Crusader Connection 1-22-21
I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began the good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil. 1:3-6
Paul wrote to the Church at PhiIippi with great affection, enthusiasm and hope. He’d experienced some tough times there, but things were working out according to God’s plan for their good.
In that same trust in our Lord Jesus, I am pleased to share with you the very good news that Msgr. Todd Lajiness will come to Our Lady of Good Counsel to lead this good parish, beginning July 1.
Msgr. Lajiness presently serves as Rector-President of Sacred Heart Major Seminary here in the Archdiocese of Detroit. I knew him as a student when I served on the faculty there, and as a colleague when he joined the faculty as professor of philosophy.
Msgr. Lajiness grew up in Newport in Monroe County. After high school he studied at Sacred Heart, then moved on to graduate theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. After serving as an associate pastor, he returned to Rome to earn his Licentiate in Sacred Theology.
Monsignor brings a wealth of talent and experience to his responsibilities here. I know he has longed to return to parish ministry. All of us who became diocesan priests, rather than joining a religious order, made the choice we did because we wanted to be parish priests. Sometimes, as you might imagine (and I know from personal experience), the Lord has other plans.
For the time being, Msgr. Lajiness continues to serve as rector, until graduation and the ordination of this year’s new priests, including Our Lady of Good Counsel’s Deacon Ryan Eggenberger. He will introduce himself in greater detail as we get closer to summer
For now, I ask that you begin to pray for this good priest, that the Lord Jesus will continue to shape his heart after His own Sacred Heart. That is surely the heart he will need, and we will want him to have, as he joins this fine community.
I will accompany and lead you until he arrives.
May God bless you,
Msgr. Pat Halfpenny
Report cards available on Gradelink (5PM)
Application Opens for Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance
First Reconciliation Retreat
Wear School Uniform to Mass
Catholic Schools Week
All School Mass (8:30 AM)
First Friday Adoration
Teacher Professional Development Day (No school for students)
STAR Testing Begins
March Hot Lunch Deadline
Principal Coffee Chat (7PM on Zoom)
Valentine's Day Parties
All School Mass (Ash Wednesday)
OLGC Spirit Day
Deadline is TODAY for Current Families to Re-Enroll
Thank you for re-enrolling using FACTS this year. All current families should have received an email from FACTS with the details for enrollment. You will need a copy of your child's birth certificate and immunization record or State of Michigan Immunization Waiver Form. A $250 non-refundable deposit (per student) will be charged. If you are adding a new student, the $125 application fee will be waived until January 22nd.
Young 5's Class
Have you heard the exciting news? OLGC's Early Childhood Program is expanding yet again! We will be offering a Young 5's class next year in addition to our two kindergarten classes, two Pre-K 4 classes and two Pre-K 3 classes (full-day option now available). The class will follow a similar schedule to kindergarten Monday thru Friday 8:00-3:10. Students accepted should turn 5 between May 1st and October 31st.
2021-2022 Tuition Assistance Opens TODAY
Parents are invited to apply for Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance for the 2021-22 academic year beginning today, January 22. Deadlines to apply are April 30 for the first round of awards and June 30 for the second round of awards. Families who would like to be considered for tuition assistance through our local Vollbrecht Fund must first apply for Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance. Please contact Mrs. Fitch for support with the $30 online application fee, if needed.
More information about the program can be found at
Promoting Our School at Mass THIS WEEKEND
This weekend, all students are asked to wear their school uniforms to Mass. This is a great opportunity to showcase our school family! Students will need to "check in" with the volunteer at the main entrance in order to receive an "out of uniform pass" for participating. Following the Final Blessing, students are encouraged to stand at the exits to wave and pass out Open House flyers.
Open House Postcards
OLGC Parish School will be welcoming prospective families at an Open House event on Sunday, January 31st. All prospective families are encouraged to sign up for an in-person school tour at
There will be a virtual experience on our school website and an opportunity for a Zoom with Mrs. Hunt and school community members at 3PM. All families should have received postcards advertising the Open House. Please use them to personally invite a neighbor or friend who may be interested in OLGC.
Sharing on Social Media
Help spread the word about OLGC Parish School on Facebook.
Please share the Open House Promotional Video as well as the latest Pre-K Program video. Let's try to get over 200 shares!
Our students are excited to welcome Monsignor Lajiness to OLGC. They made him cards and sent him an invitation to come visit our great school!
Masses were offered this week for the
. We are grateful you are part of the OLGC Family! May God bless you.
The Health Department has released a new
Screening Tool for Families
. Although it reflects a 10 day quarantine period, the AOD is still recommending a 14 day quarantine period. As always, please contact the school if you have any questions regarding our health and safety protocols.
Daily Health Screener
For ongoing COVID-19 testing sites, you may visit:
6th-8th Gr. Confirmation Webpag
Candidate & Sponsor Retreat:
February 6th, 12:30-3:00 in the church.
Please click here to register:
Confirmation Candidate & Sponsor Retreat 2021
This retreat is geared toward the confirmation candidate and sponsor.
To ensure social distancing, a parent may attend the retreat only if the sponsor is unavailable.
Candidate & Sponsor Information Forms (CSIF)
are to be turned in by Feb. 6th. Go to the confirmation webpage for the link to the form.
Confirmation Coordinator, Ann Grobbel, can be contacted at
, should you have any questions.
First Communion & First Reconciliation Webpage
First Reconciliation Retreats:
January 23rd; 9:30-12:00
1:00-3:30 in the church social hall
Both the morning and afternoon in-person retreats are now full.
To register for the at-home preparation option, click this link:
First Reconciliation Retreat 2021
Family First Reconciliation Services:
January 29th 6:30-8:00 pm (last name A-L); January 30th 9:30-11 am (last name M-Z). No registration is required.
First Communion Coordinator, can be reached at
should you have any questions.
on Friday, January 22 at 3:00PM