Elizabeth Ministry provides prayer, support and encouragement to women of our parish and their families when someone is experiencing either a joy or crisis related to the childbearing years. If you have experienced the joy of welcoming a child to your family through birth or adoption, the sorrow of infertility, the grief of infant/child loss or the rollercoaster of the adoption process, you can help someone else going through those same experiences by ministering to her. A secondary activity of our group is bringing meals to families during those times in their lives. Volunteers can be a minister and/or on the Meals Team. For more information contact Celeste Hickman at ElizabethMinistry@gscceg.org or call the church office.
Elk Grove OWL/Winter Sanctuary
Elk Grove Overnight Warming Location (OWL) and Winter Sanctuary (EG Wins) is a joint effort with local churches to offer temporary emergency shelter for homeless people in Elk Grove. Good Shepherd hosts homeless guests for one week in December. During that time, we provide meals and fellowship to the guests. Help is needed with setting up, hosting, serving, chaperoning, cleaning up, providing meals, shopping, etc. All members of Good Shepherd are invited to participate in this ministry. The time commitment is based on your availability. Planning meetings occur October- December. There is a mandatory training session in December. OWL / Sanctuary nights are usually around Christmas - New Years. Contact Veronica Schreiver at email@example.com for more information.
Evangelization and Outreach Ministry
The Evangelization Outreach Ministry shares the mission of the New Evangelization given to us by Pope John Paul II, which supports and serves our community by fostering life-long faith formation through special event speakers, live theater productions, Advent and Lenten special events, and summer book clubs. Our goal is to deepen relationships with Christ and nourish lives of holiness that transform society and culture. For more information please contact Donna Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearts of Compassion, Grief and Bereavement Ministry
This outreach grief ministry of Good Shepherd provides support to parishioners and their families and friends who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. Hearts of Compassion is currently offering weekly group sessions which will help in understanding the stages of grief, surviving stress and loneliness, and will offer a session on how memories can become tools for starting a new life. Time commitments: Minimal to moderate when grief sessions are meeting. For more information, please contact Suzanne Dodd at email@example.com.
The Lazarus Ministry works with grieving families to guide them in planning the funeral Mass for their deceased loved one. Typically, they meet with the family in person to discuss readings and other parts of the liturgy. Lazarus Ministers are compassionate and patient as they accompany families through a very difficult time. For more information contact Liz Ponce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LifeRunners (Respect for Life)
The purpose of the Life runners group is to promote life and be a voice for the voiceless. We run and/or walk as a group in the neighborhood or at organized events with our Life runners jersey. We also participate in 40 days for life. "Our mission is teamwork to cross the finish line that ends abortion by being a voice for the voiceless and wearing your "Remember the Unborn" jersey in public places. Order a "Remember the Unborn - Jer 1:5" jersey at www.liferunners.org and walk or run with your jersey at your convenience or join the Good Shepherd group on Saturdays. For more information, contact Juanita Baier at email@example.com.
Parish Life Activities:
Parish Life Activities Ministry (PLAM) is a service ministry which assures Good Shepherd has year-round scheduled events and activities for the parish community to build and foster relationships and to bring us together as one flock, one family. PLAM hosts an annual solidarity planning workshop with all ministry leads or their designate to schedule and assign the calendar of events. When requested, members of this ministry may support other ministry's needs through their own acts of service to the parish at large. This ministry may be responsible to plan and implement occasional fundraisers such as the crab feed and various receptions/potlucks as needed. PLAM sets guidelines and oversees the parish kitchen to assure ministries restore it to cleanliness, use it safely, and return all equipment and goods to their proper storage. PLAM provides central purchasing of general kitchen and service supplies using parish general funds. Event specific purchasing is the responsibility of the ministry hosting the event, unless prior arrangements are made with PLAM. For more information contact Cathy Lorda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Respect for Life
The Respect Life Committee seeks to help make Good Shepherd Parish a center for life, a place where parishioners understand the issues and the importance of meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable – particularly mothers and their unborn children, the seriously ill and their families. The committee seeks to increase awareness concerning the value of life in all of its stages, from conception to natural death. Planned activities include the annual West Coast “Walk for Life” in San Francisco, the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils, Rosaries for pro-life, sharing the teachings of the Catholic Church on topics like stem cell research, infertility and its treatments, End of Life issues, and Fetal Development. The ministry is open to all adults and students with parent participation. The time commitment is minimal. Contact Gary Hickman at email@example.com for more information.
Sharing and Caring Seniors
The Sharing and Caring Seniors are a social group for seniors. All seniors are welcome. Meetings are every month on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of the month in the St John Paul II room from noon to 2:00 pm. It may differ some months. For more information contact Helen Bayha at 916-683-1943.
St. John Caregiver Support Group
St. John Caregiver Support Group offers practical, emotional and spiritual support for all persons who are caregiving for elderly or disabled persons. The group allows expression in a safe and confidential environment. This group is open to all adult members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Meetings are held in the youth room from 10:00 - 11:30 am on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Contact Norma Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Good Shepherd Veterans Armed Forces Ministry is open to all active duty and Veterans who are parishioners of Good Shepherd. The mission of the GSCC Veteran's Ministry ii to recognize and honor our Armed Forces. Those men and women who are currently serving, our Veterans and respectfully honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
To serve as a reminder to our younger and future generations: never forget the sacrifices that were made in order to protect our freedom that we so cherish today. Our ministry serves:
* To provide our military members and families with spiritual and emotional support;
* To recognize Memorial Day Remembrances;
* To celebrate Veterans Day;
* To provide and assist in Mlitary Funerals;
* To maintain our GSCC Armed Forces display case;
* To celebrate events jointly with other ministries during the year.
Any requests for volunteer opportunities are posted in the church bulletin as needed. The ministry meets as needed in the St. John Paul II room. For more information contact Larry T. Navarrette at 916 230-0369 or Romeo M. Gonzalvo at 916 206-0896.
Good Shepherd’s Vocations Ministry collaborates with the pastor and parish council to develop and implement an integrated pastoral plan to include the fostering of vocations to the priesthood, consecrated/religious life, marriage, single life, and lay ministries. We work closely with Faith Formation and Spirituality ministries to create a culture of vocation for all age groups. We support and encourage seminarians, and collaborate with CFF, SEAS, The Grove Youth Ministry, and Fiat Young Adult Ministry to assist in planning and implementing a vocation culture and to assure vocation discernment is included in their regular curriculum. The Vocations Ministry is open to members of Good Shepherd who are school age (accompanied by an adult) and above. The time commitment includes attending quarterly meetings, a Holy Hour for vocations (every first Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.), attendance at the yearly Diocesan Vocation Ministry Retreat, and support of activities in ministries promoting vocations. Contact Ninfa Campomanes at email@example.com for more information.
Works of Mercy Homeless Outreach
Works of Mercy Homeless Outreach (WOM) is an integrated, collaborative parish ministry. We allow God to guide us to express works of mercy to homeless within our reach by providing basic human survival needs including encouragement, hope, guidance, food, clothing, and personal care supplies. We are driven by the Holy Spirit to put the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:31-46) into action to relieve suffering in the lives of homeless people through the expression of corporal and spiritual works of mercy. We spread the Word of God primarily through actions and use words when the Spirit leads us to guide, comfort, and provide hope to others. This year-round ministry is comprised of volunteers 18 and older and students (with adult chaperones) who strive to show Christ-like compassion to our brothers and sisters in need. Works of Mercy includes preparing and distributing healthy bag lunches weekly with the support of SEAS students, St. Vincent de Paul, and donations from individuals who desire to come to the aid of the needy. WOM collaborates with all GSCC ministries as well as local community outreach programs. Details about the ministry can be found in our charter. For additional information, to make a donation of supplies or cash, or to participate in this ministry, please contact WOM Ministry lead Betty May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO CAN “Participate": Adults 18 years and older and youth 12 years on up with direct parental supervision.
TIME COMMITMENT: Varies. Meets Monday's in GSCC Kitchen, 9am - 3pm to prepare meals and distribute (by vehicle throughout Sacramento county) to homeless on the streets. Daily organization of food, clothing and supplies. Regular participation in: Food Rescue pickup and delivery, delivery of excess supplies and food to other homeless charities, purchasing of consumables, special events such as drives for necessities, annual service projects with GSCC youth or adult ministries, community interfaith homeless support and cleanup efforts, city/county Overnight Warming Locations (OWL) and cooling centers, Annual Point in Time Count, etc.