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Happy Birthday Father Benedict!

Posted by | Jun 21, 2018 | No Comments

Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., served as Good Counsel’s Chairman of the Board of Directors from March 10, 1985 until his death on October 3, 2014, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Thursday, July 26, 2018, which would have been his 85th birthday, we will gather to celebrate life by giving thanks for Father Benedict in remembrance of his life, his work, and his legacy.

Please join us in a humble birthday celebration for the life of Father Benedict at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary, 375 13th Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07103.  Parking entrance is located on 8th Street. Read More

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Urgent Summer Need!

Posted by | Jun 4, 2018 | No Comments

Our Need is Still Great in the Summer

Dear Friend,

Melissa awakened to the painful realization—she was repeating her own mother’s story: alone and pregnant with no support system, nowhere to turn…

Raised by a teenage mother in a filthy apartment in a bad area, she’d grown up witnessing things no child should see.  Ashamed… terrified… here she was, barely scraping by, with the clock winding down to the birth of her own child. Read More

Please Share Mother’s Day with a Good Counsel Mom

Posted by | May 11, 2018 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

For moms in our care like Carina, this Mother’s Day is full of firsts… It’s the first time she’ll celebrate as a mom, lovingly holding her precious baby boy. It’s the first time in her entire life she’ll find herself in a safe, secure place to live. And it’s the very first time she can see a healthy, happy future for her and her new son.

You see, Carina spent most of her life in and out of foster care – moving from home to home with no stable family. She came to us scared and alone after finding herself to be pregnant with no one to turn to. Read More

Babies at Good Counsel, like flowers in springtime!

Posted by | May 10, 2018 | No Comments

The warm weather of springtime may have taken its time to show up, but babies born at Good Counsel in March, April, and May were better than any flowers!

On March 29, 2018, baby girl Layla sprung on the scene weighing a petite 6 pounds, 13 ounces.

Baby boy Camaro arrived at 6:30 PM on April 12th and baby girl Delilah made her entrance at 10:30 am on April 13th.  Camaro was born at 5 pounds, 9 ounces and 19 inches long.  He’s getting stronger every day.  Delilah was born at 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and 19 inches.  Both babies and their moms are at home and doing well.
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Try Your Luck with South Jersey’s “BIG 50-50 Raffle!”

Posted by | May 7, 2018 | No Comments

Good Counsel South Jersey announces the first “BIG 50-50 Raffle!”

This new, major fundraiser will enable Good Counsel South Jersey to continue the blessed work of saving babies and helping women at the Riverside Home. At $50 per ticket and no more than 1,000 tickets sold* – everyone has a great chance at winning some of the $50,000 pot! The drawing will be on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. You do not have to be present to win.

Three winning tickets will be drawn with awesome payouts! Read More

Will you help Amanda?

Posted by | Apr 26, 2018 | No Comments

A Mother’s Day gift for every mom God brings to Good Counsel

No young girl should ever have to live through what Amanda experienced . . . Pregnant and living on the street at 18—scared, shivering, starving, struggling to survive the winter, living in a storage container.

Amanda tried all the shelters in the area. At each she was told, “Sorry. No room.” Read More

Join us in “Emulating the Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary”

Posted by | Apr 25, 2018 | No Comments

Join Us for Marian Conference 2018 – Emulating the Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

The Marian Conference tradition continues on Saturday, May 12, 2018 with all benefits to aid Good Counsel and in part the Pro Life Elderly & Homebound Club.  The day begins with the Rosary and May Crowning; Saturday Mass with Monsignor Peter Finn as Main Celebrant and Homilist, followed by speakers from Good Counsel Homes and the Pro Life Elderly and Homebound Club.  The day will continue with lunch and time to visit Vendors; Confession; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross; and end with the Vigil Mass. Read More

You Are Cordially Invited to La Vie en Rose, Good Counsel’s Annual Ball for Life

Posted by | Apr 10, 2018 | No Comments

Please join us for Good Counsel’s Annual Charity Ball for Life, celebrating 33 years of service for mothers and babies, Friday, May 4, 2018 at The Racquet and Tennis Club.

This year Chloe Kondrich and her family will be honored for their tireless advocacy on behalf of unborn children with disabilities.  Chloe and her family successfully fought for the passage of the Down Syndrome Prenatal Education Act, or “Chloe’s Law,” in the State of Pennsylvania. Chloe’s Law requires health care practitioners to provide parents with accurate educational information after a prenatal Down Syndrome diagnosis. Read More

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Posted by | Apr 1, 2018 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

Real Love is sacrifice.

How sad this started off.

A rousing welcome of Hosannas, with the whole city laying branches before He entered; then, a few short days later, He was arrested. Have you ever felt on top of the world one moment and at the bottom the next? How many pregnant mothers, at one moment believing they are loved and protected suddenly, instantly find rejection?

Tried, convicted, sentenced condemned. Condemned for your belief, action, circumstances or thought. All of a sudden, He had not a friend in the world. Abandoned, quickly, has that happened to you? Certainly this has happened to many Good Counsel moms.

Beaten, beyond recognition. Pummeled, spat on, ridiculed, just for sport. Could you ever imagine how much worse? Imagine a young, pregnant woman told to get out, in the middle of the night, with nothing more than the clothes on her back, in the middle of a snowstorm.

All your wounds and bruises completely exposed.

How excruciating! How dark! How lonely! Your entire life utterly shattered.

Is life worth living? Is my baby’s life worth living?


From beyond the hissing, condemning curses comes this piercing, loud silence. Silence. Silence.

Cold, lonely inert dead silence.

. . . . . . . . .

Then comes the flash.

The Light.

A pulse of energy under the shroud.

The covering forever to hold the image of the split-second changing of everything.

Instant New Life. Birth!

A voice of hope. A warm welcome. A new door.

The joining of time and Eternity, of earth and Heaven, of now and forever. The moment of your new life. Opening the gates long shut. Taking off the locks of your soul.

Utterly shattered all that binds you to dust.

Alleluia! Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! You are Risen! Alleluia!

Your soul is risen. You believe.

Nothing can stop New Life. Love is Life Forever!

Good Counsel is God’s Love which is New Life Forever!

May you live the Resurrection every day of your life.

Thank you for helping to offer a Resurrection and new life for our mothers and babies.

Have a Blessed Easter,

Christopher Bell

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