Martha’s Vineyard Neighborhood Convention

Neighborhood Convention 2014An interfaith gathering of laity and clergy committed to fellowship and service on Martha’s Vineyard. Meetings are held in a variety of houses of worship for inspirational and informative programs on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning at 11:00 am from  October to June. Each person brings a bag lunch and the host church serves beverages and dessert. The entire offering received each month is directed to Island charities.

It is the oldest interdenominational group on the Island, founded November 13, 1894 as a “neighborly meeting” to promote better relationships among all the congregations. Good Shepherd Parish hosts the May event at the Parish Center.

For more information contact our Member at Large, Barbara Bennett, 508-693-1897.

Parish Missions/Retreats

Various parish missions and retreats are held throughout the year. Check the parish bulletin and Facebook page (Good Shepherd MV) for scheduled dates and times.

Some summer favorites are:

Augustine 10th Anniversary

 Fr. Augustine Bengalie



Fr Edward BeckFr. Edward Beck

Father Bill O'Malley


Fr. Bill O’Malley

Tom Booth II

              Tom Booth

Deb and Sisters for Life

 Deb O’Hara Rusckowski (and Sisters for Life)

Brazilian retreat Lent





And within our Brazilian community: Lenten Retreat



A third pilgrimage, a six day tour to Mexico City for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage is planned for October, 2017! Some highlights: Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas) including viewing of the tilma, Mass at the Holy Family Church where you will view the tomb of Fr. Miguel Agustin Pro, the Jesuit martyr; a tour of the oldest and largest cathedral in all of Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral; and excursions to the cities of Puebla, Tlaxcala and Coyoacan.






Contact Carmen Amadeo at 508-693-2797, for more information.

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A group from Good Shepherd Parish ventured to Europe for a Marian Pilgrimage in April 2015 and to Italy in September 2016.

Pilgrimage CARMEN

Pilgrimage group

Blessing of the Motorcycles

Fr. Michael Nagle bestows a blessing of the two-wheeled variety at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority on a Sunday in May at noon.

Blessing Motorcycles

Photo by Jaxon White, MV Gazette

All motorcycles are welcome to take part in the annual blessing of this fleet of cycles.

Community Breakfasts

Held during the summer months following the 8 am Mass at St. Augustine’s. (See the parish bulletin for the schedule.)Breakfast

Chef Joe Capobianco and crew serve a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes or French toast, sausage, bacon, potatoes, fruit salad, Danish, toast, bagels, muffins, and beverages.

For more information call the Parish Office 508-693-0342; to help cook, serve or cleanup, contact Joe Capobianco 508-274-1170,

4th of July Lobster Roll Sale (Fundraiser)  

Lobster Roll signHeld annually during the Fourth of July festivities in Edgartown. Stop by St. Elizabeth’s Church and purchase our famous lobster rolls! Sales begin at 12 noon on the lawn.


Volunteers are needed for one-hour shifts in food prep (day before), sales, service and/or cleanup.

For more information call the Parish Office 508-693-0342; or to volunteer contact Joe Capobianco 508-274-1170,

Feast of the Holy Ghost

The Feast of the Holy Ghost takes place on the 3rd weekend in July. Holy Ghost paradeOur faith community  remembers Queen Isabel’s devotion to her people and the Holy Spirit with families hosting weekly the symbols of her love–a crown and scepter in their homes beginning in early June, with prayers and petitions to the Holy Spirit. This is done over several weeks with the families receiving the items during a Sunday Mass. The parade sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Portuguese American Club stops at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church for a blessing on that Sunday in July.

Holy Ghost family prayerThe traditions that the Portuguese families brought with them when they settled in this country and here on Martha’s Vineyard are rich and deep. With the history of the Portuguese culture, their deep faith, and Queen Isabel’s devotion to the Holy Spirit it is important to pass her story to future generations. We can continue it by showing that the Holy Spirit is working in each of us to make the world a better place.


Tisbury Street Fair  (Fundraiser)

Held annually July 8th on Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Malasadas (fried dough) are sold from 6:30-8 pm. You can help cook and sell Malasadas; or make/donate a batch of dough by picking up a recipe and bucket available  inside all the church entrances a few weeks beforehand. Malasadas Karl Buder

For more information call the Parish Office 508-693-0342; or to volunteer contact Joe Capobianco 508-274-1170,

Blessing of the Animals

This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

Blessing of Animals II

On or about October 4th, his feast day, we hold a special blessing of the animals at St. Augustine’s Church. (date and time to be announced)


Halloween Celebration

Halloween CarmenSAVE THE DATE: October 31st from 4 to 8 pm. Good Shepherd Parish hosts its annual Halloween Celebration at St. Augustine’s Hall. This is a no-charge event. Prizes and surprises are awarded for best costumes and themes. In addition, there will be snacks and a light supper of hot dogs and soup, as well as other refreshments for revelers of all ages. This celebration provides a safe and warm environment for all the Trick or Treaters and an opportunity for their accompanying adults to take a break from their rounds. Glow sticks are provided.

Many island businesses support us in this endeavor, making it a great success. To volunteer or donate, contact Joe Capobianco 508-274-1170,

Christmas Tea & Raffle (Fundraiser)

Annual social and fundraising event is held on the second Sunday of December, from 1:00-4:00 pm in St. Augustine’s hall, Vineyard Haven. Finger sandwiches, desserts and beverages are served.Christmas tea 203

Take a chance on the Grand Prize, 50/50 Cash Prize, Gift Cards, Table Centerpieces, or various Theme Baskets for men, women, children and pets. (Gift Certificates, Hand-made items, Crafts, and Non-perishable food items) Theme Basket Offerings: Fisherman’s Find – Let’s Bake Cookies – Games Galore – Photo/Scrap Book Memories – Mighty Fine – Car Detail – New Year’s Eve Party Bucket – Movie Madness – Sports Buff – Nautical – Chocolate Everything! 

The donations that we receive help to make this Annual Social and Fundraising event possible. It’s a fun way to support our parish.

For more information contact Bernice Lopes in the Parish Office 508-693-0342,