Welcome to Good Shepherd Church – Drums, Pennsylvania
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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: email@example.com. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.
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
Quick Links: Good Shepherd Events – Sunday, November 29 to Sunday, December 6
- Monday, November 30: NO Faith Formation Class
- Tuesday, December 1: Fr. McHugh – Mass at Providence Place, Drums
- Tuesday, December 1: Fr. McHugh – Internet Scripture Presentation
- Tuesday, December 1: Bingo
- Thursday, December 3: Confessions after morning Mass
- Thursday, December 3: Fr. McHugh – Mass at The Laurels, Hazleton
- Thursday, December 3: Volunteer Christmas Party at Lobitz’s Foundain Room, Hazleton
- Friday, December 4: First Friday Mass and Devotions
- Saturday, December 5: Drive-Thru Nativity at Christ Lutheran Church, Conyngham
- Sunday, December 6: Breakfast with Santa
- Sunday, December 6: Drive-Thru Nativity at Christ Lutheran Church, Conyngham
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All current ministry schedules are available on the “Downloads” page of our website:
- ** NEW ** Lector Schedule – December 5, 2015 to March 16, 2016 (Revised November 30, 2015)
- Extraordinary Minister Schedule – October, November, and December
- Altar Server Schedule – October, November, and December
- Greeter Schedule – October, November, and December
- ** NEW ** Cantor/Accompanist Schedule – November 28, 2015 to June 26, 2016
From Our Music Ministry
- Beginning on September 20th, we will introduce a new Mass setting, “The Mass of Christ the Savior.” It is the Mass setting that is most widely used in our diocese at the present time. Initially, we will begin by learning the Gloria and gradually add the other selections. A copy of the music will be placed in each pew for the congregation to follow along. As the cantors being reviewing the new music, we ask for your full participation. The music is beautiful and lively and will enhance our worship in giving glory to God.
- ** NEW ** The Hymn and Responsorial Psalm Selections for November 29, 2015 to February 7, 2016, are now available on the “Downloads” page of our website. (Revised November 30, 2015)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.