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
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.
Food Pantry and New Day Outreach
“…I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least
brothers, you did it for me.” Matthew 26:40
On the last full weekend of each month, we have an
opportunity to respond to Jesus’ call for us to help those in
need. Next weekend, May 24 & 25, is our Food Pantry and
New Day Outreach weekend.
This month our donations will go to the People First Food
Pantry in Uxbridge. Please bring your donations of nonperishable
food items (no expired items, please) and/or
paper & household products or personal care items to Mass
next weekend. If every family brings even just one item,
imagine the good we will do!!
Monies received in the Good Shepherd Church replica on
the last full weekend of each month are used to help
individuals and families from our parish, and also to
support various community causes. Your generosity each
month enables us to continue to help those in need.
Good Shepherd Youth Ministry once again participated in Cardboard City to raise funds and awareness to combat poverty and homelessness. Funds collected were donated to Uxbridge and Northbridge food pantries and will also be used to finance their Mission to Blessings of Hope this summer.
Check out the latest pictures below:
Want to be involved in the Holiday Fair? Several Meetings are currently underway throughout the summer including the following:
- General Fair Meetings: Every other Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Parish Center (Welcome Room/John Paul II Room). Meetings move to every Wednesday come September.
- Crafters’ Meetings: Every other Saturday from 11:00-2:00 in the Parish Hall. Meetings move to every week come September.
- Parish Cookbook Meetings: Saturdays from 2:00 -3:00. See the calendar for dates.
Please check the Parish Calendar for all dates.