Parish news regarding COVID-19
Posted on March 27, 2020
“Dear Parishioners, It has been over a week since we have been able to celebrate Mass together as a parish family. Despite the restrictions at this time, know that you are not alone. You are not left as orphans. Each of you is kept in prayer every day!
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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 26, 2020
Posted on March 24, 2020
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.”
Posted on March 18, 2020
We thank everyone for their patience right now as we change schedules and cancel events due to the COVID19, and per Bishop Powers’ directives. Below are some links to resources that may be helpful for all of you at this time. If you have additional questions, feel free to call the parish office.
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.”