Choirfest 2013 in the Air!!!

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Come one!

Come all!

The Music Ministry of the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church will be hosting Choirfest 2013 on the church grounds on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Performers include the Jamaican Folk Singers, the Jamaica Youth Chorale and the Portmore Chorale.

JFSjycTPCEmcee – Markland ‘The Dawning’ Edwards.

Tickets only $600.00.

Come support our music ministry and enjoy an evening to remember!

Proceeds in aid of the formation of a youth choir and purchasing of musical instruments.

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Ministry by Visiting Men’s Choir

On Sunday, September 2, the congregation at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church was treated to something different, by way of a men’s choir. The group ministered to the congregation in psalm and hymns, attesting to the gifts and talents in the Catholic church.

Another first was the presentation of bags and books during the Offertory. These were blessed by Fr. Adam.

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Emanci-pendence Breakfast at Good Shepherd!

Join us on Sunday, August 5 at the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church as we celebrate with an Emanci-pendence Breakfast put on by the Music Ministry.

Menu items will be all Jamaican: Ackee & Saltfish, Callaloo,  Escoveitched fish, Mackerel Run Dung, Chicken – Curried & Stewed.

Side orders will include Bammy, Boiled Bananas, Boiled & Fried Dumplings, Festival & Roti.

Real Jamaican Choc’late tea,  Hominy Corn Porridge and other items will be on sale.

All of the delicious goodness above will be at $300.00.

Proceeds will go toward the development of the Music Ministry.

See you at Mass on Sunday!

Jamaican Goodies!
Source: Wikipedia

Text from Stewardship Talk on Time – May 20, 2012

Every day God gives us a precious gift of 86,400 seconds. These seconds tick by and then they are gone forever. God tells us that we are to make the best use of the time. (Ephesians 5:16 – Make use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days.)

and Colossians 4:5 (Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.). Good News Study Bible

Every day is FILLED with opportunities. There are opportunities to learn, opportunities to help others, opportunities to tell others about the Lord, opportunities to obey parents, opportunities to trust the Lord, etc. Every day is LOADED with opportunities. Are you missing out on these opportunities or are you making the most of them?

Every day God gives each one of us 1440 minutes:  Now listen for one Minute.

I have only just a minute,
only sixty seconds in it,
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it;
didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it;
But it’s up to me to use it.                      Author Unknown
I must suffer if I lose it,
Give account if I abuse it.
It is only just a minute,
BUT ETERNITY IS IN IT!

Spending time with God is a given, so I’m going to put a different spin on the concept of TIME.

My view is that Teamwork Involves (Involvement) Motivation & Effort.

TEAMWORK

Team work happens in the following way:

Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.           
Henry Ford

When facing a big task, we may get through it by giving ourselves a pep talk along the lines of I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me or by pushing through on determination alone, but  here’s a reminder that we don’t have don’t have to do anything alone.

Being in a Ministry is an easy way to grasp the concept of teamwork. When you operate as part of a team in which there is passion and commitment, you can’t help but make a difference in the church and in the world.

INVOLVEMENT

 Think about these five questions.

  • Outside of Sunday morning activities, d’you talk to the people who are part of your Ministry on any other day of the week?
  • Do the other people in your Ministry know where or how to find you if they need to make urgent contact with you?
  • Do you spend a few minutes after Mass to chit-chat and find out if anything special is being planned, or are you so focused on the hundred things you have to do at home in the few hours you have left in the weekend, that you leave immediately after Mass?
  • Do people know they can depend on you if they need your help?
  • If you aren’t in church for a few weeks, will people know you aren’t here? (Have you ever had anybody say to you ‘I haven’t seen this or that person in a long while, I wonder what happened to him/her’ and you don’t have a clue who the person is talking about ?)

If you answered no to 3 out of the 5 questions, that’s not so good, but with each new day, we have new opportunities. Get involved.

“Get plugged in at your church. Find a way to invest yourself. Let’s change the church’s problem from ‘Where do we find the help we need?’ to ‘What do we do with all the help we have?’ The revolution begins now; and it starts with you.”
Tyler Edwards, Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back Into the Body of Christ

MOTIVATION

It’s hard to be eager to take on anything new when we already feel time is so limited, but think about the things that you’re good at. Can you sing well? Do you play an instrument well? Do you write well? Are you good with graphics? D’you have a green thumb? Can you sew? D’you have a bubbly personality, so that people are comfortable around you? Think about your talents and unique qualities and let that help guide you to the Ministry where they can best be ulitized.

If you’re not quite sure how God can use you, talk to him. When you’re ready to move on His behalf, He’ll position you exactly where you can make a difference.

I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I stopped for about twenty years and I only remembered that I have a talent for writing when I wanted to make extra money.

I make limited money from writing, but nowadays, I write because I enjoy it, and somehow without much persuasion, I got roped in to help with the Good Shepherd newsletter.

Think about your talents. Thank God for them and then use them for His glory. The result will be all the motivation you need to keep going.

EFFORT

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Vince Lombardi (Famous Football Coach, and incidentally a Catholic)

No matter how small you think your effort is, what’s important is that you make a contribution. Each time we give of ourselves, we give to each other and by extension, we give to God.

Think about how good you feel when your children do something that makes you really proud of them. It may be a gift, or maybe one of them simply say how much they love you and appreciate what you do for them.

I believe that God feels the same way about us and that He’s extra proud when He sees the effort we put into building his kingdom, even when we don’t feel like it and even when we don’t think we’re making much of a difference. God is able, and He is the difference we need for our effort s to make a lasting impact.

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I’m not sure how many Catholic High Schools still have Ministry programmes, but for those who have children enrolled in schools that still have these programmes, I’d encourage you to have your children getting used to the idea of serving others by being part of a Ministry.

My brothers and sisters – “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”

I was invited to both the Ministries I’m part of. Don’t wait for an invitation. Find a ministry that complements your talents.

Spend time to develop and renew your relationship your fellow workers in God’s vineyard.  Time is a created thing. (Meaning we make time for the things we want to do) To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to.”  LAO TZU,

In closing, I’ll ask the music ministry to demonstrate the kind of thing that God allows to happen when there is Teamwork, Involvement, Motivation & Effort.

 HE HAS DONE MARVELLOUS THINGS

Have a wonderful day in Christ.

“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.”

New Year…New Vision

Keith Walters - Chairman, Stewardship Committee

I want to take this medium to thank members of the Stewardship Committee and the Church community at large for the successes of the past year.  The success of our Witness Talks, Visitors’ Sundays, Stewardship Fair but most of all the hope that our efforts to improve Stewardship among our congregants took us closer to our main goal of making our community a Stewardship Parish.

The year 2011 has come to a close and as we look back I’m sure there was positive accomplishments and areas for improvement. We have discovered that Stewardship in many ways is not just a program with a beginning and an end, we now see it as a journey which we’re all on together as followers of Christ and this is the reason we  continue to mobilize others to share their gifts and to encourage all members of Good Shepherd to join at least one Ministry.

One of the great errors people make is to think it’s all about financial matters.

The message is much more spiritual than financial. It’s all about an attitude of gratitude – to focus on what you have rather than don’t have … to use various God-given gifts not because you feel obligated, but because of gratitude for what you have.

As we enter the New Year I ask that we all re-commit ourselves. Do your own self-searching; see where you need to improve. “Am I mixing-up my wants and my needs which could be holding me back from sharing my gifts with the Community.”

The Pastoral Letter on Stewardship calls us to be “mature disciples who make a conscious decision to follow Jesus no matter what the cost.” One hallmark of mature disciples is coming to the realization that we can never have it all or do it all. We need to create a plan for what we do want to have and accomplish. But before we can create that plan, we need to do some discernment about what God would like us to have and accomplish.  We need to be always mindful of the fact that while Society says “you collect and gather, stewardship says you share.”

“It all comes down to Jesus’ call to love one another … which in the end is based on service to others.”

I look forward to your continued support in the coming year as we institute new programmes and policies as we continue improving our Stewardship.

Have A Blessed New Year!

Keith A. Walters
Stewardship Chair