Our Parish family of Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish was established on July 18, 1996. Father Thomas L. Osborne, O.S.A. was formally installed as the founding Pastor by Bishop Imesch on September 22, 1996.
Space was rented in the Ace Hardware Plaza Mall on 159th Street and was used for weekday masses and office.
Weekend masses were first celebrated on the weekend of August 31 and September 1 1996 at the Homer Glen Junior High. The Saturday mass was at 5:00 pm and the Sunday masses were at 9:00 am and 10:30 am.
The first meeting of the Planning Committee met on September 11, 1996 and created five committees to help with building the parish. These committees were Finance, Liturgy, Social, Education and Building.
In April of 1997, the Planning Committee approved the purchase of the rectory on Sulky Drive. This gave Father Tom new living quarters as he was residing at St. Jude Parish Rectory in New Lenox. It also gave the parish more office and meeting space and the additional advantage was that the monthly mortgage payment was much less than the rent for the store front facility.
The Education Committee worked hard to start our Religious Education Program at Schilling School with the help of many of volunteers on September 17, 1997 with 194 students.
The Parish Planning Committee drafted a Parish Council Constitution. The first Council elections were held on the weekend of May 17-18, 1997.
The Building and Grounds committee under the guidance of the Parish Council developed a plan to build what is now our parish Building. The first Anniversary Fest was held on the parish grounds between August 26 and August 29, 1999. The first mass on the grounds was celebrated on August 29 1999 under a tent.
The corner stone for our first Parish building was blessed on November 19, 2000 and on March 30, 2001, Bishop Imesch formally dedicated this sacred space. Through the years there has been the hope that we will have a Parish Center that would be used for our Religious Education Program, the meetings and activities that create community life.
As we look back, we can see what an enthusiastic and dedicated people of God our Parish family is. As we look forward into our living history, we dream of even greater things and have no doubt we will achieve them with the help of our Lord.
Rev. Joseph G. Broudou, O.S.A.
Pastor from 2016-2019
Rev. John M. Ohner, O.S.A.
Pastor from 2006-2016
Rev. Thomas L. Osborne, O.S.A.
Pastor from 1996-2006
The parish of Our Mother of Good Counsel is privileged to have a major work of liturgical art hanging on one its walls. It is a relief carving of St. Augustine of Hippo by the renowned Canadian artist Achim Klaas.
The piece took approximately 180 hours to complete. The sculpture’s intent is to sum up the passion and power of St. Augustine’s religious essence. It was was inspired by a 15th Century painting by Sandro Botticelli and the writings and history of St. Augustine.
The sculpture hung in the narthex of St. Gregory parish in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada until the Augustinians withdrew from the parish in 2001. Fr. Osborne arranged to have the sculpture brought to Our Mother of Good Counsel parish, the parish which he founded in Homer Glen, where it resides to this day.