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January 29, 2023

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 The Monsignor's Musings 

This weekend, we hear the familiar account of the Beatitudes from Matthew’s gospel.  In our scriptures, mountains are reserved as a place of special privilege where people can encounter God.  As Jesus climbed the mountain to speak to the crowds, he invited them to come close, to sit with him, as he helped expand their vision.  Just like those who gathered to listen to Jesus, we too are invited to listen to the words of the beatitudes with open minds and hearts.

Jesus names many types of blessed people, those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the clean of heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted.  As we reflect on the beatitudes today, we too can call to mind those in our lives and in our communities who mourn, who work for justice, who sow the seeds of peace, who reach out to the marginalized or suffering, and who lead by example.

The beatitudes are not just words to bring comfort, they are words meant to challenge us to be our best selves as we live in the world today.  They are a message that challenges us to take on the attitude of Christ as we navigate the twists and turns of life, believing that God is with us.  They are a message that challenges us to open our eyes and our hands to those who suffer in the world today, knowing that God is with them as well.

The beatitudes Jesus preached are promises. Promises that God will be with us every step we take day in and day out.  When we suffer, God suffers with us.  When we celebrate and laugh, and love, God is there.  Jesus came to give us hope, to give us the courage to not give into temptation or despair, but rather to march forward with the flame of love alive in our hearts.

My friends, this is our hope, this is our faith, this is our call.  Jesus gives us a beautiful gift.  He calls us to approach our God and to live our faith, not with strict laws and commands, but rather, with a clean heart and an attitude infused with the Spirit of God. Blessed are we who love and serve our God and one another.

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

Fr. Harry 
If you have missed any of The Monsignor's Musings, you can read them on the parish web site at 

Many, many thanks to James Messana for creating and donating his work, called "The Crucifixion" to Christ The Good Shepherd. This beautiful statue will grace our worship space reminding us of the human and divine nature of our Lord Jesus.
When you see Jim at church, be sure to ask him more about his work and their inspiration.
Image by <a href="">Ri Butov</a> from <a href="">Pixabay</a>
Music for the Soul

The Body of Christ” by Sara Hart is a beautiful song reminding us Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, inviting us to be transformed and nourished.  We will be singing this song next weekend at Mass.

You can listen to “The Body of Christ” on YouTube by clicking here.

Prayer List

Kristen Rader
Rick Stanley
Kevin Paton
Tom Draplin
June Tyrrell
John Morand
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
Lauren Torbico

Mass Offering

Because as Catholics we believe the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, Christ the Good Shepherd 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 Medium.
Wearing a mask at mass
is highly encouraged. 

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

Committee Chairperson Orientation; 6:30pm
Parish Social Hall

Mass; 7:00 pm

The Chosen Discussion Group; 7:00pm
Zoom Platform

Mass; 4:30pm

Tuesday, February 7
Education Committee; 6:30pm
Zoom Platform

Thursday, February 9
The Chosen Discussion Group; 7:00pm

Saturday February 11, 2023


So you have finally heard what is going to be happening on February 11. And you are thinking – “Nope, not me!

But may we ask you to reconsider? In order for our new Vision Statement to reflect the wants and desires of our parish community we need to input from as many of those members as we can. That means you!

The Saturday event is going to more fun than work. Brainstorming means that there are no wrong answers. So no matter what you think or say, no one will shoot you down and tell you our idea stinks. Honest!

We have a good outline planned and it will be a day that goes very fast. We know it is a lot to give up an entire day, but it is for Christ The Good Shepherd. Your church! 

We need you to be a part of this important day. That way, the Vision Statement that is developed will be as much as your vision as anyone else’s. 

This is an important time in the life of our parish to do this. After 10 years and after a crushing pandemic, we need to re-set and revitalize our vision of who we are and where we are headed as a parish.

What will be unique about February 11, is that the day will be led by non-clergy parishioners and input will only be offered by non-clergy parishioners. Our clergy will be present, but only as observers. They want to hear what YOU think and what YOU dream about.

Here’s the thing - - we truly need everyone to participate. If you are on a parish committee: we need you there. If you serve in any parish ministry: we need you there. If you come to mass at any time: we need you there. And, yes, if you participate on our virtual media platform: we need you there too!

Our day will begin at 11:00am, include lunch and end at 4:00pm. There will lots of energy, plenty of breaks and, for those who can stay, the day will close with mass at 4:30pm.

Please be a part of the positive process that will allow Christ The Good Shepherd help bring God’s Reign to earth now and in the future. Please sign up with the form in the back of the church or online by clicking on the link below and filling in the form
The Chosen
The Discussion

The Religious Education Committee is pleased to announce that our viewing and discussion of Season Three continues this week. You are invited to watch Episode Five of The Chosen and then on Thursday evening, we will gather online via the ZOOM platform at 7:00pm to share our experiences and feelings of the episode. 

Everyone is invited to join us on-line. If you have not seen The Chosen before, we encourage you to download the app and watch Season Three. If you want to binge it and get caught up on Seasons One and Two, you'll enjoy that too.

On Thursday, join us on this link The Chosen: The Discussion to enter into the conversation. 
You'll be glad you did!
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Saturday, January 28
Mass is offered for the intention of the people of Christ the Good Shepherd.

Altar Server: Ross T
First Reading: Barbara D
Second Reading: Volunteer

Sunday, January 29
Mass is offered for the repose of the soul of Peter Cadotte on the 1st anniversary of his death.

Altar Server: Joseph P
First Reading: Anne V
Second Reading: Paul C
Eucharistic Minister: Barb S
Greeters: Volunteers
Gift Bearers – Volunteers

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.

Blessing of Throats

The Church celebrates the feast of St. Blaise on February 3rd.  We will be offering the traditional blessing of throats at the end of our liturgies.
Sacrament of Anointing

After the homily at our weekend liturgies this weekend, we will be offering the sacrament of anointing for anyone in need of healing of mind, body, or spirit.  Our monthly anointings are not just for those who suffer from chronic illness or the dying.  Anyone who would like a special blessing for any reason are welcome to receive an anointing.

Eucharist for the Homebound

If you are unable to receive the Eucharist in person at church due to illness or other restriction and wish to receive Our Lord, I am happy to bring the Precious Body of Our Lord to you at your home, hospital, or other convenient place. I encourage you to participate in Sunday Mass via our video stream on Facebook.

Please advise me no later than twenty-four (24) hours prior to Mass by email at or text me at 248-701-1949 and leave me your name, address, your phone number, and a general time when I can come to you.

Peace and God Bless.

Deacon Ross Turner

I remember my first day at college. When I moved into the dorm, I had such a pit in my stomach because I realized that I was on my own – really on my own – like never before. I was a mere 17 years old as a Freshman. (I’m a November baby) All my friends went to the bar that first night, but I got turned away. (The legal drinking age was 18 at that time, but…yah…I was 17.) The system of college classes was daunting to me and making new friends has never been a strong suit of mine. Add in some classic roommate problems, and you can say that my Freshman year was not the favorite time of my life.

But, there is no denying that I learned a lot that year. And I’m not talking about my classes. While I thought I was mature (what 17 year doesn’t?!) when I came home in the spring, I was definitely a different person. I’m not going to say I was entirely a good person then, but I had grown up to the world quite a bit. Some of the lessons I learned, I still draw on today.

I try to keep that experience in mind whenever I am dealing with someone who is struggling with a particular issue. So often they think they have the answers, but I realize that they are just a Freshman and have so much to learn. I have to be gentle when I try and point out various options they may have. They will get there eventually, but there are lots of tough lessons that have to be learned along the way.

I think that's part of what Jesus was doing when he preached the Sermon on the Mount. In today’s Gospel, we hear the beginning of that sermon with The Beatitudes. One theologian said that Jesus preached this sermon as the beginning of the initiation of, not only the people hearing it, but especially for his disciples. They were just “Freshman” in the ways of Jesus and were not entirely ready to hear about the cross that was to come. So Jesus eases into the truth of what it means to be a follower of God by starting soft. Not easy, but gentle.

"How blessed are the poor in spirit, the reign of heaven is theirs.” (Mt 5:3) Did you ever notice that Jesus did not say, the reign of heaven WILL be yours? No, he said it IS as in, now. But I must have a “poor spirit” to be able to participate in that reign here and now. So what does that mean? Do I have to live below the poverty level to qualify? Do I have to ride a bus everywhere because I cannot afford a car? Do I have to be homeless? No; something even harder.

To be “poor in spirit”, I have to give up my ego and pride. "“Poor in spirit” means giving up my own righteousness”, says Richard Rohr. Woof. Now there's a task! Sometimes I think it would be easier for me to give all my possessions than it would be to get past my ego and pride. But as I read the Gospels and learn what Jesus wants me to know, I see that being “poor in spirit” is truly the first step. In so many ways, I think I’m still a Freshman in the ways of God. But if I can learn to let go of my self-image, then I can let the image of Jesus flow thru me and be seen by others. And that is what I want to do more than anything else. I know I have a long way to go, but that's my journey.
Every day.


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

Ruth Spencer-Aaron
January 12

Fr. Charles Blanchard
January 16

Jeanine Keller
January 24

We will be celebrating December birthdays after our Sunday liturgy with cake during our social hour.  Happy birthday to everyone with a birthday in December.  
Did we miss your birthday?
Please let us know and we'll add you to our list!

Sermon on the Mount  - Henrik Olrik, detail

Readings for Next Sunday

February 4-5, 2023 
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

  • First Reading: Isaiah 58:7-10
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 112:4-9
  • Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:13-16
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus uses the now familiar metaphors of salt and light to describe the life of discipleship. We take salt and light for granted in our society, but these commodities were more precious in ancient cultures. Just as now, salt was used in Jesus’ time for flavoring, as a preservative, and as a healing agent. Similarly, the widespread use of electricity in the modern world makes us less aware of the value and importance of light in our lives.

When we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, console those who mourn, and so on, we show ourselves to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. When we do these things with the community of faith, we are indeed acting as “a city set on a mountain” that cannot be hidden!

Edited from Loyola Press; Sunday Connection 
Image by <a href="">海然 广告</a> from <a href="">Pixabay</a>

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain.
He began to teach them.

“Come after me,” 
he said,
our teacher,
you are a 

You hunger and 
you thirst for justice.
Yet you are meek and 
merciful and strong 
and powerful 
in all that

Please be a blest
beatitude for
each of 

Let us live in you and 
be beatitudes 
for one 

- Ann Osdieck

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” 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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