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March 12, 2023

Third Sunday of Lent

 The Monsignor's Musings 

It is no secret that water is essential for life to survive.  Nearly 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water and 25% of the world’s supply of fresh water is found in Michigan.  Even our own bodies contain water, with approximately 60-75% of our body weight being comprised of water.  If we were to take just a single drop of water from a lake or a pond, we would find an amazing number of organisms thriving in just that single drop.  Water not only quenches our thirst, but it also is essential to sustaining life.

In our scripture readings this weekend we see a consistent focus on the importance of water, water that not only quenches our human thirst but also water which leads us to eternal life.  Whether we recognize it or not, we thirst for God’s presence in our lives, and, like the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus offers us life giving water, water which quenches our spiritual thirst and brings us eternal life.

The conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman is the longest conversation with any individual found in our gospels, yet we never learn her name.  Perhaps she remains unnamed because she represents you and me as we encounter Jesus in life.  Like the Samaritan woman, Jesus knows all of our bumps and bruises, the scars we bare because of choices and decisions we’ve made in life.  Jesus knows our hurts, our sorrows, and the things for which we are ashamed.  Like the Samaritan woman, Jesus does not condemn, demean, or ridicule.  Instead, Jesus offers the life-giving water of his love, his forgiveness, and his compassion.  

A question for us to ponder this week as we continue our Lenten journey is where in life we are in need of God’s love, forgiveness, and healing.  If we encountered Jesus at that well, what would he say?  How would we be transformed and healed?  As we ponder encountering Jesus at the well, may we drink deeply of that life giving water which Jesus is offering.

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 
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Music for the Soul

This weekend’s song is “Come to the Water” by John Foley, SJ. performed by Matt Maher.  This new twist on a old song is a gentle song reminder for us of God’s invitation to us to come and find healing love.

You can listen to “Come to the Water” on YouTube by clicking here.
Penance Service

We will be holding our annual Penance Service on Wednesday March 29th at 7:00 pm in our parish church.  We will have several priests available for those who would like to make an individual private confession and we will be also offering general absolution.  Lent is a time for us to identify areas in life where we are in need of God’s healing love and forgiveness.
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.
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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

On Friday’s during Lent, you will find the Stations of the Cross on our YouTube page.  The Stations of the Cross is an ancient prayer where we can spend a half hour in prayer, spiritually walking with Jesus as he made his way to the cross.

You can find our YouTube page by following this link: 
Stations of The Cross on YouTube Stations of The Cross on YouTube
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Gratitude Tree

What are you thankful to God for?  Your life?  Your family & friends?  A roof over your head?  Food on the table?  The list is endless!!  This Lent, the Worship Committee is asking you to reflect upon what you are grateful for.  And as a way of acknowledging our gratefulness to God in a concrete way, we are asking everyone to write down something they are thankful for on the end of a brightly colored ribbon. You can even grab multiple ribbons to write down your multiple thankfulness’s, too! The more the better!

As you walk into the Social Hall after Mass for your cup of coffee, look for a basket of ribbons and markers on the sign-up ministry table.   When Lent is over, these ribbons will be used to create our Easter Season Gratitude Tree.   The more ribbons we have, the more beautiful our tree will be!! Thank you for your participation.

Prayer List

Chris Kitzman
Lamont Monet
Gray Macauley
Annie Parker
Leroy Coleman
Nick Lucas
Ross Turner
Christopher Stockert

George Stockert
Kristen Rader
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 Council Meeting; 12 Noon

Office Area

Taizé Prayer; 6:00pm
Shepherd’s Table Committee Meeting; 7:00pm

Wednesday Mass; 7:00 pm

Mass; 4:30pm

Monday, March 20
Worship Committee Meeting; 6:45pm
Zoom Platform

Tuesday, March 28
Communication Committee Meeting; 7:00pm
Parish Office

Wednesday, March 29
Lenten Penance Service; 7:00pm

What is Taizé

Taizé ( taa . zay’) is a location in rural France. It is also a movement that since the 1940’s has attracted millions of young people from all over the world to gather to share, to pray, to sing, and to encourage acts of love and compassion to bring about peace and unity in the world.

Additionally, Taize’ is a community of monks of many faiths, including Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, Non-denominational, and others, called through the Rule of Taizé to have and build the unity of the body of Christ.

Taizé is also a form of communal prayer for all Christians, and it is this prayer that we are called to participate in.

Please come and join us in this simple, meditative form of worship, calling us through scripture, song, silence, and prayer to dwell deeply on Christ’s presence around and within us.

Our next Taize Prayer Service
at Christ the Good Shepherd Church is
Monday, March 13
at 6:00 pm.
All are welcome.
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Saturday, March 11
Mass is offered for the intention of the parishioners of Christ the Good Shepherd.

Altar Server: Volunteer Needed
1st Reading: Volunteer Needed
Second Reading: Barbara D.

Sunday, March 12
Mass is offered for the intention of the parishioners of Christ the Good Shepherd.

Altar Server: Paul C.
1st Reading: Jonathan Q
Second Reading: Tim D
Eucharistic Minister: Barbara S.
Greeters: Volunteer Needed
Gift Bearers:
Jim M 

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. 

As I listen to today’s Gospel and the familiar story of the Woman at The Well, I can picture her excitement and energy after realizing that she was talking to the Christ himself. I see her running, as quickly as she can, back to her town and literally accosting her townsfolk with her story. 

The Gospel tells us: Many Samaritans of that town believed in him on the strength of the woman's words of testimony.

Notice, however, that it says “many”. It does not say “all”. In spite of the woman’s excitement and personal testimony, there were still those who could not make their own leap of faith. Was it because of the woman’s reputation? Was it because Jesus was not a Samaritan? Was it because they did not want to put forth the effort of conversion? The Gospels are silent and so we are left to our own ponderings on the subject.

But it gives me a clearer perspective of my own efforts to share the Good News of Jesus with others. In my mind, it’s as clear as day that a relationship with Jesus and community in the Church is incredibly important and critical to my wellbeing. And yet, in spite of my personal excitement, not all of those who hear my story are moved. Is it my reputation? Is it the reputation of the Church in the World? Is it because they do not want to put forth the effort of conversion? Most times I never know.

Although we never hear of the Samaritan woman again in the scriptures, I want to believe that she remained faithful her whole life. In spite of the tribulations of her life, she (literally) found Jesus. And once we know Jesus, it’s awfully tough to let him go, isn’t it? I imagine her telling her story over and over again until she was old and frail. How many came to know Jesus as a result of her testimony? The answer to that is irrelevant, just as the answer to that question is irrelevant in my own life. It matters not the number of people who say ‘yes” to Jesus as a result of my testimony. What matters, is that I shared my testimony.
Every Day.


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

As we prepare to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a parish community, we are in need of photos and stories.  Marcy Maierle has graciously agreed to create a photo book detailing some of the highlights of our history.  She needs your help.  Please share any stories and photos as soon as possible.  You can bring the photos and stories to Mass over the next two weekends.

Emma Walter
March 5

Rafael Pachecco
March 7

Cindy Knox
March 9

Rikk Stockert
March 9

Al McBrien
March 15

Pat Moylan
March 17
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Readings for Next Sunday

March 18-19, 2023
4th 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: 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23:1-6
  • Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14
  • Gospel Reading: John 9:1-41
In today’s Gospel, the healing of the man born blind invites us to focus on the physical and spiritual aspects of sight and light.

The moment of enlightenment comes when the man born blind encounters Jesus again. Jesus seeks out the man and reveals himself to him as the Son of Man. In this moment, the man born blind shows himself to be a man of faith and worships Jesus. Jesus replies by identifying the irony of the experience of many who encounter Jesus: Those who are blind will now see, and those who think they now see will be found to be blind.

Edited from Loyola Press; Sunday Connection 
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“But whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;
the water I shall give will become
a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”


you declare to
a woman at the well
everything about her life,

we think of our own lives as well.
You know each
of our ins and outs too,
when we sit and when we stand.

when we
yearn for light, love, beauty and peace, for
worship of you in Spirit and truth.

Still, often we remain dry! 
Come, Lord Jesus,  
quench our thirst
for life within 
living water.


- 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 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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