Monthly Archives: March 2014

Youth Ministry Collecting For Blessings of Hope: Thrifty Ways You Can Help

This summer members of Good Shepherd’s Youth Ministry will be performing mission work at Blessings of Hope, a food ministry in Ephrata Pennsylvania. But they are not going alone. They will have in tow a U-Haul packed with 120 banana boxes of toiletry and personal hygiene products, like toothpaste, shampoo, and soap. Why these items? Because unlike food items, struggling families are not able to purchase them with food stamps. Imagine not having the money to buy everyday essentials for showering, brushing your teeth, or shaving for you and your family. Continue reading

03/18 Religious Education Update

The following is the Religious Education Update for Sunday, March 18 and Monday, March 19: Continue reading

Clothing Collection Shed

As announced at masses last weekend, we have entered into a partnership with a company called “St. Pauly Textile”. This is a company that distributes clothing around the world. They have more than 800 of these collection sheds in MA, Upstate NY, PA, VT, and CT. Continue reading

VBS Breakfast.

On Sunday, March 2nd, Good Shepherd hosted a Pancake Breakfast to benefit this summer’s Vacation Bible School Program. The Breakfast raised over $500. Fundraisers for Vacation Bible School help to ensure  the program remains free of charge for all children looking to attend. Thank you to all who helped make this year’s breakfast a stunning success.

Check out pictures below:

 

Join Us for Vacation Bible School 2014

We are beginning to plan for the 2014 Summer VBS Program. Our theme this year is Service to Others. We have selected the program “God’s Backyard Bible Camp: Under the Sun & Stars.” It is a great program and I am excited to share it with all of you.

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Join us this summer, July 21st – 25th, 2014! VBS will be from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Good Shepherd Church and Parish Center. We will celebrate service to others with Bible Stories, Games, Music, Fun, and Food! Come get involved! Our annual field trip this year will be to the Planetarium at the EcoTarium in Worcester! Registration forms will be available beginning in April 2014.

You are invited to be part of our team this summer. We need adults and teens who would like to share God’s Love and Serve Jesus with the children of our parish and community. Find out what you can do to make this summer one you and the children will never forget. No experience needed. Training will be provided. Please join us at a 30 minute informational meeting on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 5:30-6:00pm in the Good Shepherd Church Hall.

Download our poster here.

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03/09-10: Religious Education Update

The following is a Religious Education Update for Sunday, 3/9 to Monday, 3/10: Continue reading

02/23-02/24 Religious Education Update

The following is a Religious Education Update for the weekend of February 23rd-24th:

Little Lambs
This week, the Little Lambs learned about friendship. They explored how friends treat each other and made a booklet about friendship.

First Grade
This week, the first graders learned about the Sacrament of Baptism. Mrs. Landry took them on a “field trip” over to the church to see the Baptismal Font.

Second Grade
Congratulations to Mrs. Millette on her first First Communion Class Mass. The second graders participated in the readings, the prayers of the faithful and bringing up the gifts. We will be working with them to learn the songs for the Consecration of the Mass.

Third Grade
This week, the third graders learned that it is wrong to call people hurtful names. They learned that telling people things that will build them up is the way Jesus wants us to treat them.

Fourth Grade
This week, the fourth graders learned that the ten commandments are like family rules. They talked about conscience, and that Jesus’ Law of Love can help family feuding.

Fifth Grade
This week, the fifth graders learned about Holy Thursday by watching the segment of “Jesus of Nazareth” about the Last Supper.

Sixth Grade
This week, the sixth graders learned that the prophets in the Old Testament gave the people hope during their exile to Babylon. The early Christians turned to the prophets for hope when they were being persecuted.

Seventh Grade
This week, the seventh graders learned that just as Jesus remained faithful to his Father, we are called to remain faithful sons and daughters of God. They learned how to make a moral decision and how to develop a fully formed conscience.

Eighth Grade
This week, the 8th graders combined with the 5th graders to study the Last Supper, which is celebrated on Holy Thursday. They watched the Last Supper segment of the movie, “Jesus of Nazareth”.

Confirmation I
This week the Confirmation I class learned about God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The mystery of the Holy Trinity is a dogma of the Church. The Christian family is an image of the love that unites the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit as one God. When the Christian family strives to love as Christ taught us to love, it professes its faith in the Holy Trinity.