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From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

Some Reflections on Funerals

With the large number of funerals taking place at Good Shepherd this past year and continuing into this year, I think some thoughts and directives are in order. I encourage parishioners to have a funeral Mass for deceased relatives, especially if they were practicing Catholics. Even if surviving family members are not practicing their faith, I feel they owe it to the deceased to have a Mass of Christian Burial. Regarding funerals of non-parishioners, I am willing to do these, provided they do not conflict with scheduled parish activities or my own schedule. Non-parishioners should not make unusual demands on the music ministry or myself, which has been the case in several instances. The church, while not forbidding eulogies as it once did, does not approve of multiple eulogies at a funeral Mass and directs that the eulogy should not upstage the Mass. Eulogies should be well-prepared and be roughly no more than five or six minutes in length. Multiple eulogies belong at wakes or funeral luncheons, not at Mass. Spontaneous thoughts of a half-dozen people have no place at Mass. The question of cremation is often raised. In the January issue of Liguorian, the question is raised, “Does our fascination with relics predispose us to choose cremation?” In the last couple of decades, the sports world has also entered into the “relic world” by including swatches of game-used jerseys, pieces of game-used bats, of a basketball court floor, etc., in sports cards. Some people have kept family members’ ashes in jars in their homes, scattered them in their backyards, over baseball fields, bodies of water, etc. Others have placed their loved one’s ashes in lockets on gold chains worn as jewelry. Sometimes children have divided parents’ ashes and either have taken them to where they live or bury them in multiple plots. The church allows cremation provided it does not conflict deliberately with belief in the resurrection. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops clearly states that cremated remains should be buried in a cemetery or placed in a mausoleum. The article in Liguorian insinuates our fascination with relics, whether from the world of saints or sports, has disposed us to opt for cremation. Hopefully, people will not trade relics of saints for relics of sports heroes. For example, “I will trade you a relic of St. Francis of Assisi for a Mickey Mantle game-used jersey swatch,” or “I will trade you a relic of St. Ann for a game-used racquet piece of Serena Williams.

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.

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 25 to Sunday, February 1

Ministry Schedules

The new schedule for Extraordinary Ministers (1st quarter of 2015) is now available on the “Downloads” page of our website along with the latest schedules for Cantors/Accompanists, Lectors, Altar Servers. and Greeters.

From Our Music Ministry: Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections (January 11 to February 15, 2015)

The latest Hymn Selections and Responsorial Psalm selections are available on the “Downloads” page of our website.

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.