Fr. Riccardo looks at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in this Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive session. Fr. John attempts to expose and reveal the Father's heart by looking at His response to our rebellion.  A videotaped recording of Fr. John's talk may be viewed on the parish website. This audio podcast includes Fr. John's commentary, and the closing question and answer session.

Direct download: RDD022217.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Fr. John discusses God's covenant with man and the good news regarding marriage found in Genesis 2. In addition to the Sunday homilies, the parish is hosting Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive sessions to help pave the way. Resources for Rerouting, including video taped sessions and outlines, may be found on the parish website.

Direct download: Homily021917_12_Rerouting06.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Fr. Riccardo looks at the Road Work Ahead in this Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive session. Fr. John uses a video clip from Louie Giglio titled How Great is Our God to try to put perspective on the creation story from Genesis 1. A videotaped recording of Fr. John's talk may be viewed on the parish website. This audio podcast contains Fr. John's opening remarks, and the closing question and answer session which followed the video and small group discussion session.

Direct download: RDD021517.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Fr. John discusses the Road Work Ahead by looking at what God reveals in Genesis 1. In addition to the Sunday homilies, the parish is hosting Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive sessions to help pave the way. Resources for Rerouting, including video taped sessions and outlines, may be found on the parish website.

Direct download: Homily021117_04_Rerouting05.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 11:14am EST

Deacon Dave Carignan looks at the Fog Areas in our lives that can obscure the path to missionary discipleship in this Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive session. Deacon Dave discusses proper preparation for the spiritual battles that will be encountered on the discipleship path. A videotaped recording of Deacon Dave's talk may be viewed on the parish website.

Direct download: RDD020818.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Deacon Dave looks at the Fog Areas in our lives that can keep us form seeing reality clearly. In addition to the Sunday homilies, the parish is hosting Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive sessions to help pave the way. Resources for Rerouting, including video taped sessions and outlines, may be found on the parish website.

Direct download: Homily020517_10_Rerouting04.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 9:03am EST

Fr. Riccardo provides an overview of our position on the Rerouting road map,  discusses the opening scenes from Saving Private Ryan, looks at the teachings on the Mass from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and offers some resources for deeper study. A videotaped recording of Fr. John's talk may be viewed on the parish website.

Direct download: RDD020117.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 6:55pm EST

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Each Mass opened with the final scenes from the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan. Fr. John uses the scene to tell the congregants that when we come to Mass we are at the foot of the cross confronted by Jesus' love, mercy, and self-sacrifice. Fr. John tells us that Jesus is the emergency vehicle who has come to rescue each of us from sin, from death, from hell, and from emptiness. In addition to the Sunday homilies, the parish is hosting Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive sessions to help pave the way. Resources for Rerouting, including video taped sessions and outlines, may be found on the parish website.

Direct download: Homily012917_12_Rerouting03.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

Fr. Pierre Ingram focuses on the key On Ramps that have the potential to put us back on the proper path in this Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive session. Fr. Pierre discusses healthy and mutated understandings of faith, church, parish, laity, conversion, and missionary discipleship in this talk from January 25th. 

Direct download: RDD012517.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 11:40am EST

Fr. Pierre Ingram preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Fr. Pierre focuses on the On Ramps that have the potential to put us back on the proper path. In addition to the Sunday homilies, the parish will host Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive sessions to help pave the way. Resources for Rerouting, including video taped sessions and outlines, may be found on the parish website.

Direct download: Homily012217_12_Rerouting02.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

Fr. Prentice Tipton discusses what it means to be a missionary disciple in the first of the Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive sessions. Fr. Prentice looks at the strong correlation between the Mass and our mission as disciples.

Direct download: RDD011817.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to begin the Rerouting series. Rerouting will help answer the deepest questions in your heart by connecting the Mass and the story of sacred scripture with your own life. Over the next fourteen weeks, weekend homilies will look at these questions. In addition to the Sunday homilies, the parish will host Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive sessions to help pave the way. Resources for Rerouting, including video taped sessions and outlines, may be found on the parish website.

Direct download: Homily011517_12_Rerouting01.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 9:10am EST

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the weekend Masses for the Feast of the Epiphany. In this homily from the 4 PM Vigil Mass, Deacon Dave remarks that, "The worthiness of our gift to God is defined by the generosity of our praise and worship of God." Deacon Dave points out that we have much to gain by leaving behind our comfort zone in our quest to encounter Jesus.

Direct download: DcnCarignanHomily010716_4.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:22am EST

In this homily from the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Fr. Riccardo reflects on events from the past year and proposes that the parishioners continue to set aside Wednesdays as days of fasting and prayer for marriages, families, and for priests.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that Jesus was sent to fight for us because we matter to God in this Christmas homily from the Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John describes scenes from the critically acclaimed movie Hacksaw Ridge while letting the congregants know that the Lord has come to pick us up and carry us to safety. He encourages the congregants to go out and get those who do not see.

Direct download: MidnightMass2016.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:04pm EST

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Deacon Dave remarks that sacred scripture is a love letter written by God to each of us. He tells the congregants that, "Prayer and scripture together are the pathway to a meaningful, loving, life-changing encounter and conversation with God."

Direct download: DeaconCarignanHomily121816_10.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:54am EST

Fr. Prentice Tipton spoke to the Men's Prayer Breakfast group following their quarterly evening Mass on Tuesday, December 6th.

Direct download: FPTMensPrayerBreakfastMeeting120616.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 10:30am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of prayer to our growth as mature disciples of Christ in this homily from the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John encourages the congregants to get into the habit of praying daily. He remarks that for a mature relationship with God we need to listen, ask, repent, thank, and praise Him. Fr. John suggests beginning and ending each day in prayer using the psalms to praise God for who He is.

Direct download: Homily121116.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:34am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the Rerouting series that will begin at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church beginning in January. In this homily for the Feast to the Immaculate Conception, Fr. John examines the importance of understanding scripture in a new way, particularly Genesis 1 to 3. By learning to read the scriptures properly, we can find the answers to the questions in our lives that ultimately matter.

Direct download: ImmaculateConception2016.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Fr. Prentice looks at our attraction to sin in this homily from the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Direct download: FPTHomily120816_12.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. Prentice discusses personal contemplative prayer and offers the congregants advice on establishing a daily appointment with God.

Direct download: FPTHomily120416_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:58am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses why bearing witness to Christ is so important and urgent in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at the witness given by Fr. Sixtus O'Connor to imprisoned Nazis awaiting trial at Nuremberg after World War II while remarking that our personal witness can lead to the salvation of others. Fr. John points out that, "Only Jesus can turn hostility and disunity and enmity to unity and brotherhood and family."

Direct download: Homily111216.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:50am EST

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Fr. Prentice discusses the upcoming election and the important issues that Catholics face in the voting booth. Fr. Prentice reviews the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

Direct download: FPTHomily110616_10.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:29pm EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the evening Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

While celebrating Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregants to learn about particular heroic men and women in the history of the church, and to tell their stories to our children and grandchildren so that we all can be  roused to be great.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Deacon Dave asks, "Why do we drink from the poison of sin yet refuse to seek the antidote?"

Direct download: DeaconCarignanHomily103016.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:11am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses his recent pilgrimage to Poland, abortion, and the upcoming presidential election in this homily from the Wednesday evening Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:08am EST

While reflecting on the gospel account of Jesus healing the ten lepers (LK 17:11-19), Fr. Prentice Tipton points out that the ingratitude of His people wounds the heart of Jesus. Fr. Prentice tells the congregants that it is our vocation as catholics to offer thanks and praise to God for all of his good gifts to us. His goodness is meant to transform us from spectators into worshipers. 

Direct download: FPTHomily100916_10.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend as the parish pastoral staff continued a series of reflections to lay the groundwork for the building of a missionary parish. This week, Fr. John looked at faith as a building block while asking what it means to believe.

Direct download: Homily100216_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:35am EST

Deacon Dave Carignan discusses human trafficking in this homily from the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Dave's weekly bulletin article (page 3) is an excellent resource for this podcast as well. 

Direct download: DeaconCarignan092516.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:46am EST

On September 14th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish was pleased to host Fr. Patrick Winslow who spoke on Charisms in the Missionary Church. You may read a brief biography of Fr. Winslow here. This talk is available in video format on the parish YouTube channel.

Direct download: Winslow.mp3
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:16am EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:43am EST

Fr. Riccardo looks at the challenging words of Jesus from today's gospel (LK 14:25-33) while discussing the requirements of discipleship. Fr. John asks the congregants, "Do we live for ourselves or for Him first?"

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:11am EST

Deacon Dave Carignan preached about the need for a humble heart in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at OLGC.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

While reflecting on the scripture readings of this day (WIS 18:6-9; HEB 11:1-2, 8-19; and LK 12:32-48), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that faith is a gift from God that enables us to know things that we otherwise cannot know. Fr. John discusses the adversary who tries to keep us from our destiny, and proposes the recitation of the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel at the end of each Mass.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:06am EST

On the feast day of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish held a special evening for grandparents that focused on prayer for grandchildren, adoration, praise, and fellowship. The remarks of OLGC Deacons Dave Carignan and Vince Small, and those of former parishioner Fr. Bob Schikora, from the event are published in this podcast.

Direct download: GrandparentsEvening072616.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 11:19am EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the words of Presidents John Adams, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln as well as on a promise from God while offering a proposal to the parish community of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Fr. John points out that the only remedy for what ails our nation is to turn to God with fasting, repentance, and prayer. Fr. John proposes that for the remainder of the calendar year we fast each Wednesday as a parish family, gather to pray the rosary at 6 PM in the church, and then break the fast with reception of the Holy Eucharist during the evening Mass

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:59am EST

The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima was present at Our Lady of Good Counsel on July 27th for public veneration as part of a 21-month journey across America honoring the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima. OLGC was pleased to have Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, head of the Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno State, present to celebrate the evening Mass. In this homily, Bishop Doeme tells the congregation how his diocese has overcome many obstacles to faith by their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Direct download: FatimaMassHomily072716.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

For the weekend of July 24 & 25 Our Lady of Good Counsel Church was pleased to host Fr. Tom Carroll of the Piarist Fathers. Fr. Tom addressed the congregants at each Mass with a missionary appeal for financial support for the Piarist School in Martin, Kentucky. Listeners may learn more about the school by visiting the school website.

Direct download: PiaristSchoolAppeal.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:36am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the reasons why we have statues, images, and relics in our church in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John reminds the congregants that we experience reality through our senses, and in particular through sight. Fr. John discusses the recent addition to the church of a relic from St. Maximilian Kolbe, and reflects on the gospel account of the Good Samaritan (COL 1:15-20), while offering the congregants a suggestion of four simple ways to practice love in our daily life.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:08am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses reasons why catholics do not evangelize in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Deacon Carignan looks at Elisha (1 KGS 19:16B, 19-21) as an example of what it means to be a disciple, and asks the congregants to consider what they need to walk away from in order to walk toward Jesus with total commitment as intentional disciples.

Direct download: DeaconCarignanHomily062516.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:19am EST

Fr. Riccardo preached at the 10 AM Mass honoring parish members completing their high school or college studies. Fr. John tells the congregants that the front door of God's house is always open. We can always come home to Him. Fr. John discusses the history of King David and Uriah (2 SM 11 & 12) while reminding the congregation that forgiveness is available through the sacrament of reconciliation, and that His mercy endures forever.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:39am EST

Fr. Riccardo addresses the eighth grade graduating class of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in this homily from the 2016 Graduation Mass.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:28am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the encounters with God found in the readings for this day, particularly St. Paul's encounter with with Jesus on his way to Damascus (GAL 1:11-19) and Jesus' encounter with the widow in Nain (LK 7:11-17). Fr. John tells the congregation that God will break into our lives if we are attentive, and respond to Him with faith.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:52am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses why we are obliged to go to Mass each Sunday in this homily for The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Fr. John looks at the reasons we should be thankful for all that God has done for us and reminds the congregants that our souls become weak without the nourishment of the Eucharist, God's gift of himself to us.

Direct download: Homily052916_12.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses an icon of the Holy Trinity (viewable here) in this homily for The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Fr. John discusses the stewardship needs of the parish for the coming year and reflects on the mission of the parish to offer everyone in our community a life changing encounter with Jesus. Fr. John asks the congregation to consider what would be a reasonable, mature response to what God has done for our salvation.

Direct download: Homily052316.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:16am EST

Each year Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School celebrates a Streamer Day Mass to recognize the eighth grade students who will soon complete their final studies at the elementary school. Fr. Riccardo's homily from this year's Mass is presented here.

Direct download: StreamerDay2016.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a town hall meeting at the church on May 18th to update parishioners on everything that has happened at the parish during the past year and to inform them of future plans for the coming year.

Direct download: TownHallMeeting051816.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:59am EST

On the weekend of May 14 & 15, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Fr. David Noone from Unbound. Fr. David spoke about the ways this organization serves the poor in 20 countries through a unique brand of sponsorship that creates real change for families living in poverty. Please visit the Unbound website for additional information about sponsorship.

Direct download: UnboundCharity.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:49am EST

While reflecting on St. Luke's account of the ascension of Jesus, Deacon Carignan tells the congregation that the time for gazing has passed. Deacon Dave discusses the importance of prayer as the hinge pin for our spiritual life.

Direct download: DeaconCarignan050816.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:52am EST

The funeral liturgy for Peter D. Riccardo, the brother of Fr. John Riccardo, was celebrated at Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Waterford, Michigan. This podcast contains Fr. Riccardo's homily and the final commendation. Fr. John and the entire Riccardo family are most appreciative of all of the prayers offered in support of the family at this time of sorrow.

Direct download: FuneralMass-PeterRiccardo.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:44pm EST

On April 24th, Our Lady of Good Counsel welcomed the Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, for a visit to the parish. Archbishop Vigneron presided at the noon Mass, and blessed the parish grounds at the site of new expansion project set to begin shortly. In this Mass homily, Archbishop Vigneron challenges the congregants to become like Paul and Barnabas by spreading the news of the New Jerusalem to their relatives, neighbors, and friends.

Direct download: ArchbishopVigneron042416.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:38am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses forgiveness while asking the congregants whether they are recipients or givers of mercy. Fr. John looks at the lives of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Paul, and the Coptic Christian martyrs while challenging the congregation to become missionaries of God's mercy.

Direct download: Homily042416.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:03am EST

Deacon Dave Carignan preaches on Jesus as shepherd in this homily from the noon Mass at OLGC for Good Shepherd Sunday. Deacon Dave encourages the congregants to spend time in quiet prayer considering the competing voices in our lives that keep us from hearing the Lord's voice and what we need to do to become more attentive to His voice.

Direct download: DeaconCarignan041716_12.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:18pm EST

While discussing Jesus' conversation with St. Peter around the charcoal fire (JN 21:1-19), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregants that God loves to forgive. Fr. John encourages all to seek forgiveness for the "charcoal fires" in our lives in the sacrament of reconciliation, and to extend God's mercy to others.

Direct download: Homily041016.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:48am EST

Deacon Dave Carignan tells the congregation that the redemption of humanity was accomplished through the cross of Christ in this homily for Easter Sunday. Deacon Dave encourages the congregants to go out and proclaim the truth of the resurrection.

Direct download: DeaconCarignanEaster2016.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:27am EST

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass, Fr. Riccardo considers the scripture readings of this day and what they mean to the candidates who were about to be baptized as well as the entire congregation. Fr. John encourages the congregants to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus as we are no longer slaves to sin and death.

Direct download: EasterVigil2016.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the greatness of God in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While encouraging the congregants to view a video from Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church, Fr. John ponders the vastness of the universe and the fact that its creator got on His knees to wash the feet of his disciples and allowed himself to be condemned to death on a cross for our salvation. Fr. John encourages the congregants to enter into Holy Week with the understanding that we have access to God all the time, and that we can approach Him without fear or anxiety.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:21am EST

Deacon Dave Carignan discusses our need to serve others in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Dave reflects on God's greatest commandment while reminding the congregants that our life stories will be written by those we have served.

Direct download: DeaconCarignan031316_8.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:57am EST

The 2016 Parish Mission titled Today Salvation Has Come to This House continued with this talk by Fr. Riccardo. Fr. John asks, "Will we let Him use us as vessels of mercy?"

Direct download: ParishMission2016-Tuesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:24pm EST

The 2016 Parish Mission titled Today Salvation Has Come to This House continued with this talk by Fr. Riccardo. Fr. John asks, "What is your deepest desire for your children or for your grandchildren?"

Direct download: ParishMission2016-Monday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

The 2016 Parish Mission titled Today Salvation Has Come to This House opened with this talk by Fr. Riccardo.

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Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:33pm EST

The funeral liturgy for John J. Riccardo, the father of Fr. John Riccardo, was celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham, Michigan. This podcast contains excerpts from the introductory rites, Fr. Riccardo's homily, and excerpts from the final commendation. Fr. John and the entire Riccardo family are most appreciative of all of the prayers offered for his father and in support of the family. 

Direct download: FuneralLiturgyJohnJRiccardo.m4a
Category:Tributes -- posted at: 4:39pm EST

Fr. Riccardo offers a moving tribute to his father, John J. Riccardo, in this homily first preached on Father's Day (June 15, 2008). It is republished here to honor the life of this disciple of Christ.

Direct download: Homily061508-Honoring_John_J_Riccardo.m4a
Category:Tributes -- posted at: 11:03am EST

In 2007, Fr. Riccardo and his father each delivered keynote addresses for the Archdiocese of Detroit Put Out Into the Deep Men's Conference. Mr. John Riccardo's address titled Courage Under Fire is republished here in tribute.

Direct download: POITD_Conference_2007-John_J_Riccardo.mp3
Category:Tributes -- posted at: 10:57am EST

In 2007, Fr. Riccardo and his father each delivered keynote addresses for the Archdiocese of Detroit Put Out Into the Deep Men's Conference. Fr. Riccardo's address titled Urgent Need: Men with the Courage to let the Light Shine is republished here to honor his father, John J. Riccardo.

Direct download: POITD_Conference_2007-Fr_John_Riccardo.mp3
Category:Tributes -- posted at: 10:53am EST

Fr. Riccardo's father, John J. Riccardo, was called to receive his heavenly reward on February 13th. Fr. John offers a tribute to his father in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:02pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of knowing our story in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While detailing a preaching schedule for the season of lent, Fr. John reminds the congregants that we have been saved from slavery to the devil by the outstretched arms of Christ on the cross. He reminds the congregation that we need to know the story of both our fall and salvation for things to make sense.

Direct download: Homily021316.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

While considering the second reading for this day from St. Paul (1 COR 12:31—13:13), Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of learning how to forgive on another.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:32pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregants that God is rich in mercy while encouraging them to return to the sacrament of reconciliation in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John tells the audience what he observed as our young second grade children received the sacrament for the first time this weekend, and offers a special opportunity for parishioners who have been away from the sacrament for some time to come and experience God's abundant mercy.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:05am EST

Deacon Carignan looks at the Sacrament of Marriage as a symbol of God's covenant relationship with his people in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

In this homily for The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregants "What have you come here tonight to do?" Fr. John looks at church teachings from Vatican II that tell us that we should not be at Mass as strangers or silent spectators. Fr. John proposes that each participant in the Mass work together to offer the sacrifice of the Mass for the intentions of those sitting nearby.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:31am EST

Fr. Riccardo looks at scripture and recorded history while considering the question, "Is all of this just a story?" Fr. John considers the Magi, King Herod, and the appearance of a star as historical events that tell the story of His great love for us. Fr. John also proposes that parents take a look at some resources for parents and children to use in preparation for Mass and to encourage faith-based conversation at the dinner table.

Direct download: Homily010316.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:42am EST

In this homily for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Fr. Riccardo discusses the launch of a pilot program for discipleship groups at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:01pm EST

Deacon Dave Carignan discusses what it means to be a holy family in this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:23pm EST

In this Midnight Mass homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of Christmas, Fr. Riccardo discusses a Russian icon of the Trinity, some common objections to faith, how Jesus has translated God, an event happening now, and a commissioning for all Catholics.

Direct download: Christmas2015_MidnightMass.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the Masses this past weekend. In this homily from the Saturday Vigil Mass, Fr. John asks the congregation, "Where is our enthusiasm?" He questions why so many parishioners remain apathetic in light of all that God has done for us. Fr. John offers some suggestions to parishioners who desire an encounter with God. He also discusses what is necessary to become an adult disciple of Jesus.

Direct download: Homily121915.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:03pm EST

“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” In his third Lectio Divina reflection during Advent, Fr. John Riccardo takes a closer look at John the Baptist and Jesus.

Direct download: LectioDivina121615.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:21pm EST

In his second Lectio Divina talk during Advent, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.

Direct download: LectioDivina120915.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:52am EST

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. Session 7 contains the presentation of Fr. John Riccardo-Abba, Father": The Fifth Key, Receiving the Father's Blessing.

Direct download: UnboundFJR.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:55am EST

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. Session 6 contains the testimony of Fr. Pierre Ingram-How God Set Me Free from Fear.

Direct download: UnboundTestimonyFPI.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:51am EST

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 5-Don't Drink the Poison: Forgiveness, the Second Key to Freedom (with testimony from Nancy DeBacker and Marion Hornacek).

Direct download: UnboundSatMK.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:40am EST

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 4-In and Out: Renunciation and Authority, The Third and Fourth Keys to Freedom.

Direct download: UnboundSatJK2.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:31am EST

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 3-Sorry, Please, Thank You: Repentance & Faith, The First Key to Freedom.

Direct download: UnboundSatJK1.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:26am EST

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass preceding the Saturday sessions.

Direct download: UnboundHomily110715.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:24am EST

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 2-Deliverance is a Good Word: What Deliverance Really Means and Why We All Need It.

Direct download: UnboundFridayMK.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:16am EST

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 1-Born into a Battle: The Reality of Spiritual Warfare.

Direct download: UnboundFridayJK.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:13am EST

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend and encouraged the congregants to stop to assess their current path in life and to choose the path that leads to Christ. 

Direct download: DeaconCarignan120615.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:14am EST

On Wednesday evenings during Advent the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed following the celebration of Mass (6:30 PM), and Fr. Riccardo will offer a reflection on the readings for the upcoming Sunday along with praise and worship. This podcast contains Fr. John's reflections from December 2nd.

Direct download: LectioDivina120215.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:53am EST

While considering the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and reflecting on the scripture readings for this day (DN 12:1-3; HEB 10:11-14, 18; MK 13:24-32), Fr. Riccardo discusses the Book of Life and the Book of Our Lives-what we have done with our lives. Fr. John emphasizes the need to erase sin from our lives through the Sacrament of Confession, giving alms, and helping those less fortunate.

Direct download: Homily111415.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

In this third of four scheduled Wednesday evening talks looking at some big questions that God has for each of us Fr. Riccardo addresses discusses Jesus' Surprising Question to Peter and to Us.

Direct download: Wednesday111115.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Carignan reflects on the gospel account of St. Mark (MK 12:38-44) while reminding the congregants of the importance of looking at ourselves through the eyes of Jesus and of leading lives of humility.

Direct download: DeaconCarignan110815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:47am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the status of the church expansion project in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at OLGC. Fr. John spoke at all of the weekend Masses for the first weekend of November to let parishioners know when the construction project should start and to solicit parishioner feedback on possible options for the project. Fr. John requested that parishioners spend time in prayer while considering both options and then complete the survey card sent to all parishioners and also available on the parish website.

Direct download: Homily103115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:36am EST

In this second of four scheduled Wednesday evening talks looking at some big questions that God has for each of us Fr. Riccardo addresses the question What are you Looking For?

Direct download: Wednesday102115.mp3
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 11:24am EST

Fr. Riccardo looks at service to God and service to each other in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses how our disordered hearts can be a barrier to service and remarks that by following the example of Christ and growing in conformity to Him we can find happiness, fulfillment, and peace through service.

Direct download: Homily101815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:05am EST

In this first of four scheduled Wednesday evening talks looking at some big questions that God has for each of us Fr. Riccardo addresses the question Where are You?

Direct download: Wednesday101415.mp3
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 4:39pm EST

While reflecting on the scripture readings of this day (WIS 7:7-11, HEB 4:12-13, MK 10:17-30), Fr. Riccardo looks at what God wants us to know and what God wants us to do. Fr. John tells us that things cannot bring true satisfaction, only God can satisfy our hearts.

Direct download: Homily101015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

On the 8th of October, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted the Pilgrimage of Mercy: The Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti. Auxiliary Bishop Michael Byrnes presided at a Solemn Mass celebrated in St. Maria's honor. This is Bishop Byrnes' homily from that Mass.

Direct download: BishopByrnesHomily100815.m4a
Category:St. Maria Goretti -- posted at: 10:15am EST

On the 8th of October, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted the Pilgrimage of Mercy: The Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti.

Father Carlos Martins, CC, a Custos Reliquiarum (ecclesiastically-appointed curate of relics) and director of Treasures of the Church, brought the sacred remains of St. Maria Goretti to OLGC as part of a national tour. An immensely popular saint, it is the first time her body traveled to the United States and only the second time she left Italy. This is a podcast of a talk given by Fr. Carlos prior to public veneration.

Direct download: FrCarlosMartinsPilgrimageOfMercy.m4a
Category:St. Maria Goretti -- posted at: 10:08am EST

Deacon Dave Carignan looks at some eternal truths about marriage in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Dave discusses how hardness of heart can prevent us from seeing Christ in others.

Direct download: DeaconCarignanHomily100415.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:40am EST

In the final installment of Daily Pontiffications, Fr. John Riccardo reflects on what was a spectacular Saturday for Pope Francis.

Category:Video -- posted at: 5:13pm EST

In Daily Pontiffications #5, Fr. John Riccardo discusses the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. and what it means to be a missionary disciple.

Category:Video -- posted at: 5:10pm EST

In Daily Pontifications #4, Fr. Riccardo discusses how Pope Francis is bringing people to Jesus.

Category:Video -- posted at: 5:07pm EST

In Daily Pontiffications #3, Fr. John Riccardo digs past the news headlines and lets us know what the Pope is really saying during his visit to America.

Category:Video -- posted at: 5:05pm EST

Fr. John Riccardo discusses the canonization of Junipero Serra by Pope Francis.

Category:Video -- posted at: 4:59pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the visit of Pope Francis to the United States in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Fr. John remarks that we must first encounter the love of God before we can truly understand church doctrine. He reminds the congregants that God is calling all of us to grow in faith, and to give witness to others of all that God has done for us.

Direct download: Homily092715.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:53pm EST

Father John Riccardo on what to expect when Pope Francis comes to America! OLGC will be posting videos from Fr. John all week long as he discusses this historic visit.

Category:Video -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

As the Pope gets ready to come to America, the OLGC Media Department interviewed Lizanne Magarity Pando.  She is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Also... be sure to follow OLGC next week on Facebook and Twitter as Fr. John Riccardo reflects on the Papal visit in a special series titled Daily Pontiffications.

Direct download: POPE_2_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

As the Pope gets ready to come to America, the OLGC Media Department interviewed Lizanne Magarity Pando.  She is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Also... be sure to follow OLGC next week on Facebook and Twitter as Fr. John Riccardo reflects on the Papal visit in a special series titled Daily Pontiffications.

Direct download: POPE_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:04am EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Welcome Mass on Sunday, September 13th. This podcast contains Fr. Riccardo's opening remarks from that Mass as well as his homily.

Direct download: WelcomeMass091315.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:58am EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

Direct download: Homily090915.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:35pm EST

While considering the gospel account from St. Mark (MK 7:31-37) of Jesus healing a deaf man, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of silence in our lives. Fr. John proposes  that the congregants spend some time each week before the exposed Blessed Sacrament in the Day Chapel to grow in their relationship with Christ.

Direct download: Homily090515.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses how Christian life is taught in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Fr. John looks at the reasons behind the rules and the gift of the moral law, and points out that we need to encounter Christ before all the rules make sense. Fr. John proposes Alpha as a starting point for encountering Christ.

Direct download: Homily083015_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:15am EST

Fr. Stanley Obloj returned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend and presided at the 5 PM Mass.

Direct download: FrStanleyOblojHomily082315.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:37pm EST

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at the 10 AM Mass this past weekend. Deacon Dave looks at the cost of discipleship while focusing on the readings for this week (JOS 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B; EPH 5:21-32; JN 6:60-69).

Direct download: DeaconCarignanHomily082315.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:35pm EST

Fr. Phong Pham of Cross Catholic Outreach preached at all of the weekend Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. You may read about Fr. Pham and support the work of Cross Catholic Outreach from this website.

Direct download: CrossCatholicOutreach081615.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:33am EST

While reflecting on the first reading from Kings (1 KGS 19:4-8) and the gospel of St. John (JN 6:41-51), Fr. Riccardo tells us that we are not alone. Fr. John looks at food in the scripture readings as a foreshadowing of the Eucharist, and reminds the congregants that God will miraculously provide for us when we are not strong enough on our own to deal with the burdens of life. 

Direct download: Homily080915.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:01am EST

In this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deacon Dave Carignan preaches about the apostolic nature of the church and asks the congregants how they can tell whether they have had a life changing encounter with Christ.

Direct download: DeaconCarignanHomily071915.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:25am EST

While focusing on the readings of this day (EZ 2:2-5, 2 COR 12:7-10, MK 6:1-6), Fr. Riccardo discusses our lack of trust in God. Fr. John tells the congregation that this can change through an encounter with Him. Fr. John encourages the congregants to respond to this encounter by surrendering, and doing everything for God with intense gratitude and devotion for the One who has done everything for us.

Direct download: Homily070515.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:41am EST

Associate Pastor Fr. Steve Mateja spoke after the weekend Masses as he transitioned to his new assignment at St. Lawrence Parish in Utica, MI. This is a podcast of Fr. Steve's farewell remarks from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Direct download: 10AMMassFarewell.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:42am EST

Fr. Steve Mateja served as Associate Pastor at OLGC from July 2012 until July 2015. In this final homily he spoke on the Supreme Court decision to legalize same sex marriage asking the questions: is the Church dead? Where do we go from here? How do we respond?

Direct download: FSMHomily062715.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:38am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the marriage equality decision of the United States Supreme Court in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: Homily062815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:45am EST

While reflecting on recent events in the world and in our country, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation whether anger is always sinful. Fr. John exhorts the congregants to, "Strive to do good as best we can, to ask the Lord for the grace to get angry about the right things in the right way, and to pray for those who are most in need of God's mercy."

Direct download: Homily062115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:54pm EST

Fr. Riccardo looks at our obligation as Catholics to spread the faith to the best of our ability in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the parish mission in light of the Him first campaign while considering the issue involved, the ramifications of not participating, and the possible benefit. Fr. John encourages the congregants to offer a most credible witness to our community of the difference that Jesus makes.

Direct download: Homily061415.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:02am EST

In this homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that God is inviting us of offer others a life changing encounter with Jesus. Fr. John invites the congregants to a town hall meeting in the church on June 17th. The evening will include an overview of OLGC’s new vision, values and strategic plan; an update on the building expansion; and an inspiring conversion story. Fr. John concludes by looking at the response that is needed from parishioners to achieve this vision and encourages everyone to put Him first.

Direct download: HimFirstHomily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:35am EST

Fr. Riccardo addresses the eighth grade graduating class of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in this homily from the 2015 Graduation Mass. 

Direct download: GradMass2015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:42am EST

As the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program gets underway at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, several past participants addressed the congregations at the weekend Masses on Pentecost Sunday. Following an introduction by RCIA leader Bob Smentowki, this podcast contains RCIA testimonies of Adrienne (2:00), Lisa (8:35), Chad (14:33), Bradley (18:02), and Michael (21:35) from the weekend Masses on Pentecost.

Direct download: RCIATestimonies2015.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

On The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Fr. Riccardo preached at the 10 AM Mass honoring parish members completing their high school or college studies. Fr. John tells the congregants that they can get through any ordeal in life if they have a radical trust in God, who provides grace for the moment, and who promises to be with us always. Fr. John missions the congregants to tell other about Him.

Direct download: Homily053115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:52am EST

Fr. Riccardo remarks that Jesus sent his disciples and St. Paul out into the world to preach a different world view that God created everything out of nothing, with the human person the highlight of everything and made to share His life. Fr. John reaffirms a discipleship challenge from Archbishop Vigneron to repropose Jesus to a world that has never heard of Him or has walked away from Him.

Direct download: Homily053115_8.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:41am EST

Fr. Riccardo honors Brian Hill with this homily from his funeral Mass.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:43pm EST

Each year Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel with a Streamer Day Mass to recognize the eighth grade students who will soon complete their final studies at the elementary school. Fr. Riccardo's homily from this year's Mass is presented here. Since the actual Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel fell on a weekend this year, the Mass was celebrated on May 15th.

Direct download: StreamerDayHomily2015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:22pm EST

In this homily for the Feast of Pentecost, Fr. Riccardo looks at the role of the Holy Spirit in helping us fulfill the mission of our parish. Fr. John reflects on the lives of St. Peter and on that of Brian Hill as he takes a look at what each of us can do through an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Direct download: Homily052415.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses our parish mission in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at the importance of the laity in accomplishing the mission and cites the example of Brian Hill, who was recently called to his eternal rest.

Direct download: Homily051615.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:26am EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on his recent trip to Italy and a viewing of the Shroud of Turin in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the great love shown by Jesus in His sacrifice on the cross and His commandment to us to love one another (JN 15:9-17).

Direct download: Homily051015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:18pm EST

Fr. Stanley Obloj returned to Our Lady of Good Counsel on May 3rd and presided at the 5 PM Life Teen Mass. Fr. Stanley encourages the congregants to get plugged in to Jesus.

Direct download: FrOblojHomily050315.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:56am EST

Deacon Vince Small delivered this homily at the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: DeaconSmall050315.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:48am EST

In this homily for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo offers a personal testimony describing how he developed a strong devotion to Mary and ultimately consecrated his life to her using Fr. Michael E. Gaitley's book 33 Days to Morning Glory.

Direct download: Homily042615.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:52am EST

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In his final homily from OLGC before ordination, Deacon Jonathan discusses how the resurrection of Christ makes everything different.

Direct download: DcnFasnacht041915.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses three recent experiences, shares three words from scripture, and offers three suggestions for the week ahead in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: Homily041815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:09pm EST

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass, Fr. Riccardo considers the last words of Jesus in relation to one parish family and in relation to the mission of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. Fr. John reminds the congregants that when the world has nothing to offer, He has everything. Fr. John encourages all parishioners to strive to live their lives so that others will encounter Jesus and come to know Him.

Direct download: EasterVigil2015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:05am EST

I thirst for you” is the theme of our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. This message reflects the convergence of two thirsts - our thirst for Jesus that can only be quenched by knowing Him, and His thirst for each and every one of us at every single moment. The beautiful “I thirst for you” prayer written by Blessed Mother Teresa best describes this undying love, always there standing at the door of our hearts. Fr. Riccardo leads a Good Friday meditation with this prayer before the service at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Direct download: I_Thirst.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 5:45pm EST

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on the upcoming gospel reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. Deacon Vince Small leads this session.

Direct download: LectioDivina040115.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:44pm EST

While reflecting on the Passion narrative from St. Mark (MK 14:1-15:47), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that this is not a tragedy, but a story of Jesus entering into glorious combat for us. It is the means by which He brings us home.

Direct download: Homily032815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:53am EST

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on an upcoming Sunday reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. 

Direct download: LectioDivina032515.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:12pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses suffering in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While reflecting on the suffering endured by his own mother, Fr. John points out that our suffering allows us to share in Christ's passion. By uniting our suffering to His cross, we too can participate in the salvation of the human race.

Direct download: Homily032115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:25pm EST

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on the upcoming gospel reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht leads this session.

Direct download: LectioDivina031815.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:04pm EST

Fr. Riccardo concludes the Alpha 201 series with this discussion of love. Fr. John looks at how we love as individuals and how we love as catholic disciples of Jesus. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel

Direct download: Alpha_201S8-Love.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 11:27am EST

In this seventh talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo talks about the acts of praise and worship in the life of intentional disciples. What is it? Why do we do it? Does one have to be charismatic to praise God? The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S7-Worship.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 11:19am EST

In this sixth talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo talks about the theme of surrender in Scripture and in the life of somebody who lives a life of discipleship. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S6-Surrender.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 11:15am EST

In this fifth talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo discusses the topic of greed. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S5-Greed.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 11:12am EST

In this fourth talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo talks about the nature of human suffering and how we are to understand it and live it when suffering comes. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S4-Suffering.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 11:09am EST

In this third talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo leads the community in an immersion into the Word of God to encounter Jesus as we think about what gives us fear and anxiety as pilgrims on the sea of life. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S3-Fear.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 10:13am EST

In January of 2014, Fr. Riccardo began an eight part series titled Alpha 201. In this second talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. John discusses why and how forgiveness sets men and women free from bondage and slavery. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S2-Forgiveness.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 9:28am EST

In January of 2014, Fr. Riccardo began an eight part series titled Alpha 201. In the first week of Alpha 201, Fr. John discusses the goal & purpose of life. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S1-Purpose_of_Life.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 9:23am EST

Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation what they feel when they see Jesus on the cross. Fr. John encourages the congregants to contemplate a true friendship with Him and then reflect once again on the crucifix.

Direct download: Homily031515.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:11am EST

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on the upcoming gospel reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction.

Direct download: LectioDivina031115.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:58pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the gospel reading from St. John (JN 2:13-25) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John remarks that judgment is real and asks the congregation to consider what must be done right now to be reconciled with God and one another.

Direct download: Homily030815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:41am EST

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on the upcoming gospel reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction.

Direct download: LectioDivina030415.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:12pm EST

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Learn how to put yourself in the moment and encounter Jesus in scripture.

Direct download: LectioDivina022515.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

In this homily for the first Sunday of Lent, Fr. Riccardo discusses the need for interior transformations. Fr. John encourages the congregants to spend time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament asking God to show them the one thing that needs to change in their lives.

Direct download: Homily022215.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:14am EST

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to treat this lenten season seriously given the events happening to Christians today. Fr. John remarks that the purpose of Lent is to arrived changed come Easter, and encourages each congregant to ask God to show them the one place in their heart where they are most resistant to change.

Direct download: AshWednesdayHomily2015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:08pm EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this final session, Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht discusses how parents can raise their children in the faith. Deacon Jonathan is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). He is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Direct download: BVMSession5.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Deacon Jonathan tells the congregation that Jesus became man so that we may be drawn into a full relationship with God.

Direct download: DcnFasnachtHomily020815_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:36am EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this fourth session, Mary DelPup focuses on the dignity and vocation of women.

Direct download: BVMSession4.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:25pm EST

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily from the noon Mass, Deacon Jonathan looks at ways in which our faith is bolstered by miracles and the witness of the apostles of Christ.

Direct download: DcnFasnachtHomily020115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:13pm EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this third session, Fr. John discusses the mission and task of fatherhood.

Direct download: BVMSession3.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:56pm EST

Fr. Riccardo looks at our mission as evangelists in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John points out that we, like the apostles, are called, taught, fed, and sent out to proclaim the gospel to the people we encounter in our daily lives.

Direct download: Homily012515.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:38am EST

On the weekend of January 16-18, Fr. Riccardo spoke on discipleship and evangelization at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury, Ohio. Fr. John gave three talks during the weekend retreat, which SJN has made available. This is Fr. Riccardo's talk on evangelization.

Direct download: fr_riccardo_sat.mp3
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

On the weekend of January 16-18, Fr. Riccardo spoke on discipleship and evangelization at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury, Ohio. Fr. John gave three talks during the weekend retreat, which SJN has made available. This is the second part of Fr. Riccardo's talk on discipleship.

Direct download: fr_riccardo_fri_part2.mp3
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 7:37pm EST

On the weekend of January 16-18, Fr. Riccardo spoke on discipleship and evangelization at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury, Ohio. Fr. John gave three talks during the weekend retreat, which SJN has made available. This is the first part of Fr. Riccardo's talk on discipleship.

Direct download: SJN011615Part1.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 7:35pm EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this second session, Fr. John discusses Ephesians 5.

Direct download: BVMSession2.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:22am EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. For the first week, Fr. John discusses the question “Does the biblical vision of marriage have anything to offer us today?”

Direct download: BVMSession1.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 6:52pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses sin in this homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Fr. John considers the importance of baptism in destroying sin, but points out that this can only happen when we acknowledge sin, repent for our sins, and cease from committing sin.

Direct download: Homily011115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Direct download: DcnFasnachtHomily011115_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:35pm EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Welcome Mass on Sunday, January 4th. This podcast contains Fr. Riccardo's opening remarks from that Mass as well as his homily.

Direct download: WelcomeMass2015Homily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the reasons for celebrating the octave of Christmas in this homily from the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of praying the rosary, and offers advice to the congregants on how to invite friends and family members to come to know Jesus.

Direct download: Homily123114.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:11am EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family, Fr. Riccardo reviews the pledges made by couples in the Rite of Marriage and by parents during the Rite of Baptism while offering encouragement to the congregants on raising their families in the faith.

Direct download: Homily122814.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:07pm EST

In this homily from Christmas Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo reflects on what we really want, what God really wants, and what Christmas has to do with these questions.

Direct download: MidnightMass2014.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Fr. Riccardo looks at faith in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While discussing the gospel account from St. Luke (LK 1:26-38), Fr. John points out that there is more to reality than we can see, that God is the primary actor in life, and that He loves each of us more than any other creation.

Direct download: Homily122014.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:58pm EST

In this homily for the third Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo remarks that the essence of being Christian is to evangelize. Fr. John tells the congregation to be prepared to answer the question, "Why should anybody follow Jesus?" Fr. John reminds the congregants that we get salvation from following Jesus and that He brings health to our intellects, our wills, and our hearts.

Direct download: Homily121414.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

The 2014 Parish Mission titled Dawn From on High: Discovering Abiding Peace in the Chaos of Life concluded with a Mass concelebrated by Fr. Riccardo and Fr. Mateja. This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from that Mass.

Direct download: ParishMissionMass2014.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

The 2014 Parish Mission titled Dawn From on High: Discovering Abiding Peace in the Chaos of Life continued with separate talks by Debbie and Peter Herbeck. This is Peter's talk to the men from Thursday evening.

Direct download: ParishMissionSession2PH.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 1:51pm EST

The 2014 Parish Mission titled Dawn From on High: Discovering Abiding Peace in the Chaos of Life continued with separate talks by Debbie and Peter Herbeck. This is Debbie's talk to the women from Thursday evening.

Direct download: ParishMissionSession2DH.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:03am EST

The 2014 Parish Mission titled Dawn From on High: Discovering Abiding Peace in the Chaos of Life opened with this conversation between Fr. Riccardo and Debbie and Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries.

Direct download: ParishMissionSession1.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:46pm EST

This is the homily of Fr. Mark Haydu, ‎International Director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Direct download: FrMarkHaydu120814.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:58am EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church was pleased to host Fr. Mark Haydu, ‎International Director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Haydu presided at the evening Mass and then presented this talk on Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels, his most recent published work. Fr. Mark's books are available from Liguori Publications. This is a video podcast.

Direct download: VaticanArtAngels.m4v
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 7:55am EST

In this homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that Jesus is ready to meet us today. Are we expecting Him? He cannot wait to surprise us.

Direct download: Homily113014.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:17am EST

Fr. Riccardo is facilitating an 8 week long Bible study using Jeff Cavins A Quick Journey Through the Bible series. This parish wide Bible study uses a series of 8 thirty minute video clips which are available from Ascension Press in DVD format. Participants also received the student pack, available from the same source. This audio podcast contains Fr. John's final commentary, and concludes with a question and answer session.

Direct download: QJSession8.m4a
Category:A Quick Journey -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

While considering the gospel account of St. Matthew (MT 25:31-46) for the Feast of Christ the King, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of practicing the corporal works of mercy. Fr. John reminds the congregation that God is asking us to show our love for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the sick, and our brothers and sisters in prison.

Direct download: Homily112314.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:41am EST

Fr. Riccardo is facilitating an 8 week long Bible study using Jeff Cavins A Quick Journey Through the Bible series. This parish wide Bible study uses a series of 8 thirty minute video clips which are available from Ascension Press in DVD format. Participants also received the student pack, available from the same source. Fr. John will introduce each study session with opening remarks, and followup with closing remarks at the conclusion of the instructional video. This audio podcast contains Fr. John's commentary, with a break at about the 22:07 minute mark for the Jeff Cavins video. The series will conclude next week with a question and answer session.

Direct download: QJSession7.m4a
Category:A Quick Journey -- posted at: 9:25pm EST

On November 16th, Bishop Michael Byrnes presided at the Confirmation Mass held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Bishop Byrnes discusses the importance of entering into a true friendship with Jesus.

Direct download: ConfirmationHomily111614.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:09am EST

Fr. Riccardo is facilitating an 8 week long Bible study using Jeff Cavins A Quick Journey Through the Bible series. This parish wide Bible study uses a series of 8 thirty minute video clips which are available from Ascension Press in DVD format. Participants also received the student pack, available from the same source. Fr. John will introduce each study session with opening remarks, and followup with closing remarks at the conclusion of the instructional video. This audio podcast contains Fr. John's commentary, with a break at about the 13:54 minute mark for the Jeff Cavins video. The 3D virtual tour of the Jerusalem temple is available here.

Direct download: QJSession6.m4a
Category:A Quick Journey -- posted at: 9:46pm EST

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, Deacon Jonathan looks the gospel account of Jesus' cleansing of the temple and our struggles with appreciation for the Mass.

Direct download: DcnFasnacht110914.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:17am EST

Fr. Riccardo is facilitating an 8 week long Bible study using Jeff Cavins A Quick Journey Through the Bible series. This parish wide Bible study uses a series of 8 thirty minute video clips which are available from Ascension Press in DVD format. Participants also received the student pack, available from the same source. Fr. John will introduce each study session with opening remarks, and followup with closing remarks at the conclusion of the instructional video. This audio podcast contains Fr. John's commentary, with a break at about the 12:32 minute mark for the Jeff Cavins video.

Direct download: QJSession5.m4a
Category:A Quick Journey -- posted at: 9:22pm EST

In this homily for The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls), Fr. Riccardo looks at death from God's perspective, from the perspective of our beloved dead, and from the perspective of grieving family and friends.

Direct download: Homily110214.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Fr. Riccardo is facilitating an 8 week long Bible study using Jeff Cavins A Quick Journey Through the Bible series. This parish wide Bible study uses a series of 8 thirty minute video clips which are available from Ascension Press in DVD format. Participants also received the student pack, available from the same source. Fr. John will introduce each study session with opening remarks, and followup with closing remarks at the conclusion of the instructional video. This audio podcast contains Fr. John's commentary, with a break at about the 12:25 minute mark for the Jeff Cavins video.

Direct download: QJSession4.m4a
Category:A Quick Journey -- posted at: 9:50pm EST

While focusing on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (MT 22:34-40), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "What does it mean to love?" Fr. John emphasizes the importance of moving back to God and serving our neighbors.

Direct download: Homily102614.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:51am EST

Fr. Riccardo is facilitating an 8 week long Bible study using Jeff Cavins A Quick Journey Through the Bible series. This parish wide Bible study uses a series of 8 thirty minute video clips which are available from Ascension Press in DVD format. Participants also received the student pack, available from the same source. Fr. John will introduce each study session with opening remarks, and followup with closing remarks at the conclusion of the instructional video. This audio podcast contains Fr. John's commentary, with a break at about the 14:00 minute mark for the Jeff Cavins video. Fr. John's closing remarks include an audio segment from a sermon titled A Covenant Relatlionship by Dr. Timothy Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Dr. Keller's entire sermon is available on iTunes or from the Redeemer Church website.

Direct download: QJSession3.m4a
Category:A Quick Journey -- posted at: 7:59am EST

On the weekend of October 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries, with assistance from Deacon Bob Ervin. Audio from the conference will be posted in five parts. This is session 5.

Direct download: Unbound-Session5.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 11:35am EST

On the weekend of October 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries, with assistance from Deacon Bob Ervin. Audio from the conference will be posted in five parts. This is session 4.

Direct download: Unbound-Session4.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 11:34am EST

On the weekend of October 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries, with assistance from Deacon Bob Ervin. Audio from the conference will be posted in five parts. This is session 3.

Direct download: Unbound-Session3.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 11:32am EST

On the weekend of October 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries, with assistance from Deacon Bob Ervin. Audio from the conference will be posted in five parts. This is session 2.

Direct download: Unbound-Session2.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 11:31am EST

On the weekend of October 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries, with assistance from Deacon Bob Ervin. Audio from the conference will be posted in five parts. This is session 1.

Direct download: Unbound-Session1.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 11:29am EST

In this homily for World Mission Sunday, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Would others know that we are disciples of Jesus?" While considering the readings of this day (IS 45:1, 4-6; 1 THES 1:1-5b; MT 22:15-21) Fr. John reminds the congregation that, "The essence of what it means to be a Christian is to be missionary."

Direct download: Homily101914.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:54am EST

Fr. Riccardo is facilitating an 8 week long Bible study using Jeff Cavins A Quick Journey Through the Bible series. This parish wide Bible study uses a series of 8 thirty minute video clips which are available from Ascension Press in DVD format. Participants also received the student pack, available from the same source. Fr. John will introduce each study session with opening remarks, and followup with closing remarks at the conclusion of the instructional video. This audio podcast contains Fr. John's commentary, with a break at about the 6:15 minute mark for the Jeff Cavins video.

Direct download: QJSession2.m4a
Category:A Quick Journey -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Deacon Jonathan looks at why we often refuse the God's invitation to us.

Direct download: DcnFasnacht101214.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:45am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses today's second reading from St. Paul (PHIL 4:12-14, 19-20) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John focuses on Pauls's words, "In every and all circumstances I have learned the secret...I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Fr. John reminds the congregation that, "God gives peace in the middle of conflict, a peace that the world cannot comprehend."

Direct download: Homily101214.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:10am EST

Fr. Riccardo is facilitating an 8 week long Bible study using Jeff Cavins A Quick Journey Through the Bible series. This parish wide Bible study uses a series of 8 thirty minute video clips which are available from Ascension Press in DVD format. Participants also received the student pack, available from the same source. Fr. John will introduce each study session with opening remarks, and followup with closing remarks at the conclusion of the instructional video. This audio podcast contains Fr. John's commentary, with a break at about the 40 minute mark for the Jeff Cavins video.

Direct download: QJSession1.m4a
Category:A Quick Journey -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, first spoke at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in July of 2013 for a Human Sexuality Symposium. She recently gave a series of talks in Toronto, Canada on the Theology of the Body & Women.

Sr. Helena has requested that we publish her talks on Fr. Riccardo's podcast page. This is the last of five talks to be published.

Known as “Media Nun,” Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation founded to communicate God’s Word through the media. Her communication tools extend to speaking engagements, teaching, social media, film, radio, and written publications.

Besides giving media and Theology of the Body workshops to youth and adults all over the U.S. and Canada since the 1990s, Sr. Helena is a movie reviewer for Life Teen. She is writing and producing a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione and is a co-producer on The 40 Film. She has written a book for young women titled He Speaks to You.

Direct download: Women__TOB-Part_5.m4a
Category:Sr. Helena Burns -- posted at: 2:11pm EST

Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, first spoke at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in July of 2013 for a Human Sexuality Symposium. She recently gave a series of talks in Toronto, Canada on the Theology of the Body & Women.

Sr. Helena has requested that we publish her talks on Fr. Riccardo's podcast page. This is the fourth of five talks to be published.

Known as “Media Nun,” Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation founded to communicate God’s Word through the media. Her communication tools extend to speaking engagements, teaching, social media, film, radio, and written publications.

Besides giving media and Theology of the Body workshops to youth and adults all over the U.S. and Canada since the 1990s, Sr. Helena is a movie reviewer for Life Teen. She is writing and producing a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione and is a co-producer on The 40 Film. She has written a book for young women titled He Speaks to You.

Direct download: Women__TOB-Part_4.m4a
Category:Sr. Helena Burns -- posted at: 2:09pm EST

Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, first spoke at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in July of 2013 for a Human Sexuality Symposium. She recently gave a series of talks in Toronto, Canada on the Theology of the Body & Women.

Sr. Helena has requested that we publish her talks on Fr. Riccardo's podcast page. This is the third of five talks to be published.

Known as “Media Nun,” Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation founded to communicate God’s Word through the media. Her communication tools extend to speaking engagements, teaching, social media, film, radio, and written publications.

Besides giving media and Theology of the Body workshops to youth and adults all over the U.S. and Canada since the 1990s, Sr. Helena is a movie reviewer for Life Teen. She is writing and producing a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione and is a co-producer on The 40 Film. She has written a book for young women titled He Speaks to You.

Direct download: Women__TOB-Part_3.m4a
Category:Sr. Helena Burns -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, first spoke at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in July of 2013 for a Human Sexuality Symposium. She recently gave a series of talks in Toronto, Canada on the Theology of the Body & Women.

Sr. Helena has requested that we publish her talks on Fr. Riccardo's podcast page. This is the second of five talks to be published.

Known as “Media Nun,” Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation founded to communicate God’s Word through the media. Her communication tools extend to speaking engagements, teaching, social media, film, radio, and written publications.

Besides giving media and Theology of the Body workshops to youth and adults all over the U.S. and Canada since the 1990s, Sr. Helena is a movie reviewer for Life Teen. She is writing and producing a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione and is a co-producer on The 40 Film. She has written a book for young women titled He Speaks to You.

Direct download: Women__TOB-Part_2.m4a
Category:Sr. Helena Burns -- posted at: 2:05pm EST

Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, first spoke at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in July of 2013 for a Human Sexuality Symposium. She recently gave a series of talks in Toronto, Canada on the Theology of the Body & Women.

Sr. Helena has requested that we publish her talks on Fr. Riccardo's podcast page. This is the first of five talks to be published.

Known as “Media Nun,” Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation founded to communicate God’s Word through the media. Her communication tools extend to speaking engagements, teaching, social media, film, radio, and written publications.

Besides giving media and Theology of the Body workshops to youth and adults all over the U.S. and Canada since the 1990s, Sr. Helena is a movie reviewer for Life Teen. She is writing and producing a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione and is a co-producer on The 40 Film. She has written a book for young women titled He Speaks to You.

Direct download: Women__TOB-Part_1.m4a
Category:Sr. Helena Burns -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on his recent sabbatical and on the scripture readings (IS 5:1-7, PHIL 4:6-9, and MT 21:33-43) for this day in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Fr. John encourages the congregation to set aside some time to sit still in His light while asking our Lord what He wants to say to us.

Direct download: Homily100514_10.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:17am EST

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Deacon Jonathan discusses the importance of living completely for God.

Direct download: DcnFasnacht092114.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:49pm EST

As the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program gets underway at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, several past participants addressed the congregations at the weekend Masses on September 6 & 7. Following an introduction by RCIA leader Bob Smentowki, this podcast contains RCIA testimonies of Jacob K. (2:00), Susan P. (7:30-partial only), Julie K. (12:30), Steve E. (16:15), and Drew M. (19:58) from the weekend Masses.

Direct download: RCIATestimonies2014.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 10:56am EST

The OLGC Evangelization Committee, in conjunction with Divine Savior, St. Damian, St. Theodore and St. Thomas A'Becket, hosted Dr. John Wood at OLGC on July 19th to conduct his seminar Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission. You can learn about and support this mission by visiting the Dynamic Catholic website. Dr. Wood was joined by musician Cassandra Acree of Simply RC. This is last part of a three-part podcast and is published with the consent of Dr. John Wood, Dynamic Catholic, and Simply RC.

Direct download: Ordinary_Lives_Extraordinary_Mission-3.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

The OLGC Evangelization Committee, in conjunction with Divine Savior, St. Damian, St. Theodore and St. Thomas A'Becket, hosted Dr. John Wood at OLGC on July 19th to conduct his seminar Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission. You can learn about and support this mission by visiting the Dynamic Catholic website. Dr. Wood was joined by musician Cassandra Acree of Simply RC. This is part two of a three-part podcast and is published with the consent of Dr. John Wood, Dynamic Catholic, and Simply RC.

Direct download: Ordinary_Lives_Extraordinary_Mission-2.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 6:40pm EST

The OLGC Evangelization Committee, in conjunction with Divine Savior, St. Damian, St. Theodore and St. Thomas A'Becket, hosted Dr. John Wood at OLGC on July 19th to conduct his seminar Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission. You can learn about and support this mission by visiting the Dynamic Catholic website. Dr. Wood was joined by musician Cassandra Acree of Simply RC. This is part one of a three-part podcast and is published with the consent of Dr. John Wood, Dynamic Catholic, and Simply RC.

Direct download: Ordinary_Lives_Extraordinary_Mission-1.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 6:35pm EST

As part of the Diocesan Missionary Cooperative Plan, Fr. Noel O’Meara C.S.Sp. visited Our Lady of Good Counsel for the weekend of July 12 & 13. This is Fr. O'Meara's homily from the 4 PM Mass on July 12. You can learn more about the Spiritans by visiting their website.

Direct download: MissionHomily071214.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:02am EST

Fr. Stanley Obloj returned to Our Lady of Good Counsel this past weekend. This is Fr. Stanley's homily from the 5 PM Mass on Sunday.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:26pm EST

Fr. Chris Stanish returned to Our Lady of Good Counsel to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving following his ordination in the Diocese of Gary. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass at OLGC, Fr. Stanish encourages the congregation to ask God for really big things, and encourages father's to pour out their lives for their families.

Direct download: FrStanishHomily061514.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:28pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the gospel account of St. John (JN 3:16-18) for The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John comments on his upcoming sabbatical, the importance of Trinity Sunday in our lives, and compares a father's love for his children with the Father's love for each of His children. He concludes by looking at the future mission of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish.

Direct download: Homily061514.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

On Pentecost Sunday, Fr. Riccardo preached at the 10 AM Mass honoring parish members completing their high school or college studies. Fr. John looked at the lives of the Apostles before and after their encounter with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, and discussed how dramatically our own lives can be changed if we are immersed in the Holy Spirit.

Direct download: Homily060814.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

Fr. Riccardo addresses the eighth grade graduating class of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in this homily from the 2014 Graduation Mass. 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:29am EST

Each year Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel with a Streamer Day Mass to recognize the eighth grade students who will soon complete their final studies at the elementary school. Fr. Riccardo's homily from this year's Mass is presented here. Since the actual Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel fell on a weekend this year, the Mass was celebrated on May 16th.

Direct download: StreamerDayHomily2014.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:25am EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Ascension, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God wants to give us joy. He reflects on the events that have happened at Our Lady of Good Counsel over the past year, and offers suggestions for the coming months.

Direct download: Homily060114.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:23pm EST

Bishop Michael Byrnes presided at the Confirmation Mass on Sunday, June 1st, at Our Lady of Good Counsel. His Mass homily is presented here.

Direct download: BishopByrnes-Confirmation060114.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:12pm EST

Bishop Michael Byrnes presided at the Confirmation Mass on Saturday, May 31st, at Our Lady of Good Counsel. His Mass homily is presented here.

Direct download: BishopByrnes-Confirmation053114.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:11pm EST

While considering today's first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (ACTS 8:5-8, 14-17) detailing miraculous signs and wonders, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation whether they believe that miraculous healings happen today. Fr. John describes a dramatic testimony he heard at the recent Alpha Conference in London.

Direct download: Homily052414.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

On Tuesday evening, a final session of Alpha was presented at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. Riccardo discussed the recent Alpha Conference he attended in London along with members of the Alpha team at OLGC and discussed the path forward for the parish. This podcast begins with Fr. Riccardo's address, the audio of the last Nicky Gumbel Alpha video (What Do I Do With the Rest of My Life?), and concludes with a question and answer session.

Direct download: AlphaConcludingSession052014.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:40am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the church as a community of disciples sent on mission to do something in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at the New Evangelization, and what this means for the future of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Direct download: Homily051814.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:52am EST

In this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo reflects on his recent attendance at the 2014 Alpha Conference in London, England. Fr. John looks at the threshold that has been crossed at OLGC, and offers a vision for the future.

Direct download: Homily051114.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

Deacon Chris Stanish is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2014 for the Diocese of Gary (Indiana). Deacon Chris is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily for The Feast of Divine Mercy Deacon Chris tells the congregation that, "It is in our weakness that we are made strong through Jesus Christ." Deacon Chris reminds the congregants that Christ's divine mercy can heal our brokenness.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:06am EST

Fr. Riccardo looks at the gospel account of St. Matthew (MT 28:1-10) of the women at Jesus' tomb and focuses on four words (don't, come, go, and tell) from the exchange between the angel of the Lord and Mary Magdelene and Mary, the mother of James. Fr. John encourages the congregation to go and tell others the good news of the gospel by living lives that allow the light of Christ to shine.

Direct download: EasterVigil2014.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

Deacon Chris Stanish is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2014 for the Diocese of Gary (Indiana). Deacon Chris is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Deacon Chris offers instruction on how to properly meditate on the passion of Jesus.

Direct download: DCSHomily041314.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:41am EST

In this homily for Palm Sunday, Fr. Riccardo reflects on all the Jesus did out of love for us. Fr. John encourages the congregation to reflect on Christ's passion during Holy Week by viewing The Passion of the Christ or reading the passion account in the gospel of St. John (JN 18-20).

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:50am EST

While considering the gospel account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the grave (JN 11:1-45), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that, as He did for Lazarus, Jesus saves us from our sin, our pain and our death by his sacrifice on the cross. Fr. John tells the congregation that Jesus is calling us to come out of our indifference and apathy, and asks how we will respond to all that Christ has done for us.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:51am EST

Fr. Riccardo takes an in-depth look at today's gospel (JN 4:5-52) account of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:56am EST

This is a podcast of Fr. Riccardo's remarks from the March 16, 2014 praise and worship service. Praise and worship sessions include eucharistic adoration, and are held once a month on Sunday evenings in the church from 7 to 8 PM. Please consult the parish calendar for dates.

Direct download: PW031614.m4a
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

Deacon Chris Stanish is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2014 for the Diocese of Gary (Indiana). Deacon Chris is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Deacon Chris discusses the what it is like to experience a dryness in spiritual life in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

While reflecting on the Genesis account of the fall of Adam and Eve, Fr. Riccardo looks at the strategy of hell, at the first dangerous step into sin, and at understanding that the wound within us because of Adam and Eve. Fr. John concludes by offering a remedy for our sinfulness and a lenten prayer.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

Fr. Riccardo offers a proposal for Lent in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John points out that the goal of Lent should be to grow in love and proposes that parishioners fast from unkind or harsh words, from gossip, from slander, and from anything that sows division in our families and our parish family. Fr. John suggests that parishioners feast on encouragement, edification, honoring, and thanking during this season.

Direct download: Homily030214.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:49am EST

Deacon Chris Stanish is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2014 for the Diocese of Gary (Indiana). Deacon Chris is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Deacon Chris discusses the sacrament of reconciliation in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: DCSHomily022314.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:05am EST

Fr. Riccardo continues a series of homilies on the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the Sacrament of Marriage. 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

Fr. Riccardo continues a series of homilies on the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

Deacon Chris Stanish is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2014 for the Diocese of Gary (Indiana). Deacon Chris is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Deacon Chris discusses the Sacrament of Holy Orders in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:56pm EST

Fr. Riccardo continues a series of homilies on the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the Sacrament of Holy Orders. 

Direct download: Homily011914.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:53pm EST

Fr. Riccardo begins a new series of homilies on the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses how we can meet Jesus in the sacraments and begins the series looking at the Sacrament of Baptism. Fr. John suggests praying with the baptismal promises, which may be found here.

Direct download: Homily011214.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the role of the body when we come to Mass in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the gestures and postures we use in the celebration of the Mass, with particular emphasis on the sign of the cross and kneeling (or genuflecting).

Direct download: Homily010413.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:53pm EST

In this homily for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Fr. Riccardo discusses his goal for the parish for 2014. Fr. John expresses his desire that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will grow to look more like Mary, the perfect disciple.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Fr. Riccardo takes a look at what scripture teaches about marriage and family life. While considering the readings of this day (SIR 3:2-6, 12-14; COL 3:12-21; and MT 2:13-15, 19-23), Fr. John encourages the congregants to build a strong foundation for their families.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:49pm EST

In this homily from the midnight Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Ricccardo looks at Jesus as bridegroom. Fr. John reminds the congregation that Christmas is about God's desire for us. How will we respond to Jesus' request: will you be mine?

Direct download: ChristmasHomily2013.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:50pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregants of the reasons they have to hope in God in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

While considering today's gospel account from St. Matthew (MT 11:2-11), Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of asking questions. Just as John the Baptist sent his disciples to question whether Jesus is the true messiah, Fr. John encourages the congregation to ask questions during times of doubt.

Direct download: Homily121513.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:10am EST

Deacon Chris Stanish is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2014 for the Diocese of Gary (Indiana). Deacon Chris is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Deacon Chris discusses the necessity of a courageous voice in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: DCSHomily120713.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:04pm EST

In this homily for the first Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that this is the time to look at our lives and see what must be done to grow in conformity with Jesus. Fr. John asks the congregants to consider trimming the attitudes, speech, and actions that most threaten our spiritual growth.

Direct download: Homily113013.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:50am EST

Before the weekend the Masses on November 16 and 17, several parishioners testified about their experiences in the Alpha course. Most of the testimonies were recorded. This is the testimony of Drew Maybee.

Direct download: AlphaTestimony4.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 8:51pm EST

Before the weekend the Masses on November 16 and 17, several parishioners testified about their experiences in the Alpha course. Most of the testimonies were recorded. This is the testimony of Beth and Jeremy Borys.

Direct download: AlphaTestimony3.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 8:49pm EST

Before the weekend the Masses on November 16 and 17, several parishioners testified about their experiences in the Alpha course. Most of the testimonies were recorded. This is the testimony of John O'Shaughnessy.

Direct download: AlphaTestimony2.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 8:47pm EST

Before the weekend the Masses on November 16 and 17, several parishioners testified about their experiences in the Alpha course. Most of the testimonies were recorded. This is the testimony of Kelly Karadsheh.

Direct download: AlphaTestimony1.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 8:44pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the healing power of God in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While addressing a congregation that included children beginning to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, Fr. John recounts examples from his own life where he has witnessed miraculous healings. Fr. John asks the congregation if they have the faith to ask God to do things which He has a track record of doing.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:32am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the reality of evil in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at: who is the devil, what his names mean, his mode of operation, his goal, his relationship to Jesus, why it may look like he is winning, and what this has to do with us as a parish right now.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:59am EST

Deacon Chris Stanish is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2014 for the Diocese of Gary (Indiana). Deacon Chris is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Deacon Chris discusses his journey to the priesthood, spiritual warfare, and resisting evil in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:36am EST

On Friday, November 1st, and Saturday, November 2nd, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church hosted retreat sessions for participants in the parish's Alpha course. The retreat sessions focused on the Holy Spirit, and included some personal testimonies. This is the personal testimony of Bob George from the Saturday session.

Direct download: AlphaTestimony-George.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:59am EST

On Friday, November 1st, and Saturday, November 2nd, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church hosted retreat sessions for participants in the parish's Alpha course. The retreat sessions focused on the Holy Spirit, and included some personal testimonies. This is the personal testimony of Cheryl Conway from the Friday session.

Direct download: AlphaTestimony-Conway.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:57am EST

On Friday, November 1st, and Saturday, November 2nd, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church hosted retreat sessions for participants in the parish's Alpha course. The retreat sessions focused on the Holy Spirit, and included some personal testimonies. This is Fr. Riccardo's testimony from the Friday session.

Direct download: FJR-AlphaTestimony110113.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:55am EST

On November 3rd, Bishop Arturo Cepeda presided at the Confirmation Mass held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Bishop Cepeda tells the confirmandi that they can transform the world with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Direct download: ConfirmationHomily110313.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:18pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of knowing Jesus, encountering Him, and making Him known in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel. Fr. John reflects on his own life-changing encounter with Jesus, and the profound way that his life was changed by that encounter. (LK 19:1-10)

Direct download: Homily110213.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:28pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the ways in which God guides us in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John reviews the Alpha topic from week six that seeks to answer the question "How does God guide us?" Fr. John takes a closer look at guidance through the counsel of the saints and reflects on the ways he was guided by the examples of his parents and siblings as an adolescent and young adult.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:53pm EST

Deacon Chris Stanish is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2014 for the Diocese of Gary (Indiana). Deacon Chris is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. This podcast is his homily from this past weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel. You may read his profile on the Diocese of Gary website and on Facebook.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:46am EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the parable of Lazarus and the rich man from today's gospel reading (LK 19:19-31) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John tells that congregation that while there are numerous proclamations in scripture that deal with the requirement that people of means share their wealth with those less fortunate, the true message in Luke's gospel today deals with our resistance to fully following Christ.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:55pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the recent interview of Pope Francis by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., for La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal, in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel. Fr. John explains how the Holy Father's words connect with his goals for the Alpha program currently underway at OLGC. While discussing the proclaimation of the kerygma, Fr. John remarks, "The first experience that we should have in our spiritual life should be the overwhelming experience of knowing God's love."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:27am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the parable of the prodigal son (LK 15:1-32) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John tells the congregation that Jesus is trying to tell us what the Father is like, and encourages the congregants to live their lives with, "an attitude of graditude for all that God has done for us." Fr. John looks at this parable in greater depth in these podcasts (Father or Adversary, The Father).

Direct download: Homily091513.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

While considering the gospel reading from St. Luke (LK 14:25-33), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that Jesus is begging us to trust Him, and to surrender our lives to Him. Fr. John reminds the congregation that, "Jesus is the only one who can show us the path that leads to life."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:56am EST

On the weekend of August 17 and 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church welcomed Fr. Tom Hagan, O.S.F.S of Hands Together. Fr. Hagan preached at all Masses about his missionary work with the poor in the Cite Soleil slum in Haiti. You can learn more about Fr. Tom and Hands Together by visiting the website for the organization.

Direct download: Homily081713.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm EST

In this homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Fr. John looks at Mary as mother.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:00am EST

On March 9th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a men's event for the Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. Fr. Sean Wegner served as the master of ceremonies for this event, and closed the event with these remarks.  Fr. Sean is a member of the Companions of the Cross, and serves the Archdiocese of Detroit as a regional coordinator of evangelization.

Direct download: Closing_Remarks.m4a
Category:Men's Conference 2013 -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

On March 9th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a men's event for the Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. Joey McCoy and Peter Burak delivered this talk titled What God is Asking of Men in the 21st Century. Joey and Peter are involved in the Renewal Ministries young adult group i.d.916.

Direct download: What_God_is_Asking_of_Catholic_Men_in_the_21st_Century.m4a
Category:Men's Conference 2013 -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

On March 9th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a men's event for the Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. Paco Gavrilides delivered this talk titled The Calll to be Heroes...Together. Paco currently serves the Archdiocese of Detroit as Homiletic Instructor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
Direct download: The_Call_to_be_Heroes_Together.m4a
Category:Men's Conference 2013 -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

On March 9th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a men's event for the Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. Following the opening Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vigneron, Fr. Riccardo delivered the opening talk titled Tirelessly Running the Race.

Direct download: Tirelessly_Running_the_Race.m4a
Category:Men's Conference 2013 -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

On March 9th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a men's event for the Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. This is Archbishop Allen Vigneron's homily from the opening Mass.

Direct download: Homily.m4a
Category:Men's Conference 2013 -- posted at: 3:18pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the Alpha program in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. The Alpha program begins at OLGC in September.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:38pm EST

Deacon Don Leach returns to Our Lady of Good Counsel this weekend to update the parish on the bridging relationship between OLGC and St. Aloysius parish in Detroit.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

In this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo discusses all of the methods the parish is using to communicate with parishioners. In addition to the parish website, the parish maintains a Facebook page, a YouTube page, a blog page, a Twitter page, and an Instagram page. The parish also has smartphone applications (apps) for both the iOS and Android platforms.

Direct download: Homily072713.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

On May 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church hosted a symposium on the Redemption of Human Sexuality. This podcast deals with natural family planning. The presenters are Dr. Kelly Arenz, DO (an NFP-only family medicine physician); Ms. Mary Miceli, PA-C, FCP (from Sacred Heart Medical Center); and Albert and Becky Faraj (NFP instructors with the Couple to Couple League).

Direct download: HSConf-NaturalFamilyPlanning.m4a
Category:Human Sexuality Symposium -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

On May 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church hosted a symposium on the Redemption of Human Sexuality. This is a podcast of Robin Beck's talk titled Does the Church Discriminate Against Gay People? Ms. Beck is the author of I Just Came for Ashes.

Direct download: HSConf-Beck.m4a
Category:Human Sexuality Symposium -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

On May 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church hosted a symposium on the Redemption of Human Sexuality. This is a podcast of Sr. Helena Burns address titled What's So Bad About Porn? Porn Prevention & Recovery for Everyone.

Direct download: HSConf-SrBurnsPornography.m4a
Category:Human Sexuality Symposium -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

On May 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church hosted a symposium on the Redemption of Human Sexuality. This is a podcast of Sr. Helena Burns address titled Everyone is Called to Virginity/Everyone is Called to Marriage.

Direct download: HSConf-SrBurnsVirginity.m4a
Category:Human Sexuality Symposium -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

On May 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church hosted a symposium on the Redemption of Human Sexuality. This is a podcast of Fr. Mateja's homily from the Saturday morning Mass.

Direct download: HSConf-FrMateja.m4a
Category:Human Sexuality Symposium -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

On May 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church hosted a symposium on the Redemption of Human Sexuality. This is a podcast of Sr. Helena Burns keynote titled Why Theology of the Body is for Every Body! Known as “Media Nun,” Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation founded to communicate God’s Word through the media. Her communication tools extend to speaking engagements, teaching, social media, film, radio, and written publications.

Besides giving media and Theology of the Body workshops to youth and adults all over the U.S. and Canada since the 1990s, Sr. Helena is the movie reviewer for The Catholic New World, Chicago’s Archdiocesan newspaper. She is writing and producing a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione and is a co-producer on The 40 Film. She has written a book for young women titled He Speaks to You.

Direct download: HSConf-SrBurnsTOB.m4a
Category:Human Sexuality Symposium -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

On May 17 & 18, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church hosted a symposium on the Redemption of Human Sexuality. This is a podcast of Fr. Riccardo's homily from the opening Mass.

Direct download: HSConf-FrRiccardo.m4a
Category:Human Sexuality Symposium -- posted at: 12:13pm EST

While discussing the recent Life Teen pilgrimage to Italy and on the readings of this day (GN 18:1-10A, COL 1:24-28, and LK 10:38-42), Fr. Riccardo notes the importance of listening. Fr. John encourages the congregation to bring their apprehensions and concerns to God in silent prayer.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:43pm EST

On the weekend of July 13 & 14, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Fr. Rich Tillman of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. Fr. Rich spoke about the ways this organization serves the poor in 21 countries through a unique brand of sponsorship that creates real change for families living in poverty. Please visit the Hope for a Family website for additional information about sponsorship.

Direct download: CFCA-Fr._Tillman.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:41am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the upcoming youth pilgrimage to Italy in this homily from the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John details the importance of coming to know the saints and their credible witness to the faith. He reminds the congregation that life makes no sense apart from Christ.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:07pm EST

While reflecting on the readings for this day (1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21; Gal 5:1, 13-15; and Lk 9:51-62), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God made each of us to be happy, and that we must be obedient to God to find true happiness.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:03pm EST

While considering Jesus' question from the gospel (Who do you say that I am?), Fr. Riccardo shares an excerpt from the book At the Origin of the Christian Claim by Fr. Luigi Giussani. Fr. Giussani was an Italian Catholic priest, educator, and founder of the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:53am EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which was celebrated this past Friday. Fr. John describes the apparitions received by Sr. Margaret Mary in the 1670s, and asks the congregation, "How are we loving God as a parish and as an individual?"

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:47am EST

On the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo preached at the 10 AM Mass honoring parish members completing their high school or college studies. Fr. John asked the graduates and all congregants whether they have come to know Jesus. For those students about to depart for college in the fall, Fr. John encouraged them to pray daily, to stay close to Mass, to read His word, and to find some way to serve. Fr. John remarked that true greatness comes from knowing the Lord, from loving Him, and from making Him known to others.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

Fr. Riccardo concludes his series on the teachings of Jesus with regard to sexual morality. Fr. John discusses homosexuality in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. 

Direct download: Homily051813.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:12pm EST

On the 11th and 12th of May, Fr. Phong Pfam of Cross Catholic Outreach preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church concerning the global missionary work of this organization. Fr. Pfam's homily is presented here, along with the song he sang for all mothers in celebration of Mother's Day.

Direct download: FrPhong.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:25am EST

Fr. Riccardo continues to preach on the teaching of Jesus with regard to sexual morality in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the importance of living a virtuous life, with particular emphasis on the virtue of temperance. At the end of the Mass, Fr. John recommended the book Back to Virtue by Peter Kreeft.

Direct download: Homily050513.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

Fr. Riccardo continues to preach on the teaching of Jesus with regard to sexual morality in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses sobering statistics regarding pornography, the ways this industry is harmful to families, and offers pastoral help for those dealing with addictions to pornography. Support groups at Our Lady of Good Counsel include the My House women's group (a confidential group dedicated to help women grieve the losses associated with their spouse's pornography use or other issues of infidelity and sexual indiscretions) and a My House men's support group for men struggling with addictions to pornography. Fr. Riccardo also recommends the Reclaim Sexual Health website, an anonymous online recovery program that helps struggling individuals break free from pornography addiction and other unwanted sexual behaviors.

Direct download: Homily042713.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:54pm EST

Each year Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel with a Streamer Day Mass to recognize the eighth grade students who will soon complete their final studies at the elementary school. Fr. Riccardo's homily from this year's Mass is presented here.

Direct download: StreamerDayHomily2013.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

Fr. Riccardo details his plan to spend the next several weeks preaching on the Church's teaching with regard to sexuality. Fr. John reminds the congregation that the Church's moral teaching is based on reason.

Direct download: Homily042113.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:48am EST

Fr. Riccardo contrasts the recent NCAA basketball championship weekend with John's glimpse of heaven from today's second reading (Rev. 5:11-14).  Fr. John asks the congregation to consider what is the appropriate response to a God who has become man and destroyed death?

Direct download: Homily041413.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:34am EST

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo remarks that, "The crisis in the church today is a lack of knowledge of the risen, living Jesus."  While addressing the congregation, including a group of 56 people about to enter the church, Fr. John reminds them that they must be conformed to Jesus and that all are sent out to evangelize by telling others about Him.

Direct download: EasterVigil2013.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

On March 14th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church hosted Dr. Meg Meeker, MD.  Dr. Meeker is a pediatrician and the author of several books, including Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: The 30-Day Challenge.  Dr. Meeker discussed How to Raise Strong Catholic Families in a Difficult Culture.  Additional information is available from Dr. Meeker's website.

Direct download: MeekerStrongFamilies.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

Fr. Riccardo offers advice to the congregants on preparing for Holy Week in this Palm Sunday homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Direct download: Homily032413.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Bill and Carol Brewis continue a four-part series on Faith & Forgiveness with this third talk on Moments of Mercy in the Mass. This podcast begins with Fr. Riccardo's homily from the 7 PM Mass which preceded the presentation.

Direct download: YOF-DivineMercy3.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Bill and Carol Brewis continue with the second of a four-part series on Faith & Forgiveness with this talk on The Image of Divine Mercy.

Direct download: YOF-DivineMercy2.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

Together with Fr. Steve Mateja, Fr. Bob Shikora and Deacon Vince Small, Fr. John Riccardo presided at a Mass to celebrate the election of our new Holy Father Pope Francis.  Fr. John reflects on this joyous occasion for the church in this homily from the Mass held in the evening on March 13th.

Direct download: Homily031313.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

While addressing a congregation that included the RCIA candidates, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregants, "Are we truly disciples, or are we just going through the motions?" Fr. John discusses on the sacrament of Baptism while reflecting on gospel account of St. John (Jn 9:1-41).

Direct download: Homily031013.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:43am EST

On March 9th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a men's event for the Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. Following the opening Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vigneron, Fr. Riccardo delivered the opening talk titled Tirelessly Running the Race.

Direct download: MensConference2013Riccardo.m4a
Category:Men's Conference 2013 -- posted at: 10:43am EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Bill and Carol Brewis begin a four-part series on Faith & Forgiveness with this talk on The Feast of Mercy. This podcast begins with Fr. Riccardo's homily from the 7 PM Mass which preceded the presentation.

Direct download: YOF-DivineMercy1.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 9:04am EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the events that happened in the parish during the past week, and in a particular way on events that occurred during the Life Teen retreat that ended earlier in the day.  This podcast contains Fr. John's Mass homily, and concludes with the personal testimony of a teen-aged member of the parish Life Teen group.

Direct download: Homily030313.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:24pm EST

The annual parish mission is being held from February 24th to February 27th.  Fr. Riccardo is leading this year's mission titled Lord, I Believe, Help My Unbelief (Mk 9:24).  This podcast is from the Wednesday evening closing Mass.  The podcast contains the opening testimony of Fr. Mateja, Fr. Riccardo's homily, and his closing remarks.

Direct download: Mission2013Wednesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:23pm EST

The annual parish mission is being held from February 24th to February 27th.  Fr. Riccardo is leading this year's mission titled Lord, I Believe, Help My Unbelief (Mk 9:24).  This podcast is from the Tuesday night session.

Direct download: Mission2013Tuesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

The annual parish mission is being held from February 24th to February 27th.  Fr. Riccardo is leading this year's mission titled Lord, I Believe, Help My Unbelief (Mk 9:24).  This podcast is from the Monday night session.

Direct download: Mission2013Monday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:52pm EST

The annual parish mission is being held from February 24th to February 27th.  Fr. Riccardo is leading this year's mission titled Lord, I Believe, Help My Unbelief (Mk 9:24).  This podcast is from the opening Sunday night session.

Direct download: Mission2013Sunday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:13pm EST

Fr. Riccardo prays the Glorious Mysteries.  In 2012, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church prepared an audio CD of meditations and recordings by Fr. John on The Holy Rosary.  In thanksgiving for Our Lady's 90+ years of patronage and protection in helping to form us as disciples of her Son, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and Fr. Riccardo will share these meditations in a series of podcasts.

Direct download: 09_The_Glorious_Mysteries.mp3
Category:Rosary -- posted at: 8:53am EST

Fr. Riccardo shares his reflections on the Glorious Mysteries.  In 2012, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church prepared an audio CD of meditations and recordings by Fr. John on The Holy Rosary.  In thanksgiving for Our Lady's 90+ years of patronage and protection in helping to form us as disciples of her Son, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and Fr. Riccardo will share these meditations in a series of podcasts.

Direct download: 08_Glorious_Mysteries_Intro.mp3
Category:Rosary -- posted at: 8:50am EST

Fr. Riccardo prays the Sorrowful Mysteries.  In 2012, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church prepared an audio CD of meditations and recordings by Fr. John on The Holy Rosary.  In thanksgiving for Our Lady's 90+ years of patronage and protection in helping to form us as disciples of her Son, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and Fr. Riccardo will share these meditations in a series of podcasts.

Direct download: 07_The_Sorrowful_Mysteries.mp3
Category:Rosary -- posted at: 8:45am EST

Fr. Riccardo shares his reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries.  In 2012, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church prepared an audio CD of meditations and recordings by Fr. John on The Holy Rosary.  In thanksgiving for Our Lady's 90+ years of patronage and protection in helping to form us as disciples of her Son, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and Fr. Riccardo will share these meditations in a series of podcasts.

Direct download: 06_Sorrowful_Mysteries_Intro.mp3
Category:Rosary -- posted at: 8:42am EST

Fr. Riccardo prays the Luminous Mysteries.  In 2012, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church prepared an audio CD of meditations and recordings by Fr. John on The Holy Rosary.  In thanksgiving for Our Lady's 90+ years of patronage and protection in helping to form us as disciples of her Son, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and Fr. Riccardo will share these meditations in a series of podcasts.

Direct download: 05_The_Luminous_Mysteries.mp3
Category:Rosary -- posted at: 8:36am EST

Fr. Riccardo shares his reflections on the Luminous Mysteries.  In 2012, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church prepared an audio CD of meditations and recordings by Fr. John on The Holy Rosary.  In thanksgiving for Our Lady's 90+ years of patronage and protection in helping to form us as disciples of her Son, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and Fr. Riccardo will share these meditations in a series of podcasts.

Direct download: 04_Luminous_Mysteries_Intro.mp3
Category:Rosary -- posted at: 8:33am EST

Fr. Riccardo prays the Joyful Mysteries.  In 2012, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church prepared an audio CD of meditations and recordings by Fr. John on The Holy Rosary.  In thanksgiving for Our Lady's 90+ years of patronage and protection in helping to form us as disciples of her Son, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and Fr. Riccardo will share these meditations in a series of podcasts.

Direct download: 03_The_Joyful_Mysteries.mp3
Category:Rosary -- posted at: 8:30am EST

Fr. Riccardo shares his reflections on the Joyful Mysteries.  In 2012, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church prepared an audio CD of meditations and recordings by Fr. John on The Holy Rosary.  In thanksgiving for Our Lady's 90+ years of patronage and protection in helping to form us as disciples of her Son, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and Fr. Riccardo will share these meditations in a series of podcasts.

Direct download: 02_Joyful_Mysteries_Intro.mp3
Category:Rosary -- posted at: 8:25am EST

Fr. Riccardo shares his reflections on The Holy Rosary in this apologetic.  In 2012, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church prepared an audio CD of meditations and recordings by Fr. John on The Holy Rosary.  In thanksgiving for Our Lady's 90+ years of patronage and protection in helping to form us as disciples of her Son, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and Fr. Riccardo will share these meditations in a series of podcasts.

Direct download: 01_The_Apologetic_Reflections.mp3
Category:Rosary -- posted at: 8:20am EST

While reflecting on the readings of this day (Is 6:1-2a, 3-8; 1Cor 15:1-11; and Lk 5:1-11), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation whether Jesus is real or an abstract concept for them. Fr. John encourages them to approach the season of Lent with a sense of purpose and suggests that they spend time each week in prayer, scripture reading, spiritual reading, giving alms, and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliatilon

Direct download: Homily020913.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Catholic apologist Gary Michuta concludes the four-part series on the Pillars of the Catholic Faith with this talk on Christian Prayer and The Our Father.

Direct download: YOF-Pillars4.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 9:17pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the letter of St. Paul to the community in Corinth in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  While considering the second reading (1 Cor 12:31-13;13) for the fourth Sunday in ordinary time, Fr. John puts St. Paul's letter in its historical context, and discerns the message for Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in 2013.

Direct download: Homily020313.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Fr. Dan Jones takes a look at suffering in this talk titled What Does Our Faith Teach About Suffering?  Fr. Jones is a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Direct download: YOF-Suffering.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 9:24pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Catholic apologist Gary Michuta continues the four-part series on the Pillars of the Catholic Faith with this talk on the Commandments and the Beatitudes.

Direct download: YOF-Pillars3.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 9:42pm EST

This weekend, Fr. Riccardo is preaching at all Masses to address the status of the parish's 2020 Vision Campaign.  On behalf of the Parish Development Committee, Fr. John delivers an update on the church expansion project and encourages congregants to listen to the podcast of the original town hall meeting from early December.

Direct download: Homily012013.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:55am EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Fr. Pierre Ingram continues the four-part series on the Pillars of the Catholic Faith with this talk on the Sacraments of the Catholic Church.

Direct download: YOF-Pillars2.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 9:27pm EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Fr. Riccardo discusses the sacrament of Baptism.

Direct download: Homily011313.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:53am EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Fr. Riccardo initiates a four-part series on the Pillars of the Catholic Faith with this talk on January 9th looking at the Cathechism of the Catholic Church. The handouts from this presentation may be downloaded here.

Direct download: YOFPillars1.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 9:23pm EST

During the 2011-2012 instructional season, several Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were recorded by Mr. Henry Root of Revelant Redundancy Recordings.  These recordings will be published here for archival and educational purposes.  This post concludes the 2011-2012 RCIA series.

Direct download: RCIA_Session_20-The_Last_Four_Things.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

During the 2011-2012 instructional season, several Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were recorded by Mr. Henry Root of Revelant Redundancy Recordings.  These recordings will be published here for archival and educational purposes.

Direct download: RCIA_Session_16-Q__A.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

During the 2011-2012 instructional season, several Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were recorded by Mr. Henry Root of Revelant Redundancy Recordings.  These recordings will be published here for archival and educational purposes.

Direct download: RCIA_Session_14-Why_Be_Good.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 11:51am EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo asks "Have I met Jesus as the Magi did?"  Fr. John remarks that Jesus is the truth that can give ultimate meaning to our lives.

Direct download: Homily010613.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:56am EST

In this homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to try each day to imitate Mary, who provides the perfect example of the response God is seeking from each of us.

Direct download: Homily010113.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of planning.  Fr. John emphasizes the importance of planning to a married life, and encourages the congregation to plan for all areas of their lives in which they wish to thrive.

Direct download: Homily123012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:52pm EST

In this homily from Christmas Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo reflects on gifts and giving. Fr. John ecourages the congregation to set aside time to reflect on the many gifts that God has bestowed on each of us and to give Him thanks.

Direct download: HomilyChristmas2012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses hell in this homily for the fourth Sunday of Advent. Fr. John is focusing his homilies for the Advent season on the Catholic Church's  teachings on the last things: death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory.

Direct download: Homily122312.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:48pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses heaven in this homily for the third Sunday of Advent. Fr. John is focusing his homilies for the Advent season on the Catholic Church's  teachings on the last things: death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory.  While reflecting on the tragic events from Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, Fr. John reminds the congregation that heaven is home, and that we need an eternal perspective with regard to death.

Direct download: Homily121512.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:48pm EST

During the 2011-2012 instructional season, several Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were recorded by Mr. Henry Root of Revelant Redundancy Recordings.  These recordings will be published here for archival and educational purposes.

Direct download: RCIA_Session_10-Inviolable_Dignity.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

During the 2011-2012 instructional season, several Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were recorded by Mr. Henry Root of Revelant Redundancy Recordings.  These recordings will be published here for archival and educational purposes.

Direct download: RCIA_Session_9-The_Church-Part_2.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 5:12pm EST

During the 2011-2012 instructional season, several Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were recorded by Mr. Henry Root of Revelant Redundancy Recordings.  These recordings will be published here for archival and educational purposes.

Direct download: RCIA_Session_9-The_Church-Part_1.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

During the 2011-2012 instructional season, several Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were recorded by Mr. Henry Root of Revelant Redundancy Recordings.  These recordings will be published here for archival and educational purposes.

Direct download: RCIA_Session_7-Scripture_and_Tradition.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

During the 2011-2012 instructional season, several Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were recorded by Mr. Henry Root of Revelant Redundancy Recordings.  These recordings will be published here for archival and educational purposes.

Direct download: RCIA_Session_5-The_Holy_Spirit.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 4:56pm EST

During the 2011-2012 instructional season, several Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were recorded by Mr. Henry Root of Revelant Redundancy Recordings.  These recordings will be published here for archival and educational purposes.

Direct download: RCIA_Session_4-The_Father.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 4:50pm EST

During the 2011-2012 instructional season, several Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church were recorded by Mr. Henry Root of Revelant Redundancy Recordings.  These recordings will be published here for archival and educational purposes.

Direct download: RCIA_Session_3-Jesus.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 4:43pm EST

On November 30th, Our Lady of Good Counsel hosted a town hall meeting to present plans for an expansion project at the church.  This podcast contains the audio recorded at that event.  The podcast is approximately 1:43 minutes in length.  A question and answer session starts at about the 1:17 mark in the timeline.

Direct download: ChurchExpansion.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses death in this homily for the first Sunday of Advent. Fr. John is focusing his homilies for the Advent season on the Catholic Church's  teachings on the last things: death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory.

Direct download: Homily120112.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Fr. Riccardo concludes the three-part series on Vatican II with this talk from November 28th titled What About Them: Are They Going to Heaven Too?The handouts from this session are available here.

Direct download: YOFNostreAetate.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 10:50pm EST

On November 20th, Fr. Riccardo presided at a memorial Mass for parents who have experienced the painful loss of a young child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or other traumatic events.  This is a podcast of the audio from that Mass with minimal edits.  It is presented here in an effort to offer consolation to parents everywhere who have experienced such a loss, with our prayer that Our Lady of Good Counsel will comfort you in your sorrow.  The parish community thanks vocalist Matt Greenough and our music directory, Matthew Samelak, for their assistance with this liturgy.

Direct download: MemorialMass2012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:44pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on judgment day in this homily from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: Homily112512.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:59pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Fr. Steve Mateja discusses the November election with this talk on Where Do We Go From Here as a People of God?

Direct download: YOFVaticanII-1.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 8:38am EST

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Mark (Mk 12:28b-34), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that every Sunday is a holy day of obligation.  Fr. John  encourages the congregation to come to Mass ready to engage the Lord with a disposition that wants to be in communion with God and ready to hear His word to us.

Direct download: Homily110312.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:15pm EST

Fr. Steve Mateja discusses abortion and voting in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: FSMHomily101412.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Fr. Riccardo continues the three-part Series on Prayer with this talk from October 24th. The handouts from this session are available here.

Direct download: YOFPrayer3.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 9:45pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the state of the parish in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: Homily102012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:26pm EST

This is Bishop Donald Hanchon's homily from the Confirmation Mass on the 14th of October.

Direct download: ConfirmationMass2012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Fr. Riccardo continues the three-part Series on Prayer with this talk from October 10th. A list of Fr. John's questions for reflection from this presentation may be downloaded here.

Direct download: YOFPrayer2.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

Fr. Riccardo introduces and welcomes Monsignor John Baptist Ssebayigga from our sister parish of St. Kizito in Kampala, Uganda. Monsignor John discusses the parish of St. Kizito and the history of the relationship between St. Kizito and Our Lady of Good Counsel. The parish community of Our Lady of Good Counsel extends a warm welcome to Monsignor John on the occasion of his visit.

Direct download: Homily100612.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:52pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” Fr. Riccardo begins a three-part Series on Prayer with this talk from October 3rd. The handouts from this session are available here.

Direct download: YOFPrayer1.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 10:03pm EST

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Mark (Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that, "The key to a great life is to have great habits." Fr. John asks the congregants to consider whether they are using God's great gift of their senses in the way He intended.

Direct download: Homily093012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

This year the Church celebrates the Year of Faith, giving us the opportunity to answer the question Jesus asks each of us, “Who do you say that I am?” In essence this is the question of faith. Answering this requires taking an in-depth look at what we believe about God, the Church and her teachings. This is the audio from Fr. Riccardo's opening introductory session which lays the foundation for the events planned at Our Lady of Good Counsel. The video clip that was viewed at the beginning of the talk may be found on YouTube. Fr. John's handouts for this session are available here.

Direct download: YOF092612.m4a
Category:Year of Faith -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

While reflecting on the readings of this day (Wis 2:12, 17-20; Jas 3:16-4:3; and Mk 9:30-37) and on his personal life experiences, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Christian life is about establishing great habits.  Fr. John encourages the congregants to pray daily, to read God's word, and to be faithful to the sacraments.  Fr. John also recommends a nightly examination of conscience.

Direct download: Homily092312.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

While considering the readings for this day (Is 35:4-7a, Jas 2:1-5, and Mk 7:31-37), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation to keep their eyes on God. Fr. John encourages each congregant to spend time in prayer this week with the reading from Isaiah while looking at the cross of Christ.

Direct download: Homily090912.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:02pm EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

Direct download: MassHolySpirit2012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the mutual subordination of husband and wife while reflecting on the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians (Eph 5:21-32) from today's second reading.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that marriage is a sacrament of service, and that husbands and wives will find fulfillment in their selfless service of each other.  Fr. John's dissertation referenced in this homily is available here.

Direct download: Homily082512.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:51pm EST

Fr. John continues to reflect on the Bread of Life Discourse (Jn 6:22-59) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John discusses the longing of all Christians to meet God, and reminds the congregation that proper disposition and a state of grace are needed to encounter God in the Mass.

Direct download: Homily081912.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Mary shows us how to be attentive to God's voice and obedient to His word.

Direct download: Homily081512.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:06am EST

Fr. John continues to reflect on the Bread of Life Discourse (Jn 6:22-59) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John remarks that the path to eternal life comes from, "entering into a relationship with Him who is life, who is love, who can't die."  Fr. John invites the congregation to come to know God through weekly participation in Eucharistic Adoration.

Direct download: Homily081112.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:45pm EST

Does God have a plan? While considering the scripture readings (Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Eph 4:17, 20-24; and Jn 6:24-35) of this day, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God does have a plan for our lives and wants to feed us on our pilgrimage. Fr. John encourages the congregants to come to Sunday Mass regularly, and to attend Mass during the week. He invites all of us to be daily present in front of a crucifix to be reminded of all that God has done for us, to be daily present in His word, and to spend time each week in front of the Lord in the Eucharist.

Direct download: Homily080412.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:56pm EST

While considering the Gospel account of St. John (Jn 6:1-15), Fr. Riccardo remarks that the New Testament brings to fulfillment events first described in the Old Testament.  Fr. John reflects on the Passover meal and the Exodus while comparing those events with the Last Supper and the events of Calvary.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that there really is a love that is stronger than death.

Direct download: Homily072912.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:25pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses sexual morality in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  On the near occasion of the 44th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's letter Humanae Vitae, Fr. John discusses church teaching on contraception and morality.

Direct download: Homily072212.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:37am EST

While reflecting on the scripture readings (Am 7:12-15, Eph 1:3-14, and Mk 6:7-13) of this day, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that each of us, through our Baptism, is a prophet tasked to speak on God's behalf.  Fr. John encourages the congregants to, "Live your life for the praise and the glory of God in whatever you and I do, and beg the Lord to use us to draw others to Himself."

Direct download: Homily071512.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

While reflecting on the readings of this day (Ez 2:2-5, 2 Cor 12:7-10, and Mk 6:1-6), Fr. John reminds the congregation of the important truth found in Paul's letter to the Corinthians that,  "God's power is made perfect in weakness, and His grace is sufficient for everything."

Direct download: Homily070712.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm EST

In this homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregants that God has a plan for each of us. While reflecting on the upcoming changes in the parish, Fr. John encourages the parishioners to be open to accepting God's plan for their lives.

Direct download: Homily062412.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:50pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses faith and obstacles to faith in this homily for Father's Day.

Direct download: Homily061712.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Fr. Riccardo addressed a congregation that included a group of recent high school and college graduates from the parish. Fr. John offered his advice to the graduates in this homily from the 10 AM Mass and listed nine habits he considers essential for college students to thrive and be great.

Direct download: Homily060312.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:10am EST

In this homily for The Feast of Pentecost, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to consider what difference the Holy Spirit makes in their lives.

Direct download: Homily052712.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:58am EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Fr. Riccardo urges the congregation to attend the parish ministry fair being held after all of the weekend Masses.  While reflecting on the readings of this day (Acts 1:1-11, Eph. 4:1-13, and Mk. 16:15-20), Fr. John encourages all parishioners consider serving in parish ministry at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Direct download: Homily052012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:21pm EST

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. John (Jn 15:9-17), Fr. Riccardo discusses discipleship.  Fr. John reads a sermon from Dietrich Bonhoeffer titled Costly Grace.  Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and theologian who was executed by the Nazis in Flossenburg prison camp in 1945.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that to surrender to God leads to great joy.

Direct download: Homily051212.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:17pm EST

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. John (Jn 15:1-8), Fr. Riccardo offers encouragement to congregants facing daily struggles. Fr. John encourages us to, "Ask God for the grace to know that He will bring to completion the good work that He has begun in us."

Direct download: Homily050612.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

Fr. John encourages the congregation to ask the Holy Spirit to allow us to hear God's voice telling us with conviction of our identity as sons or daughters of God.

Direct download: Homily042912.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

Each year Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel with a Streamer Day Mass to recognize the eighth grade students who will soon complete their final studies at the elementary school. Fr. Riccardo's homily from this year's Mass is presented here.

Direct download: StreamerDayHomily2012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:24pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of Eucharistic Adoration is this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that the Eucharist is exposed after the weekday 6:30 AM Mass until 8:00 AM, and all day on Tuesday for the day of prayer.  Fr. John encourages all parishioners to spend time praying before the Blessed Sacrament.

Direct download: Homily042212.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:34pm EST

In this homily for Divine Mercy Sunday, Fr. Riccardo focuses on forgiveness.  Fr. John tells the congregation that they will come to know God's mercy and His peace by forgiving others.

Direct download: Homily041512.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

Fr. Riccardo addresses the congregation of Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass.

Direct download: EasterVigil2012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:26am EST

In this homily for Holy Thursday, Fr. Riccardo discusses the meaning of triduum.  Fr. John asks the congregants to pray for the parish priests, and for all priests, that they will conform their lives to the example of Jesus.  Father discusses the extraordinary gift of the Eucharist, and exhorts the congregation to pray while reflecting on Christ's passion and asking God for direction.

Direct download: HolyThursday2012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:38pm EST

In this homily for Palm Sunday, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregants to unite their personal suffering with the suffering of Jesus on the cross.  Fr. John tells us to expect great things to happen during Holy Week.

Direct download: Homily033112.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:39pm EST

While continuing to discuss the cost and rewards of discipleship, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Are you and I unashamed disciples of Jesus?"  Fr. John recommends that the congregants watch or listen to Cardinal Dolan's recent keynote address at the Rockville Centre 2012 Public Policy Convocation and read Archbishop Chaput's book Render Unto Caesar.

Direct download: Homily031812.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

While reflecting on the gospel account of the transfiguration of Christ (Mk 9:2-10), Fr. Riccardo discusses the cost and rewards of discipleship.

Direct download: Homily030412.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:22pm EST

The annual parish mission is being held from February 26th to February 29th.  Fr. Michael Fones, O.P., is leading this year's mission titled Put Out Into the Deep.  This podcast is from the Wednesday evening closing Mass.  The podcast contains the opening testimony, Fr. Fones homily, and closing remarks by Fr. Riccardo and Fr. Fones.

Direct download: ParishMission2012-Wednesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 10:51pm EST

The annual parish mission is being held from February 26th to February 29th.  Fr. Michael Fones, O.P., is leading this year's mission titled Put Out Into the Deep.  This podcast is from the Tuesday night session.

Direct download: ParishMission2012-Tuesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:54pm EST

The annual parish mission is being held from February 26th to February 29th.  Fr. Michael Fones, O.P., is leading this year's mission titled Put Out Into the Deep.  This podcast is from the Monday night session.

Direct download: ParishMission2012-Monday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:31pm EST

The annual parish mission is being held from February 26th to February 29th.  Fr. Michael Fones, O.P., is leading this year's mission titled Put Out Into the Deep.  This podcast is from the Sunday night session.

Direct download: ParishMission2012-Sunday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

The annual parish mission is being held from February 26th to February 29th.  Fr. Michael Fones, O.P., is leading this year's mission titled Put Out Into the Deep.  This is Fr. Fones homily from the 5 PM Mass prior to the start of the mission.

Direct download: Homily022612.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:03pm EST

While considering the gospel reading from St. Mark (Mk 2:1-12), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation to bring their concerns and prayer intentions to the altar of the Lord at the offeratory.

Direct download: Homily021912.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the recent health care mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services.  Fr. John shares a letter from Most Rev. Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, posted on the diocesan website.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to vist the Michigan Catholc Conference website and the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website to learn about this issue.  He also aks the parishioners to set aside Presidents' Day, February 20th, as a day of prayer and fasting as a parish family for our country and our leaders.

Direct download: Homily020412.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:11pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the sacrament of marriage in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  While focusing on today's second reading from St. Paul (1 Cor 7:32-35), Fr. John remarks that marriage is a special charism given by God to a couple for a public purpose.

Direct download: Homily012912.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that we are all called to be prophets.  While reflecting on the message of repentance from today's readings (Jon 3:1-5, 10; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20), Fr. John encourages the congregation to speak on God's behalf with courage and charity on the major moral issues that confront us.

Direct download: Homily012212.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:18pm EST

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to spend time in prayful reflection with one line from this week's readings.  The readings for this Sunday are 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19; 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20; and Jn 1:35-42.

Direct download: Homily011412.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

In this homily for The Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation whether Jesus is the star that guides their lives. The readings for this day are Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; and Mt 2:1-12.

Direct download: Homily010812.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

In this homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Fr. Riccardo considers the life of Mary, and encourages the congregation to begin each day in the new year with silent reflection and prayer, considering all that God has done for us.

Direct download: Homily123111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:31pm EST

In this homily from Christmas Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to ask God to give them eyes to see and a mind to understand all that God has done for them. Fr. John remarks that adults can learn from watching how children approach Christmas with a sense of awe and wonder.

Direct download: HomilyChristmas2011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

On December 14th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Greg Jeffrey, an independent development consultant and author. Mr. Jeffrey spoke on the topic of his book Why Enoough is Never Enough: Overcoming Worries About Money-A Catholic Perspective.

Direct download: JeffreyWhyEnoughIsNeverEnough.mp3
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:09am EST

While reflectng on the Announciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from today's gospel reading (Luke 1:26-38), Fr. Riccardo asks, "What makes it possible for Mary to say yes?"

Direct download: Homily121811.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:26pm EST

Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that God wants us to walk out of Mass each Sunday transformed. He wants us to be made holy through our participation in the liturgy, and to become more like Him.  While reflecting on the readings of this day (Is 61:1-2a, 10-11; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28), Fr. John remarks that we should leave Mass with God's love spilling out of us and onto those we encounter each day.

Direct download: Homily121111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

While reflecting on events in the parish during the past week and on the day's scripture readings (Is 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Pt 3:8-11; Mk 1:1-8), Fr. Riccardo asks, "What is the purpose of time?" Fr. John suggests that God gives us time so that we might come to know Him, so that we might change our ways, and so that we might change the immediate world in which we live. 

Direct download: Homily120411.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 25:31-46), Fr. Riccardo reflects on judgment day. Fr. John encourages the congregation to "wake up to living rightly," and to look for Jesus in the faces of those we encounter in our daily lives.

Direct download: Homily112011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:04pm EST

Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that God wants to judge us, and that His judgment need not be negative.  While considering the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 25:14-30), Fr. John encourages the congregation to consider how they are using the gifts that God has bestowed on each of us.

Direct download: Homily111311.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Memorial Mass for Prenatal and Stillborn Loss is presented here.

Direct download: MemorialMassHomily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:58pm EST

On November 8th, Fr. Riccardo presided at a memorial Mass for parents who have experienced the painful loss of a young child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or other traumatic events.  This is a podcast of the audio from that Mass with minimal edits.  It is presented here in an effort to offer consolation to parents everywhere who have experienced such a loss, with our prayer that Our Lady of Good Counsel will comfort you in your sorrow.  The parish community thanks vocalist Karen Ervin and our music directory, Matthew Samelak, for their assistance with this liturgy.

Direct download: MemorialMass.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:58pm EST

Fr. Riccardo recognizes parish volunteers in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While honoring parishioners as Pillars of the Parish, Fr. John reminds the congregation of the importance of expressions of gratitude and encourges them to show gratitude to God for all that He has done for us.

Direct download: Homily110511.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:16pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the new Roman Missal in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John remarks that the changes in the new translation of the prayers used at Mass provide us an opportunity for a renewal of our faith and provide an opportunity to delve deeper into the mystery of the Mass.

Direct download: Homily103011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the state of the parish is this homily for the October 8-9 weekend.

Direct download: Homily100811.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

On October 2nd, the confirmandi of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  His Excellency Most Reverend Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, presided at the Confirmation Mass and preached this homily.

Direct download: Confirmation_2011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

Father Riccardo asks the congregation, "What are we doing with the investment that God has made in us?" While reflecting on the readings of this day (Is 5:1-7, Phil 4:6-9, and Mt 21:33-43) and on the Sacrament of Confirmation being celebrated this afternoon at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. John encourages the congregation to pray for our confirmandi and ask the Holy Spirit to descend in power upon them for the purpose of bearing fruit in their lives.

Direct download: Homily100211.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:56am EST

While considering the readings of this day (Ez 18:25-28, Phil 2:1-11, and Mt 21:28-32), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that we are not defined by our pasts and that God is appealing to us to come home. Fr.John encourages the congregation to turn to the Lord and let Him live and love through us.

Direct download: Homily092511.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:58pm EST

While reflecting on the parable of the landowner from today's gospel reading (Mt 20:1-16a), Fr. Riccardo discusses the sin of envy. Fr. John reminds the congregation that the remedy for envy is gratitude, and he encourages everyone to consider all that God has done for them. 

Direct download: Homily091811.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

Direct download: MassHolySpirit2011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

In this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo discusses God's vision for our lives.  While reflecting on the day's second reading from St. Paul (Rom 13:8-10), Fr. John reminds the congregation that God's commandments are a direct gift to each us and can guide each of us to a successful life.

Direct download: Homily090411.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 16:13-20), Fr. John discusses statistics regarding catholics and confession and reminds the congregation that God is always merciful.

Direct download: Homily082011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

While reflecting on today's gospel account from St. Matthew (Mt 14:22-33), Fr. Riccardo remarks that all of life is a storm with endless opportunities for fear and anxiety.  Fr. John reminds us that in times of need we need to remember that we have a loving Savior whose power is beyond all comprehension.  He encourages us to keep our eyes on Jesus.   

Direct download: Homily080711.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:06am EST

While reflecting on the readings of this day (Is 55:1-3, Rom 8:35, 37-39, and Mt 14:13-21), Fr. Riccardo recounts the many miracles performed by Jesus.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that the greatest miracle of all occurs each day at Mass, when bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to ask God to help them understand what is happening as they prepare to encounter Christ in the Eucharist.

Direct download: Homily073111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to reflect on the question posed by Jesus in the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 13:44-52), "Do you understand all these things?" Fr. John encourages us to beg the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, that we might grow in knowledge of the Lord and build a relationship with the Father.

Direct download: Homily072411.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Fr. Riccardo encourages parishioners to serve the parish as Ministers of Hospitality in this video podcast in standard definition. It should play in iTunes, using Apple's QuickTime movie player software, on an AppleTV, or on a video iPod. It is a 113 MB download, so a broadband connection is recommended.

Direct download: HomilyOnHospitality2.m4v
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 7:43pm EST

While reflecting on the readings for this day (Wis 12:13, 16-19; Rom 8:26-27; Mt 13:24-43), Fr. Riccardo encourages parishioners to serve the parish as Ministers of Hospitality.

Direct download: Homily071711.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

In this homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo repeats his exhortation from last week by reminding the congregation that they should come to Mass expecting to hear God speak to them.  While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. John (Jn 6:51-58), Fr. John encourages the congregation to bring their Bible and a journal to Mass each Sunday.

Direct download: Homily062511.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:55pm EST

Each year Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel with a Streamer Day Mass to recognize the eighth grade students who will soon complete their final studies at the elementary school. Fr. Riccardo's homily from this year's Mass is presented here.

Direct download: StreamerDayHomily2011_2.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on his recent visit to preach at Kensington Church in Troy while discussing our expectations for Mass.  Fr. John suggests to the congregation that they bring their bibles to Mass, along with a journal and a pen.  Fr. John encourages them to read His word, and to expect to hear God's voice.

Direct download: Homily061911.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

Fr. Riccardo addresses a gathering at Kensington Church in Troy, Michigan over the Memorial Day weekend.

Father John Riccardo at Kensington 5/28/11 from Kensington on Vimeo.

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On the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Fr. Riccardo addressed a congregation that included a group of recent high school and college graduates from the parish. Fr. John offers his advice to the graduates in this homily from the 10 AM Mass. The readings for this day are Acts 1:1-11, Eph 1:17-23, and Mt 28:16-20.

Direct download: Homily060511.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

While reflecting on the readings for this day (Acts 8:5-8 and 14-17, 1 Pt 3:15-18, Jn 14:15-21), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation whether they know and love God. Father John discusses Psalm 23 and its implications for our lives. He reminds us that the Holy Spirit can make known the Father, and will answer our cries in times on need.

Direct download: Homily052911.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:55am EST

Al-Fideles

Deacon Bob Ervin describes the Al-Fideles program in this video podcast. The Al-Fideles program will be offered at Our Lady of Good Counsel beginning in January of 2012 under the leadership of Deacon Ervin and Paco Gavrilides. The program is designed to help participants grow in their relationships with the Lord and with one another. This podcast contains a brief, 10 minute, description of the program. The podcast should play in Apple's iTunes application, or in other applications that support the Apple QuickTime video format.

Direct download: Al-Fideles.m4v
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 9:30am EST

On Saturday, May 21st, Fr. Robert Schikora celebrated a First Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Good Counsel.  Fr. Schikora was ordained on Friday, May 20th, for the Diocese of Saginaw. Fr. Riccardo reflects on this occasion of great joy in this homily from the Mass.

Direct download: Homily052111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:53pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the role of parents as the primary educators of their children in the ways of faith in this homily for Mother's Day. Fr. John recounts his own mother's journey to the realization of the truth of the resurrection while encouraging parents to model the faith for their children.  The readings for this day are: Acts 2:14, 22-23; 1 Pt 1:17-21; and Lk 24:13-35.

Direct download: Homily050811.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

In this homily for the Feast of Divine Mercy, Fr. Riccardo discusses the origin of the feast day and reminds the congregation that God is rich in mercy and loves to forgive.  Fr. John cites Blessed John Paul II and Mary as icons of forgiveness, and exorts the congregation to show mercy and forgiveness to others.

Direct download: Homily050111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:57pm EST

On Easter Sunday, His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida presided over the 8 AM Mass. This is Cardinal Maida's homily from that Mass.  The readings for Easter are Acts 1:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; and Jn 20:1-9.

Direct download: EasterHomilyCardinalMaida.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:53pm EST

In this homiy from the Easter Vigil Mass, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God has acted on our behalf.  Fr. John remarks that God has become man to fight for us against Satan, sin, and death and has destroyed these three tyrannical regimes through Christ's death on the cross and resurrection.

Direct download: EasterHomily2011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:42pm EST

Fr. Riccardo offers suggestions for Holy Week in this Palm Sunday homily.

Direct download: Homily041611.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:25pm EST

While reflecting on St. John's gospel account (Jn 11:1-45) of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that nothing is impossible for Jesus.

Direct download: 041011Homily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

While addressing a congregation that includes candidates in the RCIA program, Fr. Riccardo discusses the sacrament of baptism.  Fr. John reminds the audience that baptism opens our eyes and gives us, through faith, a way of knowing the truth about Jesus.  The readings for this day are 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Eph 5:8-14; and Jn 9:1-41.

 

Direct download: Homily040311.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

While reflecting on the scripture readings of the day (Ex 17:3-7, Rom 5:1-2, 5-8, Jn 4:5-42), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "How do we quench God's thirst?" 

Direct download: Homily032711.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:17am EST

While reflecting on the gospel account of St. Matthew (Mt 17:1-9) of the Transfiguration of Jesus, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Jesus redeemed the world by His cross and resurrection, and that God is weaving something beautiful out of all of our suffering.

Direct download: Homily032011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:30am EST

Parish Mission 2011-Wednesday Mass Homily

From Sunday, March 13th, through Wednesday, March 16th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is conducting a parish mission titled Do This in Remembrance of Me. Fr. Riccardo is presenting evening sessions each night beginning at 7 PM. This is Fr. John's homily from the Wednesday evening concluding Mass.

Direct download: ParishMission2011-Wednesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:24pm EST

Parish Mission 2011-Tuesday Session

From Sunday, March 13th, through Wednesday, March 16th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is conducting a parish mission titled Do This in Remembrance of Me. Fr. Riccardo is presenting evening sessions each night beginning at 7 PM. This is Fr. John's presentation from the Tuesday evening session. His handouts for this session are available for download.

Direct download: ParishMission2011-Tuesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

Parish Mission 2011-Monday Session

From Sunday, March 13th, through Wednesday, March 16th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is conducting a parish mission titled Do This in Remembrance of Me. Fr. Riccardo is presenting evening sessions each night beginning at 7 PM. This is Fr. John's presentation from the Monday evening session.

Direct download: ParishMission2011-Monday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:20pm EST

Parish Mission 2011-Sunday Session

From Sunday, March 13th, through Wednesday, March 16th, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is conducting a parish mission titled Do This in Remembrance of Me. Fr. Riccardo is presenting evening sessions each night beginning at 7 PM. This is Fr. John's presentation from the Sunday evening session. His bibliography for the parish mission is available for download.

Direct download: ParishMission2011-Sunday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 10:03pm EST

While addressing a congregation that includes participants in the parish's CYO program, Fr. Riccardo reminds the audience that Jesus has come to give the definitive response to the lies and accusations of Satan.  While reflecting on the readings (Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7, Rom 5:12-19, Mt 4:1-11) of the day, Fr. John remarks, "For in His cross, Jesus shows us beyond a doubt that God is good, that He is kind, that He is merciful, that He is very patient, that He does care, and that He loves us." 

Direct download: Homily031211.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:04pm EST

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 7:21-27), Fr. Riccardo discusses what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Fr. John reminds the congregation that to be a disciple one must surrender their life to God.

Direct download: Homily030611.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:01am EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on March 2nd. A handout for this presentation is available for download.  Fr. Riccardo refers to articles published by E. Christian Brugger of the Culture of Life Foundation. These articles are available here and here

Direct download: TOBSession030211a.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 9:44pm EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the 2011 Catholic Schools Week Mass.

Direct download: CSWMass2011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:55am EST

Father Riccardo discusses the Sacrament of Marriage in this homily from the 10 Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  The gospel reading for this day is Matthew 5:17-37.

Direct download: Homily021311.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on February 9th. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession020911.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Fr. Riccardo challenges the congregation to recognize Jesus in His "distressing disguise" in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at OLGC.  The readings for this day are Is 58:7-10, 1 Cor 2:1-5, Mt 5:13-16.

Direct download: Homily020611.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:00am EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on January 26th. A handout for this presentation is available for download.  Additional materials mentioned by Fr. John may be found online at The Economist, Newsweek, and the Catholic Education Resource Center.  Bernini's sculpture The Ecstasy of St. Teresa may be viewed here.

Direct download: TOBSession012611.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 9:20pm EST

While addressing a congregation including Confirmandi and their sponsors, Fr. Riccardo asks, "What does it mean to live as a disciple of Jesus?"  On this anniversary of the U.S Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, Fr. John reminds the congregation of the dignity, value, and innate worth of every human life.

Direct download: Homily012211.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:52pm EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on January 19th. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession011911.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 9:44am EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on January 12th. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession011211.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 11:24pm EST

In this homily for The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Fr. Riccardo discusses the task and duty given to parents on the occasion of the baptism of their child. In particular, Fr. John emphasizes the obligation of parents to bring their children to Mass every week.

Direct download: Homily010911.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

In October of 2010, Fr. Riccardo led a pilgrimage to Poland. This video podcast was recorded on January 5th, as Fr. John and other pilgrims shared their reflections and photos from that trip. This podcast is 78 minutes in length, and the download size exceeds 500 MB.  Please be patient as the download completes. A broadband Internet connection is recommended. The podcast should play in Apple's iTunes application, or in other applications that support the Apple QuickTime video format.

Direct download: PolandPilgrimage.m4v
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 11:18pm EST

On December 1, 2010, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted An Evening of Reflection and Prayer on Grief and Hope.  Fr. Riccardo's talk, titled Staying in Touch with Our Beloved, aired on his radio program Christ is the Answer. This podcast also contains the presentation of Mr. Paddy Lynch, a licensed funeral director (Lynch & Sons) and Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Name Church in Birmingham, Michigan.

Direct download: Staying_in_Touch_with_Our_Beloved.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 11:19am EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo compares the actions of the Magi with our own actions at Mass.  Fr. John asks, "When was the last time you and I worshipped God?"  Fr. John encourages the congregation to respond actively for all the God has done for us.

Direct download: Homily010211.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to make a commitment to pray the rosary daily, and to ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Patroness, to intercede on our behalf for our families and for married couples.

Direct download: Homily010111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses the Sacrament of Matrimony in this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family.

Direct download: Homily122610.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:17am EST

In this homily for Christmas, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Jesus came to wage war for us and considers the great gift that God has given us in Christ, the gift of Himself.  The scripture readings for this day are: Is 9:1-6, Ti 2:11-14, Lk 2:1-14.

Direct download: ChristmasHomily2010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

While considering the scripture readings of the day (Is 7:10-14, Rom 1:1-7, Mt 1:18-24), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Do we belong to Jesus Christ, or do we just happen to be Christian?"

Direct download: Homily121910.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to go to school at the feet of Mary, our Mother, so that they may learn how to trust.  While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 11:2-11), Fr. John reminds us that for every situation in life, God gives grace which is sufficient.

Direct download: Homily121110.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:55pm EST

On November 27th, a Mass was held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. His Excellency Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, presided at the Mass and delivered this homily.  This is a video podcast in standard definition. It should play in iTunes, using Apple's QuickTime movie player software, on an AppleTV, or on a video iPod. It is a 143 MB download, so a broadband connection is recommended.

Direct download: OLGC_90th_Anniversary_Mass_Homily_-_Mobile.m4v
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 11:53am EST

On November 27th, a Mass was held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. His Excellency Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, presided at the Mass and delivered this homily.

Direct download: 90AnniversaryMass.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:36pm EST

While reflecting on the readings (Is 2:1-5, Rom 13:11-14, Mt 24:37-44) for this first Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo discusses proper behavior of communicants after receiving the Eucharist at Mass.

Direct download: Homily112810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on his visit to Wawel Castle during his recent pilgrimage to Poland and on the gospel reading from St. Luke (Lk 23:35-43) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to beg for the grace to hear God's voice and to listen.

Direct download: Homily112110.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

While discussing the gospel reading from Luke (Lk 21:5-19), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that,  "The church desparately needs joyful, educated Christians, who deeply love Jesus, who are willing and able to give an explanation for the faith and the hope that they have."

Direct download: Homily111410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:44am EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on November 3rd. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession111010.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 9:17pm EST

While reflecting on the first reading from 2 Maccabees and examples of martyrdom in our time, Fr. Riccardo poses the question, "Am I willing to live for Jesus?"

Direct download: Homily110710.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:29pm EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on November 3rd. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession110310.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 9:35pm EST

Fr. Riccardo talks about winning the game of life in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In particular, Fr. John addresses his remarks to the youth of the parish at a Mass celebrating the fall CYO athletic season.

Direct download: Homily103010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:47pm EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on October 27th. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession102710.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

While reflecting on the readings of the day and his recent pilgrimage to Poland, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God gives grace for the moment.

Direct download: Homily102410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:09am EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on October 6th. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession100610.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

In this homily for Respect Life Sunday, Fr. Riccardo discusses the crisis in civility in our culture and offers his suggestions on how we can build a culture of life and a civilization of love.

Direct download: Homily100310.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:58am EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on September 29th.

Direct download: TheologyBody092910.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 1:26pm EST

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo will present a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. A schedule and a bibliography for Fr. John's talks are available for download. On September 8th, the series began with a viewing of the movie Nine Days that Changed the World, a documentary that chronicled Pope John Paul II's pilgrimage to Poland in June of 1979.

Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

You're Teaching My Child WHAT?-Dr. Miriam Grossman, M.D.

On Wednesday, May 26th, the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Dr. Miriam Grossman, M.D. as part of the Dignity of Life Speaker Series. Dr. Grossman is a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She writes and speaks to parents, students, educators, and health professionals internationally on the dangers of political correctness in her profession. She is the author of You're Teaching My Child What?: A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Education and How They Harm Your Child and Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student. Additional information is available from Dr. Grossman's website

Direct download: YouAreTeachingMyChildWhat.m4a
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

The Cure for Salvation Dysfunction

On June 26, 2010 the first Statewide Men's Conference entitled Doing All Things in Christ: Tapping into the Real Power in a Power Hungry World was held at Eastern Michigan University. This is Fr. Riccardo's address from the conference. Additional information about the conference is available here.

 

Direct download: TheCureForSalvationDysfunction.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 11:17am EST

On Saturday, September 11th, His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida presided over the 4 PM Mass celebrating the 10th anniversary of the new church building.  This is Cardinal Maida's homily from that Mass.

Direct download: AnniversaryMassHomily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:25pm EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

Direct download: MassHolySpirit090910.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:11pm EST

While considering the gospel reading from St. Luke, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "What does in mean to be a Christian?"  Fr. John suggests the congregation ask Our Lady of Good Counsel to pray that we might have a greater experience of the Lord.

Direct download: Homily090410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:50pm EST

While reflecting on the readings for this day, Fr. Riccardo asks, "What does it mean to be humble?"

Direct download: Homily082910.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass for the Northwest Wayne County Vicariate teachers and administrators.

Direct download: VicariateHomily082610.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

On August 26th, Fr. Riccardo addressed an assembly of teachers and administrators from the Northwest Wayne Vicariate of the Archdiocese of Detroit on the topic of Catholic Identity. 

Direct download: VicariateTeachers082610.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 5:29pm EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the dignity and destiny of every human.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that their bodies were made to be glorified by God, and encourages them to treat every person who comes into their lives with respect, reverence, and awe.

Direct download: Homily081510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Luke, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to ask God for the gift of the Holy Spirit that they may come to know the Father.

Direct download: Homily072510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the words of St. Paul from today's second reading to offer the congregation advice on how to deal with the suffering that we all must endure.  Fr. John reminds us that Christ transformed suffering through the cross, and encourages us to turn our suffering into love by uniting it with Christ's ultimate act of love.

Direct download: Homily071710.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:19am EST

While reflecting on the scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that no one is hopeless in the eyes of God.  If we want God to be merciful to us, we must also want Him to be merciful to others.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to show mercy to each other.
Direct download: Homily061310.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

In this homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo offer his advice for winning the game of life.
Direct download: Homily060510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:26pm EST

In this homily for The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to ask for the grace to grow in trust of the Father.
Direct download: Homily053010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

In this homily from the 5 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the ways that the Holy Spirit works in our lives by opening our eyes and our hearts to recognize the many gifts that God has bestowed on us. Fr. John asks the congregation to open their hearts and hands to recognize our brothers and sisters in need by supporting the parish's ongoing efforts to raise funds to provide college educations to members of our sister community in El Salvador, Haciendita Uno.
Direct download: Homily052310.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

Each year Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel with a Streamer Day Mass to recognize the eighth grade students who will soon complete their final studies at the elementary school. Fr. Riccardo's homily from this year's Mass is presented here in video format. The homily should play in iTunes or using Apple's QuickTime software.

Direct download: Streamer_Day_Homily_2010_-_Medium.m4v
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:17pm EST

During Lent, Fr. Riccardo addressed the Mother's Club of Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi, MI for their annual retreat. Father John's talk titled Mary, Monica, and My Mother was also broadcast on his weekly radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network.

Direct download: Mary_Monica_and_My_Mother.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

In this homily for Mother's Day, Fr. Riccardo describes the development of his own devotion to the Blessed Mother.
Direct download: Homily050810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:42am EST

In this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Why are you here?" Father John reminds the congregation that Jesus is the answer to every real and significant question that they ask.

Direct download: Homily042510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:46am EST

While discussing John's gospel account of the rehabilitation of Peter, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the life of St. Peter. Fr. John reminds the congregation that the gospels were not written and proclaimed so that anyone will believe in the leaders of the church: rather, they were written and proclaimed so that we will believe in Jesus.

Direct download: Homily041810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

On April 15th, Fr. Riccardo addressed the parents of OLGC school children regarding the curriculum for human growth and development education in the school.  Principal Kay Reilly and Assistant Principal John Czaplicki also participated in the forum, along with Mary DelPup, Director of Religious Formation.  Fr. John spoke about the school's plan to help students and parents learn about the beauty, the wonder, and the challenges of sexuality.

Direct download: ParentTalk042010.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 2:18pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Abuse Scandal

Fr. Riccardo discusses the Abuse Scandal in the Church in this installment for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series. 

Direct download: C4CC-AbuseScandal.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God loves to forgive in this homily for the Feast of Divine Mercy.

Direct download: Homily041010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:36pm EST

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Fr. Riccardo reminds the RCIA candidates and the congregation that Jesus thirsts for each of us.  Fr. John asks the congregation to take their eyes off the headlines of the day, and to focus them on the cross and the empty tomb, for Christ has truly risen.

Direct download: EasterHomily040410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

In this homily for Palm Sunday, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to spend time this week reflecting on one of the gospel accounts of the Passion of Jesus.

Direct download: Homily032810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:39pm EST

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. John, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that we were all cut off from God by sin and rescued by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. In preparation for Holy Week, Fr. John encourages the congregation to spend time meeting Jesus in His word. 

Direct download: Homily032010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:12pm EST

Parish Mission 2010-Turning Up the Flame-Wednesday Session

The 2010 parish mission concluded with the celebration of Mass on Wednesday evening.  In his homily, Fr. Riccardo cites concrete examples of Catholics bearing witness to their faith and becoming light to others.

Direct download: ParishMission2010Wednesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:54pm EST

Parish Mission 2010-Turning Up the Flame-Tuesday Session

In this presentation from the Tuesday evening session of the 2010 parish mission, Turning Up the Flame, Fr. Riccardo discusses obstacles to evangelization and offers some remedies to overcome these obstacles.

Direct download: ParishMission2010Tuesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:26am EST

Parish Mission 2010-Turning Up the Flame-Monday Session

In this presentation from the Monday evening session of the 2010 parish mission, Turning Up the Flame, Fr. Riccardo discusses God's expectations for each of us.

Direct download: ParishMission2010Monday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:18pm EST

Parish Mission 2010-Turning Up the Flame-Sunday Session

This is a podcast of the Sunday evening session of the 2010 parish mission, Turning Up the Flame.

Direct download: ParishMission2010Sunday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:19am EST

While reflecting on St. Luke's gospel account of the transfiguration of Jesus, Fr. Riccardo draws an analogy between our relationship with Jesus and that of an Olympic athlete and their coach or trainer.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to allow Christ to transform their lives and to become true Christians.

Direct download: Homily022810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:33am EST

During Lent, the Stations of the Cross are prayed each Friday at 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. Riccardo presided over this devotion commemorating Jesus' Passion on February 26, 2010.

Direct download: StationsOfTheCross.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

While reflecting on today's first reading from the Book of Deuteronomy, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that lent is a time to remember and be thankful for all Jesus has done for each of us.

Direct download: Homily022110.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

Living as a Catholic in Today's Society

On January 30th, Fr. Riccardo addressed a number of groups at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Saline, MI.  Father John's talk titled It's Both a Privilege and a Challenge to Live as a Catholic in Today's Society was also broadcast on his weekly radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network.

Direct download: LivingAsACatholicInSociety.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

What Makes Kings from Slaves-Courage

On January 23rd, Fr. Riccardo addressed the Bravehearts Men's Group of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Orion, MI.  Father John's talk titled What Makes Kings from Slaves - Courage was also broadcast on his weekly radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network.

Direct download: WhatMakesKingsFromSlaves-Courage.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Catholic Schools

Fr. Riccardo discusses What Does it Mean to be a Catholic School? in this installment for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series. 

Direct download: C4CC-CatholicSchools.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 11:14am EST

While reflecting on St. Luke's gospel account of St. Peter's encounter with Christ on the Sea of Galilee, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to focus on coming to know who Jesus really is.

Direct download: Homily020710.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to practice piety in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Direct download: Homily013010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:43pm EST

On Wednesday, January 13th, the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted John and Mary Lockwood as part of the Dignity of Life Speaker Series. John and Mary describe their journey of faith in this talked titled Forgiveness.

Direct download: DLSS-Forgiveness.m4a
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses what it means to be a priest in this homily for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.
Direct download: Homily011010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:50pm EST

A Proposal for Our Lady of Good Counsel for 2010 In this talk for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series, Fr. Riccardo discusses what it means to be a prophet and addresses the role of the laity in evangelization. The St. Patrick prayer card referenced in this podcast may be downloaded here. The card was created by Jeanne Stevenson, owner of Card for His Glory.
Direct download: C4CC-AProposalForGoodCounsel2010.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 10:09pm EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to become "stars" for Christ. While reflecting on the readings of the day and on the lives of Mother Theresa and St. Patrick, Fr. John asks the audience to have the intention by the witness of their lives and by the words of their mouths to help others find Jesus.
Direct download: Homily010210.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:43pm EST

In this homily for Christmas, Fr. Riccardo ponders the question "Why did Jesus come?"
Direct download: ChristmasHomily2009.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

While reflecting on the lives of St. Maximillian Kolbe and of St. Paul, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that we all have reasons to be joyful during this Advent season.
Direct download: Homily121309.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:33am EST

In this homily for the second Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that we all have something to celebrate this Christmas.
Direct download: Homily120509.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:46am EST

The Catholic Citizen in America Today-George Weigel On Wednesday, November 4th, the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Mr. George Weigel as part of the Dignity of Life Speaker Series. Mr. Weigel, a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and a renowned author. Mr. Weigel spoke on the topic The Catholic Citizen in America Today: Why Bother...Does My Voice Really Matter?. Additional biographical information on Mr. Weigel is available on the Ethics and Public Policy Center website.
Direct download: DLSS-Weigel.m4a
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 10:02am EST

In this homily for the Feast of Christ the King, Fr. Riccardo discusses the meaning of kingship while encouraging the congregation to reach out to those in need during this season.
Direct download: Homily112109.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:42pm EST

On November 18th, Fr. Riccardo spoke to the Family of Faith Group of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish on Taking Back Sundays: Keeping the Lord's Day. This is a podcast of Fr. John's address to the group. The Universal Prayer of Pope Clement XI referenced in this podcast is available here.
Direct download: KeepingTheLordsDay.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 11:39am EST

On November 18th, Fr. Riccardo spoke to the Family of Faith Group of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish on Taking Back Sundays: Keeping the Lord's Day. This is a podcast of Fr. John's homily from the opening Mass.
Direct download: HomilyKeepingTheLordsDay.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 11:32am EST

Father Riccardo invites the congregation to fix their eyes on Jesus and to contemplate everything He has done for them. Fr. John encourages the congregation to ask Jesus for an increase in the gift of faith, an increase in confidence, and an increase in trust.
Direct download: Homily111509.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

Authentic Catholic Femininity-Closing & Blessing On May 29, 2009, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Women's Evening of Reflection titled Authentic Catholic Femininity. The conference was recorded for broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network by Mr. Henry Root. This podcast contains the audio of the closing remarks from the conference and the final blessing from Bishop Flores.
Direct download: Closing__Blessing.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Authentic Catholic Femininity-Genevieve Kineke On May 29, 2009, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Women's Evening of Reflection titled Authentic Catholic Femininity. The conference was recorded for broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network by Mr. Henry Root. This podcast contains the audio from Genevieve Kineke. Genevieve Kineke is the author of The Authentic Catholic Woman and the founding editor of Canticle, a magazine for catholic women.
Direct download: Genevieve_Kineke.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 11:00am EST

Authentic Catholic Femininity-Fr. John Riccardo & Teresa Tomeo On May 29, 2009, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Women's Evening of Reflection titled Authentic Catholic Femininity. The conference was recorded for broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network by Mr. Henry Root. This podcast contains the audio of the remarks of Fr. John Riccardo and Teresa Tomeo from the conference.
Direct download: Fr._John_Riccardo_and_Teresa_Tomeo.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 10:55am EST

Authentic Catholic Femininity-Homily of Bishop Daniel Flores On May 29, 2009, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Women's Evening of Reflection titled Authentic Catholic Femininity. The conference was recorded for broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network by Mr. Henry Root. This podcast contains the audio of the homily of Bishop Daniel Flores.
Direct download: Bishop_Daniel_Flores_Homily.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 10:54am EST

Authentic Catholic Femininity-Introduction On May 29, 2009, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Women's Evening of Reflection titled Authentic Catholic Femininity. The conference was recorded for broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network by Mr. Henry Root. This podcast contains the audio of the introductory remarks from the conference.
Direct download: Conference_Introduction.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 10:44am EST

In this homily for the Feast of All Saints, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to consider doing three things this month. Fr. John encourages them to study the lives of the saints, to attend Mass at least once during the week, and to show their love of their neighbors by reaching out to those in need in the community.
Direct download: Homily110109.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Sacraments 7 Fr. Riccardo discusses The Eucharist in this seventh session of a series of talks on The Sacraments for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series. The outline referenced in this podcast may be downloaded here.
Direct download: C4CC-TheEucharist.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

Fr. Riccardo invites the congregation to spread the light of faith in the community and in their families in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Direct download: Homily101809.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Sacraments 6

Fr. Riccardo discusses Marriage in this sixth session of a series of talks on The Sacraments for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series.

Direct download: C4CC-Marriage.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Mark, Fr. Riccardo discusses the purpose of life. Fr. John encourages the congregation to seek a personal friendship with God.
Direct download: Homily101109.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:49am EST

Conscience, Justice, and Human Life-Professor Robert George On Wednesday, September 9th, the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Professor Robert George as part of the Dignity of Life Speaker Series. Professor George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and the Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Dr. George spoke on the topic Conscience, Justice, and Human Life: A Discussion of Morality, Ethics, Law, and Catholic Response. This talk was broadcast on the radio program Putting on the Mind of Christ, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network.
Direct download: DLSS-RobertGeorge.m4a
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

In this homily for Respect Life Sunday, Deacon Tim Sullivan encourages the congregation to show respect for life in all of its stages, from conception to death.
Direct download: Homily100409.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:42pm EST

Fr. Riccardo offers his advice on winning the game of life in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John addressed a congregation at the 10 a.m. Mass that included several hundred student athletes and their coaches who participate on various Catholic Youth Organization athletic teams.
Direct download: Homily092709.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

In this homily from the 10 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo describes his relationship with Angelo, a homeless man who Fr. John befriended while studying as a seminarian in Rome. Fr. John invites the congregation to consider getting involved in one of the many parish ministries with sister communities in Detroit, El Salvador, Uganda, and India.
Direct download: Homily092009.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:54pm EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.
Direct download: MassHolySpirit2009.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:24am EST

Fr. Riccardo shares his thoughts on a Wall Street Journal article titled Man vs. God in this homily from the 4 PM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel. The Wall Street Journal article is available here.
Direct download: Homily091209.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

While reflecting on the Scripture readings of the day, Fr. Riccardo discusses the gift of speech. Fr. John offers the congregation constructive ways to use this gift.
Direct download: Homily090609.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:14pm EST

While reflecting on the scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that the Eucharist is given to us as a source of unimaginable strength, particularly for the many times when we find ourselves in situations beyond our own power.
Direct download: Homily080209.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:01pm EST

While discussing the gospel reading from John, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God accompanies us everyday on our journey through life.
Direct download: Homily072609.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses religious vocations in this homily from the 8 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John presents Katie Renfer with his rosary as she prepares to enter religious life, and he reminds the congregation that we are all called to strive in everything we do to glorify God.
Direct download: Homily071209.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:06am EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Raúl Espericueta from Esperança on the weekend of June 27th and 28th. Since 1970, Esperança has been providing health and hope for the world’s poor through health and development projects and a volunteer surgical program in more than 14 countries around the world, including the United States. Raúl expresses his gratitude to the OLGC parishioners in this video clip. Additional information about Esperança is available from their website.
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 11:29am EST

In this homily from the 8 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo offers a lesson in apologetics to reconcile the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church that Mary remained a virgin and had no other children besides Jesus with the gospel reading from Mark which refers to the brothers and sisters of Jesus. Fr. John encourages the congregation to seek guidance from the parish priests when they have questions about their faith.
Direct download: Homily070509.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:05am EST

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the 8th grade graduation mass for Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: GradMass060409.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

On the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo asks, "What is the Eucharist?" In this homily from the 10 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. John asks the congregation to ponder, "Why does Jesus give Himself to us?" Fr. John goes on to challenge the congregation to respond to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist by striving to do everything we do to honor Him.
Direct download: Homily061409.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:05pm EST

In this homily from the 10 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo discusses the gestures and symbols of our faith.  On the Solemnity of Pentecost, Fr. John places particular emphasis on the meaning and symbolism of the paschal candle and encourages the congregation to let the light of His spirit burn brightly within us.
Direct download: Homily053109.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

Homosexuality: Why Not-Dr. Janet Smith On Wednesday, May 27th, the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Dr. Janet Smith as part of the Dignity of Life Speaker Series. Professor Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. With Christopher Kaczor she also authored Life Issues, Medical Choices, Questions and Answers for Catholics. She has published many articles on ethical and bioethical issues and over a million copies of her talk, Contraception: Why Not have been distributed. A Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow of this talk, Homosexuality: Why Not, is available for download from the My Catholic Faith website. A number of Professor Smith's talks will be found on her resource page of the site.
Direct download: DLSSHomosexuality.m4a
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 11:05am EST

In this homily from the 10 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to witness their faith by living a life of peace in the midst of uncertainty.
Direct download: Homily052409.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

On May 19th, Fr. Riccardo spoke to the Men's Fellowship Group of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish concerning the faith challenges that young men and women face during their college years. In this talk titled Faith Under Attack, Fr. John offers his insights on keeping the faith while in college.
Direct download: FaithUnderAttack.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

Human Trafficking-Sr. Mary Ellen Dougherty On Wednesday, April 29th, the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Sr. Mary Ellen Dougherty, SSND, as part of the Dignity of Life Speaker Series. Sr. Mary Ellen served as Coordinator of Education and Outreach in the Anti-Human Trafficking Department at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. She is a regular speaker and writer on the topic of the trafficking of foreign nationals in the U.S.
Direct download: DLSSHumanTrafficking.m4a
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 10:07am EST

In this homily for Mothers' Day, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to persevere in love of God just as a mother shows steadfast perseverance in the love of her children.
Direct download: Homily051009.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:35pm EST

While reflecting on today's scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Do you know who you are?"
Direct download: Homily050309.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

May 1, 2009-Streamer Day Mass Homily Each year Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel with a Streamer Day mass to recognize the eighth grade students who will soon complete their final studies at the elementary school. Fr. Riccardo's homily from this year's mass is presented here in video format. The homily should play in iTunes or using Apple's QuickTime software.
Direct download: StreamerDayHomily.m4v
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 1:32pm EST

In this homily from the 10 AM mass, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God is merciful. He encourages the congregation to trust in His forgiveness and to take time today to praise God for all that he has done for us.
Direct download: Homily041909.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that the events of Holy Week are all real. In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass, Fr. John encourages us to make a real response to the resurrection of Jesus.
Direct download: EasterVigil041109.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:06am EST

Fr. Riccardo offers the congregation tangible suggestions in preparation for Holy Week in this homily for Palm Sunday.
Direct download: Homily040409.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:10pm EST

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to extend mercy to one another in this homily from the 8 AM mass.
Direct download: Homily032909.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:56am EST

The Power of Forgiveness-Immaculee Ilibagiza

On Saturday, March 28th, the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Immaculée Ilibagiza as part of the Dignity of Life Speaker Series. Immaculée, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide of 1994, shared the story of her miraculous transition to forgiveness, her profound relationship with God, and her devotion to the Blessed Mother. For additional information about Immaculée, the Left to Tell Charitable Fund, and her devotion to Our Lady of Kibeho, please visit her website.

Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 10:04am EST

Film at the Service of the Poor-Gerry Straub On Wednesday, March 25th, the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Mr. Gerry Straub as part of the Dignity of Life Speaker Series. Mr. Straub is a documentary filmmaker and an award-winning author who abandoned the secular world and a distinguished career as a network television producer in New York and Hollywood to use his talents in service of the poor. As founder and president of The San Damiano Foundation, he explores how film transforms people's hearts and can be used to serve the poor. For additional information, please visit The San Damiano Foundation website.
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

While reflecting on John's Gospel account of Jesus's healing of the blind man, Fr. Riccardo offers suggestions on how our eyes may be opened up to see the extraordinary love of God.
Direct download: Homily032209.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

The 2009 parish mission titled From Admirer to Follower: Discipleship and Conversion concludes with Fr. Vincent Fortunato's talk on Holiness: Discovered In Our Weakness. This audio presentation also includes Fr. Fortunato's homily from the closing mass.
Direct download: Mission2009-Wednesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 12:28pm EST

The 2009 parish mission titled From Admirer to Follower: Discipleship and Conversion continues with Fr. Vincent Fortunato's talk on Prayer: A Delicate Balance.
Direct download: Mission2009-Tuesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 10:15am EST

The 2009 parish mission titled From Admirer to Follower: Discipleship and Conversion continues with Fr. Vincent Fortunato's talk on Conversion: A New Direction.
Direct download: Mission2009-Monday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 10:20am EST

On Sunday, March 15th, Fr. Vincent Fortunato, OFM, opened the 2009 parish mission titled From Admirer to Follower: Discipleship and Conversion with a talk on Discipleship: What is the Cost?.
Direct download: Mission2009-Sunday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 10:17am EST

Fr. Vincent Fortunato, OFM, addressed the congregation at the weekend masses as a prelude to the parish mission to begin on Sunday evening. Fr. Vincent spoke about losing and finding God in this homily from the noon mass.
Direct download: FrFortunatoHomily031509.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 4:34pm EST

While considering the readings of the day, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation to remain hopeful during times of discouragement. Fr. John reminds the audience that God will not abandon them during the difficult times they face.
Direct download: Homily030709.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:20pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Sacraments 5 Fr. Riccardo discusses Confirmation in this fifth session of a series of talks on The Sacraments for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series. The outline referenced in this podcast may be downloaded here.
Direct download: C4CC-Sacraments5.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 10:56am EST

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to place their trust in God while reflecting on today's Gospel reading from St. Mark.
Direct download: Homily022809.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:15pm EST

Fr. Riccardo shares his thoughts on preparing for Lent in this Ash Wednesday homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Direct download: AshWed2009.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:29pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Sacraments 4 Fr. Riccardo discusses Anointing of the Sick in this fourth session of a series of talks on The Sacraments for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series. The outline referenced in this podcast may be downloaded here.
Direct download: C4CC-Sacraments4.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 10:49am EST

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to imitate Christ in service to each other in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Direct download: Homily021509.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Addressing the congregation, including the Confirmation candidates and their sponsors, Fr. Riccardo reflects on Mark's gospel account of Jesus's healing the mother-in-law of Simon Peter. Fr. John reminds us that Jesus is present with us today as well, and that he wants to touch us, to restore us, and to heal us.
Direct download: Homily020709_2.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:21am EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Sacraments 3 Fr. Riccardo discusses Confession in this third session of a series of talks on The Sacraments for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series. The outline referenced in this podcast may be downloaded here.
Direct download: C4CC-Sacraments3.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 11:40am EST

Archbishop Allen Vigneron-Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, celebrated mass for The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, Michigan. The Archbishop's homily is presented here in video format. The homily should play in iTunes or using Apple's QuickTime software.
Direct download: ArchbishopVigneronHomily.m4v
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:48am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses marriage while considering St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians from today's second reading.
Direct download: Homily020109.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

POITD 7-Bishop Daniel Flores on the Sacrament of Confirmation On January 31, 2009 the Archdiocese of Detroit 7th Annual Conference for Men entitled Unpacking Jesus' Farewell Gifts to His Brethren was hosted by Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, Michigan. This year's conference focuses on the Sacraments of the Catholic Church and will be held in three sessions. This first session addressed the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Bishop Daniel Flores of the Archdiocese of Detroit addressed the Sacrament of Confirmation. Additional conference sessions are scheduled for May 14, 2009 at St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan and for October 14, 2009 at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Allen Park, Michigan. Additional conference information is available here.
Direct download: POITD7-ConfirmationBishopFlores.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

POITD 7-Fr. John Riccardo on the Sacrament of Eucharist On January 31, 2009 the Archdiocese of Detroit 7th Annual Conference for Men entitled Unpacking Jesus' Farewell Gifts to His Brethren was hosted by Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, Michigan. This year's conference focuses on the Sacraments of the Catholic Church and will be held in three sessions. This first session addressed the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Fr. John Riccardo addressed the Sacrament of Eucharist. Additional conference sessions are scheduled for May 14, 2009 at St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan and for October 14, 2009 at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Allen Park, Michigan. Additional conference information is available here.
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Category:Conferences -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

POITD 7-Tim Staples on the Sacrament of Baptism On January 31, 2009 the Archdiocese of Detroit 7th Annual Conference for Men entitled Unpacking Jesus' Farewell Gifts to His Brethren was hosted by Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, Michigan. This year's conference focuses on the Sacraments of the Catholic Church and will be held in three sessions. This first session addressed the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Mr. Tim Staples addressed the Sacrament of Baptism. Additional conference sessions are scheduled for May 14, 2009 at St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan and for October 14, 2009 at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Allen Park, Michigan. Additional conference information is available here.
Direct download: POITD7-BaptismTimStaples.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

POITD 7-Homily of Fr. Stanley Obloj On January 31, 2009 the Archdiocese of Detroit 7th Annual Conference for Men entitled Unpacking Jesus' Farewell Gifts to His Brethren was hosted by Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, Michigan. This year's conference focuses on the Sacraments of the Catholic Church and will be held in three sessions. This first session addressed the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Fr. Stanley Obloj was the homilist for the opening mass. Additional conference sessions are scheduled for May 14, 2009 at St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan and for October 14, 2009 at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Allen Park, Michigan. Additional conference information is available here.
Direct download: POITD7-MassHomilyFrObloj.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

While considering today's readings for The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the life of St. Paul and reminds the congregation that, "Regardless of our past, no one is disqualified from becoming a saint and living a truly great and heroic life."
Direct download: Homily012509.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Sacraments 2 Fr. Riccardo discusses Baptism in this second session of a series of talks on The Sacraments for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series. The outline referenced in this podcast may be downloaded here.
Direct download: C4CCSacraments2.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 11:34pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on today's Gospel of John while posing the questions that Jesus' asked of Andrew and John, "What are you looking for? What do you want?"
Direct download: Homily011709.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:18pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Sacraments 1 Fr. Riccardo addresses The Sacraments: What Difference Do They Really Make? in this first session of a series of talks on The Sacraments for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series.
Direct download: C4CCSacraments1.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 8:53am EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to lead lives of faith that will lead others to Christ. Fr. John also reflects on the life of his friend, Mrs. Pat McDonald.
Direct download: Homily010309.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

In this homily for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to set a goal for the new year to pray the rosary daily for the many needs of our parish, our families, and the world.
Direct download: Homily123108.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:37pm EST

In his homily for Christmas, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to use the evidence of history to study the person of Jesus (His life, His death, and His resurrection) in order to learn the good news of His story.
Direct download: ChristmasHomily122508.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

In this homily for the fourth Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to resolve to pray for each other daily in these times of uncertainty.
Direct download: Homily122108.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:13am EST

Our Lady of Good Counsel Pastoral Associate Don Leach recently appeared on the Madonna University television program Madonna Magazine. Deacon Don was interviewed by host Audrey Sommers concerning the parish's efforts to support the the community of Haciendita Uno, El Salvador. Deacon Don was joined by Fr. Don Vettese, S.J. and by Ms. Lynn Tulloch. Fr. Vettese is the President of Central American Ministries. Ms. Tulloch is a senior at Fr. Gabriel Richard High School. This is a video podcast in standard definition. It should play in iTunes, using Apple's QuickTime movie player, on an AppleTV, or on a video iPod. It is a 136 MB download, so a broadband connection is recommended. The podcast is published here with permission from Madonna University.
Direct download: HUnoSmall.m4v
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 7:18am EST

In this homily for the second Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Direct download: Homily120708.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:13am EST

While reflecting on the readings for this first Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God is a faithful Father who is attentive to our needs and who keeps His promises.
Direct download: Homily112908.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:04pm EST

Life is Christ, Death is Gain: A Journey into the Arms of Christ-Mrs. Patricia McDonald On November 19th, Mrs. Patricia McDonald presented a talk titled Life is Christ, Death is Gain: A Journey into the Arms of Christ for the Dignity of Life Speaker Series sponsored by the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. Mrs. McDonald is a former President and CEO of the Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Pat's address for this series describes her personal journey that began with her cancer diagnosis in 2005.
Direct download: DignityOfLife111908.m4a
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to consider completing works of mercy during this upcoming Advent season. While reflecting on the gospel reading from Matthew for the Feast of Christ the King, Fr. John encourages the parishioners to "reach out to serve the needs of Him in His distressing disguise."
Direct download: Homily112398.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

While reflecting on his recent mission trip to Mexico City, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to "sincerely strive to use God's gifts to make a difference in other people's lives."
Direct download: Homily111608.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Session 4 Fr. Riccardo shares photos of his recent pilgrimage to Lourdes, Loyola, Santiago de Compostela, and Fatima in this session of Catholicism for Cradle Catholics. This presentation is in video format, and should play within iTunes or QuickTime. This file is nearly 500 MB in size. Please be patient and wait for it to download. A broadband connection is highly recommended.
Direct download: Pilgrimage2008.m4v
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

In this homily for the Feast of the Dedication of the Church of St. John Lateran, Fr. Riccardo discusses the three senses of the word temple as found in the scripture readings for this day.
Direct download: Homily110808.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

In his homily for the Feast of All Souls, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to seek sainthood.
Direct download: Homily110208.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Session 3 Fr. Riccardo addresses the topic Praying With Our Lady in this third session of a series of talks titled Catholicism for Cradle Catholics.
Direct download: PrayingWithOurLady.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses his recent pilgrimage to Lourdes, Fatima, Loyola, and Santiago de Compostela in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John also reads a letter from Cardinal Adam Maida, Archbishop of Detroit, concerning Michigan ballot proposal 2. The Cardinal urges the congregation to vote no on this proposal, which would amend the state constitution to permit research on human embryos.
Direct download: Homily102608.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

While reflecting on today's scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo discusses his imminent pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes. Fr. John encourages the congregation to live lives rooted in God and to act like men and women who are clothed in Jesus.
Direct download: Homily101208.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:18pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Session 2 Fr. Riccardo addresses the topic Praying With Scripture in this second session of a series of talks titled Catholicism for Cradle Catholics. The handouts referenced in this podcast may be downloaded here.
Direct download: PrayingWithScripture.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

In this homily for Respect Life Sunday, Fr. Riccardo discusses embryonic stem cell research and encourages the congregation to vote no on Michigan Ballot Proposal 2 on November 4th.
Direct download: Homily100508.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:34pm EST

The Catholic Vote-Dr. Peter Kreeft

Dr. Peter Kreeft discusses The Catholic Vote in this address for the Dignity of Life Speaker Series sponsored by the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. Dr. Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and a respected author. For additional information, please visit Dr. Kreeft's website. Dr. Kreeft's talk will be broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network (WDEO AM-990 in southeast Michigan) on the program Putting on the Mind of Christ on:
Saturday, October 18th, at 6 PM
Sunday, October 19th, at 3 PM
Saturday, October 25th, at 6 PM.

Direct download: The_Catholic_Vote.mp3
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 10:51pm EST

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Session 1 Fr. Riccardo addresses the topic of Prayer-The One Thing Necessary in this first session of a new series of talks titled Catholicism for Cradle Catholics. The handouts referenced in this podcast may be downloaded here.
Direct download: PrayerTheOneThingNecessary.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 8:44am EST

The Most Urgent Crisis of Our Day-Fr. John Riccardo Fr. Riccardo discusses The Most Urgent Crisis of Our Day in this inaugural address for the Dignity of Life Speaker Series sponsored by the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish.
Direct download: DignityOfLife092408.m4a
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 9:54pm EST

In his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo challenges the congregation to speak out when they see people in danger.
Direct download: Homily090608.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the judgment day in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Direct download: Homily083108.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:31am EST

While reflecting on today's Scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to seek a deep friendship and personal relationship with God. Fr. John states, "God is inviting us very personally to put Him first, to see things the way they really are, and as a result to find the happiness that only He can give."
Direct download: Homily072708.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:53am EST

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo discusses Humanae Vitae, the Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Paul VI on the regulation of birth which was promulgated on July 25, 1968.
Direct download: Homily072008.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo discusses the words of St. Paul from today's second reading. Fr. John reflects on the many sufferings enduring by St. Paul in his lifetime, and encourages the congregation to ask God for the gift of faith so that they might be able to live their lives full of hope, even in the midst of hardships and suffering.
Direct download: Homily071308.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:14pm EST

The Spirit of the Liturgy-Part 4 While at St. Anastasia, Fr. Riccardo presented a Theology on Tap series of talks on Pope Benedict XVI's book The Spirit of the Liturgy. This is the last of four talks in the series.
Direct download: 04-Spirit_of_the_Liturgy-Small.mp3
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

The Spirit of the Liturgy-Part 3 While at St. Anastasia, Fr. Riccardo presented a Theology on Tap series of talks on Pope Benedict XVI's book The Spirit of the Liturgy. This is the third of four talks in the series.
Direct download: 03-Spirit_of_the_Liturgy-Small.mp3
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

The Spirit of the Liturgy-Part 2 While at St. Anastasia, Fr. Riccardo presented a Theology on Tap series of talks on Pope Benedict XVI's book The Spirit of the Liturgy. This is the second of four talks in the series.
Direct download: 02-Spirit_of_the_Liturgy-Small.mp3
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 2:11pm EST

The Spirit of the Liturgy-Part 1 While at St. Anastasia, Fr. Riccardo presented a Theology on Tap series of talks on Pope Benedict XVI's book The Spirit of the Liturgy. This is the first of four talks in the series.
Direct download: 01-Spirit_of_the_Liturgy-Small.mp3
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 2:09pm EST

In his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that, "Peace only comes from knowing God, from reading His word, and from regularly talking and listening to Him."
Direct download: Homily070608.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:57am EST

June 5, 2008-Graduation Mass Homily Fr. Riccardo addressed the Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School eighth grade graduating class with this homily at the graduation mass on June 5, 2008. This is a video podcast in standard definition. It should play in iTunes, using Apple's QuickTime movie player, on an AppleTV, or on a video iPod. It is a 116 MB download, so a broadband connection is recommended.
Direct download: GraduationHomily2008.m4v
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 10:07pm EST

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo addresses the tasks and responsibilities that accompany the sacrament of baptism.
Direct download: Homily062208.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

Fr. Riccardo honors his father, John J. Riccardo, in this homily for Father's Day. Fr. John reflects on the many ways in which his father reveals the Fatherhood of God.
Direct download: Homily061508.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:33pm EST

This talk was the first in a series of retreat teachings presented a few years ago at the Cardinal Maida Institute in Plymouth, MI. This talk is an introduction to Pope John Paul II's teachings on The Theology of the Body.
Direct download: RetreatTeachings.m4a
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 8:25am EST

This podcast is from a lenten mission talk presented by Fr. Riccardo several years ago at the Cardinal Maida Institute in Plymouth, Michigan. The title of the talk is Redemptive Suffering-The Supreme Power of Prayer By Those Who Suffer.
Direct download: RedemptiveSuffering_copy.m4a
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 7:38am EST

This is an older presentation to a catholic men's night gathering on what it means to be a husband. The title of the talk is What Some Wives Want Their Husbands to Know.
Direct download: WivesWantHusbandsKnow.m4a
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 7:25am EST

This is an older address for a family retreat day program at the Retreat Center at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan.
Direct download: FamilyRetreatDay.m4a
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 7:19am EST

This is an older address by Fr. Riccardo to fellow members of the clergy which looks at couples responses to Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. This address was presented several years ago to a gathering at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit.
Direct download: CouplesResponsesTheologyBody.m4a
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 7:11am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses God's mercy in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Direct download: Homily060708.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:55pm EST

A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at the St. John Center for the Family in Plymouth, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Fr. John's teachings. Mrs. Mary DelPup is the primary speaker for this session of Bible Study for Couples.
Direct download: BibleStudyCouples-DiscipleshipOfMarriage.m4a
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 9:57am EST

A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at the St. John Center for the Family in Plymouth, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Fr. John's teachings.
Direct download: BibleStudyCouples-SacramentalityOfMarriage.m4a
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 9:54am EST

A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at the St. John Center for the Family in Plymouth, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Fr. John's teachings.
Direct download: BibleStudyCouples-Genesis2.m4a
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 9:52am EST

A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at the St. John Center for the Family in Plymouth, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Fr. John's teachings.
Direct download: BibleStudyCouples-Genesis1.m4a
Category:Older Talks -- posted at: 9:49am EST

A conference entitled The Eucharist and celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi was presented by the Real Presence Association of Michigan on May 24, 2008. The conference was hosted by Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. The gospel reading and Fr. Riccardo's homily are presented here.
Direct download: AdorationGospelHomily-FrRiccardo.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

A conference entitled The Eucharist and celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi was presented by the Real Presence Association of Michigan on May 24, 2008. The conference was hosted by Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. Sr. Ann Shields addressed the audience with her talk on The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
Direct download: EucharisticHeartOfJesus-SrShields.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 10:06pm EST

A conference entitled The Eucharist and celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi was presented by the Real Presence Association of Michigan on May 24, 2008. The conference was hosted by Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. Mr. Steve Ray addressed the audience with his talk on Defending the Eucharist.
Direct download: DefendingTheEucharist-SteveRay.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

In his homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the gift of the Eucharist. Fr. John tells the congregation that the Eucharist has within it the strength to enable each of us to grow in character, in virtue, in integrity, and in love.
Direct download: Homily052508.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

In his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, Fr. Riccardo discusses the healing power of God's love. He encourages the congregation to make that love visible to those we encounter each day.
Direct download: Homily051808.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:47am EST

The Four Goods of Marriage:  Do You Know What You Have Gotten Into? On April 18th, Fr. Riccardo addressed the Family of Faith Apostolate meeting held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Father John's talk on The Four Goods of Marriage: Do You Know What You Have Gotten Into? was also broadcast on his weekly radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network.
Direct download: TheFourGoodsOfMarriage.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

RCIA for Catholics-Session 11-What Happens at Mass This is the eleventh session of a series of presentations by Fr. Riccardo entitled "RCIA for Catholics."
Direct download: RCIAforCatholics-WhatHappensAtMass.m4a
Category:RCIA for Catholics -- posted at: 10:41am EST

Remembrance of Pope John Paul II A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at St. Anastasia in Troy, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Father John's teachings. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: RemembranceOfPopeJohnPaulII.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 8:02am EST

What Is God's Will For My Life? A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at St. Anastasia in Troy, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Father John's teachings. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: WhatIsGodsWillForMyLife.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Commandment 8:  From the Same Mouth Come Blessing and Cursing A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at St. Anastasia in Troy, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Father John's teachings. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: FromTheSameMouthComeBlessingAndCursing.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 7:58am EST

Commandment 4:  What Ever Happened to Honor and Respect? A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at St. Anastasia in Troy, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Father John's teachings. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: WhateverHappenedToHonorAndRespect.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 7:56am EST

Commandment 3:  Whose Day is it Anyway? A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at St. Anastasia in Troy, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Father John's teachings. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: WhoseDayIsItAnyway.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 7:54am EST

Sunday Mass...Wake Up! A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at St. Anastasia in Troy, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Father John's teachings. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: SundayMassWakeUp.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 7:49am EST

Commandments 7 & 10:  Striving for Contentment with What We Have A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at St. Anastasia in Troy, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Father John's teachings. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: StrivingForContentment.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 7:47am EST

Commandments 6 & 9:  Cosmo, Maxim or the Catholic Church A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignment at St. Anastasia in Troy, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Father John's teachings. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: CosmoMaxim.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 7:45am EST

Sense and Sensibility Talk A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignments at the St. John Center for Youth and Family in Plymouth, MI and at St. Anastasia in Troy, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Father John's teachings. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: SenseAndSensibilityTalk.mp3
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 7:43am EST

We Have Reason to Believe-An Apologetic for the Resurrection A number of Fr. Riccardo's talks from his assignments at the St. John Center for Youth and Family in Plymouth, MI and at St. Anastasia in Troy, MI were recorded for broadcast on his radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network. These older talks are being posted here in an effort to maintain a complete collection of Father John's teachings. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: We_Have_Reason_to_Believe-An_Apologetic_for_the_Resurrection.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 7:28am EST

On March 8, 2008, Fr. Riccardo addressed the 8th Annual Worcester Diocesan Catholic Men's Conference in Worcester, MA. Fr. John spoke on Confession: A Fireside Chat with the Lord. This podcast contains the audio and video from his address. It is posted in iPod video format and should play within the iTunes application, Apple Quicktime or on a video iPod. The file is over 350 MB in size, so patience is required for the download. A broadband connection to the Internet is recommended. An audio only version has also been posted for listeners using slower connections to the Internet.
Direct download: ConfessionFiresideChatWithTheLord.m4v
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

In his homily from the 4 PM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to spend ten minutes each morning in prayer to Jesus. Father John invites the listeners to bring their fears, concerns, and anxieties to Jesus, and to expect Him to work in their lives.
Direct download: Homily050308.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:56pm EST

RCIA for Catholics-Session 10-Prophetic Vocations of Women: The Urgent Need for Authentic Feminism This is the tenth session of a series of presentations by Fr. Riccardo entitled "RCIA for Catholics."
Direct download: RCIA_for_Catholics-Prophetic_Vocations_of_Women.m4a
Category:RCIA for Catholics -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

On March 8, 2008, Fr. Riccardo addressed the 8th Annual Worcester Diocesan Catholic Men's Conference in Worcester, MA. Fr. John spoke on Confession: A Fireside Chat with the Lord. This podcast contains the audio from his address.
Direct download: WorcesterConfessionAudio.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 9:40am EST

On April 12, 2008, the Archdiocese of Detroit 6th Annual Conference for Men entitled Put Out Into the Deep VI-Brothers in Christ Standing Together was held at the University of Detroit Mercy. Bishop Daniel Flores was the homilist for the closing mass celebrated by Cardinal Adam Maida.
Direct download: POITD6-BishopFlores.mp3
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 9:24am EST

On April 12, 2008, the Archdiocese of Detroit 6th Annual Conference for Men entitled Put Out Into the Deep VI-Brothers in Christ Standing Together was held at the University of Detroit Mercy. Fr. Timothy Whalen, Chancellor of the Orchard Lake Schools, addressed the young men at the conference on Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.
Direct download: POITD6-FrWhalen.mp3
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 9:22am EST

On April 12, 2008, the Archdiocese of Detroit 6th Annual Conference for Men entitled Put Out Into the Deep VI-Brothers in Christ Standing Together was held at the University of Detroit Mercy. Mr. Richard Lane advised the attendees to Get Out of the Boat Like St. Peter Did.
Direct download: POITD6-RichardLane.mp3
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 9:12am EST

On April 12, 2008, the Archdiocese of Detroit 6th Annual Conference for Men entitled Put Out Into the Deep VI-Brothers in Christ Standing Together was held at the University of Detroit Mercy. Fr. Riccardo's addressed the conference on Gripping the Plow with Both Hands.
Direct download: POITD6-FrRiccardo.mp3
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 8:54am EST

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo discusses our need to get back to the basics. He encourages the congregation to establish a living, personal, and profound friendship with God.
Direct download: Homily042008.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

Fr. Riccardo's talk from the 4th Put Out Into the Deep men's conference held in 2006. The talk is entitled What Will I Hear on that Day?.
Direct download: WhatWillIHearOnThatDay.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

Fr. Riccardo's talk from the 3rd Put Out Into the Deep men's conference held in 2005. The talk is entitled Father or Adversary.
Direct download: FatherOrAdversary.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 2:32pm EST

Fr. Riccardo's talk from the 2nd Put Out Into the Deep men's conference held in 2004. The talk is entitled Running the Race With Persistence. This podcast concludes with a partial recording of a Good Friday service from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on The Last Seven Words of Christ.
Direct download: RunningTheRaceWithPersistence.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that the Mass is the greatest gift that God can give to us on this earth. It is where we most tangibly meet Him, where He offers to transform us, and where He offers hope to those who have lost hope.
Direct download: Homily040608.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

The Choices We Face-A Voice for the Word (Audio Only) Audio only version of Fr. Riccardo's appearance on Mr. Ralph Martin's television show The Choices We Face. This MP3 version will be a much smaller download.
Direct download: VoiceWordAudio.m4a
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

The Choices We Face-A Voice for the Word Fr. Riccardo was recently a guest on The Choices We Face, a television production of Renewal Ministries hosted by Mr. Ralph Martin. Father John spoke on the topic A Voice for the Word. The television interview has been posted here with the permission of Renewal Ministries. You may find additional information about Renewal Ministries at their website. This presentation is in video format, and should play within iTunes or QuickTime. This file is nearly 400 MB in size. Please be patient and wait for it to download. A broadband connection is highly recommended.
Direct download: AVoiceForTheWorld.mp4
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

The Choices We Face-The Power of Forgiveness (Audio Only) Audio only version of Fr. Riccardo's appearance on Mr. Ralph Martin's television show The Choices We Face. This MP3 version will be a much smaller download.
Direct download: Forgiveness.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:53am EST

In his homily for Divine Mercy Sunday, Fr. Riccardo discusses the gospel from the perspective of St. Thomas.
Direct download: Homily032908.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:28pm EST

Easter Sunday Homily-March 23, 2008-8 AM Mass at OLGC In his homily for Easter Sunday, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Jesus is truly and bodily risen from the dead. To believe in God is to know that He exists, and to know that the last word belongs to Him.
Direct download: EasterHomily032308.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:55am EST

Fr. Riccardo revisits his first talk from the initial Put Out Into the Deep men's conference held on March 1, 2003. The talk is entitled Meeting Him for the First Time and All Over Again. This talk is combined with a recent address by Fr. John to a Men's Conference in Massachusetts. Father's talk at that conference focused on Confession: A Fireside Chat with the Lord.
Direct download: MensConfOne-Confession.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 4:07pm EST

The Choices We Face-The Power of Forgiveness Fr. Riccardo was recently a guest on The Choices We Face, a television production of Renewal Ministries hosted by Mr. Ralph Martin. Father John spoke on the topic of The Power of Forgiveness. The television interview has been posted here with the permission of Renewal Ministries. You may find additional information about Renewal Ministries at their website. This presentation is in video format, and should play within iTunes or QuickTime. This file is nearly 400 MB in size. Please be patient and wait for it to download. A broadband connection is highly recommended.
Direct download: Forgiveness.mp4
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

This interview of Fr. John was broadcast on 03/16/08 on WJR Radio. Fr. John was interviewed by host Jack Krasula for the radio program Anything is Possible!. The direct link to Jack's program site is here.
Direct download: AnythingIsPossible031608.mp3
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 10:50am EST

Order of Malta Faith Conference 2008-Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, O. P. The 2nd annual Order of Malta Faith Conference entitled Knowing Christ Jesus was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on January 26, 2008. This year's conference was a symposium on Pope Benedict XVI's book Jesus of Nazareth. This is Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz's talk at the conference.
Direct download: Malta2008-SrJoseph.mp3
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

Order of Malta Faith Conference 2008-Jeanne Monahan The 2nd annual Order of Malta Faith Conference entitled Knowing Christ Jesus was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on January 26, 2008. This year's conference was a symposium on Pope Benedict XVI's book Jesus of Nazareth. This is Jeanne Monahan's talk at the conference.
Direct download: Malta2008-Monahan.mp3
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

Order of Malta Faith Conference 2008-Fr. John Riccardo The 2nd annual Order of Malta Faith Conference entitled Knowing Christ Jesus was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on January 26, 2008. This year's conference was a symposium on Pope Benedict XVI's book Jesus of Nazareth. This is Fr. Riccardo's talk at the conference.
Direct download: Malta2008-FrRiccardo.mp3
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 11:45am EST

Order of Malta Faith Conference 2008-Bishop Quinn Homily The 2nd annual Order of Malta Faith Conference entitled Knowing Christ Jesus was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on January 26, 2008. This year's conference was a symposium on Pope Benedict XVI's book Jesus of Nazareth. This is the homily from the Most Reverend Bishop John M. Quinn from the opening mass of the conference. You may learn more about the Order of Malta at their website.
Direct download: Malta2008-BishopQuinnHomily.mp3
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 11:07am EST

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo asks Mary to continue to intercede for all of us that we may grow in a sincere hunger to know her Son and His bride, the Church.
Direct download: Homily030108.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:55pm EST

While discussing John's gospel description of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, Fr. Riccardo reflects on what it means to have eternal life in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Direct download: Homily022408.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

From November of 2004 through January of 2005, Fr. Riccardo presented a series of talks at St. Anastasia Catholic Church on Pope John Paul II's lectures on The Theology of the Body. These talks are being republished at this site in an effort to consolidate Fr. John's talks at a single Internet site. This is session 4 of 4.
Direct download: Theology_of_the_Body_4.mp3
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

From November of 2004 through January of 2005, Fr. Riccardo presented a series of talks at St. Anastasia Catholic Church on Pope John Paul II's lectures on The Theology of the Body. These talks are being republished at this site in an effort to consolidate Fr. John's talks at a single Internet site. This is session 3 of 4.
Direct download: Theology_of_the_Body_3.mp3
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

From November of 2004 through January of 2005, Fr. Riccardo presented a series of talks at St. Anastasia Catholic Church on Pope John Paul II's lectures on The Theology of the Body. These talks are being republished at this site in an effort to consolidate Fr. John's talks at a single Internet site. This is session 2 of 4.
Direct download: Theology_of_the_Body_2.mp3
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

From November of 2004 through January of 2005, Fr. Riccardo presented a series of talks at St. Anastasia Catholic Church on Pope John Paul II's lectures on The Theology of the Body. These talks are being republished at this site in an effort to consolidate Fr. John's talks at a single Internet site. This is session 1 of 4.
Direct download: Theology_of_the_Body_1.mp3
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 2:37pm EST

In light of Matthew's gospel description of the transfiguration of Jesus, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation of his experience during the past week attending the funeral of a young child. Fr. John reminds us that what we hear in church is the true reality, and has a profound impact on what happens in our lives. He reminds us that suffering and death don't have the last word. Fr. John tells us, "After the cross, not just His cross but our cross, comes the crown. And only after the cross."
Direct download: Homily021708.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:12pm EST

Fr. John encourages the congregation to fall in love with God in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Direct download: Homily020908.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:09pm EST

Prayer-Quality Time with Your Father Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of prayer in this talk presented to Bravehearts, a men's group at St. Joseph Parish in Lake Orion, Michigan.
Direct download: Prayer-Quality_Time_with_Your_Father.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 11:49pm EST

RCIA for Catholics-Session 8-What Does it Mean to be a Christian? Making the Most Out of Lent This is the eighth session of a series of presentations by Fr. Riccardo entitled "RCIA for Catholics."
Direct download: RCIA_for_Catholics-Lent.m4a
Category:RCIA for Catholics -- posted at: 10:43pm EST

The Four Goods of Marriage Fr. Riccardo discusses the four goods of marriage: permanence, partnership, faithfulness, and fruitfulness in this talk which was given to conclude the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) classes during Fr. John's assignment as pastor of St. Anastasia Church. It has been republished here at his request. This presentation originally aired on his radio program "Christ is the Answer."
Direct download: FourGoodsOfMarriage.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 7:41pm EST

Session 4 of the parish mission conducted by Mr. Bill Wegner of Good News International, a catholic lay ministry. This is the final session of the mission.
Direct download: Mission012308.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

Session 3 of the parish mission conducted by Mr. Bill Wegner of Good News International, a catholic lay ministry.
Direct download: Mission012208.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 4:50pm EST

Session 2 of the parish mission conducted by Mr. Bill Wegner of Good News International, a catholic lay ministry.
Direct download: Mission012108.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 5:18pm EST

Session 1 of the parish mission conducted by Mr. Bill Wegner of Good News International, a catholic lay ministry.
Direct download: Mission012008.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 5:05pm EST

In preparation for the parish mission beginning this evening Fr. Riccardo discusses what it means to be a prophet, someone who speaks on God's behalf. In light of the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, Fr. John encourages the congregation to speak up about the dignity and sanctity of human life. Mr. Bill Wegner, from Good News International, also addresses the congregation concerning the parish mission which will be held each evening at 7 PM from Sunday, Jan. 20th, through Wednesday, Jan. 23rd. Additional sessions will be held after the 8 AM masses on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
Direct download: Homily012008.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

In his homily for the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, Father Riccardo shares his thoughts on the recent memorial mass for the members of the Griffin/Burkman families. Father John asks, "Do we courageously reach out to others sharing our faith in God?"
Direct download: Homily011208.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:36am EST

December 25, 2007-Midnight Mass at OLGC In his Christmas homily, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God has become one of us and died for all of us, so that we can spend eternity with Him in unimaginable joy. God and humanity became one flesh in the person of Jesus. How will we respond to His story?
Direct download: Homily122507.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:57am EST

In his homily for the fourth Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo discusses the recent repositioning of the tabernacle in the sanctuary of the church, and encourages the congregation to make time each week for prayer in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Direct download: Homily122307.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

RCIA for Catholics-Session 7-Hope This is the seventh session of a series of presentations by Fr. Riccardo entitled "RCIA for Catholics."
Direct download: RCIA_for_Catholics-Hope.m4a
Category:RCIA for Catholics -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to commit to pray daily in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Father John encourages us to ask God why He has done all that He has done for us, and to expect Him to answer.
Direct download: Homily120907.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:40pm EST

RCIA for Catholics-Session 6-The Church This is the sixth session of a series of presentations by Fr. Riccardo entitled "RCIA for Catholics."
Direct download: RCIA_for_Catholics-The_Church.m4a
Category:RCIA for Catholics -- posted at: 7:19pm EST

No Greater Love-Session 6-This is the New and Everlasting Covenant Session 6 in a series of talks entitled "No Greater Love Has a Man Than This." This series was presented by Fr. Riccardo at St. Anastasia and was also broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: HolyMass.m4a
Category:No Greater Love -- posted at: 2:26pm EST

No Greater Love-Session 5-Trusting the Lord Session 5 in a series of talks entitled "No Greater Love Has a Man Than This." This series was presented by Fr. Riccardo at St. Anastasia and was also broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: TrustingTheLord.m4a
Category:No Greater Love -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

No Greater Love-Session 4-Redemptive Suffering Session 4 in a series of talks entitled "No Greater Love Has a Man Than This." This series was presented by Fr. Riccardo at St. Anastasia and was also broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: RedemptiveSuffering.m4a
Category:No Greater Love -- posted at: 2:24pm EST

No Greater Love-Session 3-The Great Deceiver Session 3 in a series of talks entitled "No Greater Love Has a Man Than This." This series was presented by Fr. Riccardo at St. Anastasia and was also broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: TheGreatDeceiver.m4a
Category:No Greater Love -- posted at: 2:23pm EST

No Greater Love-Session 2-True Forgiveness Session 2 in a series of talks entitled "No Greater Love Has a Man Than This." This series was presented by Fr. Riccardo at St. Anastasia and was also broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: TrueForgiveness.m4a
Category:No Greater Love -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

No Greater Love-Session 1-Confession Session 1 in a series of talks entitled "No Greater Love Has a Man Than This." This series was presented by Fr. Riccardo at St. Anastasia and was also broadcast on the Ave Maria Radio Network. The audio files here were prepared for publication at this site by 8th grade students in the Digital Media Class at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
Direct download: Confession.m4a
Category:No Greater Love -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

November 24, 2007-4 PM Mass at OLGC On the Feast of Christ the King, Fr. Riccardo discusses the kingship of Jesus, and encourages the congregation to put Him first in their lives.
Direct download: Homily112407.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

RCIA for Catholics-Session 5-The Inviolable Dignity of the Human Person This is the fifth session of a series of presentations by Fr. Riccardo entitled "RCIA for Catholics."

RCIA for Catholics-Session 4-The Holy Spirit This is the fourth session of a series of presentations by Fr. Riccardo entitled "RCIA for Catholics."
Direct download: RCIA_for_Catholics-The_Holy_Spirit.m4a
Category:RCIA for Catholics -- posted at: 7:32pm EST

Vices vs. Virtues Fr. Riccardo's presentation to the Family of Faith Apostolate October meeting. This presentation originally aired on October 31st on Fr. Riccardo's radio program "Christ is the Answer."
Direct download: Vices_vs_Virtues.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

November 10, 2007-4 PM Mass at OLGC Fr. Riccardo reflects on the sacrament of marriage in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Direct download: Homily111007.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

November 4, 2007-8 AM Mass at OLGC Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to never give up on each other as he reflects on God's love and mercy in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Direct download: Homily110407.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

RCIA for Catholics-Session 3-Father or Adversary?

This is the third session of a series of presentations by Fr. Riccardo entitled "RCIA for Catholics."

Direct download: RCIA_for_Catholics-Father_or_Adversary.m4a
Category:RCIA for Catholics -- posted at: 10:21pm EST

RCIA for Catholics-Session 2-Jesus: God or a Bad Man?

This is the second session of a series of presentations by Fr. Riccardo entitled "RCIA for Catholics."

Direct download: RCIA_for_Catholics-The_Person_of_Jesus.m4a
Category:RCIA for Catholics -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

RCIA for Catholics-Session 1-Why be Catholic?

This is the first session of a series of presentations by Fr. Riccardo entitled "RCIA for Catholics." Father's list of books discussed in this audio presentation is available here.

Direct download: RCIA_for_Catholics-Introduction.m4a
Category:RCIA for Catholics -- posted at: 10:02pm EST

October 21, 2007-5 PM Mass at OLGC

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to read the Bible in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: Homily102107.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:55pm EST

June 1, 2007-Fr. Murray Bodo on Franciscan Peacemaking Father Murray Bodo, O.F.M. discusses Franciscan Peacemaking in this presentation at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church as part of a Walk the Talk...24/7 Catholicism series. We thank Mr. Mike Neault for providing the audio content for this podcast.
Direct download: Franciscan_Peacemaking.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 6:17pm EST

October 14, 2007-12 Noon Mass at OLGC Fr. Riccardo reflects on gratitude in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Direct download: Gratitude.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:44am EST

A View From the Pew-September 2007 For her radio program "A View From the Pew," host Elaine Babbish interviews Deacon Don Leach and Sr. Peggy O'Neill concerning the bridging relationship between Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish and the community of Haciendita Uno in El Salvador. Sr. Peggy is a Sister of Charity, who teaches as a Sister of Theology at the University of Central America in San Salvador. This program was broadcast by Michigan Catholic Radio (WCAR 1090-AM). For additional information, please visit the Michigan Catholic Radio website at http://www.catholicradio.org.
Direct download: View_From_Pew_092007.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 9:34am EST

October 6, 2007-4 PM Mass at OLGC On Respect Life Sunday, Fr. Riccardo discusses embryonic stem cell research in his homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Direct download: Homily100607.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:52am EST

Fr. Riccardo discusses vocations and a new vocation awareness initiative in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Direct download: Homily093007.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

Bishop Earl Boyea delivers the homily for the Liturgy of Installation, as Fr. John Riccardo is officially installed as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. The homily is followed by the Rite of Installation.
Direct download: Homily092307.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:51pm EST

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo reflects on what it means to be a catechist. Fr. John also welcomes Sr. Peggy O'Neill, who is visiting from El Salvador. Sr. Peggy is a Sister of Charity, who teaches as a Sister of Theology at the University of Central America in San Salvador. Sr. Peggy discusses the bridging relationship between Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish and the community of Haciendita Uno, and her mission of service to the people of El Salvador.
Direct download: Homily091607.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:31am EST

September 9, 2007-8 AM Mass at OLGC

Fr. Riccardo reflects on today's Gospel reading while describing his recent meeting with the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, MI.

Direct download: FJR-Homily090907.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:46am EST

Fr. Riccardo challenges the congregation to respect God's treasures in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, MI (http://www.olgcparish.net).
Direct download: Homily081207-GodsTreasure.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:13pm EST

July 29, 2007-5 PM Mass at OLGC Fr. John discusses prayer in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
Direct download: Homily072907-ChattingOrPraying.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:37pm EST

July 22, 2007-10 AM Mass at OLGC

Fr. John discusses the mystery of suffering in his weekly homily at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Plymouth, MI).

Direct download: Homily072207-Suffering.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:22pm EST

In his weekly homily at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Plymouth, MI), Fr. John reflects on "What it Means to be Catholic" in light of the recent publication by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith entitled "Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church."
Direct download: FJR-Homily07152007.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:43am EST

Fr. John reflects on The Destination in his weekly homily.

Direct download: Homily070807-TheJourney.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:48am EST

Fr. John's homily from the 10 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, MI.
Direct download: Homily070107-NewBeginnings.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:43am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on June 24th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_06_24_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:38am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Trinity/Graduation Mass on June 3rd, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_06_03_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Spirit of the Liturgy #1 - Fr. John Riccardo

Direct download: 01_Spirit_of_the_Liturgy_1.mp3
Category:Theology on Tap -- posted at: 10:54am EST

Fr. John Riccardo - Male Friendship
Direct download: 01_Male_Friendship64K.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:32am EST

Why Be Catholic - From A Family of Faith Apostolate Meeting

Direct download: 01_Why_be_Catholic_64K.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:01pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on May 27th, 2007

Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_05_27_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:31am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on May 20th, 2007.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_05_20_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:39am EST

RCIA Meeting from May 13th, 2007 - "Marriage and the Four Goods of Marriage"

Direct download: MarriageAnd4Goods.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 3:11pm EST

RCIA Meeting from May 6th, 2007 - "The 4 Last Things"
Direct download: The_Four_Last_Things.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 5:00pm Mass on May 12th, 2007

Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_05_12_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on May 6th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_05_06_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

Steve Duffy - "Prayer" from the RCIA meeting on April 29th, 2007
Direct download: Steve_Duffy_Prayer.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 10:47am EST

Open Forum - Reflection on the Easter Vigil
Direct download: Easter_Vigil_Reflection.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on April 22nd, 2007.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_04_22_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:26am EST

John J. Riccardo - Courage Under Fire

Fr. John's father, John J. Riccardo: his talk from the 5th Annual - Put Out Into The Deep Men's Conference
Direct download: Courage_Under_Fire.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

Fr. John Riccardo - Urgent Need: Men with the Courage to Let the Light Shine

His talk from the 5th Annual Put Out Into The Deep Men's Conference

Direct download: Urgent_Need__Men_with_the_Courage_to_Let_the_Light_Shine.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 3:00pm Divine Mercy Mass on April 15th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_Jonh_Homily_DM_04_15_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:34am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:30am Mass on Easter Sunday

Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_04_08_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:11am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on April 1st, 2007

Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_04_01_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

RCIA meeting from March 25th, 2007 - Reconciliation

Direct download: Reconciliation.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 9:01am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on March 18th, 2007.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_03_18_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:21am EST

RCIA meeting from March 18th, 2007: Knowing - not knowing about - God.  Prayer and the Devotional Life.
Direct download: Prayer_and_Devotional.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 9:20am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on March 11th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_03_11_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

Fr. John's homily on the 3rd night of the Parish Mission - All That I Have Is Yours.
Direct download: ParishMission3-8-07.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

Fr. John's talk from the Parish Mission - All That I Have Is Yours.  Recorded March 7th, 2007.
Direct download: Parish_Mission03-07-2007.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Fr. John's talk from the Parish Mission - All That I Have Is Yours.  Recorded live March 6th, 2007.
Direct download: ParishMission03-06-2007.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:35pm EST

Fr. John's fourth talk in this Theology on Tap series covers Forgiveness.  Recorded live at Joe Bologna's in Troy, MI, February 28th, 2007.
Direct download: TOT_-_Relationships_-_Forgiveness.mp3
Category:Theology on Tap -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on March 4th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_03_04_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:18am EST

From Joe Bologna's, Fr. Johns second talk in a four part series on relationships - "Friendship"
Direct download: TOT_-_Relationships_-_Friendship.mp3
Category:Theology on Tap -- posted at: 9:37am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on February 25th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_02_25_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:21am EST

RCIA Meeting from February 25th, 2007
"Baptism"
Direct download: 01_Baptism.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 9:19am EST

Theology on Tap - 2/07/2007
From Joe Bologna's, Fr. Johns first talk in a four part series on relationships - "Chastity"
Direct download: Theology_on_Tap_-_Relationships_-_Chastity.mp3
Category:Theology on Tap -- posted at: 9:32am EST

RCIA meeting from February 18th, 2007
Overview of Lent, and Introduction to the Sacraments
Direct download: Overview_of_Lent_and_Intro_to_the_Sacraments.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 9:48am EST

Fr. John Riccardo talks about the "Spiritual Life of a Family" at the Heart to Heart Women's Conference.
Direct download: Spiritual_Life_of_a_Family.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:38am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on February 11th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_02_11_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:32am EST

A Conference on the Protestant Reformation
Question and Answer Session
Direct download: QA.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:01am EST

A Conference on the Protestant Reformation
Dr. Robert Fastiggi
Direct download: Talk_-_Dr._Robert_Fastiggi.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:58am EST

A Conference on the Protestant Reformation
Dr. Kenneth Howell
Direct download: Talk_-_Dr._Kenneth_Howell.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:57am EST

RCIA Meeting from February 4th, 2007 - 5th & 6th Commandments
Direct download: 01_5th__6th_Commandments.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 10:11am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15 Mass on February 4th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_02_04_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:08am EST

That All May Be One
Steve Ray: Peter - the Rock, the Keys, and the Chair
Originally Aired on Ave Maria Radio January 24th, 2007
Direct download: Steve_Ray_-_Peter_-_The_Rock_Keys_and_Chair.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:08am EST

RCIA meeting from January 21st, 2007
"Why Be Good" Part II (2nd, 3rd, & 4th Commandments)
Direct download: 01_Why_Be_Good_-_Part_II.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 2:37pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 5:30pm Mass on January 21st, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_01_21_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:17am EST

RCIA Meeting from January 14th, 2007
"Why Be Good" Part I

Direct download: Why_Be_Good_I.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 9:48am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on January 14th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homliy_01_14_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:43am EST

Fr. John Riccardo & Pastor Steve Andrews
A Catholic and Protestant Evening of Prayer
Direct download: Where_2_Or_More_Are_Gathered_In_My_Name.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:04pm EST

RCIA Meeting from January 7th, 2007
"Mary the Mother of God"

Direct download: Mary_the_Mother_64K.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 4:43pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on January 7th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_01_07_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

 Fr. John Riccardo - Marriage: God's Love Made Visible
Direct download: Marriage_-_Gods_Love_Made_Visible.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:12am EST

The Spirituality of Marriage II
Direct download: 01_Spirituality_of_Marriage_II.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:10am EST

Tapping on Theology - Open Questions and Answers #1
Direct download: Tapping_on_Theology_-_Open_Questions_and_Answers_1.mp3
Category:Tapping on Theology -- posted at: 9:29am EST

St. Anastasia Christmas Pagaent - The Kingship of Jesus
Direct download: Christmas_Pagaent_-Kingship_of_Jesus.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:27am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 12:15pm Mass on December 31st, 2006.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_12_31_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:22am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15 Midnight Mass on December 24th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_12_24_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:45am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on December 10th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_12_10_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:22am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on December 3rd, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_12_03_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:20am EST

Adoremus - Come, Let Us Adore Him
Direct download: Adoremus_-_Come_Let_Us_Adore_Him.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

The Spirituality of Marriage
Direct download: The_Spirituality_of_Marriage.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:52pm EST

RCIA Meeting from December 3rd, 2006
Dignity of the Human Person
Direct download: 01_Dignity_of_the_Human_Person.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 3:52pm EST

Fr. Mark's Homily from the 10:15am Mass.

Fr. Mark is from St. Al's.  Remember the 2006 Charity Christmas Ball benefiting St. Al's on December 9th, 2006 at 7:30pm.
Direct download: Fr_Mark_St_Als.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:35pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on November 12th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_11_12_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:05am EST

RCIA Meeting from November 12th, 2006

"The Church - The Body of Christ Is Not An Image"
Direct download: 01_The_Church__The_Body_of_Christ_Is.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 7:58am EST

RCIA Meeting from November 5th, 2006
"Holy Spirit"
Direct download: 01_Holy_Spirit.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

Tapping on Theology - "Freedom"
Direct download: 01_Freedom.mp3
Category:Tapping on Theology -- posted at: 9:24am EST

Tapping on Theology - "Relativism"
Direct download: Relativism.mp3
Category:Tapping on Theology -- posted at: 9:23am EST

Tapping on Theology - "What Ever Happened to Spring?"
Direct download: What_Ever_Happened_to_Spring.mp3
Category:Tapping on Theology -- posted at: 9:21am EST

RCIA Meeting from October 29th, 2006
"Father or Adversary"
Direct download: 01_Father_or_Adversary.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:20am EST

RCIA Meeting from October 22nd, 2006
"Who is Jesus?"
Direct download: 01_Who_is_Jesus.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 9:19am EST

RCIA Meeting from October 15th, 2006
"The Mass Explained"
Direct download: 01_The_Mass_Explained.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 9:17am EST

St. Charles Parish - Pre-Marriage Talk
Direct download: Theology_of_the_Body_-_Pre-Marriage_Talk.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:39am EST

ENDOW Facilitator Training Talk
Direct download: Endow_Facilitator_Training.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:35am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on October 29th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_10_29_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:32am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on October 22nd, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_10_22_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:42am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15 Mass on September 24th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_09_24_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:30am EST

RCIA Meeting from September 17th, 2006
Direct download: RCIA_-_Sept_17_2006_1.mp3
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

Tapping on Theology - Living As a Christian in a Post Christian World
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
Fr. John Riccardo: Whatever Happened to Spring?
Direct download: Tapping_On_Theology_-_Whatever_Happened_To_Spring.mp3
Category:Tapping on Theology -- posted at: 4:21pm EST


Direct download: Catholicism_101_-_QA.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:20pm EST


Direct download: Catholicism_101_-_The_Eucharist.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:19pm EST


Direct download: Catholicism_101_-_The_Bible.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:19pm EST


Direct download: Catholicism_101_-_The_Church.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:07pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on September 17th, 2006
Run-time: 10 min. 55 sec.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_09_17_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:12am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on September 10th, 2006
Run-time 09 min. 40 sec.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_09_10_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15 Mass on August 13th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_08_13_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:50am EST

In this, the first of five sessions, Fr. John talks about God's love, and what it means.
Direct download: Life_in_the_Spirit_-_Sessio.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:33am EST

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on July 30th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_07_30_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:17am EST

The Lord's Prayer In this, the final talk in our series on prayer, we examine in some detail the model of all Christian prayer, the prayer that Jesus Himself taught to His disciples, and to us, when He was asked how we should pray. The Lord’s Prayer, or The Our Father, is so familiar to us, and yet, perhaps because of that familiarity, we often lose sight of just what we’re praying. May we never get used to saying these extraordinary words!
Direct download: The_Lords_Prayer32K.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

Why Does God Say "No"? In this, the third of four talks on prayer, we try to delve into one of the more troubling questions we have with regard to prayer: How come, so often, our prayers are either not answered at all, or the answer is “No?? There are certainly many reasons for this, but we begin to examine some of these in detail.
Direct download: Why_Does_God_Say_No32K.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

Lectio Divina The second installment in St. Anastasia's Prayer Series with Fr. John
Direct download: Lectio_Divina32K.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

I Thrist The first in a four part series on Prayer.
Direct download: I_Thirst32K.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

Why Rome Is Home For Catholics Audio of Fr. John's Scavi Tour.  From Tap on Theology May 10th, 2006
Direct download: WhyRomeIsHome-Small.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:11am EST

Why Rome Is Home For Catholics Join Fr. John on this Scavi Tour.  From Tap on Theology May 10th, 2006
Direct download: WhyRomeIsHomeiPod_Lo.mp4
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 8:09am EST

July 16th, 2006 - 10:15 Mass - Fr. John Homily
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_07_16_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:50am EST

Fr. Johns Homily from 8:15 Mass on July 9th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_-_070906_1.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:19pm EST

Fr. John Riccardo talks about confession, sin and scriptual basis of confession.  The title of the talk is "I Will Arise and Go To My Father".
Direct download: Confession.MP3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

From a Men's Gathering at St. Patrick's Church, Brighton, Michigan.
Direct download: Fatherhood-Small.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:33pm EST

Fr. John Riccardo's 8:15 Homily
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_-_07_02_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Welcome to Fr. John Riccardo's podcasts.  This article will tell you how you can listen and view podcasts and video. 

The simplest way to get the podcasts and video posted on this page is to download Apple iTunes.  iTunes is a media library manager, that will allow you to subscribe to Fr. Riccardo's podcasts and video.  iTunes is free and available for Macintosh and Windows computers.  Once you've downloaded and installed iTunes you can follow this link.  If you have iTunes installed, click "I have iTunes", and you will be taken directly to the iTunes Music store where you can subscribe to the podcast.  Then, whenever Fr. Riccardo adds a podcast you will receive it automatically in iTunes.  Subscriptions to and downloads of these podcasts are free.

If you do not wish to install iTunes, you can download each podcast and video directly, to view and listen to them.

The podcasts are in either mp3 or m4a format.  Many media players (iTunes is recommended) should be able to play these formats.  Simply "right-click" on the direct download link and "Save As".  Once the download is complete open the file in your audio player to listen.

The video has been encoded using Apple's Quicktime.  Quicktime is a free download.  If you don't already have Quicktime installed on your computer (iTunes requires Quicktime, so if you have iTunes, you are likely to have Quicktime already installed), follow the above link, to download and install.  Once Quicktime has been installed on your computer, simply "right-click" and "Save As" on the direct download link of the movie.  When the download is complete, open the file in Quicktime.

Note some of these files get quite large.  It is recommended that users have a broadband (highspeed) internet connection to download video files.  Dial-up users might experience long download times in excess of 2 hours per video.  Sorry for the inconvenience, we are working on getting a smaller sized video for dial-up users.  The audio versions of each podcast has been reduced in size to accommodate everyone. 

Also note, you DO NOT need an iPod video to view the video files, the iPod video version simply means that it has been formated to fit onto Apple's iPod video screen.  You can view and listen to all of these media files in iTunes.

If you have any problems or questions please email the webmaster: webmaster@olgcparish.net
Category:How to Listen -- posted at: 9:33am EST

Common Ground This revealing, candid conversation took place between the leaders of two of Oakland County's largest churches, Father John Riccardo of St. Anastasia Catholic Church, and Pastor Steve Andrews of Kensington Community Church.  Both are located in Troy, Michigan within minutes of each other.

Seeking common ground, "the priest and the pastor" respectfully examine the similarities and differences between the two great traditions they represent.  Regardless of your religious background, you'll enjoy their open discussion.

Topics include: Salvation, Holy Eucharist, The Virgin Mary, Confession, The Saints, Prayer & Worship, Evangelism, Christian Unity

A DVD of this conversation entitled Common Ground: What Protestants and Catholics Can Learn from Each Other may be purchased from the Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Office or ordered online.
Direct download: CommonGround-Small.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:19am EST

Da Vinci Code (Video) Video version of the main session of The Da Vinci Night at Kensington Community Church.
Direct download: DaVinciCodeMainProg.mov
Category:Video -- posted at: 10:42am EST

Da Vinci Code - Q&A Recorded: May 21st, 2006 @ Kensington Community Church

The following is audio of the question and answer session held after the main session of "The Da Vinci Code" talk. 
Direct download: QuestionAnswer-Small.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:32pm EST

Da Vinci Code Recorded May 21st, 2006 at Kensington Community Church
Direct download: DaVinciCode-Small.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily-Easter2006.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily040506.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily032206.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily030806.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily102305.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:55am EST

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily101605.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:49am EST



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