"Welcoming, charitable, and empowered
to live the Gospel"
Our Mother of Good Counsel,
located in Bryn Mawr, PA,
just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia,
Remembering the Faithful Departed
We commend the dead to the mercy of God every time we celebrate the Mass. In the month of November, however, the Church has invited us, for over 1,000 years, in a special way “to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest.” The month begins with two ancient feasts. On November 1st we celebrate All Saints and on November 2nd, All Souls.
We Christians have celebrated the feast of All Saints since the 4th century. Originally the day honored only the martyrs. In time it came to honor all the saints. November 1st has been the date for this feast for over 1,200 years. The saints we honor are not those who are publicly remembered on the liturgical calendar. Rather, we honor the countless men and women who throughout history have, by their words and actions, made God present in the world. We also honor those men and women in our own lives who have loved us in ways that make us certain that they are now with God.
All Souls’ formal name is the “Commemoration of All The Faithful Departed.” This feast was first celebrated in the year 988. Here at Our Mother of Good Counsel, it is our tradition to celebrate a special Mass on November 2nd to remember our family and friends who “have gone to their rest.” This year, November 2nd is a Sunday. At the 9:30 AM Mass, we will remember, by name, everyone whose funeral was celebrated in our church in the past year. After the 9:30 AM Mass light refreshments will be served in the Social Center. All are welcome.
Also, please enroll the names of your loved ones in the Book of the Dead which will be kept by the baptismal font from November 1st until the First Sunday of Advent.
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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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