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February 12, 2023

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 The Monsignor's Musings 

This weekend, our gospel continues the Sermon on the Mount.  However, the words of Jesus take on a more challenging tone as we strive to live our faith in the daily events of life.  Jesus challenges us to move beyond a mindset of simply following a list of things we should and should not do, to adopting a mindset that is based on love, respect, and humility.

With the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us a roadmap which leads, not only to salvation, but also to happiness; a road map that helps us build the Kingdom of God here and now.  The cornerstone of the Kingdom of God begins with an understanding that we are completely and totally loved by God.  It’s not enough to accept it on an intellectual level, but we also have to believe it, to live it, and to feel it in our hearts.  When we recognize our dignity, as well as our worthiness of love and respect, we are empowered to make better life choices, choices that draw us closer to God and to one another.

The roadmap that Jesus gives us incorporates the law, because it is rooted in love, and it is planted deep within our hearts.  We are called to live in relationship not only with God, but also with one another, with all of creation.  How we treat ourselves and one another is also a reflection of how we interact with God.  Fortunately, we are not expected to be perfect.  We are on a journey, and God’s grace will help guide our hearts on a path that leads to God’s healing love when we open ourselves to the good news of Jesus and seek God with sincerity, humility and love.

Reach out your arms and wiggle your fingers – remember, that’s how close we are to the Kingdom of God.  Believe it, live it, and celebrate it.

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

No Strangers Here” by Janet Sullivan-Whitaker is a moving song reminding us of the importance of living our faith – accepting and loving one another as sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus.  At God’s table, everyone is welcome and loved.  

You can listen to “No Strangers Here” on YouTube by clicking here.

Prayer List

Christopher Stockert
George Stockert
Kristen Rader
Rick Stanley
Kevin Paton
Tom Draplin
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 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

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

Mass; 7:00 pm

The Chosen Discussion Group; 7:00pm
Zoom Platform

Mass; 4:30pm
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Ash Wednesday
Lent is just around the corner.  We will offer a special Mass with distribution of ashes on Wednesday February 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm.  Please join us as we begin the Lenten Season.

Wednesday, February 22
Ash Wednesday Mass; 7:00pm

Thursday, February 23
The Chosen Discussion Group; 7:00pm
Zoom Platform

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 Sevin 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, February 11
Mass is offered for the repose of the soul of June Tyrrell, mother of Joseph Tyrrell.

Altar Server: Pat M.
First Reading: Barbara D.
Second Reading: Volunteer
Eucharistic Minister: Volunteer Needed
Gift Bearers: Volunteers Needed


Sunday, February 5
Mass is offered for the repose of the soul of June Tyrrell, mother of Joseph Tyrrell.

Altar Server: Joseph P.
First Reading: Volunteer
Second Reading: Paul C.
Eucharistic Minister: Volunteer
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.

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. 

In the last week, we attended mass, as guests, at two separate churches. At one of the churches, the homily focused almost entirely on the fact that we are sinners, beyond God’s merit, as well as the fact that we have to spread the faith of our own denomination, not the faith taught by Jesus. And at both churches, we ended the service with a “prayer” asking for protection from the devil and from all the demons prowling the world. All I can say is that this is not what I believe and I cannot find any justification for it in the Gospels. I just shook my head and offered my own prayer asking for peace to all present.

In today’s Gospel, we hear a lot about rules. But notice how Jesus approaches the subject of the rules. Jesus says, “You have heard it said…. But I say…” Jesus is saying, yes, there are rules, but following rules is not enough! Rules are given to help get us all started in a direction. But then we have to allow the Spirit to take over and lead us higher and deeper. Following rules 100% of the time is nearly impossible. And, I think, Jesus is telling me that I’ll get closer to the essence of the rules, if I stop worrying about the letter of the law and start following the spirit of the law.

I notice that in the Gospel today that Jesus never says “if you don’t follow the rules, you are damned”. Never. Jesus wants me to see that in my own imperfection, I need to forgive the imperfections of others. Our world is full of outcasts and those who are broken. My reciting rules to them will not make them feel better, feed them, house them or heal them. I need to love them.

As I read the Gospels I try very hard to hear what Jesus is saying and then to do that in my own life. I rarely do it well. But I keep reading and I keep working. The life that Jesus wants me to live is based on HIS life, not rules espoused by a single denomination, no matter which denomination it might be. To do otherwise is to be simply self-serving and shallow. There's enough of that in our world, I don’t need to be trying to enlarge those sentiments. And never do I hear Jesus using fear to get people to do things his way. Instead, I hear, “peace be with you” and "do not be afraid.”

I have so much to learn and so far to go to know that I am truly following Jesus’ way, but I know that it is the right way to follow. If I have any hope of helping others to come to the knowledge of Jesus’ love, I cannot use fear or sin or exclusivity to draw them in. I must use love.
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

February 18-19, 2023
7th 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: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103:1-4,8, 10, 12-13
  • Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:38:48
This week’s Gospel presents the Sermon on the Mount dealing with love of enemies. Jesus asks his followers not to just be moderate in their retaliation, but to take a different approach by resisting retaliation altogether. Those who are called to the Reign of God are to go beyond the way the world usually works and serve God here on earth. Because God’s love is unconditional, we are to strive to love as God does, though, of course, it is challenging. Is it even possible?

The key is in the final verse. We are to be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect. Matthew uses the Greek word telos, which is probably better translated here as “complete.” We are not to be perfect as in doing everything correctly, that is, as in being absolutely morally correct. We are to be perfect as in striving to reach the completeness we are called to in the Reign of God. Attempting to love our enemies is part of striving for that completeness.

Edited from Loyola Press; Sunday Connection 
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Do not think that I have come to
abolish the law or the prophets. 
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

Let us grasp your teaching of the law.
Justice. Love. Compassion.
Let your law make us 

Not like the Pharisees,
who blow trumpets
before they 

You showed us with your every breath
just what it means to be holy.
You are the wonder,
the goal, the
summit of
the law.

Teach us.
Turn all of our
into love.


- 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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