Dear Friends in Christ,
The month of October is a special month for us as Catholics. It’s a month where we honor The Blessed Virgin Mary in a special way by highlighting the Rosary. As a Church we celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th and the Church encourages us to especially pray the rosary during this month (and throughout the year of course). Our Bishop David O’Connell said the following in the October issue of The Monitor about the rosary:
This prayer is one of the most popular, meditative prayers of the Catholic Church. Seeking the intercession and help of the Blessed Mother Mary in our daily lives is understandably attractive, praying to her Divine Son through her. The mysteries of the Rosary are really contemplations of the whole life of the Lord Jesus – his life, death and resurrection – in a real sense through Mary’s eyes. She was “there” after all, present through his life. The Rosary, like all Catholic prayer, should lead us to the Lord Jesus with Mary his Blessed Mother as our intercessor and guide. She brings our prayers to him through the Rosary. Would any loving Son refuse the prayers of his Mother? (Bishop David O’Connell – Oct. 2021 issue of The Monitor)
This upcoming Thursday (October 21st) at 7:00pm in the Main Church we will be having a Holy Hour that will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with benediction. During the Holy Hour we will also meditate on and pray the Rosary together. Please come out and join our parish family in an hour of prayer in front of Our Lord in the Eucharist as we ask for Our Blessed Mother’s intercession by praying the Rosary during this month of October.
The month of October is also Respect Life Month for us as well. It’s a month where we highlight the importance of respecting every human life from conception to natural death. I don’t think we can hear that phrase enough – respecting every human life from conception to natural death. All of us need to be prayerful witnesses for the Pro Life cause by our words and actions. Our parish has been a proud supporter of many respect life organizations over the years such as Options for Women and Good Counsel Homes.
This month of October also brings our worldwide Catholic Church a Synod. Pope Francis announced earlier this year the convocation of the Sixteenth Ordinary Synod. A synod is basically a gathering of church leaders to discuss certain issues. Synods include listening to a large range of people then being guided by the Holy Spirit discussing those issues. The theme for this Church Synod is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” Bishop O’Connell wrote in his Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Trenton:
The Sixteenth Ordinary Synod of Bishops opens Sunday, October 10, 2021, with a Mass celebrated in Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica by Pope Francis. Every diocese throughout the world will initiate its diocesan phase of the Synod with a Mass celebrated by its diocesan bishop on the following Sunday, October 17, 2021. In the Diocese of Trenton, that Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton at 3 p.m. The Diocese will also use that occasion to commemorate the beginning of our 140th Anniversary Year. (Bishop O’Connell – Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Trenton)
The Sixteenth Ordinary Synod is to run for approximately two years – including a phase at the diocesan levels and then a final phase at the level of the Universal Church. Please keep our Diocese and the Church as a whole in prayer for a fruitful Synod.
So as we can see, this month of October is packed with a lot of good stuff – including the highlights of the Rosary, respecting human life and a Church Synod. Let’s always continue to keep each other in prayer.
Burlington County Elementary Schools
Our Lady of Good Counsel School
Awarded the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence 2015
In keeping with our mission, the faculty and staff is committed to fostering the development of certain core values in our students to help them become responsible, caring individuals. Christ is the model and center of our school. Christian values are taught, modeled and lived by all members of the school community, especially our teachers.
Phone: (856) 235-7885 Email:[email protected]Website:www.olgc.me
Principal: Dr. Carla Chiarelli Grades: Pre-K, K-8, Co-Ed
Sacred Heart School
Like all Catholic schools, Sacred Heart is rich in tradition: tradition of faith, tradition of family, tradition of friends, and tradition of academic excellence.
St. Charles Borromeo Parish School
The mission of St. Charles Borromeo Parish School in partnership with parents is to educate and inspire all students to reach their highest academic potential. In a Christ-centered atmosphere our students are empowered to live the Gospel message and to become life long learners who contribute to our global society.
St. Joan of Arc School
The Community of St. Joan of Arc School is dedicated to educating the whole child in a God-centered environment. Living in the light of Christ’s teachings, we celebrate and value the dignity of each child. To our children, we entrust Christ’s mission on Earth.
St. Mary of the Lakes School
The Mission of St. Mary of the Lakes School is to provide a program, both academically challenging and spiritually enriching, that prepares students for lives of leadership and service guided by Catholic values. Join us for 'Walk in Wednesday' tours 10:00 am to 12:00 noon (beginning February 2018).
St. Paul Grammar School
We are committed to academic excellence in a safe, respectful learning environment where students develop their God-given gifts and learn how to apply them. We offer our students a uniquely Catholic and strong academic foundation where they learn 21st century skills in order to become generous, compassionate contributors to the world.
PARENTS & STUDENTS: Please be sure to read the School Policy on Cell Phones/Tech
CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell Phones/Text Messaging/Telephone/Internet Correspondence
Students are permitted to have a cell phone at school but the cell phone must be turned off and kept in the book bag at all times while at school. Text messaging is never allowed. Violators will have their phones taken and only his or her parent must reclaim the cell phone in the school office. Utilizing any other form of communication, other than the nurse or main office, is strictly prohibited and will result in an immediate detention.
The school telephone is for office use only. Students may use the phone only in the case of an emergency with the Principal's permission. Permission WILL NOT be given to students to call home for forgotten supplies or to communicate social plans. Please do not request that a child phone home during or after school for any reason. If it is necessary to communicate a message, the parents are expected to phone the school. The message will then be forwarded to the student. During the school day, students or teachers may not come to the phone to receive messages.
Welcome to Our Lady of Good Counsel School
Congratulations, Fr. Jack on winning the Sister Michael Vincent Award for 2021. From your colleagues and staff- you are insightful, happy, devoted to your family, friends, and students. You share your kindness, generosity and we are proud to call you our friend. Thank you for all the gifts and talents you share with us every day. FR. JACK, congratulations!
The mission of Our Lady of School Counsel Parish School is to form students in the image of Jesus Christ. In keeping with our mission, the faculty and staff are committed to fostering the development of certain core values in our students to help them become responsible, caring individuals. Christ is the model and center of our school. Christian values are taught, modeled, and lived by all members of the school community, especially our teachers.
We are happy to help you in any way we can, please contact us at 856-235-7885 or [email protected]
"The more you READ the more things you will know, The more that you LEARN the more places you will go!"~Dr. Seuss
Saturday Vigil: 4:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 12:00 PM
In addition, the 4:30 PM Vigil Mass will be livestreamed on our website beginning at 4:20 PM each Saturday.
Monday through Friday: 9:00 AM
Saturday: 8:00 AM
Holy Days of Obligation
The schedule varies throughout the year. Please check the website or the Parish Bulletin immediately prior to the Holy Day for the schedule.
All Masses are in the Upper Church. The Mass Schedule is also available by calling 215-357-1300 and choosing option 5.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Also by appointment
Monday: 9:30 AM until the evening devotions at 7:00 PM
Tuesday through Friday: 9:30 AM until 2:00 PM
Monday: 8:30 AM and 6:30 PM
Tuesday through Saturday: 8:30 AM
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Monday: 7:00 PM
Miraculous Medal Novena
Monday: 7:30 PM followed by Benediction
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