Martha’s Vineyard Neighborhood Convention
2021-22 TBD. Currently on pause due to coronavirus. 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 hosts the May event at the Parish Center.
For more information contact our Member at Large, Barbara Bennett, 508-693-1897.
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 previous summer favorites were:
Deb O’Hara Rusckowski (and Sisters of Life)
Fr. Andy O’Reilly
And within our Brazilian community: Lenten Retreat
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.
Family Concerts/Praise and Worship Nights
TBD for Summer 2021. Praise and Worship nights began in June/July 2018 following the 5 pm Mass at St. A’s with our visiting summer musicians, including Thomas Muglia, MaryAnne Muglia, Dominic Smith and Ben Cortez.
On Sunday, August 5, 2018 we held a family friendly concert with Chris Muglia at St. Augustine Church, Vineyard Haven at 6:30 pm, prior to that years diocesan Catholic Youth Day 2018 held for high school students from 11 am – 7 pm.
There is no pilgrimage planned for 2021. 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.
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 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 Joe Capobianco 508-274-1170, firstname.lastname@example.org
4th of July Lobster Roll Sale (Fundraiser)
For 2021 & 2020 online sales only as parades were cancelled due to coronavirus. 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.
Volunteers are needed for one-hour shifts in food prep (day before), sales, service and/or cleanup.
To volunteer, call the Parish Office 508-693-0342; or contact Joe Capobianco 508-274-1170, email@example.com
Tisbury Street Fair (Fundraiser)
CANCELLED AGAIN FOR 2021. 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.
For more information call the Parish Office 508-693-0342; or to volunteer contact Joe Capobianco 508-274-1170, firstname.lastname@example.org
For 2021–TBD. SAVE 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, email@example.com
Christmas Tea & Raffle (Fundraiser)
2021 TBD. In 2020 we successfully only sold tickets for two grand prizes: $500 cash or golf package for 4 at Mink Meadows. Annual social and fundraising event will be held on the first Sunday of December (starting in 2021) from 1:00-4:00 pm in St. Augustine’s hall, Vineyard Haven. Finger sandwiches, desserts and beverages are 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. 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