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
By now many of you may have noticed the beautiful new cross shaped garden located at the side of the parish. What some of you may not know is that the idea and execution of this project was carried out by one of our young parishioners. As part of his Eagle Scout project Jared Gillespie drafted the concept of a garden on the side lawn of the church in recognition of our founders. Jared announced the introduced the concept to the parish, raised the necessary funds, and saw the project through to completion. The last piece will be a stone marker that will soon be added to commemorate the founders. You can view pictures of Jared’s hard work here:
We are so happy to welcome Fr. Daniel Moreno as Associate Pastor here and at Good Shepherd. Fr. Daniel was born on November 2, 1986 in Medellin, Colombia. He attended Instituto Tecnico Industrial Pascual Bravo in Medellin. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana while living at Seminario Conciliar de Medellin. He came to the United States in 2010 to study for the priesthood for the Worcester Diocese. He lived at Holy Name of Jesus House of Studies and studied English at Clark University. He received his bachelor’s degree in sacred theology and his master’s of divinity at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, MD. Fr. Daniel’s parish assignments were at St. Louis, Webster, his home parish; St. Anthony of Padua, Dudley; St. Anthony of Padua, Fitchburg; and St. Mary of the Assumption, Milford. Fr. Daniel, we wish you God’s abundant blessings as your begin your priestly ministry here at Good Shepherd and at St. Augustine.
Good Shepherd would like to thank Deacon Marc Gervais for his 7+ years of service to our parish. Deacon Marc joined the parish following his ordination to the diaconate in 2008. His contributions to the parish were significant, from his strong presence at mass to his dedication to parish programs, such as the parish council, senior ministry, catholic education, and social justice and charity, among others.
Deacon Marc was recently offered and accepted a new position in his home town of Oxford to serve as Deacon of St Ann’s Church. On Sunday, July 5th he celebrated his final mass as Deacon of Good Shepherd, which was followed by a reception in his honor. We wish Deacon Marc many blessings in his new role as he continues God’s mission.
Thank you Deacon Marc!
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Mario Henry Forget Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given to those graduates of our parish who have remained in active ministry here at Good Shepherd through their senior year of high school. Mario was an altar server and an active youth leader in our Vacation Bible School. In 2003 Mario died as the result of a tragic accident. This scholarship was established in 2013 to honor his memory and to assist in some small way those graduates who have been faithful to serving our parish community. This year’s recipients include from left to right:
Trevor Gardiner (Pictured below)
Michael Bates (Not present)
Join us for the First Annual Good Shepherd Chicken Barbeque on Saturday, June 6 from 10AM until 3PM. Lunch will be served in the parish hall for Adults at $10 a plate and for Children under 10yrs old for $4 a plate. The menu for Adults includes ½ of a chicken, potato salad, green salad, dessert and a beverage. The menu for Children is a hot dog or ¼ of a chicken, potato salad, green salad, dessert and a beverage.
Yard Sale Tables will be made available for the rental cost of $20 a table. Please reserve your tables as soon as possible so that they can be set in advance. Lunch Tickets will be pre-sold after Masses on the weekends of May 23rd to 24th and May 3oth to 31st.
Religious Education registration is now open for the 2015- 16 school year. If you plan to register or re-register your children, please email Carol Zabinski at email@example.com. If you know someone who does not have email, please have them call the Religious Education office at 508-234-5340. You must be a registered parishioner at Good Shepherd or St. Mary’s in Uxbridge in order to register your children in the program. For children who are new to the program, a copy of his/her baptismal certificate is required at the time of registration. Fees remain the same as last year: $75/1 child; $100/2 children; $125/ 3 or more children. If you have any questions, please call Carol at the number above
- Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29 4 PM, 8 & 10 AM Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
- Monday, March 30 8:45 AM Mass
- Tuesday, March 31 8:15 AM Mass (note change) 10:30 AM Mass of Holy Chrism St. Paul’s Cathedral 7:00 PM Confessions
- Holy Thursday, April 2 7:30 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
- Good Friday, April 3 3:00 PM Stations of the Cross 7:30 PM Living Stations/ Good Friday Liturgy
- Holy Saturday, April 4 7:30 PM Easter Vigil Mass
- Easter Sunday, April 5 8:00 AM Mass 10:00 AM Mass & Pageant
Greek Chorus (grade 5) and executioners – Neck to toe black. Black shirt, black pants, black socks. If you can’t get black socks, the children can go barefoot. With that many children using the stairs to the choir loft, if they wear shoes, it is very noisy.
Soldiers – tan shorts, and plain white t-shirts. At the moment, Walmart and Kohl’s have tan shorts in stock. The only kind of shoes they can wear are plain leather strap sandals. No flip flops. If they can’t get the sandals, again, they can go bare-footed.
Other than that, your child will be wearing a costume. We suggest that they wear summer weight, light-colored clothes underneath their costume, as it can get pretty warm on Good Friday evening with a packed church.
If there is any problem purchasing the shorts or t’s, please let us know.
Every Sunday after the 8:00 and 10:00 masses Good Shepherd welcomes parishioners to the Parish Hall for coffee, donuts, and some good conversation. It’s a great chance to relax with friends, meet new people, and in this case celebrate an affinity to light up shamrocks. It’s one of the many things that makes Good Shepherd such a welcoming atmosphere.
Next weekend, March 14 & 15, is our In Pew Commitment Weekend for the 2015 Partners in Charity Annual Appeal. Once a year, we commit ourselves to this ongoing work by supporting this life giving appeal. We reflect on God’s great generosity, and respond with generous giving of our own. With your support, faith in action is visible every day in the compassionate outreach of Catholic Charities, to the least among us; in the prayerful witness of our retired priests and the joy of new priestly vocations; to the many diocesan ministries and programs that heal, teach, and care for others. Please come to Mass next weekend prepared to make your commitment to the appeal. There is an insert in this week’s bulletin which explains how to fill out the pledge forms that you will receive at Mass next weekend. Thank you.