Feast of All Saints
Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

Feast of All Saints

We will be celebrating a Vigil Mass for the Feast of All Saints on the evening of October 31st (also called All Hallows Eve), beginning at 6:00 in the evening, with a Sung Mass in the main church with full choir and incense. This celebration will take the place of Generations for the night. Dinner will not be provided as usual, so please plan accordingly.

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All Souls Requiem
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

All Souls Requiem

We will be holding a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of All Souls on the evening of Thursday, November 1, beginning at 6:00 in the Crypt Chapel. On All Souls Day we commemorate the souls of all the faithful departed. All are welcome to join us for the Requiem Mass, sung with incense, the commemoration of names, and the absolution of the departed. If you have the names of any loved ones that you would like to have remembered, please contact the office. 

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First Sunday of Advent
Dec
2
10:30 AM10:30

First Sunday of Advent

Advent means "the coming" and is the beginning of the Church Year. It is a time for us as Christians to prepare for the Second Advent of Christ, even as we prepare for our earthly celebration of his First Advent at Christmas. There are four Sundays in Advent and you can celebrate each of them right here with us!  "O come, O come, Emmanuel!"

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Children's Ministry Start Date!
Sep
9
9:30 AM09:30

Children's Ministry Start Date!

The first day back from Summer break for our children's ministry will be on Sunday September 9. Sunday School (CGS) will be every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 for ages 0-12. Little Lambs, our children's Liturgy of the Word, will also be on Sundays from 10:30 to about 11:15. CGS will also be offered every week on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:00.

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Generations Begins!
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Generations Begins!

Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship in this church, and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. We eat together. We pray together. We contemplate God's love together. We care for one another and for our community. Join us every week for discipleship you can take home with you!

Generations will be starting on Wednesday, September 5, at 6:00 in the evening with a choral evensong and will continue every week after that with dinner at 5:30. The kids will continue with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at 6:00. Our Fall Semester adult study this year will be on the Book of Revelation.

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Rally Day!
Sep
2
12:30 PM12:30

Rally Day!

Summer’s already coming to an end, so we will be celebrating Rally Day on September 2 (yes, that's the same day as Bishop Iker's visit). Rally day marks the beginning of our Fall Semester. We will have a potluck lunch in the parish hall (church provides meat and drink, please bring a side to share), along with information about our Fall ministry schedule. Generations will start on September 5 with a choral evensong, and children’s Sunday school will start on September 9!

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Episcopal Visitation, Confirmations, & Potluck!
Sep
2
10:30 AM10:30

Episcopal Visitation, Confirmations, & Potluck!

Bishop Iker’s yearly visit to our parish will be taking place on September 2! The bishop will be celebrating a Pontifical Solemn Mass, preaching, and confirming several parishioners. Come and join us to welcome our bishop, celebrate our confirmands, and enjoy a potluck lunch in the parish hall after the second service!

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Children's Ministry Informational Meeting
Aug
26
12:30 PM12:30

Children's Ministry Informational Meeting

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As our Children’s Ministry will be coming back from Summer break on September 9, we would like to have an informational meeting with all of our children’s ministers, volunteers, and parents on Sunday, August 26 after church. We will have information regarding our philosophy of Children's ministry and our ministry offerings, as well as information on scheduling, planning, and policies. Lunch and child-care will be provided.

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Jun
24
to Jul 1

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Retreat

Course Description

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian formation program for children 3-12 years old in which a trained adult helps awaken children to their personal response to God. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, “hands-on” space for children called an atrium in which both the child and the adult can hear, ponder, and celebrate the most essential mysteries of the Christian faith as revealed in the Scriptures and Liturgy.
This approach to Christian formation began in 1954 when Sofia Cavalletti, a scripture scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator, founded the Good Shepherd Atrium in Rome, Italy. For 60 years the program has spread through parishes and schools of different denominations around the world.

This year’s course will deepen both the participant’s spiritual experience with God’s grace and his /her understanding of scripture and liturgy while also concretely preparing the participant to develop and facilitate an atrium for 3-6 year old children.

Course Objectives

† to offer meditation on scripture and education in church liturgy correlated to the Catechism

† to deepen personal relationship with Christ.

† to offer guidelines and assistance for creating a prayer space for 3-6 year olds, preparing an album of presentations, and making materials which introduce children to God and the church.

† to explore the religious nature, the most vital religious needs and the developmental characteristics of the 3-6 year old child.

† to broaden the adult’s ability to observe the children, to listen with children to scripture, and to deepen our enjoyment of God’s presence.

Retreat Leader

The formation retreat will be led by Kay Brizzolara, a certified CGS formation leader. Ms. Brizzolara is the religious education director for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Amarillo, Texas where she offers catechesis to children ages 3 – 13. She holds a BA from Yale University, an M.A. from Cambridge Uni- versity, a certificate in Theology from The University of the South (Sewanee), and a Certificate in Youth Ministry from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. She has over twenty-three years of experience as a catechist in CGS programs in church and school settings.

Certification

Upon completion of the ninety hour retreat, partici- pants will receive certification through the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Childcare

A nursery may be available for the children of partici- pants. Participants are asked to please pay $2.00 per hour per child to the nursery worker for the childcare which they use. Please note your childcare needs on the registration form.

Further Information and Registration

The retreat course fee is $175 for non-members and $50 for members of the Church of the Good Shepherd. A $100 deposit for each participant is due by June 15 2018; remaining fees may be paid at the beginning of each session. Fees and registration forms as well as questions about the course should be addressed to:

Fr. Brian Chase
Church of the Good Shepherd 1007 Burnett Street
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301

Fr.brian@shepherdinthefalls.com
970-723-5493

A Registration Brochure may be downloaded here.


 

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The Feast of the Ascension
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

The Feast of the Ascension

The Feast of the Ascension celebrates Christ's ascension to the right hand of the Father forty days after his resurrection. [The Feast itself is always on a Thursday, but we will be celebrating a Sung Vigil Mass with incense for the Ascension the night before (Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.).]

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Rogation Sunday
May
6
10:30 AM10:30

Rogation Sunday

The Rogation days are the days leading up to the Feast of the Ascension, and have always been a special time of supplication and prayer in the church, particularly for the blessing of the land and the fruits of the earth with the planting of new crops. Join us on Rogation Sunday for a sung Mass with incense and a sung litany as we process outside for the blessing of the land.

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The Great Easter Vigil
Mar
31
8:00 PM20:00

The Great Easter Vigil

The Great Easter Vigil is the first celebration of Easter. It is a very ancient liturgy that begins with the Lighting of the New Fire, the procession of the Paschal Candle, the reading of the Prophecies, the Blessing of the Baptismal Font with Baptisms, the first Mass of Easter, and the return of the Alleluia! Join us for an unforgettable and joyous celebration.

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Liturgy of Light for Children
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Liturgy of Light for Children

In a special, abbreviated, mock version of the Easter Vigil service, designed specially for children, we will celebrate the light of the risen Christ, while reflecting on the Liturgy of Light that will be celebrated by the whole church later that same Saturday evening.

This presentation was developed as part of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Defined on the CGS website as, “an approach to the religious formation of children [that] is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.”). They are suitable for children up to about age 10, although older siblings are welcome, too.

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Good Friday Service
Mar
30
6:00 PM18:00

Good Friday Service

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of our Lord. The Good Friday liturgy begins with a silent procession and the reading of the Passion Narrative. This is followed by the Solemn Collects, the singing of the Reproaches, and the Veneration of the Holy Cross. 

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Maundy Thursday
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the Triduum (The Great Three Days) and celebrates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, the Washing of the Disciples' Feet (The Maundy), and the Betrayal of Christ in the Garden. The service ends in with the rites of the Stripping of the Altar and the procession to the Altar of Repose.

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Tenebrae
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Tenebrae

The Tenebrae is the ancient, monastic Matins and Lauds offices of Maundy Thursday. At this sober service of psalms and lessons, the faithful are led to meditate on the death of Christ as candles are slowly extinguished one by one throughout the service.

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Superbowl Party and Chili Cookoff
Feb
4
5:00 PM17:00

Superbowl Party and Chili Cookoff

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Join us for your yearly Superbowl Party and Chili Cook-off! The big game will be shown on the big screen in the Parish Hall, and we think it's the best seat in town with good food and friends. So, cook up your best pot of chili and join us. Kick off is at 5:30, doors will be open by 5:00. See you there!

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Annual Meeting (& Potluck Lunch)
Jan
28
12:00 PM12:00

Annual Meeting (& Potluck Lunch)

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Each year at our annual meeting we share reports on the past year, present the budget approved by the vestry for coming year, and elect new vestry members. The meeting will conclude with some observations from me on hopes for 2018 as we seek to be faithful to God’s call on our life together.

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Christmas Caroling
Dec
17
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Caroling

Join us as we share the spirit of the season with our neighbors through song! As is our tradition, we will ride the trolley and sing our way through the city. 

We will meet at the church on Sunday, December 18, at 4:00 p.m.
and return around 7:00 p.m.

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88th Annual Election Day Soup Luncheon and Bazaar
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

88th Annual Election Day Soup Luncheon and Bazaar

Come one, come all to the 88th Annual Election Day Soup Luncheon and Bazaar!   At the Parish Hall (on 10th Street, brick building next to the church), we will have homemade baked goods and crafts for sale, Homemade Beef Vegetable Soup, Pies, Iced Tea or Coffee. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can also take a guided tour of the historic church. Tickets are only $7 each.

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Introduction to the Atrium
Sep
3
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to the Atrium

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a state-of-the-art children’s ministry that uses Montessori-based methods to equip children with the spiritual tools they need to develop a meaningful relationship with God. On Sunday, September 3 at 9:30, we will be introducing children and parents to the "atrium" in the parish hall. 

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