Fr. Riccardo shares his final words for the parish in this final homily as the pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. As he transitions to his new role as Executive Director of Acts XXIX, Fr. John offers words of praise, words of apology, words of thanks, and concludes with a final appeal to the parishioners of OLGC.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chruch for The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. Prentice details some instances where he became particularly aware of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

Deacon Steve Mitchell preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of Pentecost. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Deacon Steve points out the same Holy Spirit will bring to completion the good work he has begun in us through the transition of our pastors. Jesus is Savior but he is also Lord and “No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit is waiting for our yes to bust loose.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. In this homily from the 8 AM Mass, Deacon Dave discusses the mission of our parish in this time of transition as Fr. Riccardo and Fr. Tipton prepare to leave for their new assignments. Deacon Dave encourages the congregants to take up the baton and carry the mission forward.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo addresses the eighth grade graduating class of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in this homily from the 2019 Graduation Mass telling the students that greatness in within the reach of each of them.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the travels of St. Paul as described in the first reading for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (ACTS 14:21-27). Fr. John concludes by encouraging the young married couples and young families of the parish to take up the baton of leadership in the church and in this parish. Fr. John points out, "God is calling you to step up and to step forward and to use all the gifts that He has so generously entrusted to you for one purpose – so God can get his world back."

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:45am EDT

Each year Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School celebrates a Streamer Day Mass to recognize the eighth grade students who will soon complete their final studies at the elementary school. We were pleased to have His Excellency Bishop Robert Fisher preside at the Mass for the Class of 2019. Bishop Fisher encourages the students to do their best in all things by using their God-given talents to build up the world around us.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 7:33am EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. Prentice looks at the conversation between Jesus and Peter by the charcoal fire in today's gospel (JN 21:1-19). Fr. Prentice asks the congregants whether we have given up on God's vision for our lives and settled for simply being Simon. Have we given up on being Peter?

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:59am EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish was pleased to host the Most Reverend Gerard W. Battersby, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, at the school Mass on April 30th. Bishop Battersby presided at the Mass as the school celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel and held the annual May Crowning to honor Our Lady.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

Deacon Steve Mitchell preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for Feast of Divine Mercy. In this Divine Mercy Mass from Sunday at 3 PM, Deacon Steve tells the congregants that a life marked by the empty tomb is one spent looking up at the cross and not back at our past. Focusing on the right image, listening to the right words - the ones Jesus speaks over us versus what the devil says about us - shapes our lives.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

Newly ordained transitional deacon Andrew Mabee preached at the 6 AM sunrise Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on Easter Sunday. Deacon Drew looks at the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus and the true meaning of the empty tomb. The church proclaims the Good News that He has risen in churches throughout the world, and there is hope for all of us.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

The deceiver is deceived, his dominion is destroyed, and you and I have been sent out as witnesses.

Fr. Riccardo discusses the sheer power of God while referencing a second century homily from Bishop Melito of Turkey and addressing the congregation that included some 34 people about to receive the Sacraments of Baptism and/or Confirmation. Fr. John discusses the freedom given to the baptized as their sins are washed away and they are given new power with authority over their lives. He also discusses what it means to be sent out. When we have been rescued by Jesus we are sent to rescue others by telling them about Him. Our joy should be uncontainable, and our response should be to worship God for what He has done for us.

 

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Fr. Riccardo describes three messages God gives to us as we contemplate the crucifixion of Jesus today. For those who suffer, Jesus proves his love for us in choosing to die for our salvation. For those who feel unworthy, Jesus chose to die for all. His mercy is for every person. For those who see the crucifixion as a symbol of weakness or defeat, Jesus chose this way to defeat Satan and to conquer death.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

In this homily from the Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper Fr. Riccardo discusses two recent articles published by Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom. Fr. John points out that America and the world have no hope without God and his saving power and love. He concludes by telling the congregants that the eclipse of God is over. In the midst of our despair, God promises to be our hope and to wipe away all of our tears.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Our Lady of Good Counsel was blessed to have The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, preside at the Palm Sunday Vigil Mass as he dedicated the new altar of the church. In his Mass homily, Archbishop Vigneron discusses the victory of Jesus Christ won by His crucifixion and His rising.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the last weekend of March. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Deacon Dave discusses his recent viewing of the film Unplanned and details how the film brings to light the true facts of the abortion industry as told by a former Planned Parenthood leader Abby Johnson. What Abby saw in a Texas clinic led to her transformation from clinic director to joining her former clinic protestors at 40 Days For Life, where she has become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

Fr. Jim Lowe of the Companions of the Cross preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. Lowe reflects on the gospel account of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Fr. Jim points out that Jesus meets us where we are at. He thirsts for us, and wants us to thirst for Him.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:59am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 8 AM, Mass Deacon Dave reflects on his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land while telling the congregants that it is the presence of God that makes a place or a people holy. Christ must be at the core of our daily lives if we are to be a holy people.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. John poses three questions to the congregants and then discusses preaching on the kerygma. He breaks apart the basic teaching of the gospel into four parts: created, captured, rescued, and response. During Lent, Fr. John asks the congregation to focus on the word captured as described in the first reading for this day (DT 26:4-10). Only by recognizing how God has rescued us from captivity through His Son, Jesus, will we know how we are to respond to the Good News.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

Fr. Riccardo offers some spiritual suggestions for Lent in this Ash Wednesday homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John encourages the congregants to read the gospel accounts of the Passion narratives and the first 14 chapters of the book of Exodus while focusing on what Jesus has done for us.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:19pm EDT

Fr. Jim Lowe of the Companions of the Cross preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. Lowe looks at God's mercy to us and how we show the mercy of God to others.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 8:47pm EDT

Deacon Steve Mitchell preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Deacon Steve discuss how dealing with crippling regret can provide a pathway to fear. Courageous leadership is needed today in the public square and in our own families.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT

Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Fr. Prentice focuses on the days second reading (1 COR 12:31-13:13) and focuses particularly on the seventh verse: Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

At the weekend masses for January 20th and 27th Fr. Riccardo informed the congregants that he would be visiting a brother priest, Fr. Michael Nixon. Fr. Mike is the pastor of St. Dominic Church in Panama City, Florida. St. Dominic Church and the parish buildings were severely damaged by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018. Listeners who would like to aid the St. Dominic rebuilding process may do so by making a contribution using the link on this page.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Fr. John discusses the ongoing sanctuary renovations in the church. Fr. John tells the congregants that the color of the wall behind the crucifix was matched to the color of the mantle that Mary is wearing in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was left imprinted on the coat of Juan Diego in December of 1531. The wall will serve as a reminder that Mary is presenting her Son to us at every Mass. Fr. John remarks that the entire Christian life is a response to what God has already done for us, and asks how we will respond.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

Deacon Dave Carignan preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 8 AM Mass, Deacon Dave discusses the importance of inviting Jesus into our marriages, into our workplaces, into our homes, and into our entire lives.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

New Year’s resolutions or transformation and New Life?

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT

In this homily from the 7 PM Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Fr. Riccardo discusses the importance of an evening examination of conscience as a best practice for a spiritual life and leads the congregants in this practice.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel this past weekend. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. John honors his parents, John and Thelma Riccardo, for their commitment to their faith and marriage and shares their sevens keys to having a thriving marriage and family life.

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Category:Homily -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT



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