Church of the Good Shepherd Dedication Of St. John Lateran Basilica

Dedication Of St. John Lateran Basilica
November 9, 2014
Church of the Good Shepherd
Pastor’s Perspec ve
The Pope's Cathedral
The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, or, as Pope Francis reminded us all when he appeared on the balcony
St. Peter's immediately after his election, the Bishop of Rome is the Pope.
If asked, I think most people, including Catholics, would say that St. Peter's Basilica is the Pope's Cathedral.
Well, it's not. It's the Basilica of St. John Lateran, and today we are celebrating the feast day commemorating
its dedication. Its full name is unusual: Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior and Saints John the Baptist and
the Evangelist at the Lateran. This means that it is dedicated primarily to Our Lord Jesus Christ, under the
title of "the Most Holy Savior," and secondarily to both St. Johns, the Baptist and the writer of the Fourth
Gospel. For short, it's usually called simply the Basilica of St. John Lateran or, still more simply, the Lateran.
What does "Lateran" mean? It's the name of a family who owned the property and built a palace on it in the
early days of the Roman Empire, around the time of Jesus. As is usual among people of powerful political
influence, the family experienced many ups and downs over the succession of emperors in the following three
hundred years, and the Emperor Constantine, who decreed freedom and tolerance for the Christian faith, gave
the Lateran family palace to Pope Sylvester as his residence and first cathedral.
Note that the word "cathedral" doesn't refer to the size or splendor of a church building, but to the fact that
the bishop's chair (cathedra), the sign of his authority, is placed there. While we are on the subject of word
meanings, basilica does not originally mean a church but the "hall of a king," a kind of architecture in which a
long, narrow building with a curved semi-circular apse at one end provides natural amplification of a speaker's
voice and is suitable for large public meetings. It is very significant that temple architecture did not provide the
design template for Christian churches from the beginning; they were always designed primarily as public
meeting places.
Two other major basilicas in Rome also date back to the the time of Constantine: St. Peter's, built on the
Vatican Hill over the tomb of the Apostle Peter near the place of his martyrdom; and St. Paul's, built outside
the Roman walls over the tomb of the Apostle Paul near the place of his martyrdom. There is a fourth "major
basilica," St. Mary Major, which was built about a hundred years later to commemorate the Virgin Mary under
the title of "Mother of God," resulting from the Council of Ephesus of 431.
For almost a thousand years, from 313 until 1309, through several cycles of destruction by fire and rebuilding,
the Lateran Basilica served as the pope's residence and headquarters. At that time, Pope Clement V decided
to move permanently to Avignon, France - effectively abandoning his role as Bishop of Rome for political
reasons. Successive popes remained at Avignon for the next 67 years (1309-1376), allowing Rome to
deteriorate. Many, including the great poet Petrarch, referred to this time as the "Babylonian Captivity of the
Papacy." The return of Pope Gregory XI to Rome in 1377 was marked by controversy and conflict, and gave
rise to a split (schism) that lasted 40 years (1377-1417) during which time there were two, sometimes three,
claimants to the papacy.
You think we got troubles in the Church today?
When the popes finally returned to Rome, the Lateran was deemed inadequate for the pope's residence, and,
after a few years, they finally decided to build a new palace next to St. Peter's Basilica. Over the next hundred
years, plans were made to rebuild St. Peter's, which became the place most associated with the pope, even
though the Lateran remained his cathedral.
Even though perhaps outdone in Renaissance splendor by St. Peter's, St. John Lateran as the Cathedral of
Rome continues to be the "Mother Church" of Roman Catholic Christianity, and certainly deserves to be better
known and appreciated.
On April 8, 2013, about three weeks after his election, Pope Francis had a special ceremony in which he took
possession of it as the Bishop of Rome. St. John Lateran is his primary church, Rome's first church, and, very
importantly, ours as well. This is what we celebrate in our Mass today, November 9.
I love you,
Fr. Tom Welbers
Around the Parish
Remembering our Deceased
Loved Ones
Our Book of Remembrance is
located near the Baptismal font.
You are welcome to write the names
of your beloved dead in the book.
All these people will be remembered
in prayer all during the month of
Did You
No ce?
is gone
for a few
weeks to be
Mark Your
The Parish Office and Good Shepherd School will be closed this
Tuesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.
Organ Recital
Saturday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m.,
Good Shepherd will be hosting an organ recital
by Tom Mueller. Tom is an organist, educator,
composer, and award winning musician. During
this past summer, he began his appointment as
the assistant
organist at
St. James’
Church in
Thursday, November
Los Angeles,
We have much to be
where he
grateful for.
Thanksgiving Day
Please bring a bag
Mass at 10 a.m.
the acclaimed
of non-perishable
followed by a reception
Choir of
food for
in the Hall.
St. James’. In
those in need.
This will be
January 2015,
the only Mass of the day.
he will become
Professor of
Church Music
and University Organist at Concordia University in Irvine,
California, where he will be responsible for teaching organ,
jazz, and composition.
Mass of Thanksgiving
First Sunday of Advent
November 29-30, 2014
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass
Friday, December 12, 2014
at 7:30 p.m.
Advent Reconciliation Service
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
at 7:30 p.m.
Bulle n Deadline
Parish Office Closed
Mueller earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the
Eastman School of Music, and also holds degrees from the
University of Notre Dame (M.S.M. in organ), and the
University of Maine at Augusta (B.M. in jazz composition
and piano), where he graduated summa cum laude.
The program will be a delightful mix of music by J. S. Bach,
Alan Wingard, George Shearing, Percy Whitlock, and
Felix Mendelssohn. A suggested minimum donation of $10
will be collected at the door.
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Spirituality, Prayer and Worship
Tuesdays with Mary, November 18, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
The Immaculate Conception and Mary in Advent
In Conference Room 3 of the Parish Center
Our Blessed Mother for Everyday Earthly Living: Untying the Strong Woman
These Tuesday sessions, once a month, will be an opportunity for participants to connect
with the holiness of God, in and through Mary, the Mother of God.
Other Tuesdays:
December 2, 2014 - Our Lady of Guadalupe
January 20, 2015 Mary, Mother of God
Title and inspiration taken from the book “Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul:
Untie the Strong Woman” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
For further information please contact Joan Vos at (310) 285-5425.
World Community for Chris an Medita on
Mass Inten ons
Monday, November 10
6:30 a.m.
Joe and Peggy Corrigan
Dino De Laurentis - (D)
12:05 p.m.
Bud and Catherine Ann Corrigan
Mabel Normand - (D)
Herman Usher - Birthday
Tuesday, November 11
6:30 a.m.
Letty Klein - (D)
12:05 p.m.
Martin L. Mares
Maria Petcu - (D)
Nicolae and Parachiva Sichitiu - (D)
Wednesday, November 12
6:30 a.m.
John and Susie Gorman
12:05 p.m.
Lailan Merza - Birthday
Maria Petcu - (D)
Silvia Sarbu and John Sarbu - (D)
Thursday, November 13
6:30 a.m.
Mary Angela Carroll - Birthday
12:05 p.m.
Dominique Dexter Valecio - (D)
Carlos Briones, Sr. - (D)
6:30 a.m.
12:05 p.m.
November 14
Betty Carroll - Birthday
Mary McDonald - Birthday
Dominic Metoyer
Saturday, November 15
8 a.m.
Amy Riley - (D)
Stephanie Lynn Nicks
5:30 p.m.
Patnubay & Napoleon Sta. Ana - (D)
Emilia Lintag - (D)
Come and experience the power of Christian Meditation
to heal past wounds with James Bishop, author of
“A Way in the Wilderness: A Commentary on the Rule of
Benedict For The Physically And Spiritually Imprisoned”
Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m. - 12 noon at Pauline
Book and Media, 3908 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City.
James learned to meditate in prison. His meditation
practice has helped him focus, gain clarity and find his
center in Christ as he battled his addiction to alcohol,
drugs, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Suggested
donation to the World Community (WCCM) is $20.
The Rosary is being recited
Tuesdays after the
Noon Mass in the
Sacred Heart Chapel
located in the
Parish Center from
12:45 - 1:15 p.m.
Sunday TV Mass for Homebound Catholics
9 a.m. every Sunday on KDOC Ch. 56.
For cable/satellite TV channel number, please
check the listings in your area for “KDOC.” For
your free copy of the Mass Prayer Book, write to:
Heart of the Nation, 1126 S. 70th Street, Suite
N601, Milwaukee, WI 53214 or call, toll free:
1 (800) 430-0930
Educa on and Forma on
Parish Student Choir
For students ages 9-14, Grades 3-8
The Parish Student Choir is directed by
Nick Kenworthy-Browne, parishioner and member
of Music Ministry and Leadership Council.
Rehearsals are on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in
the Parish Center Office, Conference Room 3.
Rehearsal Dates: November 11, 18, 25 and
December 2, 9, 16.
The Parish Student Choir will be singing at the
12:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, December 7.
We will likely be Christmas Caroling in December
and hopefully singing for Mass at 4 p.m. Mass on
Christmas Eve.
Confirma on
Informa on
Spiritual Direc on Ministry
A way to draw closer to God
Spiritual direction is an ancient ministry, a unique
one-to-one relationship in which a trained person
assists another person in the search for an ever
closer union of love with God.
Directors listen carefully to the unfolding of
directees’ lives, to help them discern the ways in
which God is leading them. The practice of spiritual
direction consists much more of “holy listening”
rather than direction in the sense of offering
guidance or direct advice.
If you would like to find someone who can assist
you in deepening
your relationship
A Pa ern of Love and Forgiveness
with God,
contact Sister
An Advent Afternoon of Reflection lead by
Virginia at
parishioner-therapist-author Cheryl Wunsch.
(310) 285-5425.
Please treat yourself in this rushed season to a few
She can put
calm hours to remember the gift of Jesus. Born in a
you in touch
humble stable, Jesus is the One we await in joyful
with a qualified
hope that his Love will be born in our own humble hearts.
Forgiveness can help prepare our hearts for His Love. Invite a friend!
We will gather in the Parish Center on Sunday, December 14th,
2 -5 p.m. Please RSVP to Wendy Rappe at [email protected]
or call the parish office (310) 285-5425 and leave a message for
If you have
received the
Sacraments of
Baptism and Eucharist but never completed your
initiation in the Catholic Faith, then you are ready
for Confirmation. Preparation Sessions and a retreat
are required. Please contact Sister Virginiat at
(310) 285-5425 or email at [email protected]
Deadline is December 10th.
The last few weekends we have had a basket of
children's books at the back of the church for children
to borrow during Mass. Those books were there for
use just during Mass. There were signs indicating that
they please be returned after Mass so that other
children could use them at other Masses. If you forgot
to return those books after Mass and have them at
home, we ask that you please return them to the
children's table at the back of the church. Thank you.
Bible Study Fall/Winter 2014:
Saturday Schedule,
10 -11:30 a.m.:
November 15th
Moses’ Second Address
Part IV – 16:18 - 18:22
December 13th
Moses’ Second Address
Part V – 19:1-24:22
In the Good Shepherd Room of the Parish Center.
All are welcome!
Outreach, Service and Social Jus ce
Thanksgiving at St. Joseph Center
Thanksgiving “Basket”
Donate a reusable bag of non-perishable grocery items for a family or
individual in need. Include a $25 grocery gift card for the purchase of a
Suggested grocery items include: Stuffing, cranberry sauce,
instant mashed potatoes, canned gravy, and canned yams. Please also add
one or more of these canned items: corn, green beans, fruit, or pumpkin.
For more information please call St. Joseph’s Center at (310) 396-6468.
Wanted! Volunteers as Bell Ringer with
the Salva on Army
Help out as a bell ringer, support your local Red
Kettles and be a part of an international movement.
The Bell Ringing season is mid-November until
Christmas, and it is great for all ages.
Ring with your friends, co-workers, spouse, kids
and organizations.
The Salvation Army was among the top 10 best
charities for financial integrity in the U.S.
according to the Non-Profit Times (2009).
All donations remain in communities where they
originate so you directly see the impact you’re
making in your community!
Contact Amy Hudson at (562) 264-3826 or email
[email protected]
Good Shepherd Bereavement Group
When we lose a loved one we grieve. It is normal,
and it is natural. We heal as we share our story and
listen to others share theirs in a safe, confidential
There are many ways to lose a loved one, and we all
grieve in our own unique ways. If you are grieving,
think about attending our bereavement support
group. We meet every other Saturday at
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Parish Center.
If you have any questions, please contact the church
office at (310) 285-5425 and leave a message for
Cheryl Wunsch.
A Caring Presence
Do you enjoy visiting with people? Maybe we have
a new ministry just for you! Currently a few of our
parishioners go and visit residents at the Country
Villa Convalescent Home at Fairfax and Willoughby
on the third Tuesday of each month.
They do not bring Communion. They just bring
themselves and a beautifully caring presence.
They are non-sectarian and non-religious in their
visit. The people they are visiting do not need to be
Catholic. They are simply visiting people who have
no one else coming to visit them. If you are not
available on the third Tuesday, but would like
to join this ministry, we can certainly make
arrangements for you to visit on another day.
Contact Ethel Olah at the Parish office at
(310) 285-5425 for more information, if you are
Thank You
Hurray, Parish Family!
Thank you for your
generous support last
weekend by bringing
bags of non-perishable
food for needy families.
We almost made our
goal to bring in 100 bags for those in need. We counted
about 75, our best yet.
Keep up our generous, caring and loving spirit.
Community Life
Office Hours Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Closed on Sundays
504 N. Roxbury Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Office - (310) 285-5425
Fax - (310) 285-5433
Visit us on Facebook:
Rev. Msgr. Thomas Welbers, Pastor
[email protected]
Rev. Colm O’Ryan, Pastor Emeritus
Rev. George O’Brien, in Residence
Deacon Eric Stoltz
Michael Caraway, Director of Administration
Sr. Virginia Stehly, C.S.J., Director RCIA
Joan Vos, Director of Liturgy & Music
[email protected]
Wendy Rappé, Director of Faith Formation
Terry Hicks, Organist / Choir Director
[email protected]
Friday 11:40 a.m.
Saturday 4 - 5 p.m.
Other times by appointment.
Call the parish office.
Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.,
12:30 & 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Vigil
Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m.
ONLY on the 4th Sunday of the month.
Please call the Parish Office
regarding preparations.
Grades: Pre-K to 8
148 S. Linden Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 275-8601
Danielle Colvert, Principal
Lisa Widmann, Vice Principal
Please make an appointment
with the Pastor six months prior
to your wedding date.
Pre-Need Planning
Holy Cross Cemetery
Parish Finance Report for
November 2, 2014
Making cemetery and mortuary arrangements in
advance of need is both a loving and financially
wise thing to do. Advance planning provides a
family reassurance, comfort and peace of mind.
$23,000—What it cost last week to keep the doors open,
that is, to pay for operating expenses, programs and
the ministries that serve God’s people. Last week’s
collection income: $9,974.
How is the discrepancy between the cost of running the
parish and the collection income made up? Some of the
difference comes from occasional large gifts or bequests,
but most of it is from interest earned on investments of
major gifts made by generous people in the past, most of
whom are long gone. Thank God we are not in debt, and
a long way from being in debt, but we need to reduce
and eventually eliminate the deficit. It is important that
everyone who calls Good Shepherd their parish home
contribute to sustain the life of the parish. If you do not
have a plan for contributing in proportion to your means,
please consider it.
With the arrival of autumn, I'd like to invite you to join
Faith Direct, our parish's electronic eGiving program.
Everyone's to-do lists can get lengthy in this season
when vacations are over and we get serious about work
and school. Faith Direct's eGiving program will give
you one less thing to remember each week - no more
envelopes to find and checks to write before you go to
Mass. Enroll today by visiting and
use our church code, CA461, visit our parish website,, or pick up an enrollment form from the
parish office to get started! Thank you and May God
bless your generosity. — Fr. Tom Welbers
Such thoughtfulness relieves family members
from shouldering the burden during a most stressful
time, allowing for careful decision making in an
unhurried atmosphere, and assuring that your
expressed wishes will be followed.
The added affordability of working with today's
prices as opposed to tomorrow's can also
represent a significant savings.
You owe it to yourself and to your family to
explore the many advantages of advance planning.
To learn more, please call (310) 836-5500 ext. 1
to let our
Holy Cross
aid you with
any questions
Of the Archdiocese of you may have.
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Good Shepherd School News
Banquet of the Word
Prepare to celebrate next Sunday's Mass by reading, studying and praying Scripture Readings.
Please note that what's printed below are not the Scripture Readings for this day, but a commentary
on the Scripture to help you read and understand them. Please refer to the Scripture passages
in your own Bible.
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 16, 2014
Gospel: Ma hew 25:14-30
Delay is very significant in Ma hew’s account of these
parables about the kingdom. When Paul wrote to the
Thessalonians, the second coming of Christ was
expected just around the corner. A er the destruc on
of Jerusalem and the temple (70 C.E.), when Ma hew
was composed (85-100 C.E.), it was obvious that the
me of the fulfillment was completely uncertain. Not
only vigilance (24:45-51) and prepara on (25:1-13) were
needed, but also diligent and produc ve ac vity, as
emphasized in this parable.
Investment of resources always involves a risk. Those
who take the risk of pu ng what they have on the line,
who see their gi s not as personal possessions but as
opportuni es for service, will be part of the kingdom’s
fulfillment. Those who hoard what they have cut
themselves off from the kingdom, and so will lose even
what they try to save. Again, note that during the me
of wai ng, the good and the bad, the produc ve and
the unproduc ve coexist in the Church, and are more
or less indis nguishable from each other. Another
theme repeated here is that mere membership in the
Church (receiving the "silver pieces") does not in itself
insure salva on.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
The ideal family life is seen as the result of fidelity to
the Lord in this psalm which prays for blessings upon
the faithful. Response: "Happy are those who fear the
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Although Paul’s teaching in this le er was colored by
the expecta on of an imminent return of Christ, his
message is no less valid, and is even more urgent today
when we tend to grow complacent. Not knowing the
"when" of the final moment gives greater importance
to each passing moment as a unique opportunity of
grace, never to be repeated. The ever-present
challenge is to live and act in accord with what we are
— NOW! Our own salva on and the salva on of the
world depends on it.
The conclusion of the le er, an exhorta on to rejoice in
gra tude, is read on the Third Sunday of Advent, Year
QuesƟons for thought, discussion, and prayer:
1. What do you feel is God’s greatest giŌ to you? Why?
Think about your answer. What does it tell you about
2. What do these readings say about how the Church
(parish, diocese and/or universal Church) should use its
First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
In late Jewish society, when this hymn of the prized wife
was composed, women s ll had an inferior status, but
not nearly so lowly as in most cultures of that me.
The woman pictured here contrasts with the adulterous,
troublesome wife that is o en given as the image of
unfaithful Israel (Hos 1-3; Jer 2-3; Ez 16 and 23). She is
industrious in wifely du es, and these encompass every
area of the life of both her and her husband. In her work
she is seen not as the servant but as the true partner of
her husband, and this responsible fulfillment is the
source of her pres ge. A fi ng lesson for the Church as
the Bride of Christ.
Have You Remembered
Good Shepherd Church/School In Your Will
Or Trust?
For further information, please contact the Parish
Center at (310) 285-5425 or H. Richard Closson,
Director, Trust and Estate Programs,
(213) 637-7472. [email protected]
Our correct legal title is: The Roman Catholic
Archbishop of Los Angeles. A Corporation Sole
for the benefit of Good Shepherd Church/School.
Parish Calendar
For complete calendar:
A Week At A Glance / Sunday, November 9th – Sunday, November 16th
Sunday, 9
8:30, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 5:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
At the 10:30 a.m. Mass
2 - 3:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Monday, 10
6:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m.
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 11
6:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m.
12:45 - 1:15 p.m.
Parish Office
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
7 - 8 p.m.
6:45 - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 12
6:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m.
7 - 9 p.m.
Thursday, 13
6:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m.
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Friday, 14
5 - 10:30 a.m.
6:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m.
11:40 a.m.
Saturday, 15
8 - 8:30 a.m.
9 - 10 a.m.
9 - 10:30 a.m.
10 - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
4 - 5 p.m.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 16
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
8:30, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 5:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
At the 10:30 a.m. Mass
Sunday Masses
Coffee & Donuts
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
All Lector Mee ng
Sunday Sip: Wine & Hor D’Oeuvres
All Lector Mee ng
Parish Student Choir Rehearsal
Medita on
Leadership Night
RCIA Session
Medita on
Choir Rehearsal
Martha & Kitchen (Volunteers)
Medita on
G.S. Religious Educa on
Bible Study
G.S. Bereavement Group
Bethlehem Chris ans—Olivewood Sales
Bethlehem Chris ans - Olivewood Sales
Sunday Masses
Coffee & Donuts
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Parish Hall
Parish Hall Small Room
Parish Hall Pa o
Sacred Heart Chapel
Conference Room 3
Sacred Heart Chapel
Parish Center
Parish Hall
Sacred Heart Chapel
Parish Hall
Parish Hall
Sacred Heart Chapel
Good Shepherd Room
Conference Room 1
Parish Hall Pa o
Parish Hall Pa o
Parish Hall
Parish Hall Small Room
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