Monthly Archives: September 2014

Hear the Parish Report

You may have noticed the sign hanging from the Parish Center that says “I’m In!” What does it mean? On the weekend of September 20th-21st Father Larry, Parish Council Chair Jason Cote, and Parish Finance Board Chair Jim Haynes explained as they presented the annual parish report. If you missed it you can find the videos here:

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Food Pantry and New Day Outreach

Food Pantry and New Day Outreach
“…I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least
brothers, you did it for me.” Matthew 26:40 On the last full
weekend of each month, we have an opportunity to respond to
Jesus’ call for us to help those in need. Next weekend, Sept. 27 &
28, is our Food Pantry and New Day Outreach weekend.

Food Pantry
This month our donations will go to the People First Food Pantry
in Uxbridge. Please purchase an extra item or two when you do
your shopping this week and bring them to church next weekend.

New Day
Monies received in the Good Shepherd Church replica on the last
full weekend of each month are used to help individuals and
families from our parish, and also to support various community
causes. Your generos

The Deacon is In

Beginning on September 23, Deacon Marc will have scheduled
office hours every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 PM in the
rectory. To schedule an appointment to speak with Deacon Marc
regarding any matter, please call the rectory Monday-Thursday,
9:30 AM to 3 PM.

Religious Education Enrollment

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 czabinski@gsyouth.org. 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 place your payment in the collection basket, please put it in a separate envelope clearly marked “Religious Education.”  If you have any questions, please call Carol at the number above.

10/17/2014: Children’s Movie Night

There are 3 adults along with Mrs. Zabinski who are committed to developing a Children’s Activity Program to generate enthusiasm and a sense of belonging in our younger parish members. The Friday Night Children’s Activity Programs
will focus on children in grades 1-5. Adults and high school teens who would like to join us in our goal should contact Bill & Donna Wilson at vbs4goodshepherdlinwood@yahoo.com or Marybeth Guertin at dmdcguertin@verizon.net.

The next 2 events are a Movie Night on October 17, 6-8 PM (Veggie Tales Jonah), and a Service Night on November 14, 6-8 PM (learning to serve others and baking quick breads for Thanksgiving baskets).

Please consider bringing your children to these safe, fun-filled nights in our church hall. They will be a wonderful alternative to sitting around watching TV. All parents are invited to stay and join in the fun!

11/08/2014: Parish Fair

On Saturday, November 8th Good Shepherd Parish (Linwood, MA) will host their second annual Holiday Fair and Luncheon, from 9 AM to 3PM. The Fair will take place in both the Parish Hal (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,

The Holiday Fair will continue many of the traditions of last year’s Fair. Groups of talented parishioners have been meeting throughout the year to craft a wide range of items, which will be available for purchase. Items include knitted and crouched goods, jewelry, wooden ornaments, rosary beads, and much more. Teenager Abbie Cote will also be selling her designer T shirts.

In addition to their crafting skills, parishioners will also showcase their cooking skills. From a sumptuous bake sale table to a cookie walk the Fair has a little something for every food connoisseur. Sample a wide variety of designer fudge and pies, including meat pies—which can also be pre-ordered. Enjoy a Holiday Luncheon, featuring homemade soups, sandwiches, potato salad, desserts, and much more. And if you want to learn new recipes of your own, a parish cookbook will also be available for purchase. The cookbook features family recipes gathered from across the parish community and is the parish’s first cookbook in over 40 years.

Bring the kids along, as the Good Shepherd Youth Ministry will be offering a series of children’s games in their Youth Ministry Center, along with fun prizes. The Fair will also feature a kids Christmas Shopping table where children will have the opportunity to buy gifts for family and friends for one dollar or less. Gently-used DVDs will also be available for sale.

This year’s Fair looks to build on the overwhelming success of last year’s Fair, which raised nearly $10,000 to support the parish’s mission. Planning has been a year-long effort, beginning in January and picking up steam with ongoing planning, crafting, and parish cookbook meetings held from April through November. The committee has also received generous donations from both parishioners and local businesses, including a large selection of raffle items. “It’s been a tremendous parish-wide effort,” states Berni Guertin, chair of the Holiday Fair.

Further details regarding the Holiday Fair will be available on the parish’s website at www.goodshepherdlinwood.org.

Good Shepherd Youth Ministry Featured in the Catholic Free Press

From August 3rd to August 10th members of Good Shepherd’s Youth Ministry made the long journey to Ephrata Pennsylvania for a week-long mission at Blessings of Hope, a nonprofit food distribution center. Their journey was featured in the Catholic Free Press:

Youth Ministry will continue this mission in 2015 with two separate service weeks to Blessings of Hope. Read how you can help here.