Parish Flowchart

Bible Discussion Group

The Bible Discussion Group, in coordination with CEC, meets on Monday night at church from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm. We break from Memorial Day until the first Monday after Labor Day.

The group consists of people interested in discussing and reading sections of the Bible. In the past the group has discussed the “Gospel of Mark”, “Genesis”, and other books of the Bible. Several weeks are spent going over topics with a study guide to help with direction. No one is a scholar, and we question and challenge each other to hopefully grow in our understanding of the Bible.

The group decides on the topic to be studied for each term and there is no homework. Honest and open discussion takes place with time for all to express their questions and thoughts. Everyone and each opinion is respected. The group size is about twelve, and more are welcome!

John Rdzak at 708-301-1879
Roman Okrei at 815-834-9410

Building and Grounds Committee BGC

It is the responsibility of the Building and Grounds Committee to oversee the church and its surrounding grounds as well as the rectory to make certain everything is in proper repair and working order. In addition, committee members evaluate the need for updates, improvements and beautification.

On a regular basis, members inspect the interior and exterior of the buildings and the surrounding property for any potential problems as well as scrutinize the fire safety equipment in both buildings. It is also the responsibility of the commission to review and award service contracts for lawn care and snow removal

When warranted, bids are acquired from vendors to address more detailed projects. Any plans for expansion or modification to the rectory, church or surrounding area would be managed through the Building and Grounds Committee.

Chairperson Phil Kosiba at 708-567-1999

Human Outreach Commission

The Human Outreach Commission strives to serve our Parish, the community and our extended Catholic family through several projects throughout the year that best exemplify the Christian values of Our Mother of Good Counsel.

Here are some of the projects that we work on:


- monthly collection of food and monetary donations distributed to the Lockport FISH Pantry.
- Veterans Collection to help veterans at the Hines VA Hospital
- Distribution of the Poor Box funds to various organizations


- St. Vincent de Paul truck collection in the spring and fall of used clothing and home


- Christmas Giving Tree - a collection of items collected for the Daybreak Shelter and Guardian Angel Home
- Undy Sunday collection of new undergarments and diapers for Catholic Charities
- Rice Bowl Collection for Catholic Relief Services helping in agriculture, water and sanitation, starting small business, and education.
- Back to School Collection for Catholic Charities for children in the diocese
- Baby Bottle collection for the Women’s Center to help new mothers and babies
- Coordinate a food collection with the RE classes in November for the FISH Pantry
- Super Bowl of Caring distributes funds collected to the Food Pantry

Our current meetings are held via email.

Chairperson Marian Strzelczyk 815-834-1665

Council of Catholic Women CCW

We are the women of the parish. We come in all sizes, shapes and ages that come together, enjoy each other’s company, dedicate our time and share our ideas in the hope of making our parish a better one. When we meet on the 2 nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., our main goal is to discuss the needs of the parish. In dedicating our time, it gives us a sense of fulfillment and we know that our efforts are all worthwhile.

Every month we have a bake sale and the monies collected go for a special project or group. Just to name a few: Daybreak, Parish Picnic, Friends of the Orphans, Blanket for Buddies, Lockport Fish Pantry, Santa’s Breakfast, Crèche, Vacation Bible School.

What makes us special is that we have become friends and enjoy working with each other. Our projects are a group effort and because of that, we can do some amazing things with so few members.

Bernie Smigielski 815-463-8032

Evangelization and Faith Formation Commission EFFC

The purpose of the Evangelization and Faith Formation Commission is to continue the teaching mission of the Church. The Commission is concerned with continuous, life- long Christian education for all members of the Parish.

The Commission has the responsibility of developing, promoting, coordinating, and evaluating the Parish’s total education ministry including all sacramental preparation programs, Religious Education for first through eighth grades, Adult Education, The Youth Group, and Vacation Bible School.

The members of the Evangelization and Faith Formation Commission, which meets nine times a year for approximately two hours each meeting, believe that we are putting our love for God into action. Our working motto, “What you do I cannot do. What I do you cannot do. But together you and I can do something beautiful for God.”

We invite you to become a member of the Evangelization and Faith Formation Commission and to help our Parish’s faith grow stronger, and in doing so, we can do something beautiful for God.

Judy Keating 773-580-5654

Finance Council

The Finance Council assists the Pastor in his administrative responsibilities through fiscally prudent management of Parish finances. The Finance Council reviews monthly income and expenses to determine that the Parish is complying with the budget; coordinates an annual Parish Budget and reports financial activity back to the Parish and the Diocese. They meet approximately eight times a year on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings last between one to two hours.

The Council is comprised of 5 Parishioners and the Pastor. Members serve a two year term.

We look forward to welcoming new members to help serve our Parish community.

Tim Finlon at 708-301-1203

Good Samaritans

Our Parish’s Good Samaritan ministry is an outreach ministry provided to the sick in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, and homebound. Many people are in situations where they feel isolated and alone.

The goal of this ministry is to extend the Parish’s love and Spirituality to people who are unable to attend our community worship.

As a Parish community, we are called to take care of one another. Hospitality to those in need is at the heart of who we are as a Church. In a time of need, we can make God’s love and mercy known by bringing Communion to the homebound. By visiting, we can reduce the anxiety of feeling isolated by having people feel they are involved with our Parish community.

The Good Samaritan Ministers of Care will be having meetings to discuss the ministry on Wednesday evening February 15 at 7:00 PM or Tuesday February 28th at 8:45AM (after morning Mass) in the Parish rear meeting room.

If this is a ministry you might be interested in, please contact: Fran Osajda 708-873-1814

If you are or know of someone who would benefit from a visit by a Good Samaritan Minister, please call the Church Office or Fred Filippo 708-590-6831.

Knights of Columbus

If you are a practical Catholic man, age 18 or older, we welcome you to join the leading organization of Catholic laymen.

Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. Becoming a Knight of Columbus can transform your life.

As a Knight, you have the opportunity to support your parish, give back to your community, grow in your faith and gain exclusive access to our top-rated insurance program to protect your family.

OMGC Knights of Columbus Website

Donn Andersen 708-363-0541

Parish Pastoral Council PPC

The Parish/Pastoral Council is the coordinating and unifying structure of the Parish community. It should be the means of achieving full participation of the whole Parish in its mission by giving all a voice in encouraging, guiding, and directing the various aspects of Parish life.

The Council is a Parish in miniature. Its members gather together the thoughts and ideas of the community, work them together until some general agreement has been reached, and then translate this consensus into Parish goals. Finally, it sees that these goals are acted upon by the Parish community.

The Parish Council is sensitive to the movement of the Spirit among God’s people, to work for a unified vision or general agreement among its members and to help the whole Parish to meet the challenge of being a Church in the modern world.

Dave Bresnahan at 708-301-8379
Ed Garner 815-463-1823

Prayer Warriors

We pray for the special intentions received via email. Check your email daily. When you receive a request, please pray for that intention for 10 days. It’s best to pray at the same time everyday; make it a part of your routine. The prayers you say are your own. They can be long or short. Just pray for that intention every day for 10 days. Sometimes we get several requests within days. Sometimes we go weeks without a request. Sometimes we send out a note just to make sure everyone is out there!

Please keep everything confidential – the email and the intention.

To sign up, just send an email to Just state that you wish to join the Prayer Warriors. That’s it! You will receive a response and then check your email daily for a prayer request.

Thank you for your prayers and we look forward to “praying” with you. We have had prayers answered!


The Prayer Warrior Committee

Worship Commission

The purpose of the Worship Commission is to promote and provide an environment that will bring the members of the parish closer to God by developing the spiritual and liturgical life of the parish community.

Some of the key duties of the Commission are: assess the liturgical and spiritual needs of the parish and plan worship responses to those needs, participate in the planning and preparation of regular Parish liturgies and liturgies for special events or groups, provide a festive and spiritual environment for special holidays, i.e. Christmas and Easter, and provide formation and training for those assuming ministerial roles in worship.

The Commission meets approximately six times per year and meetings generally last two hours. The Commission is open to any member of the parish and experience in liturgical matters is not necessary.

Deacon Fred Filippo 708-590-6831

Youth Group

The OMGC Youth Group is currently under reorganization. We are seeking enthusiastic, mature young adults to volunteer to facilitate activities for spiritual growth for the parish youth.

CEC Chairperson Dawn Nolan at 708-301-1902 –

Youth Group Photos