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: 2:15 PM

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: 12:37 AM

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: 12:35 AM

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: 12:33 PM

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: 1:01 PM

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: 1:25 PM

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: 12:41 PM

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: 1:42 PM

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: 1:38 PM

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: 12:45 PM

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: 4:54 PM

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: 1:02 PM

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: 11:35 AM

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: 2:42 PM

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: 4:44 PM

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: 12:52 PM

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: 12:41 PM

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

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:43 PM

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: 5:22 PM

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: 5:20 PM



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