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Volunteer Clearances

Thank you to the many who have completed their updated clearances and trainings.  Please be aware that as we come into the fall season, and hope to have some activities and fundraisers, it will be necessary that these are complete before the day of the event.

Even though there is a sacrifice of time involved, it is worthwhile to ensure that our youth and vulnerable adults are safeguarded.  Unlike when this mandate began in 2015, the PA Criminal Record Check and the PA Child Abuse Clearance are free for volunteers to renew.  The only costs anyone may incur are for the FBI Fingerprint clearance (only required for employees and volunteers who have lived outside PA in the last 10 years) or the fee to notarize the Volunteer Affidavit; if cost is an issue for you as a volunteer, these fees can be reimbursed.

Confirmation at Good Shepherd

Since Bishop Malesic has been unable to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with each region due to COVID-19 (and now due to his departure to Cleveland), he has delegated pastors to celebrate the Sacrament in our parishes.

Our parish celebration will be Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 PM.  We have two candidates for confirmation: Joselle Cribbs and  Bridget Waterhouse.  Please join us in the celebration either in-person or by watching online.

Fall Catechesis

As we enter Fall, it is time to begin thinking about Catechesis.  Unfortunately, the current precautions recommended by the PA Dept. of Health and mandated by the Diocese make it impossible for us to resume in-person catechesis this Fall.  More details on a temporary online-based program will come soon.  This makes it all the more important for families to sign up for FORMED (click to link to information on Formed).  Some of our materials will come from FORMED, and can be done by families at home, or will be shared via Zoom.  All registration this year will be done online.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

If you or someone you know is interested in being baptized or has been baptized in another Christian denomination and wishes to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, this process ordinarily takes place within the context of RCIA; here those who are inquiring can begin the process of asking questions in a group context of discussion and prayer together with other inquirers.  Beginning the process does not obligate one to follow through with entering the Church.  The fall phase of the program will take place online.

Please contact me directly if you are interested in participating in the RCIA Program.