The Good Shepherd Catholic Community

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Last updated: February 23, 2015, 8:36:30 AM

CATHY KANALLEY-Office Administrator
Marilyn Paradise  Daytime - 315/364-7197
King Ferry Food Pantry at GSCC
First Saturdays 9-12, or by appointment.
Contact Debbie Patrick at 497-2049

VISITATION MINISTRY: Charles Walsh 889-5060
Marge Callahan 364-7449 or
Cathy or Lorraine - 364-7197
299 Main Street, Aurora    315/364-7197
8:00AM-4:00PM and by appointment
BAPTISM - Please call the Parish Office for an appointment
MARRIAGE - Couples must contact the Parish Office six months prior to the celebration.
RECONCILIATION - By appointment or before Mass on the weekend.
COMMUNION FOR THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND/ SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK - If a loved one is seriously ill or would like to receive Holy Communion at home, please call the Parish Office.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) - Non-Catholics interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith are invited to speak to any staff member or call the Parish Office.
NEW PARISHIONERS - Welcome! Please introduce yourselves to the Parish Staff. We want to get to know you.
REGISTRATION - Every family within the Parish should be registered. Please contact the office for a registration form. If you move to another parish, change your address or have additions or deletions to your family, please notify the Parish Office. Forms are available at each worship site.

REMINDER: Cemetery checks must be made out to the cemetery for which it is intended—NOT TO GSCC.  Thank you.


Lenten Penitential Regulations regarding abstinence during Lent:

Abstinence refers to NOT eating meat or meat products.

Catholics between the ages of 18 & 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. All Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent.



Keep up with Deacon Dennis' guidance on our pursuit of spiritual guidance and our Journey to God

  • 2015
    • January
      • Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
        As you have read this past week, we have been focused primarily on gaining self knowledge in the spiritual life. Awareness of God has also been part of the equation but now it becomes the primary focus as we read about the 3 Ways or stages of movement towards God on pages 87 to 114.
      • Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
        If you have been navigating through "Journey to God" as I have advised and have now broken through any log jam placed in your path by going to confession, you are not only well on your way toward preparing for Spiritual Direction but maybe even more proximally important in preparing for Lent which begins in just over three weeks.
      • Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
        If you have done the suggested reading and hard work so far on our "Journey to God" you should have a good sense of where you have been and where you are currently at in both your journey to and desire for God. Even if it doesn't feel like it now you are in a good place to make some critical moves.
      • The Baptism of the Lord
        If you have carefully read the opening pages of "Journey to God", especially pages 3 to 21, you will have a good sense that spiritual direction is essentially enlisting the services of a trail guide.
      • The Epiphany of the Lord
        Hopefully you have now picked up a copy of our newest spiritual guidebook entitled a "Journey to God". While the main theme of book is on engagement in Spiritual Direction, the book really offers the engaged reader much more in the way of spiritual self evaluation and planning tools to draw one closer in their relationship with God.
  • 2014
    • December
      • Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
        "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive" is the theme of the 2015 World Meeting of Families" being held in Philadelphia in September. The meeting, which is held every three years, was instituted by St. John Paul II in 1994 to reaffirm the family as the building block of a stable society.

Food Pantry Collection

Throughout the winter months we especially welcome donations of these non-perishable canned items: hearty soups, chili, stew, and pasta with meat (such as Chef Boyardee).

Donations may be left in the food collection box at church anytime.

Thank you for helping to make a difference for struggling families in our community!




Opportunities for Spiritual Enrichment

Obituary of Father Gerard McMahon, 1933-2015

Father Gerard McMahonFather Gerard McMahon, a longtime parish priest, died Jan. 29, 2015. He was 82.

Father McMahon grew up in St. Monica and St. John the Evangelist parishes in Rochester and attended the parishes' school. He also attended Aquinas Institute, St. Andrew's Seminary and St. Bernard's Seminary, all in Rochester. He was ordained by Bishop James E. Kearney on June 5, 1959, at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

He then served as assistant pastor at St. Anthony of Padua in Rochester (1959); Our Lady of Mercy in Greece (1959-60); St. Mary of the Lake in Ontario (1960-69); and St. Mary in Corning (1969-75). He served as associate pastor at Corpus Christi Parish in Rochester from 1975-76 before becoming pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Moravia in 1976. He led that parish for nine years before becoming pastor of St. Gabriel Parish in Hammondsport and St. Patrick Parish in Prattsburgh in 1985.

He left those parishes in 1993 to take a temporary assignment in the Diocese of Scranton, Pa., where he served as administrator for several parishes. In 1998 he retired and returned to Rochester, where he lived at Our Lady of Victory Parish. He later moved to Church of the Holy Spirit in Penfield, where he lived and served as needed for approximately nine years. He later moved to the McAuley Residence at the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse in Brighton.

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will celebrate Father McMahon's funeral Mass Feb. 7, 2015, at 9 a.m. at Church of the Holy Spirit. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester.



Mass Schedule


Mass: 8:30AM at St. Patrick’s, Moravia
Mass: 10:30AM at Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry
Mass: 12:15PM at St. Patrick’s, Aurora


Mass: 9:00AM at St Patricks' Aurora


Mass: 9:00AM at St Patrick's , Moravia
Mass: 9:30AM at Howd Nursing Home , Moravia (2nd Tues Only)


 No Mass


Mass: 4:00PM St Michael's Union Springs


9:00AM St Patrick's Aurora
First Friday: 9:00AM at Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry followed by Benediction.


Mass: 5:00PM at St. Michael’s, Union Springs


Ladies Lenten Study Please join us for a Ladies Lenten Study beginning on Thursday, February 26, at St. Patrick’s, Aurora. The study will use the book, “Walking With Purpose” by Lisa Brenninkmeyer and will be led by Sandy Groth. You can take a look at the book at If interested, please specify whether Thursday day or evenings work best for you. Hope to see you there!

 Living Stations at St. Patrick’s, Moravia, Friday, Feb. 28. at 7:00PM. Save the date and plan on this special Lenten event.

 Mark Your Calendars:

Good Shepherd Catholic Community's Future Search

When: Sunday March 15th from 1:15 to 5 PM
Where: St Patrick's Aurora Church Hall
Why: To become drawn by vision and no longer driven by issues
How: Two organizational development experts from outside our parish will facilitate our discussion leading to a future vision.
Who: All parishioners and potential parishioners



Weekly Bulletins

Catholic Ministries Appeal 2014 Update:

We have reached our parish goal!  As of February 2, 144 parishioners have given or pledged $27,739 which is 100.95% of our parish goal.  I thank you for your generous support of the Catholic Ministry Appeal.  Your gift helps to continue to spread the good news of Jesus our Lord from one generation to the next.