We welcome you to Good Shepherd Parish in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. If you are presently without a parish to call “home”, we hope that you will consider making Good Shepherd your permanent Christian community.
Dear Parish Family,
I recently announced at Mass that a group of Catholics from the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter will be moving to Good Shepherd. In response Patty has been getting a lot of questions in the parish office. Therefore, let me try to clear things up a little. As many of you know I moved here in June at the request of my Bishop, Steven J. Lopes. He is Bishop for the Ordinariate in the U.S. as well as Canada. We have Catholic communities all over the North American continent. The Ordinariate form of the Mass has been celebrated at Holy Rosary Catholic Church for many years, but up to this point there has not been an Ordinariate priest able to take control of the Ordinariate members here in Indianapolis. And that is the reason I have moved to Indy. The whole process of my moving up here from Texas and the moving of the Ordinariate members from Holy Rosary to Good Shepherd has been orchestrated by Bishop Lopes and Archbishop Thompson. This serves a twofold purpose: the establishment of an Ordinariate parish in Indianapolis and at the same time I am able to minister to the members of Good Shepherd. I want you to know that the members of the Ordinariate community are excited about this move. In addition, I believe this move will be mutually beneficial for both the Ordinariate community and Good Shepherd. The first public celebration at Good Shepherd of the Mass according to Divine Worship: the Missal (the Missal for the Ordinariate) will take place on the First Sunday of Advent. The time for the Ordinariate Mass will be after the Ordinary Form of the Mass (Novus Ordo), which will be at 10:00 a.m. as usual. You are most welcome to attend the Ordinariate Mass if you wish. The Church teaches that any Catholic can fulfill their Sunday obligation at any approved Catholic Mass, whether it be the Roman Rite you are accustomed to, an Eastern Rite parish like St. Athanasius Byzantine Catholic Church here in Indy, or the Mass of my community, which is celebrated according to Divine Worship: the Missal. Lastly, there seems to be some misunderstanding by at least a few people so please know that the people of the Ordinariate are not Anglicans. It is true that many people within the Ordinariate have some connection with Anglicanism in their past, but they have gone on to become full members of the Catholic Church, just as my family and I did almost fifteen years ago. Therefore, when referring to the Ordinariate community to people inside or outside the parish please do not call us “Anglicans” and please do not call our Mass the “Anglican Mass”. Using the term “Anglican” only leads to confusion and will make others think we are not Catholic. Many of us gave up a great deal to become full members of the Catholic Church and we hold it very dear in our hearts to be a part of One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Thank you for welcoming me into your parish as your priest and I ask that you please welcome the Ordinariate community as well. We look forward to working with you to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Indianapolis.
Fr. Jeffery W. Moore
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