For the Christmas Masses we are asking parishioners to register ahead of time in order to attend the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses. We are still limited as to how many people can safely gather in our churches while still practicing social distancing. So we are taking reservations for 75 persons for each of the five Masses that are listed above. If you will be attending Mass as a family when you register please indicate the number of family members you will be sitting with and their names. We will be assigning seats for these Masses so as to maximize seating capacity and still keep the proper space for social distancing. We have set up on our parish website a tool for signing-up for the Mass you want to attend. www.thegoodshepherd.cc Please sign-up on–line at the parish website. If you do not have the internet or an email address you can register by calling the Parish Office at 315-364-7197.
(I apologize for having incorrect contact information in last week’s bulletin. I had both the website address and the office phone number wrong! It’s been a difficult time! If you were unable to make connection please try again.) Since the Office is only open two days a week please leave a message and we will get back to you. I know this procedure might be an inconvenience but it will enable us to safely gather for the celebration of the Birth of our Savior. I realize that not everyone might be able to attend the Mass of their choice as we are limited in seating so I ask you to make an adjustment if necessary. I thank you for your cooperation.
We know the bulletin doesn’t reach all our parishioners so we also have sent out a letter to each household in the parish with this information about registering for the Christmas Masses. Also in that mailing we included a questionnaire that we are asking parishioners to answer. 2020 has been a challenging year on many fronts. Gathering as a church family has been complex at best, and impossible for many at worst. It has been a hard year for many to meet the needs of your family, but like the needs of food, clothing, education and shelter we all also have spiritual needs that are often magnified in times of crisis.
I ask that you take a few minutes and complete a questionnaire. Hopefully, it will help us to assess your current spiritual needs and to identified and meet those needs to the best of our abilities with the resources of our parish and our church family. A link to the questionnaire can be found on our parish website www.thegoodshepherd.cc as is the link to sign-up for Christmas Mass. If you do not have access to the internet please take a few minutes to answer the questionnaire you received in the mail and return your reply to the parish office. Good Shepherd Catholic Community, P.O. Box 266, Aurora, NY 13026.
I thank you for your response. Know that you are in my prayers.
God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill
For nearly 40 years I have worked with the youth making Fruit Baskets at Christmas time in the parishes where I have served. This year we will not be making Fruit Baskets as a precaution during this time of dealing with the spread of Cobvid-19. Hopefully we will again make them next year! ( That is if these 70 year old bones hold up!)
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 now have available in our churches, besides the The WORD Among Us, that we have throughout the year, The Magnificat Advent Companion. Also, we will be giving each parishioner a copy of the missalette, Word & Song 2021. We have not had the missalettes available in the pews since we reopened the churches for public Masses and that will be our practice going forward. The Missalettes we give you, we ask that you put your name on the copy you receive and take them home with you to use there. You can also bring them with you to Mass each week to use during Mass, but we ask that you do not leave your copy in the church, bring them back home with you each week. (This is the same practice that older parishioners might remember when we brought our St. Joseph Missal with us to Mass each week.)