Deacon Steve Mitchell preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the second weekend in October. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Deacon Steve discusses the gospel account (MK 10:17-30) of the rich young man's encounter with Jesus while calling the congregants to follow Him.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the first weekend in October. In this homily from the 8 AM Mass, Deacon Dave discusses what happens when a man and woman marry in the Church, the importance of prayer in marriage, and the marriage covenant. He discusses the annulment process in the Catholic church and extends an open invitation to the congregants to enter into a discussion with the clerical staff of the parish regarding marriage and family life issues.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. Prentice asks the congregants, "Are we acting like prophets in the world and in the church today?" Fr. Prentice looks at Mother Teresa as an example of a modern-day prophet.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:37pm EDT

The funeral liturgy for Thelma Riccardo, the mother of Fr. John Riccardo, was celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham, Michigan on September 18th. This is a podcast of Fr. John's homily from that Mass. It may also be view on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube channel using this link. Fr. John and the entire Riccardo family are most appreciative of all of the prayers offered for his mother and in support of the family.

Direct download: FuneralMassHomily-ThelmaRiccardo.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:57am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses a hopeful word, a familiar word, and a commissioning word in this homily from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While reflecting on the passing of his mother, Thelma Riccardo, on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15th), Fr. John turns to Revelation 21 and the promise that God has made to each of us that there will be a new heaven and a new earth. He tells the congregants that Jesus has defeated Satan, Sin, and Death by His death on the cross. Fr. John concludes by using the words of Winston Churchill to the people of England during the early stages of World War II as words of commissioning for us. Fr. John remarks that God has created us, and gifted us, to live at this time with the mission to tell others about Jesus.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

On the evening of September 12th, Fr. Riccardo celebrated a Mass for victims of sexual abuse.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the first weekend in September. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Deacon Dave discusses the scandal in the Catholic Church as a crisis of the human heart and remarks that the church leadership cannot bring about the needed healing. Only the people can bring about healing by demanding that the full truth come out so that the many good and holy priests and bishops can be freed from the chains of suspicion. Deacon Dave encourages the congregants to fast and pray for Jesus to calm the storm and bring healing to His church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

Deacon Steve Mitchell preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Deacon Steve tells the congregants that the crisis in the Church feels like profound grief and loss. Jesus, the Incarnate Word is with us in everything. He is the faithful One to whom we give witness. God offers us himself, life and love or we choose death and nothing. We each must choose.

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

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 the scandalous news regarding the Catholic Church and tells the congregants that Jesus prays in silence for the things that have disfigured His church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Fr. Riccardo offers an orientation to the sixth chapter of the gospel of John in this homily from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. As the Sunday gospel readings for the next five weeks are from John 6, Fr. John looks at the readings from a perspective of history. How do we respond to Jesus, who is the savior of the universe? The fitting response is to worship Him and to tell others about Him. In an age where so many are wandering aimlessly, it is important to share the message that God cares, and that He is faithful.

 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:02am EDT

Deacon Steve Mitchell 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 Steve tells the congregants that Jesus and the power of his gospel, lived out in the lives of His people, has the power to unite people across the most desperate divisions. It happened in the apostle Paul’s communities and it can happen even in our politically divided nation.

Direct download: Homily072218-DeaconMitchell.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the Noon Mass, Fr. Prentice focuses on the second reading from St. Paul (2 COR 12:7-10). Fr. Prentice points out that St. Paul views his weakness as a pathway by which the grace of God gains access to his life. It is an entryway for the power of God to flood his life. Fr. Prentice remarks that there is a humility that comes when we have to face our weaknesses and that we get sanctified through our trials.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Deacon Dave discusses the difference between belief and faith. He remarks that belief is just a starting point for running the faith race, which requires a lifelong commitment to doing the will of Jesus. Deacon Dave concludes by pointing out that service to and witness to the faith are necessary for our salvation.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. John discusses our reluctance to share the gospel with others. He encourages the congregants to complete a survey found on the parish website that was designed to assess the reasons why we find it difficult to share the gospel message in public. The survey will be active until Friday, July 6th.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:32am EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the weekend Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. Prentice reminds the congregants that we are a priestly people and share in the royal priesthood of the faithful. By uniting our prayer with Jesus' prayer the hurts and wounds of history can be healed. Fr. Prentice points out that the Eucharist is a world-changing sacrifice, and that the body and blood of Jesus can cleanse us from our histories and habits that separate us from Him.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

Deacon Steve Mitchell preached at all of the weekend Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Deacon Mitchell points out that we have everything we need: Missionary God, Missionary Mandate, and a Missionary Heritage. So why aren’t we turning the world upside down?

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. John discusses God's vision for his world and for us. He looks at the spread of Christianity in the early church despite legal prohibitions and the importance of Christian witness. Fr. John concludes by asking the congregants, "How is God asking you and me to turn our world upside down with the gospel and the revolutionary and radical love of Jesus?"

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the weekend Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 8 AM Mass, Deacon Dave discusses the importance of pruning whatever is not of Christ within us if we wish to bear fruit as disciples of Jesus.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:01am EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the Saturday Vigil Mass, Fr. Prentice tells the congregants that Jesus wants to create a venue called the church where the other feels respected and loved, and his humanity is cherished. While discussing racial strife in the United States, including incidents that have happened at OLGC, Fr. Prentice remarks that, “The gospel cannot impact the world the way God intends if we, the people of God, fail to allow the gospel to transform the way we relate to the other.” Fr. Prentice concludes by telling the congregation that, “A sign of Easter faith is the transformation that happens in the way we relate to the other.”

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

Deacon Steve Mitchell preached at all of the weekend Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Deacon Steve tells the congregants that there is more than just an empty tomb. "God doesn’t ask us to take a blind leap of faith, but a small step.”

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

In this homily from the sunrise service for Easter, Deacon Carignan looks at the meaning of the empty tomb, and what that means to followers of Christ. Through his resurrection, Christ rolled away the heavy stone of death forever. Deacon Dave remarks that we must follow Christ to the cross so that we can rise to have eternal life with Him.

 

 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregants that God is acting in a preeminent way at the Vigil Mass. While addressing the congregants about to be baptized during the Vigil Mass, Fr. John remarks that through the waters of Baptism, we are transferred to the kingdom of God's beloved Son. He also tells those being confirmed and those already confirmed that they are sharers in the mission of Jesus Christ and are tasked to bring others to Him. When confronting evil and suffering in the world, Fr. John encourages the proclamation of the gospel to bring God's children back to Him.

 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the seven last words of Christ from the cross in this reflection from a Good Friday service at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 7:59pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Lord's Supper.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:54pm EDT

In this homily for Palm Sunday, Fr. Riccardo draws parallels between the allied invasion of western Europe on D-Day and the Passion. Fr. John tells the congregants that the events described in the Passion are the reason why Jesus became man. Through his victory on the cross, Jesus has rescued us from sin and death.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on the weekend of March 10 & 11. In this homily from the 8 AM Mass, Fr. Prentice continues the series of homilies on the habits of a highly contagious Christian by discussing what it means to be spiritually contagious. Fr. Prentice offers some concrete examples of people who have taken advantage of opportunities to share their faith in the private sector.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the Masses this past weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Fr. John discusses what it means to live as a highly contagious married couple while citing the example of his own parents.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:01am EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish welcomed Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. on the weekend of February 23-25 as he led the 2018 Parish Mission titled The Mass: Supreme Encounter with God in Jesus. Abbot Driscoll also preached at all of the weekend Masses at OLGC. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. Driscoll looks at the gospel account of the transfiguration of Jesus (MK 9:2-10) at what this means for us today. On this second Sunday in Lent, we encounter Jesus as the Son of God and on his way to the cross. Through the Eucharist, God can transform us to be highly contagious disciples of Christ.

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Category:Parish Mission 2018 -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish welcomed Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. on the weekend of February 23-25 as he led the 2018 Parish Mission titled The Mass: Supreme Encounter with God in Jesus. Fr. Driscoll serves as abbot of the Mount Angel Abbey in Saint Benedict, Oregon. Abbot Jeremy has taught theology at the Mount Angel Seminary and the Pontifical University of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. His publications include What Happens at Mass, a vivid exploration of our ritual words, signs, and actions, that help the reader come to a better understanding of the Mass as an encounter with Jesus Christ. In this final talk of the parish mission titled Communion and Encounter with Jesus in the Transformed Gifts and Being Sent into the World as a New Creation in Him, Abbot Jeremy looks at the Communion and Concluding rites of the Mass.

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Category:Parish Mission 2018 -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish welcomed Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. on the weekend of February 23-25 as he led the 2018 Parish Mission titled The Mass: Supreme Encounter with God in Jesus. Fr. Driscoll serves as abbot of the Mount Angel Abbey in Saint Benedict, Oregon. Abbot Jeremy has taught theology at the Mount Angel Seminary and the Pontifical University of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. His publications include What Happens at Mass, a vivid exploration of our ritual words, signs, and actions, that help the reader come to a better understanding of the Mass as an encounter with Jesus Christ. In this second talk of the parish mission titled Bringing Gifts and the Transformation of the Gifts: Encounter with God as a Marvelous Exchange, Abbot Jeremy looks at the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

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Category:Parish Mission 2018 -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish welcomed Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. on the weekend of February 23-25 as he led the 2018 Parish Mission titled The Mass: Supreme Encounter with God in Jesus. Fr. Driscoll serves as abbot of the Mount Angel Abbey in Saint Benedict, Oregon. Abbot Jeremy has taught theology at the Mount Angel Seminary and the Pontifical University of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. His publications include What Happens at Mass, a vivid exploration of our ritual words, signs, and actions, that help the reader come to a better understanding of the Mass as an encounter with Jesus Christ. As the parish mission continued on Saturday morning, Fr. Riccardo preached at the morning Mass telling the congregation that only God can conform our hearts to His heart so that we may even love those who have hurt us.

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Category:Parish Mission 2018 -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish welcomed Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. on the weekend of February 23-25 as he led the 2018 Parish Mission titled The Mass: Supreme Encounter with God in Jesus. Fr. Driscoll serves as abbot of the Mount Angel Abbey in Saint Benedict, Oregon. Abbot Jeremy has taught theology at the Mount Angel Seminary and the Pontifical University of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. His publications include What Happens at Mass, a vivid exploration of our ritual words, signs, and actions, that help the reader come to a better understanding of the Mass as an encounter with Jesus Christ. In this opening talk of the parish mission titled Gathering to Hear God Speak: Encountering Jesus in the Word, Abbot Jeremy looks at the Liturgy of the Word.

Direct download: Parish_Mission_2018-Session_1.m4a
Category:Parish Mission 2018 -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

Deacon Carignan preached at all of the Masses this past weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In this homily from the 8 AM Mass, Deacon Dave discusses what it means to be a highly contagious Christian.

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

Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that the focus of Lent should be on what God has done for us. In this homily for Ash Wednesday, Fr. John encourages the school children and congregants to spend time each day in prayer before a crucifix asking Jesus to help them understand His cross.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:01pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses leprosy in Jesus' time, with particular emphasis on the emotional pain experienced by lepers. Fr. John looks at what Moses prescribed when a leper is healed, and offers three suggestions for Lent: returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, attending the Unbound Conference on March 17th, and recitation of the prayer below.

Help me Lord, to experience as much as possible, the love that moved you to become man, to save us from the drudgery which is life apart from you. Thank you for loving me by name so much that you willingly shed your blood so that I could go free.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. John continues to breakdown Archbishop Vigneron's pastoral letter Unleash the Gospel while looking at the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Paul. Fr. John remarks that like Francis and Paul, we need new hearts if we are to go out into the world to share the gospel message. As we enter the lenten season, Fr. John proposes praying, "Help us Lord, to experience as much as possible, the love that moved you to become man to save us from the drudgery that is life apart from you."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

The Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, presided at the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. During this Mass, parishioners Aaron and Frederick were installed in the Ministry of Acolyte. Bishop Cepeda discusses Pope Francis' five practical steps we can take toward becoming joyful missionary disciples.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

Fr. Joe Horn, Director of Priestly Vocations for the Archdiocese of Detroit, preached at most of the Masses this past weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. Horn discusses the importance of building up a culture of vocations in a healthy parish.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:44am EDT

Deacon Steve Mitchell preached at all of the weekend Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. On this Feast of the Epiphany, there is a holy exchange of gifts.  Our messed up lives are the very best we can offer God.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:13am EDT

Fr. Prentice asks the congregation to consider what the world might be like if Jesus had not become man in this Christmas Mass homily from the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:08pm EDT

In this homily for the vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that before we can be disciples, we need to learn how to talk to each other and to listen to each other. Fr. John points out how distracted we can all get by our electronic devices, and suggests moderating our use of these devices so as to become more attentive to each other.

 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

In this homily for The Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Fr. Riccardo looks at the promises made by parents when they present their children for baptism in the Catholic Church. Fr. John continues to breakdown Archbishop Vigneron’s pastoral letter Unleash the Gospel while focusing on his remarks concerning the the centrality of parents and family in passing on the Catholic faith to their children. Fr. John concludes by challenging the congregants to adopt one of the Archbishop’s seven action steps for christian family identity and encourages them to try putting God first in their lives.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT



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