GSP Community Events/Fundraisers

Martha’s Vineyard Neighborhood Convention

Neighborhood Convention 20142021-22 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.

Parish Missions/Retreats

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:

Augustine 10th Anniversary

 Fr. Augustine Bengalie





Tom Booth II

Tom Booth





Deb and Sisters for Life

    Deb O’Hara Rusckowski (and Sisters of Life)






Fr. Andy O’Reilly




Brazilian retreat Lent




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.

Pilgrimage groupPilgrimage CARMEN




Community Breakfasts

No plans to resume breakfasts in 2022.Breakfast

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,

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; or contact Joe Capobianco 508-274-1170,



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. Malasadas Karl Buder

For more information. and to volunteer call the Parish Office 508-693-0342.


Halloween Celebration

Halloween CarmenFor 2021–cancelled.  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,



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.Christmas tea 203

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,