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February 26, 2023

First Sunday of Lent

 The Monsignor's Musings 

As I sat down to write this article, the song Hosea came on my playlist.  “Come back to me with all your heart, don’t let fear keep us apart.”  What beautiful words for us to begin this Lenten season: “Come back to me with all your heart, don’t let fear keep us apart.”  That truly is what Lent is all about, renewing our relationship with the Almighty.  
The season of Lent is a time for us to slow down, take account of where we’ve been on our spiritual journey over this past year, and to focus on to where it is we want to go, recommitting ourselves to following Jesus more closely.  

Over these next 40 days, we are invited to repent by doing three things – praying, fasting, and the doing good works.  The word repentance simply means changing ourselves for the better.  We don’t have to relive every mistake that we’ve made in life over and over.  In God’s love we are forgiven, we are healed, we are made whole.  Repenting is turning around and moving forward.  

As a parish community, we have an opportunity for the doing of good works by feeding and caring for those in need.  Once again, we will be collecting food items and toiletries for CrossRoads in Detroit.  Each week when you come to church, you can bring nonperishable food items or toiletries and place them in the baskets located near the Holy Family statue.  At the end of Lent, all of the items collected will be put into the hands of people in need.

I am grateful for the opportunity to journey through another Lenten season with you.  Together, let us commit to spending more time in prayer, doing acts of kindness and charity, and fasting by eating more simply, offering up a meal, or forgoing certain foods to keep us focused on the importance of God in our lives.   

May God bless you and your loved ones today, tomorrow, and forevermore.

Fr. Harry 

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Music for the Soul

This weekend’s song is “Hosea” by Gregory Norbert, OSB and performed by Kairy Marquez and Jonatan Narvaez.  This familiar song is a good reminder of the purpose of our Lenten journey.

You can listen to “Hosea” on YouTube by clicking here.
January Sacrificial Giving Report

General Donations
Budget    Actual
$6,184     $6,501 
Restricted General Donations
Budget    Actual
$2,256     $991 
Other Donations Received
Budget    Actual
$0             $0
Total YTD Donations
Budget    Actual
$8,440     $7,492 
Collection of Food Items and Toiletries

Throughout Lent, we will be collecting nonperishable food items and toiletries for people in need.  Please bring food and toiletries each week during Lent and place them in the baskets near the Holy Family statues.  The doing of good works, also known as almsgiving, is an important part of our Lenten journey. 

At the end of Lent, the collected items will be provided to CrossRoads for distribution to people in need.  Please be generous.
Little Black Books

To help guide us in prayer during Lent, we have the Little Black Books available at church.  The booklets have a short daily meditation to help you start the day with prayer.  If you didn’t receive one last weekend, please make sure to take one this weekend.  The books are located near the front entrance.
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Lenten Fasting

Traditionally, Catholics refrain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent and commit themselves to offering something up or doing something special throughout the Lenten season.  An alternative to refraining from the eating of meat during Lent is to eat more simply, not just on Friday’s but everyday during Lent.  That could include skipping a meal, not dining out, avoiding sweets or alcohol, or having simple dinners or lunches.  These simple acts of penance are meant to focus our hearts and minds on God by offering up simple things we enjoy.
Stations of the Cross

Once again, we will offer the Stations of the Cross on our YouTube channel during Lent.  Each Friday, beginning on March 3, 2022, we will release a new video of the Stations of the Cross. 

Like last year, we need your help.  We are looking for volunteers to lead us through one of the fourteen stations each week.  We are asking for volunteers to record a station of the Cross that will be compiled into a beautiful journey recalling the path Jesus walked as he carried the cross for you and for me.  

Prayer List

Leroy Coleman
Nick Lucas
Ross Turner
Christopher Stockert

George Stockert
Kristen Rader
Kevin Paton
Tom Draplin
Jason Kezelian

Michael Zaydel
James Hirsch
Patricia Trudeau
Nancy Bukowski
David Saad
Br. Xavier Pankovitch
Sr. Alice Kotwick
Jennifer Lidgard
Bishop Michael Goddard
Cindy Knox
Pamela Miller
Dave Signon
Hank Johnson
David Pembrooke
Jeffrey Hall
Sue Hall
Ellen Fedorczyk
Marion McBrien
Rose Marie Cookie
Ron Bukowski
Martha Fiore
Elizabeth Hutko
Jim Bachelor
Fr. Charles Blanchard
Vera Cadotte
Jim Stokes
Lois Spencer
Patsy Dockery
Kathleen Moylan Klosterman

Mass Intentions

Because as Catholics we believe the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, Christ the Good Shepherd parish would be honored to remember your special intentions for the living or deceased at Mass.  If you would like to have a Mass offered on a special day, please see Fr. Charles.  A suggested donation of $20.00 for each Mass is requested.

At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates the community transmission level is Low.
Wearing a mask at mass
is optional. 

People may choose to mask at any time.
People who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
If you have symptoms or have tested positive with COVID, please consider participating in mass on our Facebook or YouTube pages.
Mass; 10:30am

Parish Discernment Workgroup; 6:00pm

Communication Committee Meeting; 6:00pm
Parish Office

Wednesday Mass; 7:00 pm

Mass; 4:30pm

Tuesday, March 7
Education Committee Meeting; 7:00pm
Zoom Platform

Monday, March 13
Taizé Prayer; 6:00pm
Worship Committee Meeting; 6:45pm
Shepherd’s Table Committee Meeting; 7:00pm


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Saturday, February 25
Mass is offered for the intention of the parishioners of Christ the Good Shepherd.

Altar Server: Volunteer Needed
1st Reading:
Kevin C
Second Reading: Barbara D

Sunday, February 26
Mass is offered for the intention of the parishioners of Christ the Good Shepherd.

Altar Server: Pat M
1st Reading: Anne V
Second Reading: Paul C
Eucharistic Minister: Don S
Greeters: Donna P
Gift Bearers: Volunteers Needed

Mass will be live-streamed on our Parish Facebook page


If you are a Lector, Altar Server, or Eucharistic Minister, please take a moment and sign up for the various ministries based on your availability.  

We will post the sign up sheets for a month at a time and include a reminder in the bulletin.

If you are sick, unable to attend Mass, or would like someone to visit you at home or in the hospital, please contact Deacon Ross at (248)701-1949 or  

If you are hospitalized, sick, or recovering from surgery or an illness, please let the parish know. 

“But, Maaaaahhhhhaaaaammmmmm!!! I don’t LIKE salmon patties!!” 
“That’s all you’re getting, so you’ll sit there until you do.”

And that, my friends, is how I recall Fridays in Lent as I grew up.

I have a confession to make. I’ve never been good at fasting. In fact, I haven’t done a sacrificial fast in so long I couldn’t tell you when it was. But here we are in Lent and that word keeps coming up. And now I have this inner conflict about whether or not I should try to fast this year. I suppose if all she served me was salmon patties, I’d willingly fast all day.

In today’s Gospel, we hear the familiar story of Jesus going into the desert to fast and pray. The thought of spending 40 days in the desert without food is pretty daunting. But we are told that Jesus used that time to get focused on his upcoming public ministry and not having any distractions. If Jesus knew what all would be involved and how that ministry was going to end, then he really did need some time to get laser focused and know God’s will.

Jesus knew about the poverty and suffering of his people and how much they wanted respite from that suffering. Jesus knew he was going to call forth his apostles to be his students and that they would look up to him. Jesus knew that his ministry and his message would upset the leaders of the Jewish religion, and the would do whatever they needed to do to stop him.

So, as I reflect on this Gospel, I understand why Jesus was tempted by the things he was. He was tempted with economic power to relieve his people’s suffering. He was tempted with political power to become a mighty leader in the eyes of the people. And, he was tempted with religious power to overcome the practices of the leaders. 

The ability of Jesus to fast and pray allowed him to be prepared to face these temptations and to deal with them as each should be dealt with. Jesus said no to economic power. Instead he would use his ministry to teach about how we need to care for those who do not have enough and to share out of our own abundance. Jesus said no to political power. Instead he showed us that by choosing to love our enemies, as well as our neighbors, we can change the world around us. Jesus said no religious power. Instead he taught us that loving God is something that is available for all, because God first loved us. 

The prophet Isaiah preached a fast for the people of Israel that was based on living lives of right relationship and fairness. “Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke?”  [IS 58:6] The fast God wants of me is to work for reconciliation and to stop polarization and division. God is calling me to do more to feed the hungry and to clothe the poor. God is calling me to proclaim a Gospel of peace and love and inclusion. 
And, I’m quite sure I am called to fast from salmon patties.
Every Day.

If you missed any of the Everyday Evangelist articles, you can read them on the parish web site

Brian Pollard
February 9

Don Stone
February 17

Cassidy Lickey
February 20

Joseph Plesuchenko
February 25
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Readings for Next Sunday

March 4-5, 2023
2nd Sunday of Lent

Read, Reflect, Prepare
Click on the image above
to take in next week’s mass readings
and prepare your heart.

First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 24
Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10
Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:1-9

On a mountain in today’s reading, a voice affirms that Jesus is God’s Son in words reminiscent of the voice at Jesus’ baptism. In addition, the appearance of Moses and Elijah on the mountain connects this story with God’s relationship to the people of Israel. Moses and Elijah represent the Law and the Prophets, respectively. Together with Jesus, they represent God’s complete Word.

Jesus’ Transfiguration is a promise of Jesus’ glory, his Resurrection.

Edited from Loyola Press; Sunday Connection 
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At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert.

take us to the 
desert and stay with us.
Speak to our hearts about all that
matters. Chase away everything that doesn’t.
Caress our hearts so they know you better, 
see you more clearly in the suffering 
of your children and your planet. 
Let us say to all who suffer, 
“Your tears are my tears. 
Your pain is my 


- Ann Osdieck *from the words of Pope Francis

Prayer for Peace and Justice

Dear Lord,

We stand before you, a wounded people, hungering for peace and justice. Protect the people of Ukraine, Palestine, Africa, and other nations experiencing poverty, war, and destruction. 

Protect all children, women, and men from further harm and may your Holy Spirit inspire people throughout the world to work for peace and justice.  

Instill a desire for peace and justice in the minds and hearts of all people, especially world leaders.  

May suffering, discrimination, armed conflict and all forms of violence come to an end and may your Holy Name be praised throughout the world forever and ever.  


Let us pray that we who are “Enduring Parishioners” and “New-Found Friends” 
of Christ the Good Shepherd
may respond to God’s trust in us who possess any talents!
God of Peace and Love; You who are kind, loving and full of mercy,
You no longer call us servants, but friends!
There is so much You have entrusted to us, even the future of
Your kingdom of justice, peace and love.
Give us the grace to work with You today, tomorrow and beyond.
May this growth in mercy and goodness unite all people who seek
You with a sincere heart.
Striving to be reconciliation and joy to everyone, may
Christ the Good Shepherd
forever be “The Small Church With A Big Heart”
through our collective talents, time and treasures.
Let us go together the way to You,
our living and loving God
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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