Q-and-A on the Vatican's recent instruction on bread, wine for Communion

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Vatican recently published a circular letter, "On the bread and wine for the Eucharist," sent to diocesan bishops at the request of Pope Francis. Dated June 15 -- the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ -- the letter was made public by the Vatican July 8.

Because bread and wine for the Eucharist are no longer supplied just by religious communities, but "are also sold in supermarkets and other stores and even over the internet," bishops should set up guidelines, an oversight body and/or even a form of certification to help "remove any doubt about the validity of the matter for the Eucharist," the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments said.


Archdiocese’s first archbishop dies

Archbishop Quinn oversaw diocese’s reorganization

By Sooner Catholic staff

Archbishop John R. Quinn, the first Archbishop of Oklahoma City, died June 22 in San Francisco at age 88.

His funeral Mass was held July 10 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, attended by Very Rev. William Novak, vicar general for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.


Kelly Edwards ordained to the priesthood

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley ordained Kelly Lynn Edwards to the priesthood on June 24 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City.


Carmelite Sisters of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus celebrating 100 years

On July 16, the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their community with an open house.

The seed that would grow into the community was planted in Bentley, Okla., on July 16, 1917.  Carmelite Father Edward Soler recruited two young women from the east coast to help teach Choctaw Indian children in Atoka County in southeastern Oklahoma.


Catholic convocation: Combination pep rally, retreat inspires leaders

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) -- From July 1-4 the main floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando was transformed into a huge parish hall with places for worship, prayer, discussion, and even coffee and doughnuts during the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America."

At the convocation 3,500 church leaders -- men and women religious, bishops and laypeople -- gathered to set a new course for the U.S. Catholic Church.


Meet the Seminarians: Chad Thurman

This is part of a series to introduce the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Chad Thurman


St. Gregory’s monks replace earthquake damaged workshop

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

Being faithful observers of the Rule of Saint Benedict that is epitomized in the motto Ora et Labora – pray and work – the Benedictine monks at Saint Gregory's Abbey in Shawnee live lives of community and private prayer, spiritual reading and manual labor.

For 60 years, they used a two-story cinder block and brick building for various work. But, an earthquake in 2011 that caused catastrophic damage to Benedictine Hall also severely damaged the monks' workshops building. They continued to use the damaged building in a limited way until deciding its future.


Catholic Charities executive director named to national board

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) announced that Patrick Raglow, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, has been approved as a member of the CCUSA national board of trustees.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is a member of CCUSA, which provides training and program resources to local agencies across the country.


Catholic Charities, Sunbeam Family Services host Christmas in July

A Christmas in July donation drive will be held July 10-15 to collect items for “A Very Giving Christmas,” a Christmas store for local families in need held in December by Catholic Charities and Sunbeam Family Services.

Drop-off locations will be at Catholic Charities, 1232 N. Classen Blvd. and Sunbeam, 1100 N.W. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a need for new toys for babies and toddlers, and bicycles for children of all ages. A complete wish list can be found at AVeryGivingChristmas.org.


Catholic Charities celebrates “Reds, Whites and Brews”

Fundraiser supports OKC’s homeless women, children

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will hold its eighth annual “Reds, Whites and Brews” fundraiser July 27 at 6 p.m. at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse Event Center in Stockyards City.

Reds, Whites and Brews features a tasting of Oklahoma craft beer and fine wines from California, live music from local artist Kyle Dillingham, a raffle with items valued at $500 or more and an auction.