Cecilia, Andrew and the November feast days

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

Here are some of the feast days in November:


Cristo Rey OKC work study partners finalize plans to employ students

Several of Oklahoma City’s largest and most visible companies have finalized agreements to employ students at Cristo Rey OKC during the 2018-2019 school year.

The companies include Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, BancFirst, Mercy Hospital, Grace Living Centers, Lopez Foods, Latino Community Development Agency and United Way of Central Oklahoma.


The heart needs its reasons

By Carole Brown
Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship

Some years ago, I attended a gala dinner for a Catholic church in Dublin that was having an anniversary celebration. The Church in Ireland already was in a crisis of faith; a crisis that I was keen to try to understand. As drinks and hors d'oeuvre were served, I found myself in conversation with one of the more senior church members, so I took the opportunity to ask him for his perspective on current events.

As the conversation wound around to matters of faith, the man ended up giving me some perspective on his own faith. In all seriousness, he declared, “Do you want to know what I think? I think we are all ‘gods.’ I mean, look at all the things we can invent and build.”


Have you ever met someone from Stridon of Illyrian ancestry?

Eusebius came from there and lovers of Scripture thank him for his service

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

While no one is sure where Stridon is, some historians place it somewhere near modern Bosnia, Croatia or Slovenia. Seventeen centuries ago, a unique young man was born there and he was instrumental in bringing us closer to Christ.

Eusebius, and I’m not speaking about a famous archbishop emeritus that we all know and love, was a traveler and a lifelong student. He became a Christian after a profound conversion experience when he was around 20 and a student in Rome.


Book Review: Finding joy in thankfulness, gratitude

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Finding a book about Thanksgiving – which really should be a book about giving thanks – is not easy. Most of the books available are children’s books and the rest seem to be adult coloring books. One gem of a book, however, is “The Way of Gratitude: Readings for a Joyful Life.”

This is a beautiful book, inside and out. The book is actually a collection of short writings intermixed with poems, prayers and short quotations. Featured are works by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Denise Levertov, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, J.K. Rowling, e.e. cummings and many more less widely known but equally gifted writers.


Mass formally opens canonization cause for Chief Black Elk

By Catholic News Service

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (CNS) -- During a Mass to formally open the sainthood cause for Chief Nicholas W. Black Elk, the Native American was described as someone who merged the Lakota and Catholic culture in a way "that drew him deeper into the mystery of Christ's love and the church."

Black Elk's love for God and Scripture led him to become a catechist, fulfilling the mission of all disciples, said Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City in his homily at the Oct. 21 Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Pine Ridge.


Through example, saints shine God's light in darkness, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

Just as light enters a church through multi-colored windows, the lives of saints shine forth "according to their own shade," the pope said Nov. 1.


Pope says space station crew like a 'tiny U.N.' with peaceful diversity

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- One perk that comes with floating aboard the International Space Station is NASA arranges for occasional calls with celebrities to keep the astronauts' spirits high during their monthslong flights.

Before his first space mission began this year, Catholic astronaut Mark Vande Hei of Falls Church, Virginia, requested a call from Pope Francis, and Oct. 26 his wish upon a star came true.


Puerto Rico recovery effort shows 'a church that walks with the poor'

By Wallice J. de la Vega
Catholic News Service

LAS MARIAS, Puerto Rico (CNS) -- By joining forces to create coalitions on behalf of those who are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico has been fulfilling Pope Francis' expressed wish to see "a church that walks with the poor."

At the parish level, that cooperation has been notable at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Las Marias, a small town nestled in Puerto Rico's western mountains.


Archbishop Coakley celebrates 100th anniversary at Bison Fatima Shrine

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

More than 100 years ago in the small village of Fatima, Portugal, three children reported visits from the Virgin Mary over several months with the Blessed Mother bringing messages of warning, devotion and a call to prayer.

On the 100th anniversary of The Miracle of the Sun that was witnessed by thousands in 1917, Archbishop Coakley celebrated Mass at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bison, home to the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.