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— August 14, 2018

The winding down of Summer!

Last Wednesday, August 15th, we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Many years I have noticed that when I’ve planted Easter lily bulbs in the garden they often produce a second bloom again on or near the Feast of the Assumption of Mary! When I see the lilies blooming in August I see…

— August 8, 2018

Cayuga County Senior Nutrition Program

Over the years as I have visited elderly parishioners in their homes I often inquire as to whether they are able to do their own cooking. Proper nutrition is important for all of us, and is very important for the elderly to help them remain in good health. When I lived in Tioga County many of the…

— August 3, 2018

Faith Formation: Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ

We are first initiated into the community of faith through the Sacrament of Baptism and the graces we receive on that day. That grace needs to be nurtured. Our Faith Formation program invites you on a journey to know the God of all creation and the grace received from this relationship. As parents…

— July 31, 2018

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. They are planning a reunion in October and I hope to attend. Next week however, I will be attending another 50th Anniversary reunion. I believe that I mentioned before I was…

— July 12, 2018

One Nation under God

Recently many young people were graduated from the local high schools in our parish, Moravia Central School, Southern Cayuga Central School and Union Springs Central School. I congratulate all the graduating Seniors! Most of them are probably enjoying their last summer home before they go on to…

— July 6, 2018

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. But, the heat and the humidity can often get peoples nerves on end, leading one to impatience and irritability. As we enter the “dog days of summer” I think that prayer is…

— July 1, 2018

Visiting Missionary Collection

Today we welcome Father Eugene Savarimuthu, who will be with us to speak about the missionary efforts of the Diocese of Kumbakonam, India. Each year we hold a Visiting Missionary Appeal in all of the parishes of our diocese to support missionary efforts around the world. The office of The Society…

— June 21, 2018

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 world. The office of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith coordinates this appeal. Next weekend, June 30/July 1, Rev. Eugene Savarimuthu from the Diocese of…

— June 14, 2018

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 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 Father’s…

— June 10, 2018

Notes from Father Bill

Last weekend, we prayed over the names of parishioners who accepted nominations to serve as Pastoral Council members. After we prayed to the Holy Spirit the following names were selected: Janet Nelson and Steve Cardinal. Also, I have appointed Rita Sheils to the Council so that each of our church…

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  • 2018
    • 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
  • 2016
    • November
    • October
    • September
      • Catholic Ministries Appeal
        The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) is the annual appeal inviting Catholics in the Diocese of Rochester to join in a partnershi…
      • Food Pantry Update
        The King Ferry Food Pantry has completed its move from the King Ferry parish house to its new location at the former Ag Wing at …
      • Financial Report
        In the bulletin today is a financial report for Good Shepherd Catholic Community. This report does not include the revenue and …
      • Remember the Needs of Our Brothers and Sisters:
        Next Sunday marks the 15th Anniversary of the “9/11” terrorist attacks in our country.
    • August
    • July
    • June
      • Parish Cemeteries
        In Good Shepherd Catholic Community we have five cemeteries, one connected with each of our churches as well as the old and new …
      • 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!
    • May
      • 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…
      • 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…
      • May we be open to the Holy Spirit
        During a Sunday Mass as we were singing the Alleluia I noticed a baby in the church smiling brightly and clapping his hands as w…
    • April
      • Pastoral Council Nominations
        I would like to thank all those who helped with the celebration of the Mass with Bishop Matano and the reception that followed. …
      • Our Vision and Mission
        A year ago as a parish we were in the midst of a process of Visioning for the Future. We began that process on March 15th, 2015 …
    • March
      • 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 …
      • May We Know the Reconciling Peace of Christ
        During the season of Lent, we are challenged to remember that the Christian life is an ongoing journey of conversion of heart. …
    • February
      • Second Sunday of Lent
        Lent is a season when we are called to grow in our relationship with God and with one another. Each of us is called by God to l…
      • Pope Francis' Lenten Message
        As we begin Lent I would like to share with you this excerpt from Pope Francis Lenten message. Have a blessed Lent.
      • Our Lenten Journey
        We will begin our forty-day Lenten journey to the glories of Easter on Wednesday. The symbol of ashes that we will receive on ou…
    • January

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