"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!

Beware of “Gift Card” Scam

Dear Friends,

The Archdiocese has advised us that there is a nationwide scam that has affected several parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This particular scam is titled the “Gift Card” scam.

In this scam, the parishioners of a parish are the targets. An unknown person creates an e-mail address account which contains the pastor’s name or the name of the church. An e-mail is then sent to the parishioners requesting them to purchase a gift card and proceeded to tell the unknown person the numbers off of the back of the cards. After the person received the numbers, they stopped sending emails.

Please beware of this or any other internet-based attempt by dishonest people to separate you from your hard-earned money. 

Here’s a Movie You Should See:

“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word”

Dear Friends,

I have always liked going to the movies.  Besides being able to work with and to serve the parishioners of OMGC, another reason I like living in Bryn Mawr is that I am within walking distance of one of the finest art house cinemas on the East Coast.

Tuesday afternoon I went to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and saw Wim Wenders’ documentary, “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word.”  The movie is less than an hour and 40 minutes long, and presents a wonderful picture of Pope Francis. It begins with footage of Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio addressing a crowd of his people in Buenos Aires a number of years before he was elected Pope. In a very heartwarming way the movie portrays his humility, his warmth toward people, his engaging sense of humor, and his love for God, the Church, and all humanity.  It shows him interacting with poor immigrants and refugees, prison inmates, sick children, leaders of other religions and the heads of many nations. 

One of the things that attracted Wenders’ attention to Pope Francis was his concern for the well-being of all of God’s creation here on planet Earth, especially as expressed in his encyclical letter, Laudato Si’.  Pope Francis sat for eight hours of interviews with Wenders spread over four different sessions.  In the interviews he did not hesitate to respond to questions about recent scandals in the Church and some of the other hot-button issues.  And of course, about the love of God.

Emotionally, I found the movie very compelling in two different ways. Number one was the extraordinary warmth and compassion that seems to exude from him when he speaks with and interacts with people, either in crowds or one-on-one.  The tender way he expresses the love of Christ to people brought tears to my eyes more than once during the movie.  Secondly, the profound pastoral sensibility he expressed challenged me as a priest and pastor to be more caring, sensitive and loving in the work that I do. 

I encourage all of you who can to see the documentary, either at the BMFI or at another theater.  You will be edified. 

And let’s pray every day for Pope Francis and the important mission he has to live and to preach boldly the Gospel of Jesus, and to care for us, his flock. 

Fr. Liam


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!

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