Parish Life

Elizabeth Ministry

Elizabeth Ministers provide support and encouragement to other women of our parish when someone is experiencing either a joy or crisis related to pregnancy and childbirth.   If you have experienced the joy of welcoming a child to your family through birth or adoption, the sorrow of infertility, the grief of miscarriage, 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 who have just brought a new baby into their home or are on bed rest. Volunteers can agree to be on the Meals Team without also being an Elizabeth Minister. For more information contact Celeste Hickman at

Hearts of Compassion, Grief and Bereavement Ministry

This outreach ministry of Good Shepherd provides support to parishioners and their family 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 lonliness, and will offer a session on how memories can become tools for starting a new life.  For more information, please contact Suzanne Dodd, 916-801-0561.

Hospitality Ministry

Members of the Hospitality Ministry serve our parish by providing opportunities to build and nurture fellowship and friendships within the faith community.  With the assistance of the Knights of Columbus, the Hospitality Ministry most often works to put on the parish’s monthly pancake breakfast which is served in the Fr. Philip Wells Hall.  Any parishioner over the age of fourteen with a willing heart to greet, serve, and foster fellowship and Christian love within our community may join this ministry.  Assisting with the pancake breakfast is an opportunity for youth to earn service hours.  For more information, contact Steve & Betty May at


Parish Festival Committee

It’s not just a fundraiser, it’s a “friendraiser!”  The Annual Parish Festival raises funds to support our parish ministries and celebrate our “One Flock, One Family.”  The festival is the major fall fundraising event for our parish. We raise substantial funds to support all Good Shepherd parish ministries. To make this happen we need a team of many to share their “Time, Treasure, and Talent.” We come together in fellowship to support our parish and form lasting relationships. On average there are 15 to 20 teams including advertising, set up/tear down, decor, car show, carnival games, live and silent auction.  Planning meetings begin in June.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Kathy at 916-730-7304 or email


Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)

The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body, pastoral in nature, because it strives to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the parish.  Specifically, the purpose is to enhance the process of:

  •     pastoral planning
  •     developing pastoral programs
  •     improving pastoral services
  •     evaluating the pastoral effectiveness of various programs and services.

For information, contact Juanita at

Parish Finance Council 

The Parish Finance Council functions as a consultative body to the pastor.  It consists of selected professionals to advise the pastor in these areas:

1.      Preparation of the annual operating budget

2.      Long-term financial planning

3.      Annual parish financial report, which is submitted to the Diocesan Bishop

4.      Annual and periodic financial reports to the faithful

The Council ensures that an adequate system of internal controls is in place to guide the parish in caring for and managing financial resources and temporal goods.  The Parish Finance Council observes all policies and procedures outlined in the Parish Financial Management Handbook.

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. For more information, or to join the Respect for Life Committee, please contact Gary Hickman at

LifeRunners (Respect 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 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 or 916.549.6551.


Sharing and Caring Senior Singles

The Sharing and Caring Senior Singles group is a social group for seniors and is open to any widowed, divorced, separated, or never married Catholic or Christian individual.  The group meets every other month on the second or third Saturday in the St. John Paul Room from noon to 2:00 p.m.  We also participate in fundraisers and casino bus trips.  For more information, contact Pat at 916-684-1894. 

Social Committee

The Social Committee organizes and runs fundraising events at Good Shepherd Church such as the Parish Crab Feed.  We also participate in the Parish Festival by organizing the Pancake Breakfast.  Additionally, we set-up and provide food for various receptions and pot-lucks of the Parish.  The Social Committee is open to all parishioners who enjoy serving others, meeting people, and spending time with our parish family.  We meet on the first Monday of the month.  For more information email or call Cathy at 916-683-3373.

St. John Caregiver Support Group

The St. John Caregiver Support group offers support on a practical, emotional, and spiritual basis for all persons in a caregiving role.  The group allows expression in a safe and confidential environment.  Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month.  For more information contact Norma at

St. Josephine Bakhita Black Catholic Ministry

The Mission of the Saint Josephine Bakhita Ministry of Good Shepherd Catholic Church is to honor and promote Black Catholic history and culture, including youth culture, and liturgy, while deepening relationships through fellowship, and familial support. We seek to serve as leaders and educators in our parish, sharing our manifold God-given gifts in ways that benefit all.

Please join us for our Black Catholic History Month celebration in November, Black History Month celebration in February.  If you would like more information about this ministry, or would like to visit during our monthly fellowship gatherings, please contact Valerie Ramos at


Stewardship Committee

Stewardship is an attitude of gratitude for gifts which are expressed in prayers, worship, giving and action by eagerly sharing our gifts of time, talent and treasure out of the love of God and one another. This ministry also welcomes new parishioners to our community of faith. If you have any questions, please contact the chairperson, Rommel Declines at

Veterans Ministry

Good Shepherd Veterans Ministry is open to all active duty and veterans of the Armed Forces who are parishioners of Good Shepherd.  This ministry celebrates Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Other events are celebrated jointly with other ministries during the year.  Any requests for volunteer opportunities are posted in the church bulletin as needed.  The Veterans Ministry meets as needed in the St. John Paul Room.  For more information contact Bobby R. Aglubat Jr., at 916-525-5180 or 916-686-5540.