Fr. John preached at all of the Masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. John expresses his gratitude to the parish while encouraging the parishioners to say thank you by praising God with their lives and trusting in His goodness. Fr. John starts his new assignment as associate pastor at St. Mary Church in Monroe, Michigan later this week.
In this homily from the 8 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for the Feast of Pentecost, Fr. Simoneau contemplates Mary while discussing the dispositions necessary to make the reception of the Holy Spirit fruitful.
Fr. Simoneau discusses the five building blocks of the Holy Spirit in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at Mary as our ideal set before us by God to guide us to the Father.
This is Fr. Simoneau's homily from the school Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
This is Fr. Simoneau's homily for the Divine Mercy Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.
In this homily from the 10:30 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for Easter, Fr. Simoneau tells the congregants that they have reason to hope. Fr. John tells us that we should be able to be recognized as followers of Christ each day, and have no reason to be ashamed. He points out that the world is in the state that it is in due to continued doubt that Christ is the key to happiness.
In this homily from the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, Fr. Simoneau tells the congregants that Jesus is always here with us, He is always washing us, always calling us to be with Him, and always sending us out to speak to others about Him.
Fr. Simoneau preached at all of the weekend Masses this past weekend to continue the Rerouting series. Fr. John looks at what it means to cross the "border" while debunking the voices we may hear along the way. Fr. John uses the words of Pope Benedict XVI to remind the congregants that we have nothing to lose by letting Christ in our lives. In addition to the Sunday homilies, the parish is hosting Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive sessions to help pave the way. Resources for Rerouting, including video taped sessions and outlines, may be found on the parish website.
Fr. John discusses the importance of praying to Mary in this homily from the 6:30 AM Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Fr. John discusses the Kingship of Christ and what it implies as Christians if we are to seriously profess our belief that Christ is King.
Fr. John spoke about humility being essential to our being able to discover, develop and exercise our ministries as part of our being the team of OLGC.
Fr. John discusses "ground breaking"-our need to demolish our concept of God our Father so that He can plant in us the reality of who He really is.
Fr. John notes that the three readings for this day referred to the First Commandment and how important it is to keep our priorities straight, encouraging everyone to participate in some way in some charitable activity.
This past Sunday Fr. John spoke about humility based on the readings of the day. He exhorted everyone to not loose their peace when faced with difficulties. Worry means we don’t trust in God and therefore demonstrates a lack of humility.
Fr. John speaks about the narrow gate being the Catholic Church and our effort to learn (discipline) her Truth so as to be able to enter through that gate. That the discipline we need is to know her teaching, accept her teaching and to witness to it.
Fr. John uses the words of Presidents John Adams, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln as well as on a promise from God while offering a proposal to the parish community of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Fr. John points out that this nation was founded on something much more than human knowledge and wisdom, and proposes that for the remainder of the calendar year we fast each Wednesday as a parish family, gather to pray the rosary at 6 PM in the church, and then break the fast with reception of the Holy Eucharist during the evening Mass.
Fr. John discusses hospitality as a necessary first step in evangelization.
This week Fr. John spoke on the readings of the day, explaining what it means to be a neighbor and how the best way to be a neighbor is to bring Christ to others whether it be through our actions or words. This is the greatest love.
Fr. John discussing the significance of our flag, and how the readings of this day showed us that Christ is our founding Father.
Fr. John speaks about the reality that our nation is a Christian nation and during our 4th of July celebrations we, as a nation, should not be ashamed to acknowledge the God and values that our Founding Fathers built upon. It is our duty to defend the freedom that we have received based upon their and our Christian values and not take it for granted.
Fr. John discusses God’s Fatherhood and how He has let our fathers participate in His Fatherhood. Thus, may we honor our father’s as God’s providence has deigned to give us the best possible father for us.
This is Fr. Simoneau's homily from the Mass ending the 2015-2016 school year.
Fr. John speaks about various aspects of today’s gospel (LK 7:36 - 8:3) in order to give us insight as to how to approach Jesus in order to have a true, real, life changing experience of His mercy.