"Welcoming, charitable, and empowered
to live the Gospel"
Our Mother of Good Counsel,
located in Bryn Mawr, PA,
just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia,
As Summer Draws to a Close…
I thank all of you for the very warm welcome you have shown me here at Our Mother of Good Counsel. By the time you read this, nearly 8 weeks will have passed since I arrived. Of course, this period has also been a time of mourning for your beloved pastor and my dear friend, Father Jack Denny, OSA. We continue to pray for him and his family. We have been sharing stories about the things that he did to make us laugh, to encourage us, or sometimes things he did to make us mad. We will continue to be sad but we know that the Lord will change our sadness into acceptance, and even now into an expectant hope that we will be reunited with him in the Resurrection.
For most of these 8 weeks, I have been trying to learn the ropes here. Every parish is a little bit different, and I’m trying to get to know as many of you as I can. I mentioned early on that I am trying to learn as many of your names as I can. I am often not as successful at this task as I would like to be. So please be patient with me! I may have to ask your name multiple times. Not just now, but maybe even a year or two in the future again!
Last week (August 15 – 19), we had Vacation Bible School here at OMGC. It was a delight to work with the children, Mrs. Carey, our CRE and youth minister, and all the other adults and young people on the team. I’m already looking forward to doing it next year again.
Besides getting to know and to work with all of you, one of the nice things about living in Bryn Mawr is that I am much closer to my mother. My mother, Kathleen, lives in Media in a retirement community. When I lived in Staten Island, I tried to spend time with her every Tuesday afternoon. The trip was 2 hours each way. Now she’s less than 30 minutes away! Since coming here I’ve been able to see her twice a week. Please keep her in your prayers. At 91 years of age she is facing a number of challenges. But she is getting good care, thanks to God – and to the nurses and the CNAs.
In my homily of Sunday July 10, I spent a little time introducing myself and sharing some thoughts about beginning ministry here at OMGC. In case you did not hear that homily, I have posted a portion of it online. If you would like to read it, please click here.
Next Sunday (August 28) is the feast of St. Augustine – a very special day for us Augustinian friars and the people we serve. It also is one of the markers for the end of summer. As summer turns into fall and our lives get busier, let us pledge to pray for and support each other in our journeys with the Lord!
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!
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