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  • 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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    8 AM to 5 PM
    7:30 AM to 2 PM

  • 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

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