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— November 27, 2020

First Sunday in Advent of the Lord

As we begin the Season of Advent I want to share with you following schedule of Masses and times for the Sacrament of Penance that take place during the Advent/Christmas Season. You might want to put it on your refrigerator for reference or better yet share it with your relatives or neighbors.…

— November 22, 2020

Christmas Mass Schedule/Parish Questionnaire/Fruit Baskets

Christmas Mass Schedule Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th 5:00 p.m. St. Patrick’s, Moravia ` 8:30 a.m. St. Patrick’s, Moravia 6:30 p.m. Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry 10:30 a.m.…

— November 10, 2020

Christmas Mass Schedule and signup

As we continue to deal with the dangers of the spread of the coronavirus we are still limited as to how many people can safely gather in our churches while still practicing social distancing. We have not had any difficulty with the numbers that have been coming to our weekend Masses over the past…

— November 6, 2020

2020-2021 Catholic Ministry Appeal: “Christ Our Light"

Our Diocese of Rochester has launched the 2020-2021 Catholic Ministry Appeal. The theme of this year’s campaign is "Christ Our Light." Stewardship challenges us to recognize that each of us has received gifts from God – namely our time, talent, and treasure. God expects us to discern our…

— November 1, 2020

All Saints Day

Feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints and Monday the Feast of All Souls. These are special days when we remember those that have gone before us. Each of our lives has been touched by holy men and women who have allowed the love of God to flow through…

— October 24, 2020

New ways of doing things.

New ways of doing things. That seems to be the mantra as we go through life in these days of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. We are celebrating and participating in Mass in new ways. Our children are learning in school in new ways. Business is being conducted in new ways. Our Faith…

— October 17, 2020

2020-2021 Catholic Ministry Appeal: “Christ Our Light”

Our Diocese of Rochester has launched the 2020-2021 Catholic Ministry Appeal. The purpose and necessity for the CMA is unchanged after nearly 40 years. We are responsible for continuing the Church’s mission throughout good times and bad – through prosperous times and lean times and yes even in this…

— October 11, 2020

Financial Report

In the bulletin today is a financial report for Good Shepherd Catholic Community. The fiscal year for our parish runs from July 1 to June 30. There are two reports included in the bulletin insert; one is a Balance Statement and the second is a statement of Revenues and Expenditures (sometimes…

— October 4, 2020

Twenty – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Although we do not celebrate feasts days of the Saints when they fall on Sunday. Today, October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis of Assisi has always been one of my favorite Saints, I remember as a boy seeing a movie about St. Francis and was moved by his answering…

— August 29, 2020

A Back to School Prayer for College Students

This past weekend I spoke to a number of parents who saw their children off to college for their freshman year. It is always a trying time for parents seeing their children leave the “nest” for the first time, but in this year with the concerns of dealing with the coronavirus, the normal parental…

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  • 2020
    • November
    • October
    • August
      • A Back to School Prayer for College Students
        This past weekend I spoke to a number of parents who saw their children off to college for their freshman year. It is always a…
      • Sharing our Faith
        When we reach the Feast of the Assumption on the calendar it always reminds me of how few days are left of the summer! Labor …
      • Feast Days
        As Catholics there are many levels of feast days that we celebrate during the liturgical year. Next Saturday we celebrate the A…
    • July
      • Sharing our memories
        This weekend marks the twenty seventh anniversary of my nephew, Travis Jacob Schultz’s, death. Travis was only twenty years old…
      • New Assignments Begin
        In our diocese the last Tuesday of June marks the moving day for priests taking on new assignments. So this Sunday all the pries…
    • June
      • The Garden of God’s People
        On Father’s Day I spent some time working in the gardens at the rectory in Aurora. With the lack of rain we have had I spent so…
      • June Updates from Father
        After celebrating the Feast of Pentecost, The Most Holy Trinity and The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we move this Sunday …
      • A Reflection on recent events
        My heart is sickened this week as I have witnessed the events that have taken place in our country following the death of George…
    • 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 Mothers Day
        Today as we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter, we remember today our mothers who gave us birth, and the women who helped to t…
    • April
      • World Day of Prayer for Vocations
        Prayer for Vocations Loving and Generous God, it is You who call us by name and ask us to follow You. Help us to grow in th…
      • Dying and Rising with Christ
        Easter is a time when we celebrate the new life we have received through Jesus’ death and resurrection. This week on April 30th…
    • March
    • February
      • 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 this Wednesday, February 26th. The symbol of ashes that we r…
      • 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, 1…
      • 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 bega…
      • 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 traditio…
    • January
  • 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…

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