MONDAY - FRIDAY
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
MONDAY - FRIDAY: 6:30 A.M.
SATURDAYS: 7:00 A.M.
SATURDAY VIGIL: 5:00 P.M.
(Fulfills Sunday Obligation)
SUNDAY: 6:30 A.M., 8:30 A.M.,
11:00 A.M., & 5:00 P.M.
HOLY HOUR AT 7:00 P.M.
MASS AT 6:30 A.M.
(UNLESS NOTED IN BULLETIN )
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
SATURDAY: 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
(UNLESS NOTED IN BULLETIN)
PERPETUAL ADORATION CHAPEL OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK.
“Through the vulnerability and dependence of the dying person, we discover a call to reach beyond ourselves to those around us and ultimately to God Himself."
~Ruth Ashfield, “The Gift of the Dying Person,”
Cimmunio 39, Fall 2012
Our Lady of Good Counsel is a Christ-centered Parish enlightened by the Holy Spirit; guided by the Scriptures, Tradition, and the Sacraments of the Holy Roman Catholic Church; through the Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure, seeking to renew and maintain Love, Family Unity and Christian Values throughout the Community.
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
“They abandoned their nets…they left their father and followed him.”
Our Gospel account this Sunday is about the call of Jesus’ first disciples. As Jesus was passing by the Sea of Galilee, he saw these fishermen Simon and Andrew casting their nets. He said, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Peter and Andrew heard Jesus’ invitation and responded abandoning their nets and followed him. Jesus went on further and called James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They left their father and followed him.
What is so striking in this Gospel account was the response given to Jesus’ invitation to follow him. These four men left their livelihood and family. They did not present any conditions to Jesus’ call. They followed him and became witnesses to their Master when he had done his mission.
Our journey of life and faith is also a call to discipleship. It is not only saying with a big “Yes” but a total commitment of trust and faithfulness. More often, unlike the disciples, we set conditions to follow Him. We bargain if and only if things go along well. When difficult times come, we seek easy and comfortable ways. For the most part, we ignore His call and just live accordingly to our own ways and not of God’s.
To respond to Jesus’ call, we need to realize and respond to his call of conversion, “repent and believe in the Gospel.” For it is through our conversion that we start slowly but surely to become followers and eventually witness of Jesus especially in our very secularized world. For when we do, we are able to open our eyes of faith and know the truth that Jesus taught. We are also able to open our hearts to do what Jesus did. In doing so, then we know we are being called.
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Family Discipleship Workshop
Parents and guardians are a child’s most important living examples (witnesses) of how a person of faith lives, acts, and prays. Children look to them for signs of what it means to be a person of faith. Raising faith-filled children also requires the living example of other adult members of the faith community, and it is important that the living example be one of joy and celebration.
Come enjoy the company of your fellow parents and catechists as we discuss ways in which we, as a faith community, may work together to bring children to faith. The FREE - Family Discipleship Workshop is this Wednesday, January 28 at the Pastoral Center starting at 6:30 with a complimentary light dinner. Registration is required and the deadline is Monday. Please contact the parish office to register.
Catholic Schools’ Week
Our Lady of Good Counsel School will be participating in this year’s National Catholic Schools’ Week. It is the annual celebration of Catholic education starting on the last Sunday in January which is on the 25th till the 31st. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We will begin the weeklong event with the Eucharistic Celebration at 8:15 AM on Monday, January 26th. Come and visit our school and take part in the celebration with lots of fun events and surprises. Let us support our school with generous financial assistance. In doing so, we support also Catholic Education through scholarships.
Parish Mission in the Season of Lent
The Season of Lent is fast approaching. Ash Wednesday is early this year which is on the 18th of February. As we are moving along with activities planned during the Lenten Season, our Church will host a Parish Mission with the theme, “Responding to Pope Francis’ Challenge to Live the Joy of the Gospel”. Fr. Jack Stoeger will lead our Parish Mission. More information to follow. I would just like to mention the event this early so that you can mark your calendars on March 2 to 4 for the said event. Let us take this opportunity to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.
Parish Album Project
In the course of fifty plus years of Parish Life and Ministry at Our Lady of Good Counsel, it is now time to update our Parish Album. The first issue came out in 1983, followed by in 1996 and 2001 as the last issue. This project is aimed primarily as a resource to enhance our Ohana as one community of the faithful. With this album, we will be able to know our brothers and sisters in the faith, to celebrate with joy when called upon and to pray for one another in times of need.
The members of the group who will plan and organize the Parish Album are Don Domondon, as the Coordinator, Elaine Okamoto, Noni Panen and Rodel Elleccion, photographers and Bernadette Cabe, as the lay-out artist.
During the weekends in the month of February till April, family pictures will be taken in the Pastoral Center, to start on February 7 and 8. One picture per registered family in the parish only. It will be done before and after Mass during these weekends. The members are asking your kind consideration especially at the 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM Masses to be patient and understanding as time is limited. Consent forms will be signed by you allowing us to make use of your picture for the said purpose. Please be at your Sunday’s vest.