Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church
620 Fifth St
Aurora, IL 60505
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.
POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC ACADEMY
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION/ EDUCACION RELIGIOSA
Important Dates/ Fechas importantes
Saturday, December 15 at 10 a.m.-First Reconciliation in English
No religious Education from Sunday, December 16 – 30th.
No habrá clases de religión católica desde el domingo 16—30 de diciembre
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent
Friends, today’s Gospel passage recounts the story of the shepherd finding his lost sheep. Let’s look at that lost sheep. A sheep is something more than a lost coin—which is to say, it has mobility, sense, appetites, and so on. Many years ago, when I was on retreat at the Abbey of Tamie in the Alps, I heard the desperate bleating of a sheep who had fallen into a pit. All night he cried, knowing that he was in trouble and hoping that someone would come to save him.
There are souls who are like the lost sheep. Spiritually compromised, fundamentally unable to help themselves, they are at least aware that they are in a mess. They are like people who commence the AA process by admitting that they have hit bottom and are out of control. They bleat, they cry for help.
And God finds them—and when he finds them, he carries them back, for they are unable to move on their own.
Martes, 11 de diciembre de 2018
Martes de la Segunda Semana de Adviento
Amigos, el Evangelio de hoy nos cuenta la historia del pastor que encontró la oveja perdida. Miremos a esa oveja. Una oveja es algo más que una moneda perdida—es decir, tiene movilidad, sentido, apetito, etc. Hace muchos años, cuando estaba de retiro en la Abadía de Tamie en los Alpes, escuché el balido desesperado de una oveja que había caído en un pozo. Lloró toda la noche, sabiendo que estaba en problemas y esperando que alguien viniera a salvarlo.
Hay almas que son como la oveja perdida. Espiritualmente comprometidas, fundamentalmente incapaces de ayudarse a sí mismas, son al menos conscientes de que están en problemas. Son como las personas que comienzan el proceso en alcohólicos anónimos admitiendo que han tocado fondo y están fuera de control. Balan, gritan por ayuda.
Y Dios las encuentra, y cuando lo hace, las lleva de vuelta, porque no pueden moverse solas.
ROCKFORD DIOCESE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Vocation Corner by Fr. Kyle A. Manno
We are in the second week of Advent and as we continue to journey closer to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, I sit here wondering how many of us know what Advent truly is and why it is celebrated.
To begin, the word Advent comes from two Latin words; ‘Ad’ and ‘Venire.’ Ad means ‘to’ and Venire means ‘come,’ Therefore, Advent means ‘to come.’ But what exactly is to come? Or maybe the better question is: who is to come? The obvious answer is, of course, Jesus!
Therefore, Advent is a time of preparation as we wait for the coming of Christ, his Advent!
When we hear the word ‘waiting,’ we often imagine someone sitting idly around, but that is not true waiting. Think of it this way: when we are waiting to go on a vacation we don’t just sit around waiting for the time to pass, we pack and plan. And when we are waiting for someone to come to our house for dinner we don’t just watch the minutes tick by, we cook and clean. We do this because when we are about to experience greatness we wait not passively, but actively, by preparing for what is to come.
So this Advent season I encourage you to prepare for the coming of Christ by cleaning out your soul with the grace of Confession so that you can be ready to receive the gift of His very self.
So get up and go get that soul cleansed!
Pope St. John Paul II Catholic Academy
601 Talma St.
Aurora, IL 60505
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