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 previously hosted 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 (Good Shepherd Parish MV) 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.
There is no pilgrimage planned for 2022. 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.
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 within the food pantry, 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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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
4th of July Lobster Roll Sale (Fundraiser)
For 2022: CANCELLED. 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.
Tisbury Street Fair (Fundraiser)
We are happy to be back, 2022! Held annually July 8th on Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Malasadas (fried dough) are sold from 6:30-8 pm. You can help setup/breakdown, weigh and stretch dough, cook or sugar, and sell the 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. and to volunteer call the Parish Office 508-693-0342.
For 2022. 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)
In 2021 held in person on Sunday, Dec 5th with a small gathering of enthusiastic folks. Our big winners were: $500 cash prize-Jeannine Crall; golf packages to Mink Meadows–Joan MacDougall, and Drs. Deborah Hall and Robert Sarno. 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, 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