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February 19, 2023

Seventh Sunday
Ordinary Time

 The Monsignor's Musings 

Ready or not, Lent is quickly approaching.  On Wednesday, we will gather to be marked with ashes, the traditional beginning of the Lenten Season.  For the next 40 days, we are asked to pray, fast, and perform good works as we prepare to celebrate the joy of Easter.

Over the past three weekends, we have heard the inspiring, yet challenging words of the Sermon on the Mount.  This weekend, as we prepare to begin our Lenten journey, we conclude Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with the words “Be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is perfect.”  While God is not calling us to perfection, Jesus is inviting us to act wholeheartedly, to interact with the world around us with integrity, compassion, tenderness, and most importantly, with an all-encompassing and inclusive love.  

Our faith journey is not about getting directly from point A to point B, about following a specific list of things we should and should not do, but rather, it’s about experiencing all that the world has to offer, while remaining a person of character and protecting not only our own dignity, but also that of our sisters and brothers in this world. 

With the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offers us a moral compass, a set of guiding principles to help us navigate the twists and turns of life.  While roadmaps are helpful, they force us focus on the end of the journey rather than the process involved.  A compass, on the other hand, simply points us in the right direction as we journey through life.  

This weekend we will provide the Little Black Books to help guide us through the Lenten season.  In addition, may we take the words of The Sermon on the Mount to heart by challenging ourselves to let go of all that holds us back from fully loving, forgiving, and wanting the best for one another.  We have to start somewhere, and perhaps a good starting point is to identify a person or people who we find difficult to love, and to spend our Lenten journey asking God to help us to more fully open our hearts, our hands, and our minds to them as we more fully embrace our discipleship in Christ Jesus. 

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 “Jesus Is The Answer” by Andrae Crouch, performed by Michael W. Smith.  This joyful and moving song reminds us that no matter where we find ourselves, Jesus is with us and will help us on our journey of faith.

You can listen to “Jesus Is The Answer”” on YouTube by clicking here.
Photo by <a href="">Sarah Dorweiler</a> on <a href="">Unsplash</a>
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

Worship Committee Meeting; 6:45pm
Zoom Platform

Clergy Meeting; 6:00pm
Parish Office

Ash Wednesday Mass; 7:00 pm

The Chosen Discussion Group; 7:00pm
Zoom Platform

Mass; 4:30pm
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Ash Wednesday
On Wednesday February 22, 2023 we will celebrate Ash Wednesday with Mass at 7:00 pm.  Please join us as we begin the Lenten Season.

Tuesday, February 28
Communication Committee Meeting; 6:00pm
Parish Office

Tuesday, March 7
Education Committee Meeting; 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 Eight 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 18
Mass is offered in memory of Michael Foran.

Altar Server: Volunteer Needed
1st Reading: Kevin C
Second Reading: Barbara D
Eucharistic Minister: Volunteer Needed
Gift Bearers:
Foran Family

Sunday, February 19
Mass is offered for the intention of the parishioners of Christ the Good Shepherd.

Altar Server: Jonathan Q
1st Reading: Joe T
Second Reading: Pat M
Eucharistic Minister: Volunteer Needed
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. 

Today’s Gospel is probably one of the most challenging for me, or anyone to hear. Jesus’ instructions on how we are to treat those who do not like us is not very satisfying, is it? Turn the other cheek so they can hit that one too?! Give them my cloak AND tunic?! Walk two miles, instead of just one?! Give to anyone who asks?! And, my favorite, pray for your enemies??!! There’s a part of me that wants to pull Jesus aside and explain to him how this world really works.

But then Jesus looks at me and explains it’s not this world he’s talking about. I hate it when he does that.

The point Jesus is trying to make is I need to do all this, “[so] that you may be children of your heavenly Creator”. [Mt. 5: 45]  In other words, I am to do all these crazy acts of selflessness, not to try and convert the bad ones, but for my own sake. Wow. I’ve missed that point. Jesus never says that there will never be bad people doing evil; “for God makes the sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.”  [Mt. 5:16–26] There will always be bullying, robberies, murder and war. That's our world. As much as I mourn the never-ending list of victims of gun violence, there is precious little I can do to eliminate it. I hate that. 

But Jesus is calling me to look beyond the evil and evil doers. Jesus is setting the bar pretty high. And on my own, it is impossible to achieve it. Fortunately, I have God on my side. "With God, all things are possible." [Mt. 19:26] In today's first reading, St. Paul reminds me that "[I am a] temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in [me]." [1Cor. 3:16] Hearing that, it’s kinda hard to try and back out. I hate that.

And then, just when I’m starting feel like maybe I can do all this, Jesus adds one more thing: "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Creator is perfect."  [Mt. 5:48] Oh, like THAT'S gonna happen, right?! How can I be as perfect as God?! So, after I take a deep breathe, I learn that the word is better translated as “complete”, not perfect. So God is not asking me to do all things without error and to be morally perfect in all things. (God knows me better than that!) What I am called to do is to strive to reach a level of completeness that makes me one with God. Contemplation, prayer and, yes, praying for my enemies, allows me to get closer to that completeness. In doing so, I become more of a child of God.

I love that.
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 25-26, 2023
1st 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 2:7-9; 3:1-7
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17
  • Second Reading: Romans 5:12-19
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:1-11
In this week’s Gospel from Matthew, after Jesus’ baptism by John, Jesus is reported to have gone to the desert to fast and pray for 40 days. While in the desert, Jesus is tempted three times.

Each temptation offers insight into both God and the human condition. Jesus’ rejection of the temptations shows that he will not put God to the test. Grounding himself on the word and authority of Scripture, Jesus rebukes evil, confident in God’s protection and faithfulness.

As we start our journey through Lent, our Sunday readings call us to adopt the same confidence that Jesus had in the face of temptation: God’s word alone will suffice; God’s promise of protection can be trusted; God alone is God.

Edited from Loyola Press; Sunday Connection 
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If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand over your cloak as well

can turn
the other cheek,
give away their coat,
go two miles instead of one,
love enemies and pray for all those
who persecutes them?


Not without you, Lord.

As you did from your cross, let us wage love, not war.
Help us go way beyond being nonviolent.
Give us generosity of spirit.
We want to love
as you 


- 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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