Whether you are a parishioner looking for information on upcoming parish events or reviewing recent past events, a friend of Church of the Good Shepherd keeping in touch with the parish and the many wonderful programs, committees and/or ministries sponsored here, or a visitor from the Internet,
I’m sure you will find many items of interest on our parish website. We do the very best we can to update regularly the information offered on these pages.
Our parish has a rich legacy of hard-working, dedicated men and women who have worked closely with their clergy not only to construct our present beautiful church but also to lay a strong spiritual and social foundation upon which the present generation continues to build. Not without a variety of modern day challenges, Church of the Good Shepherd continues to inspire present and future generations of Catholic Christians to live their lives formed by Gospel values.
The Capuchin-Franciscan Friars have been serving the parish for the past several years. We are committed, as was St. Francis of Assisi, to gospel brotherhood through the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience; to the proclamation of the Good News by lives of service; and to minister humbly wherever the Spirit leads us and the Church needs us. In all of our ministries, Capuchin-Franciscans are called to be peacemakers and men who are deeply rooted in the spirit of prayer. We hope that the core values which guide our communal way of living are experienced and shared with those we serve, including God’s People here at Good Shepherd. (For more information on the Capuchin Franciscans, visit our link at capuchin.org)
Our parish staff is dedicated and hard working. In a regular way, these men and women give a great deal of their personal time and talents, above and beyond the call of duty, without seeking any kind of compensation.
Our liturgical life is strong and vibrant. Many volunteers serve in the important ministries of Lector, Usher, Altar Server, Choir, and Eucharistic Minister. Parish societies are varied and active in all areas of parish life. At different times during the year CGS hosts a variety of concerts featuring varied artists, ensembles, and choruses.
Parishioners of Church of the Good Shepherd have a strong tradition of reaching out to others in the community, especially those in need. Presently our Parish Food Pantry serves approximately 3500 people each month. Our parish Shelter offers hospitality five nights a week to six adult women. Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive assists more than 300 people and/or families and our annual Christmas Toy Drive allows hundreds of children in New York City shelters the opportunity and the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning.
CGS enjoys a good relationship with other religious, social, and civic organizations, community boards, and local businesses in this Inwood neighborhood of Upper Manhattan. Our front doors open out on to Broadway! Despite the hustle and bustle of a busy city street, it is not uncommon to find parishioners and visitors enjoying a brief respite for prayer and meditation in the quiet of the church.
As we continue to work together to build the Kingdom of God here at CGS, we welcome you to participate with us, in person, in the life of our parish. Please check the schedule of events for Mass times, other liturgical celebrations, social gatherings and special programs. For those who are unable to be with us physically, we invite you to visit our website often and to join us in prayer from your home or office.
On behalf of the parish staff, thank you for visiting our parish website. Thanks, too, for your support of the parish through your prayers, encouragement, participation, and financial stewardship. For more information on tax deductible gifts to the parish, please visit the Donation Section of our website. May God who can never be outdone in generosity bless you in abundance for yours!
Fr. Robert J. Abbatiello, O.F.M. Cap.
Pastor & Guardian