PLEASE NOTE: All persons aged 18 and older must complete the “Essential Three” as outlined in the Diocesan Policy for the Protection of the Faithful in order to minister, work or volunteer in the Diocese of Fall River. Find all the training info and requirements to be met on our website SET Training and Documents and printed copies are also available at the parish office, or at the main entrances to all 3 island Churches. If helping one-time only, you can fill out the One-Day Form provided by the supervisor, and give a copy of your driver’s license/ID. Volunteers are CORI’d annually. High School students aged 18 or younger will read and sign the Youth Code of Conduct, along with a parent or guardian. Contact Sue Pagliccia, CORI coordinator 508-693-0342 during our regular office hours.
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Coffee & Donuts
Coffee & Donuts return Sept. 10, 2023 following the 9:00 am Sunday Mass at St. Augustine’s Church; held in the side room. Join our parish family for conversation and delicious coffee and donuts. Usually held the 2nd Sunday of the month, excluding the summer season.
Community Breakfasts/Potluck Suppers
We hope to gather again this November! Our first 2023 Community Potluck Supper in St. A’s Hall was held Sat., June 17th following the 5 pm Mass. All parish families were invited to attend. Sign up sheets were at the main entrances to all our Churches. Contact Donna Gazaille, parish council member at 508-627-5095 for more info.
(Hope to resume breakfasts Fall 2023.) We have served a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes or French toast, sausage, bacon, potatoes, fruit salad, Danish, toast, bagels, muffins, and beverages in the hall at St. Augustine’s Church, VH.
For more information call the Parish Office 508-693-0342; to help cook, serve or cleanup, contact the office 508-693-0342
Festa Junina/June Festival (Fundraiser)
Festa Junina is a Brazilian Country Festival & parish fundraiser that was held at St. Augustine’s Parking Lot, Sunday, June 11th from 12 pm to 6:00 pm. All Parishioners were invited – bring the whole family for Games, Great Food & Square Dancing.
This is the Catholic traditional harvest festival in Brazil. In the Southern Hemisphere, winter is approaching and June is equivalent to November in the Northern Hemisphere.
Although the origins are different, this has the same place in the calendar as Thanksgiving in the United States. It is celebrated around the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, which will be June 24th.
Special thanks to all who made this event a huge success!
4th of July Lobster Roll Sale (Fundraiser)
We were so happy to be back with sales on the lawn in 2023, coinciding with the annual 4th of July festivities!
Held 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 through the parade at 5:00 pm.
To volunteer, text Steve Angelilli, parish council member, at 914-262-6215.
Tisbury Street Fair (Fundraiser)
What a night! We sold out in less than two hours, over 400 pieces of fried dough. Thanks to the two new fryolators, and the more than 20 selfless volunteers who helped with administration, setup, transport, breakdown & cleanup, weighing and stretching dough, cooking or sugaring, and selling the Malasadas. Of course, thanks to all those who made almost 40 batches of dough! Held annually July 8th on Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Malasadas (fried dough) are sold from 6:30-8:30 pm. The recipe and buckets were available inside all the church entrances a few weeks beforehand. (Photo by Ray Ewing)
For more information. and to volunteer call the Parish Office 508-693-0342.
Diocesan Catholic Youth Day returned for 2021
With Bishop da Cunha this was held on Saturday, August 14th at the Tabernacle, OB 11 am – 7 pm. Open to high school students who arrived by ferry for shopping and activities, lunch, live music and speakers, Mass, Adoration and Confession.
For 2023. SAVE THE DATE: October 31st from 4 to 7 pm. Good Shepherd Parish hosts its annual Halloween Celebration at St. Augustine’s Hall. 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.
To volunteer or donate, contact the office, 508-693-0342
Christmas Tea & Raffle (Fundraiser)
Save the date! Sunday, December 3, 2023 for our next Christmas Tea & Raffle.
In 2022 we had a great event with all who gathered! Congratulations to Carol Jennings who won our raffle prize–the beautiful, inspirational 30″x 24″framed print by local artist Michael Blanchard. This annual social and fundraising event is held on the first Sunday of December from 1:00-4:00 pm in St. Augustine’s hall, Vineyard Haven. Finger sandwiches, chicken tenders, desserts and beverages were served.
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 along with our many joyful volunteers and staff. It’s a fun way to support our parish.
For more information contact Bernice Lopes in the Parish Office 508-693-0342, firstname.lastname@example.org
Martha’s Vineyard Neighborhood Convention
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 11:00 am, Good Shepherd Parish hosted the gathering at St. Augustine’s hall, featuring the MV Garden Club. An 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 previously hosted the May event at the Parish Center.
For more information contact our new Member at Large, Susie Wallo 508-776-6050.
Various parish missions and retreats are held throughout the year. Check the parish bulletin and Facebook page (Good Shepherd Parish MV) for scheduled dates and times.
Some previous summer favorites were:
Deb O’Hara Rusckowski with Passionist Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross, summer 2023
Presentation on Human Trafficking
And within our Brazilian community: Lenten Retreat
There is no pilgrimage planned for 2022 or beyond. Previous Marian Pilgrimages offered through Good Shepherd Parish ventured to Medjugorie Sept. 2019; Holy Land, Sept. 2018; Mexico, October 2017; Italy, September 2016, and Europe, April 2015.