Fr. Riccardo discusses the Sacrament of Matrimony in this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family.

Direct download: Homily122610.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

In this homily for Christmas, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that Jesus came to wage war for us and considers the great gift that God has given us in Christ, the gift of Himself.  The scripture readings for this day are: Is 9:1-6, Ti 2:11-14, Lk 2:1-14.

Direct download: ChristmasHomily2010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

While considering the scripture readings of the day (Is 7:10-14, Rom 1:1-7, Mt 1:18-24), Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Do we belong to Jesus Christ, or do we just happen to be Christian?"

Direct download: Homily121910.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to go to school at the feet of Mary, our Mother, so that they may learn how to trust.  While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Matthew (Mt 11:2-11), Fr. John reminds us that for every situation in life, God gives grace which is sufficient.

Direct download: Homily121110.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

On November 27th, a Mass was held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. His Excellency Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, presided at the Mass and delivered this homily.  This is a video podcast in standard definition. It should play in iTunes, using Apple's QuickTime movie player software, on an AppleTV, or on a video iPod. It is a 143 MB download, so a broadband connection is recommended.

Direct download: OLGC_90th_Anniversary_Mass_Homily_-_Mobile.m4v
Category:iPod Video -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

On November 27th, a Mass was held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. His Excellency Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, presided at the Mass and delivered this homily.

Direct download: 90AnniversaryMass.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:36pm EDT

While reflecting on the readings (Is 2:1-5, Rom 13:11-14, Mt 24:37-44) for this first Sunday of Advent, Fr. Riccardo discusses proper behavior of communicants after receiving the Eucharist at Mass.

Direct download: Homily112810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on his visit to Wawel Castle during his recent pilgrimage to Poland and on the gospel reading from St. Luke (Lk 23:35-43) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to beg for the grace to hear God's voice and to listen.

Direct download: Homily112110.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

While discussing the gospel reading from Luke (Lk 21:5-19), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that,  "The church desparately needs joyful, educated Christians, who deeply love Jesus, who are willing and able to give an explanation for the faith and the hope that they have."

Direct download: Homily111410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on November 3rd. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession111010.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

While reflecting on the first reading from 2 Maccabees and examples of martyrdom in our time, Fr. Riccardo poses the question, "Am I willing to live for Jesus?"

Direct download: Homily110710.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on November 3rd. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession110310.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 9:35pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo talks about winning the game of life in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In particular, Fr. John addresses his remarks to the youth of the parish at a Mass celebrating the fall CYO athletic season.

Direct download: Homily103010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:47pm EDT

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on October 27th. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession102710.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

While reflecting on the readings of the day and his recent pilgrimage to Poland, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God gives grace for the moment.

Direct download: Homily102410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on October 6th. A handout for this presentation is available for download.

Direct download: TOBSession100610.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

In this homily for Respect Life Sunday, Fr. Riccardo discusses the crisis in civility in our culture and offers his suggestions on how we can build a culture of life and a civilization of love.

Direct download: Homily100310.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:58am EDT

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo is presenting a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. This podcast is from Fr. John's talk on September 29th.

Direct download: TheologyBody092910.m4a
Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT

From September 2010 through March 2011, Fr. Riccardo will present a series of talks on The Theology of the Body, a series of lectures given by Pope John Paul II during his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984. A schedule and a bibliography for Fr. John's talks are available for download. On September 8th, the series began with a viewing of the movie Nine Days that Changed the World, a documentary that chronicled Pope John Paul II's pilgrimage to Poland in June of 1979.

Category:Theology of the Body -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

You're Teaching My Child WHAT?-Dr. Miriam Grossman, M.D.

On Wednesday, May 26th, the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted Dr. Miriam Grossman, M.D. as part of the Dignity of Life Speaker Series. Dr. Grossman is a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She writes and speaks to parents, students, educators, and health professionals internationally on the dangers of political correctness in her profession. She is the author of You're Teaching My Child What?: A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Education and How They Harm Your Child and Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student. Additional information is available from Dr. Grossman's website

Direct download: YouAreTeachingMyChildWhat.m4a
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

The Cure for Salvation Dysfunction

On June 26, 2010 the first Statewide Men's Conference entitled Doing All Things in Christ: Tapping into the Real Power in a Power Hungry World was held at Eastern Michigan University. This is Fr. Riccardo's address from the conference. Additional information about the conference is available here.

 

Direct download: TheCureForSalvationDysfunction.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 11:17am EDT

On Saturday, September 11th, His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida presided over the 4 PM Mass celebrating the 10th anniversary of the new church building.  This is Cardinal Maida's homily from that Mass.

Direct download: AnniversaryMassHomily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated at the start of the new school year.

Direct download: MassHolySpirit090910.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT

While considering the gospel reading from St. Luke, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "What does in mean to be a Christian?"  Fr. John suggests the congregation ask Our Lady of Good Counsel to pray that we might have a greater experience of the Lord.

Direct download: Homily090410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

While reflecting on the readings for this day, Fr. Riccardo asks, "What does it mean to be humble?"

Direct download: Homily082910.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass for the Northwest Wayne County Vicariate teachers and administrators.

Direct download: VicariateHomily082610.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:39pm EDT

On August 26th, Fr. Riccardo addressed an assembly of teachers and administrators from the Northwest Wayne Vicariate of the Archdiocese of Detroit on the topic of Catholic Identity. 

Direct download: VicariateTeachers082610.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the dignity and destiny of every human.  Fr. John reminds the congregation that their bodies were made to be glorified by God, and encourages them to treat every person who comes into their lives with respect, reverence, and awe.

Direct download: Homily081510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. Luke, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to ask God for the gift of the Holy Spirit that they may come to know the Father.

Direct download: Homily072510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the words of St. Paul from today's second reading to offer the congregation advice on how to deal with the suffering that we all must endure.  Fr. John reminds us that Christ transformed suffering through the cross, and encourages us to turn our suffering into love by uniting it with Christ's ultimate act of love.

Direct download: Homily071710.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

While reflecting on the scripture readings, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that no one is hopeless in the eyes of God.  If we want God to be merciful to us, we must also want Him to be merciful to others.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to show mercy to each other.
Direct download: Homily061310.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

In this homily for The Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo offer his advice for winning the game of life.
Direct download: Homily060510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:26pm EDT

In this homily for The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to ask for the grace to grow in trust of the Father.
Direct download: Homily053010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

In this homily from the 5 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the ways that the Holy Spirit works in our lives by opening our eyes and our hearts to recognize the many gifts that God has bestowed on us. Fr. John asks the congregation to open their hearts and hands to recognize our brothers and sisters in need by supporting the parish's ongoing efforts to raise funds to provide college educations to members of our sister community in El Salvador, Haciendita Uno.
Direct download: Homily052310.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Each year Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel with a Streamer Day Mass to recognize the eighth grade students who will soon complete their final studies at the elementary school. Fr. Riccardo's homily from this year's Mass is presented here in video format. The homily should play in iTunes or using Apple's QuickTime software.

Direct download: Streamer_Day_Homily_2010_-_Medium.m4v
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:17pm EDT

During Lent, Fr. Riccardo addressed the Mother's Club of Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi, MI for their annual retreat. Father John's talk titled Mary, Monica, and My Mother was also broadcast on his weekly radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network.

Direct download: Mary_Monica_and_My_Mother.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

In this homily for Mother's Day, Fr. Riccardo describes the development of his own devotion to the Blessed Mother.
Direct download: Homily050810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:42am EDT

In this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation, "Why are you here?" Father John reminds the congregation that Jesus is the answer to every real and significant question that they ask.

Direct download: Homily042510.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:46am EDT

While discussing John's gospel account of the rehabilitation of Peter, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the life of St. Peter. Fr. John reminds the congregation that the gospels were not written and proclaimed so that anyone will believe in the leaders of the church: rather, they were written and proclaimed so that we will believe in Jesus.

Direct download: Homily041810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

On April 15th, Fr. Riccardo addressed the parents of OLGC school children regarding the curriculum for human growth and development education in the school.  Principal Kay Reilly and Assistant Principal John Czaplicki also participated in the forum, along with Mary DelPup, Director of Religious Formation.  Fr. John spoke about the school's plan to help students and parents learn about the beauty, the wonder, and the challenges of sexuality.

Direct download: ParentTalk042010.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Abuse Scandal

Fr. Riccardo discusses the Abuse Scandal in the Church in this installment for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series. 

Direct download: C4CC-AbuseScandal.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that God loves to forgive in this homily for the Feast of Divine Mercy.

Direct download: Homily041010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Fr. Riccardo reminds the RCIA candidates and the congregation that Jesus thirsts for each of us.  Fr. John asks the congregation to take their eyes off the headlines of the day, and to focus them on the cross and the empty tomb, for Christ has truly risen.

Direct download: EasterHomily040410.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

In this homily for Palm Sunday, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to spend time this week reflecting on one of the gospel accounts of the Passion of Jesus.

Direct download: Homily032810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

While reflecting on the gospel reading from St. John, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that we were all cut off from God by sin and rescued by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. In preparation for Holy Week, Fr. John encourages the congregation to spend time meeting Jesus in His word. 

Direct download: Homily032010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT

Parish Mission 2010-Turning Up the Flame-Wednesday Session

The 2010 parish mission concluded with the celebration of Mass on Wednesday evening.  In his homily, Fr. Riccardo cites concrete examples of Catholics bearing witness to their faith and becoming light to others.

Direct download: ParishMission2010Wednesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:54pm EDT

Parish Mission 2010-Turning Up the Flame-Tuesday Session

In this presentation from the Tuesday evening session of the 2010 parish mission, Turning Up the Flame, Fr. Riccardo discusses obstacles to evangelization and offers some remedies to overcome these obstacles.

Direct download: ParishMission2010Tuesday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:26am EDT

Parish Mission 2010-Turning Up the Flame-Monday Session

In this presentation from the Monday evening session of the 2010 parish mission, Turning Up the Flame, Fr. Riccardo discusses God's expectations for each of us.

Direct download: ParishMission2010Monday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

Parish Mission 2010-Turning Up the Flame-Sunday Session

This is a podcast of the Sunday evening session of the 2010 parish mission, Turning Up the Flame.

Direct download: ParishMission2010Sunday.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:19am EDT

While reflecting on St. Luke's gospel account of the transfiguration of Jesus, Fr. Riccardo draws an analogy between our relationship with Jesus and that of an Olympic athlete and their coach or trainer.  Fr. John encourages the congregation to allow Christ to transform their lives and to become true Christians.

Direct download: Homily022810.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

During Lent, the Stations of the Cross are prayed each Friday at 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. Riccardo presided over this devotion commemorating Jesus' Passion on February 26, 2010.

Direct download: StationsOfTheCross.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

While reflecting on today's first reading from the Book of Deuteronomy, Fr. Riccardo reminds the congregation that lent is a time to remember and be thankful for all Jesus has done for each of us.

Direct download: Homily022110.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

Living as a Catholic in Today's Society

On January 30th, Fr. Riccardo addressed a number of groups at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Saline, MI.  Father John's talk titled It's Both a Privilege and a Challenge to Live as a Catholic in Today's Society was also broadcast on his weekly radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network.

Direct download: LivingAsACatholicInSociety.m4a
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

What Makes Kings from Slaves-Courage

On January 23rd, Fr. Riccardo addressed the Bravehearts Men's Group of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Orion, MI.  Father John's talk titled What Makes Kings from Slaves - Courage was also broadcast on his weekly radio program Christ is the Answer, which airs on the Ave Maria Radio Network.

Direct download: WhatMakesKingsFromSlaves-Courage.m4a
Category:Radio Broadcasts -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Catholicism for Cradle Catholics-Catholic Schools

Fr. Riccardo discusses What Does it Mean to be a Catholic School? in this installment for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series. 

Direct download: C4CC-CatholicSchools.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

While reflecting on St. Luke's gospel account of St. Peter's encounter with Christ on the Sea of Galilee, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to focus on coming to know who Jesus really is.

Direct download: Homily020710.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to practice piety in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Direct download: Homily013010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

On Wednesday, January 13th, the Gospel of Life Group at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted John and Mary Lockwood as part of the Dignity of Life Speaker Series. John and Mary describe their journey of faith in this talked titled Forgiveness.

Direct download: DLSS-Forgiveness.m4a
Category:Dignity of Life Speaker Series -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses what it means to be a priest in this homily for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.
Direct download: Homily011010.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

A Proposal for Our Lady of Good Counsel for 2010 In this talk for the Catholicism for Cradle Catholics series, Fr. Riccardo discusses what it means to be a prophet and addresses the role of the laity in evangelization. The St. Patrick prayer card referenced in this podcast may be downloaded here. The card was created by Jeanne Stevenson, owner of Card for His Glory.
Direct download: C4CC-AProposalForGoodCounsel2010.m4a
Category:Catholicism for Cradle Catholics -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to become "stars" for Christ. While reflecting on the readings of the day and on the lives of Mother Theresa and St. Patrick, Fr. John asks the audience to have the intention by the witness of their lives and by the words of their mouths to help others find Jesus.
Direct download: Homily010210.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT



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