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— February 11, 2020

Someone must have said, “May you live long and prosper”

A week ago Thursday I celebrated the funeral Mass for Libby Perkins. Libby was a 104 + years old! Libby was born on June 24, 1915. At that time the United States had yet to enter into the battlefields of the First World War. At her funeral Mass her Grandsons told how many Popes and Presidents…

— February 8, 2020

Come Holy Spirit!

Come Holy Spirit. Come into my life. A simple prayer but a powerful one. I have mentioned in the past that it was when I began to ask the Holy Spirit to come into my life that I first realized that God had a plan in mind for me.

— February 1, 2020

The Presentation of the Lord

February 2nd is a noted day for many reasons. It is Groundhog Day! I remember as a boy my father telling us about the tradition of the Groundhog predicting how many more weeks of winter we would have. My first reaction was to ask my dad what a Groundhog was; I had always called that burrowing…

— January 27, 2020

Understanding physician assisted suicide

As Catholics we believe in the sanctity of every human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. While we may not often consider end-of-life issues, now is the time to pay closer attention. Several states have already legalized physician-assisted suicide, and efforts are…

— January 16, 2020

Retirement Party

Cathy Kanalley will be retiring at the end of January after many years serving our parish and other parishes in our diocese. We will be having an Open House Reception for Cathy on Sunday, February 2nd at St. Patrick Church Hall in Moravia from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to give parishioners a…

— January 11, 2020

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the end of the liturgical season of Christmastide. On the following day the season of ordinary time begins and we are back into the green vestments.

— January 3, 2020

May We Manifest His Love through our Service

This Weekend we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany and we recall how the Magi came and presented to the new born king gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We are reminded by this feast that we too are called to present a gift to Jesus; the greatest gift that we can possibly give, the gift of…

— December 29, 2019

Feast of the Holy Family

Merry Christmas! Unlike the secular world our celebration of Christmas continues! The shopping malls have been playing Christmas music since before Thanksgiving, some since Halloween! The radio stations play carols and Christmas songs all day on December 25, but come the 26th of December, the…

— December 22, 2019

Come Lord Jesus reside in our hearts

As we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas is just a few days. Every year at this time I am in awe of the generosity and love that is revealed in so many beautiful ways during the Advent/Christmas season. This year we did the fruit basket project in the parish for the sixth time and we…

— December 15, 2019

O Come Lord Jesus into our Hearts

The Third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday we light the pink candle on the Advent wreath. Gaudete is from the Latin verb gaudere (to rejoice). It is a command ordering us to rejoice! May we rejoice in the Lord always as we reflect on the gift of Jesus our Savior.

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  • 2020
  • 2019
    • December
      • Feast of the Holy Family
        Merry Christmas! Unlike the secular world our celebration of Christmas continues! The shopping malls have been playing Christmas…
      • Come Lord Jesus reside in our hearts
        As we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas is just a few days. Every year at this time I am in awe of the generosity…
      • O Come Lord Jesus into our Hearts
        The Third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday we light the pink candle on the Advent wreath. Gaudete is from the Lati…
    • November
      • Feast of Christ the King
        Today as we celebrate The Feast of Christ the King we enter into the last week of the church liturgical year. Next Sunday the ne…
      • Fruit Basket Project
        Before I entered the seminary I worked as a Produce Manager in a supermarket. I had worked in many grocery stores during my hig…
      • FISH BOWL SUNDAY
        This past Sunday, being the first Sunday of the month, was Fish Bowl Sunday and we asked parishioners to take slips from the Fis…
      • National Vocations Awareness Week
        This week has been designated as National Vocation Awareness Week. It is a time to pray for vocations to the deaconate, priesth…
    • October
      • Feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day
        This week we celebrate the feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. These are special days when we remember those that have g…
      • Bishop Matthew Clark
        It has been seven years since Bishop Matthew Clark has retired as the eighth bishop of Rochester after over thirty three years a…
      • 2019 Financial Report
        In the Oct 6, 2019 bulletin is a financial report for Good Shepherd Catholic Community. The fiscal year for our parish runs fro…
    • September
    • August
    • July
      • Anniversaries to remember
        I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of my graduation from New Hartford High School. The…
      • Good Samaritans
        This past Sunday the gospel reading was the story of the Good Samaritan. Sunday afternoon I was very grateful that Good Samarit…
      • Notes from Father Bill
        On July 6th the Blessing of the Boats took place in Aurora. For the third year in a row the weather became a real concern. Thi…
      • As we go forward together
        I am writing this bulletin article on June 24th. It was five years ago today that I became pastor of Good Shepherd Catholic Co…
    • June
      • Notes from Father Bill
        As we come to the end of the month of June we also come to the close of the Fiscal Year for our parish. It will be a while befo…
      • Summertime, a time for prayer
        The calendar on this past Friday marked the beginning of summer. With all the rain we have had this year I have found myself s…
      • Happy Father’s Day
        Today we celebrate Father’s Day! Each year on the third Sunday of June as we honor our fathers it is truly a special day! Thi…
      • Pentecost Sunday
        This weekend we end the Easter Season with the Feast of Pentecost. The gift of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples marks the fina…
    • May
      • Memorial Day Weekend
        Monday we will be celebrating Memorial Day. As we remember all those who have died in the service of our country, we pray that t…
      • Faith Formation and Vacation Bible School
        Our Faith Formation classes are concluding until we meet again in the Fall. Once again it has been a busy year. We had 20 studen…
      • Happy Mother’s Day!
        As we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord on this Fourth Sunday of Easter and the New Birth we received in our ba…
      • Pastoral Council Nominations 2019-2020
        As we see the beauty of spring finally arriving, it reminds me that it is once again the time of the year to replace current mem…
    • April
      • Reflections on my Ordination
        Thirty Seven years ago, on April 30th, 1982, I was ordained to the Priesthood. In many ways it seems like only yesterday, then …
      • Happy Easter! The Lord has Risen
        On behalf of the staff of Good Shepherd Catholic Community, I wish all of you and your families a very blessed and joy filled Ea…
      • Holy Week - The Triduum
        Today as we celebrate Palm Sunday we enter the most solemn week of the Church Year – the final, intense days of Lent and the gre…
      • Is it Spring Yet!
        I woke up this morning to see snow on the ground! It was if God was saying “So you thought it was Spring! April Fools! It su…
    • March
      • Laetáre Sunday
        This Sunday is known as Laetáre Sunday. The name comes from the opening antiphon of the Mass which begins, “Laetáre Ierúsalem” o…
      • Lent and Solemnity Feast days
        This Sunday we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent which this year falls on March 17th, St. Patrick Day. St. Patrick is the pat…
      • Be Reconciled with God and one another
        The Sacrament of Penance is often referred to as Confession, or as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All three names reference an…
      • Our Lenten Journey
        We will begin our forty-day Lenten journey to the glories of Easter this Wednesday, March 6th. The symbol of ashes that we rece…
    • February
      • Formed in a Community of Faith
        This past week we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11th. The Feast has special meaning to me because I w…
      • Finishing the Course
        What shifts we have been having in the weather! Today it is forecast to reach 60 degrees after enduring days of zero or below w…
      • Public Policy Weekend: Justice for Farmworkers
        Here in our Diocese, parishes participate in the annual Public Policy Weekend every February, when parishioners speak out with o…
    • January
      • Winter has returned!
        Last weekend’s snow storm and the wind that followed it made most of us hunker down in our homes protected from the elements. M…
      • 2019 PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA
        ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF ROCHESTER 2019 PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, There are many wh…
      • The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
        The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the end of the liturgical season of Christmastide. On the following day the season of…
      • The Feast of Epiphany
        This Weekend we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany and we recall how the Magi came and presented to the new born king gifts of gold…
  • 2018
    • December
    • November
      • 2018 Fruit Basket Project
        Before I entered the seminary I worked as a Produce Manager in a supermarket. I had worked in many grocery stores during my hig…
      • Fish Bowl Sunday
        This past Sunday, being the first Sunday of the month, was Fish Bowl Sunday and we asked parishioners to take slips from the Fis…
      • The Week Ahead
        This week has been designated as National Vocation Awareness Week. It is a time to pray for vocations to the deaconate, priesth…
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
      • Anniversaries to remember
        I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of my graduation from New Hartford High School. The…
      • One Nation under God
        Recently many young people were graduated from the local high schools in our parish, Moravia Central School, Southern Cayuga Cen…
      • Summertime, a time for prayer
        The summertime is often experienced as a time of relaxation and recreation, a time to enjoy the presence of family and friends. …
      • Visiting Missionary Collection
        Today we welcome Father Eugene Savarimuthu, who will be with us to speak about the missionary efforts of the Diocese of Kumbakon…
    • June
      • Visiting Missionary Collection
        Each year we hold a Visiting Missionary Appeal in all of the parishes of our diocese to support missionary efforts around the wo…
      • Happy Father’s Day
        Today we celebrate Father’s Day! Each year on the third Sunday of June we honor our fathers it is truly a special day! This d…
      • Notes from Father Bill
        Last weekend, we prayed over the names of parishioners who accepted nominations to serve as Pastoral Council members. After we p…
    • May
      • Vacation Bible School: “Rolling River Rampage” 2018
        (This week's message by Marilyn Paradise - Faith Formation Coordinator) Our Faith Formation classes have concluded until we mee…
      • Memorial Day Weekend
        Monday we will be celebrating Memorial Day. As we remember all those who have died in the service of our country, we pray that t…
      • Pentecost Sunday
        This weekend we end the Easter Season with the Feast of Pentecost. The gift of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples marks the fi…
      • Happy Mother’s Day!
        As we continue to celebrate our “New Birth” in the Lord on this Seventh Sunday of Easter, we remember today our mothers who gave…
    • April
      • May we be open to the Holy Spirit
        Last Sunday our young people who are in their second year of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation had a review session.…
      • Convocation
        This week on Monday through Wednesday I will be joining with Bishop Matano the priests and Pastoral Administrators in our Dioces…
      • FISH BOWL SUNDAY
        A year ago we began Fish Bowl Sunday in our parishes to help support the local food pantries that are serving the needs of peopl…
    • March
      • The Lord is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!
        The Lord is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia! I wish all of you and your families a very blessed and joy filled Easter as we celebrate…
      • Holy Week - The Triduum
        Today as we celebrate Palm Sunday we enter the most solemn week of the Church Year – the final, intense days of Lent and the gre…
      • Parish Lenten Retreat
        This week we are pleased to welcome Father Mark McDonald, MSC to our parish to share with us from his faith and experience as a …
      • Laetáre Sunday
        This Sunday is known as Laetáre Sunday. The name comes from the opening antiphon of the Mass which begins, “Laetáre Ierúsalem” o…
      • Passing the torch: from one generation to the next
        This year the first few weeks of Lent have been a sad journey for many families in our parish as we have had five parish-ioners …
    • February
      • The Sacrament of Penance
        The Sacrament of Penance is often referred to as Confession, or as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All three names reference an…
      • Days of Fasting and Abstinence
        I remember as a boy journeying through the days of Lent. When I was young the Lenten obligations regarding fasting and abstinenc…
      • Our Lenten Journey
        We will begin our forty-day Lenten journey to the glories of Easter on Wednesday, February 14th. The symbol of ashes that we rec…
      • Public Policy Advocacy Weekend:
        Next weekend February 10/11 has been designated as Public Policy Advocacy Weekend. Bishop Matano and the Diocese of Rochester …
    • January
  • 2017

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