1. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all our fathers, and those who play the role of father!

Today, on the way out they will receive a holy card with a special prayer on it and a mini pamphlet folded in the size of a credit card that fit’s a person’s wallet. This little publication approved by the Catholic Church is talking about five practical STEPS that can lead ALL OF US to Freedom from the sexual sins so much promoted by the culture we live in.

PRAYER OVER THE FATHERS:

“God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things.  Bless + these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. We pray this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

May God the Father give you strength and grace to fulfill your vocation.  May the love, God has for all of us, be always reflected in the love you have for your families. Have a Blessed Father’s Day!

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2. We all like to celebrate Birthdays. The birthday celebration provides an opportunity for acknowledging and giving thanks to God as the author and giver of life. A birthday is also an appropriate occasion for children to express love and thanks to their parents who have shared the gift of life and love with them.

Beginning this July, on the first weekend of each month, we will have special blessing for those who celebrate their birthdays. At the conclusion of the parish announcements, they will be invited to come forward as the presider and the congregation extends their right hands over the celebrants invoking a special prayer for them.

 We all need the uplifting words and we all need God’s blessing!

3. Good and meaningful liturgies require many dedicated liturgical ministers. Our parish community is blessed with clergy, Eucharistic ministers, lectors, altar servers, musicians, choir members and ushers who dedicate their time and talents to the benefits of us all. We are very grateful to them.

If you hear God’s voice calling you to any of our Liturgical Ministries, harden not your heart. Say “Yes,” and you will be rewarded one hundred fold by the Lord Himself. Please talk to those who are already involved in these ministries or call the parish office.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish

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