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As we go forward together

I am writing this bulletin article on June 24th. It was five years ago today that I became pastor of Good Shepherd Catholic Community. I realize when I arrived here that my six year term would end one year short of reaching the diocesan retirement age of seventy, but I figured that I would probably be allowed to serve here for the additional year.

Posted by Fr. Bill on July 5, 2019

Since then the diocesan retirement age for priests has been raised to age 75.  When the change was made they gradually increased the retirement age for the priests that were approaching seventy, so for me the earliest I can retire is at age 74.  So I am now hoping to be assigned to a second term here as your pastor and serve here until I retire. With that said, as we look to the future together, it is important to plan and envision how our parish’s ministry should develop. At the June Pastoral Council meeting I said a blessing over the newly selected Council that will be working together this year. Next year’s Pastoral Council will consist of two new members Kevin Homick and Maria Gentry.   Kevin and Maria will join Terry Palmer, Joe DeCaro, Janet Nelson, Steve Cardinal and Rita Sheils on the Council.  As we work together in the service of the parish it is important for us all to keep the parish Vision Statement and Mission Statement in mind when making decisions that help shape our future together as parish.  It is also vitally important that we as a parish are rooted in prayer and ask for the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit.                                                                                                                                       

As we continue our journey together I ask you to pray for the Pastoral Council members and to pray for    yourself for the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life and the life of our parish.  Below is you will find our parish Vision and Mission Statements and a prayer for the parish and a prayer for yourself that I encourage you to pray asking for God’s guidance.                God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill

 

Vision Statement

To live by Faith – to be known by Love –to be a voice of Hope

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Nurtured by the Word of God and the Eucharist, we are called to be a living example of God’s love.  We defend our faith like St. Michael, spread hope and love like Our Lady, and evangelize by following the example of St. Patrick. We gather together to protect the weak, support the needy, promote mercy, and encourage those who have drifted away from the faith to return to the loving folds of God’s flock.

 

Prayers for Guidance.

 

Prayer for GSCC

O Lord, help us know your will for Good Shepherd Catholic Community.

Let your light shine in the depths of our hearts that we may know what you want us to do as a parish.  Help us believe that you have a special plan for us.  Lord, I know we pass through this life only once; help us decide how you want us as a parish to make a difference.  Like our Blessed Mother, give us the wisdom to hear your voice and the courage to answer your call.  Above all give us peace of mind and heart.

I offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Prayer for Guidance

O Lord, help me know your will for me.
Let your light shine in the depths of my heart that I may know what you want me to do with my life. Help me believe that you have a special plan for me. Lord, I know I pass through this life only once; help me decide how you want me to make a difference. Like our Blessed Mother, give me the wisdom to hear your voice and the courage to answer your call.
Above all give me peace of mind and heart.

I offer this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Words from our Pastor

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