Join Us for Lenten and Other Parish Activities

Events outside the parish are listed on this page.   For your convenience, Lenten activities are also listed chronologically here in italic print.  Full details on those items are available here..

  • Friday, March 24 (daytime): Stations of the Cross for OLGC School Students
  • Friday, March 24: Program on Addiction Treatment and Recovery
  • On Thursday, April 6 at 9:45 am (immediately following the morning Mass) and again at 7 pm in the Heritage House there will be two sessions regarding the Catholic Church’s position on cremation led by Father Damian and Deacon Ed Hefernan.  This seminar will include instruction regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.
  • Friday, April 7 (daytime): Stations of the Cross for OLGC School Students
  • Friday, April 7: Ecumenical Prayer Service with St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Moorestown.
  • Saturday April 8 and Sunday April 9, after all Sabbath Masses, Easter Palm Crosses (24 inches tall by 12 inches wide mounted on a stake) can be purchased for $10.  They can be used to decorate graves or a lawn decorations.   Quantities will be limited and they sell out fast. To reserve your palm cross, please contact Kellie Kiefner by email at kiefner2015@gmail.com, or call or text 609-744-5279.  Proceeds benefit the Holy Cross softball program.
  • Sunday, April 9: Seven Last Words of Christ
  • Casserole Collection for April will be in Heritage House from 7-8 pm on Monday, April 10 and from 1-2 pm on Tuesday, April 11.  See this page for more details on this activity.
  • Tuesday, April 11: Parish Reconciliation Service
  • Thursday, April 13: Living Stations of the Cross
  • Friday, April 14: Seven Last Words of Christ (repeat from Sunday)
  • At the 3 pm Liturgy on Good Friday, April 14, as requested by Pope Francis, we will take up the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land.  Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines.   The war, unrest, and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees. When  you contribute to this collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit www.myfranciscan.org/good-friday.
  • On Saturday, April 15, at the Easter Vigil, several people will be baptized or received into full communion with the church.  Our parish’s tradition is that the Mass is followed by a reception for the families.   Once again the RCIA Team is calling upon our faithful bakers to help us with the Easter Vigil reception.   If you can bake cookies, brownies or cupcakes please drop them off on the morning of the Easter Vigil, Saturday April 15, at Heritage House’s side door between 9am and noon. Please ring the bell or call to arrange pick up. For more information, please contact Sharon Brdlik at 856-234-2280.
  • On Sunday May 7, in the church at 7pm, all groups will perform in the annual spring Youth concert.   All are welcome.
  • September 5 through 14, 2017: Father Damian is leading a pilgrimage to Italy.   See this page for full details of the itinerary and prices.

Ongoing Opportunities:
Volunteers Needed for the Gardening Ministry:  As St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”   Lent is upon us and you may reflect upon how God is calling you to share your talents with the parish. If you have a green thumb and like seasonal gardening, the Garden Ministry would very much appreciate your time and talents. We are blessed with an amazing campus and need additional volunteers to maintain and further enhance its beauty. If interested please email Jim Flanagan at jflanagan@pemb.org or text him at 856-906-1014.
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Community Services in Burlington County is sponsoring an Easter Basket Drive from April 3 to April 7 during normal business hours from 9 am to 4 pm.  Please help by donating complete/sealed Easter Baskets to be given to children up to age 12 in the local community.   Baskets can be  dropped off at Catholic Charities Community Services at
801 Burlington Ave., Suite G in Delanco. For more information, contact Community Services at 856-764-6945, ext. 6110.
If you have extra cardboard egg cartons at home from your Easter baking or regular use, you can help the OLGC religious education program by donating them for use by the second graders in preparing depictions of the Last Supper using cardboard cartons which hold a dozen eggs.    Items may be brought to the RE Office or given to Dr. Dix at Mass. Thank you for your help!
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Our Lady of Good Counsel, with the help of parishioners, provides prepared meals for people in the community who would otherwise not have food to eat.  If you wish to participate:
1) Take one or more of the empty aluminum (TV dinner type) trays in the entry way to the chapel via the door nearest to the rectory.  
2) When your family prepares food, make extra portion(s) for the food distribution program and, after labeling what food it is, keep it in your freezer.
3) The next time you come to church, put them in one of the freezers next to the area where the empty food trays are stored.
This is the kind of activity which can involve the whole family, including children, teaching them how simple acts of everyday charity can fundamentally impact the lives of their neighbors and it can be done on whatever schedule suits your family’s life.
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“Eyes for the Needy” and “Stamps for Veterans” (used glasses and used stamps) can be deposited in the Knights of Columbus box in the Sacred Heart room. For membership information on the Knights of Columbus, please visit our website at http://www.moorestownknights.org.     The Knights of Columbus also ask you to join them in prayer for the people in Syria, especially in the city of Aleppo, a daunting situation in which Christians are openly and blatantly persecuted for their faith, to ask for a peaceful resolution to the problem.
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Helping Prisoners Apply for Medicaid: The Burlington County Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is seeking volunteers to get training to help incarcerated prisoners who have mental health disorders apply for Medicaid each month, on Wednesdays from 1—3 pm; in this way, offenders will have appropriate medication once they are discharged from prison.  If you have no criminal history and are willing to sit in a secure all purpose room at a jail or prison, contact Marge McGinley at 609-271-8310 or email svdmcginley@gmail.com. Thank you for considering to volunteer!
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