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— June 21, 2019

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 still looking for spring. Hopefully though the warm sunny days of summer will be with us for a while. I know that my aching bones can use some dryer and warmer weather.

— June 12, 2019

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! This day happens once a year but it should be a reminder to us all that we are called to honor our fathers each and every day. So to all the fathers in the parish Happy…

— June 8, 2019

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 final aspect of the Paschal Mystery – the Suffering, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord and the Decent of the Holy Spirit upon his followers. With the close of the…

— May 28, 2019

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 those who are now serving in the armed forces in areas of conflict may be protected and returned home safely to their loved ones. We also pray that future generations will…

— May 20, 2019

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 students enrolled in our Faith Formation program and 13 students making their Confirmation. We had one student preparing and receiving the Sacraments of First…

— May 7, 2019

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 baptism, we remember today our mothers who gave us birth, and the women who helped to teach us and nurture us physically and spiritually in our childhood and beyond. Happy…

— May 5, 2019

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 members of the parish Pastoral Council whose terms are coming to a close. A few years ago when we revised the Pastoral Council Covenant we began a selection process for new…

— April 28, 2019

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 I look into the mirror and reality hits home! Time truly has raced onward. When I recall the events of my ordination my memories though are still very vivid and…

— April 21, 2019

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 Easter. We celebrate today the Resurrection of our Lord and the new life that we have received through baptism. As we continue the celebration of Easter for the next fifty…

— April 16, 2019

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 great days of the Triduum. This week, called holy by our ancestors, calls us to focus our attention and energy on the observance of the Paschal Mystery.

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  • 2019
    • June
      • 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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