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Our Mother of Good Counsel,
located in Bryn Mawr, PA,
just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia,
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The PA Grand Jury Report

Dear Friends,

“Gut-wrenching,” “heart-breaking,” “unspeakably awful,” “painful,” “horrific” – these are only some of the adjectives that come to mind when reading the stories of the victim-survivors spoken of in Tuesday’s Grand Jury Report.  They have suffered so much for so long!  And at the hands of men who knew better!  Wrong decisions, by church leaders whose priorities were so sorely misplaced, contributed to their continued suffering. 

Every time a new revelation surfaces, such as the McCarrick story in June and now this report, we are filled with sorrow for the victim-survivors.  At the same time we are heartsick over how this affects our fellow-Catholics and the majority of good, faithful priests we know.  Things like this can shake our confidence in the church and shatter trust in people we love and respect. 

Hard work and vigilance have brought about genuine progress in the protection of minors over the past 15 years in the US Catholic Church.  We must remain vigilant.  The vast majority of situations in the report were pre-2002.  Still, I believe the Church needs reform.  More laity (especially women) should be enlisted to help assess, evaluate and reform structures that allowed these tragic situations to exist and continue. 

Scripture shows us time and again that God can make good out of evil. My hope is that in this dark time God will help us to become a more loving, a more faithful church.  We need to work hard and to pray hard – for the victim-survivors and for the church! 

I invite you to offer Masses with me for the Victims of Abuse on Sunday, August 26 at 9:30 AM and on Sunday, September 2 at 11:15 AM.  Please pray for them in your daily prayers and rosaries as well. 

In Him,
Fr. Liam

If you are a victim-survivor in need of assistance, please contact someone at the Archdiocesan Office for Victim Assistance:
888.800.8780 • philavac@archphila.org

More information at:
https://childyouthprotection.org/index.php/victim-assistance/overview-of-services

Social Center, Rectory Kitchen, and Church Roof

Dear Friends,

At the Parish-wide meeting a few months ago, I spoke about three parish projects that were in progress or in planning. I’d like to update you on them today.

Social Center. Many of you have already seen the beautiful new windows in the Social Center. We installed new air conditioning and heating units. Most of the work on the new ADA compliant restrooms has been done, and they will be fully functional within a very short time. A shout-out to Joe Carey for the hard work and planning that he has put in on this project.

Rectory Kitchen. Since at least the 1950s very little work had been done on the friary (rectory) kitchen except for the occasional coat of paint and replacement of worn-out appliances. Since the beginning of June, Pine Street Carpenters has done an excellent job of modernizing the kitchen. They predict completion by this weekend. Many thanks to Fr. Jim McBurney for his leadership on this project!

Church Roof. 30 years ago, Fr. Jim Martinez and the OMGC parishioners did an excellent job of beautifying the interior of our church. Now it is our turn to pay due attention to the roof and exterior in order to preserve our church as the locus of our worship of God and our growth as a Catholic Christian community. We have a debt of gratitude toward the people who came before us and sacrificed so much for the parish. We have a responsibility toward each other in our present community and to our children, grandchildren and all who will come after us here at OMGC. These repairs will be an essential investment in our future. Most of you are aware that especially during severe storms, we sometimes have problems with leaks coming through the ceiling. Water damage, if ignored, can destroy a church.

Besides the roof, we need to make exterior repairs to stonework, copper work, and moldings around the stained glass windows.

With solid guidance from an expert consultant from the Archdiocese, we put the project out to bid to three companies and selected Miller Roofing in Ardmore to do the job. We are now in the process of getting the contract approved through the Archdiocese. If all goes according to plan, work should start early in the fall.

At the same time, we have been quietly soliciting donations for this project from among some of our parishioners and friends of the parish. Between your contributions to the annual appeal over the past four years, a generous gift from a deceased parishioner, and the donations mentioned above, we have raised $550,000 of our projected goal of $1,300,000.

At our Parish Finance Council meeting this past Monday evening, we decided to form a Campaign Committee to raise the rest of the funds we will need to pay for this critical project. We are currently recruiting members for this committee. The kick-off date for the campaign will probably be in early October. I will keep you informed.Please pray for the success of this very important work! 

In Him,
Fr. Liam

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!

Parish Reminders

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