Forming Intentional Disciples

The following are two opportunities to enhance the formation of intentional disciples in our parish.


  • If you have attended a Called and Gifted workshop in the past, please consider attending the Called and Gifted Facilitator and Interviewer Training workshop being held September 21, 22 and 23 at the Catholic Center.  This is a time-intensive workshop for those who will be prepared to conduct Called and Gifted on the parish level using the newly developed video component being released in the Fall by the Siena Institute.  Participants must have attended Called and Gifted, taken the Charism assessment, participated in an interview and the discernment in-depth process.
  • Training Workshop Details:  Friday, September 21,  6-8:30Saturday, September 22, 9-8 pmSunday, September 23, noon to 5:00 pm.  All times are central.  Attendees must attend the entire training session.  There is a voluntary fee of up to $150.00.
  • October 27, 2018,  8:30-4:30 (central)  $40.00 inclusive of interview fee
  • This opportunity is for those persons seeking to go deeper in their faith life.  It reviews the understanding of vocation, call, the ministry of the layperson and charisms.  Participants will use an assessment tool to determine their charisms.  This workshop prepares the person to identify and use their charism to live out faith wherever they are.  This is empowerment for evangelization and intentional discipleship. Those who have attended this workshop in the past have found it to be a rich and life-giving experience.
Kathy Gallo, Ed.D.
Director of Catechesis
Diocese of Evansville
812-424-5536, Ext. 237

Bishops’ Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty

Bishop Siegel is encouraging all parishioners to participate in the Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty.  Participants will join in a weekly moment of prayer from early August to late September 2018 for the legal protection of human life.  You can sign up at for this and the continuing Call to Prayer opportunities.

More details are included in the following attachment:

2018-07-26 Letter & Sample Announcements

For Better and For Ever Marriage Preparation Resources

Good Shepherd Catholic Parish believes that For Better and For Ever Marriage Preparation Resources are an effective way to help couples prepare for marriage.  The following link contains valuable information for:

Dating Couples
Engaged Couples
Married Couples
Marriage Educators

Father Zach Etienne is looking for additional Mentor Couples who are willing to assist our engaged couples as they prepare for a life long sacramental marriage together.  This is a great way for our current married couples to volunteer their time and experience assisting others in our extended parish community.  If you are willing to help, please contact Father Zach, and he will ensure you receive proper training to get started.

Below is a link to the USCCB page, For Your Marriage, and provides resources for those who are dating, married and those raising families.
As married persons, we are called to serve in a special way through our marriages.  This is a noble endeavor and yet is not without its own unique set of challenges.  For helpful resources, go to or contact Eric Girten, Coordinator of Family & Life Programs, at for additional resources or information.

Adult Formation Possibilities

The links below give information about two programs from Ascension Press – “Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible” and “The Bible Timeline-Story of Salvation.”

Is this something parishioners would like to see offered at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish this year?

Another formation possibility we could offer for parishioners is Formed on Demand.  To learn more about this option, follow this link:

50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae: Resources

Wednesday, 07/25/2018, was the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae:
Here are several videos produced by the Archdiocese of Baltimore re: various aspects of natural fertility awareness/natural family planning
There are other videos to be utilized here
Who can use this information?
  • Diocesan staff who work with couples
  • Health professionals
  • All married couples in the diocese
  • Couples engaged to be married
  • College students who feel called to a future marriage vocations
  • Other school age youth?  (I will defer to our diocesan educators)
Natural Fertility Awareness is a spiritually and physically healthy resource for our families.  For more information, feel free to contact me.
Christ’s Peace,
Eric Girten LSW, MPS
Coordinator, Family/Life Programs
Catholic Charities
Diocese of Evansville

Decree of Relegation to Profane but Not Sordid Use for Saint Theresa Church – July 20, 2018

General Intercession – Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – 07/14 – 07/15/2018

In thanksgiving for Father Cornelius Sahm (founding pastor) and all pastors, parishioners and visitors who gathered together in prayer and fellowship at Saint Theresa Catholic Church after its establishment in 1947: may we go forth today continuing their mission of making God present through our acts of hospitality, care and compassion towards all we meet, we pray to the Lord. (R).


The Indiana Catholic Conference

In the Catholic tradition responsible citizenship is more than voting; everyone has an obligation to take an active role in public life and to promote the common good.  The Indiana Catholic Conference is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana on state and national issues. As part of its mission, ICC provides information and opportunity for Catholics and all persons of good will to engage in policy development and legislative action through I-CAN (the Indiana Catholic Action Network).
An easy way to stay up to date and engaged is through the Indiana Catholic Conference. Information about the Conference and the Action Network and to sign up can be found at the website, .

The Catholic School Difference

The Catholic School Difference

A new study shows the benefit of demanding student self-discipline.


The Editorial Board

For the thousands of nuns who have served as principals at Catholic schools, their emphasis on self-discipline must seem like common sense. But a new academic study confirms the sisters are on to something: You can instill self-discipline in students, a virtue that will help them in their studies and later in life.

The study was conducted for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute by University of California-Santa Barbara associate professor Michael Gottfried and doctoral student Jacob Kirksey. The authors analyzed two waves of…

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