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


Elk Grove HART/Winter Sanctuary


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, summer book clubs and bible study.  Our goal is to deepen relationships to Christ and nourish lives of holiness that transform society and culture.  For more informaton please contact Donna Gutierrez at

Garden Ministry

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.

Lazarus Ministry
Lazarus Ministry works with the Presider and the family to prepare for the funeral liturgy. The team will work with the Presider to become familiar with the requirements of the Funeral Mass and interface with the grieving families. For more information contact Liz Ponce at

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 Helen. 

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. Vincent de Paul Society
The local conference of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to the alleviation of poverty in our community.  The current president is Judith Marshall.  Any parishioner or Catholic member of the community may join.  St. Vincent de Paul members meet on the First Monday of each Month at 11:15 a.m. in the Youth Room.  Current needs are usually listed in the weekly bulletin.  You may also help by volunteering your time on Monday mornings at the locker as food is distributed to those in need.  Please call (916) 647-1243 or email with any questions. 

Works of Mercy Homeless Outreach
Works of Mercy Homeless Outreach (WOM) is an integrated, collaborative ministry in the parish.  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 Christlike 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 aide 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   

Check out this article and podcast about the Works of Mercy Ministry