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 (FrMichael Good Shepherd) for scheduled dates and times.

Some summer favorites are:

Augustine 10th Anniversary

 Fr. Augustine Bengalie




Fr Edward Beck

Fr. Edward Beck


Tom Booth II

Tom Booth



Deb and Sisters for Life

                 Deb O’Hara Rusckowski (and Sisters of Life)


Brazilian retreat Lent



Fr. Andy O’Reilly


And within our Brazilian community: Lenten Retreat



Watch for information on the next Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Sept. 2018!

A third pilgrimage, a six day tour to Mexico City for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage was October 12-17, 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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 Previous Marian Pilgrimages offered through Good Shepherd Parish ventured to Italy in September 2016 and to Europe in April 2015.

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

(on-hold temporarily)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,


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,