Deacon Dave Carignan discusses what it means to be a holy family in this homily for the Feast of the Holy Family.

Direct download: DcnCarignanHomily122615.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:23pm EDT

In this Midnight Mass homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of Christmas, Fr. Riccardo discusses a Russian icon of the Trinity, some common objections to faith, how Jesus has translated God, an event happening now, and a commissioning for all Catholics.

Direct download: Christmas2015_MidnightMass.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the Masses this past weekend. In this homily from the Saturday Vigil Mass, Fr. John asks the congregation, "Where is our enthusiasm?" He questions why so many parishioners remain apathetic in light of all that God has done for us. Fr. John offers some suggestions to parishioners who desire an encounter with God. He also discusses what is necessary to become an adult disciple of Jesus.

Direct download: Homily121915.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:03pm EDT

“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” In his third Lectio Divina reflection during Advent, Fr. John Riccardo takes a closer look at John the Baptist and Jesus.

Direct download: LectioDivina121615.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

In his second Lectio Divina talk during Advent, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.

Direct download: LectioDivina120915.mp3
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. Session 7 contains the presentation of Fr. John Riccardo-Abba, Father": The Fifth Key, Receiving the Father's Blessing.

Direct download: UnboundFJR.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. Session 6 contains the testimony of Fr. Pierre Ingram-How God Set Me Free from Fear.

Direct download: UnboundTestimonyFPI.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:51am EDT

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 5-Don't Drink the Poison: Forgiveness, the Second Key to Freedom (with testimony from Nancy DeBacker and Marion Hornacek).

Direct download: UnboundSatMK.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:40am EDT

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 4-In and Out: Renunciation and Authority, The Third and Fourth Keys to Freedom.

Direct download: UnboundSatJK2.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:31am EDT

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 3-Sorry, Please, Thank You: Repentance & Faith, The First Key to Freedom.

Direct download: UnboundSatJK1.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:26am EDT

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the Mass preceding the Saturday sessions.

Direct download: UnboundHomily110715.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:24am EDT

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 2-Deliverance is a Good Word: What Deliverance Really Means and Why We All Need It.

Direct download: UnboundFridayMK.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:16am EDT

On the weekend of November 6 & 7, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted an Unbound Conference. Attendees learned and experienced the Unbound model of prayer using the five keys (repentance, forgiveness, renunciation, taking authority, and blessing) taught by Neal Lozano in this book Unbound. The conference was led by John and Michelle Kazanjian from Renewal Ministries. Audio from the conference will be posted in eight parts. This is session 1-Born into a Battle: The Reality of Spiritual Warfare.

Direct download: UnboundFridayJK.m4a
Category:Unbound Conference -- posted at: 8:13am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend and encouraged the congregants to stop to assess their current path in life and to choose the path that leads to Christ. 

Direct download: DeaconCarignan120615.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:14am EDT

On Wednesday evenings during Advent the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed following the celebration of Mass (6:30 PM), and Fr. Riccardo will offer a reflection on the readings for the upcoming Sunday along with praise and worship. This podcast contains Fr. John's reflections from December 2nd.

Direct download: LectioDivina120215.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:53am EDT

While considering the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and reflecting on the scripture readings for this day (DN 12:1-3; HEB 10:11-14, 18; MK 13:24-32), Fr. Riccardo discusses the Book of Life and the Book of Our Lives-what we have done with our lives. Fr. John emphasizes the need to erase sin from our lives through the Sacrament of Confession, giving alms, and helping those less fortunate.

Direct download: Homily111415.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

In this third of four scheduled Wednesday evening talks looking at some big questions that God has for each of us Fr. Riccardo addresses discusses Jesus' Surprising Question to Peter and to Us.

Direct download: Wednesday111115.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Carignan reflects on the gospel account of St. Mark (MK 12:38-44) while reminding the congregants of the importance of looking at ourselves through the eyes of Jesus and of leading lives of humility.

Direct download: DeaconCarignan110815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:47am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the status of the church expansion project in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at OLGC. Fr. John spoke at all of the weekend Masses for the first weekend of November to let parishioners know when the construction project should start and to solicit parishioner feedback on possible options for the project. Fr. John requested that parishioners spend time in prayer while considering both options and then complete the survey card sent to all parishioners and also available on the parish website.

Direct download: Homily103115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

In this second of four scheduled Wednesday evening talks looking at some big questions that God has for each of us Fr. Riccardo addresses the question What are you Looking For?

Direct download: Wednesday102115.mp3
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

Fr. Riccardo looks at service to God and service to each other in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses how our disordered hearts can be a barrier to service and remarks that by following the example of Christ and growing in conformity to Him we can find happiness, fulfillment, and peace through service.

Direct download: Homily101815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:05am EDT

In this first of four scheduled Wednesday evening talks looking at some big questions that God has for each of us Fr. Riccardo addresses the question Where are You?

Direct download: Wednesday101415.mp3
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

While reflecting on the scripture readings of this day (WIS 7:7-11, HEB 4:12-13, MK 10:17-30), Fr. Riccardo looks at what God wants us to know and what God wants us to do. Fr. John tells us that things cannot bring true satisfaction, only God can satisfy our hearts.

Direct download: Homily101015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

On the 8th of October, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted the Pilgrimage of Mercy: The Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti. Auxiliary Bishop Michael Byrnes presided at a Solemn Mass celebrated in St. Maria's honor. This is Bishop Byrnes' homily from that Mass.

Direct download: BishopByrnesHomily100815.m4a
Category:St. Maria Goretti -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

On the 8th of October, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted the Pilgrimage of Mercy: The Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti.

Father Carlos Martins, CC, a Custos Reliquiarum (ecclesiastically-appointed curate of relics) and director of Treasures of the Church, brought the sacred remains of St. Maria Goretti to OLGC as part of a national tour. An immensely popular saint, it is the first time her body traveled to the United States and only the second time she left Italy. This is a podcast of a talk given by Fr. Carlos prior to public veneration.

Direct download: FrCarlosMartinsPilgrimageOfMercy.m4a
Category:St. Maria Goretti -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan looks at some eternal truths about marriage in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Deacon Dave discusses how hardness of heart can prevent us from seeing Christ in others.

Direct download: DeaconCarignanHomily100415.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:40am EDT

In the final installment of Daily Pontiffications, Fr. John Riccardo reflects on what was a spectacular Saturday for Pope Francis.

Category:Video -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

In Daily Pontiffications #5, Fr. John Riccardo discusses the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. and what it means to be a missionary disciple.

Category:Video -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

In Daily Pontifications #4, Fr. Riccardo discusses how Pope Francis is bringing people to Jesus.

Category:Video -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

In Daily Pontiffications #3, Fr. John Riccardo digs past the news headlines and lets us know what the Pope is really saying during his visit to America.

Category:Video -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

Fr. John Riccardo discusses the canonization of Junipero Serra by Pope Francis.

Category:Video -- posted at: 4:59pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the visit of Pope Francis to the United States in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Fr. John remarks that we must first encounter the love of God before we can truly understand church doctrine. He reminds the congregants that God is calling all of us to grow in faith, and to give witness to others of all that God has done for us.

Direct download: Homily092715.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Father John Riccardo on what to expect when Pope Francis comes to America! OLGC will be posting videos from Fr. John all week long as he discusses this historic visit.

Category:Video -- posted at: 1:18pm EDT

As the Pope gets ready to come to America, the OLGC Media Department interviewed Lizanne Magarity Pando.  She is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Also... be sure to follow OLGC next week on Facebook and Twitter as Fr. John Riccardo reflects on the Papal visit in a special series titled Daily Pontiffications.

Direct download: POPE_2_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

As the Pope gets ready to come to America, the OLGC Media Department interviewed Lizanne Magarity Pando.  She is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Also... be sure to follow OLGC next week on Facebook and Twitter as Fr. John Riccardo reflects on the Papal visit in a special series titled Daily Pontiffications.

Direct download: POPE_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:04am EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Welcome Mass on Sunday, September 13th. This podcast contains Fr. Riccardo's opening remarks from that Mass as well as his homily.

Direct download: WelcomeMass091315.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:58am 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: Homily090915.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:35pm EDT

While considering the gospel account from St. Mark (MK 7:31-37) of Jesus healing a deaf man, Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of silence in our lives. Fr. John proposes  that the congregants spend some time each week before the exposed Blessed Sacrament in the Day Chapel to grow in their relationship with Christ.

Direct download: Homily090515.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses how Christian life is taught in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Fr. John looks at the reasons behind the rules and the gift of the moral law, and points out that we need to encounter Christ before all the rules make sense. Fr. John proposes Alpha as a starting point for encountering Christ.

Direct download: Homily083015_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

Fr. Stanley Obloj returned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend and presided at the 5 PM Mass.

Direct download: FrStanleyOblojHomily082315.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at the 10 AM Mass this past weekend. Deacon Dave looks at the cost of discipleship while focusing on the readings for this week (JOS 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B; EPH 5:21-32; JN 6:60-69).

Direct download: DeaconCarignanHomily082315.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:35pm EDT

Fr. Phong Pham of Cross Catholic Outreach preached at all of the weekend Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. You may read about Fr. Pham and support the work of Cross Catholic Outreach from this website.

Direct download: CrossCatholicOutreach081615.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:33am EDT

While reflecting on the first reading from Kings (1 KGS 19:4-8) and the gospel of St. John (JN 6:41-51), Fr. Riccardo tells us that we are not alone. Fr. John looks at food in the scripture readings as a foreshadowing of the Eucharist, and reminds the congregants that God will miraculously provide for us when we are not strong enough on our own to deal with the burdens of life. 

Direct download: Homily080915.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:01am EDT

In this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deacon Dave Carignan preaches about the apostolic nature of the church and asks the congregants how they can tell whether they have had a life changing encounter with Christ.

Direct download: DeaconCarignanHomily071915.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:25am EDT

While focusing on the readings of this day (EZ 2:2-5, 2 COR 12:7-10, MK 6:1-6), Fr. Riccardo discusses our lack of trust in God. Fr. John tells the congregation that this can change through an encounter with Him. Fr. John encourages the congregants to respond to this encounter by surrendering, and doing everything for God with intense gratitude and devotion for the One who has done everything for us.

Direct download: Homily070515.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

Associate Pastor Fr. Steve Mateja spoke after the weekend Masses as he transitioned to his new assignment at St. Lawrence Parish in Utica, MI. This is a podcast of Fr. Steve's farewell remarks from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Direct download: 10AMMassFarewell.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

Fr. Steve Mateja served as Associate Pastor at OLGC from July 2012 until July 2015. In this final homily he spoke on the Supreme Court decision to legalize same sex marriage asking the questions: is the Church dead? Where do we go from here? How do we respond?

Direct download: FSMHomily062715.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the marriage equality decision of the United States Supreme Court in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: Homily062815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:45am EDT

While reflecting on recent events in the world and in our country, Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation whether anger is always sinful. Fr. John exhorts the congregants to, "Strive to do good as best we can, to ask the Lord for the grace to get angry about the right things in the right way, and to pray for those who are most in need of God's mercy."

Direct download: Homily062115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo looks at our obligation as Catholics to spread the faith to the best of our ability in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the parish mission in light of the Him first campaign while considering the issue involved, the ramifications of not participating, and the possible benefit. Fr. John encourages the congregants to offer a most credible witness to our community of the difference that Jesus makes.

Direct download: Homily061415.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:02am EDT

In this homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that God is inviting us of offer others a life changing encounter with Jesus. Fr. John invites the congregants to a town hall meeting in the church on June 17th. The evening will include an overview of OLGC’s new vision, values and strategic plan; an update on the building expansion; and an inspiring conversion story. Fr. John concludes by looking at the response that is needed from parishioners to achieve this vision and encourages everyone to put Him first.

Direct download: HimFirstHomily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:35am EDT

Fr. Riccardo addresses the eighth grade graduating class of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in this homily from the 2015 Graduation Mass. 

Direct download: GradMass2015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:42am EDT

As the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program gets underway at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, several past participants addressed the congregations at the weekend Masses on Pentecost Sunday. Following an introduction by RCIA leader Bob Smentowki, this podcast contains RCIA testimonies of Adrienne (2:00), Lisa (8:35), Chad (14:33), Bradley (18:02), and Michael (21:35) from the weekend Masses on Pentecost.

Direct download: RCIATestimonies2015.m4a
Category:RCIA -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

On The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Fr. Riccardo preached at the 10 AM Mass honoring parish members completing their high school or college studies. Fr. John tells the congregants that they can get through any ordeal in life if they have a radical trust in God, who provides grace for the moment, and who promises to be with us always. Fr. John missions the congregants to tell other about Him.

Direct download: Homily053115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:52am EDT

Fr. Riccardo remarks that Jesus sent his disciples and St. Paul out into the world to preach a different world view that God created everything out of nothing, with the human person the highlight of everything and made to share His life. Fr. John reaffirms a discipleship challenge from Archbishop Vigneron to repropose Jesus to a world that has never heard of Him or has walked away from Him.

Direct download: Homily053115_8.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

Fr. Riccardo honors Brian Hill with this homily from his funeral Mass.

Direct download: BrianHillHomily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:43pm 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. Since the actual Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel fell on a weekend this year, the Mass was celebrated on May 15th.

Direct download: StreamerDayHomily2015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

In this homily for the Feast of Pentecost, Fr. Riccardo looks at the role of the Holy Spirit in helping us fulfill the mission of our parish. Fr. John reflects on the lives of St. Peter and on that of Brian Hill as he takes a look at what each of us can do through an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Direct download: Homily052415.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses our parish mission in this homily from the 4 PM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at the importance of the laity in accomplishing the mission and cites the example of Brian Hill, who was recently called to his eternal rest.

Direct download: Homily051615.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:26am EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on his recent trip to Italy and a viewing of the Shroud of Turin in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John discusses the great love shown by Jesus in His sacrifice on the cross and His commandment to us to love one another (JN 15:9-17).

Direct download: Homily051015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

Fr. Stanley Obloj returned to Our Lady of Good Counsel on May 3rd and presided at the 5 PM Life Teen Mass. Fr. Stanley encourages the congregants to get plugged in to Jesus.

Direct download: FrOblojHomily050315.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:56am EDT

Deacon Vince Small delivered this homily at the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: DeaconSmall050315.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:48am EDT

In this homily for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Fr. Riccardo offers a personal testimony describing how he developed a strong devotion to Mary and ultimately consecrated his life to her using Fr. Michael E. Gaitley's book 33 Days to Morning Glory.

Direct download: Homily042615.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:52am EDT

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In his final homily from OLGC before ordination, Deacon Jonathan discusses how the resurrection of Christ makes everything different.

Direct download: DcnFasnacht041915.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses three recent experiences, shares three words from scripture, and offers three suggestions for the week ahead in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Direct download: Homily041815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

In this homily from the Easter Vigil Mass, Fr. Riccardo considers the last words of Jesus in relation to one parish family and in relation to the mission of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. Fr. John reminds the congregants that when the world has nothing to offer, He has everything. Fr. John encourages all parishioners to strive to live their lives so that others will encounter Jesus and come to know Him.

Direct download: EasterVigil2015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:05am EDT

I thirst for you” is the theme of our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. This message reflects the convergence of two thirsts - our thirst for Jesus that can only be quenched by knowing Him, and His thirst for each and every one of us at every single moment. The beautiful “I thirst for you” prayer written by Blessed Mother Teresa best describes this undying love, always there standing at the door of our hearts. Fr. Riccardo leads a Good Friday meditation with this prayer before the service at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Direct download: I_Thirst.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on the upcoming gospel reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. Deacon Vince Small leads this session.

Direct download: LectioDivina040115.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:44pm EDT

While reflecting on the Passion narrative from St. Mark (MK 14:1-15:47), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that this is not a tragedy, but a story of Jesus entering into glorious combat for us. It is the means by which He brings us home.

Direct download: Homily032815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:53am EDT

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on an upcoming Sunday reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. 

Direct download: LectioDivina032515.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses suffering in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While reflecting on the suffering endured by his own mother, Fr. John points out that our suffering allows us to share in Christ's passion. By uniting our suffering to His cross, we too can participate in the salvation of the human race.

Direct download: Homily032115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on the upcoming gospel reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht leads this session.

Direct download: LectioDivina031815.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo concludes the Alpha 201 series with this discussion of love. Fr. John looks at how we love as individuals and how we love as catholic disciples of Jesus. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel

Direct download: Alpha_201S8-Love.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

In this seventh talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo talks about the acts of praise and worship in the life of intentional disciples. What is it? Why do we do it? Does one have to be charismatic to praise God? The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S7-Worship.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

In this sixth talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo talks about the theme of surrender in Scripture and in the life of somebody who lives a life of discipleship. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S6-Surrender.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

In this fifth talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo discusses the topic of greed. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S5-Greed.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 11:12am EDT

In this fourth talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo talks about the nature of human suffering and how we are to understand it and live it when suffering comes. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S4-Suffering.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

In this third talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. Riccardo leads the community in an immersion into the Word of God to encounter Jesus as we think about what gives us fear and anxiety as pilgrims on the sea of life. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S3-Fear.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

In January of 2014, Fr. Riccardo began an eight part series titled Alpha 201. In this second talk of the Alpha 201 series, Fr. John discusses why and how forgiveness sets men and women free from bondage and slavery. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S2-Forgiveness.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

In January of 2014, Fr. Riccardo began an eight part series titled Alpha 201. In the first week of Alpha 201, Fr. John discusses the goal & purpose of life. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.

Direct download: Alpha_201S1-Purpose_of_Life.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

Fr. Riccardo asks the congregation what they feel when they see Jesus on the cross. Fr. John encourages the congregants to contemplate a true friendship with Him and then reflect once again on the crucifix.

Direct download: Homily031515.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on the upcoming gospel reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction.

Direct download: LectioDivina031115.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo reflects on the gospel reading from St. John (JN 2:13-25) in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John remarks that judgment is real and asks the congregation to consider what must be done right now to be reconciled with God and one another.

Direct download: Homily030815.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Fr. John leads a reflection on the upcoming gospel reading during a Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction.

Direct download: LectioDivina030415.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

On Wednesday's during Lent, Fr. Riccardo is leading a scripture study to help participants experience the Word of God in a whole new way. Learn how to put yourself in the moment and encounter Jesus in scripture.

Direct download: LectioDivina022515.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

In this homily for the first Sunday of Lent, Fr. Riccardo discusses the need for interior transformations. Fr. John encourages the congregants to spend time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament asking God to show them the one thing that needs to change in their lives.

Direct download: Homily022215.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:14am EDT

Fr. Riccardo encourages the congregation to treat this lenten season seriously given the events happening to Christians today. Fr. John remarks that the purpose of Lent is to arrived changed come Easter, and encourages each congregant to ask God to show them the one place in their heart where they are most resistant to change.

Direct download: AshWednesdayHomily2015.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this final session, Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht discusses how parents can raise their children in the faith. Deacon Jonathan is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). He is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Direct download: BVMSession5.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Deacon Jonathan tells the congregation that Jesus became man so that we may be drawn into a full relationship with God.

Direct download: DcnFasnachtHomily020815_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:36am EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this fourth session, Mary DelPup focuses on the dignity and vocation of women.

Direct download: BVMSession4.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In this homily from the noon Mass, Deacon Jonathan looks at ways in which our faith is bolstered by miracles and the witness of the apostles of Christ.

Direct download: DcnFasnachtHomily020115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this third session, Fr. John discusses the mission and task of fatherhood.

Direct download: BVMSession3.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo looks at our mission as evangelists in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John points out that we, like the apostles, are called, taught, fed, and sent out to proclaim the gospel to the people we encounter in our daily lives.

Direct download: Homily012515.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:38am EDT

On the weekend of January 16-18, Fr. Riccardo spoke on discipleship and evangelization at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury, Ohio. Fr. John gave three talks during the weekend retreat, which SJN has made available. This is Fr. Riccardo's talk on evangelization.

Direct download: fr_riccardo_sat.mp3
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 7:39pm EDT

On the weekend of January 16-18, Fr. Riccardo spoke on discipleship and evangelization at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury, Ohio. Fr. John gave three talks during the weekend retreat, which SJN has made available. This is the second part of Fr. Riccardo's talk on discipleship.

Direct download: fr_riccardo_fri_part2.mp3
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

On the weekend of January 16-18, Fr. Riccardo spoke on discipleship and evangelization at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Sunbury, Ohio. Fr. John gave three talks during the weekend retreat, which SJN has made available. This is the first part of Fr. Riccardo's talk on discipleship.

Direct download: SJN011615Part1.m4a
Category:Alpha -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this second session, Fr. John discusses Ephesians 5.

Direct download: BVMSession2.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 8:22am EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. For the first week, Fr. John discusses the question “Does the biblical vision of marriage have anything to offer us today?”

Direct download: BVMSession1.m4a
Category:OLGC Presentations -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses sin in this homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Fr. John considers the importance of baptism in destroying sin, but points out that this can only happen when we acknowledge sin, repent for our sins, and cease from committing sin.

Direct download: Homily011115.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Deacon Jonathan Fasnacht is a transitional deacon assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish prior to his ordination in June of 2015 for the Diocese of Winona (Minnesota). Deacon Jonathan is a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Direct download: DcnFasnachtHomily011115_5.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish hosted a Welcome Mass on Sunday, January 4th. This podcast contains Fr. Riccardo's opening remarks from that Mass as well as his homily.

Direct download: WelcomeMass2015Homily.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo discusses the reasons for celebrating the octave of Christmas in this homily from the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of praying the rosary, and offers advice to the congregants on how to invite friends and family members to come to know Jesus.

Direct download: Homily123114.m4a
Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:11am EDT



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