Updates from Good Shepherd
A Note from Fr. Fox
Good Shepherd Catholic Parish continues to minister to the people of the Congress Park Neighborhood, to the students and families of Good Shepherd Catholic School, and now to a virtual community as well.  As difficult as these days may become, I have this hope:

 “The favors of the Lord are not exhausted; his mercies are not spent!” Lamentations 3:22

We have begun bringing back masses following all health guidelines provided by the Archdiocese.
1. This is not a return to normal. This is simply the beginning of a new way of celebrating as Catholics in this period of learning how to cope with the coronavirus.
2. During this period, our members will be invited to think beyond Sunday. We will provide a schedule of masses and locations for those masses before next weekend. You will be invited to select a day and time that might work for you or your family.
3. All attendees will be required to wear masks and social distancing will be practiced at all times.
I want you to know that we are working to help all of our members be able to celebrate mass and to participate in the sacramental life of the Church with a few other people in the next month. Your patience and your support through these past two months has been exceptional. We will be calling upon that patience again in the days to come. Please continue to watch for further updates. And as always, let us keep each other in prayer. We have been called to carry the name of the Good Shepherd as we witness to Christ in the world. Together may we be faithful, courageous and merciful shepherds of our community as we seek to resume limited public celebrations of the mass and sacraments.
Resuming Public Masses

Sunday Obligation

A dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation to participate in the Mass remains in place for all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Denver until further notice. If you are at risk, or do not feel comfortable attending Mass you may stay home and continue live streaming Mass on YouTube page.

Mass Times

Live Stream Sunday Mass
 10:00 am on YouTube

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday
 4:00 pm
Sunday
7:00 am l 8:30 am l 10:00 l noon l 5:00 pm

 Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday - Friday
7:30 am
Wednesday & Friday
7:30 am l noon

Public Masses

We are holding masses with limited public attendance.
Families are welcome to sit together. While we encourage families/individuals to sign up, there have been places available for walk-ins.
We are maintaining social distancing according to guidelines received from the Public Health Department.
This limited seating also allows our Maintenance Staff a chance to clean the Church between masses.
All persons attending mass are required at this time to wear a mask.

Confession at Good Shepherd
Effective June 6, 2020 – Procedure For Sacrament Of Confession
It is no longer necessary to sign up for the Sacrament of Confession at Good Shepherd. Beginning on June 6, Confessions will be heard immediately following the 4:00 p.m. mass every Saturday. (beginning approximately 5:00 pm. – 5:10 p.m.) Confession will be heard until the last penitent has been heard.

1. A Station for Confession has been set up at the Front of the Church, near the altar, which allows people to go to confession anonymously or face to face.
2. All persons coming for Confession must enter through the main Front Doors off of 7th Ave.
3. Procedures for going to confession are posted in the vestibule. Even if someone is waiting in the vestibule, you may enter to read the procedures.
4. After reading procedures, you may wait in the vestibule if there is only one other person waiting. Or you are to wait outside of the Church until you are invited to enter and to wait in the vestibule.
5. At this time, to assure privacy, you may not enter the body of the Church to pray while you are waiting and at the conclusion of your confession you must also leave the Church to allow the next penitent to enter. We have a beautiful grotto behind the Church with a Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. You are welcome to pray there after your confession.
Financial Support
As Pastor, I continue to work diligently with the Pastoral Council and Finance Committee to ensure the financial health and stability of our parish and school. I clearly understand the economic hardships that everyone is experiencing as a result of this pandemic and all that might follow in the days to come. 

Gratefully, over the past several years, more and more Good Shepherd parishioners have moved to online giving through WeShare. This has helped to stabilize our offertory and will be particularly important as we navigate the next several weeks and/or months. For this reason, we are taking this moment to ask those of you who have not already done so to please consider moving your contributions to online giving if possible.  You may elect to make a one-time gift or make a regularly occurring contribution to the Parish offertory. If you need assistance with this, please call our Parish Office and speak to our Receptionist Sabrina Montoya at 303-261-1020. She can walk you through the steps to get signed up.
Archbishop's Catholic Appeal
During this pandemic, your neighbors need a helping hand. The Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal is a lifeline to ministries during this COVID-19 crisis. Give today to help the most urgent needs in our archdiocese. Gifts to the Appeal are immediately invested in works of religion, education, and charity. Click the image to the left to give online or call 303.867.0614.
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Sabrina Montoya
Parish Receptionist