Welcome to Good Shepherd Church – Drums, Pennsylvania

Contacting our Pastor, Office Manager, and Webmaster

Because of the inordinate amount of spam that has recently been received via our email contact forms, please direct all inquiries to Father McHugh, Erin Braddock, and Chris Tino to the email address for the parish: gsch@ptd.net. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

From the Pastor…Fr. McHugh

Looking At Advent

The word Advent is derived from the Latin term which originally referred to the arrival or coming of the emperor to a certain area. As employed by the Church, Advent commences the liturgical year and is intended to prepare for both Jesus’ birth and His coming at the end of time. Above all else, Advent is a season of prayer. It seems that Advent began to be celebrated in the mid-fourth century in preparation for both Christmas and the Epiphany. The length of the Advent season varied according to locality. Some areas had a brief Advent season, perhaps only a week in length. Other areas began Advent on St. Martin’s Day on November 11th and had a six-week preparation for Christmas and the Epiphany. In Rome, Advent was a four-week season that prepared for Jesus’ birth more than for His second coming. In other areas, emphasis was placed on preparing for Christ’s coming as the Son of Man at the end of time. In those areas, Advent took on a penitential character. Today, Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Andrew, which occurs on November 30th. The violet vestments of Advent reflect the royalty of Jesus and the penitential aspect of the season. As in Lent, the Gloria is omitted. However, the Alleluia is sung. The Gloria is not used for the reason that it may ring out with a new vitality on Christmas, rather than for penitential reasons. The first readings for Advent are mainly taken from Isaiah, the prophet of hope, who relates God’s visitation of His people. Isaiah also emphasizes the consolation and redemption of His people. The gospels of Advent portray Jesus as the fulfillment of prophetic promises.

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.

Women of Good Shepherd Church – Scholarship

The Application for the Women of Good Shepherd Church Scholarship – 2016 – is now available on the “Downloads” page of our website.

Breakfast with Santa

Holiday Pasta Dinner

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, November 29 to Sunday, December 6

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.