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
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Following the success of this year’s Blessings of Hope Mission, planning is already well underway for 2015. On October 6th the Youth Ministry held an informational meeting for next years service weeks, with close to 50 youth in attendance. With interest on the rise, next year’s Mission will be split into two separate teams.
Fundraising for Service Weeks is already underway. On September 13th youth raised $374 by sponsoring a car wash. Participants were extremely generous in their donations, with Youth Ministry surpassing monies raised from last year’s car wash, even with fewer cars.
Nearly a dozen parishioners have also stepped forward to sponsor a banana box, which they will fill over the course of the year with such items as shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, men’s deodorant, women’s deodorant, toilet paper, and school supplies. After all masses next weekend (October 18 & 19) the youth of our parish will be seeking donations of $5 per mile as part of their Buy-A-Mile Campaign. The youth are attempting to get sponsors for each mile they will be
driving next summer. In return, sponsors will receive a certificate of sponsorship. All monies raised will defray the cost of the individual’s service week fees. All donations are tax-deductible.
The relationship between Good Shepherd Parish and Blessings of Hope continues to grow, as two separate denominations of Christianity come together to do God’s work to support the poor. On Sunday, October 12th Good Shepherd was pleased to welcome the King family from Blessings of Hope to Mass. The King family was one of the families who housed Good Shepherd youth during their service week at Blessings of Hope. Following Mass they joined parishioners for a Pot Luck Lunch.
As the Youth prepare for next year’s Services Weeks please support them in whatever way you can, and be sure to check out the bulletin for upcoming fundraising activities.
A new ministry has been formed to help spread the “Good News” here at
Good Shepherd. Our new Evangelization and Outreach Team has been
working together for the past couple of months sharing ideas and ways to
promote the New Evangelization.
The first agenda item for our team was to create a mission statement.
After a few revisions, our mission statement is as follows: “With the
guidance of the Holy Spirit, our mission is to energize the parish through
its ministries by developing and sponsoring programs that invite people
to Jesus and to explore the beauty and power of the Catholic Church;
build people to intentional discipleship; and send them out to help others
discover the best way to live through our Good Shepherd Jesus Christ.”
Our first exciting project will be sending care packages in November
called “Love from Home” to our students away at college. If you have
a daughter/son or grandchild at college and would like us to send them
a package, just send their names and addresses to us by placing them in
the collection basket with “Love from Home” on the envelope or mail
them to the rectory.
We need all names and addresses by the weekend of October 25-26.We
will let you know how you can help in the next few weeks.
Roger Poulin, Evangelization and Outreach Team Coordinator
You may have noticed the sign hanging from the Parish Center that says “I’m In!” What does it mean? On the weekend of September 20th-21st Father Larry, Parish Council Chair Jason Cote, and Parish Finance Board Chair Jim Haynes explained as they presented the annual parish report. If you missed it you can find the videos here:
From August 3rd to August 10th members of Good Shepherd’s Youth Ministry made the long journey to Ephrata Pennsylvania for a week-long mission at Blessings of Hope, a nonprofit food distribution center. Their journey was featured in the Catholic Free Press:
Youth Ministry will continue this mission in 2015 with two separate service weeks to Blessings of Hope. Read how you can help here.
Good Shepherd Youth Ministry would like to thank the following businesses for sponsoring our service week financially:
- Caya Construction
- Law Office of Richard J. Rafferty, Jr
- Knights of Columbus, Mumford Council # 365
- Salmon Health and Retirement
- Buma Funeral Home
- Harry’s Pizza – Whitinsville
We would like to thank the following for donations of items for out collection efforts:
- Whitinsville Family Dental
- Uxbridge Family Dental
- Uxbridge Dental Center
- Whitin’ Your Smile
The Youth Ministry would like to thank all those that made our service week possible. By your support of our fundraisers each family’s financial contribution was minimal. Through your generosity in donating personal hygiene products, we are able to supply over 13 different items to 325 families in need. That is a total of over 4500 items collected. We filled 60 banana boxes.
- Be a Business Sponsor and be listed on our t-shirt’s, and thanked on our website, and church bulletin ($300 donation or more)
- Be a business donor and be thanked in parish bulletin and on website ($50 donation to $299)
- Sponsor an individual for the service week ($400)
- Sponsor a mile(s) of our trip ($5 per mile) and receive a certificate
- Sponsor a Banana Box and every time you go shopping between September and June purchase 1 to 2 personal hygiene items or school supplies and put them in the box (we will supply the box and a list of items)
- Purchase gift cards to Walmart, CVS, or any grocery stores. Or gas cards to Sunoco (located both here and in Pennsylvania)
- Collect Big Y coins
- Cover the cost of rental of one twelve passenger van ($1000) – need 4 (2 each week)
- Cover the cost of rental of one U-Haul cargo van/truck ($700) need at least 2 (1 each week)
From August 3rd to August 10th members of Good Shepherd’s Youth Ministry, along with a UHaul of personal care donations traveled to Ephrata Pennsylvania to perform a week of Mission work at Blessings of Hope.
Blessings of Hope is a food distribution warehouse that was setup to allow large food distributors to efficiently donate to the community. The food is received, stored, and redistributed to smaller food ministries, outreaches, and families in need in the community.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Mario H. Forget Memorial Scholarship Award: Matthew Hamel and Julia Turgeon. Matthew has served in his ministry as a junior and senior lector, and Julia has been a religious education teacher’s aide and more recently a teacher in the program. We are grateful to these young people for their commitment to serving God and our parish family. Thank you to those whose donations to this fund have made these awards possible.
Spring is a time for new beginnings. Not only do the flowers bloom, the trees blossom, and the birds return from their Southern getaway, but we as Catholics celebrate new stepping stones in our Faith.
On Sunday April 27th and Saturday May 3rd 23 parishioners shared in the body of Christ for the first time as they celebrated their First Communion.
Then, on Friday, May 9th 20 parishioners took the next step in their Catholic Faith by receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. While the services took place at St Gabriel the Archangel’s in Upton, candidates were given their official send off at the 10:00 mass on May 4th, and were later celebrated upon their return on May 11th.
Congratulations to all parishioners who celebrated these achievements and to the family and friends who share joyously in their faith.