"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!

Discovering Christ, Lenten Penance Service, Holy Week

Dear Friends,

You may have seen the impressive poster and the brochures that Kevin Potts and the Discovering Christ team have put together with information about our program that will take place on seven Thursday evenings starting on April 12.  The team has been meeting every week since January 18 and we have received many blessings during this time of preparation.  Borrowing from the brochure: “Discovering Christ is a seven-week experience where anyone and everyone...is invited to hear the Good News and personally encounter Jesus Christ. Discovering Christ helps people enter into or renew a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, experience the love of God the Father, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as God’s children.”

For more information please take home a brochure or go to http://omgcparish.org/DC.  Please continue to pray for the team and for those who sign up for the program!  

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a wonderful opportunity to encounter Christ’s overflowing mercy and forgiveness leading up to Holy Week and Easter.  Please join us for our Lenten Penance Service on Monday evening, March 19 at 7:30.  If you can’t attend this service, please try to come to Confession here at OMGC on a Saturday morning at 11:30 AM or at one of the neighboring parishes.  And if none of those times works for you, of course you can always call one of us priests at OMGC to make an appointment. 

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, March 25.  Please consider participating in some or all of the liturgies of the Sacred Pascal Triduum [Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday]. These liturgies have a richness and tradition that draw us deeper into the mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.  They are well worth making the time and effort to attend and worship together.  At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night (March 31) we will baptize Eva, Camille and Moira.  Then they will receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist, completing the Sacraments of Initiation.  It’s always a thrill to welcome new members into the Christian community during the Vigil. 

Please pray for these young women during these final weeks of their preparation. 

Fr. Liam

Here’s a message from Father John asking for volunteers for Hospitality Ministers (greeters) for our Easter liturgies.  I hope many of you will be able to help: 


Each Sunday, we are warmly welcomed to our Eucharistic celebration by the lector.  On Easter Sunday 2017, we had more than 900 people celebrate Easter with us at Our Mother of Good Counsel.  We would like to offer that warm welcome to our visitors and the extended families of our parishioners by having Hospitality Ministers on Easter Sunday.

Job Description:  Come 15 minutes before Mass begins.  Stand at the doors of the church, opening the doors and expressing  warm welcome.  Help people find seats when it gets crowded or whatever their needs might be.  After Mass you will stand at the doors wishing them a Happy Easter and inviting them to come back again.  There is no age requirement.  If you are interested in this Easter Hospitality Ministry, contact Fr. John at 610-525-0147 x252 or FrJDeary@omgcparish.net.

Lenten Meditation Book

Liturgical Press has published a Lenten meditation book written by OMGC’s very own Michelle Francl-Donnay:

Not by Bread Alone 2018

We purchased a large number of the books for use of our parishioners, but we ran out of them and the publisher is sold out. 

It’s still possible to order the e-Book in various formats (Kindle, Nook, PC, Mac and others) from the publisher for 99 cents:



The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018, on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.

All the faithful are encouraged, when possible, to participate at Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to participate in parish Lenten devotions as well as Lenten education programs. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is especially recommended.

All are encouraged to participate in Operation Rice Bowl which has aided countless hungry persons here in the Archdiocese as well as throughout our nation and our world.

Cross and Light

As part of our Lenten Friday Night Series, we are looking to attend CROSS AND LIGHT. We are hoping to get a group to go as a parish on Friday March 9 at 7PM at St. John Bosco’s in Hatboro. This promises to be an emotionally moving experience for all.

Tickets are available for $25 and $40. To purchase tickets on your own, please go to www.crossandlight.org and select St. John Bosco, Hatboro. If you would like to sit together as a parish, please call the parish office at 610-525-0147 to reserve your tickets. Tickets are going quickly!

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

Food Allergies

Please do not bring food that contains peanuts, nuts, peanut products or nut products inside the church. Someone sitting near you may have a serious allergy. Thank you for honoring this request.


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