Join us in celebrating our Parish feast day! There will be a special Mass celebrating Our Lady of Good Counsel followed by a reception in the hall.
Novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel
Join us in praying for the intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel, that she bring the needs of our Parish to her Son. The novena begins on April 17th and ends on April 25th.
O Holy Virgin, to whose feet we are led by our anxious uncertainty in our search for and attainment of what is true and good, invoking you by the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel, we beseech you to come to our assistance, when, along the road of this life, the darkness of error and of evil conspires towards our ruin by leading our minds and our hearts astray. O Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the doubtful and the erring, that they be not seduced by the false appearances of good; render them steadfast in the face of the hostile and corrupting influences of passion and of sin. O Mother of Good Counsel, obtain for us from your Divine Son a great love of virtue, and, in the hour of uncertainty and trial, the strength to embrace the way that leads to our salvation. If your hand sustains us, we shall walk unmolested along the path indicated to us by the life and words of Jesus, our Redeemer; and having followed freely and securely, even in the midst of this world's strife, the Sun of Truth and Justice under your maternal Star, we shall come to the enjoyment of full and eternal peace with you in the haven of salvation. Amen.
Mass for Our Lady of Good Counsel
I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I learned without guile and I impart without grudging;
I do not hide her wealth, alleluia.
O Lord, who know that our earthly thoughts are fearful and uncertain, grant us, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from whom your Son took flesh, a spirit of counsel, and, by teaching us to discern your will, guide us, we pray, in all we do.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shone.
You, O Lord, have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.
The Lord will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
R. Lord, how great are your works!
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. R.
When you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth. R.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord. R.
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
After Jesus had been taken up into heaven, the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
To me belong counsel and prudence;
understanding and strength are mine.
A reading from the holy gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.
There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification,
each holding about one hundred litres. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it.
When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew),
the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”
Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer Over the Offerings
Lord, may the Spirit of counsel, who so wonderfully overshadowed your handmaid, the Blessed Virgin Mary, come upon these offerings and make them pleasing to you.
Through Christ our Lord.
The mother of Jesus said to the servants,
“Do whatever he tells you.” Alleluia.
Prayer After Communion
Having partaken of your mysteries, O Lord, on this memorial of our Lady of Good Counsel, may we learn what is pleasing to you from the teaching of your Son.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.