"Welcoming, charitable, and empowered
to live the Gospel"

Our Mother of Good Counsel,
located in Bryn Mawr, PA,
just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia,
welcomes all!

Mom’s Funeral, Ministries, Storms, & Peace among the Nations

Dear Friends,

On behalf of my family, I thank you, the people of Our Mother of Good Counsel, for your prayers, Masses, kind words and thoughts at the recent passing of my mother, Kathleen Marie Quinn O'Doherty, and at her Funeral Mass here last Saturday. 

Mom was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Darby and raised us three kids there. Mom and Dad lived 34 years on Yale Road and Havertown and were parishioners at Annunciation BVM Parish.  One of Mom’s good friends was Mrs. Theresa Stanley, who worked as part of the OMGC staff in the 1980s, around the same time her son (Fr. Michael Stanley, OSA) and I were working together in Nagasaki.  I remember once or twice while visiting home from Japan, bringing Mom here to the Parish Center to meet Teresa so the three of us could go out to lunch together.  

Mom would’ve loved that funeral! Mom loved people, she loved the Augustinians, and she loved music!  All were of high quality and quantity here last Saturday. 

Thanks again for the wonderful send-off you helped us, her family, to give her. 

Liturgical Ministries.  This Sunday at the 9:30 Mass we will have our annual Blessing of Liturgical Ministers.  This weekend at the end of all Masses I plan to say a few words to invite those of you who might feel a call to volunteer as a lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, altar server, cantor or choir member. Members of the liturgy committee will provide pamphlets after Mass with information about signing up for these ministries. If you have thought about serving the parish community in this way, please spend some time in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit’s direction. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to talk with me, Father John, or members of the parish who are already engaged in those ministries.

ChristLife/Discovering Christ. Recent popes and the American bishops often remind us that Evangelization needs to be the primary work of our parish communities. ChristLife/Discovering Christ is a wonderful tool for helping people both within the church and outside of it to experience the life-changing love and power of Jesus in their lives.

We will hold an explanatory/organizational meeting next Monday evening (9/25) at 7:30 PM in the Parish Center for those interested in forming a team for a possible Discovering Christ program to be held next spring. If you’re curious or interested, please come and join us.

Natural Disasters.  We have seen Harvey, Irma, Marie, the destructive monsoons in South Asia, fires in our western states, and now the earthquake in Mexico.  What an astounding amount of suffering these things have caused!  We need to pray and to act on behalf of those affected!  

Thank you for your generosity for those affected by Harvey and Irma last weekend.  Since then, of course we have had these other calamities as well. 

Peace among the Nations.  We need also to pray for peace - and to take action to when we can to preserve it.  The bishops assembled in Rome for the Second Vatican Council taught us in their “Constitution on the Church in the Modern World” [Gaudium et Spes]:

"Any act of war aimed indiscriminately at the destruction of entire cities or of extensive areas along with their population is a crime against God and man himself. It merits unequivocal and unhesitating condemnation."

Finally, let us pray for each other as we go forward as a parish community. 

Fr. Liam

Morning Prayer at OMGC

Here at Our Mother of Good Counsel, each Monday through Saturday morning, we celebrate Morning Prayer in common following the 8:00am Mass. Everyone is invited (around 8:30am) to join us in the daily chapel for this beautiful way to begin the day!

Parish Reminders

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