You shall love your neighbor as yourself. It is one of the simplest rules of the Bible to live by, yet one of the most powerful. Nearly 15 years ago a group of parishioners at Good Shepherd took this scripture teaching to new heights by launching a program that is still going strong today, aptly named, Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
Currently run by Laurie Petty—one of the founding members of the group—Neighbors Helping Neighbors provides home-cooked meals to parish families in need of support for a number of factors, such as illness or loss of job. The meals typically consist of the main course, side dishes, salad, and dessert, but can also contain canned goods, gift cards, or meat in need or preparing. On average the program serves between 2-4 families at a time. Parish families in need are referred by Father Larry or other parishioners and receive meals until they’ve made it through their difficult time. In several cases the beneficiaries of the meals have later gone on to pay it forward by preparing meals for others in need. Others offer to help fulfill prayer requests. Continue reading
If you are homebound or caring for someone at home and don’t want to miss Mass, tune into WCTR TV3 Monday through Friday at 9 AM for daily Mass live from the Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Paul, or on Sunday at 6 PM for delayed broadcast of the 10:15 AM Mass. Many priests from around our diocese volunteer to say Mass each month to help those who cannot attend.
Come join us for the first Men’s Breakfast of the year on Saturday, January 4th at 7:30 AM in the Parish Hall. It’s a great chance to meet up with fellow parishioners and share some great food and conversation.
On Sunday, December 29th from 1pm to 3pm Fr. Larry will be hosting the first annual Holiday Open House at the Good Shepherd Rectory. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us parishioners to share fellowship with Fr. Larry and and the other members of the parish.
The VBS Breakfast scheduled for Sunday, January 19th has been postponed to March 2nd.
TheVBS will be sponsoring a Breakfast after both masses in the Parish Hall. Proceeds will benefit the summer Vacation Bible School Program. Breakfast will be served from 9-10 AM and 11 AM–1 PM.
Due to the Snowstorm Religious Education tomorrow (12/15) for Little Lambs thru Grade 4 is cancelled. The celebration of First Penance scheduled for tomorrow (12/15) has also been postponed until Sunday, 1/26/14 at 2PM.
Finally, the Ham and Beans Dinner and Bake Sale scheduled for 12/14 has been postponed to 12/28.
There is much festivity going on at Good Shepherd this Christmas season with something for everyone. Celebrate this joyous time with your fellow parishioners and embrace the spirit of the season. Here are some of the activities to look forward to:
December 13th from 6 to 8 PM. Children’s Christmas Party (Parish Center): Children can enjoy games, crafts, treats, and even get their picture taken with Santa himself. Free.
December 14 th from 5:00-7:30PM. Ham and Beans Dinner (Parish Hall): Enjoy dinner and good times, and take your chances on a Red Sox raffle. $8 per person, $24 per family.
December 19th from 7 to 8 PM. Candlelight Prayer (Church): Enjoy some quiet reflection to the ambiance of candlelight. Listen to heartfelt Christmas stories and soothing Christmas songs.
December 22nd from 3 to 8 PM: Senior Ministry Sponsors Trip to La Salette Shrine. Cost of $15 per person for chartered bus from Foxy Travel. Sign up after Mass or contact Deacon Marc
December 23rd from 12to 3 PM: Vacation Bible School (VBS) Birthday Party for Jesus (Parish Center): Drop your children off and let them experience the true meaning of the season. Requested donation of $10 per child to benefit VBS. Register by 12/17.
December 24th and 25th: The 4:00 Mass features the Children’s Choir and Christmas Pageant. The 10:00 Vigil features the Festival Choir. The walkway will be lit by luminaires purchased in honor of loved ones and benefiting Youth Ministry missions. Christmas Mass will be at 10:00 AM.
December 29th 12 to 3 PM: Open House at the Rectory. Stop by to visit Father Larry and enjoy some light refreshments.