Rank #1: September 3, 2017-Noon Mass at OLGC
Rank #2: Christmas Mass Homily
Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that Jesus was sent to fight for us because we matter to God in this Christmas homily from the Midnight Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John describes scenes from the critically acclaimed movie Hacksaw Ridge while letting the congregants know that the Lord has come to pick us up and carry us to safety. He encourages the congregants to go out and get those who do not see.
Rank #3: January 18, 2017-Rerouting Deeper Dive Session 1
Fr. Prentice Tipton discusses what it means to be a missionary disciple in the first of the Wednesday evening Rerouting Deeper Dive sessions. Fr. Prentice looks at the strong correlation between the Mass and our mission as disciples.
Rank #4: The Biblical Vision of Marriage-Session 3
Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this third session, Fr. John discusses the mission and task of fatherhood.
Rank #5: The Biblical Vision of Marriage-Session 4
Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting a five-week program looking at the biblical vision of marriage and family. In this fourth session, Mary DelPup focuses on the dignity and vocation of women.
Rank #6: September 18, 2018-Funeral Liturgy for Thelma Riccardo
The funeral liturgy for Thelma Riccardo, the mother of Fr. John Riccardo, was celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham, Michigan on September 18th. This is a podcast of Fr. John's homily from that Mass. It may also be view on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube channel using this link. Fr. John and the entire Riccardo family are most appreciative of all of the prayers offered for his mother and in support of the family.
Rank #7: July 23, 2017-Noon Mass at OLGC
Fr. Riccardo reflects on his recent vacation in Utah while discussing the importance of changing the routines in our lives. Fr. John encourages the congregants to spend time reading the word of God while letting Him knead His truth, love and mercy in our minds, hearts and wills. Whoever has ears ought to hear (MT 13:43).
Rank #8: November 12, 2016-4 PM Mass at OLGC
Fr. Riccardo discusses why bearing witness to Christ is so important and urgent in this homily from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Fr. John looks at the witness given by Fr. Sixtus O'Connor to imprisoned Nazis awaiting trial at Nuremberg after World War II while remarking that our personal witness can lead to the salvation of others. Fr. John points out that, "Only Jesus can turn hostility and disunity and enmity to unity and brotherhood and family."
Rank #9: August 7, 2016-5 PM Mass at OLGC
While reflecting on the scripture readings of this day (WIS 18:6-9; HEB 11:1-2, 8-19; and LK 12:32-48), Fr. Riccardo tells the congregation that faith is a gift from God that enables us to know things that we otherwise cannot know. Fr. John discusses the adversary who tries to keep us from our destiny, and proposes the recitation of the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel at the end of each Mass.
Rank #10: May 19, 2019-Noon Mass at OLGC
Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the travels of St. Paul as described in the first reading for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (ACTS 14:21-27). Fr. John concludes by encouraging the young married couples and young families of the parish to take up the baton of leadership in the church and in this parish. Fr. John points out, "God is calling you to step up and to step forward and to use all the gifts that He has so generously entrusted to you for one purpose – so God can get his world back."
Rank #11: October 14, 2015-Where Are You?
In this first of four scheduled Wednesday evening talks looking at some big questions that God has for each of us Fr. Riccardo addresses the question Where are You?
Rank #12: Alpha 201 Session 1-The Purpose of Life
In January of 2014, Fr. Riccardo began an eight part series titled Alpha 201. In the first week of Alpha 201, Fr. John discusses the goal & purpose of life. The Alpha 201 series was videotaped, and may be viewed on the Our Lady of Good Counsel YouTube Channel.
Rank #13: Communion and Encounter with Jesus in the Transformed Gifts and Being Sent into the World as a New Creation in Him
Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish welcomed Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. on the weekend of February 23-25 as he led the 2018 Parish Mission titled The Mass: Supreme Encounter with God in Jesus. Fr. Driscoll serves as abbot of the Mount Angel Abbey in Saint Benedict, Oregon. Abbot Jeremy has taught theology at the Mount Angel Seminary and the Pontifical University of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. His publications include What Happens at Mass, a vivid exploration of our ritual words, signs, and actions, that help the reader come to a better understanding of the Mass as an encounter with Jesus Christ. In this final talk of the parish mission titled Communion and Encounter with Jesus in the Transformed Gifts and Being Sent into the World as a New Creation in Him, Abbot Jeremy looks at the Communion and Concluding rites of the Mass.
Rank #14: November 12, 2017-Noon Mass at OLGC
Fr. Riccardo looks at our response to all that God has done for us while discussing the judgment day. Fr. John describes the marriage between Christ and the church while telling the congregants that good works alone are insufficient when rendering an account for our lives. What will our response be when we are asked by Jesus, "Do you love me?"
Rank #15: March 18, 2018-10 AM Mass at OLGC
Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the Masses this past weekend at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. In this homily from the 10 AM Mass, Fr. John discusses what it means to live as a highly contagious married couple while citing the example of his own parents.
Rank #16: October 21, 2015-What Are You Looking For?
In this second of four scheduled Wednesday evening talks looking at some big questions that God has for each of us Fr. Riccardo addresses the question What are you Looking For?
Rank #17: May 6, 2018-Noon Mass at OLGC
Fr. Riccardo 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 discusses God's vision for his world and for us. He looks at the spread of Christianity in the early church despite legal prohibitions and the importance of Christian witness. Fr. John concludes by asking the congregants, "How is God asking you and me to turn our world upside down with the gospel and the revolutionary and radical love of Jesus?"
Rank #18: Fatima Conference-Opening Mass Homily
This is Fr. Riccardo's homily from the opening Mass for the Fatima Conference.
Rank #19: Parish Mission-Session 1
The 2016 Parish Mission titled Today Salvation Has Come to This House opened with this talk by Fr. Riccardo.
Rank #20: September 16, 2018-10 AM Mass at OLGC
Fr. Riccardo discusses a hopeful word, a familiar word, and a commissioning word in this homily from the 10 AM Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While reflecting on the passing of his mother, Thelma Riccardo, on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15th), Fr. John turns to Revelation 21 and the promise that God has made to each of us that there will be a new heaven and a new earth. He tells the congregants that Jesus has defeated Satan, Sin, and Death by His death on the cross. Fr. John concludes by using the words of Winston Churchill to the people of England during the early stages of World War II as words of commissioning for us. Fr. John remarks that God has created us, and gifted us, to live at this time with the mission to tell others about Jesus.