This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the school Mass concluding the 2016-17 school year.

Direct download: Homily061517.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

Fr. Riccardo addresses the eighth grade graduating class of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in this homily from the 2017 Graduation Mass while honoring Principal Czaplicki and Fr. John Simoneau.

Direct download: GraduationMassHomily2017.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:25am EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church was pleased to host Fr. Patrick Fulton from Detroit Catholic Central High School at all of the weekend Masses. Fr. Fulton delivered a missionary appeal in support of the Basilian Fathers missions.

Direct download: MIssionaryAppeal061817.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the Sunday Masses this past weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In this homily from the 8 AM Mass, Deacon Dave discusses Archbishop Vignernon's recent pastoral letter Unleash the Gospel and his call for missionary families.

Direct download: DeaconCarignan061117.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at the 4 PM Mass honoring parish members completing their high school or college studies. Fr. John tells the graduates that happiness is only found through friendship with God and with each other. He encourages them to pray for great friends. He remarks that the foundational source of security is knowledge that God is good and that he will give what is needed. Fr. John concludes by tell the graduates that the commandments of God are not arbitrary, but were given out of love. He encourages the graduates to use their minds when their faith is under attack.

Direct download: Homily061017.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:10am EDT

Sr. Helena presents Catholic teaching on gender and "LGBTQ" issues from a Theology of the Body perspective which includes a brief introduction to Theology of the Body, as well as insights from Courage International (a spiritual support group for same-sex attracted Catholics).

This talk was recorded live, February 2017, at St. Agnes Kouying Tsao Catholic Church, Markham, Ontario, Canada and is being published here at the request of Sr. Helena. This is the second part of a two part podcast.

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, Sr. Helena does movie reviews for Sirius XM--The Catholic Channel. She wrote and directed a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione and is a co-producer on The 40 Film, a documentary on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. She is the author of a Theology of the Body curriculum for teens/young adults/adults: What Does It Mean To Be Human: Life's Questions, Theology of the Body's Answers, and also wrote a daily book for women titled He Speaks to You.

Direct download: Gender_LGBTQ_Part2.mp3
Category:Sr. Helena Burns -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

Sr. Helena presents Catholic teaching on gender and "LGBTQ" issues from a Theology of the Body perspective which includes a brief introduction to Theology of the Body, as well as insights from Courage International (a spiritual support group for same-sex attracted Catholics).

This talk was recorded live, February 2017, at St. Agnes Kouying Tsao Catholic Church, Markham, Ontario, Canada and is being published here at the request of Sr. Helena.

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, Sr. Helena does movie reviews for Sirius XM--The Catholic Channel. She wrote and directed a documentary on the life of Blessed James Alberione and is a co-producer on The 40 Film, a documentary on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. She is the author of a Theology of the Body curriculum for teens/young adults/adults: What Does It Mean To Be Human: Life's Questions, Theology of the Body's Answers, and also wrote a daily book for women titled He Speaks to You.

Direct download: Gender_LGBTQ_Part1.mp3
Category:Sr. Helena Burns -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo presided at the Vigil Mass for the Feast of Pentecost at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John uses an image of Mary from the Announciation to encourage us to be receptive to the Holy Spirit. He invites the congregation to read Unleash the Gospel, a pastoral letter from Archbishop Allen Vigneron detailing the roadmap for the future of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Fr. Riccardo tells the congregants that our community of Plymouth can be changed if we are receptive to the Holy Spirit.

Direct download: PentecostVigilMass2017.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

Fr. Pierre Ingram preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel this past weekend. In this homily for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Fr. Pierre explains the significance of the ascended Lord in our lives. Fr. Pierre tells the congregants that the ascended Lord is our joy and hope. He gives us our mission of making disciples of all men.

Direct download: FPIHomily052817_12.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Fr. John Simoneau preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. Fr. John discusses the five building blocks of the Holy Spirit in this homily from the 5 PM Mass. Fr. John looks at Mary as our ideal set before us by God to guide us to the Father.

Direct download: FJSHomily052117_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the masses this weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Fr. John tells the congregation that God is an architect with a blueprint for our lives and for our parish. While reflecting on the readings of this day (ACTS 6:1-7, 1 PT 2:4-9, JN 14:1-12) and on St. Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth (1 COR 3:9-10) Fr. John discusses the role of the laity as living stones in the spiritual house that is our parish.

Direct download: Homily051417_10.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:43am EDT

Deacon Chris Stark, Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, preached at all of the Masses this past weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Chris described the founding of the society by Blessed Frederic Ozanam nearly 200 years ago, and the many ways that the society serves people in need locally and around the world. Deacon Chris encourages the congregants to bring gently used clothing to OLGC on the weekend of May 13 & 14 to support the society with their bundle drive. Monetary donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Detroit may be made using this link.

Direct download: Homily050717_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:45am EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the Masses this past weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. Prentice looks at the remarkable transformation of the apostles from Jesus' crucifixion to Pentecost. Fr. Prentice tells the congregants that the sins of our present and of our past cannot disqualify us from one day becoming holy, and that the Church is the place where every sinner has a future.

Direct download: FPTHomily043017_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:49am EDT

This is Fr. Prentice Tipton's homily from the 8 AM Easter Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. Prentice concludes his homily for the Rerouting series by asking, "What have we done with our freedom?" After reflecting on the baptisms he witnessed during the Easter Vigil Mass the previous evening, Fr. Prentice reminds the congregants that the shackles of sin are broken through the power of Christ's resurrection.

Direct download: FPTEaster2017.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

This is Fr. John Simoneau's homily from the 10:30 AM Easter Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John concludes his homily for the Rerouting series by telling the congregants that they have reason to hope. Fr. John points out that the world is in the state that it is in due to continued doubt that Christ is the key to happiness. He encourages us not to be ashamed to be recognized as followers of Christ in our daily interactions with others.

Direct download: FJSEaster2017.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT

This is Fr. Pierre Ingram's homily from the 1 PM Easter Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. Pierre concludes his homily for the Rerouting series by looking at the empty tomb as the cradle of the catholic church, the task of discipleship, and the truth of the resurrection.

Direct download: FPIEaster2017.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass, Fr. Riccardo discusses what comes next. As the parish concludes the fourteen week long Rerouting series, Fr. John tells the congregation that Jesus has risen and there is work to do. Fr. John offers several concrete suggestions for ways that we can live our lives in a manner that makes God tangible to each other and to all who meet us.

Direct download: EasterVigil2017.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

Fr. Pierre Ingram discusses the toll road in this homily from the 5 PM Mass at OLGC for the Rerouting series. Fr. Pierre encourages the congregants to make an inventory of all of the sins of their lives and to express gratitude to God that they have all been washed away by the blood of Christ. Resources for Rerouting, including video taped sessions and outlines, may be found on the parish website.

Direct download: FPIHomily040917.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the toll road while continuing the Rerouting series. Fr. John asks the congregation, "What amount is due for the sins of our whole lives?" As we enter Holy Week, Fr. Riccardo suggests that we set aside time this week to watch The Passion of the Christ and to make a life-long examination of our lives. Resources for Rerouting, including video taped sessions and outlines, may be found on the parish website.

Direct download: Homily040917_8.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

Fr. John Simoneau looks at what is involved in crossing the border in this Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive session. Fr. John encourages the audience members to move outside their comfort zones to bring others to Christ. A videotaped recording of Fr. John's talk may be viewed on the parish website.
 
Direct download: RDD040517.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

Fr. John Simoneau preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Fr. John looks at what it means to cross the "border" while debunking the voices we may hear along the way. Fr. John uses the words of Pope Benedict XVI to remind the congregants that we have nothing to lose by letting Christ in our lives. 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: Homily040217_08_Rerouting12.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 9:34am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the power of witness in this Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive session. Fr. John looks at the people who had a transformative influence on his life, particularly the saints and martyrs who gave their lives in witness to the faith. A videotaped recording of Fr. John's talk may be viewed on the parish website.
 
Direct download: RDD032917.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Fr. John discusses various ways that we can grow as disciples and how we can learn to discern God's voice. He looks at what is and what is not required for intentional discipleship, and cites many examples of ordinary people who dropped their nets to follow Jesus. 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: Homily032617_12_Rerouting11.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

Fr. Pierre Ingram looks at Jesus as the way in this Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive session. Fr. Pierre examines the topic of discipleship from the perspective of someone who wants to give himself or herself completely to Jesus. A videotaped recording of Fr. Pierre's talk may be viewed on the parish website

Direct download: RDD032217.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

Fr. Pierre Ingram preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Fr. Pierre uses sacred scripture to look at Christian conversion. He tells the congregants that love of God can allow us to stop living for ourselves and to grow as His disciples. He concludes by offering suggestions on how we can learn to share our faith with others. 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: Homily031917_12_Rerouting10.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 9:54am EDT

The Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive session for this week was a period of Eucharistic Adoration. This is a podcast of Fr. Riccardo's opening remarks.

Direct download: RDD031517.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 7:27pm EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Fr. Prentice discusses God's agenda for us, and looks at Mary's anointing of the feet of Jesus as an extravagant gesture of love (John 12). Fr. Prentice concludes by offering the congregants a tangible way to respond to Jesus for all that He has done for us. 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: Homily031217_10_Rerouting09.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton reviews our progress along the Rerouting timeline and discusses what it means to be a missionary disciple in this Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive session. Fr. Prentice guides the participants in a training exercise for sharing the gospel with others. A videotaped recording of Fr. Prentice's talk may be viewed on the parish website. The scheduled March 1st Rerouting Deeper Dive session was cancelled due to a power outage the the church.

Direct download: RDD030817.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Fr. John looks to scripture to reveal Mary as the new Eve and Jesus as the new Adam. He continues by discussing why Jesus came, and how He has restored the bridge by laying down His life for us. 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: Homily030517_05_Rerouting08.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 8:27am EDT

Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that the point of Lent is conversion in this homily from the Ash Wednesday school Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at the importance of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to help us on the path to conversion during this season. Fr. John concludes by discussing a simple way to think about Lent.

Direct download: AshWednesday2017.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Fr. John discusses man's rebellion against God by looking at what God reveals in Genesis 3. He discusses the identity of the serpent, temptation and rebellion, the seriousness of sin, and God's reaction to man's rebellion. 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: Homily022617_10_Rerouting07.m4a
Category:Rerouting -- posted at: 8:17am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.

Direct download: Homily010117.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT



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