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.
ROCKFORD DIOCESE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Summer Camps and Retreats at Bishop Lane Retreat Center
The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Rockford is once again sponsoring fun filled summer camps and retreats at Bishop Lane Retreat Center.
Jeremiah Days, for boys in 7th grade thru 9th grades, July 8th – 11th and First Call Retreat, for young adult males entering 10th grade and thru college, July 15th – 18th our seminarians studying for our diocese will be facilitating this camp and retreat along with Fr. Keith Romke.
The cost is only $90.00. More information is available at www.rockforddiocese.org/vocations or at the Diocesan Vocation Office (815) 399-4300 ext. 375.
What is the last thing you do before you fall asleep? Do you communicate with God? If you do, what does this look like? This question is important because as we close our eyes for the night we should be giving our last thoughts and words to the Father that created us simply from love.
I am sure that many of us when pondering this question have an answer that involves some type of prayer to God which probably includes thanking him for the day and asking him to help ourselves and our families. This is good and maybe we can bring the last few minutes of the night to an even more focused place. So here is a little thing to do each night that only takes 3 minutes, but can be incredibly powerful for our lives!
First, spend one minute thanking God for all the blessings and gifts that He bestowed upon you that day.
Second, spend one minute thinking of your sins, the ways you failed and the things you should have done and asking for forgiveness.
Lastly, spend one last minute picking one task that you will work on for the next day. This could be being more loving to a family member, going to bed at a reasonable time, waking up early to pray, etc. These last minutes are very crucial because often we have a laundry list of things that we need to work on in our lives but we become overwhelmed by the heaviness of it which then sets us up for failure. This setting out to work on one thing the next day helps focus our intentions and create spiritual growth in our lives.
So to recap…
One minute of thanks, one minute of acknowledge of sins, and lastly one minute of the next day’s goal. Do this nightly and each day you will be constantly striving to grow in holiness and becoming the person God created you to be!
– Fr. Manno-
SILVER & GOLD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS:
Couples celebrating the milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, and 65 or more years of marriage in 2018 are invited to a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Malloy at St. Mary Parish located at 10307 Dundee Road in Huntley, IL on Sunday, August 19th at 2:30 pm. A cake and punch reception will immediately follow.
Commemorative certificate will be available prior to Mass for all those who registered for this event prior to August 3rd go to www.rockforddiocese.org/anniversary.
MISA DE ANIVERSARIOS DE BODA DE PLATA Y ORO: Las parejas que estén celebrando aniversarios de boda de 25, 50, 55, 60, 65 o más años en el 2018, están invitados a una misa que celebrara el obispo David J. Malloy, el domingo 19 de agosto a las 2:30 pm en la parroquia Santa María, ubicada en 10307, Dundee Road, en Huntley, Illinois. Después de la misa habrá una recepción con pastel y ponche. Para registrarse entre a la pagina www.rockforddiocese.org/aniversario, favor de hacerlo antes del 3 de agosto. A todos los que atiendan recibirán un certificado conmemorativo de esta ocasión especial.
Pope St. John Paul II Catholic Academy
601 Talma St.
Aurora, IL 60505
SCHOOL EVENTS AND FUNDRAISER
“Invest in Kids” Scholarship Program
- State Website Opens on February 27 at 7 p.m.
- Illinois families may apply online for a new scholarship program providing tuition and fees for students to attend the area Catholic grade and high Schools.
- Families may register online with their cell phones at empowerillinois.org
- This new program allows families to choose to enroll at a Catholic school with scholarship money available for tuition and fees.
- The application process only takes about 15 – 20 minutes to complete