes can lead to deep & lasting peace!