Our Lady Star of the Sea
The 2020 Catholic Charities 79th Appeal letter has been sent to all families. It runs from June 1-July 31, 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. All monies are to be sent directly to The Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, 450 Highland Avenue, Fall River, MA 02720. Donations can also be made online https://www.catholicfoundationsema.org/catholic-appeal-2020/ (see more info under the Diocese of Fall River tab)
UPDATED SUMMER SCHEDULE: Starting JUNE 27/28th
Saturday at St. Augustine Church, VH:
Sacrament of Reconciliation–3:00 pm
Vigil Mass–4:00 pm, 7:00 pm (in Portuguese)
St. Augustine, VH–8:00 am
St. Elizabeth, EDG–8:00 am & 10:00 am
Our Lady Star of the Sea, OB–9:30 am
The Tabernacle, OB–4:00 pm (outdoors)
Live-streaming continues by Church webcams (above) and Facebook Live (FrMichael Good Shepherd) for English or (Comunidade Brasileira Católica de Martha’s Vineyard) for Portuguese. To watch at the Tabernacle use this link: http://www.mvcma.org/ and click on the icon “Join Sunday Service Live Stream.”
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until further notice. There are obvious potential risks to anyone attending Mass these days given the pandemic. Vulnerable, at-risk and otherwise concerned persons are encouraged to remain at home. Those who are feeling sick, or have any symptoms of illness must remain home. Those attending Mass will enter through the main doors, sanitize hands and wear a mask during the liturgy. Ushers will assist you to/from pews which are marked for social distancing. Overflow will sit in the hall and/or chapel. Communion will be brought to all people at their seats. Masses will be added as necessary.
Daily Mass continues Mon-Sat, at St. Elizabeth, EDG & will also be live-streamed by Church webcam or Facebook Live (FrMichael Good Shepherd) at 7:45 am morning prayer Liturgy of the Hours w/Fr. Nagle, Mass begins at 8:00 am followed by the Rosary. Fr. daSilva is celebrating daily Mass also at St. E’s, in Portuguese, on Th/Fri evenings at 7:00 pm
Father Booth is also offering Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Elizabeth Church, EDG Monday-Friday from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
Private prayer available at St. Elizabeth Church daily 7:00 am-7:00 pm, and daily at St. Augustine’s chapel via lockbox key.
Prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
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Due to continued precautions, effective noon 3/24/20 the Parish Office was closed and remains closed. Staff is working remotely to assist you.
Winter Mass Schedule
St. Augustine’s Church – Vineyard Haven
Reconciliation: St. Augustine’s Church – Saturdays at 3pm
or by appointment with Fr. Nagle (508-878-0331)
DAILY MASS (Monday – Saturday)
St. Elizabeth’s Church, EDG–8am
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament/First Friday
8:30-5pm St. E’s Church, EDG
Knowing that all things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily; recognizing God as the Origin of Life, the giver of freedom and the source of all that we have and are and will be; knowing ourselves to be recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts; grateful for all that we have received; eager to cultivate our gifts out of love for God and one another. The Mission of the Good Shepherd Parish is to give witness and to celebrate the Risen Christ’s Presence in the life of each person.
We have a fruitful past,
a challenging present
and a hopeful future.
We invite all our island parishioners,
year round and summer,
to recommit themselves
to being disciples of Jesus Christ.
We see our future as offering
a stronger community presence,
and greater strength and
dynamic growth in a living faith.
Our Presence will be in vibrant lay participation joining with the service of our pastor and support staff.
Our Unity will be celebrated in our communal gatherings in settings appropriate to our diverse liturgical, educational and social needs.
Our Strength will come from the sharing of time, talent and treasure of parishioners of varied age, residence and background.
Our Growth will come through embracing change and through participation in our challenging ministries.
As a Parish, we will prayerfully and joyously
serve our island community,
following the example and command of Jesus,
The Good Shepherd.
God, our Father, bless our Parish of the Good Shepherd. Help us to welcome all who come to worship, adore and praise You, the One true God and Father of us all.
Jesus, be with us, as we celebrate your life, death and resurrection in Word and Sacrament. Holy Spirit, fill our parish family with your love. Help us to love one another in our parish and in our family. Guide us in your holy will for the present and the future of our Parish of the Good Shepherd. AMEN.