Religious Education

Take a virtual look around Our Lady of Good Counsel church and see what has has to teach us about our Faith and our community. Click here to read Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Church: A Catechism in Stone and Glass.

Religious Education Program for Children

  • Click here for the 2015/2015 Religious Education Registration Form.
  • Click here for the 2015/2016 Religious Education Calendar.

The OLGC Religious Education Program is an intergenerational, family centered program of Catholic Religious Education embracing the different perspectives and life experiences of parents, guardians, and students and also incorporating the gifts of members of the greater parish faith community. Marie Brown is the parish director of religious education.

Children in K through 8th grade who are not attending Catholic Schools are welcome to learn about the Faith and be prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Classes meet on Sunday mornings from 12:15 – 1:30 PM in the parish hall. For more information, please contact the parish office.

Parish School of Religion Schedule Parish School of Religion Registration

RCIA Program
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a program of the Catholic church oriented towards people who would like to know more about the Catholic way of life. It is also for those who desire to be received in full communion to the Catholic Church, and includes Catechumens, Candidates and Inquirers. Catechumens are people who have never been baptized by any Christian Church. Candidates are individuals who have been baptized in any Christian church (including Roman Catholics) but have not been confirmed in the Catholic Church and Inquirers are those who want to know more about the Roman Catholic Church. For more information on the RCIA program offered through Our Lady of Good Counsel, please contact the parish office.

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.

Sacramental Preparation

Infant Baptism
Parents should contact the parish prior to the preferred Baptismal date. God parents are expected to be practicing Catholics who agree to assist the parents in the faith formation of the child.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for children
Instruction through the Parish School of Religion is a two-year process, usually begun in the first grade, with the celebration of the Sacraments usually planned for second graders.

Confirmation for youngsters
Instruction through the Parish School of Religion is a two-year process, usually begun in the seventh grade, with the sacrament conferred by the Bishop the following year. Candidates are expected to have been baptized and have received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.

Holy Matrimony
Couples planning to enter into Marriage in a Catholic church in the Diocese of Charleston are required to begin their instruction and preparation at least six months prior to the anticipated date of the wedding. In addition to counseling from the priest or deacon, couples are required to read Catholic literature pertaining to the Sacrament and attend marriage preparation classes usually led by lay couples. Couples planning to be married in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church should contact the parish office as soon as possible to receive detailed information regarding parish wedding guidelines. Please do not set a date for a wedding at Our Lady of Good Counsel prior to meeting with the Parish Administrator.