Community Forum: Tomorrow 9/24 @ 9am

Hi all – Tomorrow morning we are delighted to welcome Ms. Kathy Quinn, Executive Director of Support Connection. Ms. Quinn will be speaking at our Community Forum from 9-9:30 tomorrow morning in the Parish Hall.

Support Connection is a truly unique local organization. Since 1996, they have helped thousands of people with breast and ovarian cancer, as well as their family and friends. Support Connection provides critically needed counseling, support groups, educational programs, wellness workshops and resource information. All of these services are FREE.

In addition, Good Shepherd will again have a team participating in the Support-A-Walk on Sunday, October 1 at FDR Park in Yorktown. To walk with our team or to make a donation, please see Diane Buschel. Online donations can be made using this link: Thank you!

Also happening this Sunday:
8:00 am Said Rite I Eucharist
9:00 am Community Forum in the Parish Hall – Ms. Kathy Quinn from Support Connection
9:45 am Sunday School
10:00 am Said Rite II Eucharist with Hymns
11:15 am Youth Group meets in Youth Room
11:30 am Outreach Meeting in the Guild Room
11:30 am Sunday School Committee Meeting in the Breezeway
4:30 pm Confirmation Class in the Rectory

Thursday, September 28 – Senior Group trip to Val-Kill
The Senior Group is coordinating lunch at church at 11:30 am, and a trip to Eleanor Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park, NY. Lunch is free, and the cost of the trip is $10 per person. Car pooling is available. This trip is open to all – please sign up in the Breezeway to let us know you’re coming!

Friday, September 29 – Michaelmas & Oktoberfest
6:30 pm Rite 2 Eucharist with Hymns – Bishop Shin is our Celebrant & Preacher!
7:30 pm Our righteous annual Oktoberfest!
The whole roast pig is back! This is a German-themed feast – please sign up in the Breezeway to let us know you’re coming, and sign up to bring something to share. It’s a great night to invite friends and family to come enjoy a fabulous evening of fun and fellowship. See you there!

Save these dates: Upcoming fundraising events

The Fundraising Committee has been working very hard to plan events for the Fall and Winter season, and they are ready to share them for your enjoyment.

We pray that each event is a success, but we don’t want the events to come across as “it’s all about the money.” It’s not all about the money.  It’s about a number of things: increasing opportunities for fun together, increasing opportunities to invite others to join us in our fun events and to learn more about us, and to raise funds to support important budget priorities.

Additionally, each event is designed to provide opportunities for every parishioner to serve the church with his or her gifts as inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul said it best in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”  Thanks be to God!

These exciting events are:

October 14th (9am to 5pm)
Antiques Appraisal, Arts Jam, College Admission Insights, Adopt A Pet, Fashion Show, Raffle, Bake Sale and more

October 20th (7pm to 9pm)
Wine Glass Painting Party

October 21st (10am to 4pm)
First Annual Fall Classic Car Show

November 17th (7pm to 9pm)
Tastes of Somers

December 9th (10am 4pm)
The Christmas Bazaar

God’s blessings,

Deacon Norm Fulton, Chair

Diane Buschel, Fran DiBernardo, Arleen Flury, Glenn Hintze, Maria Kaprielian, Sharen McKenna, Kathleen Parsons, Phill Pinkney, Fr. Hal Roark, Lorne Robbins, Amanda Slattery, Cecilia Sparacio, Courtney Velzy, Rick Vesperman, Megan Whalen, and Fay Wright

This week at Good Shepherd

Hi all – this is what’s coming up this weekend:

Saturday, September 16
Funeral service for Rick Slattery at 11:00 am with reception to follow. Your prayers and presence are requested.

Sunday, September 17
8:00 am Rite I traditional Eucharist
9:00 am Community Forum: Our new Sunday School, Middle School Youth, & Senior Youth Programs
9:45 am Sunday School begins
10:00 am Rite II Eucharist with Hymns
11:00 am Seniors Group meeting in the Guild Room

Looking ahead:

Next Sunday, September 24
Kathy Quinn, Executive Director of Support Connection to speak at our Community Forum at 9 am in the Parish Hall.

Thursday, September 28
The Seniors Group is sponsoring lunch and a trip to Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park, NY. Sign up in the breezeway.

Friday, September 29
Michaelmas and Oktoberfest
Bishop Shin shall be celebrating and preaching.

Remember to get your reusable bags to fill and return on September 29 with non-perishable foods to share with our partners at the Community Center of Northern Westchester.

Sunday, October 1
Support Connection Walk
Blessing of Phil & Joyce Levy at the 10:00 am service, for the next phase of their journey.

Saturday, October 7
Funeral for Sheila McCluskey at 11:00 am with reception to follow.
Your prayers and presence are requested.

Funeral arrangements for Rick Slattery

Hi all,

Rick’s funeral service will be celebrated this Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 am at Good Shepherd, with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Your prayers and presence are requested, and all are welcome to attend both.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Le Moyne College, or Graymoor Franciscan Friars of the Atonement,

Amanda and Stephen are grateful for all the love, kindness, and support they have received during this difficult time.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Rick. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

Calling all 9th Graders for Confirmation Class!

Dear Church of the Good Shepherd Family,
Fr. Hal will be leading a confirmation class for all interested 9th graders in our parish. Other adult members of our parish will be assisting Fr. Hal in this program.
We will meet on the third Sunday of every month from 4:30-7:00pm in the rectory. The specific dates are 9/24; 10/22; 11/19; 12/17; 1/21; 2/18; 3/18; 4/15; 5/20; 6/10 and 6/24. Participants are expected to attend all of the classes. There will also be a retreat to Holy Cross Monastery as part of the class- more details to follow.

The confirmation class will be an exciting journey with multidimensional scriptural, and experiential learning. We will meet, prepare our dinner,  share our gifts and talents as we grow together in our Christian faith. Please contact Fr. Hal or Fay with any questions.

We need to confirm your participation in this faith journey. Please email Fay at by Friday 9/22.

Also if you are interested in being received or are older than a 9th grader- please contact Fr. Hal with your questions.

Please keep the confirmation class and leaders in your prayers



Holy Cross Day is Thursday, 9/14

Join us tomorrow evening as we celebrate Holy Cross Day!

We begin at 6:30 pm with a 30-minute Rite 3 Eucharist, followed immediately by our 8th annual Chickenfest!

Bring your own chicken dishes, appetizers, sides, desserts, and drinks to share. Soda and water are provided. Lori & Fr. Hal are bringing some genuine southern Jambalaya, and Chris is bringing wings. What about you?

All are most welcome to come and share in the fun and fowl fellowship. Hope to see you there!


Welcome Back Sunday is tomorrow!

Grab your backpack and a friend or two, and head over to Good Shepherd tomorrow 9/10 for our fantastic Kick-Off of the new program year!

We will celebrate our annual Blessing of Backpacks at the 10:00 am service, Sunday School registration will begin, and we will honor Grandparent’s Day with special prayers.

After the 10:00 service, the celebrations continue with a huge parish picnic and BBQ. The church is providing burgers, dogs, all the fixin’s, and a BOUNCY CASTLE! Please come to be fed and have some fun with your parish family.

It’s a great Sunday to invite friends to join us and get to know our community. Please tell your friends and come enjoy this fun and festive day.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back tomorrow as we kick off the 2017-2018 Program Year!