Update: Cardinal explains plan to address 'moral catastrophe' of abuse

By Julie Asher
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the "moral catastrophe" of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church.

The plan "will involve the laity, lay experts, the clergy and the Vatican," Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said. This plan will be presented to the full body of bishops at their general assembly meeting in Baltimore in November.

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Thousands celebrate first feast day of Bl. Stanley Rother

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

OKARCHE – More than 600 parishioners and visitors gathered July 28 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche to celebrate the first feast day for Blessed Stanley Rother, a missionary priest from Oklahoma martyred for his faith in Guatemala in 1981. They were joined by thousands more watching online or celebrating Blessed Stanley in their home parishes in Oklahoma, Guatemala, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Maryland and elsewhere.

The anniversary Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Paul Coakley, Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius Beltran and Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen as well as several priests, including Fr. Gerard MacAuley, administrator of Holy Trinity, and Fr. Don Wolf, pastor of Saint Eugene and cousin of Blessed Stanley.

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The Boldt Company tapped to build Bl. Stanley Rother Shrine

Archbishop Coakley announced recently the selection of The Boldt Company to serve as construction manager for the building of the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in Oklahoma City.

The shrine will be built on a former golf course at S.E. 89 between Shields Boulevard and Interstate 35. The shrine will be the final resting place for Blessed Stanley Rother, a native of Okarche, Okla., who was killed in Guatemala while serving the poor as a missionary priest. In 2016, Pope Francis declared Father Rother the first martyr for the Catholic Church in the United States. In September during a Beatification Mass in downtown Oklahoma City, he became the first martyr and the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified – the last step before sainthood.

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Archbishop Coakley celebrates Cristo Rey OKC’s first Mass

After years of planning, Cristo Rey opened August 10

Friday, July 27, was a special day for Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School and its first class of freshmen students as well as the crowd of parents, faculty and corporate partners.

During an early morning tie and blazer ceremony, students received their complete school uniforms, an acknowledgement of their admission into the school and completion of summer Success Training. The two-and-a-half-week summer program, completed by all incoming Cristo Rey OKC students, introduced students to technical skills such as using office software and common office equipment, and practicing “soft skills” required by employers, including a proper handshake, interpersonal communication, responsible use of social media and workplace etiquette. Students received a standing ovation from attendees as they accepted and donned their new blazers and ties, officially becoming part of the Cristo Rey Class of 2022.

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Catholic Charities Annual Appeal 2018

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Annual Appeal 2018 will take place the weekend of Sept. 8-9.

This past year, 12,557 Oklahomans were served throughout 46 counties and six service locations. Through the community’s generous support, Catholic Charities continues to change lives.

The Catholic Charities annual appeal is the yearly opportunity granted to Catholic Charities by Archbishop Coakley to reach parishioners across the archdiocese. Loyal parish support helps Catholic Charities continue day-to-day operations – operations so desperately needed in western and central Oklahoma. Catholic Charities depends on the generosity of our Catholic community to fund approximately 40 percent of our annual budget.

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“Why Be Catholic?”

Catholic apologist Patrick Madrid speaks at Assembly of Catholic Professionals

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

Well-known Catholic apologist Patrick Madrid headlined the most recent Assembly of Catholic Professionals in downtown Oklahoma City. Madrid hosts “The Patrick Madrid Show” on Relevant Radio every morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. In Oklahoma, the show is available on the Relevant Radio app.

“On my radio show, for three hours, it’s just you and me, and we talk about the issues of the day. I’m finding more and more non-religious people listening to the program,” Madrid said. “If I can get the people on the outer ring who are actively opposed to what you and I believe as Christians, then I figure we’ve got a good chance that they’ll at least listen. … God is waiting around all kinds of interesting corners.”

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“Live the Good News”

Ada, Sulphur welcome new pastor

By Jolene Schonchin
The Sooner Catholic

Since becoming the pastor of Saint Joseph in Ada this summer, Father Aaron Foshee’s schedule has been filled from dawn until dusk. After celebrating Mass, he has a list of duties to accomplish, and sometimes does not go back to the rectory until nightfall.

“I am busier than I have ever been,” Father Foshee said with a smile. “I am so blessed to be here. This is my first pastorate, so it is exciting. I am humbled the archbishop thought I was ready to take on this kind of responsibility. It is a large one, but it is life giving.”

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Rother Family Center opens in Ardmore

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

In celebration of Blessed Stanley Rother’s first feast day, Father Kevin Ratterman and parishioners at Saint Mary in Ardmore re-dedicated the newly repaired and remodeled parish hall to be named the Rother Family Center.

In attendance were nearly 300 excited parishioners. The faith-filled event included the unveiling of a new icon of Blessed Stanley.

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Idea of a Village

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

The third annual Idea of a Village event took place this summer at Sycamore Springs Ranch and conference center near Clear Creek Abbey in northeastern Oklahoma. The Idea of a Village is the idea that Christians need their own village for mutual support and enrichment of their faith-filled and Christ-centered lives in the modern world, a proposition promoted by Rod Dreher in his book, “The Benedict Option,” which has been widely publicized and favorably reviewed.

It is interesting and significant that Dreher spoke at the first Clear Creek Abbey Idea of a Village event in 2016. For many years, families already had been moving from across the United States to the environs of Clear Creek Abbey. Thus far, there have been about 50 such families and more continue to come.

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Catholic bookstore opens in Yukon

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

Lori Fischer prayed for a long time about doing something with her faith and her community. She was called to give back, but couldn’t find a good connection. One day it all came to her.

“’Bookstore’ was the one word that kept going through my mind,” she said. Not just any bookstore – a Christian bookstore.

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