As I settle into my new home and ministry here at Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish, I would like to thank everyone for your warm and inviting welcome.
As I mentioned at the Masses this past weekend, there is always a learning curve starting a new job. With that in mind, I was reminded that our parish
MASS INTENTION BOOK
for 2022 will open in August for the new year. Many of us who have been around for several decades understand the notion of a Mass Intention. Still, I have discovered working with young adults that the younger generations do not appreciate or understand this ancient tradition within the Church.
A Mass intention is a unique opportunity to offer Mass for a particular person living or deceased or an occasion that invites others to join in prayer for that event, like a birthday or anniversary. Ordinarily, there is a special intention for each Mass that is celebrated. As priests, we are called upon to remember that intention during the Mass in a special way applying special graces upon that person or intention. The Church invites us to be intentional as we all gather in prayer.
There should be a recognized pause after the priest says, “
Let us Pray,”
at the beginning of Mass so that all gathered can call to mind their special intention. Along with these intentions, the special intention for the Mass is either announced by the presider or the lector and printed in the parish bulletin.
As we prepare for a new year of Mass intentions, we allow our parishioners to call the office and request a Mass either on a particular date or when there may be an opening. This process will begin in August and continues throughout the year. I encourage both our more seasoned parishioners and younger members of the parish to consider requesting a Mass for a loved one or for some need or hope for our world as we move forward toward 2022. God knows we have plenty of things to pray for these days. The typical offering for a Mass is $10.00 but that is purely a donation to help support the parish.
Much like how we can ask others to pray for us, the Church invites us to do the same more formally through the celebration of the Mass. Since the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life” the Mass becomes that ritual where we are free to gather those prayers as we share them with one another. The practice of offering Mass for particular intentions is an ancient one, dating back to the early Church. May this practice continue as our way of remembering both the living and dead, allowing us to become more intentional as we gather in prayer as a parish community.
to read the Bulletin for this weekend.
RETURN TO MASS
Today, July 15th, a Statement of Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez
Regarding Reinstating the Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass
was sent out to us from the Archdiocese.
"As many aspects of life are now returning to normalcy, each Catholic Bishop in Pennsylvania will reinstate the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days beginning on
Sunday, August 15, 2021
, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary." See full statement
SAVE THE DATE
Join us for Fr. Joe's Installation Mass on September 26th at the 11:15 AM Mass followed by a BBQ picnic in the backyard of the school building.
More information to come.
MASS INTENTION BOOK
The 2022 Mass Intentions Book will open in August! Please email your list to email@example.com, mail it to the office address (31 Pennswood Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010), or place it in the basket at Mass. Each Mass Intention remains at a $10.00 donation.
Each parishioner may request intentions for up to four (4) Sunday Masses until September 1st.
It also ensures fairness for persons at the back of the line.
Then we will open the book with no restrictions on Sundays.
Thank you very much for your understanding.
VACATION BIBLE CAMP STILL HAS OPENINGS!
We still have a few remaining spots for our Vacation Bible Camp to be held on August 16-20 from 9 am until Noon! All children ages 4 to 9 are invited to join us for a Rocky Railway Adventure! Each day we will learn about how the power of Jesus can help us through any situation through games, songs, stories, crafts, snacks and prayer. Registration can be found on our website at www.omgcparish.org under the Youth Tab. Space is limited so register early! Camp is held the week of Aug 16-20 from 9 am until Noon. For more information, contact Karen Carey at 610-525-0147.
See VBC schedule below:
Monday - Jesus' power helps us do hard things
Tuesday - Jesus' power gives us hope
Wednesday - Jesus' power helps us be bold
Thursday - Jesus' power lets us live forever
Friday - Jesus' power helps us be good friends
For more information, go to
and click the YOUTH tab!
LITURGY OF THE WORD FOR CHILDREN TO RESUME!
With things opening up slowly, we have been given permission to restart our Liturgy of the Word for Children Program. This is a Program designed for children 4 years old up to 9 years old. During the Mass, trained ministers will lead the children to the daily chapel when the Liturgy of the Word begins. There, the Word is broken open and read, discussed, sung about, or acted out on a level that the children at that age can understand. Children then return to the congregation for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
As we begin this ministry again, we find ourselves in great need of Ministers to help keep this program going. If you are interested in helping the children learn their faith on a level they can understand, please contact Karen at
, or 610-525-0147, or 610-864-8538. All ministers must undergo background checks.
We are looking for adults who would like to help catechize the children of our parish in our Sunday Morning PREP Program. There is no experience necessary. Simply a love of God and a love to share your faith with children. All our catechists undergo strict background checks. If you are interested in "teaching" the children of the parish on Sunday mornings, please contact Karen at
, or 610-525-0147 or 610-864-8538.
RUMMAGE SALE / FALL FUN DAY
In lieu of our Fall Festival this year, we will hold a one-day, Rummage Sale/Fall Fun Day on
September 25, 2021.
We would like to use the items we have on hand for the Rummage Sale, and along with that, we will have moon bounces, games, food, raffles and fun for the children. Thank you to those who have signed up to help! We are still in need of a few coordinators for the event! We have several volunteers for the rummage sale; however, we need someone to step up and take charge of that piece of the day! We are also looking for a coordinator for the children’s events and a coordinator for the raffle baskets!
WE NEED LOTS OF HELP PUTTING ONE OF OUR FIRST POSTCOVID EVENTS TOGETHER!
Please contact Karen at 610-525-0147 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or text 610-864-8538, if you would like to help out in any way! We need game coordinators, rummage sale coordinators, raffle coordinators and more! Many hands make light work and lots of fun!
PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Our reconstituted P & J Committee will meet for the first time on Thursday, July 29, from 7:30 PM to 9 PM in OMGC's Parish Center, the former convent.
All are invited to attend.
You do not commit yourself to continuing membership by attending.
For more information,
please phone Joe Betz at 610-525-4499.
YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEERS: The Augustinian Volunteers are recent college graduates between the ages of 21-29 who feel called to spend a year in service to others while living in an intentional community. Volunteers serve with local community partners in social service, campus ministry, and education placements. By engaging in a way of life inspired by the Augustinian Friars, volunteers experience personal and spiritual development as they build relationships with fellow volunteers and those they serve. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021-2022 volunteer year for our sites in Lawrence, MA, San Diego, CA, Ventura, CA and Chulucanas, Peru. If interested, please visit www.augustinianvolunteers.org or contact us at
olSign up for this eNewsletter
Our thanks to all who so generously support our parish even during this time of quarantine.
Online Parish Giving
on Thursday, July 15 at 1:39PM