Good Shepherd Catholic Church is a vibrant faith community of a little more than 500 households. Through our liturgies, our ministries, and our outreach, we seek to be a parish that is welcoming, prayerful, caring, and joyful.
I welcome you to our new website. If you are a member of the parish, please enjoy browsing. I think you will like what you see.
If you are a visitor who is seeking a parish to call home or just curious, I hope you will like what you find here. Please join us for worship. All are welcome.
Fr. Larry Esposito
Ash Wednesday is on March 5th and there will be four opportunities to receive ashes. These include:
- 8:45 Mass and Ashes at Good Shepherd
- 11:00 Mass and Ashes at Crowne and Eagle (Off East Hartford Ave)
- 3:30 Service of the Word and Ashes at Good Shepherd
- 7:00 Mass and Ashes at Good Shepherd.
Sign ups are underway for our Lenten Living the Eucharist Program. Living the Eucharist is an exciting new parish-based spiritual renewal experience for parishioners of all ages. It is designed to help you experience the Mass in a more powerful and meaningful way—by getting to know, understand, and love the Sacrament of the Eucharist more deeply than ever before.
Living the Eucharist has something foe everyone—adults, teens, and families. It’s for both regular Mass-goers and those who are seeking a deeper engagement with our Catholic faith. Activities range from weekly adult and teen faith-sharing groups to prayer campaigns to individual devotional readings and more.
To learn more about Living the Eucharist, check out their introductory videos.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. It is one of the simplest rules of the Bible to live by, yet one of the most powerful. Nearly 15 years ago a group of parishioners at Good Shepherd took this scripture teaching to new heights by launching a program that is still going strong today, aptly named, Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
Currently run by Laurie Petty—one of the founding members of the group—Neighbors Helping Neighbors provides home-cooked meals to parish families in need of support for a number of factors, such as illness or loss of job. The meals typically consist of the main course, side dishes, salad, and dessert, but can also contain canned goods, gift cards, or meat in need or preparing. On average the program serves between 2-4 families at a time. Parish families in need are referred by Father Larry or other parishioners and receive meals until they’ve made it through their difficult time. In several cases the beneficiaries of the meals have later gone on to pay it forward by preparing meals for others in need. Others offer to help fulfill prayer requests. more »
Due to the Snowstorm Religious Education tomorrow (12/15) for Little Lambs thru Grade 4 is cancelled. The celebration of First Penance scheduled for tomorrow (12/15) has also been postponed until Sunday, 1/26/14 at 2PM.
Finally, the Ham and Beans Dinner and Bake Sale scheduled for 12/14 has been postponed to 12/28.
There is much festivity going on at Good Shepherd this Christmas season with something for everyone. Celebrate this joyous time with your fellow parishioners and embrace the spirit of the season. Here are some of the activities to look forward to:
December 13th from 6 to 8 PM. Children’s Christmas Party (Parish Center): Children can enjoy games, crafts, treats, and even get their picture taken with Santa himself. Free.
December 14 th from 5:00-7:30PM. Ham and Beans Dinner (Parish Hall): Enjoy dinner and good times, and take your chances on a Red Sox raffle. $8 per person, $24 per family.
December 19th from 7 to 8 PM. Candlelight Prayer (Church): Enjoy some quiet reflection to the ambiance of candlelight. Listen to heartfelt Christmas stories and soothing Christmas songs.
December 22nd from 3 to 8 PM: Senior Ministry Sponsors Trip to La Salette Shrine. Cost of $15 per person for chartered bus from Foxy Travel. Sign up after Mass or contact Deacon Marc
December 23rd from 12to 3 PM: Vacation Bible School (VBS) Birthday Party for Jesus (Parish Center): Drop your children off and let them experience the true meaning of the season. Requested donation of $10 per child to benefit VBS. Register by 12/17.
December 24th and 25th: The 4:00 Mass features the Children’s Choir and Christmas Pageant. The 10:00 Vigil features the Festival Choir. The walkway will be lit by luminaires purchased in honor of loved ones and benefiting Youth Ministry missions. Christmas Mass will be at 10:00 AM.
December 29th 12 to 3 PM: Open House at the Rectory. Stop by to visit Father Larry and enjoy some light refreshments.
Need a picture with Santa, but don’t want to wait in long lines at the mall. Santa will be making a special trip to Good Shepherd on Friday night 12/13 from 6-8 PM for the Children’s Christmas Party. Get your pictures taken and share your Christmas list with Santa.
Then join in some reindeer games and earn raffle tickets toward fun prizes. Games include:
- Santa cookie toss
- Chimney drop
- Elf bowling
- Pin the nose on the reindeer.
Make your own ornament at the crafts table, color Christmas pictures for Mom and Dad, or sit back and watch Christmas movies. Sweets and refreshments will also be served.
Hope to see you there.
It is time for the Festival Choir for Christmas. If you don’t have the time to commit to choir on a weekly basis and love to sing, come and praise the Lord for Christmas.
Any adults who would like to sing at the 10 PM Christmas Eve mass, please come to rehearsals on 11/30, 12/7, 12/13 and 12/21 from 5-6:30 PM in the Music Office in the Parish Center.
Any younger or young-at-heart people who would like to sing for the Children’s Christmas Eve Mass at 4 on Christmas Eve, please come to a rehearsal on December 20 from 6:30-8:00 in the Church.
Hope. That’s what members of Good Shepherd Youth Ministry are looking to provide next summer through a pair of service weeks to Camp Sunshine in Casco, ME and Blessings of Hope in Ephrata, PA.
Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life threatening illnesses and their immediate families. Youth 16 or older will be visiting camp this summer to offer their support and compassion.
Blessings of Hope is a food distribution network that packages, distributes, and shares food with food banks, ministries, churches, and individuals committed to building relationships in their communities through food and acts of love. Youth between the ages of 11 and 18 will be supporting Blessings of Hope the week of August 3rd-10th.
Beginning this fall and extending into next summer Youth Ministry members looking to participate in these missions are taking part in a series of fund raisers to help defer the cost. On September 28th they raised over $270 through a Youth Ministry Car Wash. Pictures from the car wash can be found below.
They raised additional funds through a Game-a-thon on October 19th, and by sponsoring games and tables at the recent Holiday Fair. Upcoming fund raisers include a bake sale, and the sale of luminaires for the Christmas Eve Vigil to honor loved ones. Additional activities are planned for 2014.
Please support Youth Ministry in whatever ways you can, whether through sponsorship, prayer, donation of items, or participation in their fund raisers. Your support will not only provide youth throughout the parish with a memorable and life changing experience, but will also reach children and families throughout the country through the loving and compassionate hands of Good Shepherd’s Youth Ministry.
On Saturday, November 9th Good Shepherd will hold its first annual Holiday Fair, which will take place in both the Parish Hall and Parish Center. From 9AM to 3PM visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities ranging from crafts to prizes to baked goods.
Got a sweet tooth? Treats will include homemade pies, fudge, a bake table, and cookie walk. And for those who prefer lunch before dessert, there will also be a Holiday Luncheon.
Need to find that perfect gift? Why not give something handmade? Items available for sale include jewelry, knitted or crocheted goods, handicrafts, rosaries, and designer Tees. You’ll also find a book sale and a silent auction. And if you need to come up with a little extra cash for your holiday shopping, try your luck at the raffle.
The Holiday Fair has something for those of all ages. Kids have the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts in the Kid’s shopping area, with all items priced at just a dollar a piece. Meanwhile, as their parents shop teens and pre-teens can visit the Youth Center, where they compete in a series of games.
The Holiday Fair is part of a resurgence of activities taking place at Good Shepherd since the parish re-dedicated its School building last fall as the new Parish Center. The three floors of space, coupled with a newly renovated Parish Hall located beneath the church have opened up new opportunities for parish and community events. The 2013 Holiday Fair will be the start of a new tradition at the parish. You won’t want to miss it.