"Welcoming, charitable, and empowered
to live the Gospel"
Our Mother of Good Counsel,
located in Bryn Mawr, PA,
just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia,
Dear Fellow Parishioners:
It is my honor and privilege to serve as the current president of the Parish Council, and I am very pleased to invite you to join us at this year’s parish-wide meeting. This meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 26th, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Social Center.
We have held a parish-wide meeting for the past several years and it has proven to be a most successful and informative event - with information passing both from the parish leadership to parishioners and from the parishioners to the parish staff and Parish Council. We will start with a box lunch and Fr. Liam will provide an update of parish news. This will include information about projects relating to facilities, parish finances, our ministries and the approach of Holy Week and Easter, and some time for questions and answers.
We will then engage in a short discussion on the topic “Creating Contagious Enthusiasm Within Our Parish” so that ideas about what our parish does well and what we can improve upon can be exchanged. Everyone’s opinion is valued.
In addition, this meeting provides you with the opportunity to meet some of our parishioners that you do not already know. There are many wonderful people here at Our Mother of Good Counsel, and you will be sure to see some old friends and meet some new friends. Please be sure to rsvp no later than March 20th by sending an email message to Peggy Juhline at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the parish office at (610) 525-0147 or by completing this online form; please state the number of people who will be attending and whether you will need child care during the meeting.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting on the 26th.
PARISH LENTEN SERIES
This year, our parish is providing six evenings of teaching and reflection on the Scripture Readings of Lent on Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. The schedule will develop as follows:
Michelle Francl-Donnay will present the Psalms which Jesus used for his own prayer and preaching.
Please plan to join us for this opportunity to become more deeply aware of the spirituality of the Lenten Season. The talks will take place in the Daily Chapel of Church.
March 23 - Week 4 of This Series: What did Jesus pray?
What prayers did Jesus say? Where might he have learned them, and when and how did he use them? In Lent and in Holy Week, how might we pray as Jesus did?
March 30 - Week 5: My rock, my fortress, my deliverer
When challenged, whether by the Pharisees in the streets or Satan in the desert, Jesus often pulls from the Psalms in response. Amma Syncletica, one of the desert mothers, advised turning to the psalms when life and prayer felt challenging, a practice described by St. Augustine as well. When we are “surrounded by bees” (Ps 118:12) where can we turn in the psalms for help, as Jesus did?
April 6 - Week 6: Jesus’ seven last words: Into your hands I commend my spirit
The last prayers Jesus prayed were the psalms, the very last words he breathed came from Psalm 31: “Into your hands I commend my spirit.” How might we use the psalms to pray with Jesus through Holy Week into Easter?
The 2017 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, for Latin-rite Catholics.
In a particular way during Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy that "remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit."
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops provides guidance and suggestions on how to approach Lent 2017 here:
For questions about Fasting and Abstinence during Lent, please see this link:
Please pray for our brother,
OMGC Parish Finance Council Chair,
who passed away tragically while on vacation in Vermont.
Please also keep his wife, Judy, and all his family in your prayers.
Arrangements are pending.
MLK Day at OMGC
- Letters to prisoners at Graterford Prison
- Blankets for Laurel House
- Wreaths for Golden Living Center
- and activity bags for kids in emergency waiting rooms and others.
- Harcum College Basketball Team
- Daylesford Crossing Community
- St. Francis Home for Boys
- OMGC YOUTH GROUP & Friends
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The Right Place to Start
In this article Archbishop Chaput shares his reflections and valuable guidance with us as Catholic citizens of our beloved United States of America following the recent elections.
Please click here to see the article.
Morning Prayer at OMGC
Here at Our Mother of Good Counsel, each Monday through Saturday morning, we celebrate Morning Prayer in common following the 8:00am Mass. Everyone is invited (around 8:30am) to join us in the daily chapel for this beautiful way to begin the day!
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