Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe ruling who later became pro-life, dies

By Catholic News Service

KATY, Texas (CNS) -- Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff "Jane Roe" in the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand, died Feb. 18 at an assisted-living facility in Katy. She was 69.

The New York Times said a New York journalist named Joshua Prager, who interviewed her many times for a book he is writing about the Roe decision, confirmed that she had died. The cause of death was heart failure. Her funeral will be private, family members said.

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Join monks, supporters for annual Clear Creek Abbey clean up

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

The annual workday of volunteers at the Benedictine Clear Creek Abbey in Cherokee County in northeastern Oklahoma will be Saturday, March 4. 

The first workday was in 2003 when there were 70 volunteers. According to Erik Grayless, the workday coordinator, there were 400 helpers last year who came not only from various places in Oklahoma, but also from Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

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Feast days celebrate first pope, servants of Church

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

Here, in addition to the several feast days taking place in the first part of February and covered in the last issue, are some of the feast days in the last part of February.

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Contagious Faith: Remembering Rudy

By Carole Brown
Director of New Evangelization

You remember Rudy, don’t you? That guy with so much heart, who overcame enormous odds in his dream to play football for Notre Dame? He only ever got to play once, and they made a movie about those 27 seconds.

While the movie doesn’t reveal much about Rudy’s faith, he grew up in a large Catholic family, attended 12 years of Catholic grade school, and two Catholic universities. There is one scene in the movie in which Rudy makes a visit to the church, and visits with a kind priest, but apart from that we don’t get much of a window into his spiritual life.

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With Christ, ordinary marriage becomes extraordinary example of love

A saintly example of marriage and discipleship

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry

It was Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001. The weather at the Vatican was stormy. Rain was just pouring and the big beatification ceremony that was scheduled to be celebrated outdoors on Saint Peter’s Square was moved into the Basilica. Beatification is the step before being declared a saint.

Inside the Basilica, amongst the multitude of people, two elderly priests were vesting in the huge sacristy, they were going to concelebrate this special Eucharistic celebration with Pope John Paul II.

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Book Review: A primer on Catholic marriage and divorce

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Pope Francis has focused attention recently on divorced Catholics, and what actually is the Church’s teaching on Catholic marriage and divorce. Help with answering this question can be found in “Catholic Marriage and Divorce: Real People, Real Questions.”

The book has a “nihil obstat” and an “imprimatur,” Latin phrases that mean that the Church considers the book free from doctrinal or moral error. The author is Sister Victoria Vondenberger, R.S.M., J.C.L. Sister Victoria is a canon lawyer and tribunal director for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. What all this means is that the book can be looked to as providing sound information.

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Catholic Charities U-visa program offers option to escape abuse

By Sally Linhart
The Sooner Catholic

Among the many services that Catholic Charities provides through the Immigration Legal Services department is assistance to undocumented individuals who are victims of certain crimes. In 2000, congress created a temporary, non-immigrant visa called the U-visa. The U-visa is designated for people who have suffered from abuse and other crimes, and who are or will be beneficial to law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity.
 
Nancy Cardoza, director of Immigration Legal Services for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, explained that the visa is intended to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and undocumented immigrants that are victims of crimes.

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Popular Catholic men’s conference returns to build faith

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

The 21st annual "In the Father's Footsteps" Catholic men's conference promises to deliver dynamic inspiration to men wishing to deepen their faith during Lent.

This year's conference, "Come Follow Me," is Saturday, April 1, in Norman. Longtime conference director Ray Haefele said the date was chosen due to the availability of the hotel. In previous years the event was held earlier and the 2018 event will be March 3.

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St. Gregory’s University to host inauguration ceremony for President Michael Scaperlanda

Saint Gregory’s University will host an inauguration ceremony on March 21 for its 16th president, Michael Scaperlanda.

Events include Mass at 11 a.m. in Saint Gregory’s Abbey Church and the inauguration ceremony at 3 p.m. in the Don and Jenetta Sumner Fieldhouse, both located at SGU, 1900 W. MacArthur St. in Shawnee.

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Catholic foundation offers 2017 camp scholarships

The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma is awarding scholarships to seven Catholic youth in the archdiocese to attend Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Youth Camp this summer.

The scholarships are funded by grants from the Jacob Meier Memorial Endowment Fund, the Robert Streets Family Endowment Fund and the Catholic Foundation’s Director’s Endowment Fund.

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