Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church
620 Fifth St
Aurora, IL 60505

Phone: +1 (630) 851-1100    Fax: +1 (630) 851-4069

E-mail: olgc-aurora@RockfordDiocese.org


Fr. Timothy P. Mulcahey


Welcome New Parishioners!

Through Baptism we become God’s children and brothers and sisters  of one another and with Christ. Through registration we become members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church parish family of faith. We always welcome new members and hope that you will find our parish family a place where your faith will be nourished. We ask that you visit our parish office to fill out a registration form as soon as possible. As a parish family, we are committed to share our goods, talents and faith with one another.       



February 26, we celebrate Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten Season. Take inspiration for your Lenten journey from prayer and the reading of Scripture, from fasting from giving alms.

Prayer – Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 day. As we pray, we are brought closer to Christ and are changed by the encounter with Him.

Fasting – The fasting that we all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities.

Almsgiving – The giving of alms is an effort to share this world equally-not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. ~Daily reflections for Lent can be found at www.usccb.org/lent~



For the creation waits with eager longing
for the revealing of the children of God
” (Rm 8: 19)

“When the love of Christ transfigures the lives of the saints in spirit, body and soul, they give praise to God. Through prayer, contemplation and art, they also include other creatures in that praise, as we see admirably expressed in the “Canticle of the Creatures” by Saint Francis of Assisi (cf. Laudato Si’, 87).​”
Lenten Message of Pope Francis








Wednesday, March 11, 2020

First Eucharist Parent meeting-English

7:00 PM in St. Francis Center

Office hours:

Monday from 10 am – 2 pm,

Tuesday – Thursday from 9 am – 4 pm

Friday from 9 am – 12 pm noon.

Have any questions? Please contact Julieta Jacobo, 630-851-1100 ext. 14.



Miercoles 11 de marzo, 2020 

Junta para padres de los niños que van hacer su Primera communion en Mayo 2020

7:00 PM en el Centro de St. Francis

Horas de oficina de la Educación Religiosa son:

Lunes -10 am -2 pm;

Martes – Jueves de 9 am – 4 pm

Viernes de 9 am – 12 mediodía.

Si tienen preguntas? Llamar a Julieta Jacobo al 630-  851-1100 ext. 14. 


Reverend Edward F. Gillespie died Dec. 9 in St. Charles, Illinois. Father was born on April 1, 1931, in Chicago to Edward Gillespie and Mary Agnes O’Byrne Gillespie.
Father Gillespie attended St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md., where he received two bachelor’s degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and Sacred theology. He later attended Loyola University in Chicago, where he received a Master’s degree in Education in 1964. Father Gillespie was ordained by Bishop Loras T. Thomas Lane at St. James Pro-Cathedral in Rockford on May 25, 1957.

Father Gillespie was assigned as parochial vicar at St. Thomas in Freeport from 1957 to 1960, at St. James in Belvidere from 1960 to 1962, and at Ss. Peter and Paul in Cary from 1962 to 1963. He served on the faculty at St. Edward Central Catholic High School from 1964 to 1966 and then as Superintendent from 1966 to 1969. In 1969 he joined the faculty at Aquin Central Catholic High School in Freeport. From 1969 to 1970, he was part of the faculty at Aurora Central Catholic High School. Father served as director of Religious Education at Aurora Central Catholic High School from 1970 to 1984. In 1984 Father was assigned as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Aurora and retired there from active ministry on July 2, 2001.
Father Gillespie had a gift of relating to young people which made his many years of ministry in education so fruitful. He touched many student’s lives and is remembered fondly by so many.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Mary Agnes and Edward Gillespie both of Doonin, Kilcar, County Donegal Ireland.
Father Gillespie is survived by the O’Byrne family in Ireland and cousins from the Gillespie side here in the States and his good friend and caregiver Gail Quinn.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 820 Division Str., Lisle. Visitation will take place at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time for the Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Burial will take place at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines. Arrangements are being made by Adams Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home, Downers Grove.
Memorials can be made in his name to the Diocese of Rockford Long Term Care for Priests Fund.


Who: Children ages 4 to 8

When: 10 am Sunday Mass

Where: St. Francis Center  (children will be called during Mass)

On Sundays, during the 10 am Mass (English) &  1 pm Mass (Spanish), children between the ages of  4 to 8 can enjoy a young person’s version of what we do as adults. The priest will invite the kids to meet the volunteer  at the  front of the sanctuary, who will lead them to St. Francis Center. They will facilitate the Liturgy of the Word for the students, and then everyone will return to enjoy the rest of Mass with their families.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday! Interested in being a volunteer? Please contact Sister Joan at 630-851-0206 for more information.



Para: Niños de 4 y 8  años edad

Cuando: Durante las misas de 10 am (ingles) y

               1 pm (español)

Donde: Centro de St. Francis  (Los niños serán llamados durante la misa)

Las domingos, durante las misas de 10 am (ingles) y 1 pm (español) para los niños entre 4 y 8 años de edad puedan escuchar la liturgia apta para los niños. El sacerdote invitara a los niños que pasen al frente de altar donde el voluntario los llevara al Centro de St. Francis donde les facilitaran la liturgia de la palabra para los niños, y luego todos regresara para terminar de escuchar la sagrada misa con sus familias.

¡Esperamos verlos el domingo!  ¿Le gustaría ser voluntario? Para tener mas información contacte a la Sra. Lorena Montes 630-809-6122.












Congratulations to Concepcion Aguirre

 Our Lady of Good Counsel

Catholic Woman of Inspiration  2019.

She is pictured receiving her award by Bishop David Malloy

and Fr.  Timothy Mulcahey.

courtesy photo provided by The Observer

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Are you an adult who would like to know more about the Catholic faith? 

Do you need to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist?

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) preparation sessions begin the week of September 8, 2019.

The English class meets on Sundays at 11:15 AM in the basement of the parish center

(side entrance of the convent building behind the church). Please stop by if you’re interested.

A Spanish class can also be made available if you prefer.

For more information please contact us:

English: Matt Kruszewski, amkrusz@yahoo.com, 630-660-7641.
Spanish: Alma Velazquez, almalola@aol.com, 630-788-4428.


 RICA (Rito Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos)

 ¿Le hace falta algún sacramento, bautismo, confirmación y primera comunión?

Si usted es mayor de 18 años y aun no ha recibido estos sacramentos. Regístrese al programa RICA.

Las clases de preparación comienzan la semana del 8 de septiembre de 2019.

 En inglés son los domingos a las 11:15AM en el sótano del centro parroquial

(entrada lateral del edificio del convento detrás de la iglesia). Contactar:

Matt Kruszewski 630-660-7641 o amkrusz@yahoo.com  

Clases en español están disponibles. Para información contactar

Alma Velázquez, almalola@aol.com, 630-788-4428 o a la oficina de la parroquia.




Fr. Timothy received a check for $1,112.00 from Knights of Columbus Council 14929 on July 7, 2019.

This donation goes towards our Church Improvement.


Pope St. John Paul II Catholic Academy
601 Talma St.
Aurora, IL 60505

Phone: +1 (630) 851-4400     Fax: +1 (630) 851-8220




What our student’s are saying about our school,

“I love Pope St. John Paul II Catholic Academy because recess is so much fun. I just relax my head and play. Then I go to my next class and can learn more.” -3rd Grader, South Campus

“I love Pope St. John Paul II Catholic Academy because I love Tynker coding in technology class. I learned something new!” -1st Grader, North Campus

If you would like to see more pictures, please visit our Facebook page @PSJPIIAuroraIL

Our Tynker coding program was purchased by our Home and School Association. If you would like to join Home and School our next meeting is Monday, December 9th, 6:30p.m. at the South Campus. Come and join us, all are welcome.


Pope Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy

Pope Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2019-2020 school year.

We offer full or half day PreK3 and PreK4, full day Kindergarten, and Grades 1 – 8.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

North Campus: 706 High Street, Aurora, 60505,   Phone 630-844-3781

South Campus: 601 Talma Street, Aurora, 60505, Phone 630-851-4400

What our student’s are saying about our school,