Priest of Detroit since May 26, 2012. Fr. Steve currently serves at St. Mary Mystical Rose in Armada, MI; St. Augustine, Richmond; and Holy Family, Memphis. Previously Fr. Steve was at Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Lawrence, Divine Grace, Community of Jesus Crucified Monastery, and St. Frances Cabrini, and St. Francis/St. Maximilian.
Selected homilies, presentations, and talks of Fr. John Riccardo, Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, Michigan.
James and John ask a bold question to Jesus today: "we want you to do for what whatever we ask you!" Where were they rooted?
The man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit Heaven. This past week we celebrated the feast of our Lady of the rosary on October 7th. This feast was originally titled Our Lady Of Victory. we must recognize the war in our daily life for our souls and our hearts continues to rage on. How is it that we inherit eternal life? Our Blessed mother sets th…
The readings today speak of marriage, but yet they also speak of Divorce and Re-Marriage. How can we reconcile Jesus' words that if one is divorced and remarried they are committing adultery? Divorce and annulments are often confusing for us as Catholics. Are we kicked out of the Church? Can we receive communion?…
Humility is what this culture and society is lacking right now. How do we grow in humility? How do we grow in our child like dependance on the Father? It is by practice and the work of the Liturgy that teaches us how to be humble of heart.
Lord. Liar. Lunatic. “Who do you say that I am?” The world has a lot to say about Jesus but He doesn’t care what they think or say about Him. He does care what you have to say though?
We are living in a season of unprecedented fear. God‘s words through the prophet Isaiah in our first reading could easily have been the very first words that the deaf man hears as soon as Jesus heals him from his lack of hearing. Be strong! Do not fear! Here is your God!
Why are you even Catholic? There are many differing opinions on what the Eucharist is. But does the holy Catholic Church have the correct opinion? Or are we just one among many? at the end you and I both have a decision to make
Jesus is continuing to silence all of the murmurers out there. Let’s look at a few different Eucharistic miracles to see
Though we complain, the Lord will always receive us and feed us with His Grace. Yet if we severe ourselves from Him...the root we will wither and die.
Life sometimes seems meaningless. We find ourselves saying: "all I do is work and take care of my family". Jesus wants to transform your ordinariness into extraordinariness.
Are you exhausted in life? God’s invitation to invest in Him
—what will the first words out of God’s mouth be to you when you stand before Him? Certainly one of them will be “who did you bring with you“. We are all meant to go out and bring others home, back to Jesus Christ—and we don’t have to over complicated it either.
Are our eyes fixed on the Lord, pleading for His Mercy? That is a question we should ask ourselves. What is Mercy? Isn't God all-merciful? Won't I just go to Heaven now if I died?
Death is never easy. Why does God take our loved ones? The First reading helps us come to understand that God hates death and that our homeland is with Him in the Kingdom.
We walk by faith not by sight! God wants our mustard seeds of faith—the small things, not just big moments.
Jesus comes to us to feed us. Today is the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist, the Body of Christ—Corpus Christi. What does a little Chinese girl and the prisoners at Dachau have to tell us how to live our faith today? Open
One in Three; Three in One, without separation or division.
What was Jesus’ homecoming like? What can we like it to in an Earthly analogy? Is the Ascension even important to us today?
A Typewriter. A rotary phone. Elvis Presley. Things are fleeting and passing in this world. Time passes by, but only one thing is Eternal…Jesus Christ! Today our children make their First Holy Communion, and in the Gospel Jesus tells us that outside of Him we have no life. As the things of this world pass us by, life in Jesus is life!…
By Fr. Steve Matej
The Church has to get small in order for it to grow. NO Christian is meant to be isolated, alone or on an Island. The "Two Disciples" in the Gospel are leaving the community, but find hope in Jesus and in others. We need to form small-group-family-communities in order to build upon the faith.
Directly from Faustina's diary we hear Jesus' words of Mercy and Trust!
Jesus is our only Hope! He wants our small offerings (the spice), He wants to remove all that keeps us from Him (our boulders), and He wants to give us new life (the Resurrection).
Jesus cry out His 6th word from the Cross: "It is Finished!" What is the "it"? When did "it" begin? Fr. Steve explores some the Jewish history of the Passover and why Jesus would cry out these words.
Jesus cry’s out from the cross “I Thirst!” What was He thirsting for?
This week we meditate on Jesus' words: "My God, My God why have you forsaken me?" What does this mean? Is Jesus crying out in despair? Has the Father abandoned Him?
Fr. Steve preaches Jesus' third word from the Cross: "Woman behold you son. Son behold your Mother." A gift, a grammar lesson and a promise. She is our Mother...run to her!
Fr. Steve continues his preaching series on the 7 last words of Jesus from the Cross. Today he preaches on the words from the Good Thief and Jesus's words: "This Day you will be with Me in Paradise".
Fr. Steve begins his series on the seven last words of Jesus from the Cross: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!" This is why Jesus came, to beg mercy for us before the Father and to offer His Mercy. Look to the Crucifix for our means of how to repent and ask for mercy.
Repent. Renew. Resurrection. Ordinary Time is the preseason in preparation for the regular season of Lent. And if Lent is the regular season than Easter is the Playoffs and Heaven is our Championship! The better we "Lent" the better our Easter Celebration will be!
The word for us this Lenten Season is Transformation. Let's seek to be Transformed like the leper
We have one enemy the devil. In the Gospel Jesus frees a man who is possessed by the evil spirit. He does so in His authority. In the Name of Jesus we have that very same authority!
Repent and Believe in the Gospel. Words we hear today and word's we'll hear on Ash Wednesday. So what are the reasons why we don't repent of our sinfulness?
Why does this feast day fall during the Christmas season? Why happens at our Baptism? And why is this important?
Fr. Steve felt compelled to go off script and wing this other homily for the Epiphany. The wisemen persevered in faith and let NOTHING get in the way of their pursuit of the new born Christ Child; why have we abandoned Him so quickly these days?
Jesus doesn't just want our gold, frankincense and myrrh. He wants what they symbolize.
Why is the Holy Family a model for us to live our lives by? A family at work. A family at prayer. A family at service. A family who suffers together.
An Invasion. Gifts. Handcuffs. Why did Jesus come?
The Gospel story of Jesus' Incarnation is no fairy tale; it was and is a rescue mission, just like D-Day was for the people of France. We have been rescued from something--from the oppressor!
What is the Virgin Mary’s favorite prayer and why?
Advent isn’t always an easy season for us to enter into. At the beginning of the Advent Season God is giving us the 3 P’s: pause, ponder and prepare.
Fr. Steve leads us in an examination of what it means to be Thankful and how to give thanks.
Jesus is King of the universe. Is He your King? And if He is King, what does that mean for us? Are we His Royal Family?
What our word needs more than anything right now is love. Ultimately the understanding of WHAT Jesus has done for us and how He came to save us. Link for picture Fr. Steve uses today: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_(Andrei_Rublev)
Fr. John Riccardo introduces the new ACTS XXIX podcast, "You Were Born for This with Father John Riccardo."
Fr. Riccardo shares his final words for the parish in this final homily as the pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. As he transitions to his new role as Executive Director of Acts XXIX, Fr. John offers words of praise, words of apology, words of thanks, and concludes with a final appeal to the parishioners of OLGC.…
Fr. Riccardo addresses the eighth grade graduating class of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School in this homily from the 2019 Graduation Mass telling the students that greatness in within the reach of each of them.
Fr. Riccardo preached at all of the masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the noon Mass, Fr. Riccardo reflects on the travels of St. Paul as described in the first reading for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (ACTS 14:21-27). Fr. John concludes by encouraging the young married couples and young families of the p…
Fr. Prentice Tipton preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church this past weekend. In this homily from the 5 PM Mass, Fr. Prentice looks at the conversation between Jesus and Peter by the charcoal fire in today's gospel (JN 21:1-19). Fr. Prentice asks the congregants whether we have given up on God's vision for our live…
Deacon Steve Mitchell preached at all of the weekend masses at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church for Feast of Divine Mercy. In this Divine Mercy Mass from Sunday at 3 PM, Deacon Steve tells the congregants that a life marked by the empty tomb is one spent looking up at the cross and not back at our past. Focusing on the right image, listening to the …