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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:49am 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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:33pm 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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:24pm 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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:47pm 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.

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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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that Jesus was sent to fight for us because we matter to God in this Christmas homily from the Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John describes scenes from the critically acclaimed movie Hacksaw Ridge while letting the congregants know that the Lord has come to pick us up and carry us to safety. He encourages the congregants to go out and get those who do not see.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan 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 Dave remarks that sacred scripture is a love letter written by God to each of us. He tells the congregants that, "Prayer and scripture together are the pathway to a meaningful, loving, life-changing encounter and conversation with God."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:54am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of prayer to our growth as mature disciples of Christ in this homily from the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John encourages the congregants to get into the habit of praying daily. He remarks that for a mature relationship with God we need to listen, ask, repent, thank, and praise Him. Fr. John suggests beginning and ending each day in prayer using the psalms to praise God for who He is.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:34am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the Rerouting series that will begin at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church beginning in January. In this homily for the Feast to the Immaculate Conception, Fr. John examines the importance of understanding scripture in a new way, particularly Genesis 1 to 3. By learning to read the scriptures properly, we can find the answers to the questions in our lives that ultimately matter.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

Fr. Prentice looks at our attraction to sin in this homily from the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:05pm 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 personal contemplative prayer and offers the congregants advice on establishing a daily appointment with God.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses why bearing witness to Christ is so important and urgent in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at the witness given by Fr. Sixtus O'Connor to imprisoned Nazis awaiting trial at Nuremberg after World War II while remarking that our personal witness can lead to the salvation of others. Fr. John points out that, "Only Jesus can turn hostility and disunity and enmity to unity and brotherhood and family."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:50am 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 10 AM Mass, Fr. Prentice discusses the upcoming election and the important issues that Catholics face in the voting booth. Fr. Prentice reviews the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the evening Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

While celebrating Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregants to learn about particular heroic men and women in the history of the church, and to tell their stories to our children and grandchildren so that we all can be  roused to be great.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan 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 Dave asks, "Why do we drink from the poison of sin yet refuse to seek the antidote?"

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses his recent pilgrimage to Poland, abortion, and the upcoming presidential election in this homily from the Wednesday evening Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:08am EDT

While reflecting on the gospel account of Jesus healing the ten lepers (LK 17:11-19), Fr. Prentice Tipton points out that the ingratitude of His people wounds the heart of Jesus. Fr. Prentice tells the congregants that it is our vocation as catholics to offer thanks and praise to God for all of his good gifts to us. His goodness is meant to transform us from spectators into worshipers. 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend as the parish pastoral staff continued a series of reflections to lay the groundwork for the building of a missionary parish. This week, Fr. John looked at faith as a building block while asking what it means to believe.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:35am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan discusses human trafficking in this homily from the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Dave's weekly bulletin article (page 3) is an excellent resource for this podcast as well. 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:46am EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Fr. Riccardo looks at the challenging words of Jesus from today's gospel (LK 14:25-33) while discussing the requirements of discipleship. Fr. John asks the congregants, "Do we live for ourselves or for Him first?"

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:11am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached about the need for a humble heart in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at OLGC.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

While reflecting on the scripture readings of this day (WIS 18:6-9; HEB 11:1-2, 8-19; and LK 12:32-48), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that faith is a gift from God that enables us to know things that we otherwise cannot know. Fr. John discusses the adversary who tries to keep us from our destiny, and proposes the recitation of the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel at the end of each Mass.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the words of Presidents John Adams, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln as well as on a promise from God while offering a proposal to the parish community of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Fr. John points out that the only remedy for what ails our nation is to turn to God with fasting, repentance, and prayer. Fr. John proposes that for the remainder of the calendar year we fast each Wednesday as a parish family, gather to pray the rosary at 6 PM in the church, and then break the fast with reception of the Holy Eucharist during the evening Mass

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:59am EDT

The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima was present at Our Lady of Good Counsel on July 27th for public veneration as part of a 21-month journey across America honoring the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima. OLGC was pleased to have Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, head of the Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno State, present to celebrate the evening Mass. In this homily, Bishop Doeme tells the congregation how his diocese has overcome many obstacles to faith by their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

For the weekend of July 24 & 25 Our Lady of Good Counsel Church was pleased to host Fr. Tom Carroll of the Piarist Fathers. Fr. Tom addressed the congregants at each Mass with a missionary appeal for financial support for the Piarist School in Martin, Kentucky. Listeners may learn more about the school by visiting the school website.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:36am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the reasons why we have statues, images, and relics in our church in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John reminds the congregants that we experience reality through our senses, and in particular through sight. Fr. John discusses the recent addition to the church of a relic from St. Maximilian Kolbe, and reflects on the gospel account of the Good Samaritan (COL 1:15-20), while offering the congregants a suggestion of four simple ways to practice love in our daily life.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:08am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses reasons why catholics do not evangelize in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Deacon Carignan looks at Elisha (1 KGS 19:16B, 19-21) as an example of what it means to be a disciple, and asks the congregants to consider what they need to walk away from in order to walk toward Jesus with total commitment as intentional disciples.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:19am EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at the 10 AM Mass honoring parish members completing their high school or college studies. Fr. John tells the congregants that the front door of God's house is always open. We can always come home to Him. Fr. John discusses the history of King David and Uriah (2 SM 11 & 12) while reminding the congregation that forgiveness is available through the sacrament of reconciliation, and that His mercy endures forever.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:39am EDT

Fr. Riccardo addresses the eighth grade graduating class of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in this homily from the 2016 Graduation Mass.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the encounters with God found in the readings for this day, particularly St. Paul's encounter with with Jesus on his way to Damascus (GAL 1:11-19) and Jesus' encounter with the widow in Nain (LK 7:11-17). Fr. John tells the congregation that God will break into our lives if we are attentive, and respond to Him with faith.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:52am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses why we are obliged to go to Mass each Sunday in this homily for The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Fr. John looks at the reasons we should be thankful for all that God has done for us and reminds the congregants that our souls become weak without the nourishment of the Eucharist, God's gift of himself to us.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses an icon of the Holy Trinity (viewable here) in this homily for The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Fr. John discusses the stewardship needs of the parish for the coming year and reflects on the mission of the parish to offer everyone in our community a life changing encounter with Jesus. Fr. John asks the congregation to consider what would be a reasonable, mature response to what God has done for our salvation.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:16am 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: 3:32pm EDT

On the weekend of May 14 & 15, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Fr. David Noone from Unbound. Fr. David spoke about the ways this organization serves the poor in 20 countries through a unique brand of sponsorship that creates real change for families living in poverty. Please visit the Unbound website for additional information about sponsorship.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:49am EDT

While reflecting on St. Luke's account of the ascension of Jesus, Deacon Carignan tells the congregation that the time for gazing has passed. Deacon Dave discusses the importance of prayer as the hinge pin for our spiritual life.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:52am EDT

The funeral liturgy for Peter D. Riccardo, the brother of Fr. John Riccardo, was celebrated at Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Waterford, Michigan. This podcast contains Fr. Riccardo's homily and the final commendation. Fr. John and the entire Riccardo family are most appreciative of all of the prayers offered in support of the family at this time of sorrow.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

On April 24th, Our Lady of Good Counsel welcomed the Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, for a visit to the parish. Archbishop Vigneron presided at the noon Mass, and blessed the parish grounds at the site of new expansion project set to begin shortly. In this Mass homily, Archbishop Vigneron challenges the congregants to become like Paul and Barnabas by spreading the news of the New Jerusalem to their relatives, neighbors, and friends.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses forgiveness while asking the congregants whether they are recipients or givers of mercy. Fr. John looks at the lives of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Paul, and the Coptic Christian martyrs while challenging the congregation to become missionaries of God's mercy.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:03am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preaches on Jesus as shepherd in this homily from the noon Mass at OLGC for Good Shepherd Sunday. Deacon Dave encourages the congregants to spend time in quiet prayer considering the competing voices in our lives that keep us from hearing the Lord's voice and what we need to do to become more attentive to His voice.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

While discussing Jesus' conversation with St. Peter around the charcoal fire (JN 21:1-19), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregants that God loves to forgive. Fr. John encourages all to seek forgiveness for the "charcoal fires" in our lives in the sacrament of reconciliation, and to extend God's mercy to others.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan tells the congregation that the redemption of humanity was accomplished through the cross of Christ in this homily for Easter Sunday. Deacon Dave encourages the congregants to go out and proclaim the truth of the resurrection.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:27am EDT

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass, Fr. Riccardo considers the scripture readings of this day and what they mean to the candidates who were about to be baptized as well as the entire congregation. Fr. John encourages the congregants to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus as we are no longer slaves to sin and death.

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

Fr. Riccardo discusses the greatness of God in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While encouraging the congregants to view a video from Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church, Fr. John ponders the vastness of the universe and the fact that its creator got on His knees to wash the feet of his disciples and allowed himself to be condemned to death on a cross for our salvation. Fr. John encourages the congregants to enter into Holy Week with the understanding that we have access to God all the time, and that we can approach Him without fear or anxiety.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:21am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan discusses our need to serve others in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Dave reflects on God's greatest commandment while reminding the congregants that our life stories will be written by those we have served.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:57am EDT

Fr. Riccardo's father, John J. Riccardo, was called to receive his heavenly reward on February 13th. Fr. John offers a tribute to his father in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:02pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of knowing our story in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While detailing a preaching schedule for the season of lent, Fr. John reminds the congregants that we have been saved from slavery to the devil by the outstretched arms of Christ on the cross. He reminds the congregation that we need to know the story of both our fall and salvation for things to make sense.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

While considering the second reading for this day from St. Paul (1 COR 12:31—13:13), Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of learning how to forgive on another.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregants that God is rich in mercy while encouraging them to return to the sacrament of reconciliation in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John tells the audience what he observed as our young second grade children received the sacrament for the first time this weekend, and offers a special opportunity for parishioners who have been away from the sacrament for some time to come and experience God's abundant mercy.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

Deacon Carignan looks at the Sacrament of Marriage as a symbol of God's covenant relationship with his people in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

In this homily for The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregants "What have you come here tonight to do?" Fr. John looks at church teachings from Vatican II that tell us that we should not be at Mass as strangers or silent spectators. Fr. John proposes that each participant in the Mass work together to offer the sacrifice of the Mass for the intentions of those sitting nearby.

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

Fr. Riccardo looks at scripture and recorded history while considering the question, "Is all of this just a story?" Fr. John considers the Magi, King Herod, and the appearance of a star as historical events that tell the story of His great love for us. Fr. John also proposes that parents take a look at some resources for parents and children to use in preparation for Mass and to encourage faith-based conversation at the dinner table.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:42am EDT

In this homily for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Fr. Riccardo discusses the launch of a pilot program for discipleship groups at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:01pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan discusses what it means to be a holy family in this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:23pm EDT

In this Midnight Mass homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of Christmas, Fr. Riccardo discusses a Russian icon of the Trinity, some common objections to faith, how Jesus has translated God, an event happening now, and a commissioning for all Catholics.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the Masses this past weekend. In this homily from the Saturday Vigil Mass, Fr. John asks the congregation, "Where is our enthusiasm?" He questions why so many parishioners remain apathetic in light of all that God has done for us. Fr. John offers some suggestions to parishioners who desire an encounter with God. He also discusses what is necessary to become an adult disciple of Jesus.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:03pm EDT

“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” In his third Lectio Divina reflection during Advent, Fr. John Riccardo takes a closer look at John the Baptist and Jesus.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

In his second Lectio Divina talk during Advent, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend and encouraged the congregants to stop to assess their current path in life and to choose the path that leads to Christ. 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:14am EDT

On Wednesday evenings during Advent the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed following the celebration of Mass (6:30 PM), and Fr. Riccardo will offer a reflection on the readings for the upcoming Sunday along with praise and worship. This podcast contains Fr. John's reflections from December 2nd.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:53am EDT

While considering the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and reflecting on the scripture readings for this day (DN 12:1-3; HEB 10:11-14, 18; MK 13:24-32), Fr. Riccardo discusses the Book of Life and the Book of Our Lives-what we have done with our lives. Fr. John emphasizes the need to erase sin from our lives through the Sacrament of Confession, giving alms, and helping those less fortunate.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Carignan reflects on the gospel account of St. Mark (MK 12:38-44) while reminding the congregants of the importance of looking at ourselves through the eyes of Jesus and of leading lives of humility.

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

Fr. Riccardo discusses the status of the church expansion project in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at OLGC. Fr. John spoke at all of the weekend Masses for the first weekend of November to let parishioners know when the construction project should start and to solicit parishioner feedback on possible options for the project. Fr. John requested that parishioners spend time in prayer while considering both options and then complete the survey card sent to all parishioners and also available on the parish website.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

Fr. Riccardo looks at service to God and service to each other in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses how our disordered hearts can be a barrier to service and remarks that by following the example of Christ and growing in conformity to Him we can find happiness, fulfillment, and peace through service.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:05am EDT

While reflecting on the scripture readings of this day (WIS 7:7-11, HEB 4:12-13, MK 10:17-30), Fr. Riccardo looks at what God wants us to know and what God wants us to do. Fr. John tells us that things cannot bring true satisfaction, only God can satisfy our hearts.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan looks at some eternal truths about marriage in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Dave discusses how hardness of heart can prevent us from seeing Christ in others.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:40am EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the visit of Pope Francis to the United States in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Fr. John remarks that we must first encounter the love of God before we can truly understand church doctrine. He reminds the congregants that God is calling all of us to grow in faith, and to give witness to others of all that God has done for us.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Welcome Mass on Sunday, September 13th. This podcast contains Fr. Riccardo's opening remarks from that Mass as well as his homily.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:58am EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

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

While considering the gospel account from St. Mark (MK 7:31-37) of Jesus healing a deaf man, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of silence in our lives. Fr. John proposes  that the congregants spend some time each week before the exposed Blessed Sacrament in the Day Chapel to grow in their relationship with Christ.

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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.

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Fr. Stanley Obloj returned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend and presided at the 5 PM Mass.

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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).

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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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:33am EDT

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. 

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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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:25am EDT

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.

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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?

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Fr. Riccardo discusses the marriage equality decision of the United States Supreme Court in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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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."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

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.

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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.

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Fr. Riccardo addresses the eighth grade graduating class of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in this homily from the 2015 Graduation Mass. 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

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.

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Fr. Riccardo discusses our parish mission in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at the importance of the laity in accomplishing the mission and cites the example of Brian Hill, who was recently called to his eternal rest.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:26am EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on his recent trip to Italy and a viewing of the Shroud of Turin in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the great love shown by Jesus in His sacrifice on the cross and His commandment to us to love one another (JN 15:9-17).

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

Fr. Stanley Obloj returned to Our Lady of Good Counsel on May 3rd and presided at the 5 PM Life Teen Mass. Fr. Stanley encourages the congregants to get plugged in to Jesus.

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Deacon Vince Small delivered this homily at the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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In this homily for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo offers a personal testimony describing how he developed a strong devotion to Mary and ultimately consecrated his life to her using Fr. Michael E. Gaitley's book 33 Days to Morning Glory.

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Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In his final homily from OLGC before ordination, Deacon Jonathan discusses how the resurrection of Christ makes everything different.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses three recent experiences, shares three words from scripture, and offers three suggestions for the week ahead in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass, Fr. Riccardo considers the last words of Jesus in relation to one parish family and in relation to the mission of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. Fr. John reminds the congregants that when the world has nothing to offer, He has everything. Fr. John encourages all parishioners to strive to live their lives so that others will encounter Jesus and come to know Him.

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While reflecting on the Passion narrative from St. Mark (MK 14:1-15:47), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that this is not a tragedy, but a story of Jesus entering into glorious combat for us. It is the means by which He brings us home.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:53am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses suffering in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While reflecting on the suffering endured by his own mother, Fr. John points out that our suffering allows us to share in Christ's passion. By uniting our suffering to His cross, we too can participate in the salvation of the human race.

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Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation what they feel when they see Jesus on the cross. Fr. John encourages the congregants to contemplate a true friendship with Him and then reflect once again on the crucifix.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the gospel reading from St. John (JN 2:13-25) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John remarks that judgment is real and asks the congregation to consider what must be done right now to be reconciled with God and one another.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

In this homily for the first Sunday of Lent, Fr. Riccardo discusses the need for interior transformations. Fr. John encourages the congregants to spend time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament asking God to show them the one thing that needs to change in their lives.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:14am EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to treat this lenten season seriously given the events happening to Christians today. Fr. John remarks that the purpose of Lent is to arrived changed come Easter, and encourages each congregant to ask God to show them the one place in their heart where they are most resistant to change.

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Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Deacon Jonathan tells the congregation that Jesus became man so that we may be drawn into a full relationship with God.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:36am EDT

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily from the noon Mass, Deacon Jonathan looks at ways in which our faith is bolstered by miracles and the witness of the apostles of Christ.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo looks at our mission as evangelists in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John points out that we, like the apostles, are called, taught, fed, and sent out to proclaim the gospel to the people we encounter in our daily lives.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:38am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses sin in this homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Fr. John considers the importance of baptism in destroying sin, but points out that this can only happen when we acknowledge sin, repent for our sins, and cease from committing sin.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Welcome Mass on Sunday, January 4th. This podcast contains Fr. Riccardo's opening remarks from that Mass as well as his homily.

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Fr. Riccardo discusses the reasons for celebrating the octave of Christmas in this homily from the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of praying the rosary, and offers advice to the congregants on how to invite friends and family members to come to know Jesus.

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

In this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family, Fr. Riccardo reviews the pledges made by couples in the Rite of Marriage and by parents during the Rite of Baptism while offering encouragement to the congregants on raising their families in the faith.

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In this homily from Christmas Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo reflects on what we really want, what God really wants, and what Christmas has to do with these questions.

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Fr. Riccardo looks at faith in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While discussing the gospel account from St. Luke (LK 1:26-38), Fr. John points out that there is more to reality than we can see, that God is the primary actor in life, and that He loves each of us more than any other creation.

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In this homily for the third Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo remarks that the essence of being Christian is to evangelize. Fr. John tells the congregation to be prepared to answer the question, "Why should anybody follow Jesus?" Fr. John reminds the congregants that we get salvation from following Jesus and that He brings health to our intellects, our wills, and our hearts.

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The 2014 Parish Mission titled Dawn From on High: Discovering Abiding Peace in the Chaos of Life concluded with a Mass concelebrated by Fr. Riccardo and Fr. Mateja. This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from that Mass.

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This is the homily of Fr. Mark Haydu, ‎International Director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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In this homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that Jesus is ready to meet us today. Are we expecting Him? He cannot wait to surprise us.

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While considering the gospel account of St. Matthew (MT 25:31-46) for the Feast of Christ the King, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of practicing the corporal works of mercy. Fr. John reminds the congregation that God is asking us to show our love for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the sick, and our brothers and sisters in prison.

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On November 16th, Bishop Michael Byrnes presided at the Confirmation Mass held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Bishop Byrnes discusses the importance of entering into a true friendship with Jesus.

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Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, Deacon Jonathan looks the gospel account of Jesus' cleansing of the temple and our struggles with appreciation for the Mass.

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In this homily for The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls), Fr. Riccardo looks at death from God's perspective, from the perspective of our beloved dead, and from the perspective of grieving family and friends.

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While focusing on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (MT 22:34-40), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "What does it mean to love?" Fr. John emphasizes the importance of moving back to God and serving our neighbors.

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In this homily for World Mission Sunday, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Would others know that we are disciples of Jesus?" While considering the readings of this day (IS 45:1, 4-6; 1 THES 1:1-5b; MT 22:15-21) Fr. John reminds the congregation that, "The essence of what it means to be a Christian is to be missionary."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:54am EDT

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Deacon Jonathan looks at why we often refuse the God's invitation to us.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:45am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses today's second reading from St. Paul (PHIL 4:12-14, 19-20) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John focuses on Pauls's words, "In every and all circumstances I have learned the secret...I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Fr. John reminds the congregation that, "God gives peace in the middle of conflict, a peace that the world cannot comprehend."

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Fr. Riccardo reflects on his recent sabbatical and on the scripture readings (IS 5:1-7, PHIL 4:6-9, and MT 21:33-43) for this day in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Fr. John encourages the congregation to set aside some time to sit still in His light while asking our Lord what He wants to say to us.

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Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Deacon Jonathan discusses the importance of living completely for God.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

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.

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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.

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

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

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.

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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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:23pm EDT

Bishop Michael Byrnes presided at the Confirmation Mass on Sunday, June 1st, at Our Lady of Good Counsel. His Mass homily is presented here.

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Bishop Michael Byrnes presided at the Confirmation Mass on Saturday, May 31st, at Our Lady of Good Counsel. His Mass homily is presented here.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:11pm EDT

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:19pm EDT

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

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.

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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. 

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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).

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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.

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

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.

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

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?

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:50pm EDT

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

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

While considering today's gospel account from St. Matthew (MT 11:2-11), Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of asking questions. Just as John the Baptist sent his disciples to question whether Jesus is the true messiah, Fr. John encourages the congregation to ask questions during times of doubt.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

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 necessity of a courageous voice in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

In this homily for the first Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that this is the time to look at our lives and see what must be done to grow in conformity with Jesus. Fr. John asks the congregants to consider trimming the attitudes, speech, and actions that most threaten our spiritual growth.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:50am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the healing power of God in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While addressing a congregation that included children beginning to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, Fr. John recounts examples from his own life where he has witnessed miraculous healings. Fr. John asks the congregation if they have the faith to ask God to do things which He has a track record of doing.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:32am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the reality of evil in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at: who is the devil, what his names mean, his mode of operation, his goal, his relationship to Jesus, why it may look like he is winning, and what this has to do with us as a parish right now.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

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 his journey to the priesthood, spiritual warfare, and resisting evil in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:36am EDT

On November 3rd, Bishop Arturo Cepeda presided at the Confirmation Mass held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Bishop Cepeda tells the confirmandi that they can transform the world with the help of the Holy Spirit.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:18pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of knowing Jesus, encountering Him, and making Him known in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel. Fr. John reflects on his own life-changing encounter with Jesus, and the profound way that his life was changed by that encounter. (LK 19:1-10)

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:28pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the ways in which God guides us in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John reviews the Alpha topic from week six that seeks to answer the question "How does God guide us?" Fr. John takes a closer look at guidance through the counsel of the saints and reflects on the ways he was guided by the examples of his parents and siblings as an adolescent and young adult.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

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. This podcast is his homily from this past weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel. You may read his profile on the Diocese of Gary website and on Facebook.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:46am EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the parable of Lazarus and the rich man from today's gospel reading (LK 19:19-31) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John tells that congregation that while there are numerous proclamations in scripture that deal with the requirement that people of means share their wealth with those less fortunate, the true message in Luke's gospel today deals with our resistance to fully following Christ.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the recent interview of Pope Francis by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., for La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal, in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel. Fr. John explains how the Holy Father's words connect with his goals for the Alpha program currently underway at OLGC. While discussing the proclaimation of the kerygma, Fr. John remarks, "The first experience that we should have in our spiritual life should be the overwhelming experience of knowing God's love."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the parable of the prodigal son (LK 15:1-32) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John tells the congregation that Jesus is trying to tell us what the Father is like, and encourages the congregants to live their lives with, "an attitude of graditude for all that God has done for us." Fr. John looks at this parable in greater depth in these podcasts (Father or Adversary, The Father).

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

While considering the gospel reading from St. Luke (LK 14:25-33), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that Jesus is begging us to trust Him, and to surrender our lives to Him. Fr. John reminds the congregation that, "Jesus is the only one who can show us the path that leads to life."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

In this homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Fr. John looks at Mary as mother.

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

Fr. Riccardo discusses the Alpha program in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. The Alpha program begins at OLGC in September.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

Deacon Don Leach returns to Our Lady of Good Counsel this weekend to update the parish on the bridging relationship between OLGC and St. Aloysius parish in Detroit.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:39pm EDT

In this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo discusses all of the methods the parish is using to communicate with parishioners. In addition to the parish website, the parish maintains a Facebook page, a YouTube page, a blog page, a Twitter page, and an Instagram page. The parish also has smartphone applications (apps) for both the iOS and Android platforms.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:53pm EDT

While discussing the recent Life Teen pilgrimage to Italy and on the readings of this day (GN 18:1-10A, COL 1:24-28, and LK 10:38-42), Fr. Riccardo notes the importance of listening. Fr. John encourages the congregation to bring their apprehensions and concerns to God in silent prayer.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

On the weekend of July 13 & 14, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Fr. Rich Tillman of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. Fr. Rich spoke about the ways this organization serves the poor in 21 countries through a unique brand of sponsorship that creates real change for families living in poverty. Please visit the Hope for a Family website for additional information about sponsorship.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the upcoming youth pilgrimage to Italy in this homily from the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John details the importance of coming to know the saints and their credible witness to the faith. He reminds the congregation that life makes no sense apart from Christ.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT

While reflecting on the readings for this day (1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21; Gal 5:1, 13-15; and Lk 9:51-62), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God made each of us to be happy, and that we must be obedient to God to find true happiness.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:03pm EDT

While considering Jesus' question from the gospel (Who do you say that I am?), Fr. Riccardo shares an excerpt from the book At the Origin of the Christian Claim by Fr. Luigi Giussani. Fr. Giussani was an Italian Catholic priest, educator, and founder of the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:53am EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which was celebrated this past Friday. Fr. John describes the apparitions received by Sr. Margaret Mary in the 1670s, and asks the congregation, "How are we loving God as a parish and as an individual?"

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

On the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo preached at the 10 AM Mass honoring parish members completing their high school or college studies. Fr. John asked the graduates and all congregants whether they have come to know Jesus. For those students about to depart for college in the fall, Fr. John encouraged them to pray daily, to stay close to Mass, to read His word, and to find some way to serve. Fr. John remarked that true greatness comes from knowing the Lord, from loving Him, and from making Him known to others.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo concludes his series on the teachings of Jesus with regard to sexual morality. Fr. John discusses homosexuality in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

On the 11th and 12th of May, Fr. Phong Pfam of Cross Catholic Outreach preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church concerning the global missionary work of this organization. Fr. Pfam's homily is presented here, along with the song he sang for all mothers in celebration of Mother's Day.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:25am EDT

Fr. Riccardo continues to preach on the teaching of Jesus with regard to sexual morality in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the importance of living a virtuous life, with particular emphasis on the virtue of temperance. At the end of the Mass, Fr. John recommended the book Back to Virtue by Peter Kreeft.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo continues to preach on the teaching of Jesus with regard to sexual morality in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses sobering statistics regarding pornography, the ways this industry is harmful to families, and offers pastoral help for those dealing with addictions to pornography. Support groups at Our Lady of Good Counsel include the My House women's group (a confidential group dedicated to help women grieve the losses associated with their spouse's pornography use or other issues of infidelity and sexual indiscretions) and a My House men's support group for men struggling with addictions to pornography. Fr. Riccardo also recommends the Reclaim Sexual Health website, an anonymous online recovery program that helps struggling individuals break free from pornography addiction and other unwanted sexual behaviors.

Direct download: Homily042713.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

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.

Direct download: StreamerDayHomily2013.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo details his plan to spend the next several weeks preaching on the Church's teaching with regard to sexuality. Fr. John reminds the congregation that the Church's moral teaching is based on reason.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Fr. Riccardo contrasts the recent NCAA basketball championship weekend with John's glimpse of heaven from today's second reading (Rev. 5:11-14).  Fr. John asks the congregation to consider what is the appropriate response to a God who has become man and destroyed death?

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:34am EDT

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo remarks that, "The crisis in the church today is a lack of knowledge of the risen, living Jesus."  While addressing the congregation, including a group of 56 people about to enter the church, Fr. John reminds them that they must be conformed to Jesus and that all are sent out to evangelize by telling others about Him.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo offers advice to the congregants on preparing for Holy Week in this Palm Sunday homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

Together with Fr. Steve Mateja, Fr. Bob Shikora and Deacon Vince Small, Fr. John Riccardo presided at a Mass to celebrate the election of our new Holy Father Pope Francis.  Fr. John reflects on this joyous occasion for the church in this homily from the Mass held in the evening on March 13th.

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

While addressing a congregation that included the RCIA candidates, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregants, "Are we truly disciples, or are we just going through the motions?" Fr. John discusses on the sacrament of Baptism while reflecting on gospel account of St. John (Jn 9:1-41).

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the events that happened in the parish during the past week, and in a particular way on events that occurred during the Life Teen retreat that ended earlier in the day.  This podcast contains Fr. John's Mass homily, and concludes with the personal testimony of a teen-aged member of the parish Life Teen group.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

While reflecting on the readings of this day (Is 6:1-2a, 3-8; 1Cor 15:1-11; and Lk 5:1-11), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation whether Jesus is real or an abstract concept for them. Fr. John encourages them to approach the season of Lent with a sense of purpose and suggests that they spend time each week in prayer, scripture reading, spiritual reading, giving alms, and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliatilon

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the letter of St. Paul to the community in Corinth in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  While considering the second reading (1 Cor 12:31-13;13) for the fourth Sunday in ordinary time, Fr. John puts St. Paul's letter in its historical context, and discerns the message for Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in 2013.

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

This weekend, Fr. Riccardo is preaching at all Masses to address the status of the parish's 2020 Vision Campaign.  On behalf of the Parish Development Committee, Fr. John delivers an update on the church expansion project and encourages congregants to listen to the podcast of the original town hall meeting from early December.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:55am EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Fr. Riccardo discusses the sacrament of Baptism.

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In this homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo asks "Have I met Jesus as the Magi did?"  Fr. John remarks that Jesus is the truth that can give ultimate meaning to our lives.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:56am EDT

In this homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to try each day to imitate Mary, who provides the perfect example of the response God is seeking from each of us.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of planning.  Fr. John emphasizes the importance of planning to a married life, and encourages the congregation to plan for all areas of their lives in which they wish to thrive.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

In this homily from Christmas Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo reflects on gifts and giving. Fr. John ecourages the congregation to set aside time to reflect on the many gifts that God has bestowed on each of us and to give Him thanks.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses hell in this homily for the fourth Sunday of Advent. Fr. John is focusing his homilies for the Advent season on the Catholic Church's  teachings on the last things: death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses heaven in this homily for the third Sunday of Advent. Fr. John is focusing his homilies for the Advent season on the Catholic Church's  teachings on the last things: death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory.  While reflecting on the tragic events from Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, Fr. John reminds the congregation that heaven is home, and that we need an eternal perspective with regard to death.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses death in this homily for the first Sunday of Advent. Fr. John is focusing his homilies for the Advent season on the Catholic Church's  teachings on the last things: death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

On November 20th, Fr. Riccardo presided at a memorial Mass for parents who have experienced the painful loss of a young child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or other traumatic events.  This is a podcast of the audio from that Mass with minimal edits.  It is presented here in an effort to offer consolation to parents everywhere who have experienced such a loss, with our prayer that Our Lady of Good Counsel will comfort you in your sorrow.  The parish community thanks vocalist Matt Greenough and our music directory, Matthew Samelak, for their assistance with this liturgy.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on judgment day in this homily from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:59pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Mark (Mk 12:28b-34), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that every Sunday is a holy day of obligation.  Fr. John  encourages the congregation to come to Mass ready to engage the Lord with a disposition that wants to be in communion with God and ready to hear His word to us.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT

Fr. Steve Mateja discusses abortion and voting in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Fr. Riccardo discusses the state of the parish in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:26pm EDT

This is Bishop Donald Hanchon's homily from the Confirmation Mass on the 14th of October.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo introduces and welcomes Monsignor John Baptist Ssebayigga from our sister parish of St. Kizito in Kampala, Uganda. Monsignor John discusses the parish of St. Kizito and the history of the relationship between St. Kizito and Our Lady of Good Counsel. The parish community of Our Lady of Good Counsel extends a warm welcome to Monsignor John on the occasion of his visit.

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

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Mark (Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that, "The key to a great life is to have great habits." Fr. John asks the congregants to consider whether they are using God's great gift of their senses in the way He intended.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

While reflecting on the readings of this day (Wis 2:12, 17-20; Jas 3:16-4:3; and Mk 9:30-37) and on his personal life experiences, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Christian life is about establishing great habits.  Fr. John encourages the congregants to pray daily, to read God's word, and to be faithful to the sacraments.  Fr. John also recommends a nightly examination of conscience.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

While considering the readings for this day (Is 35:4-7a, Jas 2:1-5, and Mk 7:31-37), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation to keep their eyes on God. Fr. John encourages each congregant to spend time in prayer this week with the reading from Isaiah while looking at the cross of Christ.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:02pm EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the mutual subordination of husband and wife while reflecting on the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians (Eph 5:21-32) from today's second reading.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that marriage is a sacrament of service, and that husbands and wives will find fulfillment in their selfless service of each other.  Fr. John's dissertation referenced in this homily is available here.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:51pm EDT

Fr. John continues to reflect on the Bread of Life Discourse (Jn 6:22-59) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John discusses the longing of all Christians to meet God, and reminds the congregation that proper disposition and a state of grace are needed to encounter God in the Mass.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Mary shows us how to be attentive to God's voice and obedient to His word.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:06am EDT

Fr. John continues to reflect on the Bread of Life Discourse (Jn 6:22-59) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John remarks that the path to eternal life comes from, "entering into a relationship with Him who is life, who is love, who can't die."  Fr. John invites the congregation to come to know God through weekly participation in Eucharistic Adoration.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT

Does God have a plan? While considering the scripture readings (Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Eph 4:17, 20-24; and Jn 6:24-35) of this day, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God does have a plan for our lives and wants to feed us on our pilgrimage. Fr. John encourages the congregants to come to Sunday Mass regularly, and to attend Mass during the week. He invites all of us to be daily present in front of a crucifix to be reminded of all that God has done for us, to be daily present in His word, and to spend time each week in front of the Lord in the Eucharist.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

While considering the Gospel account of St. John (Jn 6:1-15), Fr. Riccardo remarks that the New Testament brings to fulfillment events first described in the Old Testament.  Fr. John reflects on the Passover meal and the Exodus while comparing those events with the Last Supper and the events of Calvary.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that there really is a love that is stronger than death.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses sexual morality in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  On the near occasion of the 44th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's letter Humanae Vitae, Fr. John discusses church teaching on contraception and morality.

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

In this homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregants that God has a plan for each of us. While reflecting on the upcoming changes in the parish, Fr. John encourages the parishioners to be open to accepting God's plan for their lives.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses faith and obstacles to faith in this homily for Father's Day.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Fr. Riccardo addressed a congregation that included a group of recent high school and college graduates from the parish. Fr. John offered his advice to the graduates in this homily from the 10 AM Mass and listed nine habits he considers essential for college students to thrive and be great.

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

In this homily for The Feast of Pentecost, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to consider what difference the Holy Spirit makes in their lives.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:58am EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Fr. Riccardo urges the congregation to attend the parish ministry fair being held after all of the weekend Masses.  While reflecting on the readings of this day (Acts 1:1-11, Eph. 4:1-13, and Mk. 16:15-20), Fr. John encourages all parishioners consider serving in parish ministry at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. John (Jn 15:9-17), Fr. Riccardo discusses discipleship.  Fr. John reads a sermon from Dietrich Bonhoeffer titled Costly Grace.  Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and theologian who was executed by the Nazis in Flossenburg prison camp in 1945.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that to surrender to God leads to great joy.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:17pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. John (Jn 15:1-8), Fr. Riccardo offers encouragement to congregants facing daily struggles. Fr. John encourages us to, "Ask God for the grace to know that He will bring to completion the good work that He has begun in us."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:10pm EDT

Fr. John encourages the congregation to ask the Holy Spirit to allow us to hear God's voice telling us with conviction of our identity as sons or daughters of God.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

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.

Direct download: StreamerDayHomily2012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of Eucharistic Adoration is this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that the Eucharist is exposed after the weekday 6:30 AM Mass until 8:00 AM, and all day on Tuesday for the day of prayer.  Fr. John encourages all parishioners to spend time praying before the Blessed Sacrament.

Direct download: Homily042212.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:34pm EDT

In this homily for Divine Mercy Sunday, Fr. Riccardo focuses on forgiveness.  Fr. John tells the congregation that they will come to know God's mercy and His peace by forgiving others.

Direct download: Homily041512.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo addresses the congregation of Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass.

Direct download: EasterVigil2012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:26am EDT

In this homily for Holy Thursday, Fr. Riccardo discusses the meaning of triduum.  Fr. John asks the congregants to pray for the parish priests, and for all priests, that they will conform their lives to the example of Jesus.  Father discusses the extraordinary gift of the Eucharist, and exhorts the congregation to pray while reflecting on Christ's passion and asking God for direction.

Direct download: HolyThursday2012.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

In this homily for Palm Sunday, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregants to unite their personal suffering with the suffering of Jesus on the cross.  Fr. John tells us to expect great things to happen during Holy Week.

Direct download: Homily033112.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

While continuing to discuss the cost and rewards of discipleship, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Are you and I unashamed disciples of Jesus?"  Fr. John recommends that the congregants watch or listen to Cardinal Dolan's recent keynote address at the Rockville Centre 2012 Public Policy Convocation and read Archbishop Chaput's book Render Unto Caesar.

Direct download: Homily031812.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel account of the transfiguration of Christ (Mk 9:2-10), Fr. Riccardo discusses the cost and rewards of discipleship.

Direct download: Homily030412.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:22pm EDT

The annual parish mission is being held from February 26th to February 29th.  Fr. Michael Fones, O.P., is leading this year's mission titled Put Out Into the Deep.  This is Fr. Fones homily from the 5 PM Mass prior to the start of the mission.

Direct download: Homily022612.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

While considering the gospel reading from St. Mark (Mk 2:1-12), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation to bring their concerns and prayer intentions to the altar of the Lord at the offeratory.

Direct download: Homily021912.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the recent health care mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services.  Fr. John shares a letter from Most Rev. Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, posted on the diocesan website.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to vist the Michigan Catholc Conference website and the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website to learn about this issue.  He also aks the parishioners to set aside Presidents' Day, February 20th, as a day of prayer and fasting as a parish family for our country and our leaders.

Direct download: Homily020412.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the sacrament of marriage in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  While focusing on today's second reading from St. Paul (1 Cor 7:32-35), Fr. John remarks that marriage is a special charism given by God to a couple for a public purpose.

Direct download: Homily012912.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:01pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that we are all called to be prophets.  While reflecting on the message of repentance from today's readings (Jon 3:1-5, 10; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20), Fr. John encourages the congregation to speak on God's behalf with courage and charity on the major moral issues that confront us.

Direct download: Homily012212.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to spend time in prayful reflection with one line from this week's readings.  The readings for this Sunday are 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19; 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20; and Jn 1:35-42.

Direct download: Homily011412.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

In this homily for The Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation whether Jesus is the star that guides their lives. The readings for this day are Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; and Mt 2:1-12.

Direct download: Homily010812.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

In this homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Fr. Riccardo considers the life of Mary, and encourages the congregation to begin each day in the new year with silent reflection and prayer, considering all that God has done for us.

Direct download: Homily123111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:31pm EDT

In this homily from Christmas Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to ask God to give them eyes to see and a mind to understand all that God has done for them. Fr. John remarks that adults can learn from watching how children approach Christmas with a sense of awe and wonder.

Direct download: HomilyChristmas2011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:37pm EDT

While reflectng on the Announciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from today's gospel reading (Luke 1:26-38), Fr. Riccardo asks, "What makes it possible for Mary to say yes?"

Direct download: Homily121811.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:26pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that God wants us to walk out of Mass each Sunday transformed. He wants us to be made holy through our participation in the liturgy, and to become more like Him.  While reflecting on the readings of this day (Is 61:1-2a, 10-11; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28), Fr. John remarks that we should leave Mass with God's love spilling out of us and onto those we encounter each day.

Direct download: Homily121111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

While reflecting on events in the parish during the past week and on the day's scripture readings (Is 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Pt 3:8-11; Mk 1:1-8), Fr. Riccardo asks, "What is the purpose of time?" Fr. John suggests that God gives us time so that we might come to know Him, so that we might change our ways, and so that we might change the immediate world in which we live. 

Direct download: Homily120411.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 25:31-46), Fr. Riccardo reflects on judgment day. Fr. John encourages the congregation to "wake up to living rightly," and to look for Jesus in the faces of those we encounter in our daily lives.

Direct download: Homily112011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:04pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that God wants to judge us, and that His judgment need not be negative.  While considering the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 25:14-30), Fr. John encourages the congregation to consider how they are using the gifts that God has bestowed on each of us.

Direct download: Homily111311.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Memorial Mass for Prenatal and Stillborn Loss is presented here.

Direct download: MemorialMassHomily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

On November 8th, Fr. Riccardo presided at a memorial Mass for parents who have experienced the painful loss of a young child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or other traumatic events.  This is a podcast of the audio from that Mass with minimal edits.  It is presented here in an effort to offer consolation to parents everywhere who have experienced such a loss, with our prayer that Our Lady of Good Counsel will comfort you in your sorrow.  The parish community thanks vocalist Karen Ervin and our music directory, Matthew Samelak, for their assistance with this liturgy.

Direct download: MemorialMass.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo recognizes parish volunteers in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While honoring parishioners as Pillars of the Parish, Fr. John reminds the congregation of the importance of expressions of gratitude and encourges them to show gratitude to God for all that He has done for us.

Direct download: Homily110511.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the new Roman Missal in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John remarks that the changes in the new translation of the prayers used at Mass provide us an opportunity for a renewal of our faith and provide an opportunity to delve deeper into the mystery of the Mass.

Direct download: Homily103011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the state of the parish is this homily for the October 8-9 weekend.

Direct download: Homily100811.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

On October 2nd, the confirmandi of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  His Excellency Most Reverend Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, presided at the Confirmation Mass and preached this homily.

Direct download: Confirmation_2011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

Father Riccardo asks the congregation, "What are we doing with the investment that God has made in us?" While reflecting on the readings of this day (Is 5:1-7, Phil 4:6-9, and Mt 21:33-43) and on the Sacrament of Confirmation being celebrated this afternoon at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. John encourages the congregation to pray for our confirmandi and ask the Holy Spirit to descend in power upon them for the purpose of bearing fruit in their lives.

Direct download: Homily100211.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

While considering the readings of this day (Ez 18:25-28, Phil 2:1-11, and Mt 21:28-32), Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that we are not defined by our pasts and that God is appealing to us to come home. Fr.John encourages the congregation to turn to the Lord and let Him live and love through us.

Direct download: Homily092511.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:58pm EDT

While reflecting on the parable of the landowner from today's gospel reading (Mt 20:1-16a), Fr. Riccardo discusses the sin of envy. Fr. John reminds the congregation that the remedy for envy is gratitude, and he encourages everyone to consider all that God has done for them. 

Direct download: Homily091811.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

Direct download: MassHolySpirit2011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

In this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo discusses God's vision for our lives.  While reflecting on the day's second reading from St. Paul (Rom 13:8-10), Fr. John reminds the congregation that God's commandments are a direct gift to each us and can guide each of us to a successful life.

Direct download: Homily090411.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 16:13-20), Fr. John discusses statistics regarding catholics and confession and reminds the congregation that God is always merciful.

Direct download: Homily082011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:36pm EDT

While reflecting on today's gospel account from St. Matthew (Mt 14:22-33), Fr. Riccardo remarks that all of life is a storm with endless opportunities for fear and anxiety.  Fr. John reminds us that in times of need we need to remember that we have a loving Savior whose power is beyond all comprehension.  He encourages us to keep our eyes on Jesus.   

Direct download: Homily080711.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

While reflecting on the readings of this day (Is 55:1-3, Rom 8:35, 37-39, and Mt 14:13-21), Fr. Riccardo recounts the many miracles performed by Jesus.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that the greatest miracle of all occurs each day at Mass, when bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to ask God to help them understand what is happening as they prepare to encounter Christ in the Eucharist.

Direct download: Homily073111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:39pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to reflect on the question posed by Jesus in the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 13:44-52), "Do you understand all these things?" Fr. John encourages us to beg the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, that we might grow in knowledge of the Lord and build a relationship with the Father.

Direct download: Homily072411.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

While reflecting on the readings for this day (Wis 12:13, 16-19; Rom 8:26-27; Mt 13:24-43), Fr. Riccardo encourages parishioners to serve the parish as Ministers of Hospitality.

Direct download: Homily071711.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

In this homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo repeats his exhortation from last week by reminding the congregation that they should come to Mass expecting to hear God speak to them.  While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. John (Jn 6:51-58), Fr. John encourages the congregation to bring their Bible and a journal to Mass each Sunday.

Direct download: Homily062511.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT

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.

Direct download: StreamerDayHomily2011_2.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on his recent visit to preach at Kensington Church in Troy while discussing our expectations for Mass.  Fr. John suggests to the congregation that they bring their bibles to Mass, along with a journal and a pen.  Fr. John encourages them to read His word, and to expect to hear God's voice.

Direct download: Homily061911.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

On the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Fr. Riccardo addressed a congregation that included a group of recent high school and college graduates from the parish. Fr. John offers his advice to the graduates in this homily from the 10 AM Mass. The readings for this day are Acts 1:1-11, Eph 1:17-23, and Mt 28:16-20.

Direct download: Homily060511.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

While reflecting on the readings for this day (Acts 8:5-8 and 14-17, 1 Pt 3:15-18, Jn 14:15-21), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation whether they know and love God. Father John discusses Psalm 23 and its implications for our lives. He reminds us that the Holy Spirit can make known the Father, and will answer our cries in times on need.

Direct download: Homily052911.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:55am EDT

On Saturday, May 21st, Fr. Robert Schikora celebrated a First Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Good Counsel.  Fr. Schikora was ordained on Friday, May 20th, for the Diocese of Saginaw. Fr. Riccardo reflects on this occasion of great joy in this homily from the Mass.

Direct download: Homily052111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the role of parents as the primary educators of their children in the ways of faith in this homily for Mother's Day. Fr. John recounts his own mother's journey to the realization of the truth of the resurrection while encouraging parents to model the faith for their children.  The readings for this day are: Acts 2:14, 22-23; 1 Pt 1:17-21; and Lk 24:13-35.

Direct download: Homily050811.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of Divine Mercy, Fr. Riccardo discusses the origin of the feast day and reminds the congregation that God is rich in mercy and loves to forgive.  Fr. John cites Blessed John Paul II and Mary as icons of forgiveness, and exorts the congregation to show mercy and forgiveness to others.

Direct download: Homily050111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

On Easter Sunday, His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida presided over the 8 AM Mass. This is Cardinal Maida's homily from that Mass.  The readings for Easter are Acts 1:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; and Jn 20:1-9.

Direct download: EasterHomilyCardinalMaida.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

In this homiy from the Easter Vigil Mass, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God has acted on our behalf.  Fr. John remarks that God has become man to fight for us against Satan, sin, and death and has destroyed these three tyrannical regimes through Christ's death on the cross and resurrection.

Direct download: EasterHomily2011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo offers suggestions for Holy Week in this Palm Sunday homily.

Direct download: Homily041611.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

While reflecting on St. John's gospel account (Jn 11:1-45) of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that nothing is impossible for Jesus.

Direct download: 041011Homily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

While addressing a congregation that includes candidates in the RCIA program, Fr. Riccardo discusses the sacrament of baptism.  Fr. John reminds the audience that baptism opens our eyes and gives us, through faith, a way of knowing the truth about Jesus.  The readings for this day are 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Eph 5:8-14; and Jn 9:1-41.

 

Direct download: Homily040311.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

While reflecting on the scripture readings of the day (Ex 17:3-7, Rom 5:1-2, 5-8, Jn 4:5-42), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "How do we quench God's thirst?" 

Direct download: Homily032711.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:17am EDT

While reflecting on the gospel account of St. Matthew (Mt 17:1-9) of the Transfiguration of Jesus, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Jesus redeemed the world by His cross and resurrection, and that God is weaving something beautiful out of all of our suffering.

Direct download: Homily032011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

While addressing a congregation that includes participants in the parish's CYO program, Fr. Riccardo reminds the audience that Jesus has come to give the definitive response to the lies and accusations of Satan.  While reflecting on the readings (Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7, Rom 5:12-19, Mt 4:1-11) of the day, Fr. John remarks, "For in His cross, Jesus shows us beyond a doubt that God is good, that He is kind, that He is merciful, that He is very patient, that He does care, and that He loves us." 

Direct download: Homily031211.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 7:21-27), Fr. Riccardo discusses what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Fr. John reminds the congregation that to be a disciple one must surrender their life to God.

Direct download: Homily030611.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:01am EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the 2011 Catholic Schools Week Mass.

Direct download: CSWMass2011.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

Father Riccardo discusses the Sacrament of Marriage in this homily from the 10 Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  The gospel reading for this day is Matthew 5:17-37.

Direct download: Homily021311.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo challenges the congregation to recognize Jesus in His "distressing disguise" in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at OLGC.  The readings for this day are Is 58:7-10, 1 Cor 2:1-5, Mt 5:13-16.

Direct download: Homily020611.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

While addressing a congregation including Confirmandi and their sponsors, Fr. Riccardo asks, "What does it mean to live as a disciple of Jesus?"  On this anniversary of the U.S Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, Fr. John reminds the congregation of the dignity, value, and innate worth of every human life.

Direct download: Homily012211.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

In this homily for The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Fr. Riccardo discusses the task and duty given to parents on the occasion of the baptism of their child. In particular, Fr. John emphasizes the obligation of parents to bring their children to Mass every week.

Direct download: Homily010911.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo compares the actions of the Magi with our own actions at Mass.  Fr. John asks, "When was the last time you and I worshipped God?"  Fr. John encourages the congregation to respond actively for all the God has done for us.

Direct download: Homily010211.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to make a commitment to pray the rosary daily, and to ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Patroness, to intercede on our behalf for our families and for married couples.

Direct download: Homily010111.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the Sacrament of Matrimony in this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family.

Direct download: Homily122610.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

In this homily for Christmas, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Jesus came to wage war for us and considers the great gift that God has given us in Christ, the gift of Himself.  The scripture readings for this day are: Is 9:1-6, Ti 2:11-14, Lk 2:1-14.

Direct download: ChristmasHomily2010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

While considering the scripture readings of the day (Is 7:10-14, Rom 1:1-7, Mt 1:18-24), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Do we belong to Jesus Christ, or do we just happen to be Christian?"

Direct download: Homily121910.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to go to school at the feet of Mary, our Mother, so that they may learn how to trust.  While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 11:2-11), Fr. John reminds us that for every situation in life, God gives grace which is sufficient.

Direct download: Homily121110.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

On November 27th, a Mass was held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. His Excellency Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, presided at the Mass and delivered this homily.

Direct download: 90AnniversaryMass.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:36pm EDT

While reflecting on the readings (Is 2:1-5, Rom 13:11-14, Mt 24:37-44) for this first Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo discusses proper behavior of communicants after receiving the Eucharist at Mass.

Direct download: Homily112810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on his visit to Wawel Castle during his recent pilgrimage to Poland and on the gospel reading from St. Luke (Lk 23:35-43) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to beg for the grace to hear God's voice and to listen.

Direct download: Homily112110.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

While discussing the gospel reading from Luke (Lk 21:5-19), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that,  "The church desparately needs joyful, educated Christians, who deeply love Jesus, who are willing and able to give an explanation for the faith and the hope that they have."

Direct download: Homily111410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

While reflecting on the first reading from 2 Maccabees and examples of martyrdom in our time, Fr. Riccardo poses the question, "Am I willing to live for Jesus?"

Direct download: Homily110710.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo talks about winning the game of life in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In particular, Fr. John addresses his remarks to the youth of the parish at a Mass celebrating the fall CYO athletic season.

Direct download: Homily103010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:47pm EDT

While reflecting on the readings of the day and his recent pilgrimage to Poland, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God gives grace for the moment.

Direct download: Homily102410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

In this homily for Respect Life Sunday, Fr. Riccardo discusses the crisis in civility in our culture and offers his suggestions on how we can build a culture of life and a civilization of love.

Direct download: Homily100310.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:58am EDT

On Saturday, September 11th, His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida presided over the 4 PM Mass celebrating the 10th anniversary of the new church building.  This is Cardinal Maida's homily from that Mass.

Direct download: AnniversaryMassHomily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

Direct download: MassHolySpirit090910.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT

While considering the gospel reading from St. Luke, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "What does in mean to be a Christian?"  Fr. John suggests the congregation ask Our Lady of Good Counsel to pray that we might have a greater experience of the Lord.

Direct download: Homily090410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

While reflecting on the readings for this day, Fr. Riccardo asks, "What does it mean to be humble?"

Direct download: Homily082910.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass for the Northwest Wayne County Vicariate teachers and administrators.

Direct download: VicariateHomily082610.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:39pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the dignity and destiny of every human.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that their bodies were made to be glorified by God, and encourages them to treat every person who comes into their lives with respect, reverence, and awe.

Direct download: Homily081510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Luke, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to ask God for the gift of the Holy Spirit that they may come to know the Father.

Direct download: Homily072510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the words of St. Paul from today's second reading to offer the congregation advice on how to deal with the suffering that we all must endure.  Fr. John reminds us that Christ transformed suffering through the cross, and encourages us to turn our suffering into love by uniting it with Christ's ultimate act of love.

Direct download: Homily071710.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

While reflecting on the scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that no one is hopeless in the eyes of God.  If we want God to be merciful to us, we must also want Him to be merciful to others.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to show mercy to each other.
Direct download: Homily061310.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

In this homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo offer his advice for winning the game of life.
Direct download: Homily060510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:26pm EDT

In this homily for The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to ask for the grace to grow in trust of the Father.
Direct download: Homily053010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

In this homily from the 5 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the ways that the Holy Spirit works in our lives by opening our eyes and our hearts to recognize the many gifts that God has bestowed on us. Fr. John asks the congregation to open their hearts and hands to recognize our brothers and sisters in need by supporting the parish's ongoing efforts to raise funds to provide college educations to members of our sister community in El Salvador, Haciendita Uno.
Direct download: Homily052310.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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 in video format. The homily should play in iTunes or using Apple's QuickTime software.

Direct download: Streamer_Day_Homily_2010_-_Medium.m4v
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In this homily for Mother's Day, Fr. Riccardo describes the development of his own devotion to the Blessed Mother.
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In this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Why are you here?" Father John reminds the congregation that Jesus is the answer to every real and significant question that they ask.

Direct download: Homily042510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:46am EDT

While discussing John's gospel account of the rehabilitation of Peter, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the life of St. Peter. Fr. John reminds the congregation that the gospels were not written and proclaimed so that anyone will believe in the leaders of the church: rather, they were written and proclaimed so that we will believe in Jesus.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God loves to forgive in this homily for the Feast of Divine Mercy.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Fr. Riccardo reminds the RCIA candidates and the congregation that Jesus thirsts for each of us.  Fr. John asks the congregation to take their eyes off the headlines of the day, and to focus them on the cross and the empty tomb, for Christ has truly risen.

Direct download: EasterHomily040410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

In this homily for Palm Sunday, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to spend time this week reflecting on one of the gospel accounts of the Passion of Jesus.

Direct download: Homily032810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. John, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that we were all cut off from God by sin and rescued by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. In preparation for Holy Week, Fr. John encourages the congregation to spend time meeting Jesus in His word. 

Direct download: Homily032010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT

While reflecting on St. Luke's gospel account of the transfiguration of Jesus, Fr. Riccardo draws an analogy between our relationship with Jesus and that of an Olympic athlete and their coach or trainer.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to allow Christ to transform their lives and to become true Christians.

Direct download: Homily022810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

While reflecting on today's first reading from the Book of Deuteronomy, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that lent is a time to remember and be thankful for all Jesus has done for each of us.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

While reflecting on St. Luke's gospel account of St. Peter's encounter with Christ on the Sea of Galilee, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to focus on coming to know who Jesus really is.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to practice piety in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses what it means to be a priest in this homily for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to become "stars" for Christ. While reflecting on the readings of the day and on the lives of Mother Theresa and St. Patrick, Fr. John asks the audience to have the intention by the witness of their lives and by the words of their mouths to help others find Jesus.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

In this homily for Christmas, Fr. Riccardo ponders the question "Why did Jesus come?"
Direct download: ChristmasHomily2009.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:10pm EDT

While reflecting on the lives of St. Maximillian Kolbe and of St. Paul, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that we all have reasons to be joyful during this Advent season.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:33am EDT

In this homily for the second Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that we all have something to celebrate this Christmas.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:46am EDT

In this homily for the Feast of Christ the King, Fr. Riccardo discusses the meaning of kingship while encouraging the congregation to reach out to those in need during this season.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:42pm EDT

Father Riccardo invites the congregation to fix their eyes on Jesus and to contemplate everything He has done for them. Fr. John encourages the congregation to ask Jesus for an increase in the gift of faith, an increase in confidence, and an increase in trust.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of All Saints, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to consider doing three things this month. Fr. John encourages them to study the lives of the saints, to attend Mass at least once during the week, and to show their love of their neighbors by reaching out to those in need in the community.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo invites the congregation to spread the light of faith in the community and in their families in this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Mark, Fr. Riccardo discusses the purpose of life. Fr. John encourages the congregation to seek a personal friendship with God.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

In this homily for Respect Life Sunday, Deacon Tim Sullivan encourages the congregation to show respect for life in all of its stages, from conception to death.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:42pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo offers his advice on winning the game of life in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John addressed a congregation at the 10 a.m. Mass that included several hundred student athletes and their coaches who participate on various Catholic Youth Organization athletic teams.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

In this homily from the 10 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo describes his relationship with Angelo, a homeless man who Fr. John befriended while studying as a seminarian in Rome. Fr. John invites the congregation to consider getting involved in one of the many parish ministries with sister communities in Detroit, El Salvador, Uganda, and India.
Direct download: Homily092009.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:24am EDT

Fr. Riccardo shares his thoughts on a Wall Street Journal article titled Man vs. God in this homily from the 4 PM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel. The Wall Street Journal article is available here.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

While reflecting on the Scripture readings of the day, Fr. Riccardo discusses the gift of speech. Fr. John offers the congregation constructive ways to use this gift.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:14pm EDT

While reflecting on the scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that the Eucharist is given to us as a source of unimaginable strength, particularly for the many times when we find ourselves in situations beyond our own power.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:01pm EDT

While discussing the gospel reading from John, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God accompanies us everyday on our journey through life.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses religious vocations in this homily from the 8 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John presents Katie Renfer with his rosary as she prepares to enter religious life, and he reminds the congregation that we are all called to strive in everything we do to glorify God.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

In this homily from the 8 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo offers a lesson in apologetics to reconcile the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church that Mary remained a virgin and had no other children besides Jesus with the gospel reading from Mark which refers to the brothers and sisters of Jesus. Fr. John encourages the congregation to seek guidance from the parish priests when they have questions about their faith.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:05am EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the 8th grade graduation mass for Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

On the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo asks, "What is the Eucharist?" In this homily from the 10 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. John asks the congregation to ponder, "Why does Jesus give Himself to us?" Fr. John goes on to challenge the congregation to respond to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist by striving to do everything we do to honor Him.
Direct download: Homily061409.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:05pm EDT

In this homily from the 10 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo discusses the gestures and symbols of our faith.  On the Solemnity of Pentecost, Fr. John places particular emphasis on the meaning and symbolism of the paschal candle and encourages the congregation to let the light of His spirit burn brightly within us.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

In this homily from the 10 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to witness their faith by living a life of peace in the midst of uncertainty.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

In this homily for Mothers' Day, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to persevere in love of God just as a mother shows steadfast perseverance in the love of her children.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

While reflecting on today's scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Do you know who you are?"
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

In this homily from the 10 AM mass, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God is merciful. He encourages the congregation to trust in His forgiveness and to take time today to praise God for all that he has done for us.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that the events of Holy Week are all real. In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass, Fr. John encourages us to make a real response to the resurrection of Jesus.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

Fr. Riccardo offers the congregation tangible suggestions in preparation for Holy Week in this homily for Palm Sunday.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to extend mercy to one another in this homily from the 8 AM mass.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

While reflecting on John's Gospel account of Jesus's healing of the blind man, Fr. Riccardo offers suggestions on how our eyes may be opened up to see the extraordinary love of God.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

While considering the readings of the day, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation to remain hopeful during times of discouragement. Fr. John reminds the audience that God will not abandon them during the difficult times they face.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:20pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to place their trust in God while reflecting on today's Gospel reading from St. Mark.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:15pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo shares his thoughts on preparing for Lent in this Ash Wednesday homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to imitate Christ in service to each other in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

Addressing the congregation, including the Confirmation candidates and their sponsors, Fr. Riccardo reflects on Mark's gospel account of Jesus's healing the mother-in-law of Simon Peter. Fr. John reminds us that Jesus is present with us today as well, and that he wants to touch us, to restore us, and to heal us.
Direct download: Homily020709_2.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:21am EDT

Archbishop Allen Vigneron-Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, celebrated mass for The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, Michigan. The Archbishop's homily is presented here in video format. The homily should play in iTunes or using Apple's QuickTime software.
Direct download: ArchbishopVigneronHomily.m4v
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses marriage while considering St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians from today's second reading.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

While considering today's readings for The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the life of St. Paul and reminds the congregation that, "Regardless of our past, no one is disqualified from becoming a saint and living a truly great and heroic life."
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on today's Gospel of John while posing the questions that Jesus' asked of Andrew and John, "What are you looking for? What do you want?"
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to lead lives of faith that will lead others to Christ. Fr. John also reflects on the life of his friend, Mrs. Pat McDonald.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to set a goal for the new year to pray the rosary daily for the many needs of our parish, our families, and the world.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT

In his homily for Christmas, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to use the evidence of history to study the person of Jesus (His life, His death, and His resurrection) in order to learn the good news of His story.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

In this homily for the fourth Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to resolve to pray for each other daily in these times of uncertainty.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

In this homily for the second Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

While reflecting on the readings for this first Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God is a faithful Father who is attentive to our needs and who keeps His promises.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to consider completing works of mercy during this upcoming Advent season. While reflecting on the gospel reading from Matthew for the Feast of Christ the King, Fr. John encourages the parishioners to "reach out to serve the needs of Him in His distressing disguise."
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

While reflecting on his recent mission trip to Mexico City, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to "sincerely strive to use God's gifts to make a difference in other people's lives."
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Dedication of the Church of St. John Lateran, Fr. Riccardo discusses the three senses of the word temple as found in the scripture readings for this day.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT

In his homily for the Feast of All Souls, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to seek sainthood.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses his recent pilgrimage to Lourdes, Fatima, Loyola, and Santiago de Compostela in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John also reads a letter from Cardinal Adam Maida, Archbishop of Detroit, concerning Michigan ballot proposal 2. The Cardinal urges the congregation to vote no on this proposal, which would amend the state constitution to permit research on human embryos.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

While reflecting on today's scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo discusses his imminent pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes. Fr. John encourages the congregation to live lives rooted in God and to act like men and women who are clothed in Jesus.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

In this homily for Respect Life Sunday, Fr. Riccardo discusses embryonic stem cell research and encourages the congregation to vote no on Michigan Ballot Proposal 2 on November 4th.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:34pm EDT

In his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo challenges the congregation to speak out when they see people in danger.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the judgment day in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:31am EDT

While reflecting on today's Scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to seek a deep friendship and personal relationship with God. Fr. John states, "God is inviting us very personally to put Him first, to see things the way they really are, and as a result to find the happiness that only He can give."
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:53am EDT

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo discusses Humanae Vitae, the Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Paul VI on the regulation of birth which was promulgated on July 25, 1968.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo discusses the words of St. Paul from today's second reading. Fr. John reflects on the many sufferings enduring by St. Paul in his lifetime, and encourages the congregation to ask God for the gift of faith so that they might be able to live their lives full of hope, even in the midst of hardships and suffering.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

In his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that, "Peace only comes from knowing God, from reading His word, and from regularly talking and listening to Him."
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo addresses the tasks and responsibilities that accompany the sacrament of baptism.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:22pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo honors his father, John J. Riccardo, in this homily for Father's Day. Fr. John reflects on the many ways in which his father reveals the Fatherhood of God.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses God's mercy in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:55pm EDT

In his homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the gift of the Eucharist. Fr. John tells the congregation that the Eucharist has within it the strength to enable each of us to grow in character, in virtue, in integrity, and in love.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

In his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, Fr. Riccardo discusses the healing power of God's love. He encourages the congregation to make that love visible to those we encounter each day.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:47am EDT

In his homily from the 4 PM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to spend ten minutes each morning in prayer to Jesus. Father John invites the listeners to bring their fears, concerns, and anxieties to Jesus, and to expect Him to work in their lives.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo discusses our need to get back to the basics. He encourages the congregation to establish a living, personal, and profound friendship with God.
Direct download: Homily042008.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that the Mass is the greatest gift that God can give to us on this earth. It is where we most tangibly meet Him, where He offers to transform us, and where He offers hope to those who have lost hope.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

In his homily for Divine Mercy Sunday, Fr. Riccardo discusses the gospel from the perspective of St. Thomas.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

Easter Sunday Homily-March 23, 2008-8 AM Mass at OLGC In his homily for Easter Sunday, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Jesus is truly and bodily risen from the dead. To believe in God is to know that He exists, and to know that the last word belongs to Him.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:55am EDT

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo asks Mary to continue to intercede for all of us that we may grow in a sincere hunger to know her Son and His bride, the Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

While discussing John's gospel description of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, Fr. Riccardo reflects on what it means to have eternal life in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

In light of Matthew's gospel description of the transfiguration of Jesus, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation of his experience during the past week attending the funeral of a young child. Fr. John reminds us that what we hear in church is the true reality, and has a profound impact on what happens in our lives. He reminds us that suffering and death don't have the last word. Fr. John tells us, "After the cross, not just His cross but our cross, comes the crown. And only after the cross."
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT

Fr. John encourages the congregation to fall in love with God in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT

In preparation for the parish mission beginning this evening Fr. Riccardo discusses what it means to be a prophet, someone who speaks on God's behalf. In light of the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, Fr. John encourages the congregation to speak up about the dignity and sanctity of human life. Mr. Bill Wegner, from Good News International, also addresses the congregation concerning the parish mission which will be held each evening at 7 PM from Sunday, Jan. 20th, through Wednesday, Jan. 23rd. Additional sessions will be held after the 8 AM masses on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
Direct download: Homily012008.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

In his homily for the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, Father Riccardo shares his thoughts on the recent memorial mass for the members of the Griffin/Burkman families. Father John asks, "Do we courageously reach out to others sharing our faith in God?"
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

December 25, 2007-Midnight Mass at OLGC In his Christmas homily, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God has become one of us and died for all of us, so that we can spend eternity with Him in unimaginable joy. God and humanity became one flesh in the person of Jesus. How will we respond to His story?
Direct download: Homily122507.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:57am EDT

In his homily for the fourth Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo discusses the recent repositioning of the tabernacle in the sanctuary of the church, and encourages the congregation to make time each week for prayer in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:49pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation to commit to pray daily in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Father John encourages us to ask God why He has done all that He has done for us, and to expect Him to answer.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

November 24, 2007-4 PM Mass at OLGC On the Feast of Christ the King, Fr. Riccardo discusses the kingship of Jesus, and encourages the congregation to put Him first in their lives.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

November 10, 2007-4 PM Mass at OLGC Fr. Riccardo reflects on the sacrament of marriage in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

November 4, 2007-8 AM Mass at OLGC Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to never give up on each other as he reflects on God's love and mercy in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

October 21, 2007-5 PM Mass at OLGC

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to read the Bible in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:55pm EDT

October 14, 2007-12 Noon Mass at OLGC Fr. Riccardo reflects on gratitude in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:44am EDT

October 6, 2007-4 PM Mass at OLGC On Respect Life Sunday, Fr. Riccardo discusses embryonic stem cell research in his homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:52am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses vocations and a new vocation awareness initiative in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

Bishop Earl Boyea delivers the homily for the Liturgy of Installation, as Fr. John Riccardo is officially installed as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. The homily is followed by the Rite of Installation.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:51pm EDT

In his weekly homily, Fr. Riccardo reflects on what it means to be a catechist. Fr. John also welcomes Sr. Peggy O'Neill, who is visiting from El Salvador. Sr. Peggy is a Sister of Charity, who teaches as a Sister of Theology at the University of Central America in San Salvador. Sr. Peggy discusses the bridging relationship between Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish and the community of Haciendita Uno, and her mission of service to the people of El Salvador.
Direct download: Homily091607.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

September 9, 2007-8 AM Mass at OLGC

Fr. Riccardo reflects on today's Gospel reading while describing his recent meeting with the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:46am EDT

Fr. Riccardo challenges the congregation to respect God's treasures in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, MI (http://www.olgcparish.net).
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT

July 29, 2007-5 PM Mass at OLGC Fr. John discusses prayer in his weekly homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT

July 22, 2007-10 AM Mass at OLGC

Fr. John discusses the mystery of suffering in his weekly homily at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Plymouth, MI).

Direct download: Homily072207-Suffering.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

In his weekly homily at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Plymouth, MI), Fr. John reflects on "What it Means to be Catholic" in light of the recent publication by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith entitled "Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church."
Direct download: FJR-Homily07152007.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

Fr. John reflects on The Destination in his weekly homily.

Direct download: Homily070807-TheJourney.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

Fr. John's homily from the 10 AM mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, MI.
Direct download: Homily070107-NewBeginnings.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on June 24th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_06_24_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Trinity/Graduation Mass on June 3rd, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_06_03_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on May 27th, 2007

Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_05_27_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:31am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on May 20th, 2007.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_05_20_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 5:00pm Mass on May 12th, 2007

Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_05_12_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on May 6th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_05_06_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on April 22nd, 2007.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_04_22_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:26am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 3:00pm Divine Mercy Mass on April 15th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_Jonh_Homily_DM_04_15_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:34am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:30am Mass on Easter Sunday

Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_04_08_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:11am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on April 1st, 2007

Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_04_01_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on March 18th, 2007.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_03_18_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:21am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on March 11th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_03_11_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on March 4th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_03_04_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:18am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on February 25th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_02_25_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:21am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on February 11th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_02_11_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15 Mass on February 4th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_02_04_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 5:30pm Mass on January 21st, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_01_21_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:17am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15am Mass on January 14th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homliy_01_14_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15am Mass on January 7th, 2007
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_01_07_07.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:40pm EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 12:15pm Mass on December 31st, 2006.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_12_31_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:22am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15 Midnight Mass on December 24th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_12_24_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:45am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on December 10th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_12_10_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on December 3rd, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_12_03_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:20am EDT

Fr. Mark's Homily from the 10:15am Mass.

Fr. Mark is from St. Al's.  Remember the 2006 Charity Christmas Ball benefiting St. Al's on December 9th, 2006 at 7:30pm.
Direct download: Fr_Mark_St_Als.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:35pm EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on November 12th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_11_12_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:05am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on October 29th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_10_29_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on October 22nd, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_10_22_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15 Mass on September 24th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_09_24_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on September 17th, 2006
Run-time: 10 min. 55 sec.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_09_17_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:12am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on September 10th, 2006
Run-time 09 min. 40 sec.
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_09_10_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 8:15 Mass on August 13th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_08_13_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:50am EDT

Fr. John's Homily from the 10:15 Mass on July 30th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_07_30_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:17am EDT

July 16th, 2006 - 10:15 Mass - Fr. John Homily
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_07_16_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:50am EDT

Fr. Johns Homily from 8:15 Mass on July 9th, 2006
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_-_070906_1.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT

Fr. John Riccardo's 8:15 Homily
Direct download: Fr_John_Homily_-_07_02_06.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily-Easter2006.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily040506.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily032206.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily030806.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily102305.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

This is the audio from a homily presented by Fr. Riccardo while pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Troy, Michigan. The homily is being published here for the first time as part of our effort to post all of Fr. Riccardo's podcasts at this site.
Direct download: Homily101605.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:49am EDT



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