Year of Mercy Youth Events

Our youth are joining in the excitement of the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis.

Grade 6 students are doing a year-long project.  Each student has a cross.  They are asked to do Works of Mercy, helping people over and above what they would normally do.  Each week they do, they can glue a penny (or any item) on their crosses, front and back.

image of grade 6 with crosses of good works

Grade 5 students received Year of Mercy t-shirts from their catechist.  Wearing these shirts is a witness to their faith.

image of 5th graders in year of mercy t-shirts

image of back of tshirt

Grade 4 students took on a church project when they noticed that some people had put wads of gum under the pews.  With plastics gloves, they took the time to clean it all off.  “We hope people will know how yucky this was.  Please help keep our church clean and beautiful.”

image of kids cleaning under church pews

2015 Youth Christmas Pageant


You may think the symbols of Christmas have nothing to do with Jesus and his love for us. But, you will see that they are all connected to Jesus in some way:


The Evergreen Tree

Christmas pageant girl with Christmas tree image

image of readers for symbol 1 tree



Christmas Cookies

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Christmas pageant boy holding ornaments image

image of readers for symbol 3 ornaments



The Wreath

Christmas pageant girl with wreath image



The Bell

Christmas pageant boy with bell image

image of readers for symbol 5 bell




Christmas pageant boy with gift image

image of readers for symbol 6 presents



Bows and Ribbons

Christmas pageant girl with bow image

image of readers for symbol 7 bows




image of symbol 8 holly and reader




image of symbol 9 candle and reader




image of symbol 10 angel and reader



The Candy Cane

Christmas pageant girl with candy cane image



The Star

Christmas pageant girl with star image

image of readers for symbol 12 star



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It’s Time to Celebrate!

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First Communions at Good Shepherd

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Welcome to the Lord’s table!  Dante Axon (left) and Ryan Buehler (right) have completed the RCIC program!  They have made their first Reconciliation December 2, and received their first Holy Communion December 12, 2015 at Good Shepherd.  They are both currently enrolled in Grade 5 classes in Faith Formation.

May every step you take into the future, be a journey with the Lord!  God bless you.




Eucharist, Holy Communion, Faith Formation

Christmas Gift of Love Tree

What is the Gift of Love Tree? For the last several years Good Shepherd has a special tree set up in the shrine area of our church at Christmas. Anyone is able to purchase paper ornaments we have to decorate the tree. The names of your living and deceased friends and relatives will be listed on the ornaments. These ornaments are special, because those named on the ornaments (including yourself–who is named on the back of the ornament), will be prayed for at all of our Christmas Masses. What a true Gift of Love!

How does one purchase these ornaments? Click on the link below to access the form. Clearly print the names of those you want on the ornaments. For example: “Sally Doe” or “Sally & John Doe” or “The John & Sally Doe Family.” Space is limited on the ornaments, so no more than a couple names will work per ornament. Your cost is $2 per ornament. Your name should be listed on the bottom of the form so we know who purchased the ornaments. We will include your name(s) on the backside of the ornaments. Use an extra sheet of plain paper for additional names, if needed. When the tree is taken down in January, you will be able to pick up your ornaments any time that month at the parish office, if you want to keep them.

Please return your forms to the parish office before December 20th. Call the office if you have questions, 715-427-5259.

Gift of Love Form

Learning the Rosary

Grade 5 students are focusing on the Rosary this year.  They are learning the history of this special prayer, and how the mysteries of the Rosary tell stories from Scripture. Students made their own Rosaries and are now learning how to pray using these blessed beads.

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Pictured, Back Row: Connor Higgins, Nathan Nikkila, Dante Axon; Front Row: Aaron Matyka, Ryan Buehler & Tanner Vlach

Grade 6 Service Project

Bringing Smiles to Residents

Grade 6 students recently made a beautifully decorated fall tree poster. This poster was signed by all the students in Faith Formation. It now hangs in the dining room area at the Golden Living Center in Rib Lake. It was meant to bring them cheer during this season of Fall.

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Pictured l to r: Tatum Higgins, Molly Heiser, Jordan Yanko, Sam Gumz, Jacob Matyka, Tia Bube, Hannah Schuh.



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2015 Stewardship Award

Congratulations to Good Shepherd’s 2015 Stewardship Award Winner!

This year’s stewardship award is presented to Judy Cihasky. Judy is one of those behind-the-scenes persons who helps in so many ways.

Judy has been one of the collection counters from way back to at least the 1970’s, and continues doing it today, along with processing our CSA collections. Judy was also in charge of decorations and plant care for a number of years.  She now continues to work diligently on the decorating committee.

Judy is the chairperson of the Shepherd Knitters and besides making prayer shawls, has made prayer beads and book marks for the sick and those who need cheering up.  She has also made other special blankets and gifts for people.

Judy also helps with funeral luncheons at times, and often jumps in to help with clean up of socials.  You will also see her on Sundays as a Mass counter and usher/greeter.

What is so special about Judy is the humble attitude about all she does. She is there to build up and encourage all those she works beside in her ministries, and expects nothing in return for all she does.

Our thanks to you, Judy, for all you do! We are pleased to see you receive this award!



Judy (right) visiting with a parishioner and friend, Dorothy Scharer at Country Gardens.

Welcoming Through Baptism


Welcome to Good Shepherd…

Dante Raymond James Axon, child of Becky and Chris Hebda.

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“I got baptized because God wanted me to be with him, and I wanted to be with him.  I liked that my family and friends came to it. I feel very excited because I got baptized.  I love God.”





We also welcome to Good Shepherd…

Ryan Stewart Buehler, child of Nicole and Jody Scheller.

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“What it meant for me to be baptized was that all of my sins were taken away because God forgave me. It also feels like I am closer to God after being baptized. One thing that was cool about being baptized was that one of the oils smelled really good!”