Family Newsletter of Our Lady of Good Counsel

“Go forth and open doors,” writes Pope Francis.  This has been the theme of Father Damian’s departure.  The children made him a love quilt with doves representing every class of RE children year-long, summer, Children’s Initiation, and Special Needs.  We presented this to Father Damian with our gratitude and prayers for his new journey to Saint Catharine and Saint Margaret in Spring Lake.  May the Lord bless and keep him.  We will certainly keep him in our prayers.

On July 1,  we welcome Father Chris Picollo who has served at Our Lady’s Parish nine years ago during his deaconate year.  Father Chris returns often to say 9:00 Mass and has been the guest speaker at our sacramental meetings many times.  We look forward to his presence among us and his spiritual direction in the years to come.   Please introduce yourself and your family to him at Sabbath Masses!

Summer Religious Education Intensive begins on July 15 at 8:30 in the CHURCH!  We do not have access to the gym this year due to school renovations at the same time as RE.  Should you need to reach us,  our base of operation will be the school cafeteria.  Please enter and exit the school via the school ramp doors.  Classes will conclude with parent sign out from the classrooms at 11:45.  Summer RE Intensive will conclude with early dismissal on Friday, July 26.  This will be our Family Day.  The children’s projects will be presented at the 9:00 AM Mass during the homily by Father Chris and we ask all parents to be present to celebrate with us at that time.  A special family craft will be sent home and as we celebrate the theme of “We Belong to the Family of God” we ask our parents to celebrate the blessings of family together that week and in particular,  that day.  There is nothing so precious as time together; thus,  the early dismissal on July 26.   We are so excited to celebrate Summer RE!  Here we go!  I look forward to personally teaching the children in the morning and Grade 8 in the afternoon.

The RE Office will be closed during the last week of June:  June 24-28.  The parish offices will be painted at that time. From July 1 onward, year long families please continue to register. Classes for year long are filling up quickly.  Have a beautiful summer!  Look for August announcements!  God’s blessings to all!


Dr. Linda M. Dix

Director of Religious Education