Generations Begins!
Sep
18
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.

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Children's Ministry Start Date!
Sep
22
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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Episcopal Visitation, Confirmations, & Potluck!
Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

Episcopal Visitation, Confirmations, & Potluck!

This year, Bishop Wantland will be visiting us on September 15th for confirmations! The bishop will be celebrating a Pontifical Solemn Mass with incense, 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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Rally Day!
Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

Rally Day!

Summer’s already coming to an end, so we will be celebrating Rally Day on September 15. 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 18 with a choral evensong, and children’s Sunday school will start on September 22!

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The Feast of Pentecost with Baptisms
Jun
9
10:30 AM10:30

The Feast of Pentecost with Baptisms

Sunday (June 9) is the Feast of Pentecost, commonly called Whitsunday among Anglicans. On this day we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the birth of the church. We will be offering with a Solemn Mass with incense and having several baptisms. Come celebrate our baptismal candidates and the birth of the church with us!

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Retreat
Jun
2
to Jun 8

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, 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.


 

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The Feast of the Ascension
May
29
to May 30

The Feast of the Ascension

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The Feast of the Ascension celebrates Christ's ascension to the right hand of the Father forty days after his resurrection. We will begin our celebration with a choral evensong on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:00, featuring our choir singing the propers of the day to classic, Anglican chants.

We will continue our celebration on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 with a Sung Mass with incense in our crypt chapel. All are welcome to both celebrations!

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Rogation Sunday
May
26
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
Apr
20
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
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

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
Apr
19
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
Apr
18
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
Apr
17
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
3
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
27
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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Octave of Epiphany (Jan. 6-13)
Jan
6
to Jan 13

Octave of Epiphany (Jan. 6-13)

Feast of the Holy Epiphany

  • Sunday, January 6 at 10:30 am

  • Sung Mass with Incense

Festival of Light with Choral Evensong

  • Wednesday, January 9 at 6:00 pm

  • Service of Lessons and Songs celebrating the history of our parish

  • Followed by a Choral Evensong (Sung Vespers)

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Dec
25
to Jan 6

Twelve Days of Christmas: Complete Service Schedule

Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord

First Mass of Christmas

• Monday, December 24 at 4:30 pm in the crypt chapel (Simple Said Mass, 2019 BCP)

Festival of Lessons and Carols

• Monday, December 24 at 5:30 pm in the Church

• Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

• Children’s Pagaent

• Maybe a visit from St. Nick, if he can spare the time!

• Candlelight Carols

Midnight Mass (Second Mass of Christmas)

• Monday, December 24 at 10:30 pm in the Church

• Station at the Creche

• Sung Mass with Incense

• Solemn Te Deum

• Candlelight Carols

Third Mass of Christmas (Christmas Morning)

• Tuesday, December 25 at 10:30 am

• Simple Said Mass

Feast of St. Stephen

• Wednesday, December 26 at 7:30 am in the crypt chapel

• Simple Said Mass, 2019 BCP

Feast of St. John

• Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 am in the crypt chapel

• Simple Said Mass, 2019 BCP

Feast of the Holy Innocents

• Friday, December 28 at 7:30 am in the crypt chapel

• Simple Said Mass, 2019 BCP

Sunday within the Twelve Days of Christmas

• Regular Sunday Mass Schedule (7:30 Said Mass, 10:30 Sung Mass)

Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord (Holy Name)

• Tuesday, January 1 at 7:30 am in the crypt chapel (Simple Said Mass, 2019 BCP)

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