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
As we near the end of another Lenten season, it’s time to take a moment to reflect on our Lenten promises and spend some quality time with the Lord. Holy Week officially kicks off on the weekend of March 24th-25th with Palm Sunday Mass, but before its official start, we welcome all parishioners to attend a Lenten Reconciliation Service on Monday, March 19th at 6:00 pm in the church. Here is the full Holy Week Schedule:
- Palm Sunday Mass, Saturday, March 24th (4:00 pm); Sunday, March 25th (8:00 am, 10:00 am)
- Holy Thursday Mass: Thursday, March 29th (7:30 pm) followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:00 pm
- Good Friday Services: Friday, March 30th- Stations of the Cross (3:00 pm), Services (7:30 pm)
- Easter Vigil: Saturday, March 31st (7:30 pm)
- Easter : Sunday, April 1st (8:00 am and 10:00 am)
If you would like to sing with the Festival Choir for Easter, the rehearsals are starting this Sunday, March 3 from 5-6:30 PM in the Religious Ed. Office in the Parish Center. Anyone, teenager and up, can sing with us on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. Please consider coming and praising God with your voice!
Our Giving Tree Program begins this weekend. Please take a tag from the trees and adopt a child whose request is on the tag and make that child’s Christmas wish come true. Only gifts for the blue bells should be wrapped. All gifts should be returned to the church no later than the weekend of December 16 & 17; all gifts will be sorted immediately following the 10am Mass on December 17. Please be sure to attach the tag to your gift and if there is more than one item for your tag, please tie them together securely.
On December 9 & 10 please bring an unbreakable ornament to hang on the trees in the church.
Also on the Giving Trees there will be green tags for the seminarians in our diocese. If you take one of these tags, please purchase a gift card in any amount for one of the stores listed. Then please mail the gift card in the attached envelope directly to The Office for Vocations. The gift cards will be presented to these men on Christmas Eve.
Good Shepherd Parish is entering a float in this years First Holiday Night Parade on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The E-Team is
looking for volunteers to help design, build, set up and light up our parish float. The float will include a living nativity with parishioners singing Christmas Carols along the parade route. We will also have a parish booth on the Uxbridge Town Common where we will serve free hot cider and cookies. We will have our
parish banner wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas”, our brochure and small give aways (prayer cards, rosaries, Christmas Carol booklets etc).
A nativity set will be on display to promote the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord.
We will need many from the parish to help make this a great success! All are welcome, from “two to ninety two” years old. Evangelization is
spreading the “Good News” to everyone we meet. This is a way we can meet many people in one place. There will be a committee meeting
for all who want to help on Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 PM, 2nd floor of the Parish Center. A sign up sheet is available in the Mary
Chapel and on the table in front of the church. Fo
The Holiday Fair is Tiptoeing near. Here’s what you can do to help us prepare:
Crafting: Do you make or sew a unique crafty item? Are you making such an item as a gift? Have you come up with a fun craft to make with your kids? Or maybe you have a family member who has such a talent? If so, would you be willing to donate one or more of these items to our craft and sewing table for our November church fair? If you do, please contact Florence Desmarais at 508-278 5086 to let her know what you have for us and then leave it in the fair baskets at the church entrance!
Donate Toys and Children’s Books: The Kids table for the Holiday Fair is
looking for donations. Please leave your donations at the entrance at the back of the church in the boxes provided. Any questions, please see Amanda Patnode or Karen Jordan.
Make Cookies: Our cookie walk has become so popular that last year we sold out before noon — and no one likes to show up and find no more cookies. That’s where you come in. Whether you’ve baked in the past or are a rookie, we could use your help to make this year’s Cookie Walk the most bountiful yet. And since we all know that variety is the spice of life, we encourage you to explore new recipes to help us expand our cookie selection. Sites like Pinterest or allrecipes.com can provide great sources of inspiration. We appreciate your support. Please contact Harriet Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Bake: Bakers are needed for our bake sale table and Pie table.
Volunteer: The Holiday Fair would not be possible were it not for the hard work of our volunteers. We need your help, whatever time you can spare. Whether it’s selling items at a table, serving the luncheon, or directing guests.
Donate Baskets: Have empty baskets left over from prior prizes, or simply extras hanging around the house. We could use your donations to help with our raffle tables.
Spread the Word: Post signs, share on Facebook, tell a friend. We could use your help getting the word out.
Last May, long-time Good Shepherd parishioner Don Callen faced a grim reality. His Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) had worsened and he required a double lung transplant, and fast. With his life hanging in the balance, Don found himself at the mercy of others — and the clock was ticking.
Despite the difficult diagnosis, Don’s faith remained strong through the unyielding support of his wife of 37 years, Peg, and their two boys Joe and Steve, who stood by his side every step of the way. A devout Catholic, Don also had the support of a large community of family and friends, who began multiple prayer chains.
On May 17, thanks to an anonymous organ donor, Don received the surgery he needed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Two weeks later, he returned to his home on Londonderry Way to continue his long path to recovery. Though the hefty weight of finding a matching donor had been lifted, Don was now faced with a new burden — the financial strain of paying for his treatment. A lifetime of follow-up care, costly daily anti-rejection medications, and the expense of frequent visits to MGH are all critical to his continued survival and recovery. Fortunately for Don, his lifetime spent in service to family, friends, his church, and the community has led to an outpouring of support.
Now, to help ease his financial burden, Good Shepherd Parish will be holding a Pasta and Meatball Dinner on Saturday, September 23rd from 5:00-8:00PM, with all proceeds going toward his recovery. Tickets will be available after each Mass starting September 2nd or by emailing the rectory at email@example.com. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 10 (or $50 per family). Raffle basket and 50/50 raffles will also be available.
“For decades Don has been a pillar of the parish, with his roles including lector, extraordinary minister, youth group leader, Parish Council Chair, Evangelization Committee representative, and many more,” says Father Larry Esposito. “This dinner is an opportunity for the Parish community to stand behind him and give him the lift and support he needs.”
But more importantly, Don wants his story to serve as an inspiration for others to join the ranks of organ donors. “None of us want to think about our own mortality and what might happen to our bodies after we pass,” he explains. “But the very idea that one family’s tragedy could provide the very miracle that can save the life of another should provide a ray of comfort to all those in grief.”
If you wish to become an organ donor or have questions, visit the Mass RMV website at: http://www.massrmv.com/LicenseandID/OrganDonor.aspx.
The Northbridge Association of Churches will be collecting new backpacks and school supplies for children in need in Northbridge. The
items needed include backpacks, pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons,
3-ring binders and filler paper, notebooks, calculators, rulers, scissors
and glue sticks. Please leave your donations on the stairs leading
into the sanctuary by August 27.
“Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed”
August 7-11~~9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Good Shepherd
Celebration Mass will be August 13 at 10:00 AM
Registration forms can be downloaded here and are also available at the back of the church near the VBS Display or by contacting Donna Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Vacation Bible School is from 9:00-3:00 each day.
Our Holiday Fair will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 9AM to 3PM. For those of you who have a sign advertising our holiday fair, please drop the sign off at the church hall for updates. Please put a tag with your name on the sign so that you can pick it up when updated. We will have new frames for those signs that need them. Thank you. Any questions, please email Jason Cote at email@example.com.
Are you one of the 800 students to have graduated from Good Shepherd Parochial School in Linwood/Uxbridge? Are you interested in reuniting with classmates, or simply reliving childhood memories by walking the halls of your former school? If so, then it’s time to go back to school. Join us on Sunday, June 25th from 1:00-5:00 PM for our Reunion Open House.
The reunion will feature an exhibit on the history of the school and a trip down memory lane through a series of articles and class photos. Be there for the opening ceremony at 1:30, led by parish historian Roger Poulin, who will introduce any former teachers in attendance. Good Shepherd’s current pastor, Father Larry Esposito, will also be on hand to lead a talk. You’ll witness the school building’s transformation into the Good Shepherd Parish Center, where it continues to cultivate young minds through religious education and youth ministry programs.
The Good Shepherd Parochial School opened its doors on June 6, 1921, educated by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary from St. Hyacinth, Quebec. The final class graduated in June 1972. The Reunion will be the first in 45 years since the school’s closing.
So whether you’re a graduate of the school, or simply interested in seeing the halls and classrooms where your loved ones grew up, we welcome you to celebrate its legacy and reunite with friends along the way.