Posted on May 20, 2020
Father Raj announces Communion Services starting this weekend!
You have all been very patient and understanding regarding the wait of our return to the Mass in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bishop Powers has a huge responsibility in trying to do what is best for all the people of this Diocese—and doing it in union with the other Bishops of the state. So, thank you to all you faithful and understanding people.
It is the decision of the bishops of this state to open with Communion services. I met with Bishop Powers and the other priests of our Diocese yesterday through an online meeting. Parishes of our Diocese will begin with Communion Services this Sunday, May 24th. Continue reading.
Posted on May 14, 2020
Bishop James Powers responds to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision. Read Letter.
An update on Father Den:
Father Dennis Meulemans returned to the hospital on May 14th. He has now been moved to the Rehab Center in Medford, working to gain his strength back. Once that happens, the decision will be made whether he will be able to return home or to assisted living. We will keep you updated. Please keep him in prayer—and try to send an anniversary card and/or well wishes to him. You are reminded that May 21st he celebrates his 59th anniversary of priestly ordination!
Address for Aspirus Rehab:
135 S. Gibson St.
Medford, WI 54451
Posted on April 28, 2020
A message from Bonita Thom, Director of Respect Life for the Diocese of Superior…
“Hello Everyone, There is a lot of information I would like to pass on to you today which includes information on renewing the consecration of the United States and Canada to our Blessed Mother, One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies, new information from the USCCB Pro Life Secretariat, and an invitation to a virtual meeting. Read more.
Bishop Powers invites us to join him in participating in renewing the consecration of our country to the Blessed Mother on Friday, May 1st at 2:00 pm. The Prayer of Consecration will be offered on behalf of the entire country by the Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pray along with Archbishop Gomez.
Posted on April 6, 2020
A message from Hannah Schmidtfranz, CRE…
“Hello Faith Formation Families! I pray that you all continue to do well! I miss seeing Faith Formation students’ faces on Wednesday nights and I look forward to the time when we are able to gather again! Within the next few days, you will be receiving a letter from Good Shepherd Church that includes some information about Faith Formation as well as an opportunity for Good Shepherd Faith Formation students to earn cool prizes! Read more.
Posted on March 27, 2020
The coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) has caused our society to take drastic measures for our health and safety, leaving many families isolated at this time. Some of you may have plenty on your plate at the moment and some of you may be searching for tasks to fill your time. Our catechists and leaders of our parish care deeply about your well-being, safety, and health and prioritize that above all. Please read the following letter from Hanna Schmidtfranz, Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) to our Faith Formation Families. It contains a list of online resources you can use to help your family grow in God’s love.
Posted on March 20, 2020
We want you to be aware that Holy Rosary in Medford is live streaming their Masses AND Stations of the Cross. Keep an eye out on their site for these. Link is https://www.facebook.com/holy.rosary.1253. Choose the “Holy Rosary Parish” page. Request to be a “friend.”
As a reminder, the church doors are open every day until 3:30 PM, with the exception of Sunday afternoons. Come at your convenience to pray in church and pray in your homes. May spiritual growth come through our prayers, through fasting and almsgiving. May God bless us all.
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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.”