Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church

Welcome to Our Parish

Parishioner Count – 5/15/2023

Families: 689
Members: 1632

Our Church Mission
To be a Community of disciples, Called to walk the way of Christ Jesus in our home, in our church, and in our society through Witness, Word, Worship, & Welcome.

New Parishioners:
Welcome! Please take a few minutes to complete a “Parish Registration & Census” form that may be found in the Church Entrance Area. The data provided by you on this form is kept confidential. When completed, please give to a Greeter, mail to the Church Office or place in the collection basket 

Mass Intentions:
If you would like to have a Mass said for a special intention, please pick up the “Mass Intention Request Form” (printed on lavender paper) found in the Church Entrance Area and drop it into the collection basket or mail it to the Church Office. The envelope is labeled “Mass Intentions”. Please complete all requested information and note the instructions on the form. Suggested offering (Mass Stipend) is $10.00, make check payable to OLGC. 

Prayer Intentions:
This is a powerful ministry in our Parish. People may phone or email in requests for prayer and the list is published in the weekly bulletin. To add a name to OLGC’s Prayer Network; please contact: Anton J Anderle at 904-940-0582 or [email protected].  View the Prayer Network Ministry page

Protecting God’s Children – Requirement for Volunteers:
All volunteers over the age of 18 working with minor children or vulnerable adults must be fingerprinted and background check through the Diocese (this is done on a national level and is to be renewed every 5 years). Please contact Church Office for registration instructions. These volunteers must also attend a class called “Protecting God’s Children”. Please provide a copy of your completed “PGC” certificate to our Church Office. Classes can be found online at www.virtus.org. A diocesan volunteer application must be submitted to OLGC Church Office. Please call the Church Office if you have any questions. No persons ministering with minor children or vulnerable adults may do so unless they have fully completed all requirements. (Diocesan policy per Bishop Estévez) 

To schedule a wedding, engaged couples must meet with their Pastor at least 8 months before their proposed wedding date. Preparation for the sacrament includes attending a diocesan program such as Engaged Encounter or Pre Cana, and completing the FOCCUS Inventory. All couples of child-bearing age also need to take a full Natural Family Planning course. Pre-registration for each of these programs is mandatory for all marriages within the Diocese of St Augustine. 

Preparation must be made in advance of receiving the Sacrament of Baptism.  A Baptism Prep Class for the parents is required for children under 7 years of age. Classes are provided here at church or in your home (your preference) and at your convenience.  Please contact the parish office, or call Deacon Larry directly to schedule training.  For children who are 7 years old or more, they will be asked to participate in the RCIC program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) and these classes meet on Sunday morning

Sponsors for Baptism or Confirmation:
Sponsors for all Sacraments must be active Catholics. Anyone asking to receive a document from the parish to be a sponsor for Baptism or Confirmation in another parish must be an active Catholic at OLGC. This implies regular Mass attendance and participation in the support of the community. 

Sacramental Preparation for First Holy Eucharist/Reconciliation & Confirmation:
This is a two-year program. Contact Diane Clark 904-824-8688 or e-mail: [email protected] for further information.

R.C.I.A. Becoming a Catholic:
A process of welcoming adults seeking formation about becoming Catholic.
Click link for more info

Last Will and Testament:
Please consider including your Church in your estate planning. The Church and its diverse ministries exist only through the funding of its members. The name of our Church for legal purposes is Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, Mill Creek, Saint Augustine, FL. 32092.

Death and Burial in OLGC Cemetery:
Two options are available at our OLGC Cemetery, in-ground burial or internment in our columbaria. For further information regarding burial plots or columbaria for ashes, please contact the Church Office at 904-824-8688 or speak with Frank Magaldi.

The Diocese of St. Augustine treats all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously and deals with all allegations in a prompt, confidential, and thorough manner. To Report Abuse, call the police or the Department of Children and Families at (800) 962‐2873.
Or call the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at (904) 208‐6979 or email [email protected].
To report abuse by a bishop, call (800) 276‐1562 or visit www.reportbishopabuse.org.