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April 2016 - Good Counsel

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Time Is Almost Up! Will we see you this Friday?

Posted by | Apr 26, 2016 | No Comments

Come to Good Counsel’s Annual Ball for Life on May 6th! This year’s honorees are Matt & Adrianna Birk.  Matt Birk has been recognized as the 2011 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year and 2013 Super Bowl Champion. Matt declined to attend congratulatory festivities at the White House because of Barak Obama’s support of Planned Parenthood.

“We are humbled beyond measure to be honored by an organization as incredible as Good Counsel Homes.  We consider the right to life to be the fundamental moral issue facing our society.  We are inspired by and thankful for Good Counsel and their tireless work on behalf of the unborn.”  Matt Birk

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Blessed Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel!

Posted by | Apr 26, 2016 | No Comments

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Good Counsel.  Please join us in prayer and thanksgiving for all of Our Lady’s blessings as we enter our 31st year ministering to homeless, pregnant mothers and their children.

Throughout the world your gracious image is given an honored place.  O Mother of Good Counsel, Star of the Sea, to you we turn for light to guide our uncertain steps through life.

Many people in prayerful petition, have obtained good counsel from you and through you countless  people have been restored to good health, been given peace of mind, released from worry and fear, cleansed from sin and restored to a strong and lasting faith.

Beloved Mother of Good Counsel, this way we ask you to listen to the prayers placed through you before your only Son.

Show yourself a mother to us, and counsel to become your true and faithful children, and may the blessing of your only son come upon us.


Afternoon of Food, Fun, & Music to Benefit Moms & Babies!

Posted by | Apr 22, 2016 | No Comments

Please join us for an afternoon of food, fun, and music while at the same time supporting a local, worthy cause.  Sounds like a win-win!


On Sunday, May 15, 2016, the 1st Annual “Taste for Life” Fundraiser will be held to benefit the moms and babies of our Riverside Good Counsel home.  Enjoy culinary specialties from 14+ renowned restaurants while DJ Jim DiMiero keeps you entertained.  Wine and beer will be available for purchase.  Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #3784, the Taste for Life event will be held at The Marian House, 507 South Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ from 1-4 p.m.  Tickets are $40 – now that’s a bargain!

For tickets and/or information please contact:

Karen Downy
Phone: 856-220-3366


JoAnne DiNoia
Phone: 609-387-2928

If you’re not able to attend and would still like to make a donation to our South Jersey home, then use the button below.

Donate to Our South Jersey Home

Serving Moms, Babies, & Our Country

Posted by | Apr 19, 2016 | No Comments

We are all called to serve others as part of our mission in this life, even more so by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in this Year of Mercy.  The staff here at Good Counsel see their work as a vocation, an answer to the call to serve the least among us.  When we aren’t working, we are serving our own families, loved ones, and communities.  One staff member, however, also serves her country at the same time.

Victoria Castanela has been a Senior Residential Aid for nine months at our Staten Island home.  In that short time she has endeared herself to staff and residents alike.  We will have to make do without Victoria for a few weeks as she has deployed for a mission in Germany as part of her U.S. Army Reservist responsibilities.

Victoria, who has been in the Army Reserves for eight years, is an E-4 Specialist.  While in uniform, she has two jobs.  She said, “My first job is Transportation Management Specialist and my second job is Transportation Fueler.”  Although this deployment is only for a few weeks, Victoria served in Iraq from 2010 to 2011.  Read More

A Typical 7 Days at Good Counsel

Posted by | Apr 19, 2016 | One Comment

Once a week our House Managers gather with administrative personnel on a teleconference where news from each individual Good Counsel home is shared.  It’s a productive meeting where joys and sorrows, hopes and dreams, and challenges are shared and accomplishments are celebrated.  It offers the chance to collaborate, share positive outcomes, and ask for prayers. The notes from just one of our weekly meetings offer both a broad and intricate picture of our mission statement in action.

The House Manager from Harrison reports:

  • they currently have 6 mothers in residence and 4 babies
  • 2 of the 6 moms just arrived this week and 1 of them has already jumped into Life Skills programs and the other is ready to begin as soon as she’s settled in a bit more
  • 2 of the moms who have been with us for a little while continue to work as they await the birth of their babies

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There’s No Turning Back After Abortion

Posted by | Apr 13, 2016 | No Comments

It is true that we cannot turn back time and un-do an abortion, but we can move forward toward hope and healing, asking for and accepting God’s forgiveness and then allowing His grace to bind our wounds.  Sometimes hearing someone’s personal testimony of their healing journey is just what it takes for another suffering person to reach out for help.  This is Christiane Zufferey’s story. Read More

Moms Like Julie Need Your Help Now

Posted by | Apr 6, 2016 | No Comments

Pope Francis has declared this the “Jubilee Year of Mercy.”

I was privileged to hear him at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. As he spoke of those in desperate need of God’s mercy, I couldn’t help but think of the frightened women who enter our homes every day.

Young women like Julie. Read More

Thanks for Sharing Your 2016 Lenten Journey With Us

Posted by | Apr 5, 2016 | No Comments

I would like to thank those of you who signed up for our 2016 Lenten Campaign for taking your journey with our Good Counsel family.  I, along with the rest of our Good Counsel family, prayed with you and for you, and I hope that each day’s reflection and prayer enhanced your walk with Our Lord.  Be assured that if you did lay down any burden on our prayer request page that all of us here at Good Counsel kept those intentions tucked in our hearts each day of this Lent. Thank you for entrusting your wants, needs, and hopes with us.


Finally, I truly hope that this Lenten campaign is just one of many steps we’ll take together. The Lord brings us together for many good things. Read More

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