weekly bulletin

867 Gray’s Woods Boulevard
P. O. Box 8186
State College, PA 16805
Church Office: 814-238-2110
Pastor: 814- 238-6114
Parish Manager: 814-238-6114
Faith Formation Office: 814-238-0649
Parish Manager: [email protected]
Faith Formation: [email protected]
Youth Minister: [email protected]
Bulletin: [email protected]
Deacon Jack Orlandi: [email protected]
Pastor: Fr. Charlie Amershek
Deacon: Jack E. Orlandi
Deacon: Michael A. Ondik
Parish Manager: Dee Treaster
Director of Faith Formation: Margie Meyers
Coordinator of Youth Ministry: Elaine Scutti
Mark 1:40-45
What has God done for you today? There’s no longer any problem
with giving thanks or shouting hurrah. The problem now is us.
We take his gifts for granted.
Question of the Week
The question of the week invites the parish community to share faith by reflecting
on and discussing Sunday’s Gospel throughout the week.
Adult Would you have the courage to tell others to do as you do in order to be a
Christian? Why or why not?
What can you do this week to be an example to others?
Masses for the Week
(Unless otherwise noted, weekday Masses are held in the Word of God Chapel)
Monday ------------------------------------------ 8:00 a.m. – No Mass
Tuesday ----------------------------------------- 8:00 a.m. – No Mass
Wednesday ------------------------------------- 7:00 p.m. – Ash Wednesday
Thursday ---------------------------------------- 8:00 a.m. – For the Parish Family
Friday--------------------------------------------- 8:00 a.m. – Mary DeLuca
Saturday ----------------------------------------- 5:30 p.m. – For the Parish Family
Sunday ------------------------------------------- 9:00 a.m. – For the Parish Family
----------------------------------------------- 11:00 a.m. – Skye Pilato
Liturgical Ministers for Next Week
Eucharistic Ministers
Saturday 5:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Cup Ministers
Bread Ministers
L. Bevan – T. Kamanayire – B. Karchner –
L. Keller – M. Schafer – T. Scheidell
**K. Karchner
Ma. Berrena – J. Mathewson – G. Moorman –
L. Reese – S. Roy – J. Wright
**R. Hoover
L. Hendrickson – R. Hendrickson – D. Laplante – *Deacon
M. Laplante – Kel. Loviscky – Ken. Loviscky
**D. Stout
(*does pouring/**gets ciborium)
5:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
E. Jankowski
T. Kieffer
J. Nolan
Ministers of
5:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Kim Siggins
Zlupko Family
Maund Family – Allgeier Family
Children’s Liturgy
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
No Children’s Liturgy
(Children’s Mass at 11:00 a.m.)
No Children’s Liturgy
(Children’s Mass at 11:00 a.m.)
C. Olsson – I. Olsson
L. Berrena – M. Berrena
M. Allgeier – T. Michel
Cross Bearers
M. Davis
B. Reese
J. Maund
Nursery Volunteers
Feb. 15
Feb. 16
Feb. 17
Weds. Feb. 18
Thurs. Feb. 19
Feb. 20
Feb. 21
Feb. 22
Schedule of Events for this Week
NO FAITH FORMATION – President’s Day Weekend
Out-of-the-Cold Information/Sign-Up Meetings – 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. –
Christ the Servant (Lg.) Conference Room
OFFICE CLOSED – President’s Day
Elementary Faith Formation (Snow Make-Up) – 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. –Classrooms
Jamaica Committee Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Parish Hall
Prayer Shawl - 10:00 a.m. - Noon - Marge Bennett’s home
Centering Prayer - 12:00 Noon - Marge Bennett’s home
Prayers & Squares – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Mary & Joseph Classroom (#1)
Ash Wednesday Masses – 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. – Church
Distribution of Ashes Only – 12:15 p.m. - Church
Scripture Study – 9:00 a.m. – Great Spirit (Med.) Conference Room
Centering Prayer – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Chapel
Youth Ministry LOFT – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – The Warehouse
Lenten Fish Dinner – 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Parish Hall
Stations of the Cross – 7:00 p.m. – Chapel
RCIA Rite of Sending – 5:30 p.m. Mass
RCIA Breaking Open the Word – 5:30 p.m. Mass
RCIA Class – 6:45 p.m.
5:30 Music Ministry Rehearsal – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Church
Schedule of Coming Events
Elementary Faith Formation – 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Classrooms
Children’s Mass – 11:00 a.m.
9h – 11th Grade Faith Formation – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Parish Hall/Classrooms/Warehouse
Feb. 23
Feb. 24
Weds. Feb. 25
Thurs. Feb. 26
Feb. 27
Feb. 28
RCIA Rite of Election & Enrollment – 2:00 p.m. – Cathedral of the Blessed
Sacrament, Altoona (arrive at Good Shepherd 12:30 p.m.)
Elementary Faith Formation – 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. – Classrooms
Prayer Shawl - 10:00 a.m. - Noon - Marge Bennett’s home
Centering Prayer - 12:00 Noon - Marge Bennett’s home
Bulletin Inputs for 3/1 Due – 5:00 p.m.
Youth Ministry WORD – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – The Warehouse
Rosary Prayer Group – 6:30 p.m. – Chapel
Finance Council Meeting – 7:45 p.m. – Christ the Servant (Lg.) Conf. Room
Scripture Study – 9:00 a.m. – Great Spirit (Med.) Conference Room
Centering Prayer – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Chapel
Lenten Fish Dinner – 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. – Parish Hall
Stations of the Cross – 7:00 p.m. – Chapel
Women’s Lenten Reflection – Hospitality 8:30 a.m.; Reflection 9:00 a.m. –
12:30 p.m. – Parish Hall
RCIA Breaking Open the Word – 5:30 p.m. Mass
RCIA Class – 6:45 p.m.
5:30 Music Ministry Rehearsal – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Church
The Pastor’s Desk
LOOK, THERE’S THE CHURCH LOOK, THERE’S THE STEEPLE OPEN THE DOOR LOOK, THERE’S THE PEOPLE! and they look beaten down by life, and so very tired! You can see it on their faces, masks of half-­‐living. Some wear masks of FEAR. Maybe they’re afraid of test results from the doctor, or that they are going to lose their job. Maybe they’re afraid that their kid is going to make a really big mistake and blow it. Maybe they’re afraid of growing old and losing their partner of so many years, and having to live alone. Or they’re afraid that they cannot pay their doctor’s bills, or their kids’ tuition. FEAR makes us feel tired and half-­‐alive. Some wear masks of SADNESS. Sadness is the by-­‐product of loss. It’s so hard to deal with the death of a loved one. It’s so hard to deal with a marriage relationship that has crashed on the rocks of infidelity or become lost in a sea of busy-­‐ness. Sadness scars the young faces of kids who find it really hard to make and keep friends. SADNESS is the loneliness that makes us feel drained of energy, and only half-­‐
alive. Some wear masks of ANGER. They are angry because life seems so unfair. Bad things DO happen to GOOD people…why? Good things seem to come to BAD people…why? Anger comes with the territory of disappointment. Anger oozes from the heart that cannot forgive a hurt, or shake free of a resentment. Anger is the feeling that looks at a messed up world and screams (at God, or at the walls) “WHY!” As we enter the season of Lent, we need to check the mirror and recognize which face we see in the mirror. Here at Good Shepherd, we are going to hear God challenging all the hurts and the problems that leave us feeling only half alive. Lent is God’s special season to cry into our hearts and into the heart of our community, “CHURCH…GET LIVIN!” Are we listening? Parish Events
Lent Begins This Week! – Listed below is our Ash Wednesday schedule for Masses
and Distribution of Ashes:
Mass with Distribution of Ashes – 9:00 a.m.
Distribution of Ashes Only – 12:15 p.m.
Mass with Distribution of Ashes – 7:00 p.m.
Please join us this week also for:
Stations of the Cross, Friday, 7:00 p.m. (Chapel)
Our First Lenten Fish Dinner Ever, Friday, 4:30-7:00 p.m. (Father Bender Center)
Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16 – Offices Closed – The parish offices will be
closed on Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day. Our normal schedule will resume on
Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
Black and Indian Mission Collection to be Taken Up Next Weekend – Next week, our
parish will take up the 131 annual National Black and Indian Mission Collection. Our support of
this collection helps build the Church in African American, Native American, and Alaska Native
communities from coast to coast. Schools, parish religious education programs, and diocesan
ministries depend upon your generosity to help them spread the gospel of Christ.
There is an envelope in your monthly packet for this Collection. Please remember to bring
your envelope with you next weekend or at your earliest convenience. Your generous support
can go far in helping to meet the many needs of these communities
Have a wonderful week, everyone!
Dee Treaster
Parish Manager
Our congratulations to the following couples celebrating their wedding anniversary this
coming week:
James & Diane Yorks
Feb. 15
John & Roseann Hoover
Feb. 19
Charles & Barbara Hartman
Feb. 16
Good Shepherd parishioners now have the
opportunity to support Father Marek's Micro
Loan Program at our sister parish, Holy
Spirit, in Jamaica. This is the 2 year that
we will be collecting small change to foster
BIG CHANGE in the Holy Spirit/Maggoty
Jamaica community.
The Micro Loan
program is made possible through the help
of St. Francis University Business students.
We will be collecting donations after mass
this weekend, February 7/8, and after mass
next weekend, February 14/15. Please see
Jamaica Mission participants in the
Gathering Space after mass for more
The 11:00 a.m. mass on the last Sunday of
each month, starting February 22, will be a
special ‘Children’s Mass’. Please note there
will not be a separate Children's Liturgy on
those Sundays at either the 9 a.m. or 11
a.m. masses.
Good Shepherd Parish is once again
sponsoring an Easter candy sale featuring
Gardners Candy. A color brochure and
order form will be mailed to you this week.
There are dozens of items to choose from,
including chocolate rabbits, filled eggs
pretzels, gummy bears, and sugar free
candy. Proceeds will benefit the General
Fund. You may also purchase candy to
donate to the Fulton County Mission. New
this year, out of town friends and relatives
can order candy, too. The letter included
with the brochure has instructions on how
they can do this. Call Lynne DeLuca @
814-234-4654 with any questions.
Hand & Bath Soaps
Shower Gels
The Christian Service Committee will be
coordinating the collection of the above
listed personal hygiene items for those
people served by the Catholic Mission in
McConnellsburg, PA. All packaging
must be unopened or sealed or it cannot
be distributed. Bring your donated items
with you to church and place them in the
basket provided in the Gathering Place
the fourth Sunday of each month. Your
generosity will be rewarded with
appreciation, thanks, and prayers.
Join us Friday, February 20, from 4:30 to
7:00 p.m. Chef Steve and the kitchen
volunteers are hard at work planning our first
Lenten Dinner. Please mark your calendar
and plan to attend. Stay tuned and watch
the bulletin for further details.
If you have any prayer intentions you would
like us to pray for, please contact:
Ellen Jankowski – 814-231-0213
Mary Petersen – 814-238-2209
Marge Carline – 814-238-3119
Faith Formation News
Lent begins this week - Ash Wednesday is– Feb. 18 . In Pope Francis’
message on Lent, he tells us: “Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for
each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2).
God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us.” Making
Lent a time of grade, required preparation and choice.
One way to choose to live your faith is to become part of a small
group this lent. Small Groups are filling up, but many spaces are
still available, especially in groups that meet Monday and Tuesday
evenings. This is a comfortable and friendly way to deepen your
spiritual connections and live faith. See more information on the
groups, including information on how to sign up at:
Here are some links to online resources that may help enrich your Lenten Experience:
Virtual Stations of the Cross: http://bustedhalo.com/features/virtual-stations-of-the-cross
This site from our friends at Busted Halo offers a brief (2-3 minute) video on each of the 14
stations, inviting you into a peaceful, yet powerful reflection on their meaning for us today. You can
reflect on one station each day or do all in one sitting as a virtual retreat. Highly Recommended.
Praying Lent 2015: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/
Creighton University offers an amazing online ministry that is full of information and prayerful
resources to help you enter more fully into the spirit of the season. In addition to the explanations
of Lenten practices and guides for devotions and prayers, this site offers a recipe section for
meatless meals! There’s something for everyone here.
No Faith Formation is being held this Sunday. Monday evening Elementary Sessions will meet on
Feb. 16, however, to make-up one of the sessions that we missed for bad weather.
Women’s Lenten Reflection: Feb. 28, Margie Meyers will facilitate a morning reflection on Living
the Pascal Mystery. Doors will open for hospitality at 8:30 a.m. and our reflection will begin at 9:00
a.m. and end by 12:30 p.m. The cost for the event will be $5. To facilitate our planning, please
register by Feb. 24. The originally-scheduled Women’s Retreat Day has been postponed because of
a health issue with the retreat leader.
Weekly Justice Challenge: 6 Week in Ordinary Time: This Sunday’s Gospel is
about the leper who touches Jesus’ heart. While leprosy isn’t rampant in our
communities today, many people suffer from the poverty of relationships which
lepers suffered in Jesus’ time. There are people in our own communities who
have no one who loves them except God. And they may not experience God’s
love because they have no human love to help them recognize God’s love. They
are the lonely, the alienated; some are scared, or angry or wounded. Your
challenge this week is to take the compassion in your heart beyond your
immediate circle of loved ones and extend that compassion to someone who is
alone. What can you do as a family or household to bring love into this person’s
live? And can you commit to making it more than a one-time act of kindness and care? How can you
continue to let this person know that he or she is not alone in this world, that God loves them, and that you
do, too?
Youth Ministry in the Warehouse
Lenten Fish Dinners: Calling all bakers! We are looking for teens interested in
helping bake and sell individual dessert choices at our Lenten Fish
Dinners each Friday this Lenten Season. Proceeds will go to help
defray the cost of NCYC. Please email me and let me know if you
are interested in helping. (If you are not planning on going to
NCYC, you can help anyway!) Put on those aprons and join me in
the Kitchenette! Our first dinner is THIS FRIDAY!!! PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!
NCYC 2015: November 19 -21, 2015 for High School teens~
! Initial Commitment and $100.00 down payment due Feb. 28 !
We will be presenting this amazing pilgrimage Sunday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 in the Parish Hall with
the Faith Formation teens. A brief introduction will be followed by interested parents staying for a
Q & A session. Brochures will be available on the Youth Ministry bulletin boards. More
information can be found on the Wiki page (shepherded.pbworks.com). If you have questions,
please don’t hesitate to email me: [email protected]
Busted Halo’s® FAST PRAY GIVE Lent calendar: bustedhalo.com/lent
It's a great Lent Calendar with reflections, challenges, and links to new
digital ways to connect with the season of Lent this year. Until Ash
Wednesday, the 18th, you can look but you can’t peek!
CRS Rice Bowl online family activities: http://www.crsricebowl.org/family-activities/
You will find more information on Rice Bowls in this bulletin. Catholic Relief Services offer many
rich resources to aid families in a powerful experience of prayer and giving this Lent. As we
share from our abundance to help those in need, we can learn more about them to be in greater
solidarity with our global brothers and sisters. In addition to the link above search CRS Rice Bowl
in the App Store to download the Rice Bowl App - available for both Apple and Android platforms.
<><This Wednesday “Ash Wednesday” marks the beginning of Lent, a season of being invited by
God in a deeply personal way. “Come back to me, with all of your heart,” our Lord beckons. "We
will," we respond, but we aren’t quite ready yet, our hearts are not prepared. We want to squirm,
evade, avoid. Our souls not yet perfect. We are not ready for God to love us.
Yes, of course we want to have a deeper relationship with God, we tell ourselves earnestly. And
we will….Soon. God calls to us again: Come back to me, with all of your heart. What's the next
step on our journey home? We could take the earliest moments of our day, before we have
gotten out of bed to thank God for such a loving invitation and ask for help in opening our hearts
to it. That is the invitation of each day of Lent. Today is the day to accept it.
<>< Make it a fruitful Lent,
Blessings, Elaine ☺ TJWY
Area Events
Bingo - Monday, February 16, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the KC Hall, 850 Stratford Drive, in State
College. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Jackpot $1,000 in 57 numbers. Magic Number $120. Extreme
KC Club Directors Meeting: The KC Club Board of Directors meeting will be at the State College
Council Home starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18. All Directors should attend. Any
council members interested in the functions of the KC Club are also invited to attend.
Blood Drive - Tuesday, February 17 from 1:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the KC Hall, 850 Stratford Drive, in
State College. Set up a time by calling 1-800-733-2767 or visiting redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins also
welcome. Service credits for adolescents who donate can be obtained by calling Mike at 814-2379414.
CDA MEETING – Catholic Daughters will meet in the OLV Activities Center (Gardiner Social Hall) on
Wednesday, February 18. The social beings at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7:00 p.m. The
agenda will include (1) Indoor Yard Sale – “To Be or Not to Be?”; (2) State Convention; and (3) Day of
Reflection. Guests are always welcome.
LENTEN EVENINGS OF REFLECTION – being held on the following Wednesdays; February 25, March
4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville. Stations of the Cross begin at 6:30
p.m., and prayer, ‘Our Deepest Longing’, begins at 7:00 p.m. Drawing from Scripture, ancient and
modern writers, and experience, Ronald Rolheiser clears common misconceptions about prayer and
offers both consolation and challenge. He shows us how to overcome struggles in prayer and
develop a mature prayer habit. All are welcome. Free will offering accepted. For more information
call 814-263-4855 or visit www.bethanyretreatcenter.org. Contact person is Nicole Fedder.
MEDAL FOUND – Miraculous Medal (Medal of the Immaculate Conception) found at Penn State near
the college of Information Sciences and Technology. Please contact Sarah Cronk at
[email protected] if you believe it is yours.
CARMELITE COMMUNITY OF THE WORD – is offering various Lenten opportunities for spiritual
enrichment. Please see the announcement posted on the ‘Area Events’ bulletin board in the Gathering
Space for more information.
Diocesan Events
Faith Finances – with Tom Zordani, founder and author, on Saturday, February 28, from 8:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Spirituality Center, Portage, PA. Reservation deadline is February
Worldwide Marriage Encounters – February 27, 28, and March 1 at the Atherton Hotel, State
2015 Engaged Couples Marriage Preparation Weekends – fulfills diocesan marriage preparation
requirement. Can attend March 27, 28 & 29; May 8, 9 & 10; or Nov. 6, 7 & 8. Held at the Sacred
Heart Spirituality Center in Portage.
Marriage Care - new, free, diocesan couple-to-couple ministry for couples or individuals in stressed
marriages who don’t know where to turn or what to do.
Natural Family Planning – husband and wife share responsibility; no health risks, costs nothing.
NFP is an updated, scientific, Church-approved method.
Faith & Light – Sharing Faith & Friendship with Intellectually Disabled Persons – a faith
sharing group which also includes family members, caregivers, and friends.
Retrouvaille – French for ‘rediscovery”, is a Christian peer ministry to help heal strained marriages.
Bishop’s Message for Anniversaries – receive a special message from Bishop Mark for someone
you know who has been married 5 or 10 years.
For more details about these events, please visit www.dioceseaj.org/family-life.
Pat Boston
Jerry Joullian
Kathy Karchner
Carolyn Lucarelli
Ana Peters
Carol Pioli
William Reed, Vice Chairman 308-9024
Al Turgeon, Chairman
Tom Wilson, Secretary
Fr. Charlie
Ex-Officio Members:
Dee Treaster
Margie Meyers
Elaine Scutti
Standing Committees:
Christian Service
Nancy Cook
Jerry Jouillian
Faith Formation
Margie Meyers
Fund Raising
Al Turgeon
Parish Family Life Marcella Fickes
Mike Fuller
Mary Petersen
Margi McGinnis
Prayer & Worship
Sandi Craig
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Ed Galus
Rick Goulet
Doug Loviscky
Jerry McGinnis
Gary Petersen
Brandon Zlupko
Fr. Charlie
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Dee Treaster
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General Information
Parish Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Office Phone: (814) 238-2110 -- Office of Faith Formation: (814) 238-0649
Visits to the Sick and Homebound:
Please be sure to call the Parish Office when you or someone you love is admitted to the
hospital and would like a visit. This may be the only way we get the information. If you have an
upcoming scheduled surgery, please consider requesting the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
ahead of time. A perfect time to celebrate the Sacrament is after weekend mass.
Those who are homebound and would like to receive communion at home should also call the
parish office. Social visits, either at the hospital or in your home, can also be arranged through
our Visitation Committee. Please call Colette Orlandi at 692-7472.
Parents may prepare for the baptism of their new baby before he or she is born. For more
information or to register for this 2-part program, please call the parish office. The next sessions
will be held March 5 and March 12 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Confessions are scheduled on Saturdays at 4:15 p.m. in the Reconciliation Room in the Chapel
or by appointment.
Call the Parish Office at least 9 months in advance of your scheduled wedding date.
The parish is here to support the family in a time of loss. Please call the parish office.
Bulletin articles are due in the Parish Office by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Articles may run for up to three consecutive weeks. Inserts are limited.
Moving or changing your phone number or e-mail?
Please remember to inform the parish office of the changes to your contact information.
Parish Registration:
We would like to meet you! You may drop by or call the Parish Office to begin the registration
process. Even if your stay in State College will be relatively short, you should register as a
member of one of the two local parishes or with the Penn State Catholic Center. Parish
membership has a special importance for Baptism and Marriage.
Hearing Impaired?
Pocket-sized units (with earphones) offering a direct link to the sound system in the church are
available for your use. The units can be picked up in the sacristy before mass.