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

Pastor

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.       


 


 


Our Lady of Good Counsel community joins Bishop Malloy and all in the Rockford Diocese in prayer for all who were affected by the tragic shooting in Aurora.

God bless all families affected as well as all our first responders.

 


 

 


The Parish Office will be closed on

Monday, February 18th

in observance of Presidents’ Day

 

La oficina de la parroquia estará cerrada el               

lunes, 18 de febrero

en observación del día de los Presidentes 


 

Pope Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy is currently enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year.

Returning families are asked to complete and return the registration paperwork along with the $150.00 family registration fee to secure the registration. New families are asked to contact the office to schedule an appointment for registration at either campus.

South Campus is located at 601 Talma St., Aurora, 60505. To schedule an appointment at the South Campus, please contact Ms. Norma Heredia at 630-851-4400 or via email at: nheredia@jp2aurora.org.

North Campus is located at 706 High St., Aurora, 60505. To schedule an appointment at the North Campus, please contact Ms. Theresa Garcia at 630-844-3781 or via email at: tgarcia@jp2aurora.org.

 

La Academia Católica Papa San Juan Pablo II está inscribiendo actualmente para el año escolar 2019-2020.

Familias que regresan se les pide que rellenen y envíen la documentación de registro junto con la cuota de inscripción familiar  de $150.00 para asegurar el registro. Se les pide a las nuevas familias que se comuniquen con la oficina para programar una cita para registrarse en cualquiera de las localizaciones.

 El edificio sur está ubicado en 601 Talma St., Aurora, 60505. Para programar una cita en el edificio sur, comuníquese con la Sra. Norma Heredia al 630-851-4400 o por correo electrónico a: nheredia@jp2aurora.org.

 El edificio norte está ubicado en 706 High St., Aurora, 60505. Para programar una cita en el edificio norte, comuníquese con la Sra. Theresa García al 630-844-3781 o por correo electrónico a: tgarcia@jp2aurora.org.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 6:17, 20-26

Friends, our Gospel for today is Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, less well known than Matthew’s but actually punchier, more to the point. It all hinges on that decisively important spiritual attitude of detachment—apatheia in the Greek fathers, indifferencia in Ignatius of Loyola. It means that I am unattached to worldly values that become a substitute for the ultimate good of God.

How bluntly Luke’s Jesus puts things. Look at Luke’s first beatitude, a model for all: “Blessed are you poor; the reign of God is yours.” What if we translated this as, “How lucky you are if you are not addicted to material things.” When we place material things in the center of our concerns, we find ourselves caught in an addictive pattern.

Because material goods don’t satisfy the hunger in my soul, I convince myself that I need more of them. So I strive and work to get more nice things—cars, homes, TVs, clothes—and then I find that those don’t satisfy me. So I strive and strive, and the rhythm continues.

Therefore, how lucky I would be if I were poor, unattached to material goods, finally indifferent to them.

 

 


     ROCKFORD DIOCESE


Vocation Corner

As a priest, people often want to know about the point in my life when I heard “the call”.  The truth is that I heard the Lord calling at different times throughout my life, but I did not decide to hear His call until my last year in college.  It was, of course, exciting to start following God’s path for me in my life, but it was also scary at times.  One of the things I was most scared of was not knowing how my friends would react when I told them what I was going to do.  I was scared that my friends might make fun of me or maybe even not want to be friends with me anymore.  As is turned out, most of my friends were very supportive and happy for me.  However, there were a few times when people did not understand and even said some hurtful things.  Even though it was painful at the time, I can look back on it now and see that even those painful moments were part of God’s plan for me.  In our Gospel this weekend, Jesus reminds us that we will indeed have times when we have to suffer because we are His disciples.  However, we should not shy away from those moments.  Rather, Jesus tells us that we should see ourselves as blessed in those times when we can carry that Cross with Him.  We should always remember that we are His disciples, and the disciple is never greater than the Master.  People mocked Jesus, and we may have to suffer mockery at times as well.  However, we can always be comforted by the fact that Jesus never abandons us in our suffering.  If you afraid of following God’s will for you because of what others might think, be comforted by this Gospel passage.  Do not shy away from suffering for the Name of Jesus, but rather count yourself as blessed when you are treated poorly because you are His disciple.  Be faithful to Jesus Christ, and He will never let you go.

Fr. Robert Gonnella

 

 


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

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

www.jp2aurora.org

SCHOOL NEWS AND FUNDRAISER

Pope Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy is currently enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year.

Returning families are asked to complete and return the registration paperwork along with the $150.00 family registration fee to secure the registration. New families are asked to contact the office to schedule an appointment for registration at either campus.

South Campus is located at 601 Talma St., Aurora, 60505. To schedule an appointment at the South Campus, please contact Ms. Norma Heredia at 630-851-4400 or via email at: nheredia@jp2aurora.org.

North Campus is located at 706 High St., Aurora, 60505. To schedule an appointment at the North Campus, please contact Ms. Theresa Garcia at 630-844-3781 or via email at: tgarcia@jp2aurora.org.

 

La Academia Católica Papa San Juan Pablo II está inscribiendo actualmente para el año escolar 2019-2020. Familias que regresan se les pide que rellenen y envíen la documentación de registro junto con la cuota de inscripción familiar  de $150.00 para asegurar el registro. Se les pide a las nuevas familias que se comuniquen con la oficina para programar una cita para registrarse en cualquiera de las localizaciones.

 El edificio sur está ubicado en 601 Talma St., Aurora, 60505. Para programar una cita en el edificio sur, comuníquese con la Sra. Norma Heredia al 630-851-4400 o por correo electrónico a: nheredia@jp2aurora.org.

 El edificio norte está ubicado en 706 High St., Aurora, 60505. Para programar una cita en el edificio norte, comuníquese con la Sra. Theresa García al 630-844-3781 o por correo electrónico a: tgarcia@jp2aurora.org.