The planning group is also looking ahead to a Christmas /Epiphany dinner party in January. Hopefully these social gathering will enable you to know more of the parishioners of GSCC especially ones who attend Mass at different churches than yourself.
Also at the Visioning day it was suggested that we better communicate who we are as Good Shepherd Catholic Community. It was mentioned that not all of our signage at the churches and at the parish cemeteries mention GSCC. We are currently working on new signs that will include not only the church or cemetery name, but also the parish name. In regards to communication I would remind you that we have a parish web page. The web address can be found on the front page of the weekly bulletin; it is www.thegoodshepherd.cc. If you go to the web page you can find a link to the parish Facebook page as well as the weekly bulletin. We are also in the process of developing a parish newsletter. When our new Pastoral Council convenes in September one of their tasks will be to look at the value statements that were shared at the last Visioning Day, and use them as a basis to develop a parish vision statement. All of these tasks hopefully will enable us to better communicate who we are as Good Shepherd Catholic Community.
Another suggestion that came out of the visioning day was to provide training sessions for our liturgical ministers. To address that issue we will be having training sessions in the fall. We will begin with training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Our parish in the past has used the term Eucharistic Ministers, but we are now using the official term Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The fall sessions will be for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion but we also ask that all currently serving in this liturgical role also attend. More information will be coming as we approach the training sessions. Below I am listing the requirements and responsibilities for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion as outlined in the diocesan Policies for the Administration of the Sacraments. God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill
These men and women must:
The responsibilities of the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at Mass: