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  • palm sunday

    Dear Parishioners,

    The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the parking lot of the Parish tomorrow, Palm Sunday from 8:00 AM. We encourage the school families, and parishioners to drive through or walk through for blessings with the Blessed Sacrament.

    Also, next Saturday, April 11, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the parking lot as well, from 9 AM. Come one, come all, Jesus is waiting for you.
    “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened I’ll give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble at heart, and you will find rest for your soul, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Matthew 11:28-30
    Estimados feligreses,

    El Santísimo Sacramento estará expuesto en el estacionamiento de la Parroquia mañana, Domingo de Ramos a partir de las 8:00 AM. Invitamos a las familias de la escuela y a los feligreses a conducir o caminar por el estacionamiento y recibir las bendiciones del Santísimo Sacramento.

    Además, el próximo sábado 11 de abril, el Santísimo Sacramento estará expuesto en el estacionamiento también, a partir de las 9 AM. Venga uno, vengan todos, Jesús te está esperando.
    "Vengan a mí, todos ustedes, cansados y agobiados, les daré descanso. Toma mi yugo sobre ti y aprende de mí, porque soy gentil y humilde de corazón, y encontrarás descanso para tu alma, porque mi yugo es fácil y mi carga es ligera”. Mateo 11: 28-30

  • From Our Pastor

    My dear Parishioners,

    In this trying moment in our world, Church, family and community, I hope you are persevering in faith, hope and prayer. I am writing once again to thank all of you who have returned their weekly steward envelopes and those who use the on line giving. 
    Your love and assistance will truly be keeping Our Lady of Good Counsel afloat until we are out of this Coronavirus crisis.

    Let me encourage you with the words of St. Paul to the Philippians: “Finally, brethren, whatever is true,  whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things” (Philippians 4: 8).
    May God guide and bless us. Amen.  

    Fr. Ambrose

  • Palm Sunday Letter

    My brothers and sisters,

    Palm Sunday is on April 5th. Since we cannot gather together as a Parish family, the palms are going to be blessed and placed on a table in front of the Church for pick up. You can come and pick them at your convenience from Sunday, April 5th at 8 AM through the week. Let us be firm in our prayers. We are going to conquer. 

    Our private daily Masses are for the intentions of the Parishioners and those who have booked for Masses. 

    Fr. Ambrose Madu
    Mis hermanos y hermanas,

    El Domingo de Ramos es el 5 de abril, ya que no podemos reunirnos como familia parroquial, las palmas serán bendecidas y colocadas en una mesa frente a la Iglesia para que ustedes puedan recogerlas. Puede venir a recogerlas a su conveniencia desde el domingo 5 de abril a las 8 AM y por toda la semana. Seamos firmes en nuestras oraciones. Vamos a conquistar.

    Nuestras Misas diarias privadas son para las intenciones de los feligreses y aquellos que han reservado Misas.

    Padre Ambrosio Madu

  • About Our Parish

    Our Lady of Good Counsel is a parish church and school founded in 1898 by the Augustinian friars. The original building, which stands today as the school, was dedicated in 1899. Our current church was dedicated in 1968 and is famous for its architecture; the design took second prize in 1964’s Liturgical Week Architectural Exhibition in St. Louis, Missouri, received an Architectural Award of Merit from The Liturgical Arts Guild of Southern New Jersey, and tied for first place in the 7th Annual Building Competition sponsored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
    There are approximately 1500 families registered with the parish. Geographically we are located in Tompkinsville, but our community spans a broad spectrum of social, ethnic, and economic strata, representative of the population of Staten Island’s North Shore, with outreach and support programs that impact both the Island as a whole and off-Island as well.

  • Loss & Grief Support Group 

    In the beautiful words of the Servant Song: “We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.” To that end, a Loss & Grief Support Group has formed in our parish. 

    Click here for more information.

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  • Mass on Television

    Spectrum-EWTN (Channel 460)
        Weekdays 12:00 AM, 8:00 AM,
    12 Noon, 7:00pm
        Sundays: 8:00 AM, 12 Noon
    Spectrum-The Net (Channel 97)
        Weekdays: 8:00 AM, 12 Noon,      5:00 PM, 6:30 PM
        Sundays: 5:30 AM and 11:00 AM
    Verizon FIOS-Telecare (Channel 296)
        Weekdays: 8:30 AM, 12:30 PM,     6:30 PM
        Sundays: 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM
    Verizon FIOS-EWTN (Channel 285)
        Midweek 12:00 AM, 8:00 AM,     12:00 Noon, 7:00 PM
       Sundays: 8:00 AM and 12 Noon
    Misa en Televisión
    Spectrum-EWTN (Canal 460)
    Entre Semana 12:00AM, 8:00AM,        12 Noon, 7:00
    Domingos: 8:00AM, 12 Mediodía
    Spectrum-The Net (Canal 97)
    Entre Semana: 8:00 AM, 12 Mediodía, 5:00PM,  6:30PM
    Domingos: 5:30AM and 11:00AM
    Verizon FIOS-Telecare (Canal 296)
    Entre Semana: 8:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 6:30PM
    Domingos: 11:00 AM and 7:00PM
    Verizon FIOS-EWTN (Canal 285)
    Entre Semana 12:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 12:00 Mediodía, 7:00PM
    Domingos: 8:00 AM and 12 Noon
  • letter from Archbishop Timothy Michael cardinal dolan

    Office of the Cardinal
    1011 First Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
    April 3, 2020
    First Friday
    Season of Lent
    Dear Family of the Archdiocese of New York,
    Things have been developing and changing rapidly during this coronavirus outbreak. Might I catch up with you on a few things?
    1. Each year, during Lent and especially Holy Week, we are invited to join with Jesus as He journeys from Palm Sunday through His passion and death, all leading, ultimately, to the Glory of the Resurrection on Easter. This year, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we can feel a particular closeness with Our Lord and the people He encounters on the way to Calvary, like Veronica, Simon the Cyrene, and His own Blessed Mother. That’s the theme of my Catholic New York column for next week. Because many of you may not have access to your regular copy of CNY, you can find the column here.  
    2. A good number of people have called or emailed to express their disappointment that we are unable to have funeral Masses for their loved ones at this time. They understand the reason, they tell me, but feel a special sense of emptiness, beyond the pain of losing a parent, spouse, or sibling. Believe me, I feel the same way. Earlier this week, I had the first graveside service for an archdiocesan priest who died from coronavirus (two more have since died) for whom we could not offer the Mass of Christian Burial. In case you didn’t see it, I recorded a little video which you can find here.
    3. WPIX-TV has very generously agreed to broadcast Mass from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for both Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Remember, daily and Sunday Mass is always available via livestream on their website here, and broadcast on the Catholic Faith Network, and on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM Satellite Radio. All of our Holy Week liturgies will be celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and available on those platforms as well. Please note, for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, the Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m.
    4. One question that has come up repeatedly among many of the priests and Monsignor Joseph LaMorte, our Vicar General, is how to handle the distribution of palm this Sunday. We had hoped to find a way to distribute the palm, and many good suggestions were offered, but, ultimately, our medical experts told us the threat of possibly spreading the virus seemed too great. Therefore, we have asked the pastors to bless, then store, the palm until such time as we are able to once again open our churches. In the meanwhile, we have developed the attached image, should you wish to print or download it, that might serve as “virtual palm” until we can share the real thing.

    5. Thank you to all of you who are continuing to support your parish during this crisis period. Over the past week, we’ve seen a growing number of people register for their parish’s WeShare electronic giving service. Our hope is simple: that people will continue to support their parish at the same level as they always do. This will help the parishes continue to serve their people as they always have. Over the past few weeks, parish offertory collections have been off by more than 50%. Your help is desperately needed.  And please don’t forget the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal!
    6. Our archdiocesan health care ministry, ArchCare, continues to do heroic work caring for our beloved seniors. As a reminder, if you have questions or other health-related concerns, call their hotline at 877-239-1998. If you are experiencing other challenges, our Catholic Charities stands ready to lend assistance wherever possible. Do not hesitate to call them at 888-744-7900.  
    7. May I ask again that you pray this Holy Week in a special way for those who are sick from the coronavirus, their families, the doctors, nurse, healthcare professionals, EMT’s, and caregivers who are tending to them, and for all those who have suffered financially from a loss of work during this economic shutdown. Be assured of a special remembrance for you and your loved ones in my own Masses and prayers.
    With prayerful best wishes for a blessed Holy Week, and a joyful Easter to come, I am,
    Faithfully in Christ,

    Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
    Archbishop of New York

  • Appeal letter to Parishioners

    My Dear Parishioners,

    I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. Please be assured that I remember you in prayer each day and am looking forward to when we are able to gather again as a parish family.

    The ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has caused prudent cancellations and closings for many schools, offices, and public places through the city, state, and country. I write today to humbly invite you, if you have not signed up already, to become an online giver to support both parish offertory and the Cardinal’s Appeal while public Masses are not able to be celebrated.

    I understand that the financial circumstances of many of our families are uncertain, but please know of my deep gratitude for whatever you can contribute to support our Church during this challenging time. The survival and the strength of our Parish depends on your weekly collection and donations.

    If you would like to sign up for monthly parish giving, you can do so at: https://olgcsi.org/parish-pay

    if you would like to make a gift to the Cardinal’s Appeal to support the broader needs of our archdiocese, you can do so at: https://cardinalsappeal.org/donate

    You can also find us in Facebook at: https://facebook.com/groups/OLGC.SI/

    Thank you all so much for everything you do on behalf of our parish. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns! We are here for you.
    In union of prayers.

    Yours sincerely,
    Fr. Ambrose Madu