Book Review: A martyr for the faith, Poland

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Originally published in French, this book is a translation of the story of Father Jerzy Popieluszko as told by Father Bernard Brien, the French priest who was a witness to the astounding miracle currently being investigated as the final step toward Father Jerzy’s canonization.

“Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko: Truth Versus Totalitarianism” is the biography of a brave Polish priest who was murdered because of the stand he took with the labor union Solidarity, for the Catholic faith and for Jesus.

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Catholic Foundation pastoral music and fine art grants announced

The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma and the Bobby Dean Little Trust recently awarded more than $85,000 in pastoral music and fine art grants to 27 parishes and schools in the archdiocese.

This is the fourth year of the grants program after establishing a Pastoral Music and Arts Endowment Fund seven years ago. Each year of the program, the Bobby Dean Little Trust has collaborated with the foundation to fund the awards. The Pastoral Music and Fine Arts Endowment Fund was established to promote and celebrate the performing and visual arts throughout the archdiocese.

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World Meeting of Families' congress to center on 'Amoris Laetitia'

By Sarah Mac Donald
Catholic News Service

DUBLIN (CNS) -- Some of the church's best-known prelates have been lined up to expound on church teachings on the family for the ninth World Meeting of Families.

On Feb. 28, organizers of the international gathering, to be held in Dublin Aug. 21-26, unveiled the preliminary program for the Pastoral Congress, Aug. 22-24. The festival of families will be Aug. 25, followed by the final outdoor Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park Aug. 26. The Vatican has not confirmed that Pope Francis will attend.

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Lent is time to notice God's work, receive God's mercy, pope says

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.

"Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: 'A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh,'" the pope said Feb. 14, celebrating Mass and distributing ashes at the beginning of Lent.

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Rose Day honors gift of life at State Capitol

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

More than 1,000 pro-life supporters convened at the State Capitol Feb. 7 for the annual Rose Day. Participants delivered roses to their legislators as a symbol of support, and to encourage them to back pro-life legislation.

Students from Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School and Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School as well as other youth from around the state attended the event.

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For something a little different this Lent

Meg Hunter-Kilmer
Aleteia

They're just the tip of the iceberg, but our team thinks these resources can help make this Lent a time of growth.

On Ash Wednesday, we entered into a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We also entered into the unofficial Catholic pastime of the spring: asking people, “What did you give up for Lent?”

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Celebrating Catholic leaders during Black History Month

During Black History Month in February, the Church honors several leaders of African descent who are on the path to sainthood.

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Evangelization program brings Catholics back to basics

By Judy Hilovsky
The Sooner Catholic
 
Inspired by success in Canada and Michigan, two Oklahoma parishes are embracing a new evangelization program that exposes Catholics to the basic elements of the Gospel and leads them to a closer relationship with Jesus.
 
Alpha is an 11-week series exploring the Christian faith that starts with encouragement and fellowship followed by conversation that explores the issues around faith and the basics of Christianity. The program provides an opportunity to share honest thoughts and ideas in a small group environment.

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Alumni remember lesson on racial injustice

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

In October 2016, members of the 1957-1958 Saint Gregory's High School study hall submitted a letter to Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen and the Student Government Association at Saint Gregory's University, recounting an important moment in history that took place in Shawnee more than 60 years ago.

"We think 'Father Dan' deserves a place in history for what he did to help achieve racial integration in Shawnee in the school year of 1957/58," the letter begins.

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Noted Catholic author visits St. Mary in Ardmore

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

Christopher Padgett, a nationally known Catholic speaker and author, returned to Saint Mary in Ardmore in January to energize the parish confirmation class with their faith.

“Since the confirmation program covers ‘The Chosen Series’ and Padgett is a featured part of that series, by bringing him to Ardmore, it brings the series to life for the students. All 30 candidates for confirmation were there for the full day, were fully involved and really enjoyed the activities,” said Julie Hunnicutt, the director of religious education.

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