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
January 26, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. South Campus (located at Talma St.)
January 27, 2019 from from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m North Campus (located at 706 High St.)
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION/ EDUCACION RELIGIOSA
Important information/ Informacion importante
Confirmation Day: Monday, January, 21st, 2019 – Mass at 5:30 p.m.
Confirmation Rehearsal: Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Students and sponsor must be in attendance to the rehearsal.
For information call Julieta Jacobo at 630-851-1100.
Día de la Confirmaciónes: Lunes, 21 de enero, 2019 – Misa a las 5:30 p.m.
Practica para los de Confirmación: Viernes, 18 de enero, 2019 a las 6:30 p.m.
Estudiantes y padrinos deben estar presentes en la practica.
Llame a Julieta Jacobo para más detalles 630-851-1100.
9 Days for Life: January 14-22, 2019
Pray for the respect and protection of all human life. Download the novena online, or participate through Facebook, email, text message or an app.
Join at www.9daysforlife.com
9 días por la vida: 14-22 de enero, 2019
Oren por el respeto y la protección de toda vida humana. Bajen la novena del internet, participen en Facebook, mensaje electrónico de texto o una aplicación.
¡Únete a www.9daysfor life.com!
Friday, January 18, 2019
First Week in Ordinary Time
Friends, today’s Gospel focuses on the faith of the four men who brought the paralytic to Jesus for healing. How often the Bible compels us to meditate on the meaning of faith! We might say that the Scriptures rest upon faith and remain inspired at every turn by the spirit of faith.
Faith is an attitude of trust in the presence of God. Faith is openness to what God will reveal, do, and invite. It should be obvious that in dealing with the infinite, all-powerful person who is God, we are never in control.
One of the most fundamental statements of faith is this: your life is not about you. You’re not in control. This is not your project; rather, you are part of God’s great design. To believe this in your bones and to act accordingly is to have faith. When we operate out of this transformed vision, amazing things can happen, for we have surrendered to “a power already at work in us that can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” Even a tiny bit of faith makes an extraordinary difference.
Viernes, 18 de enero de 2019
Primera Semana del Tiempo Ordinario
Amigos, el Evangelio de hoy es acerca de la fe de aquellos cuatro hombres que trajeron a un paralítico a Jesús para ser sanado. ¡Cuán a menudo la Biblia nos obliga a meditar sobre el significado de la fe! Podríamos decir que las Escrituras descansan sobre la fe y permanecen inspiradas en todo momento por un espíritu de fe.
La fe es una actitud de confianza en la presencia de Dios. La fe es una apertura a lo que Dios nos revelará, hará e invitará. Debería ser obvio que, siendo Dios una persona infinita y todopoderosa, nunca estaremos en control.
Una declaración de fe muy fundamental es esta: tu vida no es acerca de ti. Tú no tienes el control. Este no es tu proyecto, sino que eres parte de un gran plan de Dios. Creer esto hasta tus huesos y actuar en consecuencia es tener fe. Cuando actuamos con esta visión transformadora, pueden suceder cosas increíbles, porque nos hemos sometido a “un poder que está actuando en nosotros y puede hacer infinitamente más de lo que podemos pedir o imaginar”. Aún apenas un poco de fe hace una diferencia extraordinaria.
ROCKFORD DIOCESE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Vocation Corner by Fr. Manny Gomez
Winter: perfect pruning time
This time of the year, after the holidays, seems that there is not a lot to do. Life in the parish slows down; in most of the parishes there are not special activities or events, lines for confession and Mass attendance comes back to its regular numbers. Even nature seems to take a break during the winter season; trees lose their leaves during fall, and look barren the whole winter season. But life is still there.
Winter season is a time to prune trees. Some branches are cut off because they are dead; others are prune if they had been damaged by a winds or storm; other branches are prune to make trees more beautiful and fruitful. Just like the trees we also can take advantage of this time of the church (ordinary time) to cut off whatever is dead in our lives, or brings death to our lives (i.e. a vice or a bad attitude towards others); We may also take a look to those relationships damaged by the storms of hate and
misunderstanding in the past; or we make just look at ourselves and see in what ways we can be more beautiful and fruitful.
Be aware! A tree that is not prune may cause damage to our property. A broken or dead branch that is not taken care of may fall in our home or car. A tree that is not pruned does not bear much fruit. The same thing happens with our lives, in particular with our vocation. If we don’t look constantly into ourselves to cut off whatever is dead or broken within us we may be risking that a dead branch may collapsed our vocation. It is also true that if we don’t leave behind the things that does not allows us to be more beautiful and fruitful, our vocation eventually will be like an old barren tree. Responding God’s call is a continuous process of growth, let us ask God’s grace to keep growing in his friendship and love.
Pope St. John Paul II Catholic Academy
601 Talma St.
Aurora, IL 60505
SCHOOL NEWS AND FUNDRAISER
Pope Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy
You are invited to an open house at Pope Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week.
South Campus located at Talma Street will be open on Saturday, January 26, following the 4:30 p.m. Mass until 7:00 p.m.
North Campus located at 706 High Street will be open Sunday, January 27 following the 10:30 a.m. Mass until 1:00 p.m.
Tour the school, visit classrooms, and meet the teachers. Please call 630-844-3781 (North campus) or 630-851-4400 (South campus) for more information. There has truly never been a better time to check out a nonpublic education option for your family!
Families that qualify for the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program can earn up to 100% off the cost of tuition and fees. If you’re thinking about attending the school next year, be sure to apply. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
Visit https:// empowerillinois.org/students/howstudents/how-do-I-apply/ for more details about the two step application process.
Current scholarship recipients and students who applied in 2018-19 and are currently on the wait list must reapply for the 2019-2020 school year.
Step 1. Reserve: On January 15 at 7:00 p.m. families will complete a brief one page online reservation form with the following information: Parent/Guardian’s first and last name, phone number, email address, and household address (street, city, state & zip). Student’s first and last name (can add additional boxes for as many children for whom the family is applying). Additionally there will be three legal disclaimer check boxes at the bottom of the page. Once the page is submitted the family will receive a time stamp for the first come first served scholarships. The reservation system will be accessible from mobile devices.
Step 2. Apply: After reserving a place in line families will be emailed a link to log into a parent portal to complete the application.