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
We have all been very blessed to have people of great faith and wisdom in our lives. Many of us have known people who sadly have passed away. Your great grandparents, grandparents, parents, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, mentors, and neighbors—they’ve all left their mark, graced our presence, and touched our lives. Good Shepherd Parish wants to honor, celebrate, and pray for all those we’ve lost—as well as those we’ve never met—with a Mass of Remembrance here on Valentine’s Day, February 14th at 10 AM.
We will record the names of our loved ones in our Remembrance Prayer Book, which will be located in the center aisle of the church and placed at the altar during the offertory. Uplifting music, prayerful readings, and votive candles will provide the perfect atmosphere for reflection and remembrance. What a loving way to begin Valentine’s Day!
We encourage everyone to come and bring friends to this heartwarming service. There will be coffee and pastry in the hall afterwards.
May you be blessed in 2015.
The Good Shepherd Evangelization Team
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 email@example.com 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.
A new ministry has been formed to help spread the “Good News” here at
Good Shepherd. Our new Evangelization and Outreach Team has been
working together for the past couple of months sharing ideas and ways to
promote the New Evangelization.
The first agenda item for our team was to create a mission statement.
After a few revisions, our mission statement is as follows: “With the
guidance of the Holy Spirit, our mission is to energize the parish through
its ministries by developing and sponsoring programs that invite people
to Jesus and to explore the beauty and power of the Catholic Church;
build people to intentional discipleship; and send them out to help others
discover the best way to live through our Good Shepherd Jesus Christ.”
Our first exciting project will be sending care packages in November
called “Love from Home” to our students away at college. If you have
a daughter/son or grandchild at college and would like us to send them
a package, just send their names and addresses to us by placing them in
the collection basket with “Love from Home” on the envelope or mail
them to the rectory.
We need all names and addresses by the weekend of October 25-26.We
will let you know how you can help in the next few weeks.
Roger Poulin, Evangelization and Outreach Team Coordinator