Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Calls Senate Failure to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “Appalling”

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities called the Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “appalling.” The bill proposes to ban abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization.


U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Convene Historic Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry in September

Registration Opens Feb. 20

WASHINGTON—Registration for the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry (V Encuentro) will launch on Feb. 20. In September, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will convene a historic ecclesial gathering of 3,000 Hispanic/Latino Ministry leaders/delegates from dioceses, ecclesial movements, schools, universities and Catholic organizations from across the country. The delegates representing more than165 dioceses were selected among nearly 250,000 people that participated in the local process over the past year. Over 100 bishops are expected to lead diocesan delegations.


World Meeting of Families catechesis to be available online

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To help parishes, groups, individuals and families better prepare for the World Meeting of Families, Vatican organizers are releasing a multimedia series of catechetical materials in five languages online.

The Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life announced that starting Feb. 2, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, it would launch a digital series of seven catecheses that include musical interludes starring famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. There would also be monthly video shorts meant for groups and parishes.


Sharing 'fake news' makes one an accomplice in evil, pope says

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People have a responsibility to check the source of what they share on social media to ensure it is not "fake news" designed to further prejudices or increase fear, Pope Francis said.

Fake news grabs people's attention "by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration," Pope Francis wrote in his message for World Communications Day 2018.


March lauded for witnessing to life; participation in '9 Days' urged

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a message of support for the March for Life in Washington, a Vatican official praised "the tens of thousands" of participants for their witness to the "value of every human life" and for upholding the dignity of life from conception to natural death.

"You give witness to the world of your understanding of the value of every human life and of your commitment to welcome, nurture, protect and integrate every human life from the first moment of conception until natural death," said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.


Pro-Life and homeless: A mother’s journey of courage

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

For many women, saying “yes” to life is easy. With a support network of friends and family, perhaps a supportive husband, and certainly a consistent roof over their head, the decision of whether or not to keep their unborn child may seem like a no-brainer.

But, for a multitude of women facing pregnancy, the decision to keep their unborn baby is not so clear.


Archdiocese attracts national evangelization leader

Beckman leads new Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

10-year-old Jimmy Beckman cleared his throat, pushed the shaky record button on his Panasonic tape recorder and recited a quick Scripture verse. He finished the recording with a cheerful message about God’s love before pulling the cassette from the recorder, sliding it into an envelope and asking his mom to mail it to his aunt. The next one went to his cousin, then his grandparents.

The recorded messages were the result of a profound experience of prayer that led to the miraculous healing of his paralyzed father. The experience drew a young Jim Beckman to an early understanding of his faith and ignited the burning desire to share it with others.


Project Gabriel: Loving help for moms in crisis

By Sally Linhart
The Sooner Catholic

For many women, the news of a pregnancy is cause for celebration. For others, it can be devastating and terrifying – but thanks to several caring options moms don’t have to face the situation alone. One group ready to help and let women know they have options is Project Gabriel. 
Project Gabriel, a national movement, is a parish-based ministry that has been part of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City for more than 20 years. Offered through the support of Catholic Charities, Project Gabriel is available for women who are pregnant and looking for help.


Alveda King to speak at Rose Day Feb. 7

Faith community unites for pro-life event
OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2018 Rose Day Pro-Life Rally, which takes place inside the Oklahoma State Capitol each February, will feature Alveda C. King, author, pro-life activist and niece of civil rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

A sought-after speaker, King “serves as a pastoral associate and director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. She also is a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions, God’s forgiveness, and healing.”


Catholic Schools Week 2018

Dear friends of Catholic education,

Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of what makes Catholic education outstanding. Nationally, schools typically observe the celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members.

Our Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will set aside this week, as they do each year, to build community awareness of and involvement in our own local Catholic schools as we share with everyone the important role of Catholic schools in providing value-added education and making the world a better place for all.