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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

Saints Who Were Scholars and Educators Whose Memorials Occur in January (Part I)

The month of January is filled with saints who were scholars and educators. On January 2nd, we celebrated the memorial of Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen. These two bishops were friends and their writings contributed to the Church’s understanding of the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Trinity. Both men also had to defend the divinity of Christ against the Arians, one of the worst heresies in the history of the Church. On January 4th, we celebrated the memorial of Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton who established the first Catholic schools in Maryland, which helped give rise to the parochial schools in our country. Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native-born American to be canonized. Bishop John Neumann, whose feast day is January 5th, was born in what today is the Czech Republic. His entire priesthood was spent in the eastern United States. John Neumann later became the Bishop of Philadelphia in 1852 and organized the Catholic school system in Philadelphia. He composed two catechisms in German and wrote a Bible history. Bishop Neumann also brought different teaching orders of men and women into the diocese to operate the schools. During Neumann’s bishopric, Philadelphia was the largest diocese in the United States. Raymond of Pennyafort, whose memorial is January 7th, became the leader of the Dominican Order. He tried to make sure that good theology was taught in European universities and became a key reviser of Canon Law. On January 13th, we celebrated the memorial of St. Hilary, who like Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, became a Doctor of the Church. Hilary had to battle the Arian heresy. He was dubbed the “Athanasius of the West” since he was a French bishop. St. Hilary was an early figure in the development of Christology.

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, January 8 to Sunday, January 15

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.