A Week in Pictures: Fifth Week of Easter

Church Picnic

Last Day in the Atrium

Installation of Dcn. Randy Rogers as Chaplain for Daughters of the King

Mass for the Fifth Week of Easter:

Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, together with the Installation of Dcn. Randy Rogers as Chaplain for the Daughters of the King, as well as a graduation blessing. The homily, “The Romance of the Gospel,” begins at 24:10 and the homily text is Rev. 19:1, 4-9.

This Week’s Announcements

Geraniums: The geraniums which will decorate the church on Pentecost Sunday will be available for purchase for $10 a piece. Geraniums will not be available for those who have not paid.

Catechists Formation Course: The second half of our formation course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification will be taking place June 2-8. We are looking for individuals to provide lunches. If interested, please fill out the half sheet and place it in the offering plate. 

This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 5/22 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating the St. Alcuin of York, Deacon and Abbot, d. 820 (transf. 5/20); St. Helena, Confessor and Empress, d. 330 (transf. 5/21); St. Vincent of Lerins, Priest, d. 450 (transf. 5/23); Venerable St. Bede, Priest, d. 735 (transf. 5/25).

Weekly Summer Schedule

Worship

o   Sunday Morning: 7:30 Said Mass

o   Sunday Morning: 10:30 Sung Mass (Childcare available)

o   Wednesday Evening: 4:30 Mass

Grow

o   9:15: Sunday Morning Breakfast

o   9:30: Adult Sunday School (Parlor and Parish Hall)

o   4:30: Wednesday Liturgical Catechesis

Care

o   There are many ways to get involved at Church of the Good Shepherd. Ask us about our Care Ministries: Choir, Acolytes/Readers, Ushers, Altar Guild, MOGS, Children's Ministries, Prayer Daughters, Parish Ministry and more!

Good Shepherd Sunday

"Christ: Our Sheepfold, Our Shepherd, and Our Sacrificial Lamb": Easter 4 Homily

This Week’s Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week (5/15) at Generations we will be having a game night! All are welcome to come and join us. Dinner and games start at 5:30.

Church Picnic: Our annual Parish Picnic will be held on May 19, after church. The church will provide the burgers, dogs, and drinks. Please come with a side to share. With good weather, we will have outdoor games and a bouncy house for the kids. The church picnic marks the end of our Spring Semester, and the beginning of our Summer schedule.

Catechists Formation Course: The second half of our formation course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification will be taking place June 2-8. We are looking for individuals to provide lunches. If interested, please fill out the half sheet and place it in the offering plate.

Bishop Iker’s Golf Tournament: We are building a team for Bishop Iker’s Golf Tournament, which will be taking place on Friday, June 8 this year. If you are interested, talk to Pop or Rick for tickets.

Facebook: Like and follow us on Facebook, and if you have not done so already, give us a good review as well. Facebook is a great way for us to get in contact with new people, and the best way for us to do that is for you to like and share our content. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

 This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 5/15 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating the Martyrs of Sudan, d. 2011 (transf. 5/16).

Easter 3 Homily and Photopost

Rediscovering our Identity in Christ: Homily for Easter 3

Historic Church Tour and Bingo Photos

This Week’s Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week (5/1) at Generations we will be discussing chapter 7, pp. 102-114, from Liturgy of the Ordinary by Rev. Tish Warren. Dinner starts at 5:30. Suggested donation of $5/family for dinner.

Church Picnic: Our annual Parish Picnic will be held on May 19, after church. The church will provide the burgers, dogs, and drinks. Please come with a side to share. With good weather, we will have outdoor games and a bouncy house for the kids. The church picnic marks the end of our Spring Semester, and the beginning of our Summer schedule.

Catechists Formation Course: The second half of our formation course for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification will be taking place June 2-8. We are looking for individuals to provide lunches. If interested, please fill out the half sheet and place it in the offering plate.

Facebook: Like and follow us on Facebook, and if you have not done so already, give us a good review as well. Facebook is a great way for us to get in contact with new people, and the best way for us to do that is for you to like and share our content. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

 This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 5/8 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. Julian of Norwich, Mystic, d. 1417; also St. John of Beverley, Bishop, d. 721 (transf. 5/8); St. Gregory Nazianzus, Bishop, d. 389 (transf. 5/9).

  

Calling a Bishop Coadjutor for the Diocese of Fort Worth

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As many of you know, Bishop Iker will be retiring at the end of this year. We are all very grateful for his leadership and ministry among us. At a Special Convention, which will be held at St. Vincent’s Cathedral on June 1, the Diocese of Fort Worth will elect a Bishop Coadjutor to assist Bishop Iker until he retires at the end of this year, after which the coadjutor will become the next bishop of our diocese. The Nominating Committee has just this past week released the names and profiles of four nominees. The profile of each nominee has been posted below (click on each image for the respective document). Our parish’s delegates would be interested to hear from our parishioners, and if anyone has any thoughts they would like to express regarding these nominations please feel free to contact us. More information on the process and timeline of important dates and events may be found here at the diocesan webpage.

Historic Churches Tour

Historic Churches Tour: Saturday May 4, 10:00-3:00

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Wichita County Heritage Society Presents: Historic Church Tour of Wichita Falls

Did you know that we have hundreds of years of history residing within our local churches? Many have been around since the beginnings of Wichita Falls! Tour five of these historic structures, learn about their history, and be awed by their architecture. Participate in this one day event:

Saturday, May 4th, 2019
10 am - 3 pm


Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 day of the tours

Advance tickets available at the following locations: All Wichita Falls United Supermarkets, United Market Street, Wichita County Heritage Society & Kell House Offices (900 Bluff St.) and online: https://squareup.com/store/wchs.

Start your tour at any of the participating locations; you will receive a tour booklet and map with your admission. We are proud to showcase the following historic churches on this special day:

Church of the Good Shepherd

1007 Burnett Street

First United Methodist Church

10th & Travis Streets

Floral Heights United Methodist Church

2214 Tenth Street

New Hope Presbyterian Church

2201 Speedway Avenue

St. Paul Lutheran Church

1417 Eleventh Street

For questions or more information, contact us at 940-723-0623 or wchsoffice@yahoo.com

All proceeds benefit the Wichita County Heritage Society

Catechists Formation Course

Catechists Formation Course, Part 2: June 2-8

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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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, participants will receive certification through the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

CHILDCARE

A nursery may be available for the children of participants. 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. 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.


 

Easter Photos with Easter 2 Homily and Announcements

Photos from the Children’s Liturgy of Light on Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil Photos

Easter Morning Celebration

Sin and the Necessity of Christ: Homily for Easter 2 (Low Sunday)

This Week’s Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week (5/1) at Generations we will be discussing chapter 7, pp. 102-114, from Liturgy of the Ordinary by Rev. Tish Warren. Dinner starts at 5:30. Suggested donation of $5/family for dinner.

Bingo: We will be having Bingo in the Parish Hall on the Friday, May 3-- $2 a card, $25 prizes. All are welcome, and bring friends!

Historic Churches Tour: The Wichita Falls Heritage Society will be hosting a historic churches tour from 10-3 on Saturday, May 4. Church of the Good Shepherd will be one of the churches featured. We are seeking volunteers to help welcome visitors to our beautiful church and represent our parish. If you’re interested in helping with greeting, guiding, or cookie baking—contact us.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Course: Church of the Good Shepherd will be hosting the second half of our Catechist Formation Course this year from June 2-June 8. In order to keep costs down, we are seeking volunteers who would be willing to provide lunches for our catechists (fewer than 10 individuals). If interested, contact us.

Episcopal Nominees for the Diocese of Fort Worth Announced: The Diocese of Fort Worth has announced four nominees along with information on the process of electing a new bishop. Nominee bios may be found here.

This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Feast of St. Mark:  Wednesday, 4/29 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use).

Feast of Ss. Philip and James:  Wednesday, 5/1 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use). Also commemorating St. Alphege of Canterbury, Bishop, d. 1012 (transf. 4/19); St. Anselm of Canterbury, Bishop and Doctor, d. 1109 (transf. 4/21); St. George, Martyr, d. 304 (transf. 4/23); St. Mellitus, Bishop of London, d. 624 (transf. 4/24); St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor, d. 373 (transf. 3/2).

Triduum and Easter Videos

Here are some videos of our big Holy Week and Easter services! More photos and videos will be posted throughout the week.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia!

Our Maundy Thursday liturgy, featuring a Solemn Mass with Incense, the Mandatum (Washing of Feet), Precession to the Easter Sepulcher, and the Stripping of the Altar.

Our Good Friday liturgy, featuring the Solemn Collects, the Reproaches, the Veneration of the Cross, and the Procession to the Easter Sepulcher.

The Great Easter Vigil, featuring the Blessing of the New Fire, the Exsultet, the Sarum Prophecies, Baptism, and Solemn Mass with Incense.

Easter Morning liturgy, featuring a Solemn Mass with Incense and the flowering of the cross.

Palm Sunday Photos and Homily

Palm Sunday Pics!

The Altar all dressed up for Palm Sunday!

The Altar all dressed up for Palm Sunday!

“All Glory, Laud, and Honor to Thee Redeemer King…”

“All Glory, Laud, and Honor to Thee Redeemer King…”

Handmade figures for our the Level 2 (ages 6-9) Catechesis of the Good Shepherd presentation on the Cenacle (the Last Supper in the upper room). For more information on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to  www.cgsusa.org .

Handmade figures for our the Level 2 (ages 6-9) Catechesis of the Good Shepherd presentation on the Cenacle (the Last Supper in the upper room). For more information on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to www.cgsusa.org.

Homily for Palm Sunday: Finding Our Story in Christ’s Passion

Complete Holy Week Services and Times

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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

 Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 am

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, celebrating the Triumphal Entry with the Blessing and Procession of Palms. Hosannas quickly turn to cries of "crucify" with the solemn reading of the Passion Narratives.

Holy Monday Mass: Monday, April 15 at 4:30 pm

A small Mass for Monday in Holy Week will be held in the Crypt Chapel, featuring the recitation of the Passion Narrative from Mark 14.

Chrism Mass: Tuesday, April 16 at 10:30 am at St. Vincent’s in Bedford, TX

A staple feature of Holy Week is the Chrism Mass celebrated by the bishop of the diocese, at which all the clergy of the diocese gather for the yearly blessing of Holy Oils. The Chrism Mass this year will be celebrated at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, TX. Bishop William Wantland will be the celebrant and preacher. It’s in the middle of the day and requires travel, but is is wonderful experience and is worth the trip!

Holy Tuesday Mass: Tuesday, April 16 at 4:30 pm

A small Mass for Tuesday in Holy Week will be held, also in the Crypt Chapel, featuring the recitation of the Passion Narrative from Mark 15.

Holy Wednesday Mass: Wednesday, April 17 at 4:30 pm

A small Mass for Wednesday in Holy Week will be held, also in the Crypt Chapel, featuring the recitation of the Passion Narrative from Luke 22.

Tenebrae: Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm

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.

Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 pm

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.

Good Friday : Friday, April 19 at 12pm and 6pm

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. Our noon service will be a simple, said service said directly from the prayer book. Our evening service (6pm) will be sung service with all the smells and bells. All are welcome at either.

The Liturgy of Light for Children: Saturday, April 20 at 9:00 am

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.

The Great Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 pm

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.

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 am

Come celebrate the resurrection with us! Our Easter Sunday morning sung service is beautiful with classic Easter Hymns, the flowering of the cross, and plenty of “Alleluias”! Join us afterwards for an Easter egg hunt, outside if the weather is good or in the Parish Hall otherwise.

Passion Sunday (Lent 5)

“The Surpassing Worth of Knowing Christ:” Homily for Lent 5 (Passion Sunday)

This Week’s Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week at Generations we will be discussing chapter 7, pp. 88-101, from Liturgy of the Ordinary by Rev. Tish Warren. Dinner starts at 5:30. Suggested donation of $5/family for dinner.

Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday in Lent beginning at 5:00. All are welcome.

Bingo: We will be having Bingo in the Parish Hall on the Friday, May 3-- $2 a card, $25 prizes. All are welcome, and bring friends! 

Prayer Advocates: CGS is looking to build a team of “Prayer Advocates.” This team will receive regular email updates regarding parishioners who request the prayers of the church.

Provincial Assembly: The ACNA is having its Provincial Assembly in Plano, Texas this year, June 17-19. More information can be found at anglicanchurch.net.

Lenten Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 4/10 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. William Law, Prriest, d. 1761; also St. Zeno of Verona, Bishop, d. 371 (transf. 4/12).

Holy Week Schedule

 Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 am

Holy Monday Mass

Monday, April 15 at 4:30 pm

Holy Tuesday Mass

Tuesday, April 16 at 4:30 pm

Holy Wednesday Mass

Wednesday, April 17 at 4:30 pm

Tenebrae

Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 pm

Good Friday

Simple Said Service

Friday, April 19 at noon

Sung Service

Friday, April 19 at 6:00 pm

The Great Easter Vigil

Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 21

Third and Fourth Weeks in Lent

Two Weeks in Pictures (oops! we got busy and missed a week!)

The singing of the “Decalogue”—In Lent we sing the traditional “Kyrie Eleison” (Greek for “Lord have mercy”) from the Book of Common Prayer, which as been troped, or augmented, with the Ten Commandments. Note the Priest is wearing “Rose” vestments for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (called in Latin “Laetare Sunday”). The rose color is a symbol for joy. Being halfway through Lent, we take a brief respite from our penance to rejoice in God’s mercy.

The singing of the “Decalogue”—In Lent we sing the traditional “Kyrie Eleison” (Greek for “Lord have mercy”) from the Book of Common Prayer, which as been troped, or augmented, with the Ten Commandments. Note the Priest is wearing “Rose” vestments for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (called in Latin “Laetare Sunday”). The rose color is a symbol for joy. Being halfway through Lent, we take a brief respite from our penance to rejoice in God’s mercy.

During  Catechesis of the Good Shepherd , our Level One kids (1-3) were discussing “Where is Jesus?” Here is one child’s wonderful answer to the question! (Hint: He’s holding a chalice and host and elevating them like the priest during Mass.)

During Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our Level One kids (1-3) were discussing “Where is Jesus?” Here is one child’s wonderful answer to the question! (Hint: He’s holding a chalice and host and elevating them like the priest during Mass.)

The last week of every month is Outreach Night at Generations. Here are several different “generations” working together as we stuff hundreds of Easter eggs in preparation for our Easter celebration in a few weeks.

The last week of every month is Outreach Night at Generations. Here are several different “generations” working together as we stuff hundreds of Easter eggs in preparation for our Easter celebration in a few weeks.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd  uses hand-made materials in the Montessori tradition for the spiritual formation of children. Here are some of our parishioners at Generations outreach night hand-painting materials for to be used in our Level Two Atrium (ages 6-9).

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd uses hand-made materials in the Montessori tradition for the spiritual formation of children. Here are some of our parishioners at Generations outreach night hand-painting materials for to be used in our Level Two Atrium (ages 6-9).

Deacon Randy’s Homily for Lent 4: Remembering Who We Are

Fr. Brian’s Homily for Lent 3: Being the Burning Bush

This Week’s Announcements:

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week at Generations we will be discussing chapter 6, pp. 74-87, from Liturgy of the Ordinary by Rev. Tish Warren. Dinner starts at 5:30. Suggested donation of $5/family for dinner.

Lenten Alms: GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference) of which we are a part, is mobilizing its networks to respond to a cyclone that has caused massive destruction in parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Because of this, we will be suspending our Lenten Alms drive for the parish’s Benevolence Fund for today. Instead, any donations placed in the colored envelopes today will go to the relief effort underway, spearheaded primarily by Anglican International Development.  More information can be found on their website. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday in Lent beginning at 5:00. All are welcome.

Baptisms: The Great Easter Vigil is the best time for baptisms! If you or a family member would like to be baptized, please let Fr. Brian know ASAP.

Bingo: We will be having Bingo in the Parish Hall on the Friday, May 3-- $2 a card, $25 prizes. All are welcome, and bring friends!

Prayer Advocates: CGS is looking to build a team of “Prayer Advocates.” This team will receive regular updates regarding parishioners who request the prayers of the church. If you wish to join to receive these updates, please let us know.

Provincial Assembly: The ACNA is having its Provincial Assembly in Plano, Texas this year. Being that it is so close this year, it would be a great opportunity to attend and get a greater sense of our connection and identity as a national church. More information can be found at anglicanchurch.net.

Lenten Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 4/3 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. Richard of Chichester, Bishop, d. 1253; also St. Isadore of Seville, Bishop and Doctor, d. 636 (transf. 4/4).

Second Week of Lent

A Week in Pictures:

Spring has come to Church of the Good Shepherd! Behind our pear tree in full-bloom is our beautiful church, and behind that—those characteristic blue skies for which Wichita Falls is renowned.

Spring has come to Church of the Good Shepherd! Behind our pear tree in full-bloom is our beautiful church, and behind that—those characteristic blue skies for which Wichita Falls is renowned.

Our Fish Fry was a great success. Thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to Deacon Randy and Stephanie for all your hard work!

Our Fish Fry was a great success. Thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to Deacon Randy and Stephanie for all your hard work!

Thanks to the “Fry Guys” for cooking up our fish and chips.

Thanks to the “Fry Guys” for cooking up our fish and chips.

The “Memorial” during Mass for the Second Sunday in Lent—worship that impresses a sense of God’s majesty and beauty.

The “Memorial” during Mass for the Second Sunday in Lent—worship that impresses a sense of God’s majesty and beauty.

One of our children’s catechists presents the “History of the Kingdom of God” to some of our Level 2 children. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach the children’s spiritual formation. To learn more about our children’s ministry and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to  cgsusa.org .

One of our children’s catechists presents the “History of the Kingdom of God” to some of our Level 2 children. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach the children’s spiritual formation. To learn more about our children’s ministry and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to cgsusa.org.

Fr. Brian’s Homily for the Second Sunday in Lent: Destined for Sainthood:

We are aware that the image and sound are cutting out at times in the recordings and we are working on the issue, which will require some physical rewiring. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

This Week’s Announcements:

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week at Generations, we will be discussing chapter 5, pp. 61-73 of Rev. Tish Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary. Dinner starts at 5:30. Suggested donation of $5/family for dinner

Lenten Alms: Every Sunday throughout Lent this year every bulletin will be stuffed with a colored envelope. Any money offered in one of these envelopes will be used for the church’s Benevolence Fund. This fund is used specifically to help our own parishioners who find themselves in a time of difficulty, or need.

Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday in Lent beginning at 5:00. All are welcome.

Lenten Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 3/20 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. Cuthbert, Bishop and Missionary, d. 687; also commemorating St. Patrick, Bishop and Apostle to the Irish, d. 461 (transf. 3/17); St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Patriarch and Doctor, d. 386 (transf. 3/18); St. Joseph, Spouse of Mary, d. 1st cent. (transf. 3/19); St. Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop and Martyr, d. 1556 (transf. 3/21); St. Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop, d. 332 (transf. 3/23).

The First Week of Lent

A Week In Pictures

The Lenten Array for Ash Wednesday.

The Lenten Array for Ash Wednesday.

We enjoyed a heap of pancakes and sausages for Shrove Tuesday.

We enjoyed a heap of pancakes and sausages for Shrove Tuesday.

Thanks to the MOGS (Men of Good Shepherd) for cooking up the pancakes and sausage, serving, and clean-up.

Thanks to the MOGS (Men of Good Shepherd) for cooking up the pancakes and sausage, serving, and clean-up.

Ash Wednesday was Deacon Randy’s first, full, Solemn Mass as a deacon.

Ash Wednesday was Deacon Randy’s first, full, Solemn Mass as a deacon.

Sunday’s Entire Service is Available on our Youtube Channel:

This Week’s Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week at Generations, we will be discussing chapter 4, pp. 50-60 of Rev. Tish Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary. Dinner starts at 5:30. 

Lenten Alms: Every Sunday throughout Lent this year every bulletin will be stuffed with a colored envelope. Any money offered in one of these envelopes will be used for the church’s Benevolence Fund. This fund is used specifically to help our own parishioners who find themselves in a time of difficulty, or need.

Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday in Lent beginning at 5:00. All are welcome.  

Lenten Fish Fry: A Lenten Fish Fry has been planned for Friday evening, March 15, at 6:00. Fish and chips will be served with coleslaw, tea, and lemonade. Feel free to BYOB. Donations requested.

This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Lenten Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 3/13 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, d. 604 (transf. 3/12.)

The Ordination of Randy Rogers to the Diaconate

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We are happy to congratulate Randy Rogers to the order of deacons. Randy was made a deacon at the hands of the Right Rev. Jack Iker, of the Diocese of Fort Worth, on Sunday, March 3 at Church of the Good Shepherd. The Very Rev. John Munson gave the homily. If you missed it, the entire service is available on our youtube channel.

Otherwise, here are the announcements for this week! Please take note of our Ash Wednesday services!

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. Generations will also be on break this week because of Ash Wednesday. All are welcome to join us for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and our Ash Wednesday services instead.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner: Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinner will be taking place on March 5 at 6:00 in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to join us to eat up all that sugar before Lent begins!

Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday will be taking place on March 6 this year. We will be having a simple said service with the imposition of ashes at noon, and a Solemn Sung Mass with Litany, Incense, and Imposition of Ashes at 6:00 that evening.

Lenten Fish Fry: A Lenten Fish Fry has been planned for Friday evening, March 15, at 6:00. Fish and chips will be served with coleslaw, tea, and lemonade. Feel free to BYOB. Donations requested.

Time Change: Fr. Brian forgot the announce yesterday that this upcoming Sunday (March 10) is the beginning of Daylight Savings! Don’t forget to set your clocks so you aren’t late on the First Sunday of Lent!

Visitation: If you are in need of pastoral care or need to contact Fr. Brian for any reason, please call him on his cell phone.  He is available 24/7—Please don’t hesitate to call!

Valentine Sweethearts Dinner

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Valentine’s Dinner Report – 9 Feb 2015, POP Crase, MOGS Chairman

Well 2019’s Sweetheart Dinner was a success once again. Each year I am surprised as to the help I and the MOGS receive in assistance with getting this festival together. Be it from just tables & chairs being brought out, to the final last minutes of cleanup time. Seems we are growing in attendance and every year the comments are increasing in positive directions.

It was decided to make it a “theme” dinner this year, so a LITTLE ITALY night was planned. Café lights were strung, wine bottles with melted was candle drippings, and some great Italian music was heard throughout the room. This year’s attendance increased by approximately 7-8 people, which was so thrilling to see the room getting filled more than last year. We had close to 48, plus 6 of the finest airmen anyone could wish for. I know I say that each and every year, but it’s true. These young men jump at the chance to help in our community OR is it a FREE meal? I believe it is BOTH.

Again this year, we were blessed to have a group of “helpers” that worked hard with the decorations. A special thanks to my bride, Debbie Crase, our many friends, Helen Day, Sandy Reed, Barbara Lyne, a special guest (THAT I FAILED TO MENTION….OOPS) was Madison Arens. My partner-in-crime, John Skelton, was very helpful to me. Between him and Madison, they were extremely busy keeping me from falling off the ladder while hanging the lights. Without YOU GUYS this event could not have happened. Also, very thankful for Eddie Andrade’ for once again making sure all the ladies each had a rose for Valentine’s Day/Night. THANK YOU DO VERY MUCH!!!

Another great piece of the puzzle for this event are the young men (or women when they are available) that get the food ready and on the plates for all to enjoy. Once they have served everyone, their job is now to sit somewhere at a table and let you guys get to know them. Once again I got some great young Airmen that didn’t hesitate to ‘mingle’ and enjoy themselves while visiting with all the others at a table where they sat. Once the meals were all served and it was almost time to clean up, the “basket” for the Airmen was passed again, and as always, they would not take the money, but they all have received their Gift Certificates for the Base Exchange so they can purchase any items they need or like at any base in the near future. Well-deserved on their fine efforts.

Prizes were wonderful as I stated while finding out WHO had the Golden Ticket (Willie Wonka) after the few years that all seemed to know which chair to sit in……gotcha this year folks!!! Great way to make sure everyone had a fair chance to win a prize, and thanks goes to Helen Day for the choices she purchased. Next year will be another theme and meal to match. If anyone has suggestions, I am open to all and the MOGS can get together to choose a perfect venue.

At the end of the night, the kitchen was a mess as it usually is, but these fine young men made it look great and put everything back in order. They wasted no time this year with cleaning and putting everything away, making sure the area was worth an inspection. I guess they learned well at Basic Training and their “KP” duty time. Shortest time of cleanup I’ve experienced after a huge event as this one. Also, many thanks go to Eddie and Beverly Andrade’ for their help.

I know there is always small issues that I take personal note of each year, and will always promise to make things get better the following year. This year was without exceptions and there will be things that improve for the next Sweetheart Dinner. So mark your calendars now ladies and gentlemen of our Parish. The 2020 Sweetheart dinner will be on Feb 8, same gathering, same eating times.

Until next year, I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s night and plans are getting started already for the next one. Thanks to each and every one of you for attending and let’s make it bigger next year!!!

Yours in Christ,

G. “POP” Crase

Live Video and Recorded Homilies

Did you know that all of our services are available online? Every Mass, Evensong, or any other liturgy is broadcast live on You Tube! So, if your are sick at home or out of town on vacation, all you have to do is open your computer, go to our You Tube Channel, click on the live link, and join in!

You can also subscribe to our channel so that you can receive a notification by email any time we are broadcasting.

On top of this, you can also find recordings of all of Fr. Brian’s old homilies, and even some entire Masses that you can share with friends or family!

So, mosey on over to Church of the Good Shepherd’s You Tube Channel, and subscribe!

Interfaith Outreach Services

Interfaith Outreach Services helps those in need.  If you can't pay your rent, your electric bill or water bill that is where you go for help.


If you can't buy groceries we can help you with that, too.  Interfaith started after the 1979 tornado.  The woman in charge for all those years except for the last three used to go to our church; Jean Halter Payne. 
Thank you to everyone who gave to Interfaith this past year whether it was in a food donation or monetarily. 
If you gave a food donation you know who you are, so thank you very much. 

Those who gave monetarily are:
Sarah C.
Gene and Mary
Jerry and Denise
Lee and Mariel
Jack
Jean S.
Hazel
Linda W.

As far as donations from our church for 2018 we gave 1,685 pounds!!

Thank you all SO very much!

Mary G.

Interfaith Outreach Services Report

  Interfaith Outreach Services is located at 1101 11th Street; very close to our church. For the month of August we donated 97 pounds to help those in need. Those from our church that volunteer weekly are: Helen D, Mariel R, Jack R and myself.

If you have any questions please ask.

   The family that we gave groceries to that I keep thinking about was a mother and her two young daughters.  She told the intake volunteer that her daughters were being abused by their father and she had to quickly leave the home and set up a new residence so she came to Interfaith for help. I spoke with her about her situation then hugged her and she began to cry....I am so thankful that we can help people like this that are in need.

Mary G.