Adult and Family Formation

Good Shepherd Parish continues to offer a free one-year membership to Formed, a Catholic on-line resource for you to enjoy. It has something for everyone. We want to give witness to the Risen Christ’s Presence in each person and to recommit ourselves to being disciples of Jesus Christ and to living our faith fully. Please take advantage of this opportunity!

Go to to create an account. First search out the parish by name. We are listed as Good Shepherd Church, it gives a dropdown menu to choose from, we of course are 56 Franklin St., Vineyard Haven MA. There is no parish code to enter. Once the Church is selected correctly, then enter your name and email. That’s it!

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

An Invitation That Never Ends!
Have you been worshiping with us, but never officially taken the step to become Catholic?
Have you been away from the Church, and have now returned, but want to know more?
Have you been a Catholic all your life, but never celebrated all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)?
Have you joined us from a different background and would like to find out more about the Catholic Church?

If you (“or someone you know”) answers YES to any of these questions, you are invited to find out more through the process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It is a journey that begins with your questions. On behalf of the Catholic faith community of the Good Shepherd Parish, we look forward to welcoming you.

For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 508-693-0342


Scripture Study (on Zoom)

The next Scripture Study – A series from Ascension called “ Romans: The Gospel of Salvation”

This eight-week study will start April 10 and will finish May 29th.  Discover What It Means to “Be Saved”: Paul’s letter to the Romans has been at the center of reflection, conversion, and controversy from the time it was written. Presented by Andrew Swafford and Jeff Cavins, “Romans: The Gospel of Salvation” provides an authentically Catholic, comprehensive, and simple way to understand the overarching theme of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans – salvation. This fascinating book reveals that salvation is not merely the removal of a guilty verdict; it is about entering into Christ’s life, death, and resurrection and sharing in his divine life.


If anyone would like any more information, please contact Fiona at http://Fiona at

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More Home Studies

Learn More About The Bible

DVD’s for your spiritual and theological growth and development.

You may take these home for a week at a time. Pick up and sign out at the office.

  • Oremus – 8 hour sessions on Prayer
  • Catching Fire, Becoming Flame – 6 one hour sessions on the spiritual journey as a process of transformation, Your Image of God, The Examen of St. Ignatius, 7 Principles of Prayer, God’s Will and Decision Making, Forgiveness.
  • Lectio Divina – 16 hour sessions on various themes
  • The Bible Time Line – 24 sessions on the Story of Salvation
  • Letter of James – Jeff Cavins – 10 one hour sessions
  • Psalms – Jeff Cavins – 10 one hour sessions
  • Revelation – Jeff Cavins – 10 one hour sessions
  • Acts of the Apostles – Jeff Cavins – 20 one hour sessions
  • The Mass by Edward Sri – 4 sessions
  • DVD’s on Moses, Joseph, Jacob, David, Abraham – one each

Women’s Bible Study (on hold-TBD) 

Do you desire to grow in your Catholic faith? Do you seek connection with other women in our parish community? Are you searching for something more in your life? We invite you to consider joining Walking with Purpose this fall at Good Shepherd Parish. Weekly group sessions are starting soon.

Opening Your Heart, the foundational study, is designed for women new to Walking with Purpose whether or not you have any Bible study experience; you are welcome as you are to learn how the Scriptures apply to our everyday lives. Walking with Purpose transforms the hearts and lives of women by providing Bible studies that enable women to know Christ through Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

For questions or to RSVP, contact Margaret Penicaud, 508-645-2710, or visit Walking with Purpose online at for more information.

Book Group  –  Wednesdays at 10:15 am – Parish Center.  For more information contact Carol Shilakes at


Throughout the years we have offered retreats, guest speakers, parish missions, and prayer groups. For current offerings, check the Parish Bulletin,  or follow us on Facebook at Good Shepherd Parish MV.