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  • Pope Francis approves beatification of Father Stanley Francis Rother

    Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr and priest born in the United States to receive this official recognition from the Vatican! And of course the first from Oklahoma!

    The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.

    For more information on Father Rother, click here.

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  • ADVENT - Nov. 27 through Dec. 24

    Advent is the beginning of the Church's Liturgical Year. For more information about Advent wreaths, blessing a Christmas tree, an interactive calendar, an advent Lectio Divina, and more go online to the USCCB site by clicking here.

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  • Cristo Rey Open House

    Dec. 10 - 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. @ 900 N Portland Ave., OKC

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  • Support the Sooner Catholic!

    To help us continue the archdiocese's ministry through the Sooner Catholic newspaper, please consider giving to the Sooner Catholic Campaign with a gift of $25, $50 or more. 

    Your gift makes it possible for all parishioners, including those on a fixed income, to receive the newspaper at no cost.

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    May God bless you, and thank you so very much for your support! 

    Yours in Christ, 
    Diane M. Clay
    Director of Communications
    Editor, Sooner Catholic

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  • Join Daily Rosary for Life

    With the new abortion facility open in southwest Oklahoma City, a few blocks from Saint James parish and other churches, Fr. Pruett, Sr. Maria, parishioners at St. James and community members are gathering every morning to pray the Rosary. 

    Anyone can participate.

    May God bless the children and the innocent.

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Deacon Gary Peterson's homily on AdventPodcast
by D. Clay
Deacon Gary Peterson's homily on the meaning of Advent - Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, Edmond
Date: 11/29/15
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Father Stanley Francis Rother, martyr

On Friday, Dec. 2, we received the long awaited news that Pope Francis had declared Father Stanley Rother, Oklahoma priest and missionary, a martyr of the Catholic Church. This official announcement paves the way for his eventual beatification, sometime in 2017, after which he will be known as Blessed Stanley Francis Rother. Once beatified, his name will be included in the Roman martyrology, the official list of saints and blesseds of the Catholic Church.

Though this news surely has been received with tremendous rejoicing here in Oklahoma, it is a gift and blessing for our whole country and for the universal Church.

Born in Okarche in 1935, ordained a priest in Oklahoma City in 1963, Father Rother eventually volunteered to serve the Oklahoma mission in Guatemala. He spent the remainder of his life, from 1968 until his death in 1981, ministering to his flock in the remote villages of Santiago Atitlan and Cerro de Oro along the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan. Father Rother, or Padre Aplas as he was known to his Mayan parishioners, was murdered in his rectory at the parish church of Santiago Apostol on the night of July 28, 1981. 

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Padre Stanley Francis Rother, martyr

El viernes 2 de diciembre recibimos la tan esperada noticia de que el Papa Francisco había declarado al Padre Stanley Rother, sacerdote y misionero de Oklahoma, un mártir de la Iglesia Católica. Este anuncio oficial abre el camino para su eventual beatificación, en algún momento en 2017, después de lo cual será conocido como el Beato Stanley Francis Rother. Una vez beatificado su nombre será incluido en el martirologio romano, la lista oficial de santos y beatos de la Iglesia Católica.

Aunque esta noticia ha sido seguramente recibida con gran regocijo aquí en Oklahoma, es un regalo y una bendición para todo nuestro país y para la Iglesia universal. Nacido en Okarche en 1935, ordenado sacerdote en la ciudad de Oklahoma en 1963, el Padre Rother se ofreció voluntariamente para servir en la misión de Oklahoma en Guatemala. Pasó el resto de su vida, desde 1968 hasta su muerte en 1981, pastoreando a su rebaño en los remotos pueblos de Santiago Atitlán y Cerro de Oro a lo largo de las orillas del hermoso Lago de Atitlán. El Padre Rother, o Padre Aplas, como era conocido por sus feligreses mayas, fue asesinado en la rectoría de la Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol la noche del 28 de julio de 1981. 

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