Monthly Breakfast

BreakfastMonthly Breakfast is held the 1st Sunday of every month in the Good Shepherd Parish Hall (basement). The menu includes eggs (any style); ham, bacon, sausage (choice of 2); potatoes; toast; pancakes; coffee, tea, juice, chocolate milk; fresh fruit; yogurt; and assorted pastries. Serving time is from 8:00 AM until noon. Come break bread with your extended parish family!


Bingo is held every Tuesday evening in the Good Shepherd Parish Hall. Doors open at 5:00 PM, and games start at 6:00 PM. Food and refreshments are available. Free cake and coffee in a SMOKE-FREE and friendly environment. It's all paper, so bring your dabbers. Come relax and enjoy yourself while supporting your church. Hope to see you there! Thanks to our Bingo workers for making our weekly Bingo a success!

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Bingo at Good Shepherd Church Hall

Bingo at Good Shepherd Church HallBingo at Good Shepherd Church Hall is held every Tuesday evening. Doors open at 5:00 PM; games start at 6:00 PM. Food and refreshments are available.

Valley Food Pantry

The Valley Food Pantry helps those in need of food, paper products, and hygienic articles. We have been asked to collect peanut butter and jelly, fruit cocktail, toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues. Please check expiration dates.

Book Sale

Used BooksStart saving your books, children’s games, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and records that you don’t need anymore for the Book Sale being held on October 14 and 15. More details will appear in future bulletins.

Are You Ready to Rummage?

On Saturday, September 9, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Good Shepherd Church will hold its annual Fall Community Flea Market/Rummage Sale in our parking lot. We will supply the place and tables for a fee. A table and space is $20; just a space is $10. Donations to the Good Shepherd table will be accepted during the hours of 8:45-11:30 AM and 12:30-2:00 PM in the church basement. Contact Diane Lindsay at (570) 599-7626 for more information or to reserve your spot.

The Women of Good Shepherd

Our Next Meeting

It's time to get crafty… Roseanne Ervin from Custom Design Wreaths will be our guest speaker at our August 14th meeting beginning at 6:30 PM. She will show us how to make mesh wreaths. The wreaths will be a neutral color and you will have the opportunity to customize your wreath. Please bring with you any decorative ribbon or holiday add-ons (Fall, Halloween, Christmas, etc.) that you would like to attach to your wreath. Roseanne asks that we pre-register for the event so she can bring enough supplies. The cost of the event will be $5.00, payable that evening. To pre-register, please call (570) 401-5092 by August 9th. We hope to see you there! Membership is open to all women of Good Shepherd Church.

July Salvation Army Lunch

On Wednesday, July 12, our parish served a record 72 people at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. Through the generosity of our pastor and parishioners, Good Shepherd Church donated, prepared and served a meal of beef barbeque sandwiches, pasta salad, chips, deviled eggs, watermelon and ice cream sundaes. Each person also received not only a “take home bag” filled with a pudding cup, a banana, peanut butter crackers, a personal tissue pack and mints, but also a new pair of socks (from our fall sock drive held by our parish Shepherd’s Hands Ministry).

Our next meal will be Wednesday, September 6, at the Hazleton Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. For more information on how you can participate in this parish project, please contact the parish office.

Special thanks go to all those who support this parish mission of service to the needy of the Hazleton area with your prayers, time, talents, food and monetary donations. Our friends at Providence Place help pack the “take home bags” each month. God Bless each and every one of you.

~ Respectfully submitted by Dorothy Stoffa Beozzo, Chairperson

News From Hospitality

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, August 21, at 6:30 PM in the St. Joseph Room. All parishioners are invited to attend and take part in the committee.

Fall Festival

Save the date! Saturday, October 21, from 12:00 – 8:00 PM, will be our Fall Festival. More details will be announced shortly, but this year’s inaugural event will include a variety of foods, desserts, tricky trays, crafters/vendors/LuLaRoe, children’s games with prizes and a Halloween costume contest!

We are looking for vendors and crafters for our upcoming Fall Festival to be held on October 21st from 12:00 – 8:00 PM. The fee for a table is $10. If interested, please contact Lynn Kujat at (570) 401-8145.

Football Season Kick-off Raffle

The Hospitality Committee will be selling raffle tickets for our football season kick-off raffle basket! Ticket sales will start at the parish breakfast on August 6th. The basket includes a cooler, snack favorites for football season, gift certificates for local eateries, and party supplies to get your football parties off to a good start this season. Tickets will be sold throughout the month of September in the church vestibule as well.

Scripture Study Transcripts

Over the last several years, Father McHugh has presented a large number of lectures and discussions of Scripture, Christian traditions, and the teachings and behaviors of Christ. Parishioner Jim McGuire has transcribed Father’s notes and they are available to those who would like a permanent copy. The text, just over 300 pages long, covers 83 Scripture sessions, and is available for $15. To reserve a copy, fill out the coupon below and return it to the parish office.


Name ____________________________________

Phone Number _____________________________

(~ For a printer-friendly version (PDF), go to the “Downloads” page of our website.)

Crochet or Knit for a Cause

The Good Shepherd Church Crochet or Knit for a Cause Group makes baby hats and blankets for newborn babies of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Greater Hazleton. Crochet or Knit for a Cause: The Good Shepherd Church Crochet or Knit for a Cause Group makes baby hats and blankets for newborn babies of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Greater Hazleton.

Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society has many available resources (books, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, city records, church records, cemetery records and family histories) which can aid in your genealogical quest. They are located at 689 Main Road, Hanover Township, in the caretaker’s house inside the Hanover Green Cemetery. Their website is

Bus Trip to John Paul II National Shrine, Washington, DC

The Polonaise Society of Hazleton is running a bus trip on Tuesday, September 12, to tour the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC. A Noon Mass will be held at the shrine. Also included is a stop at the Immaculate Conception Basilica and a buffet dinner on the way home. The cost is $60.00. If interested, call Joann at (570) 636-2756 or Michalyn at (570) 454-3124.

Summer Retreat Program

St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, is hosting a Summer Retreat Program. Weekend programs include Benedictine Spirituality, Charismatic Prayer Retreat, Silent Retreat, Men’s Retreat, and Father and Son Retreat. For more information, please see the brochure posted on the bulletin board in the vestibule or visit

Camp Kelly

Registration is now open for 2017 summer camp programs at United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA’s Camp Kelly (formerly Camp St. Andrew). Week-long Girls’ Resident, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Resident, and Boys’ Basketball camps are all available, as well as a Father/Son Weekend and Women’s Weekend. For more information, or to register online, visit or call (570) 346-0759.

Catholic School Academic Angel

As families register their students for the upcoming school year, consider becoming an Academic Angel! Your contribution is an investment in a child’s future– the outcome speaks for itself. Our schools offer an instructional environment that challenges the mind while inspiring and strengthening the spirit. Please consider supporting our students for the 2017–18 school year. You can designate the gift as a memorial or as an honor for someone special and you can also select a particular school to receive your gift, or allow us to allocate it to the area with the greatest need. Contributions can be sent to the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation, 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton PA 18503.

Pregnancy Resource Center of Greater Hazleton Update

The center has been open for about 16 months and is located in West Hazleton behind the Stroehman’s bread store. Our mission is to share the love of Christ with those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and might have never experienced His compassion and His peace. Our special classes are geared to help women and girls learn valuable life and parenting skills. Our newest is called the “Something Special Classand” which meets on the second Tuesday of each month. So far, we have had a music class, made applesauce, dipped chocolate, and made smoothies. We also offer pregnancy tests and peer counseling. This past year, we have had 62 unique clients for a total of 192 visits. It is our intent to build relationships with the girls and their support person. Ways that you can get involved include our prayer team, making baby hats, or being involved in our golf tournament, baby bottle fundraiser, or the annual fall banquet. We take seriously the importance of prayer at the center. Each week, our prayer warriors meet to pray for the needs of the center, volunteers and clients, and each day at the center is opened with prayer. You are welcome to come take a tour of the center and learn a little more of everyday center life. Thank you for your support!

Vibrational Sound Healing

Parishioner Anita Kobilis is offering Vibrational Sound Healing sessions. She uses Solfeggio-tuned tuning forks and crystals to re-establish the natural balance of the energetic fields of the body in order to create health. There is no charge. Donations are appreciated. Call her at (570) 751-3082 to set up an appointment.

The Shepherd’s Hands


A special meeting of The Shepherd’s Hands will be held on Thursday, August 24, at 6:00 PM in the St. Joseph Room.

Heifer International

There is a wonderful charity called Heifer International. They help needy families by giving them farm animals so they can feed themselves. Before they get an animal, they are educated on how to take care of it. When the animals have offspring, the family shares with another family. It is a very efficient and effective system.

Some people give a gift of an animal to someone on their list that has everything. The animal really goes to a needy family. The gifted person gets a card explaining the gift. There are many ways to help. Our group has pledged $10.00 per month to provide a goat for a family.

If you are interested in donating monthly to very good charity, you can visit their website at or contact them at (855) 548-6437. They can also be contacted by mail at Heifer International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203-9412.

Good Shepherd Pro-Lifers

Rose for Life Update

Requests for 2018 are now being accepted. If you are unfamiliar with the Rose for Life, the Good Shepherd Pro-Lifers will place a red rose for life near the altar each week. Anyone can request the rose in honor of or in memory of someone by filling out the request form below and placing it, with a donation of $5.00 minimum, in an envelope marked “Rose for Life” and putting it in the collection basket at Mass. The request may also be dropped off at the parish office. Any money left over after the purchase of the roses will be used for Pro-Life activities. Please pick an alternate date in case your first choice is taken. Include your phone number in case both dates are taken. The rose is for one week, from Saturday to Friday. The red rose is a known symbol for life. Having the rose near the altar reminds us that all life is precious. If you have any questions, please call Jean Klinger at (570) 788-3958.

Rose for Life

Rose for Life Check the small calendar on the bulletin board in the church vestibule to see what weeks are taken in 2017. There are extra coupons in the vestibule. If you have any questions, call Jean Klinger at (570) 788-3958. Look for the rose in front of one of the statues in the front of the church.

Request for Rose

Rose in honor/memory of: ____________________________________________

Requested by: ____________________________________________

Phone Number _______________________________


First Choice: _________________________________

Second Choice: ______________________________

~ A printer-friendly (PDF) version is available on the “Downloads” page of our website.

Attention: Amazon Shoppers

Amazon, the largest Internet retailer, offers a program that allows you to contribute to your favorite charity while you shop. Go to, sign in, and choose your charity. Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Education Fund is one. Any eligible purchase you make at will result in a .5% donation. This is a painless way to donate to a good cause.

Thank You

Thank you to all who already signed a petition to Pennsylvania legislators and governor to stop dismemberment abortions. Petitions are on the table in the vestibule for those who still wish to sign. Also, please call Representative Tarah Toohill at (570) 453-1344 and Senator John Yudichak at (570) 740-2434 and say, “I would like to ask (name) to support House Bill 1948, which bans dismemberment abortions.” Please call Governor Tom Wolfe at (717) 787-2500 and say, “Please sign House Bill 1948 into law.” This is a life-saving bill. Please act now.

Cell Phone Plan

Doug and Marie Potter told me about a cell phone plan called Charity Mobile. A percentage of your payment goes to a charity that you pick from a list of 2,000 charities, including some for pro-life. You can call 1-877-474-3662 or visit their website at If you have any questions, you may call Doug at (570) 788-5835. This is an easy way to make a difference!

Catholic Karate and Scripture

Catholic Karate and Scripture is starting up 2 beginner classes and is accepting 5 new families at each of its locations at St. John Bosco and Most Precious Blood. Each class starts and ends with a blessing. Scripture and prayer are also part of the class. A 2-month course is $60 with $10 off for a 2nd family member. Contact Sensei Burns at (570) 578-3499 to reserve your spot.

A Place for Mom (and We Help Dads, Too!)

You have an important decision to make about the care and living arrangements for your loved ones. It’s not an easy time. There’s a lot to factor in – their health and living needs, budget, and research on senior living communities. Fortunately, when that time comes, there’s a caring, well-informed local person who can help you through this. At A Place for Mom, we help anyone over age 55 find the right senior living options, whether it is assisted living, independent living, memory care, respite care, home care, or group homes.

For more information, please take a brochure from the table in the church vestibule, or call (570) 291-8815 to speak with a Senior Living Advisor or email

St. Joseph’s Pantry

Catholic Social Services is in need of volunteers for the St. Joseph Pantry. It is a client-choice pantry and open four days a week - Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 AM – Noon and 1:00 – 3:00 PM, and on Thursday from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. Volunteers would assist with filling orders and, if comfortable, interviewing. The pantry serves approximately 400 unduplicated families per month. Also, the agency is in need of volunteers to help with coordination of the Christmas Giving Distribution. For more information, please call (570) 455-1521.

Ladies of Charity

Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton invites the ladies of the parish to join The Ladies of Charity as they serve those in need of material and spiritual assistance. Just one hour a month can make a big difference in the lives of so many and you will find great satisfaction in doing God’s Will. Our Ladies serve in their parishes and their communities and they choose their own works of charity. Please join with us and enjoy the fellowship and many spiritual blessings throughout the year. It would be our pleasure to welcome you. We are planning our Day of Enrollment in April with liturgy and a solemn investiture for new members. For further information, please call Evelyn at (570) 474-5192.

Bereavement Support Group

The Bereavement Support Group Meeting of Lutheran Home Care and Hospice Saint John meets every second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM at their new offices located at 1710 East Broad Street, Hazleton. The group is free of charge and open to all who are coping with the loss of a loved one. For more information, call (570) 454-6778.

Look Good Feel Better Program

Are you a woman undergoing cancer treatment? Are you having a hard time dealing with the side effects of losing your hair, or the changes in your complexion? The American Cancer Society can help through its Look Good Feel Better program to be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, March 9, at the Cancer Treatment Center, 1701 East Broad Street, Hazleton. Call 1-800-227-2345 to register. Patients are reminded that the American Cancer Society has three free wig salons in the Greater Hazleton Area – The Hair Cellar, 258 East Muir Avenue, Hazleton; Hazleton Geisinger Cancer Center, 1740 East Broad Street, Hazleton; and Sandy’s Hair Net-Work, 302 Ridge Street, Freeland. Please call 1-800-227-2345 to make an appointment.

Haven for Women

If you or someone you know is pregnant and scared, there is help locally – the Haven for Women, 128 W. Green Street, Hazleton. Telephone (570) 459-5900 or visit Online for Life is a non-profit outreach to help women in crisis pregnancies. Please give your baby life – your mother did.

Building and Grounds Committee

The Building and Grounds Committee invites anyone with expertise in the construction field (carpenters, roofers, electricians, and plumbers) to join the committee. They only meet once every two months. If you are interested, please call the parish office.

Attention Veterans

If you would like to help in programs that benefit veterans and residents of Sugarloaf and Butler Valley, please consider joining American Legion Post 795. If interested, call (570) 788-5335.

Lutheran Home Care and Hospice

Lutheran Home Care and Hospice is looking for volunteers to join the Hospice Team. Volunteer to visit terminally ill clients in your community. A volunteer is a good neighbor who gives a helping hand, is a good listener, and reassures with kind words of encouragement. Volunteers also help with office work, bereavement calls and visits, and baking bread for bereaved families. Call Cathy Sweeney, Volunteer Coordinator, at 877-438-3511 to learn more.

Holy Family Academy

Holy Family Academy is a Catholic School in Hazleton educating children in grades PreK to eight. Students live the Gospel message daily, attend Liturgy weekly, and they are provided with an environment of high academic achievement.


Location is at 601 North Laurel Street, Hazleton.

Tuition Credit Program

Help a family with tuition costs at no cost to you!!! IT'S SIMPLE!! Participate in our Tuition Credit Program. You can help a family you know or a family from your parish. Buy Gift cards for all your grocery and shopping needs and a percentage will be deducted from tuition expenses. For a list of participating businesses please call Lisa at 455-9431, ext. 103. A great way to do all your holiday shopping while helping others at the same time!!

Scholarship Fund

The “Holy Family Academy Scholarship Fund” has been established! If you would like to contribute, please mail your donation to: Holy Family Academy, 601 N. Laurel St., Hazleton, PA 18201, Attention: Olivia. Thank you so much for what you are doing to help maintain Catholic education in the Hazleton area!! God Bless.

Holy Family Academy Victory Drive

Parishioners and friends of Holy Family Academy are encouraged to donate to the HFA VICTORY Drive to keep Catholic education alive and well in the Hazleton area. Checks can be made out to the GREATER HAZLETON CATHOLIC SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION and mailed to " GHCSF", P.O. Box 285, Hazleton, Pa. 18201. Donations will be deposited in the local KNBT account and the fund will be managed by members of the Enrollment and Marketing Committee.

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