The beatification Mass for Fr. Rother is open to the public, free and no tickets are required. The beatification is 10 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Cox Convention Center. To register a bus or shuttle or for information on parking, restaurant, hotel, etc., go online to stanleyrother.org.
“A Lifetime of Music & Ministry,” at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, 7336 W. Britton Rd., OKC. $25 general seating ($35 at door), $50 VIP package. Call (405) 722-2110 or visit www.JohnMichaelTalbot.com.
The fourth annual "National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children" will be observed Sept 9. The Oklahoma ceremony will occur on the campus of St. Gregory's University in Shawnee. The day begins with Mass at 10 a.m., followed by a Rosary Procession to the grotto of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The observation closes with a blessing of wreaths. Light refreshments served afterwards. The wreaths will be distributed by members of the Knights of Columbus to various locations in the state were the remains of aborted children are buried.
In memory of those lost to suicide, a Mass of Remembrance will be offered on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, Sept. 15, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, 1901 N.W. 18 in Oklahoma City. Family and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide are invited to attend, as well as anyone who wishes to pray and comfort those who mourn the loss. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Contact the parish office at (405) 528-0485.
Archbishop Coakley invites married couples who are celebrating milestone anniversaries (25, 40, 50+) in the calendar year 2017 to attend a special Anniversary Mass at 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 3214 N. Lake Ave., OKC. A reception will follow. Contact the Office of Family Life at (405) 721-8944 if attending. The archbishop will impart his blessing and the local Catholic community will rejoice in the example and commitment to your Sacrament of Marriage.
A series called “Discipleship with the Saints” features presenters discussing fundamentals of discipleship as lived out by some of the Catholic Church’s greatest saints. On July 17, Venerable Father Stanley Rother; Aug. 14, St. Teresa of Kolkata; Oct. 23, St. John Paul II; Nov. 13, St. Francis of Assisi; and Dec. 11, Mary, mother of Christ. All discussions 7:30 p.m. at St. James, 4201 S. McKinley, OKC. Presented by the Gospel of Life Disciples.
The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be in Oklahoma as part of the world Apostolate of Fatima U.S. Tour for Peace. The historic tour marks the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal. The tour will be at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima/St. Joseph, Bison, Oct. 13; St. Mary, Guthrie, Oct. 14; St. Monica, Edmond, Oct. 15; St. Damien of Molaki, Edmond, Oct. 16; Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Del City, Oct. 17; and Prince of Peace, Altus, Oct. 18.
The Heritage Gallery at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 Northwest Expressway, is presenting “The Shepherd Cannot Run: A Retrospective on the Life of Father Stanley Rother.” With his impending beatification, it is a wonderful opportunity to bring groups of all ages to learn more about this ordinary man who accomplished extraordinary things. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Special tours arranged by calling (405) 721-5651, Ext. 141.