Welcome to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church!
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.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish welcomes
Father E. Yovanny Dorado
as our Parochial Vicar
La Iglesia de Señora del Buen Consejo
le da la bienvenida al
Father E. Yovanny Dorado
como nuestro Vicario Parroquial
Message from Bishop David J. Malloy
Dear Friends in Christ:
In this Holy Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, we are asked to open the doors of our hearts and make mercy real and present by our actions. The ministries supported by the Diocesan Appeal allows us as a Catholic family to be merciful throughout our diocese.
Through your gifts to this Appeal, our schools, and religious education programs benefit from the Office of Education which helps to prepare our teachers and catechists to pass on the knowledge of our faith. The Ministry Formation Program has trained so many adults who go back to their parishes and evangelize by proclaiming the depth of God’s mercy present in the Scripture.
You also play a crucial part in the formation of our priests and deacons who serve us throughout their lives – even in retirement.
Together, we can reach so many by pooling our resources to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, and to lift them up through our Catholic Charities programs. Your gift demonstrates that God’s mercy is alive today, experienced by many, and practiced by all who follow Jesus.
Let God’s mercy lead us…
To care for those who are hungry and poor
To welcome the lost and forsaken
To educate the hearts, minds, and spirits in the Catholic faith
We cannot let the love of Christ stay behind closed doors – we must open our hearts to Christ so we can spread His mercy to everyone we meet.
Please join me in giving to the 2016 Diocesan Appeal so we can help make God’s mercy a reality for people in our parishes, communities and throughout our diocese. Thank you.
The Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford
Donate Online: www.rockforddiocese.org
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION-2016
Date: Sunday, May 29th.
Time: 3 p.m.
Place: St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church
Everyone is invited to participate in the procession of Corpus Christi. The celebration begins inside the St. Rita Church and then goes in procession to different altars around the parish according to tradition. The celebration will be bilingual in which all the parishes of the Aurora Deanery are invited to participate.
PROCESION DE CORPUS CHRISTI-2016
Fecha: Domingo 29 de Mayo
Horario: 3 p.m.
Lugar: Iglesia Católica Santa Rita de Casia
Todos están invitados a participar en la procesión de Corpus Christi. La celebración iniciara dentro de la Iglesia de Santa Rita para luego salir en procesión hacia los diferentes altares, según la tradición. Sera una celebración bilingüe en la cual van a participar todas las parroquias del Deanery de Aurora.
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the Our Lady of Good Counsel Grade School and Religious Education students who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 7 & 14. Gratitude to our teachers, Mrs. Karen Behrns, catechists, aides, teen volunteers and Sister Mario Romero HJ who worked so closely and so well with the children and their families as they prepared to receive this Sacrament. Welcome to the Table of the Lord.
AURORA CENTRA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1977
Planning 40 year reunion. Please contact with text to 630-740-0314 or via Facebook.
Our Lady of Good Counsel
As part of the celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy, Our Lady of Good Counsel has been given the honor of housing the Door of Mercy for the Aurora deanery, one of six such doors in the Rockford Diocese. During the jubilee, the pope is encouraging people to make a pilgrimage to these doors to receive special graces, either for themselves or loved ones who have passed away.
As part of this celebration, Our Lady of Good Counsel parish has organized several opportunities for your parishioners to have a special pilgrimage experience.
Each Sunday throughout the liturgical year, our church will be open to visitors from 3 to 5 p.m. In addition to passing through the Holy Doors and engaging in silent prayer, guided tours of our church (including our newly dedicated Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine) are available.
Groups of 10 or more may request the church be opened for a special daytime or evening visit, including a church tour. These arrangements can be made by calling our parish office weekdays at 630-851-1100.
Jubilee Year of Mercy
In anticipation of the Holy Year, Jubilee of Mercy, Bishop Malloy has designated Our Lady of Good Counsel Church as a pilgrimage site for the Indulgence which Pope Francis has granted during the period of December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016. With regards to the indulgence, the Pope noted, “My thought first of all goes to all the faithful who, whether in individual Diocese or as pilgrims to Rome, will experience the grace of the Jubilee. I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed.”
At the pilgrimage sites a Holy Door is identified and blessed. We blessed our Holy Door on the Feast of the Immaculate, December 8, 2015
What is a Plenary Indulgence?
This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (#992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1471). “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed, gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasure of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.”
Indulgences can be partial or plenary in freeing one from the temporal punishment due to sin. They can be obtained for oneself or for the dead.
How can I obtain the Plenary Indulgence?
By having the intention of acquiring the indulgence—while also having an interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin; going to confession (before or after the visit); receiving Holy Communion; making a profession of faith; praying for the holy Father and the intentions he bears in his heart for the good of the Church and world while doing any of the following:
- For those able: by visiting one of the diocesan pilgrimage churches;
- For the sick or elderly: by receiving Holy Communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer (even Mass celebrated on TV)
- For those who are incarcerated; by visiting the chapel in the prison
- By personally performing one or more of the Spiritual or Corporal works of mercy
- By remembering the deceased at Mass and praying that they be freed from every remnant of fault and be embraced by God in the blessedness of eternal life.
OLGC SCHOOL NEWS
OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
HAS OPEN ENROLLMENT
PRESCHOOL– 8th. GRADE
Call the principal Mrs. Karen Behrns or
Norma Heredia at 630-851-4400
for a tour or go to the web-site
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School is proud to announce our
Summer Camp Program
Open to all children ages 3 (potty trained) and up
Great hands on activities
Touching all academic areas including STEM!
Looking for more information?
Please call 630-851-4400
HOME & SCHOOL FUNDRAISER AT
OBERWEIS ICE CREAM AND DAIRY STORE
at the Oswego Store
Thursday, May 26, 2016.