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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

The Season of Lent

The name “Lent” is taken from the Middle English lenten and the Anglo-Saxon lencten and means “spring.” The early Church name for the season was “the forty days.” In the first several centuries, Lent was a short-term observance of 2 or 3 days. Later, Lent developed into a 3 or 4-week observance like Advent. The number 40 was first noted in the canons of Nicaea in 325 A.D. In most of the Western Churches, Lent was 6 days a week for 6 weeks (Sunday was not considered a day of Lent). Later, Ash Wednesday through Saturday was added to make the number of days for Lent 40. Three traditional disciplines of Lent which are stressed in Matthew’s Gospel of Ash Wednesday are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In a way, Lent is a “do it yourself retreat.” We are free to do as much or little in Lent as we like. The parish offers extra confession time, the public Stations of the Cross at 4:00 PM on Fridays and Scripture sessions at 9:00 AM on the Thursdays of March. Certainly, you can pray, fast and give alms on your own. Reading the Passion narratives of the Gospels makes for excellent meditation during Lent. There are numerous books with a daily meditation for each day of Lent. Also available are “The Seven Last Words of Jesus.” Some of these books provide meditations on the Last Words; others are scholarly, motivational, etc. Before the Church had the Service of the Lord’s Passion, often priests gave reflections on the Seven Last Words as the main Good Friday devotion. With the shortage of priests, rarely are the Seven Last Words presented in the Church. I do, however, have the Seven Last Words listed as my final Lenten topic.

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.

2017 Women of Good Shepherd Scholarship Application

The application form for the 2017 Women of Good Shepherd Scholarship is now available in printer-friendly format (PDF) on the “Downloads” page of our website. Please Note: Due Date is May 17, 2017.

2017 Good Shepherd Service Award Application

The application form for the 2017 Good Shepherd Service Award is now available in printer-friendly format (PDF) on the Downloads page of our website. Please Note: Due Date is May 22, 2017.

Bingo at Good Shepherd Church

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

Quick Links: Good Shepherd Events – Sunday, February 26 to Sunday, March 5

Ministry Schedules

All current ministry schedules are available on the “Downloads” page of our website:

From Our Music Ministry

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.