Father Elmer Schwarz died unexpectedly Tuesday around 5 p.m.
A Vigil service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at Smith & Kernke Funeral Home Chapel, 14624 N. May Ave., OKC.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Francis de Sales Chapel, Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 Northwest Expressway, OKC, on Monday, May 2, at 10 a.m. with interment immediately following at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery, 7801 Northwest Expressway.
Memorial gifts may be made to Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, 1232 N. Classen Blvd., OKC 73106.
Please remember Father and his family in your prayers.
"Lord God, we lift our hearts in prayer and remembrance this day. We praise you for your faithfulness and love. In our darkest hour, you revealed your presence in countless ways as 'Emmanuel,' 'God with us.' You are with us still. ...
Lord, you are the God of mercy and compassion. We thank you for the gifts of healing so graciously bestowed on countless individuals and families in this community. We thank you for the many signs of recovery and rebirth in this great city. We ask your continued grace to heal those who still suffer and grieve the loss of loved ones or other painful losses of health or innocence that day.
Archdiocese of Oklahoma CityEffective June 28 (or when otherwise noted)
PastorFr. Timothy Ruckel - St. Ann, Elgin(Mother of Sorrow, Apache, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sterling)
Associate PastorFr. John Paul Lewis - St. Charles Borromeo, Oklahoma City
Fr. Christopher T. Brashears - St. Eugene, Oklahoma City
“I am happy to welcome Pope Francis’ much anticipated teaching on marriage and family life. ‘Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family’ is a comprehensive, practical and insightful reflection on the joys, challenges and complex realities that today’s families face worldwide.
In spite of what some hoped or feared, Pope Francis does not propose any changes in Church teaching. He does urge pastors to exercise great sensitivity and patience in accompanying all persons, especially those who find themselves living in difficult and ‘irregular’ situations.
He urges, and I do too, that readers study this lengthy text carefully to appreciate the full context and scope of this rich teaching. It is a text rooted in Sacred Scripture, the teachings of Vatican II, recent popes and various national bishops’ conferences. It is especially the fruit of the two recent Synods of Bishops on marriage and, of course, the lived experience of married persons and families from around the world.
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Archbishop Paul S. Coakley May 1, 2016
As we look forward to ordinations in the weeks ahead, I have been reflecting on the gift and mystery of the priesthood. I am grateful for each of our priests. They are as varied in their gifts, talents and backgrounds as one could possibly imagine! The common denominator in such a diverse group of men is simply that we are priests of Jesus Christ.
Arzobispo Paul S. Coakley 1 de mayo, 2016
Al mirar hacia las próximas ordenaciones en pocas semanas he estado reflexionando sobre el don y el misterio del sacerdocio. Estoy agradecido por cada uno de nuestros sacerdotes. ¡No se pueden imaginar cuan variados son estos hombres en sus dones, talentos y trasfondos! El denominador común en este grupo tan diverso de hombres es simplemente que somos sacerdotes de Jesucristo.
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