Royal engagement announcement brings attention to Catholic school

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON – When the news broke of Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry, reporters descended upon the Los Angeles Catholic school Markle attended – Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School.
"They've been scaling the walls," Communications Director Callie Webb said of the reporters calling and visiting the 112-year-old school just a few miles from the landmark Hollywood sign.


A Christmas Story – Fr. Don Wolf

The radio had called for snow. At that point the news was unnecessary; it had already started to spit late in the morning, by noon it was coming down steadily. Although I’d have to say, ‘coming down’ didn’t really describe it; the snow was blowing across my windshield horizontally as the wind carried it across the fields and fences of the Panhandle. The temps had fallen all through the night as the ‘norther’ came in about dusk; they were hovering now in the mid-20s and had every prospect of falling through the day. It was going to be nasty all day long, no question and all the nastier because I was heading west. Christmas Eve was going to be a challenge.


Director makes vocation, faith 'The Star' of Christmas movie

By Michael Brown
Catholic News Service

TUCSON, Ariz. (CNS) -- For Tim Reckart, filmmaking started when he was growing up in Tucson, shooting amateur video death scenes using ketchup as fake blood.

With the mid-November release of "The Star," which features the voices of Oprah Winfrey, Christopher Plummer, Patricia Heaton and other A-listers, Reckart's directorial skills have moved a few steps forward.


March for Life announces location, tentative speakers

By Rhina Guidos
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- March for Life organizers announced in a Dec. 6 briefing a tentative group of speakers, a theme and other details for a Jan. 18 conference and expo and Jan. 19 march and rally in Washington.

"Love saves Lives" is the theme of the 2018 march, said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, adding that the group also wants to focus on the sacrifice involved with bringing life into the world but also in the interactions with one another.


New Radio Station

Oklahoma City is getting a new Catholic radio station! KHDD 99.3 FM will begin operation on Dec. 18. Several lay ministers completed training to launch the Spanish station with the Oklahoma Catholic Broadcasting Network.

Official Assignment November 2017

Fr. Timothy Ruckel has been assigned as associate pastor at Saint John the Baptist in Edmond, effective Nov. 24. 


Lighting Advent Wreaths

Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles also can be used.


Border immersion experience puts human cost in immigration issues

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

Seeing first-hand the human cost of immigration has been a learning experience for Rachel Jones, Spanish teachers at Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City.

Recently, she was part of a Border Immersion Experience sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.


Archbishop blesses new statues at Epiphany

By Judy Hilovsky
The Sooner Catholic
To celebrating 40 years as a parish Father Stephen Bird and parishioners at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church in northwest Oklahoma City commissioned a set of bronze life-size statues of the Wise Men arriving to honor infant Jesus and greet Mary.

“Mary is depicted as handing Jesus to the Wise Men, symbolizing her giving him to the whole world and to each of us,” Father Bird said.


Drexel Fund provides first grants to Oklahoma Catholic schools

Catholic schools have been making a difference in the lives of families in Oklahoma for more than 100 years. Today, 18 elementary schools and three high schools form a system of 22 communities of Catholic learning, educating 5,000 students each year.

This year, the first Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast was held with 220 guests gathered to celebrate Catholic schools and their impact. The net proceeds of the breakfast were distributed through the Office of Catholic Schools for two new funds supporting priority needs in financially struggling communities and leadership programs for teachers and principals.