Good Shepherd School Building Returns to Parish

 In the 1960s the Good Shepherd school building was a thriving center for religious education and parish activity. We are pleased to announce that this summer the building will once again return to its position of prominence in the parish.

With the expiration of the Town of Uxbridge’s lease and the significant investment this lease has provided, the building is now ours to fully utilize for the enjoyment of the parish.

On Sunday, September 30th Bishop Robert McManus will serve as celebrant at the 10:00 Mass and immediately following will join us to dedicate the school building as the Good Shepherd Parish Center. We invite all parishioners to attend this joyous occasion.  

Religious Education will move to the school building for the 2012-2013 school year, providing extra space for our expanding program. The basement of the school building will also be converted to a Youth Ministry center. Beyond the youth activities, the building will be used for a variety of functions, from ministry meetings to senior events. Transfer of Religious Education to the school building will also open up the parish hall for additional parish events.

 

Good Shepherd Entering Float for First Holiday Night Parade

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

Help Wanted for the Holiday Fair

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 arithmetic8@yahoo.com 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.

 

Join Us for a Pasta Benefit Dinner for Don Callen

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 gshepherd7726@charter.net. 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.

 

NAC Backpack Drive

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.

Good Shepherd & St. Augustine’s Vacation Bible School

“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 vbs4goodshepherdchurch@yahoo.com. Vacation Bible School is from 9:00-3:00 each day.

Holiday Fair Advertising

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 cote3@charter.net.

Religious Education 2017 Update

Thank you for your patience during this transition. I now
have an email for the Religious Education Office here at Good
Shepherd. So, without further delay, registration for Religious
Education for 2017-18 has begun. If you plan to register or re-register
your children, please contact Donna Wilson at 508-234-5340 or
dwilson@gsyouth.org. Your family must be registered parishioners
at Good Shepherd, St. Augustine’s in Millville, or St. Mary’s in
Uxbridge in order to register your children in our Religious Education
program. For children who are new to the program, a copy of his/her
baptismal certificate is required at the time of registration. I would
greatly appreciate hearing from each family as soon as possible so that
we can be ready for all our students this fall.

Please note there is a change in the schedule for students
in GRADE 5. In keeping with the curriculum and developmental skills
of this age group, we are moving grade 5 to Sunday morning, 11:00
am to 12:00 noon. Families are encouraged to join us at the 10:00 am
Mass. All students grades 1-5 will be dismissed from Mass with a
special blessing to attend class.

With the combining of resources between Good Shepherd and
St. Augustine, our fees for Good Shepherd have been reduced a little.
This year the fees are $75/1 child, $90/2 children; $115/3 or more
children. If you send your payment in the offertory basket, please place
it in an envelope clearly marked Religious Education. If you have any
questions, please contact Donna Wilson at the email address above or
leave a message at the Religious Education office, 508-234-5340. I will
return your call as soon as possible.