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.
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Fr. Larry Esposito
On Saturday, February 14th parishioners began their Valentines Day celebrating and praying for those they’ve loved and lost during a Mass of Remembrance. The Mass included prayerful readings and celebratory music not to mourn for them but to rejoice in the impression they’ve left on our lives and in their resurrection. It also featured a special musical guest, esteemed singer and songwriter Ryan Tremblay. Red votive candles were lit in memory of each parishioner who returned home to God over the past year.
These names included:
Gerard Poulin Sr.
Marie Joyce Castonguay
Hermin Lavallee Jr.
James Cullen Jr.
We begin the holy season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 18. The schedule is as follows:
8:45 AM Mass Main Church
11:00 AM Liturgy of the Word Crown and Eagle
3:30 PM Liturgy of the Word Main Church
7:00 PM Mass Main Church
As Catholics, we follow these sacrificial practices during Lent: Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all those who are 14 years of age and older, on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays in Lent, and on Good Friday. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted to maintain strength according to individual needs, but eating solid food between meals is not permitted.
Each Friday night during Lent, we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 6:30 PM in the main church. Please join us.
We are pleased to announce that Terry Kramer has accepted the volunteer position of Parish Nurse/Ministry to Seniors. Terry is a registered nurse had has received certification as a parish nurse through Anna Maria College. As parish nurse her duties will include health education, health advocacy, and home and hospital visitation. She will also work to expand the role of ministry to all our senior citizens here at Good Shepherd. We thank Terry for her willingness to develop this very important ministry.
Approximately 4-5 times a year Good Shepherd serves meals at the Peace of Bread Community Kitchen in Whitinsville. Check out this clip taken by Leslie Reichert from the United Presbyterean Church:
In November the Evangelization and Outreach Committee sponsored its first program called “Love from Home.” The program was geared at reaching out to students away at college to let them know that the parish is thinking about them and praying for their well being. Approximately 20 students were thrilled to arrive at their mailboxes to find a care package waiting for them from Good Shepherd. The package included homemade cookies, candy, chips, school supplies, a Dunkin Donuts gift card, and a hand carved crucifix among other items.
The committee looks to continue the program next fall and in doing so, hopes to reach out beyond parishioner families to friends or parishioners. Please contact Roger Poulin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in making a donation.
Good Shepherd’s 2nd Annual Holiday Fair was once again a stunning success thanks to the countless volunteer hours and generous donations from across the parish family and surrounding community. The Fair brought in hundreds of people from across the community and raised over $10,000 to support the parish’s mission. Special thanks to Berni Guertin for once again serving as chair, as well as all those that took part in the Holiday Fair Committee. Pictures of the event can be found below:
On Saturday, November 8th Good Shepherd will host its second annual Holiday Fair and Luncheon, from 9 AM to 3PM. The Fair will take place in both the Parish Hall (located beneath the church), and the Parish Center (located behind the church), and feature a large selection of offerings—from crafts and baked goods to raffle items and children’s games.
A large selection of crafts will be available for purchase, included knitted and crocheted goods, jewelry, ornaments, rosary beads, designer T shirts, and much more. There will also be a kid’s Christmas shopping table, where children will have the opportunity to buy gifts for family and friends for one dollar or less. Gently used DVDs and other items will also be for sale.
For those with a sweet tooth, the Parish Fair will include its share of fresh baked goods, including a cookie walk, baked sale table, designer fudge, and homemade pies. For those looking beyond desserts, there will also be a Luncheon featuring homemade soups, sandwiches, potato salad, desserts, and more. Meat pies will also be available for sale. And if you want to take some of the recipes home with you, the parish will be selling a cookbook featuring family recipes gathered from across the parish community.
To raise funds for their summer mission the Good Shepherd Youth Ministry will be hosting a series of children’s games in their Youth Ministry Center, located in the basement of the Parish Center. Children will have the opportunity to win tickets to purchase fun prizes. Youth Ministry will also have their own table of items for sale.
Finally, for those looking to try their luck, the Fair will include a large raffle table that includes items and theme baskets generously donated by both parishioners and local businesses.
For a preview of what’s in store, check out pictures from last year’s Holiday Fair.
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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.