St. Martin's Summer-- In medieval England, a warm autumn was called a St. Martin's Summer, roughly meaning that summer's weather persisted until St. Martin's Day, November 11th. As the Good Shepherd Green allows higher attendance, greater spacing, and natural ventilation, we hope for a few more Sundays of St. Martin's Summer.
Our Regathering Committee met this week and has scheduled Sunday, November 1st, All Saints Sunday, as our final outdoor service for the season. As you consider your opportunities to worship and how best to engage safely, please consider this transition. If the old name holds true, we can hope for a few more beautiful Sundays.
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Sunday, October 18th -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 am in the church and online
10:30 am on the Good Shepherd Green
Sunday School at 10:00 and 10:30 in the Loring Room
Wednesday, October 21st -- 7:00pm-- Evensong
in the church and online
Sunday, October 25th --
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church and online
10:30 am Morning Prayer on the Good Shepherd Green
Please sign up in advance to attend worship in person.
We are limiting the number of attendees at each worship service, far beyond the guidance issued by the Commonwealth and Diocese of Massachusetts. We can only accommodate those not registered as space and distancing allow.
October 18 at 5:00-- meet on Zoom* for Middle and High School
October 25 at 5:00-- in-person, outdoor meeting for High School weather permitting
November 1 at 5:00-- no meeting due to All Saints Day
November 8 at 5:00-- meet on Zoom* for Middle and High School
*We will update this schedule regularly, including dates and online vs. in-person opportunities to gather
Left-- the foundation of the handicapped accessible portico is poured
Right- the boiler room items have been consolidated, making room for the elevator
Click here to view Angels Ascending and Descending, a plan to achieve 100% accessibility at Good Shepherd. At a total cost of $500,000 and with a beautiful, compassionate proposal secured, your Vestry asks you to consider prayerfully your support of this plan.
We continue to receive support and pledges while construction is underway.
Frumentum-- Communion at Home for older and at-risk parishioners
Frumentum, from the Latin word meaning wheat, is an ancient practice of the church, bringing items of Holy Communion to those separated from the life of the church, so that all can receive bread and wine on Sundays simultaneously.
With the blessing of our Bishop, Good Shepherd will offer Frumentum to members of our parish who cannot attend public gatherings for the foreseeable future. Volunteers from Good Shepherd will deliver consecrated bread and wine to you, or you can pick up items at the church, keep them in your home, and receive them on Sunday mornings while taking part in our online worship.
Please contact the Rector directly to request Frumentum, by calling the parish office or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Initially we will consecrate bread and wine for delivery on Sunday, September 13, so that Communion will be available beginning Sunday, September 20. Please specify the number of people who will receive so that we can deliver enough consecrated bread and wine for approximately four Sundays. Subsequent deliveries will occur next month.
Additional information about keeping the sacrament in your home and how to receive items will be provided to those who request Frumentum.