The Covenant Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd is a territorial parish of the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
The term "covenant" community comes from Jesus' words of consecration over the cup during the Last
Supper. "This cup is the new covenant in my blood." (Luke 22:20) Since our worship is centered in the
Eucharist, we are a covenanted people.
Three virtues give special focus to our Covenant Community. Through the virtue of Hospitality we
endeavor to know and care about each other, to share a deep sense of belonging, and to welcome the
Through the virtue of Spirituality we endeavor to celebrate the Liturgy in the best traditions of the
Church, to promote participation in small Christian study groups, and to develop ministries of spiritual
growth within the Community.
Through the virtue of Stewardship we recognize that each Confirmed person has gifts to bring to the
upbuilding of the Kingdom of God. We engage in works of justice and charity, including maintaining
a relationship with a sister Parish in the Third World. We support the Lord's work through sacrificial
giving, and avoid means of support which are not within His plan for the Church. A Stewardship
Council helps us maintain a living expression of that virtue within our Covenant Community.
The goal of all decision-making is to discern together the will of God for his covenanted people. To
this end we enjoy the blessing of pastoral office in the Church, a yearly general convocation of the
membership, and a Covenant Service Board. We seek consensus in major matters and remain aware that
the Lord may choose anyone through whom to speak.
Each year, in September, the Community celebrates only one weekend Liturgy. During this
Covenant Sunday Liturgy a bishop, if available, leads us in a re-covenanting ceremony. We renew
our commitments to the covenant way of life and to the three virtues of hospitality, spirituality and
stewardship. At the same time we offer our gifts on a yearly basis to the Lord as His Spirit guides each
of us and join small Christian study groups. This Liturgy is followed by the Covenant Festival.
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