View this email in your browser

March 5, 2023

Second Sunday of Lent

 The Monsignor's Musings 

Why is there sand in the baptismal font?

During the season of Lent, you may notice some subtle changes at church.  As you enter our worship space, you will notice that the water has been removed from the baptismal font and replaced with sand.  This symbolic gesture reminds us of our Lenten journey where we are called to spend time in the desert, praying, fasting, and doing good works.  Following his baptism, Jesus withdrew to the desert where he spent forty days alone, facing temptation, praying, and fasting.

Water is essential for all life to survive.  We recall not only Jesus’ time in the desert, but also the forty years the Israelites wandered in the desert as they journeyed from slavery to the promised land.  Imagine how parched the people of God must have been wandering in the sand of the desert. As their journey lead to their promised land, so too does our Lenten journey.  After forty days of Lent, we celebrate the joy of the resurrection, where our hunger is satisfied, where our thirst for living water is quenched.  

On the altar you will notice barren tree branches.  The branches are dead and brittle.  As we together sing the Kyrie (Lord have mercy) someone from the congregation will come forward to wrap a purple cloth around a branch, symbolizing how, at times, we find ourselves bound in sin, self-absorbed, or searching for the freedom that only God can offer.  After our Lenten journey is concluded and we celebrate the joy of Easter, the purple ribbons will be joined by brightly colored ribbons, symbolizing our freedom and joy as a people of the resurrection.  

Also, please remember to bring food and toiletries to Mass each week during Lent. As a parish community, we can fill our Lenten journey by helping feed those in need.  The collected items will be left on the side of the alter until Palm Sunday.  As you enter church each week, you can place items in and around the baskets, not only symbolizing our doing of good works, but also to see the fruit of our labors.  

May this Lenten journey draw each one of us closer to the most loving heart of Jesus.  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 
Thank You 

This past week I was unable to attend Mass as I had been diagnosed with COVID. Fortunately, it was a mild case, and I made a quick recovery.  Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.   

Fr. Harry  
Image by <a href="">Ri Butov</a> from <a href="">Pixabay</a>
Music for the Soul

This weekend’s song is “You Are All I Want” by Lori True.  This gentle song reminds us of our need for God as we navigate the twists and turns life offers us.

You can listen to “You Are All I Want” on YouTube by clicking here.
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.
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 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.  

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

Prayer List

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 Discernment Workgroup; 6:00pm
Parish Social Hall

Education Committee Meeting; 7:00pm
Zoom Platform

Wednesday Mass; 7:00 pm

Mass; 4:30pm

Monday, March 13
Taizé Prayer; 6:00pm
Worship Committee Meeting; 6:45pm
Shepherd’s Table Committee Meeting; 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.
To see all events at Christ the Good Shepherd, click here to view our online calendar.
Follow Us On Facebook Follow Us On Facebook
See What's On YouTube See What's On YouTube
Saturday, February 25
Mass is offered for the intention of the parishioners of Christ the Good Shepherd.

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

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

Altar Server: Pat M
1st Reading: Chuck L.
Second Reading: Paul C
Eucharistic Minister: Don S
Greeters: Barb S.
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. 

Many years ago, I was fortunate to be able to spend time in Israel. I have innumerable memories, but today’s Gospel brings back a poignant one for me.

One day, my group stopped at overlook that took in the Valley of Jezreel. The valley is one of the most fertile areas in Israel and is a major source of food crops. It's as beautiful and pastoral of a view as anything I’ve ever seen. As I looked north into the valley, the town of Nazareth (yes, THAT Nazareth) could be seen off to my left. And on the right side of the valley was a smallish round top hill. It’s called Mt. Tabor. 

Mt. Tabor is one of the sites traditionally claimed to be the place of the Transfiguration of Christ. (No one knows for sure.) I was mildly disappointed when I found out we would not be visiting the top of Mt. Tabor, so I soaked in the view from my vantage point on the opposite side of the valley.

I think it’s easy to hear today’s reading and get caught up in what Peter, John and James were feeling as they saw Jesus stand there with Moses and Elijah. But what about the other nine Apostles? How did they feel about being left at the base of the hill and told to “chill out”? Did they feel left out and jealous? If they did, I can’t blame them. Can you?

There have been many, many times in my life where I have felt “left out” in my spiritual journey. Many times, not only did I feel like I was left at the base of the hill, more often than not, I was across the valley looking at the mountain from a distance. I felt, not just what is going on at the top of the hill, but, how do I even get to the hill!? 

In God’s great mercy and wisdom, the answer is provided for me in today’s reading from Timothy. “Bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. God saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works but according to God’s own design…” [2 Tm 1:8b-9] (Actually, read and listen to the entirety of the reading for the full message.) 

I am being reminded that in those moments of being “left out” or being at a distance, God has not abandoned me. God never abandons me. If I am feeling at a distance, then I need to look deep inside me and find out why I have chosen to distance myself from God. 

And, as I go thru my day to day life, I need to be aware of these feelings that may come up with others as well. They typically won’t use those words (left out, distanced, etc.) but their pain and sadness will be evident. That's when I have the opportunity to gently walk with them and be an example of God’s mercy and peace. It might not even be appropriate to mention God, Jesus or faith at that moment. I need to BE God, Jesus and faith to them. In that moment, God will send the Spirit to them thru my words, if I truly believe that I am called to a “holy life...according to God’s own design.”
Every Day.


If you missed any of the Everyday Evangelist articles, you can read them on the parish web site
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
Did we miss your birthday?
Please let us know and we'll add you to our list!

Photo by ArtHouse Studio:

Readings for Next Sunday

March 11-12, 2023
3rd 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: Exodus 17:3-7
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
  • Second Reading: Romans5:1-2, 5-8
  • Gospel Reading: John 4:5-42
On this Sunday and the next two Sundays, we break from reading the Gospel of Matthew to read from John’s Gospel. Today we hear the story of The Woman at the Well.

The significance of the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman has many levels. The first is personal: The woman is herself converted to belief in Jesus as Messiah because he knows her sin but speaks with her just the same. The second is social: Having come to know Jesus as the Messiah, the Samaritan woman becomes an evangelist to her own people. The third level of the story is educational: Jesus uses his encounter with the Samaritan woman to teach his disciples that God’s mercy is without limit.

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

His face shone like the sun.

O Christ, 
give us a glimpse.
Let us find you shining  

in sliver echoes from the moon, 
in geese streaking for home, 
in the evening sky, 
in the spider’s 
workers, coffee growers, 
climate crisis workers, 
crossing guards, 
and homeless 
Let no one and no place 
ever be hidden from 
the glow of your  
Godly, earthly 
Let us find your glory 
in all things.


- 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.
Parish Bulletin
The bulletin is a great way to communicate information with your fellow parishioners.  Do you have something you would like to see appear in the bulletin? We are always looking for ideas and/or articles. Send suggestions or articles to

Do you know someone who may enjoy reading this Newsletter? Why not forward it onto them with a little note explaining why you enjoy being a part of Christ the Good Shepherd. It might be just what they are looking for or waiting for. You might be God’s voice when they need it most.


Did someone forward this email to you? We hope you enjoyed reading all that is going on at the Small Church With A Big Heart. Truly, all are welcome at Christ the Good Shepherd Old Catholic Church, without partiality. To learn more about our community, visit our web site or contact any of our clergy to discuss your needs and concerns.

(248) 439-0470

Facebook Facebook
Christ The Good Shepherd OCC Christ The Good Shepherd OCC
YouTube YouTube
Copyright © 2023 Christ the Good Shepherd Old Catholic Church, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.