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Good Shepherd Catholic Community is a catholic parish.
Catholic comes from the Greek meaning universal, international or all inclusive, and so, everyone is welcome here, no matter who you are, where you come from, your race, language or lifestyle, your age or income. Everyone is welcome here because we are all God’s family and this is his house.

Winter Sunday Mass in Aurora is at 12:15PM

 Beginning the weekend of November 26/27, the First Sunday of Advent, we will begin the Winter Mass schedule at St. Patrick, Aurora; Mass will be moved from 9:00a.m. to 12:15 p.m.   We will also be starting on that date a different Winter Mass time for St. Michal Church, Union Springs; Mass will be moved from 5:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  In the Spring, we will be moving back to the previous Mass times.  Please mark your calendars for these changes.  

God bless you, Father Bill

Advent/Christmas Schedule


The 2016-2017 Catholic Ministry Appeal is underway!  When you contribute to the Catholic Ministry Appeal, your generosity works in so many different ways! It supports people in need, helps nurture our youth, assists in communicating the good news throughout the diocese, and provides much-needed support for our parishes. It fosters the Gospel message of stewardship – a message that reminds us that all we are and all we have are gifts from God. Locally the CMA has helped to support Catholic Charities, and also supports our youth by sponsoring retreats and leadership conferences for youth as well as organizing the large delegation of youth from our diocese who attends the bi-annual National Catholic Youth Conference.  Listed below is the 2016/17 CMA Update as of December 11th:

G.S.C.C. Parish Donors     $ Pledged     % of goal       Parish Goal
                        110             $27,408.50     81.30%          $33,711

I thank those who have already responded to the Catholic Ministry Appeal with your generous support. If you have not yet given your support to the CMA, please do so today. Your gift helps to continue to spread the good news of Jesus our Lord from one generation to the next.


Season of Advent

Next Sunday  (Nov 26/27) the new liturgical year begins as we enter the Season of Advent.  Advent is a time when we prepare for the celebration of the Birth of Our Savior and for His Second Coming.   One way to help us prepare is to receive the gift mercy that God offers us in the Sacrament of Penance.  This Advent I will be available for individual confessions at additional times than the usual schedule that is posted on the front page of the weekly bulletin.  The following are the dates, times and places where I will be available for Confessions during the Advent Season.

Sacrament of Penance

  • St. Michael Church, Union Springs Dec. 3, 10 & 17 from 3:00p.m. – 4:45p.m.
  • St. Patrick Church, Aurora Dec. 3, 10 & 17 from 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.
  • St. Patrick Church, Moravia Every Sunday from 8:00a.m. – 8:20a.m. (the usual time) and Dec. 20 from 6:00p.m. -7:30 p.m.
  • Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry Dec. 2 from 8:00a.m. – 8:45a.m. (the usual First Friday time) and Dec. 6 & Dec. 13 from 6:30 – 7:30p.m.


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: 4:00PM at St. Michael’s, Union Springs

Mass Intentions
Week of Nov 20, 2016

Sunday: 11/20 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the  
   Mass:  8:30AM at St. Patrick’s, Moravia
    +For Jean Mattiace  by Frank & Mary Ann Turek
    Mass:  9:00AM at St. Patrick’s, Aurora
    +For All Living & Deceased Members of GSCC
     Mass: 10:30AM at Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry
     +For All Souls
 Monday: 11/21 - Presentation of the Blessed Virgin
    Mass: 9:00AM at St. Patrick’s, Aurora
    +For Paul Maloney by John & Sara Miller

  Tuesday: 11/22 – St. Cecilia
     Mass: 9:00AM at     St. Patrick’s, Moravia
     +For Dorothy Riester & Deceased Members of Riester & Donovan Families by Estate
  Wednesday: 11/23 – St. Clement 1, St. Columban  Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro
     NO Mass

    Thursday: 11/24 – St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions , Thanksgiving Day
      Mass: 9:00AM at St. Patrick’s, Aurora
     +For Roy Moorby by Father Bill

  Friday: 11/25 – St. Catherine of Alexandria
      NO Mass
  Saturday: 11/26–Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent
       Mass: 4:00PM at St. Michael’s, Union Springs
     +For Virginia Bratek by Bratek Children

  Sunday: 11/27 - First Sunday of Advent
      Mass: 8:30AM at St. Patrick’s, Moravia
      +For Jim Green by Joan & Milt Rogers
      Mass: 12:15PM at St. Patrick’s, Aurora
     +For Charles Costello by Therese Shook
     Mass: 10:30AM at Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry
     +For Ray Moorby by Father Bill



Confessions will be held on First Fridays from 8:00am - 8:45am at Our Lady of the Lake before First Friday Mass & Benediction; at St. Michael Church on the first Saturday of each month from 4:00pm - 4:45pm and at St. Patrick’s, Moravia, before the 8:30am Sunday Mass beginning at 8:00am.



Eternal God, from the very moment of creation you revealed that every good gift has its source in you. You shower your people with abundant blessings and provide for us with your provident care. Help us to use wisely the gifts of the earth that you have bestowed on us. Give us wisdom to use prudently the talents each one has that come from your hand. Afford us the insight to see opportunities to serve in the time you have given to us. May the treasure, talent, and time we possess be placed in service of you for the common good. Amen.


Words from our Pastor

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Advent Prayer Books

During Advent we are called to prepare our hearts and minds to receive our Savior. Taking time for daily prayer and time to reflect on God’s Word in the scriptures can help us to be open to the love that God has in store for us. To assist you we will have available in our churches The Magnificat Advent Companion. It contains daily prayers and reflections as well as prayers for the blessing of an Advent Wreath and blessing of a Christmas Tree,  praying the O Antiphons  and other devotional prayers and reflections.

International Student Exchange:

Julia, a 16 year old Catholic student from Brazil , will be traveling to the U. S. for the Second School Semester, beginning in January. She has her own spending money, and medical and liability insurance and is looking for a host family. She will be a member of your family with chores, family activities and church. She is interested in theater, painting/drawing, martial arts. Please call Penelope Smith at 1-800-964-4678 if you are interested. Thank you!


From the Office:

In the event of a serious illness or placement of a loved one in a Nursing Facility or Hospital, or when a family member or friend passes away, please call the rectory office as soon as possible at 364-7197, for Father Bill’s information. Thank you.

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