Notes from Father Bill

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Diocese of Rochester has launched the 2023-2024 Catholic Ministry Appeal. The purpose and necessity for the CMA is unchanged after 40 years. We are responsible for continuing the Church’s mission throughout good times and bad – through prosperous times and lean times. People are still poor, hungry, in need of pastoral care, education and employment.  The faithful are in need of ministry and a vibrant parish life.  Our youth and young adults are yearning to learn and grow in their relationship with Christ.  The Church and our Diocese are in need of trained and educated seminarians, deacons and pastoral leaders to lead our Church into the future.  We cannot close our eyes to these needs even in these difficult times.


Gifts to the CMA can only be used for those items outlined in the budgeted CMA Allocations, in summary:

  1. Providing diocesan-wide services to parishes & institutions
  2. Serving people in need through Catholic Charities
  3. Educating our young in the Catholic Faith
  4. Supporting Seminarians, Deacons, Pastoral Leaders & Vocations                              
  5. Funding Ministries of our Pope & Bishops
  6. Funding Operations & Support Services
  7. Supporting the CMA campaign

All monies raised in the CMA are only used for programs, services, and ministries for which they are designated. No gifts to the CMA will be used to satisfy legal fees or settlement cost associated with abuse.


The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) is the annual appeal inviting Catholics in the Diocese of Rochester to join in partnership to   advance the mission of the church. This year’s theme  “Go Forth With Christ” reminds us of Christ’s words to His disciples before he ascended to heaven, commissioning them to teach, serve, and spread the Gospel message. In this second year of our three-year national Eucharistic Revival, it serves to remind us that as a Eucharistic people we are called to Go Forth with Christ into the world, bearing Christ to all those we meet.

I am making my personal gift this year to help Good Shepherd Catholic Community reach our parish goal.  I sincerely hope that you will as well. The CMA goal this year is $6.725 million, the same as last year, and our parish goal this year is $41,000.  Last year there were 103 donors from GSCC who gave, helping us reach our parish goal.  Hopefully, this year we can increase the number of households who participate.  Remember the size of your gift is not what is most important, your participation in giving to the CMA is what helps to make the difference, and helps to insure the ongoing ministries of the Church.  Letters are being sent out to parishioners throughout the diocese with information on giving to the appeal. This year along with a link for online giving, text giving will also be an option.   Please give your prayerful support.                                                                                  God’s bless you, Fr. Bill




Powerful Prayer to the Holy Trinity

Glory be to the Father,
Who by His almighty power and love
created me, making me in the image
and likeness of God.
Glory be to the Son,
Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell,
and opened for me the gates of Heaven.
Glory be to the Holy Spirit,
Who has sanctified me in the
sacrament of Baptism, and
continues to sanctify me by the graces
I receive daily from His bounty.
Glory be to the Three adorable
Persons of the Holy Trinity,
now and forever. Amen

Prayer to the Blessed Trinity

The Father is my hope. The Son is my refuge. The Holy Spirit is my protector. Glory to the holy and undivided Trinity, now and for ever. Let us praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; let us bless and exalt God above all for ever!
Almighty and everlasting God, to whom we owe the grace of professing the true faith, grant that while acknowledging the glory of the eternal Trinity and adoring its unity, we may through your majestic power be confirmed in this faith and defended against all adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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