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
On Wednesday, March 8th Bishop Robert McManus spoke at Good Shepherd on the importance of a well-formed conscience. He explained that as a society we often look to conscience as deciding between what is right and wrong; however, without our conscience being well formed it may be difficult for us as Catholics to understand the difference in the eyes of the Catholic church.
Bishop McManus explained the concept of moral relativism, and that too often we look to what society says instead of what is written in the Catholicism of the Catholic Church. This is in part to a shift in teaching over the last few generations that has not truly pushed young Catholics to learn and understand Catholic ethics. He noted that just because something is legal, such as abortion, does not mean that it is morally acceptable. That we as Catholics should look back ad study the Catholicism of the Catholic Church to build our own well-formed conscience.
Bishop McManus was the first of our Lenten speakers. The series will continue on March 21st as Marc Tumeinski, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Theology at Anna Maria College presents on the topic of Tolerance. He will be followed on March 29th by Dr. John Zawacki, professor of medicine at UMASS Medical School and a member of the Bishop’s Committee on Evangelization, who will speak on Humility.
All speakers will begin at 7:00 PM and admission is free. Please join us.
There is much going on at Good Shepherd Parish as we embark on the Lenten series. Here is a list of planned services and events to guide you on your journey:
Ash Wednesday Services: March 1, 2017
- 8:45 AM – Mass – Main church
- 11:00 AM – Crown & Eagle – Liturgy of the Word/Ashes
- 3:30 PM – Liturgy of the Word/Ashes – Main church
- 7:00 PM – Mass – Main church
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will take place every Friday during Lent at 6:30 in the church beginning on March 3rd.
Lenten Speaker Series
Good Shepherd Parish will be hosting a Lenten Speaker series in their Parish Hall, (located in the basement of the church). Featured topics and speakers will include:
- Conscience: Presented by Bishop Robert McManus (Wednesday, March 8th)
- Tolerance: Presented by Marc Tumeinski, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Theology at Anna Maria College (Tuesday, March 21st)
- Humility: Presented by Dr. John Zawacki, professor of medicine at UMASS Medical School and a member of the Bishop’s Committee on Evangelization (Wednesday, March 29th)
All speakers will begin at 7:00 PM and admission is free. They will include time for questions and answers. All are welcome. Please come early to reserve your seat.
Religious Education has been cancelled for week of 2/12-13 on account or snow.
Do you live in a high traffic area, Rt. 122, 146A, Route 16, East Hartford Ave., Granite/Oak Street, or any other area with great visibility? We’ve recently ordered a new batch of signs promoting the Good Shepherd Holiday Fair and need your help getting the word out. If interested in displaying one of these new signs on your lawn, please contact Jason Cote after mass or via email at Cote3@charter.net. Jason will also be returning signs to those who displayed them last year with the updated date. Thank you for helping to make this year’s fair a success.
On Thursday, May 12th. 24 students received the sacrament of confirmation at St Mary’s Parish in Uxbridge. Candidates were recognized at the 10:00 am mass the following week.
The following students were confirmed:
- Abigail Bates
- Kayla Brandel
- Melissa Brochu
- Domenic Cariglia
- Nicholas Cariglia
- Joseph Dubois
- Emily Fernandes
- Chloe Gardner
- Jake Hamel
- Grace Kenny
- John Lesack
- Cassie Lobe
- Riley Malone
- Alexander Matkowski
- Christopher Matkowski
- Molly O’Mera
- Ryan Paul
- Noah Petitt
- Katye Rooney
- Jack Schreiber
- James Stark
- Brenden Trahan
- Grace Turgeon
- Kalin Wilson
A few months ago we introduced our “Not So Random Acts of
Kindness” Campaign. Since then, we’ve covered the wall of our
Mercy Room with accounts of our discipleship. Join us next
Sunday at the 10 AM Mass as we present these acts to God
through a ceremonial burning. If you have not yet had the chance
to submit all of your acts of kindness, it’s not too late! Simply
place them in the basket in the Mercy Room prior to next
Sunday’s 10 AM Mass. Slips are available by the basket.
Moving forward in this “Year of Mercy” we will continue to
collect and display your acts of kindness in the Mercy Room. To
keep this momentum moving forward, we invite you to also
submit any acts of kindness bestowed upon you. Has someone
gone out of their way to help you, to help carry you through a
difficult time, or simply done something to brighten your day?
This is the perfect opportunity to reflect on this blessing and give
We will continue to post acts of kindness, both given and
received, in our Mercy Room, and offer them up to God on a
regular basis throughout the year. Join us as we serve as a beacon
of God’s light one ‘Act of Kindness’ at a time.
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.