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

Fiat - Young Adult Ministry
Fiat is a ministry for Catholic young adults (ages 18-39) that seeks to inspire personal holiness through holistic formation, authentic friendships, intentional discipleship, vocational discernment, & a deeper encounter with Christ.  Meet us in the Narthex after Adoration on Wednesdays (Adoration ends at 7:00 pm) and join us for fellowship at the youth room. To contact us, please email us at For more events & updates, follow us on Instagram @fiat_ya, or find us on Facebook by searching Fiat Catholic Young Adults. 

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.

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


Knights of Columbus


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 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 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. 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

Blacks of NorCal Panel Discussion - 6/4/21 - YouTube


St. Vincent de Paul

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.

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