Welcome to Good Shepherd Catholic Church

Congratulations to our 2020 Parish Stewardship Award Winner . . .

Mary B. Thums!

Good Shepherd Stewardship award winner Mary Thums with husband Ken
Mary with husband Ken working in the kitchen during Fall Festival

This year’s parish stewardship award winner has been active in the Church since a youth. But we will focus on this person’s current ministries in the parish at this time.  Much of her involvement includes the assistance of her spouse, which is the case with so many couples in this parish.

This person has been a Eucharistic Minister at the parish for many, many years, sometimes taking Holy Communion to the homebound, as needed.  Other involvement at Mass includes being a Mass counter and sacristan.  There are times this lady has been called upon to make baptismal stoles for adults or older children, and do special sewing projects, such as making new cloths for our offertory table—even so far as making the Corpus Christi canopy that was used in the past. We expected to use it again this year, but COVID-19 has pushed it off until next June.

Her sewing abilities have been put to many good uses, including quilt making. Every year’s Fall Festival included a homemade quilt for our large item raffle. Quilts are continually made by her and donated to many causes,  including the Abiding Care Pregnancy Resource Center’s Receptions for Life. This person was also a former board member for that organization, and continues to support their efforts. She is also involved with POPS and their annual garage sale, and supportive of the efforts of many other community events.

This individual has a special heart for our young people, and her husband has also been involved with this as well. While she serves every year on our Vacation Bible School committee helping our youth with crafts, her husband makes sure their grandchildren are rounded up for a week of fun during that time. Their love for all their children and grandchildren is demonstrated by their involvement in each of their lives.

This person has been involved in the ministry of our parish food pantry for many years. She and her husband shop for the pantry whenever it needs to be restocked.  They also supplied the pantry with many personal food items as well.  She is a frugal and smart shopper, which has also benefited her position to serve on our parish Finance Committee.  When special needs arise in the parish, she and her husband are often there to make those needs a reality.

This individual also works at most funeral dinners and is often seen working in the kitchen at our Fall Festivals along with her husband.

Through the difficulties and challenges in her life, her faith has remained rock solid. She helped her mother as she struggled with cancer. She took her father and deacon into her home before his battle with cancer ended. She and her husband supported their son through his debilitating and tragic accident and personal struggles, and now encourages him in his accomplishments in the World Wheelchair Curling Championships. She is cheerleader for her children and grandchildren in all of life’s encounters. She is friend to many, a person with a big heart, a big smile, a positive attitude, and a kind word. 

Our many thanks and congratulations to our 2020 Stewardship Award winner, Mary B. Thums!

Posted on June 3, 2020

Fr. Raj announces a return to the celebration of the Mass at Good Shepherd!

Dear Parishioners,

Finally—we return to the celebration of the Mass in the Diocese of Superior!  In our online meeting with Bishop Powers yesterday, we discussed the required practices for attending Mass at this time, while still keeping people safe and avoiding spread of the virus.  Those practices are given to you in this letter.  Reading it before coming to Mass will be very helpful so you know what to expect and what is expected of each of us.  Masses begin Wednesday, June 3.  Weekday Masses will be as follows:  Tuesdays—6 pm; Wednesdays-Thursdays-Fridays—all at 8 am (Note Thursday Mass time change.)   Continue reading.

About Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Church, rectory and office complex is located five miles east of Highway 13, along Highway 102 as you enter into the village of Rib Lake.  Come, and join us for Mass! If you are interested in joining the parish, call or stop in!

Our Mission . . .

The mission of Good Shepherd is to welcome all to spiritual growth through prayer, worship and ongoing formation. Together, formed in the image of Christ, the Good Shepherd, we will tend to the needs of the entire community.

Our parish is blessed to have a retired priest in residence, Father Dennis Meulemans.  Father Den served at Holy Rosary in Medford, and then retired to the Rib Lake area.  Father Den assists with Reconciliations at Christmas and Easter, with special events and even preaches every third week at the parish.  We are so very blessed to have him with us!

A message from Father Den:

The Body of Christ and Seth Thomas

Just after I became pastor for the first time in 1973, I splurged on a grandfather clock—over the years it has provided me reliability, and comfort, like “old slippers”—not just a time piece, but almost a “family member” quality. It keeps really good time and requires hardly any maintenance. (I did use WD 40 once on it.)

Grandfather (and grandmother) clocks have been around since about 1700; most of them use Westminster Chime sound (old Big Ben in London). I’ve seen a lot more ornate clocks than mine; but I’d certainly miss the beautiful sound of my “friend” if it were no longer usable.

But, you say, what does all this have to do with Sunday’s readings? Well, today’s second reading is about the Body of Christ, one of Paul’s most famous texts, immediately before next week’s reading from Chapter 13 of Corinthians—on love—Paul’s best known writing.

Paul says the Body “has many parts.” If I take the time to check out the workings of my grandfather clock—the pendulum, the weights, the chimes, the incredible array of little gears, I can’t help appreciating how everything works together to keep me informed of the time, with the bonus of the beautiful chimes.

I feel that Paul is saying much the same thing: as Body of Christ we’re all important; we belong. We needn’t be envious of one another, or scornful of anyone, or boastful because of our importance. Like my Seth Thomas clock with all its individual parts keeping the clock running and making beautiful music, see yourself as important towards keeping the Church on track, making beautiful music for the enrichment of others.

Finally, recognize that we do belong comfortably to the Body of Christ, that there is a place for you, that we “fit in” with our gifts and talents that together help to make the Body of Christ “tick.”