The Church recognizes as ministers those who continue the work of Christ through prayer and service. In response to our mission, Our Lady of Good Counsel parish ministries encourage spiritual development and provide service to the parish and community. Some ministries involve just a few people doing important work on an as needed basis; others involve long-term commitments or particular training. All parishioners are encouraged to prayerfully consider how they may contribute to the mission of the parish by offering time, talent or treasure to one or more of the ministries.
All parishioners are members of one or the other of these two groups who comprise the backbone of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish activities. Members of the Men’s Club serve the monthly parish buffet breakfasts, annual oyster roasts, and fund raisers. They are actively involved in the improvements to and maintenance of the parish facilities. The Men’s Club meets in Father Kelly Hall on the 2nd Thursday of each month with a small meal at 6:30 PM. All male members of the parish are considered members and there are no dues.
Mens' Club Officers:
- President: Jim McLaughlin 843-270-4005
- Vice President: Malcolm Brennan 843-906-5511
- Secretary: Leo Brueggeman 843-442-1587
- Treasurer: Alex Palyo 843-810-7517
Members of the Women’s Guild organize a wide variety of social activities in the parish. The Women’s Guild meets in Father Kelly Hall on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7PM.
Women's Guild Officers:
- President: Marie Dupree Caines 762-3169
- Vice-President: Barbara Sgobbo 297-8042
- Secretary: Terri Shrum 795-8070
- Treasurer: Penny Davis 795-9749
- Corresponding Secretary: Peanut Steffel 795-2555
The Pastoral Council serves in a consultative and advisory capacity to the Pastor/Administrator in the pastoral activity of the parish. Comprised of ten lay members, the Council provides a forum for representatitives of the various organizations within the parish to facilitate spiritual growth and social outreach. Members serve for a three-year term. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month in Father Kelly Hall and are open to all parishioners.
The Finance Council advises the Pastor/Administrator in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish and assists in the responsible planning and administration of parish assets. The president of the Finance Council is a member of the Pastoral Council. The finance Council meets four times a year with the parish administrative assistant.
Adult Faith Formation
The Adult Faith Formation group is a cadre of parishioners who gather for Scripture Study and fellowship. Study texts vary, and have included guided curriculum on specific books of the Bible, themes of Catholic spiritual growth, and reflection on the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. This group meets every Wednesday at 7PM in Father Kelly Hall or at the home of one of the members. Contact the group leader for details.
Christian Formation for Children
This religious education program invites children who are in K-4 through 8th grade to meet for instruction about the Faith and preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. The classes begin on the first Sunday after Labor Day and continue through Mother’s Day. The classes meet in Father Kelly Hall from 9:00-10:30 AM on Sundays, except the 4th Sunday of each month. Registration forms are in available in the Church, or by calling the Parish Office. Volunteers are needed to serve as instructors and teacher assistants.
Rite of Christian Initiaion for Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA, a program of the Catholic Church, is oriented towards those who are searching and inquiring about the Catholic way of life. While this program is oriented for adults, it accepts teenagers who are mature enough to participate in the RCIA. The process is for; (1) The unbaptized; (2) Those who have been baptized either as Roman Catholics or as members of another Christian community but did not receive further catechetical formation or instruction. These typically have also not celebrated confirmation nor Eucharist. (3) Baptized, practicing Christians from other denominations who seek entry into the Catholic Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation is based on the principle that the process of conversion proceeds gradually, in stages. Progress from one stage to the next is marked by a liturgical celebration in the midst of the parish community. Parishioners volunteer to serve as sponsors and catechists.
Opportunities for spiritual growth include participating in Catholic Devotions including: at 9:00 AM on the third Saturday of each month, Rosary and recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet; Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM Novena; Stations of the Cross (Wednesday evening during Lent) and Family Rosary in various homes on Saturdays during May and October. Our Lady of Good Counsel parishioners also participate in the Eucharistic Perpetual Adoration at Blessed Sacrament parish, offering one holy hour each week spent in prayer and adoration. Call Blessed Sacrament parish 556-0801 if you are interested in making a one-hour weekly commitment.
Youth and Young Adult Ministries
The goal of this ministry is to enhance faith in Jesus Christ by actively supporting teens and young adults in the parish. Volunteers are needed to plan and implement the programs.
The Liturgy Committee is comprised of representatives from various ministries in the parish and serves under the direction of the Pastor/Administrator. The Liturgy committee members, including representatives of the choir, hospitality, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and altar servers are responsible for planning all liturgical events. The group will meet in 2012/2013 on this schedule: January 12, April 12, July 12, and October 11 in 2012 and January 11, in 2013. These quarterly meetings will be on the 2nd Thursday of the month as indicated.
The Altar Guild is responsible for the weekly cleaning of the Church in preparation for the Eucharistic celebration. Volunteers are needed to give a few hours per month to this ministry.
Parishioners (male and female) over age 8 are trained to assist the priest at Mass and other liturgical events. Children who have received their First Communion are welcomed to serve.
Ushers & Greeters
This ministry represents hospitality at the Eucharistic celebration. Greeters welcome worshipers to the Church, answer questions pertaining to parish activities and distribute worship aids. Ushers help with seating before and during Mass and take up the collections.
Consisting of the choir, cantors and instrumentalist, the Music Ministry fosters the active participation of the faithful through singing. While all members of the congregation are expected to sing most of the music at Mass, the Music Ministry has the responsibility of leadership. Members commit time to weekly practices, meeting at the Church on Wednesday evenings.
Lectors and Commentators
Lectors proclaim the Word at various liturgies, usually the first two Scripture readings on Sundays. In addition, members of this ministry also serve as Commentators, welcoming the assembly, making necessary announcements and praying the prayers of the Faithful. Annual training sessions are provided.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, as they are officially designated, are lay people who assist in the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass and by bringing Holy Communion to Catholics in hospitals, nursing facilities and those who are homebound. Training sessions are provided and ministers are commissioned annually.
Volunteers offer their time on Mondays to count and record the contributions collected at Sunday liturgies. The process usually takes two or three hours.
Each week, this group of volunteers prepare and maintain the flowers for the Church, taking on additional responsibilities for the decoration of the Church during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Wedding Coordinators offer hospitality to the principals and guests who celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony by preparing the Church , attending the rehearsal and wedding ceremony. Generally, two coordinators are assigned to each wedding.
The Respect Life Ministry increases parish awareness of pro-life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment. Through prayer and activities such as participation in the Life Chain demonstrations, outreach to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies and those who are suffering from the effects of abortion, the Respect Life ministry strives to be a visible reminder of the preciousness of each life.
The goal of this ministry is to reach out to inactive parishioners and the unchurched. Volunteers are needed to work with the various ministries of the parish to offer retreats and days of reflection, to increase awareness of the RCIA program, and to reach out to non-attending parishioners and reconciling Catholics.
The Social Outreach Ministry promotes charity through support of local service agencies that serve the needy, such as Charleston’s Neighborhood House, The Island Oaks Living Center and Our Lady of Mercy Outreach on Johns Island. Members volunteer their time to collect and deliver food, clothing and supplies.
New Members Welcoming Committee
The goal of the New Members Welcoming Committee is to provide assistance to new members of the parish by extending a personal warm welcome and providing valuable information about the parish activities and resources. Volunteers in this ministry also co-ordinate an annual Parish Family get-together.
Members of the Homebound Visitation ministry visit people who are unable to fully participate in the parish and in the community. They spend time with people who live alone, are homebound, and live in nursing homes.
Volunteers in this ministry provide comfort and support to families who have lost a loved one. They attend the funeral Mass and provide food for the day of the funeral.
The goal of the Ecumenical Outreach ministry is to represent the parish in its collaborations with other faith communities on Folly Beach. Members initiate and support a variety of activities such as participation in the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service with the Methodist and Baptist Churches on Folly Beach. The event includes a food drive for the needy and a reception for members of all three congregations. Volunteers are needed to support and expand these efforts.
Volunteers in this ministry participate in an number of activities that involve maintenance and repairs to the Church, Rectory, Office, Hall buildings and grounds. The head of this group is a member of the Pastoral Council and as such, advises the Pastor/Administrator on issues related to the upkeep and improvements of the facilities.
Father Kelly Hall is available for use by the various ministries for meeting and also available to active parishioners for receptions parties and so forth. All of these must be coordinated through the Parish Administrative Assistant.
Members of the various parish ministries who wish to announce events, encourage volunteers or report activities have three primary means of communication with parishioners: the weekly parish bulletin, the quarterly newsletter, and the parish website.
The Parish Administrative Assistant prepares the weekly bulletin which features details of parish activities, scheduled meetings and points of interest. Items submitted for inclusion in the bulletin are due to the Parish Office no later than the Tuesday prior to publication.
Our Lady’s Counselor is the parish newsletter. Volunteers are needed to plan the publication, as well as those who can write or collect stories about parish activities.
An effective web page presents interesting, helpful and up-to-date information in an easy to access online location. Volunteers with the skills necessary to maintain an effective web page are needed. The website address for the parish is: www.olgc-follybeach.org
The all important aim in Christian Meditation is to allow God’s mysterious presence within us to become more and more not only a reality, but the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, to everything we are. The work of meditation is to attain harmony of body, mind, and spirit. This is the aim given us by the psalmist: “Be still and know that I am God.”
Please join us for group meditation every Thursday, at 8:30 AM in Fr. Kelly Hall, 106 W. Hudson Ave. Folly Beach.
For further information contact Sylvia Cline. Tel: 843 588 2776