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					The Shepherd’s
The Newsletter of the Parish of the Good Shepherd                               November 2009

Dear Friends,

On Sunday November 1st (All Saints' Day) we will be celebrating the blessing and rededication of
the stained glass windows in our church. At this time we not only will give thanks for the generosity
of the many people who contributed financially to the restoration of these windows, but we will also
remember in our prayers the faithful Christians of earlier generations who are memorialized in the
glorious images of glass that surround and inspire us whenever we come into the Church of the Good
Shepherd for worship.

In addition to commemorating the faithful departed of this parish who are memorialized in the
stained glass windows churchgoers on All Saints' Day will be asked to remember the Christians of
the past who lived lives of exceptional holiness. Keeping alive the memory of these "saints" is, of
course, central to the church's annual observance of this day.

You may recall a movie entitled Memento that came out a few years ago. This film describes a fic-
tional character who has lost the ability to remember anything except the last ten minutes of his life.
In order to compensate for this embarrassing disability the character constantly has to write notes to
himself about what was happening to him and what he thinks about it. He also takes photographs of
things and people he wants to remember, and he even tattoos what he believes are especially vital
facts onto various parts of his body. Despite such elaborate measures, however, this man's inability to
remember the immediate past with accuracy leads him to misinterpret many of the facts he has writ-
ten down - a problem that has tragic consequences at the conclusion of the movie.

As the plot of the film Memento suggests, the possibility of losing one's memory is one of the great
anxieties of the present day. We can see this in numerous ways. I have several friends, for example,
who have gone to doctors for testing because they are concerned that occasional memory lapses may
be indicative of the onset of Alzheimer's disease. We can see similar expressions of this type of an-
xiety in recent civic debates about the appropriateness of placing crosses and other personal items in
public places as memorials to loved ones who died near those spots. And at the national level there
has been much discussion about how the victims of the September II th attacks should be memoria-
lized. If effective monuments are not created, some Americans argue, the memory of those terrible
events may eventually be erased altogether from our national consciousness.

I mention these fears regarding the loss both of ordinary personal memories and of the memory of
major public events and tragedies because they help illustrate the situation the church faced when it
first began recording stories about the lives of the saints. Properly memorializing the saints, especial-
ly the heroism of the thousands of martyrs who died for their faith, was regarded as critically impor-
tant in the early church. For this reason the All Saints' celebration was added to the Christian calen-
dar many centuries ago, and it continues to be observed by Christians throughout the world today.

Faithfully yours, Tuck
The mission of the Church of the Good       mashed potatoes, rice, fruits and vege-        Birthday Greetings to ...                   computer expertise and for all the print-
Shepherd is to be a community of faith      tables, Stove Top or similar dressings,                                                    ings and mailings; Nelson & Betty Col-
with Jesus Christ as the head, committed    cranberry sauce, etc. Contributions are        William Bellamy             11/2            lins, for securing the Slater Mill site,
to worship and to proclaim his universal    also requested in November for the             Jim Scarpetti               11/2            promoting the event, and providing
acceptance and healing by word and deed.                                                   Roger Viens                 11/4
                                            Rector's Discretionary Fund to provide                                                     beautiful decorations; Marie St. Jean &
                                            additional items for the Thanksgiving          Kristina Davis              11/5            Carol Jones, for typing the programs;
                                            Baskets.                                       Raymond Stephenson          11/5            Joe & Joyce Silvestri, for arranging the
Worship Service Schedule                    Veterans' Day: The office will be              Emily May                   11/6            delicious food; Jean Emerson, Cheryl
Sunday: The Holy Eucharist                  closed on Wednesday, November 11th in          Barbara Pelchat             11/8            Scarpetti, & the ECW, for purchasing
       8 & 10 a.m.                          observance of this holiday.                    John Caswell, Jr.           11/13           needed items, pastries, and helping with
                                                                                           Gavin Paraiso               11/13           auction items; Committee members
                                            We will also be closed on Friday, No-          Brinton Dekreon             11/16           Tracy Halkyard, Sue Hosey, Ray Emer-
Sunday School: 10 a.m.                      vember 21st the day after Thanksgiv-           Jenna Silvestri             11/18           son, and Ray Stephenson, for their time
                                            ing.                                           Janet Jackson               11/19           and great ideas; and the many other
Wednesdays: The Holy Eucharist
                                            Community Garden Clean-Up: Vo-                 Karen Tripodi               11/28           people who contributed their time, tal-
                  6:30 p.m.
                                            lunteers are needed to assist with our         Zachary Dekreon             11/29           ents, and money to making this event so
In the Parish and Deanery                   garden cleanup on Saturday, November           Frank Allsup                11/30           enjoyable and successful.
                                            14th from 9 a.m.-1l:00 a.m. If interested,                                                 Sometimes things pile up! As men-
Tuesday,  November 3rd Deanery              all you have to do is show up that morn-                                                   tioned in our weekly bulletins, we are
Meeting, 7 p.m. - Church of the Good        ing.                                                    Happy Anniversary to ...
                                                                                                                                       renewing our first of the month collec-
Shepherd.                                   UTO Collection: The ECW will be                                                            tion of food closet items with an em-
                                                                                           Robin & Greg Paraiso        11/07
                                            collecting for the United Thank Offer-                                                     phasis in November on food for
Wednesday, November 11th: Vestry                                                           Joseph & Amy LeFort         11/16
                                            ing on Sundays, November 22nd and                                                          Thanksgiving. Then, on Sunday, No-
Meeting, 7 p.m. - Jenks room.               29th• Please make any checks payable to                                                    vember 15th we take our turn at the
2010 Vestry Elections: If you would         Good Shepherd ECW.                             Outreach Update .....                       Sunday soup kitchen at 1:30 p.m. (no
like to be a nominee for the Vestry         Parish Blog ("The Shepherd's                                                               soup! sloppy Joe's!) at St. George's.
                                                                                                  Mark your Calendar ....              Donations of canned pineapple or
(election will be held at the Parish An-    Voice”): If you haven't visited the pa-
nual Meeting on January 24, 2010),          rish's blog site recently, be sure to take a   Our next Fun Friday is on November          peaches for dessert are needed. We'll
please make it known to one of the          look at it. In October, Mike Bouchard          6th. How can you help? Come at 5 p.m.       add some cookies from our "stock".
Nominating Committee members T.J.           added photos of the restored stained           on that day to help set up. Assist with     Finally, as the days get cooler our
Berry, Mike Bouchard or Frank Cook.         glass windows and of the Wine & Beer           supper. Sign families in and help make      thoughts go to those who are homeless
                                            Tasting event, and a video of Father           nametags. Playa board game with a kid       and find warmth at the Hunt Center.
At the Wine & Beer Tasting event held
                                                                                           or kids. Help with crafts - use scissors!   Throughout the winter they have a con-
on October 11th, our parish received the    Shattuck blessing the stuffed animals of
                                            the Sunday School children. You can            Spread glue! See that our guests feel       tinuing need for hats, gloves, boots,
following citation from the Mayor of
                                            find the blog site on the Internet at          welcomed at the Parish of the Good          jackets, etc. for men. And basic toile-
Pawtucket: Be it known to all that
                                                  Shepherd. Be on your way home by            tries! Leave donations in the back of the
Mayor James E. Doyle hereby offers his
                                                                                           7:45 p.m. having had a good time.           church and we'll start some regular de-
sincere best wishes to the Church of the
Good Shepherd in recognition of the                                                        Thank you: The Wine and Beer Tast-          liveries.
success of their Outreach Ministries.                                                      ing fundraiser on Saturday evening,         The ECW Christmas Party will be
The entire city extends its gratitude for                                                  October 17th was a great success! We        held on Thursday, December 3 rd at Da-
a task well done and expresses to you                                                      owe special thanks to the following         venport's in East Providence at 6:00
the hope for continued good fortune.                                                       people: Christina Keiser & Sue Jenson,      p.m. Cost is $15.00 per person.
                                            Choir: On Sunday, November 22nd at 4           who served as chairpersons; Karen &
Sunday Morning Offerings: On the
                                            p.m. Fr. Tuck and the choir will take          Dennis Tripodi, for the enormous
first Sunday of every month, please
                                            part on the Celebration of a New Minis-        amount of time and effort they put into
bring a non-perishable item to help rep-
                                            try at St. Luke's Church, Pawtucket. All       preparing for the event; Carol Keiser,      Happy Thanksgiving!!
lenish the parish food closet. On No-
                                                                                           for her work on the programs and shop-
vember 1st we will be collecting food       are welcome.
                                                                                           ping; Mike & Jan Bouchard, for their
for the Thanksgiving Baskets: instant