To arrange the Baptism of your infant child (Congratulations!), please call the parish office (606) 436-2533, or speak to the pastor or pastoral associate any Sunday after Mass.
Congratulations on your engagement. It is never too earlier to begin to prepare for your marriage. You must make arrangements at least six months before your proposed wedding date; in fact a year before the proposed wedding date is better. There is much to do in preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and we are delighted you want to celebrate this Sacrament of Marriage here, at Mother of Good Counsel, with your faith community. To make an appointment with the pastor, call the church office at (606) 436-2533. He will take you through the necessary steps required by the Catholic Diocese of Lexington. If either party individual is under 18 years of age, be aware that there are special guidelines required by the Church. The pastor will be glad to assist you. As you look forward to this wonderful occasion continue to pray for discernment and guidance.
RCIA is an acronym for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Those adults, and older young children, seeking to inquire and learn more about the Catholic faith are invited to attend the RCIA. There is no requirement that one must intend to become Catholic, but that one merely want to inquire about the faith, to learn what it is that Catholics believe. Of course, along the course of the year, many do make the decision to become a member of the Catholic Church. But it is not required, in order to attend the sessions. At Mother of Good Counsel the RCIA usually beginning in mid September.
The religious formation of our children is an extremely important privilege and obligation every parent and faith community shares. Parents are the first educators of their children whom God has entrusted to them. At your children’s baptism the faith community prays in blessing upon you that you might be the best of parents, teaching and forming your children in the love of God and in the faith. Therefore it is a most serious obligation of every parent to first practice the faith themselves so that your children will learn first by your deeds and then by your words the love of God, and the practice of the faith. To assist you and to support you in this obligation, the faith community at Mother of Good Counsel will provide teachers, materials, and opportunities for your, as well as your children’s’, formation. Besides programs of adult formation and religious formation of the young, there are opportunities provided by the Diocese of Lexington as well. Look for announcements in the parish bulletin. If you need specific information call the parish office at (606) 436-2533.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is offered for anyone who is seriously ill, anticipating surgery, or elderly. Do not hesitate to call the office and request this Sacrament of healing. If the person is able, we will confer the Sacrament in the presence of the faith community at either Sunday Mass, or Thursday evening Mass. Or if not convenient, the Sacrament will be conferred privately with the family. If your loved one is in the hospital, please call the parish office immediately and let the staff know. One of the staff will be happy to visit and bring Holy Communion to the sick person. We will then place the person on our parish prayer list so that the entire parish may intercede for the person’s healing and well being. Do not wait until there is a crisis or death imminent.
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