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: 5:19 PM

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: 2:41 PM

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).

Direct download: Homily041214.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:50 PM

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.

Direct download: Homily040614.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:51 PM

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.

Direct download: Homily032314.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56 PM

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: 4:46 PM

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.

Direct download: DCSHomily031514.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:03 PM

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.

Direct download: Homily030914.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:09 PM

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: 1:49 PM

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: 2:05 PM

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. 

Direct download: Homily021614.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:53 PM

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. 

Direct download: Homily012614.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:17 PM

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.

Direct download: DCSHomily011914.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56 AM

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: 12:53 AM

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: 2:22 PM

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: 11:53 PM

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.

Direct download: Homily010114.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:00 AM

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.

Direct download: Homily122913.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:49 PM

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: 3:50 AM

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

Direct download: Homily122213.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:54 PM



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