Family Newsletter of Our Lady of Good Counsel

“Rejoice and Be Glad!”  This is one of the latest messages of Pope Francis, written on March 19, 2018 and it has become our theme for the coming year. 

Pope Francis writes, “The Lord asks everything of us, and in return, he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created.  He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence.  We are called to be witnesses by living an everyday holiness, bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.”  

This is a powerful summons to all of us.  We all need to see the entirety of our lives as a mission.  We try to do so by listening to God in prayer and recognizing the signs that God gives us.  We are open to what God wants from us in life and allow the Spirit to forge in us our witness which reflects Jesus in our daily actions in today’s world. 

Thank you for sharing faith with our staff and catechists this year.  We are companions on this journey of life.  Far from being timid or melancholy, Pope Francis asks us to “be joyful, have a sense of humor, and understand that the effect of charity is always joy.”   May we all enjoy a sense of humor this coming year as we work together to deepen the experience of religious education among our children and families. 

“Rejoice and Be Glad!”   Another year has begun!


Dr. Linda M. Dix

Director of Religious Education