Bereavement Support Group
Our Lady of Good Counsel, West Boylston, MA

Parish Ministries

 Altar Ministry


The Altar Ministry is comprised of 4 members which rotate the washing of the Altar linens.

 Collectors/Ushers

Serving as an usher is a special ministry open to people of all ages. Ushers welcome parishioners to the Sunday liturgies, and assist in making the liturgical space more comfortable for all to enjoy the service.

 Ministers of Communion

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 Lector Ministry

Under-construction

 Hope for Housing Food Cards (Homeless Prevention)

Under-construction

 Bereavement Ministry

Our Lady of Good Counsel Bereavement Ministry, A New Day, offers a series of group sessions.  The A New Day grief ministry meets for six consecutive weeks twice a year.  This ministry offers assistance to people to grieve in healthy ways toward healing.  Sessions allow people to share their thoughts and feelings in an environment of confidentiality, empathy and understanding. Anyone interested in joining the Bereavement Ministry should contact Renate at (508) 835-3286.

Six-week support group sessions are held twice a year as follows:
1.  Six consecutive weeks prior to Holy Week
2.  Six consecutive weeks prior to Thanksgiving

All Support Group meetings are held on a Monday from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.  The next Support Group starts on October 21, 2013, though November 25, 2013,  in the Parish Hall.  Registration is required prior to attending the meeting.  For more information or to register call Renate at (508) 835-3286.

 Religious Education Ministry

Under-construction

 Music Ministry

Under-construction

 Visitation Ministry (Bring communion to elderly & shut-ins)

Under-construction

 Prayer Shawl Ministry

Meets the first Wednesday of the month from October to June.  We gather together in the parish hall for a time of prayer, sharing, and working on our individual projects.  Prayers are woven into each stitch of the shawl so it is a sign of God's loving presence and a mantle of comfort and peace to the one who receives it.  Our shawls are given to the ill, shut-ins, to those in nursing homes, to the grieving; to those celebrating a significant birthday, marriage, birth of a child, graduation. Yarn and help is available to those who need it.  All ages and levels of expertise are welcome. 

 Ministry to the Homeless (IHN)

Twice a year, one week in December & one week in May, parish volunteers help ease the pain of family homelessness by reaching out in unconditional love to support them in their time of need.  We do so by preparing and serving an evening meal each day and hosting in the evening and overnight at their new stable location, 91 June Street, Worcester.  

We also host a Christmas party for them in December, complete with gifts purchased with donations from our very generous parishioners and the arrival of Santa Claus.  Most importantly, by extending them our hospitality they experience Christ's love, comfort, strength, and companionship for their journey.  "For I was hungry and you gave me food.  I was thirsty and you gave me drink.  I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Contact Terri King in the 
Parish Office at 508-835-3606 for more information

 St. Vincent de Paul

Our Lady of Good Counsel's St Vincent de Paul Society Conference exists to help people in the greater West Boylston area meet their basic needs. We do this through financial assistance with bills, food and gas vouchers and spiritual support, while respecting the dignity of each person. If we can serve you, please call 508-835-3606.

Meeting are held in the church hall the first Monday of the month @ 7:00 pm

New members are invited and can show up at to one of our meetings or contact Scott directly via email.

 Youth Ministry (Middle & High School Youth Group)

Under-construction

 Womans Club

The women's club supports the works of the church and sponsors trips to the Mustard Seed to provide meals for the homeless. Meeting begin in September on the second Tuesday of the month and until April.

Each May have an Installation Mass for the new Board Members and banquet. All women of the parish are invited to join the club. There is a 10.00 fee to join. They can call me if they are interested in joining. Please contact Connie Harris at 978-422-9996 if you have any questions or would like to join the Womans Club
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 Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

“Men and women hear the good news proclaimed, by word and by deed, and come to a particular Christian community as a result of this initial stirring in faith. In the Catholic Church this is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.”

Restored to the church more than twenty-five years ago; the RCIA invites questions, listens non-judgmentally and establishes a model and method for any Inquirer to look at the Catholic Church in a safe and non-threatening manner. People proceed at their own pace examining their own personal, spiritual, theological and communal experience of Catholics and the Catholic Church. The primary goal is to come to know Jesus. Call the Parish Office for information about meeting time, day and place or to begin.

If you are interested please contact the Parish Office at 508-835-3606

 Parish Prayer Line

Parishioners with prayer intentions for people who are ill, in need of employment or other need.
 
People would notify me if they know of anyone who needs to be added to list, who may need to be taken off, or with an update of anyone they may have placed on the list.
 
All prayer requests and updates are e-mailed to the members upon receipt and once a month a revised list will be e-mailed to all members and those members without an e-mail address will receive the revised list in the mail.
 
Anyone interested in joining the Prayer Line should contact Renate at (508) 835-3286 or rmi45@juno.com.


 Parish Council

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 FinanceCommittee

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