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.
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Fr. Larry Esposito
A Star Shines in the East. Will You Follow It?
The presents are all opened. The lights are turned off. And the decorations are finding their way back into storage. Christmas Day has come and gone. But what has it left behind besides debt? That something is Jesus, arriving into this world and into our hearts. It’s time to welcome Jesus in January.
Join us for the Good Shepherd Three Kings Festival
Sunday, January 10th from Noon to 2:00pm in the Parish Hall
- Gather with friends and neighbors for a potluck lunch.
- Reflect on to ways to keep Jesus at the center of your heart the whole year through.
- Discuss how to cope with the Post-Christmas doldrums and depression.
- Hear from witnesses on their own journeys to Jesus.
- Renew your baptismal vows.
- Open your door and heart to strangers (bring a picture of your front door).
- Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to share in the experience.
To celebrate what Pope Francis has called the “Year of Mercy,” Good Shepherd is launching a new initiative called Not So Random Acts of Kindness. It is aimed at coming together as a parish community to serve Jesus by serving those in need. While as Catholics we are often drawn to show kindness and mercy to others, this initiative is meant to bring us together to reflect on the positive impact we are making in our communities and to mutually support one another in Christ’s mission.
Here’s how it works. Before you come to church each week, take a moment to reflect on any acts of kindness you performed that you want to present to God. Then, simply write them down on one of the slips of paper we will have available in the newly-created Mercy Room, (keeping them anonymous) and symbolically present them to God in the baskets at the back of the church and in the Mary Chapel. Acts will be displayed in the Mercy Room not to point out individuals (as again it is important they remain anonymous) but to demonstrate the strength and passion of our parish community. Acts will later be taken down and burned as a symbolic offering to God at one of the masses.
Our mission is to provide a means to encourage and drive one another to continue God’s mission not just within these walls but in our surrounding community. For while each of us can make a meaningful impact, collectively we can do something truly extraordinary.
Please join us in this initiative, for with your participation there is nothing we can’t accomplish.
Escape the congestion of the busy retail stores. Tune out the holiday re-runs and Hallmark specials. And take a moment to immerse yourself in the true spirit of the season.
Join us for the Good Shepherd Christmas Carol Festival
Sunday, December 13th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall
- Sing familiar carols that capture the true meaning of Christmas.
- Here from witnesses recounting their own Christmas experiences.
- Pray, reflect, and celebrate the Nativity story.
- Write and offer up your own Birthday cards and Christmas promises to Jesus.
- Enjoy snacks, refreshments, and conversation.
- Return to meet Jesus in January during our Three Kings Festival.
On Saturday, November 14th Good Shepherd will host its 3rd annual Holiday Fair from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in both the Parish Center (Behind the church) and Parish Hall (Beneath the church).
Taste the many flavors of Good Shepherd at the bake sale, cookie walk, and fudge sale. Stay for the luncheon and enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, desserts, and meatballs; with corned beef sandwiches also available for purchase. Or take parish recipes home with you through purchase of the parish cookbook.
See the many talents of its parishioners at the arts and crafts tables. Knitted and crocheted items, wood-carved ornaments, and a large selection of hand-crafted jewelry and rosary beads are all available for purchase, along with a variety of other crafts. And for the little one’s there will be a special Children’s Christmas Shopping area with gift wrapping, as well as children’s games in the Youth Center.
Finally, try your luck at the expansive raffle table, featuring over 70 themed baskets, along with additional specialty-themed raffle items and the always popular 50/50 raffle.
By now many of you may have noticed the beautiful new cross shaped garden located at the side of the parish. What some of you may not know is that the idea and execution of this project was carried out by one of our young parishioners. As part of his Eagle Scout project Jared Gillespie drafted the concept of a garden on the side lawn of the church in recognition of our founders. Jared announced the introduced the concept to the parish, raised the necessary funds, and saw the project through to completion. The last piece will be a stone marker that will soon be added to commemorate the founders. You can view pictures of Jared’s hard work here:
We are so happy to welcome Fr. Daniel Moreno as Associate Pastor here and at Good Shepherd. Fr. Daniel was born on November 2, 1986 in Medellin, Colombia. He attended Instituto Tecnico Industrial Pascual Bravo in Medellin. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana while living at Seminario Conciliar de Medellin. He came to the United States in 2010 to study for the priesthood for the Worcester Diocese. He lived at Holy Name of Jesus House of Studies and studied English at Clark University. He received his bachelor’s degree in sacred theology and his master’s of divinity at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, MD. Fr. Daniel’s parish assignments were at St. Louis, Webster, his home parish; St. Anthony of Padua, Dudley; St. Anthony of Padua, Fitchburg; and St. Mary of the Assumption, Milford. Fr. Daniel, we wish you God’s abundant blessings as your begin your priestly ministry here at Good Shepherd and at St. Augustine.
Good Shepherd would like to thank Deacon Marc Gervais for his 7+ years of service to our parish. Deacon Marc joined the parish following his ordination to the diaconate in 2008. His contributions to the parish were significant, from his strong presence at mass to his dedication to parish programs, such as the parish council, senior ministry, catholic education, and social justice and charity, among others.
Deacon Marc was recently offered and accepted a new position in his home town of Oxford to serve as Deacon of St Ann’s Church. On Sunday, July 5th he celebrated his final mass as Deacon of Good Shepherd, which was followed by a reception in his honor. We wish Deacon Marc many blessings in his new role as he continues God’s mission.
Thank you Deacon Marc!
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Mario Henry Forget Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given to those graduates of our parish who have remained in active ministry here at Good Shepherd through their senior year of high school. Mario was an altar server and an active youth leader in our Vacation Bible School. In 2003 Mario died as the result of a tragic accident. This scholarship was established in 2013 to honor his memory and to assist in some small way those graduates who have been faithful to serving our parish community. This year’s recipients include from left to right:
Trevor Gardiner (Pictured below)
Michael Bates (Not present)
Join us for the First Annual Good Shepherd Chicken Barbeque on Saturday, June 6 from 10AM until 3PM. Lunch will be served in the parish hall for Adults at $10 a plate and for Children under 10yrs old for $4 a plate. The menu for Adults includes ½ of a chicken, potato salad, green salad, dessert and a beverage. The menu for Children is a hot dog or ¼ of a chicken, potato salad, green salad, dessert and a beverage.
Yard Sale Tables will be made available for the rental cost of $20 a table. Please reserve your tables as soon as possible so that they can be set in advance. Lunch Tickets will be pre-sold after Masses on the weekends of May 23rd to 24th and May 3oth to 31st.
Religious Education registration is now open for the 2015- 16 school year. If you plan to register or re-register your children, please email Carol Zabinski at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know someone who does not have email, please have them call the Religious Education office at 508-234-5340. You must be a registered parishioner at Good Shepherd or St. Mary’s in Uxbridge in order to register your children in the program. For children who are new to the program, a copy of his/her baptismal certificate is required at the time of registration. Fees remain the same as last year: $75/1 child; $100/2 children; $125/ 3 or more children. If you have any questions, please call Carol at the number above