Once again, Good Shepherd band and choir members helped celebrate the birth of Jesus and the spirit of love and healing he brought to the world with the beautiful music they shared with us at the 4:30pm Mass on Christmas Eve.
We are pleased to announce our 2017 Stewardship Award winner—
This individual is no stranger to volunteer service in our parish. One cannot calculate the number of volunteer hours she has put in.
This lady is a convert to the Catholic faith. One of the first ministries she was involved in at the parish was Faith Formation. That was over 30 years ago. She has worked hard to maintain her certification as a catechist, having reached an Advanced Level in 2013. The last couple years she has served as a sub for all the classes.
You name it, this lady has done most things. She volunteered to help input data for the new parish census when Good Shepherd Parish was formed. She currently serves as reader, Eucharistic Minister, usher and greeter and a counter. She assists at funeral luncheons. She has made the table decorations for the different seasons. She takes Holy Communion to some of the homebound or sick when the need arises.
“If you ever need any help, just let me know.” She has used this phrase more than once. She helps with special events, such as the Women’s World Day of Prayer, Thanksgiving Ecumenical gatherings, and enjoys making those socials very special ones. She has prepared soups for youth and parish gatherings.
This lady just recently served on the Parish Council for two terms. She has also served as co-chair and chairperson a number of years at our Fall Festival. You will see her almost every Wednesday morning at Mass where she is our regular reader.
Her service extends beyond the parish and into the community: She listens to the youth read at school. Having worked at Ed’s IGA for a number of years, she built relationships with many people in the community. She still works part time at Mann-Made Pizza. She also serves on the Fire Commission and for the Legion and Auxiliary for Spirit, using her cooking skills for many of their events.
She is friend to many and is referred to by Father Dennis as the “Pearl of Great Price.”
We are pleased to announce our 2017 Stewardship Award winner—Pearl Kauer. God bless you, Pearl, for accepting the Lord’s call in all you do!
February 26, 2017, the Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, was officially dubbed “Fat Sunday” at Good Shepherd. No calorie left behind was the motto when the 2017 Confirmation students prepared and served a pancake breakfast in the parish hall following the 9 am Mass. It’s difficult to say who enjoyed the experience more—the students or the many people who came for the feast!
Welcome to this year’s Christmas pageant!
We all like Candy Canes, and most of our homes have them during Christmas. This year’s pageant, “A Candy Cane at Christmas,” explains how the candy cane tells a story about Jesus. We hope you will enjoy it!
Can you tell me what a LEGEND is?
Yes, a legend is a story handed down through many generations. It is believed to have a historical basis, although there is no proof. Can you give me an example of a LEGEND?
I have a legend to tell you about. It’s a legend about the CANDY CANE. A candy maker from Indiana wanted to invent a candy that would witness to Christ Jesus. Do any of you know what kind of candy that could be?
The CANDY CANE! That is right, it’s the candy cane. Mmmm Mmmm!
Let’s examine the candy cane and see how it is a witness to Christ. In Matthew 16:18, God said to Peter, “On this rock I will build my church, and the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” Wow, that would be one strong church!
Yes, it is a strong church. It was founded over 2,000 years ago, and it is still going strong. Jesus made Peter the first pope, or leader, for that church. Isn’t that the same church we belong to today?
Yes, it is. Tradition has it that Pope Peter later went to Rome and was martyred there. The pope today is the successor of Peter. He is also called the bishop of Rome. The pope is the leader of the Catholic Church, and that is the Church we belong to today.
Pope Francis is our pope now. He is the new successor of Peter in the Catholic Church. But Jesus Christ remains the HEAD of the Church. And the bishops are the successors of the 12 apostles that once followed Jesus. There are many other religious who do the work of Christ in our Church too. There are Priests, Deacons, Brothers. Oh, yes, and Sisters, which are sometimes called nuns.
But, it takes ALL the baptized to serve in the Church. WE make up the Body of Christ. We all work together and are the hands, the feet, and the voice for Jesus in the world today.
That’s right, we ALL are called to play a special role in the Catholic Church.
So now tell me again about that candy cane. Just how is the candy cane like Jesus? The candy cane was made of rock-hard candy to represent the Church being built on a solid rock. God’s promises stand on a firm foundation.
It has to be rock-solid in order to last since the time of Christ!
The candy maker then made the candy in the form of a letter. What letter is that?
That’s right, the letter J. And, of course, the letter J stands for… Jesus! Salvation is found in no one else but Jesus. There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
If you turn the J upside down, you have a … STAFF!
“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
That’s right, the candy cane also represents a staff with which Jesus, the Good Shepherd reaches down to the lowly places of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.
The candy maker made the cane white to represent Jesus’ innocence. Jesus was perfect. He was tempted in every way, just as we are. Yet, he was still without sin.
This red stripe is for the blood Jesus shed for our sins on the cross. In Jesus, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
Also, the flavor of the cane is peppermint, which is similar to hyssop.
Hyssop is an aromatic plant from the mint family. It was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice.
Jesus is the pure Lamb of God. He came to be the sacrifice for the sins of the world.
So that’s why candy canes are seen mostly at Christmas time: That is when Jesus first came to us, as an infant in the manger.
Yes, it’s when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who came to save the whole world. That an important message the birth of Jesus brings for us. It should be told to the whole world!
Wow, the candy cane is a great reminder of why Jesus came into the world.
Yes, in John 10:10, Jesus tells us, “I came so that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”
Yes, Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He came because he loves us.
So next time you see a candy cane, remember this important message:
JESUS CHRIST, THE GOOD SHEPHERD IS THE SINLESS ROCK OF ALL AGES WHO SUFFERED AND DIED FOR OUR OUR SINS.
Thank you for coming today. We hope you enjoyed our pageant. Please join us in singing Joy to the World. Following that, we welcome you into the parish hall for refreshments—AND for some CANDY CANE treats!
TIME FOR SOME FUN!
Good Shepherd band and choir members helped celebrate the birth of Jesus and the spirit of love and healing he brought to the world with the beautiful music they shared with us at the 4:30pm Mass on Christmas Eve.
Letting the people of this community know about the Year of Mercy, and what those Works of Mercy are, was part of the reason for our parish float in this year’s Ice Age parade. The float contained a white cross with a big red heart at the center with the words, “Mercy Is…” Smaller posters were displayed on the float listing the Works of Mercy. Receiving mercy from God means we need to also extend mercy to others! Our thanks to everyone who helped with the parish float: Those who made signs, painted and put the float together, the Probst family for use of their pontoon, those who donated candy, Robert Matyka—our driver, and everyone who rode the float and threw candy. Very nicely done!