Our parish consists of Good Shepherd Catholic Church & School. The Catholic Community of Good Shepherd strives to live Christ's word daily by our commitment to worship, stewardship, faith formation, Catholic schools, family and social outreach.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church & School recognized that maintaining the safety and security of parishioners, students, staff and visitors to our church and school campus is best implemented with a multifaceted approach. To the extent modern technology provides tools to maintain safety and security, the use of video surveillance cameras may be in place in and around the parish campus. Cameras will not be permitted in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.
2301 N Stockwell Rd
Evansville, IN 47715
Phone: (812) 477-5405
May 19, 2020 Announcement
Preparing for Public Masses Together
May 14, 2020
You may click on the link below to view the announcement from Bishop Joseph Siegel that was in The Message recently.
During this time of uncertainty, faith communities and religious leaders are working together to provide safe ways to serve and encourage their communities. This updated guidance provides recommendations as places of worship prepare a plan for services during the next stages of Indiana’s reopening. The purpose of this guidance is not to restrict religious liberty, but to provide safe environments and save lives during these extraordinary times. You may click on the link below to view INDIANA'S REVISED GUIDANCE FOR PLACES OF WORSHIP
Also, You may click on the link below to view the Guidance and Recommendations for Places of Worship (updated 5/07/20)
Weekly Schedule of Good Shepherd Catholic Church Livestreaming events
Archive locations of our Masses can be found on our Good Shepherd Catholic Church YouTube Channel. The following links should help you find us:
To be forwarded to our actual YouTube Channel, press the following link:
Act of Spiritual Communion
During this time, the faithful should be encouraged to make an act of spiritual communion. When unable
to receive the Eucharist, one can pray for Jesus to enter their heart spiritually, that they may be filled with
the graces they miss in the sacrament. A prayer attributed to Saint Alphonsus de Liguori is included below.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen. – Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
Parish Office and church building closed to public during Stay at Home Order
After consulting with local pastors, we too will take precautions to protect our Parish Staff employees and parishioners from COVID-19 by physically closing our church building and Parish Office to regular daily visitors. Though some staff will still be at the office each day, we will be closed to the public. We will continue our presence through social media, answering the phone and responding to emails; as well as dealing with emergencies that might come up. Currently, Governor Holcomb’s stay at home order lasts until April 7th. However, he said that he will extend it if necessary.
Good Shepherd Catholic Parish will continue to send updates through our Facebook page -
The Message will continue to provide updates as necessary. Because our print edition is weekly, please visit our website and social media accounts for the latest information:
Instagram: @themessageonline, Twitter: @messageonline
Prayer of Pope Francis
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy:
For More Information:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Indiana State Department of Health Weekly Influenaza Reports
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
One of the potential impacts of the temporary suspension of public celebration of mass is a decline in Sunday Collection/Offertory. Good Shepherd Catholic Parish and most of our parishes offer automatic withdrawal ACH giving. Our Catholic Diocese of Evansville has also established an Online Sunday Collection Giving Page on its website for the benefit of each parish in the diocese.
- You can enter the amount of desired contribution and the date you want to contribute
- Click "Continue"
- Enter personal payment information
- Select payment option: Credit Card; Debit Card; Checking or Savings (ACH)
- Select the parish to make the donation to, from the drop down box
- Follow the remaining on-screen instructions and the donation is made
- Donor information remains confidential
- Parishioners can repeat this process as often as desired (recurring payment options may be available in the future)
As you are aware, many are working to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19 within our state and our communities. According to Governor Holcomb, "Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 people. This includes any event or gathering of people who are in one room or a single space at the same time, such as cafeterias, churches, stadiums, meeting and conference rooms, auditoriums and the like. This guidance applies to professional, social, community and similar other gatherings.“ Good Shepherd Catholic School and all Catholic schools within the Diocese of Evansville will continue innovative instructional practices until returning to school within the school building (tentatively set for May 4, 2020) or we complete the school year utilizing extended learning at home through Friday, May 15, 2020. Therefore, Bingo will remain cancelled until further notice.
We thank you for your past loyalty to our Bingo program, and we hope to see our regular Sunday and Tuesday Bingo friends when it is deemed safe by local authorities to proceed. God Bless,
The time has come for us to admit what we all were probably thinking. The uncertainty of what the future few weeks and months will bring has forced us to make the call of postponing the planning for our 2020 summer social at least in the form we have all come to know and love. What this crazy situation does provide, is the opportunity to make this year's social one of the most memorable and impactful to our parish and local community than any other year ever could. Good Shepherd has been so blessed with the generous donations of time, treasure and talent of our dedicated and active parishioners but we would not have experienced anywhere near the financial successes we’ve had without the loyal and wide-spread support of hundreds of local businesses over the years.
It is for this reason that we would like to make 2020 the year of the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish Reverse Summer Social. We would like to try, as a parish, to return the support to these local businesses that many so desperately need right now. Over the next few weeks, it is our goal to have someone from our parish personally contact as many of our prior year business and auction sponsors as possible to not only thank them but to get a link to their business information that we will then post at the following: https://gsparish.org/summer-social/
Each business will be given an opportunity to provide a link to their catering or take out menu, their direct online shopping site, a list of the services they offer, or it may just be a link to their general website that lists their location and hours of operation. We’ve also had a couple of businesses contact us about sponsoring summer “give-back” programs to help us replace some of the lost income from our social so it could be a link to that information. Whatever it is, we want it to be easy for all Good Shepherd Catholic Parishioners to be able to help those that have helped us in so many ways. We would appreciate everyone’s help in spreading the word to check our site before making decisions on where you will purchase your next set of goods and services. If you are willing and able to help make a few of these calls, please let one of the chairpersons know as our list of supporters is very large.
The financial part of our social gets so much attention and obviously is a blessing when it comes to making the ends meet in the parish budget but the true benefits of our social and why we have been so successful is the sense of community, teamwork and family it brings. While we want to make the “Reverse Social” a parish wide goal and team effort, we would also like your input on other creative ways to foster parish camaraderie and togetherness in this unusual time. The ideas could be revenue generating or not. Obviously many things will depend on how everything develops over the coming months but we want your ideas and opinions. The more ideas we have, the more prepared we can be for whatever situations are thrown at us these next few months. A few that have been thrown out already are:
- Drive thru dinners
- Inviting and promoting food trucks from local restaurants on the Good Shepherd grounds
- Dumpling and dressing sale for Thanksgiving
- Incorporating a small “social” with the fall mom’s kickball event
- Sponsoring social distancing approved mini concerts in the Activity Center that can be enjoyed virtually
- On-line Silent Auction
We want everyone to know that if things change and we can go back to a normal plan for our social we will do everything in our power to make it happen in whatever scale is appropriate. But given the current circumstances, we felt it was important to have a back-up plan. We know that whatever happens, Good Shepherd Catholic Parish will rise to the challenge! A HUGE THANK YOU to each of you for your continued support of the social. We WILL get through this and just imagine the party we will have on the other side of this!!!
Everyone stay safe and healthy until we can all be together in person again.
Summer Social Co-Chairs:
- Sam & Lori Tenbarge
- Eric & Karen Lively
- Troy & Beth Keck
- Rev. Zach Etienne - Pastor
Please stay up-to-date with current details from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c. and members of our Twinned Parish - Saint Rose of Lima [Pilate, Haiti].
They are truly struggling currently, especially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic:
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