"Welcoming, charitable, and empowered
to live the Gospel"
Our Mother of Good Counsel,
located in Bryn Mawr, PA,
just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia,
What’s Happening in Our
This letter gives me an opportunity to let you all know what is happening in our RCIA process so far this year.
This year, beginning back in September 2016, three women joined the RCIA Inquiry phase of the process. For six weeks on Tuesday evenings, five members of the RCIA Team met with these candidates who joined us to inquire and learn some basic teachings of the Catholic Church and to begin a relationship with parishioners, priests, catechists and one another on their journey through this process. These three women are each unique in their personal journeys of faith and their goals to become more public disciples of Jesus Christ and full members of the Catholic Church
One woman, Charmaine, has been raised Catholic in her homeland in the Philippines. She is now living in Bryn Mawr and is preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, February 25 when Bishop Timothy Senior comes here to OMGC to confirm our 6th and 7th grade students at the 5:00pm Mass.
Another young woman, Emily, a student at EasternCollege, has been baptized in the Episcopal Church and is desirous of being brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
Our third candidate, Camille (pronounced (Ca-mee) grew up in France where her home remains and her family still lives. Camille is also a student at EasternCollege and is journeying toward reception of the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil in 2018.
We plan to celebrate the Rite of Acceptance on Sunday, January 29, as Camille begins her formal entrance into the Order of Catechumens at the 9:30 am Mass. This Rite of the RCIA process proclaims God’s wonderful presence and action in the life of Camille who will from this time on be known as a “catechumen.” In this ceremony, the sign of the cross will be traced on the eyes, ears, hands and feet of Camille with prayers of blessings to accompany these signings. Camille will be given a copy of the Bible as part of her coming to know Jesus, the Word of God, more deeply and fully as her journey continues. From this time on, Camille is included in the household of the Catholic family. Prior to this ritual, Camille will choose a sponsor to accompany her on this year-long journey.
I ask your prayers and support for these three candidates who will continue to meet on Sunday mornings after the 9:30 Mass as they continue their journeys toward reception of the church’s Sacraments in response to their call to deepen their relationship with Christ as members of the Roman Catholic Church.
Sr. Anne Woodeshick
Coordinator of the RCIA Process
MLK Day at OMGC
- Letters to prisoners at Graterford Prison
- Blankets for Laurel House
- Wreaths for Golden Living Center
- and activity bags for kids in emergency waiting rooms and others.
- Harcum College Basketball Team
- Daylesford Crossing Community
- St. Francis Home for Boys
- OMGC YOUTH GROUP & Friends
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The Right Place to Start
In this article Archbishop Chaput shares his reflections and valuable guidance with us as Catholic citizens of our beloved United States of America following the recent elections.
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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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