Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Happy Advent!!
Check out the Virtual Advent Calendar put together by Good Shepherd Parish with the help of some of our students!! 


Good Shepherd Virtual Advent Calendar 




Friday, 27 November 2020

Advent

Advent 2020

Sunday, November 29th, we begin the season of Advent by celebrating the 1st Sunday of Advent.  Advent is our time of preparation and time of waiting for the coming of Jesus. It is a rich and powerful season of the Church year.

We often miss Advent's power because these December weeks are full of secular Christmas parties and preparations for Christmas. Each year, the busyness of this season serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares us for the celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning.

We must see through the eyes of Faith when we look at our Advent preparations for Christmas rather than the screen of Society.  The computer screen, the phone screen, the tv screen or the movie screen.

Through eyes of Faith, we see the birth of the Christ-child, Emmanuel, Prince of Peace. We see those in need, the homeless and the hungry.  The screens only block our view of the truth and keep us separated from what is real. During this Advent Season make special effort to put down, turn off or close out the screen when you are able and connect with family and the Christ child.

Let us begin with the sign of our faith.  

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

1st Week of Advent, Hope

Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. We ask this through Christ of Lord. Amen.

 

2nd Week of Advent, Love

Dear Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you, Jesus. We ask this through Christ of Lord. Amen. 

 

3rd Week of Advent, Joy

Dear Jesus, help us focus on you during this busy season. May we stay aware of the joy you bring into our lives. We want to find you in the everyday moments and come with hearts of gratitude to your manger on Christmas. We ask this through Christ of Lord. Amen.

 

4th Week of Advent, Peace

Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. We ask this through Christ of Lord. Amen.

 

Advent Prayer for Families

Heavenly Father, your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us, a great sign of your love. Guide us as we strive to walk in that love together as a family this Advent. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, bring us closer to each other and to your son. Give us the grace and strength we need every day. Help us to always trust in you. Come, Lord Jesus, lead all people closer to you. Come and dispel the darkness of our world with the light of your love. Amen.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

News From Good Shepherd Parish


Good Shepherd's Confirmation registration is now open. Registrations are being accepted now with the preparation small groups to begin in early 2021. Students and families can find more information at GetConfirmed.ca

Get linked to their Facebook Page Here > Get Confirmed! 

Friday, 30 October 2020

Treaties Recognition Week 2020

November 1-7, 2020

Treaties are legally binding agreements that set out the rights, responsibilities and relationships of First Nations and the federal and provincial governments. They form the basis of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Although many treaties were signed more than a century ago, treaty commitments are just as valid today as they were then. First Nations were the original occupants of this land we call Ontario. The British Crown (government) and First Nations negotiated and signed treaties with the intent of delivering mutual benefits. First Nations signed as independent, self-governing nations. 

 Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements. Use the interactive treaties map to find out which treaty applies to any location in the province. Native-Land Interactive Map Despite the promise of early treaties and the mutually respectful partnerships they established, Indigenous peoples were targeted by colonial policies designed to exploit, assimilate and eradicate them. Today, the Ontario government is working to rebuild trust and relationships with treaty partners and Indigenous peoples. Part of that effort includes educating Ontarians about the role treaties play in our lives and relationships with each other today.

Here are some links to help in our journey together because... 
"We Are All Treaty People"





Hayden King on Treaties

Hayden King is Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchi'mnissing, in Huronia Ontario. Hayden has been teaching Indigenous politics and policy since 2007 with academic positions at McMaster, Carleton and Ryerson Universities. His research and commentary on Indigenous nationhood and colonialism in Canada is published widely.

Hayden has also served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Director of Research at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Conference Board of Canada. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, adjunct professor at Carleton, and the co-founder of the language-arts collective, the Ogimaa Mikana Project.


Wednesday, 28 October 2020

What's Going On

These Covid times have changed so many things for us and we are experiencing things in a different way right now, that's for sure!!  One of the things that might be challenged but doesn't have to change is our FAITH!!


Included in this post are the online happenings and the in-person happenings at our local parishes. And man... they have been hard at work putting together so many things for their faith communities.  
Take the opportunity to pop in, join, scroll or twitch !!



St. Anne's Parish

On facebook, we livestream Masses, the family rosary, periodic "shows" by our priests etc....)


Our Instagram: @steannechurch

Our website with resources, bible studies, access to FORMED (sort of a Catholic Netflix)

Most importantly of interest to our students would be our all new Twitch stream.   Ste Anne's Fr. Robert @Fr_Roboto and St. Michael's (Leamington) Fr. Steve Marsh @padrepwnag will be hosting "Just Business" a video gaming live stream where they go head to head, and take questions from the viewers. 
Just Business: Friday Night Twitch Stream
To easily hop on the stream here is the link: https://www.twitch.tv/padrepwnage  and https://www.twitch.tv/fr_roboto
Our newly elevated Blessed, Blessed Carlo Acutis - patron saint of computer programmers and video gamers will be mentioned.

Weekend Mass Times: Ste. Anne’s Parish

www.SteAnneParish.ca
Sat 5:30pm - In-person or live stream
Sun 8:00am - In-person or live stream 
Sun 10:00am - In-person
Sun 12:00pm - In-person or live stream 
You can watch live on Facebook. In-person attendance requires reservations online at BackToMass.com


Good Shepherd Parish

Like & Subscribe at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeYOjORDxLN_ZRUK3FyYDsQ

https://www.facebook.com/GSLakeshore/


  Refuel Thursdays – In Person or online



 





Alpha – It is not too late to join

www.GSLakeshore.com/Alpha

 

AV Team – Great opportunities for high school students to volunteer

Image and description: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGNEK3ynXqF/

Sign up at GSLakeshore.com/AV

Podcast (Weekly Homilies) available on all platforms:



 Sign up to help with our online children’s ministry:

https://gslakeshore.com/childrensministry

 Serve in new ways at:

www.GSLakeshore.com/Serve


Weekend Mass Times: Good Shepherd Parish

www.GSLakeshore.com
Sat 5pm - In-person or live stream
Sun 9am - In-person or live stream
Sun 11am - In-person or live stream
Sun 7pm - Replay on live stream
You can watch live on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitch. In-person attendance requires reservations online at BackToMass.com

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Good Shepherd Parish invites you...

Is COVID-19 turning you into a monster? Do you feel like a zombie? Unemotional? Slow? Lethargic? Non-communicative? Join us as we spill the tea.

This is not your average youth group event. This one-hour event happens at your home with 15 other teens. You will not want to miss this "Monster Tea Party". 
Sign up to save your spot!