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: 2:56 PM

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: 10:46 PM

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: 10:40 PM

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: 10:35 PM

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: 12:02 PM

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.

Direct download: FSOHomily070614.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:26 PM

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: 2:28 AM

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: 2:05 AM

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: 6:02 PM

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

Direct download: GraduationHomily2014.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:29 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 16th.

Direct download: StreamerDayHomily2014.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:25 PM

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: 12:23 AM

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: 12:12 AM

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: 12:11 AM

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: 1:48 AM

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: 1:40 PM

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: 12:52 PM

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: 4:06 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. 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.

Direct download: DCSHomily042714.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:06 PM

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



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