The Blog

Providing the Perfect Conditions for Growth

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are happy to welcome the McNeese students back after the holiday season. The spring is a time of renewal, and as we enter into the Spring 2021 semester, we are welcoming fresh opportunities and growth for our ministry. As the McNeese campus begins to open back up after being repaired…

It is Well- Redemptive Suffering

A few weeks ago, I went to lunch with a priest who is a very good friend of mine. We went to Crying Eagle to talk about life & catch up. We sat outside because it felt good; Lake Charles had a cold front (yes, anything under 85 degrees is a cold front in Louisiana)….

It is Well- Freedom in Suffering

I serve a providential God, don’t I? Do I? Jesus, these days have been strange. It’s my first time to ever fear for my most basic needs. How can joy and sorrow fit so hand-in-hand? I feel you everywhere, yet nowhere all at once. I feel abandoned, yet providentially provided for.  Recently I have felt…

Introducing Fr. Paul Jussen

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,  By God’s will and providence I have been appointed by Bishop Glen John Provost of the Diocese of Lake Charles, to be the pastor and chaplain at Our Lady of Good Counsel.  I am looking forward to serving the McNeese community and Our Lady of Good Counsel in this role.  …

Gradual Reopening of Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel

Dear OLGC and Cowboy Catholic Family, Beginning May 1, 2020, we are reopening public Masses limited to ten persons per Mass. You all remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays. You are not required to be at Mass at all during this time, but we do want to make it available for…

I like your shirt; do you want to get married?

Emotional chastity is a term that I only really started hearing about 6-7 years ago. Since then I’ve listened to lots of people talk about it from stages, on the airwaves, and in group settings; but it seems as if nobody is really saying the same things. What I do find is that so many…

Not the Lent I Imagined

I see it as no coincidence that this trying time for Catholics is happening during the Lenten season. “Quarantine” comes from the Italian word “quarantena,” meaning “forty days.”  No social gatherings, no school, no work, no Mass. I don’t know about you, but these were not things I intended on giving up for Lent. But…

The Message

Sunday Message on the Gospel – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Be encouraged by Fr. Long’s reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel. Our Lady of Good Counsel and Cowboy Catholics remain dedicated to the mission to form lifelong disciples. We are working on ways to aid in spiritual growth digitally, offer support to you and your families, and continue to carry out the Lord’s mission in our…

Bible Translations: What you don’t know might hurt you

“Glorified With Him” Series: Don’t Waste Your Suffering

Easter Sunday Message on the Gospel

While we are unable to meet for Sunday liturgies, Fr. Long will share a reflection on the Gospel each week. Please know of our prayers and support going forward. Our Lady of Good Counsel and Cowboy Catholics remain dedicated to the mission to form lifelong disciples. We are working on ways to aid in spiritual…