By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic
Pontifical North American College, Rome
Krug grew up listening to stories about saints who were always from other parts of the world. One day, while sitting in religion class at Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City, Krug heard the story of Father Stanley Rother, a fellow Oklahoman who was on his way to gaining martyrdom.
“The community of believers was one heart and one mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions were his own.” Acts 4:32
Greetings from Catholic Charities! How desperately our communities need the unity of heart and mind offered by the Gospel message of Jesus Christ in our present day! So much division, so much rancor, so little civility in our political and cultural landscape. Because of your support, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City remains a place where such unity is practiced, and where practice demonstrates it can be done.
Editor’s Note: The names in this story have been changed to maintain confidentiality.
Adoption and Pregnancy Services at Catholic Charities focuses on the needs of the birth families, adoptive couples, foster families and the babies placed for adoption. Staff members serve all participants with care, love, resources and support. Catholic Charities provides extensive preparation to couples seeking to adopt a child by helping them build on their strengths and utilize new skills.
The Johnsons had been married for 11 years and their goal was to add a baby to their family. They had been trying to conceive for about eight years to no avail.
In 2015, 6,869 people registered with FEMA in 45 Oklahoma counties after treacherous rain and flooding. The U.S. government declared the disaster a FEMA emergency, allowing for the use of government money in recovery efforts.
Robertta Lee, a widow who was recovering from the recent deaths of her husband and adult daughter, was one of the many storm survivors who contacted Catholic Charities seeking help. Shortly after the storms swept through Oklahoma in Spring 2015, Lee suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized. She contacted Catholic Charities hoping to find help to repair her home from the flood damage.
How a Catholic transitional housing program is helping families succeed
Every client comes to Catholic Charities from a unique situation. Case managers work with each client to develop an individualized plan to help them to self-sufficiency.
Catholic Charities case manager Annie Rischard said, “After many years of incarceration, serving time for drug-related charges, Theresa was released from prison and moved into a sober living house. She had a stable job, but needed guidance and support to find and secure independent housing.”
Monday mornings are busy for the Catholic Charities regional office in Ardmore. A sign on the door reads “Call at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning for financial assistance.” Catholic Charities’ emergency assistance program provides up to $200 in rent or utility assistance to people who qualify.
“The phones begin ringing off the hook at 8:30,” Ardmore Office Coordinator Gerald Johnson said. “I am a one-person office for the community. Occasionally, I have some temporary help, but on a regular basis it’s just me. I help as many people as my budget allows, but typically I only have resources to help five or six people a week.”
The launch of the World Apostolate of Fatima's U.S. Tour for Peace is underway and coming to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
The historic tour, marking the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal, will feature the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue, traveling worldwide for nearly 70 years.
Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School will have an open house event on Saturday, Oct. 7, from Noon to 3 p.m. for potential students and parents interested in learning more about the school and visiting the facility. Spanish language tours will be available.
The Cristo Rey OKC facility is located at 900 N. Portland Ave. on the OSU-OKC campus. Applications are being accepted from students who will be in ninth grade in the fall of 2018.
By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic
In Ch. 26 of his latest book, “Resisting Happiness,” Matthew Kelly writes that one of the things he loves about the Catholic Church is that it “truly does bridge heaven and earth – not just in a theological way, but in a real and practical way.” His book does exactly the same things: he connects Catholic teaching with a very down-to-earth way to live a good life and achieve happiness.
He starts by explaining this notion of “resistance.” He says that it is “that sluggish feeling of not wanting to do something that you know is good for you; it’s the inclination to do something that you unabashedly know is not good for you, and it’s everything in between.”
Rick and Bev Feller, parishioners at Saint John Nepomuk in Yukon, were selected as the Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s Leadership Team for Oklahoma and for the Amarillo Diocese in Texas.
They have been active in Marriage Encounter in Oklahoma and Amarillo since 2007.