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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

Did He or Didn’t He? John’s Knowledge of the Other Gospels

Scholars have long debated whether John had knowledge of Matthew, Mark and Luke. John’s Gospel has almost totally different material than the other three Gospels. The first real attempt to deal with this problem was undertaken by St. Irenaeus in the second century. St. Irenaeus shrewdly reasoned that John was aware of the other Gospels, and as an older man, had meditated on Jesus for many years before he composed his Gospel. John’s Gospel had both different style and content than the Synoptic ones. St. Irenaeus concluded that when he wrote the Gospel that bears the name John, the evangelist tried to include incidents in the life of Jesus that Matthew, Mark and Luke never mentioned. Since the name on the Gospel was John, who was assumed to be the brother of James and the son of Zebedee, the Gospel was felt to be the most “authentic” one since it was composed apparently by an eyewitness. This theory held up until the 1800s when critical scholarship challenged it. These scholars felt John had his own sources, different from the Synoptic ones. A group of scholars even felt that the author of the fourth Gospel even made up events. From being regarded as the most authentic Gospel, John came to be regarded as the least reliable. Some even viewed John as an unauthentic one. Today, few people regard John as not being an authentic Gospel. They feel John had different sources than the Synoptics. Fr. Ray Brown felt that people should not assume that the Synoptics are correct when they conflict with John. They are not always more accurate than John. Fr. Brown believes that John is more accurate regarding certain events, sequences, timeframes, etc., in certain cases than are the Synoptics.

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, March 19 to Sunday, March 26

Ministry Schedules

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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.