The Spiritual Life and Worship Commission's goal is to encourage and enrich all aspects of prayer and worship at Good Shepherd Catholic Church and Parish.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Training is available for parish adults interested in being Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Ministers are scheduled approximately once a month. Call the parish office at (812) 477-5405 for more information.
Current List of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Commissioned and Approved by Bishop Charles Thompson: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - Updated January 2016
Individuals or families can volunteer to greet parishioners as they arrive for Mass, distribute books, and pass out bulletins after Mass.
Volunteer lectors are scheduled at 7-9 week intervals to read the first and second readings (and petitions when no deacon is present) at weekend Masses and on special occasions. Youth and adult members of the parish are invited to participate.
Youth Servers for Weekend Masses
Young people in fifth through twelfth grades are welcome to serve at weekend Masses. Training is offered in the fall of each year or may also be arranged by appointment through the parish office.
Adult Servers for Funeral Masses
Adults willing to serve at funeral Masses are asked to contact Deacon Cy Will.
These volunteers assist people in finding seats and take up Sunday collections. We need seven ushers at every Mass. If interested in being on a rotating schedule, please contact the parish office.
All parishioners are welcome to assist with this ministry. The clipboard containing monthly sign up sheets is located on the gift table near the baptismal font. Feel free to sign up your family, Good Shepherd Catholic School classmates or Reitz Memorial High School classmates to assist at a specific weekend Mass.
Current Ministry Schedules:
February 2017 Ministers Schedule
Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteer Schedule:
Children’s Liturgy is offered on Saturdays during the 4:30 PM Mass and Sundays during the 10:30 AM Mass throughout the year. Children entering K through 2nd grade are invited to participate. After opening prayer, the priest/deacon will dismiss the children to the conference room where leaders will reflect on the day’s readings on a child’s level. Children will return to Mass after the homily. No registration is required.
If you are willing to volunteer as a teacher or helper, please contact the parish office at (812) 477-5405. High School age volunteers are welcome to assist the Adult leaders.
We are a Eucharistic Church and the focus of this ministry is to encourage and develop a love for the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the consecrated host. Everyone is invited to participate in the worship and reverence of our Lord every Tuesday night from 4:30 PM to 5:20 PM and on the second Wednesday of each month between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
No time constraints are required. There is a sign-up sheet for those who wish to consider a one-hour commitment on Adoration Days. Contact: Deacon Cy Will
Art & Environment Committee
This group looks after the needs of the church interior by decorating and taking care of linens, vessels, plants, flower arrangements, etc. Adult women and men are invited to assist. For more information, please contact Mark Schmitz.
Catholic Engaged Encounter Retreats
Catholic Engaged Encounter is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values. Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend retreat away with other engaged couples with plenty of time alone together to dialogue honestly and intensively about their prospective lives together-- their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitudes about money, sex, children, family, their role in the church and society--in a face to face way.
The weekend is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church according to its Church law.
For more information, please contact Father Zach Etienne, or visit http://www.engagedencounter.org/.
Communion to the Homebound
Communion to homebound parishioners takes place after the 7:30 AM Mass each Sunday. This is a way for our parish to show support and concern for our members who are ill, plus their caregivers, who are not always able to take part in our community’s Eucharistic celebration. All Extraordinary Ministers are welcome to join in this ministry (and will not be required to serve as a Eucharistic Minister at Mass). For more information, please contact Theresa Pate or Molly Flowers.
Communion Service at Good Samaritan Home
A Mass or communion service is held every Thursday at 10:30 AM at Good Samaritan, a nursing home located on Boeke Road in Evansville. Those who serve in this ministry (which hopes to expand as more volunteers come forth) assist residents to the chapel, set up for the service/Mass, and take communion to those who cannot leave their rooms. Any adult who has a love for the elderly and disabled is asked to consider this ministry. For more information, please contact Margaret Schnur or Deacon Cy Will.
Cursillo, a Spanish word meaning “short course,” is a weekend course designed to give participants a greater appreciation of our Catholic faith. It presents a method to live that is fundamental to Christianity, helps people discover and fulfill their personal vocations, and promotes creation of friendship groups. To attend, you must be sponsored by someone who has already made a Cursillo weekend. There are two men’s weekends and two women’s weekends held each year. Ideally, participants are 21 years of age or older and must be able to receive the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. The website www.evansvillecursillo.com provides more information. After attending a Cursillo weekend, one is encouraged to “group” on a regular basis. There are also larger group gatherings called Ultreya which are listed in our church bulletin and in The Message. For more information, please contact Sam Tenbarge, or visit http://www.evansvillecursillo.com/.
Knights of Columbus - Council # 14673
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. Come see just what we are all about. For more information, visit http://gsparish.org/knights-of-columbus/.
These ministries wish to make all religious ceremonies enjoyable experiences through the gift of music. Youth and adult parishioners are all welcome to participate. Visit the Music Ministry page for more information.
Prayer requests can be written in the prayer request book at the back of church or submitted online.
Rachel's Vineyard Retreats for Healing the Wounds of Abortion
During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis requested that a particular outreach be offered for those women and men who have been wounded by past abortions. In this spirit, we want to inform parishioners about local offerings of Rachel's Vineyard Retreats for Healing the Wounds of Abortion. Participation in this retreat is open to any woman or man who has been involved, or touched by, abortion. If you have lost a child or grandchild, or a sibling, nephew or niece, to abortion, or if you have at any time in your life been involved in an abortion, then the Lord Jesus would like to offer you both healing and peace! Both Catholics and non-Catholics are welcome to participate, and our retreat is conducted with absolute confidentiality. For more information, visit the following website: http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/weekend/sites.aspx?c=United%20States. You can also contact Debbie at (270) 570-4717 or Jennifer at (931) 242-5506 for details about retreats being offered in the Diocese of Owensboro.
The word Retrouvaille™ (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program.
The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 6-12 post-weekend sessions over 3 months. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.
For more information, please contact Father Zach Etienne, or visit http://www.retrouvaille.org/.
Our doors are open to all women, all ages, all parishes and faiths. We provide a circle of support for women. We gather to pray and share our wisdom. We meet the second Thursday of every month during the school year. We also offer a Bible Study on the third Thursday of every month during the school year. The meetings and Bible Study gatherings are held in the conference room at Good Shepherd Catholic Church from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Call Jean Dollison with questions at (812) 431-2473.
Teens Encounter Christ Retreats
Sponsored by the Evansville Diocese TEC is a three-day retreat weekend of prayer, reflections/talks, discussions and activities based on the Paschal Mystery. TEC is a special experience with topics and an approach designed for older adolescents and young adults who will be starting their junior year of High School through college age. Adults are also encouraged to join as Observers on the weekend. It begins at 10:00AM on Saturday and ends about 5:00PM on Monday. Candidates are required to attend all three days. Applications can be printed from this website.
TEC weekends are filled with talks, group discussions, personal reflection, recreation and live music. Sharing, getting to know those around you and participation in activities are important aspects of the weekend.
Southwest Indiana TEC weekends are usually held at St. Mary’s Parish in Ireland, Indiana. Retreatants are housed with full access to washrooms and hot showers.
For more information, please contact Cindy Shoulders or Father Zach Etienne, or visit http://switec.org/.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Retreats
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is the largest pro-marriage organization in the world and promotes Weekend experiences for couples who want to make their good marriage even better.
For more information, please contact Father Zach Etienne, or visit http://www.wwme.org/.