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
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.
“Sleeping outside in a box is fun as a kid, but what happens if you don’t have a box, or blankets, or a home that you can later go back to. There are real people that do this. We have to be thankful for what we have.”
These were the sentiments expressed from 10-year old Zack, a member of Good Shepherd Parish’s Youth Ministry program and one of 24 youth participating in the Cardboard City experience. Cardboard City is an annual program held at Good Shepherd that raises awareness to the harsh realities of homelessness. Youth participants—overseen by 17 adult chaperones—slept outside in boxes, pan handled for donations, and were limited to meager meals consisting only of bread and chicken stew. By living the real-life experience, even if only for a day, participants gain a greater appreciation for what they have been given in life, and a stronger desire to help those less fortunate. more »
Visitation House Baby Bottle Fundraiser
Starting this weekend, May 18 and 19, Good Shepherd Parish will be participating in a Baby Bottle Fundraiser to benefit Visitation House, a Catholic home for homeless women facing crisis pregnancies. Since opening 8 years ago on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Mother to her cousin Elizabeth, Visitation House has cared for 150 mothers and their babies. While women await the birth of their babies at the home on Vernon Hill in Worcester, MA, Visitation House feeds, clothes, educates, and nurtures them. After the birth of their baby, mothers can stay up to six months, and during that time the staff at Visitation House assists them with housing, higher education, and job opportunities and furnishes them with the basic necessities to start their new lives.
Next weekend, please support Visitation House by taking a baby bottle, keeping it during the next month, and filling it with your spare money. We will distribute the bottles next weekend and collect them back on June 15 & 16. This outreach is sponsored by our Charity & Social Justice Committee.
Give that a child may live.
Your gift of whatever size will be greatly appreciated.
The smallest gift from God is our greatest treasure!
First Communion is upon us, and in preparation for the Blessed Sacrament, the 2013 First Communion class recently took part in four-hour retreat with their parents. Due to the number of children making their First Communion, the children were divided into two separate retreats.
The theme of the retreat was, “How did the Last Supper morph into our Mass?” The children watched a video about Passover, colored a picture of “Jesus and Me,” went through a “Passover Door,” and performed a play about the Last Supper. They also answered a series of trivia questions about the Last Supper, and with each correct answer they were allowed to add one “apostle” doll to the Last supper table.
The class also made beautiful banners to decorate the church for First Communion, which this year is celebrated in two separate masses, May 4th and May 11th. To help celebrate our First Communion days, the Garden Ministry recently planted flowers all around the property. The Senior Ministry will also host a reception for the First Communion families on May 19th.
Please take a moment to pray for our youth and congratulate them as they embrace this next stage of their Catholic Faith.
Each year on the fourth Sunday of Easter the Catholic Church celebrates Good Shepherd Sunday in honor of Jesus Christ laying down his life for his sheep. For Good Shepherd Parish, this is our feast day. And so on April 20th and 21st parishioners congregated in the Parish Hall after each of the masses to enjoy food, refreshments, and camaraderie.
As our Good Shepherd, Jesus called his disciples to join in his ministry, and to minister to others. On Good Shepherd Sunday, dozens of parishioners answered the call as part of our Ministry Fair. With over 20 parish ministries represented, parishioners got the opportunity to speak to members of the various ministries and to sign up to join their teams. Ministries covered such areas as liturgical, music, youth, social justice and charity, faith formation, community building, and pastoral leadership. This year, we even welcomed a new Gardening Ministry, which will help beautify our church grounds by maintaining its flower beds. The Ministry Fair was a win-win for everyone involved, as ministries increased their memberships and parishioners embraced new opportunities for parish involvement.
Special thanks to all of the ministry members involved, the volunteers who helped plan and carry out Good Shepherd Sunday, and to Roger Poulin, who chaired the event.