Important Announcement

“The past ten weeks have been very difficult for many people throughout the twenty-eight counties of the Diocese of Fort Worth, the State of Texas, the United States of America, and throughout the world. For us as Christians and members of Christ’s Catholic Church, these have also been times for the opportunity to come to a renewal of our faith through prayer and works of mercy. Thus, we are not returning to the way things were before this pandemic, instead we are moving forward ever closer to Christ and towards establishing the Kingdom of God in our community. I thank each and all of you for the sacrifices that you have made in contributing to the fulfillment of this holy endeavor.”

The above statements have been taken and adapted from the Bishop’s most recent Pastoral Letter to All Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious Men and Women, and Faithful Laity of the Diocese of Fort Worth. You can see the letter in its entirety by clicking on the following link: https://fwdioc.org/news-5-21-20-pastoral-letter-second-phase-public-masses-en.pdf.
 
There are still legitimate threats to our health from the highly contagious COVID-19 virus; these threats are especially critical for the elderly and for people with a compromised immune system because of other pre-existing conditions. If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of any illness, stay home. If you are over the age of 60, you are strongly encouraged, by the Bishop, to not attend Mass. However, the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday will still be reserved exclusively for those who are over the age of 60.
 
The COVID-19 virus is passed along by tiny droplets of moisture that are released through our respiration. Covering our mouth and nose greatly inhibits and minimizes the passing of these droplets. People will not be seated without wearing a mask or face covering. We must err on the side of caution and of protecting those who are most vulnerable to the dangerous effects of COVID-19 out of an authentic love for our neighbor – a love that befits the selfless love of Christ extended to us in the gift of the Eucharist. If you do not desire to wear a mask or face covering for any reason, then please stay home.
 
At this time the faithful are dispensed in charity from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Weekend Masses will continue to be livestreamed on Facebook until all restrictions have been lifted. All attending Mass are asked to do so with patience and understanding. Please follow the directions given by the parish staff and liturgical disciples before and after Mass.

Because of the social distancing requirements, our Church will only be able to hold up to 325 attendees per Mass. Once that quota is fulfilled all others will be asked to return to their vehicles. 

If you are planning to attend Mass at Good Shepherd Catholic Community, it is important to know the following liturgical adaptations beginning this weekend:
  1. All those attending Mass are required to wear face coverings.
  2. We, at Good Shepherd, have not been at “social distancing capacity” since resuming public Masses. Therefore, we will continue to maintain the initial request of SIX FEET social distancing and not reduce to the THREE FEET recommended by the diocese. Couples and families may be seated together as they normally would, with six feet distance separating them from others seated in the Church. The entrance to the Church will remain at the main wooden doors (near the bell tower) and the porte-cochere entrance (covered entrance) will remain closed. Greeters will be available, beginning 30 minutes before Mass, to allow parishioners to access the Church. All other entrances to the Church will not be accessible.
  3. Once the Church has reached “social distancing capacity,” additional people arriving cannot be admitted and will be invited to return to their vehicles to watch the livestream or spread out on the church grounds and listen via the outdoor speakers.
  4. The Bishop has requested that we no longer distribute Holy Communion via carline. Those who have remained in their cars or gathered outside (while maintaining social distancing) will be invited to come into the Church during the Distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. Those coming in from the outside will still be required to wear a mask or face covering and have their hands sanitized before receiving Holy Communion.
  5. All those attending Mass will be led to the first available pew by the assisting ushers. Also, at the conclusion of Mass, the ushers will dismiss pew-by-pew.
  6. We are asking you to not hold hands during the reciting of the Our Father.
  7. We are suspending the Sign of Peace.
  8. The Bishop is asking that the venerable custom of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue not be done during this phase and period of pandemic. Holy Communion will continue to only be distributed in the palm of your hand. As you come forward to receive Holy Communion, all communicants will be required to sanitize their hands. The available ushers will assist with this process.
  9. We are suspending the distribution of the Precious Blood.
  10. There are to be no gatherings in the Narthex or outside before/after Mass.
  11. Childcare will not be available during Masses until further notice.
  12. Those participating in Visitation Ministry will need to form a line outside of the Eucharistic Reservation Chapel at the conclusion of Mass. Please follow the social distancing markers on the floor. The sacristan will be available to assist you.
  13. Collection stations will be available before and after Mass. You will have the opportunity to drop-off your weekend offering and any non-perishable items that you’d like to donate to our local outreach partners.
  14. Until further notice, the 5:00pm Vigil Mass will be reserved exclusively for those members of our parish who are 60 and older.
  15. The Church will continue to be wiped down with disinfectant in between all Masses.
 
Finally, Eucharistic Adoration resumed on Monday, May 11th from 9:00am -12:00pm in the Church. The new schedule is from 9:00am-12:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. During these hours, the Church will only be accessible through the main wooden door entrance (near the bell tower) and greeters will be available to assist. All those coming into the Church will be required to wear face coverings.

Out of love and charity to our neighbors, please do not come to Mass if you are showing any symptoms of sickness. Pregnant women and those with pre-existing conditions are highly encouraged to stay at home during this Phase II of re-opening our parish community. Let us all continue to pray for those who have been afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic through illness, economic hardship, or fear and anxiety.

Temporary Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday – 5:00pm Vigil Mass (exclusively for attendees 60 and older)

Sunday – 9:00am, 12:00pm, and 4:00pm Masses

Temporary Daily Mass Schedule* 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – 8:30am Mass

Wednesday – 7:00pm Mass

Daily Masses will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook

Sacrament of Reconciliation Schedule*

Monday – 9:00am

Wednesday – 6:00pm

Thursday – 7:00pm

Saturday – 3:30pm.

*Those coming to the Church for Reconciliation are asked to use the porte-cochere entrance (covered entrance). A greeter will be posted at the entrance to assist.

RESOURCES FOR PRAYER AND ENGAGEMENT
GSCC RESOURCES
  • HEROIC HERALDS -  Heroic Heralds is a ministry born out of our deep love of God and our love and gratitude of His gifts, especially those of family and faith. 
  • SIMPLE FAMILY CHALLENGE - Every week we will be posting a Simple Family Challenge to encourage you and your family in growing closer to our Lord during this time.
  • RENOVATE LIVE! - Join our High School Youth Minister Wednesday Nights.    
OTHER RESOURCES

During this difficult and unprecedented time our families may be facing an overwhelming amount of stress, worry, anxiety and pressure. 

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