Join us tonight at 7:00 pm for the Great Vigil of Easter

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Saturday, April 11th

the Great Vigil of Easter

7:00 pm

The Easter Vigil marks the greatest tradition of the ancient church. Gathering at sundown on the evening before Easter, in a world where the new day began at sundown instead of midnight, the first Christians kindled a fire, read scriptures and sang, baptized in the dark, welcomed the penitent back into the community, and celebrated the first Eucharist of Easter.

The Easter Vigil celebrates profoundly the Paschal Mystery, that on the Feast of the Passover, Christ crossed from death to life, just as his forebears once passed from slavery into freedom on the first Passover, and in doing so he became for us the eternal Passover Lamb. Through baptism, we share in his victory over death, and in this ancient celebration we move with him from darkness to light, from bondage to liberation, from death to life.
There we leave you in that blessed dependency, to hang upon him that hangs upon the cross, there bathe in his tears, there suck at his wounds, and lie down in peace in his grave, till he vouchsafe you a resurrection, and an ascension into that kingdom which He hath prepared for you with the inestimable price of his incorruptible blood. - John Donne
Please continue to make your financial contributions to Good Shepherd. In these unprecedented times, remember that we rely completely on the generosity of our parishioners. Kindly continue your giving and mail your support to the church office:

Parish of the Good Shepherd 1671 Beacon St., Waban, MA 02468

Additionally, we have set up an online giving portal. If you are unable to give through traditional means, please consider this new option to support Good Shepherd. Click on the Donate button on our website 
All Who Hunger
Our family Lenten Devotional at Good Shepherd

Pray and reflect each evening

Consider how much we have

Remember those who have less

Collect money for the Newton Food Pantry during Lent

Take action at Easter!
Send Easter donations directly to the Newton Food Pantry and other outreach partners. Your support of any of our Outreach partners is needed now, as they care for people in need during the crisis.
Updates from our Good Shepherd Outreach partners as of Easter, 2020:

COVID-19 has brought about a challenging and uncertain time for many in our community, and the world. The Parish of the Good Shepherd is committed to continuing our support of these ministries. Join us in prayers and generosity.

Prior to February 2020, the Newton Food Pantry served over 800 people per month living in Newton who struggled with food insecurity.
Update from the Newton Food Pantry:
Please help us to continue our support to Newton residents by donating HERE today!  Our need has more than doubled. We have been expanding our delivery of groceries to individual households twice per month and providing bags of groceries in bulk to Senior Housing complexes. If you wish to contribute non-perishable goods, you can drop them off at 36 Metacomet Road or 61 Ballard Street. Anyone who wishes to volunteer and is between the ages of 18-60 and not in a high-risk group for COVID-19, please email Regina Wu at 

Flying Kites Leadership Academy is in the foothills of Kenya’s Aberdare Mountains and serves as a model school for children in the region where access to a basic education is not guaranteed. Students receive support aimed at meeting the “whole child” including food, clean water, and social services.  Update from Flying Kites:  “We turned to you to help us meet the most urgent needs of the 3,500 families in our Network of 5 schools. With mandated closures of businesses and farms, families in our community cannot earn the daily wages needed to put food on the table and they are turning to us for help. Our team can begin assembling and distributing Emergency Relief Packs to the 3,500 families in our Network, providing a month's supply of food to 28,000 children, parents, and grandparents.”
-Leila de Bruyne, Executive Director (US), Warucu Kijuu, Executive Director (Kenya). See this message and others as videos on Instagram >>
St Stephen’s Youth Programs (SSYP) is an after- school program (B-READY) and summer enrichment program (B-SAFE) administered out of the South End in Boston to help students from Boston’s most disadvantaged communities, founded and supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. SSYP serves about 600 students throughout the year. Update from St Stephen’s Youth Programs:  "Thank you for your emails and calls of concern during these unsettling and uncertain times. We appreciate your generous offers and kind thoughts. And now is most certainly a time for prayer. Our website invites contributions to the SSYP Pandemic Relief Fund. Please be in touch by email or phone (617-851-6680) if you have more questions or thoughts."
-the Reverend Liz Steinhauser 
The Second Step provides transitional housing and social services for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Update from The Second Step: "You can be a part of our movement to support survivors by taking the following actions: Donate to our Survivors Emergency Fund! To help us respond to the increased needs of the individuals and families we serve, we have established the Survivors Emergency Fund. Click here to give today. Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence with your network! Friend us on Facebook (The Second Step) and follow us on Instagram (@The_Second_Step) and Twitter (@SecondStepInc) to reinforce our efforts."  
Boston Health Care for the Homeless is an organization in Boston’s South End that provides high-quality health care for the homeless including dental, mental, substance abuse disorders, palliative and respite care.  Update from Boston Health Care for the Homeless: "People experiencing homelessness are exceptionally vulnerable to the coronavirus and its complications. As this pandemic continues, we will incur significant financial losses, upwards of $1,000,000/ month, as we continue and adapt our emergency plan, but we have no other choice to combat COVID-19. To read more about our work around our COVID-19 Response efforts, click here. Thank you."
Epiphany School is an independent school for children of economically disadvantaged families in Boston with scholarshipfor all.  Update from Epiphany School: "We were saddened to have to cancel our annual spring gala, originally scheduled for April 17, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are thrilled that a generous donor has stepped forward to support our making of a “virtual” gala that we will launch on our website on Friday 4/17. During the video and on the website, we will make an ask for support, as we stand to lose $300,000 - $400,000 in revenue by not hosting this event. The team at Epiphany stands ready to assist at any point during the process. Kara Fagan-Rayner will serve as Good Shepherd’s point of contact and can be reached via email or at 718-753-4399." Additionally, the Reverend John Finley IV, Head of School at Epiphany, will preach at Good Shepherd next Sunday to update us on ministry in disadvantaged communities at this time.
Feed the Fight Boston is feeding medical workers during the pandemic.
"A group of us in Newton were so inspired by my hometown's effort in Washington DC for that we started FeedthefightBoston to help the medical community, support the local restaurants, and deliver meals to the front lines fighting the COVID-19.  FeedthefightBoston has now served over 1000 meals, in Newton and Boston hospitals who need it most, and we are increasing our support daily with your help! Please check out how to donate today at With love and appreciation, Katherine Kranenburg,"
O God our help in ages past
Our hope for years to come
Our shelter from the stormy blast
And our eternal home.

Before the hills in order stood
Or earth received her frame

From everlasting thou art God

To endless years the same.

-- The Hymnal 1982, #680
   St. Anne
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