Trivia Night Benefits Red Envelope Fund

EDMOND — A night full of fun, fellowship and trivia.  That’s how supporters of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton spent one Friday night in early February.
A group of volunteers, all with students at SEAS, organized the second annual Trivia Night. Alumni of St. Elizabeth’s worked together to facilitate the evening. Proceeds from ticket sales, food donations and raffle donations went to benefit the Red Envelope Fund.
The Red Envelope Fund is a tuition assistance program to help families with tuition. Twenty-seven families benefited from the $60,000 fund for the 2012-2013 school year. This is the only active fundraiser for the SEAS Tuition Assistance Fund. The church and school also take  a “Red Envelope Collection” to benefit the fund. This year’s trivia event brought in nearly $6,000 to go toward the tuition assistance fund.

Catholic Foundation’s Named Funds Accomplish Philanthropic Goals of Many Catholic Donors

The Catholic Foundation was established to seek and receive endowment and capital gifts for the benefit of the Catholic Church in Central and Western Oklahoma. It also is charged with investing and managing those funds so that periodic distributions can benefit specific programs and causes in parishes, schools and organizations throughout the Archdiocese. In all cases, the wishes of the donor are executed as the donation agreement stipulates.

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Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Offers Healing for Those Affected by Abortion

OKLAHOMA CITY — “Come back to me with all your heart, your broken heart, your troubled heart.” Through the prophet Joel, God calls to each of us with these words on Ash Wednesday. Through a very special healing ministry in our Archdiocese, God calls uniquely to those who are suffering from the pain of abortion … their own abortion or that of a family member or friend.

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Oklahoma Catholics’ Dedication to Life Blooms at Rose Day Event

Oklahoma Catholics made their presence known again as they joined with thousands of other pro-life supporters from various faith communities to fill the state Capitol during the 22nd annual Rose Day event.
Rose Day was Feb. 6 and again served to bring together Catholics and Protestants in an effort to convince lawmakers to support pro-life legislation. This year’s keynote speaker was Lila Rose, who  several years ago as a young college student at UCLA exposed the true agenda of Planned Parenthood. 

 Tony Lauinger and Kevin Calvey of Oklahomans for Life, Inc. were both on hand as was Barbara Chishko and Ruth Blakely of Birth Choice of Oklahoma. They were joined by several representatives from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and a number of students from Mount St. Mary High School.
Calvey’s wife, Toni, and their children joined him at Rose Day.  Toni Calvey shared a personal story about why she is dedicated to the pro-life effort. Her mother chose to put her up for adoption rather than abort her.

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Catholic Men Stand Upon the Solid Rock of Faith

By Steve Gust
For the Sooner Catholic

NORMAN — Lent got off to a good start Feb. 16 for about 700 men attending the 17th annual In the Father’s Footsteps Catholic Men’s Conference.
Held at the Embassy Suites, this year’s event, titled “Upon this Rock,” once again gave men the opportunity to grow in their faith and become better fathers, sons and Catholics.
It was a day of fellowship, learning and having fun as nationally ac-claimed speakers imparted wisdom to men gathered from parishes across the state.
Father Richard Fragomeni, a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., gave the keynote address after a blessing by St. Eugene’s pastor, Father Joe Jacobi.
Father Fragomeni said true spiritual growth and enrichment comes when people yielded to God and His will.

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About Faith and Football...

Ikard — Character and Faith are Everything

By Steve Gust
For the Sooner Catholic

NORMAN — It was a young man’s luncheon at the In the Father’s Footsteps Catholic Men’s Conference with two special guest speakers, Gabe Ikard and Blake Bell.
Ikard and Bell are both Catholic and football players for the University of Oklahoma. Ikard, a Bishop McGuinness graduate, is an All American offensive lineman, while Bell has earned fame over the past two seasons as the “Belldozer,” the Sooners very successful short yardage quarterback.

 

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Pope’s Legacy One of Linking Education With Love For God

By Carl Bunderson
Catholic News Agency/EWTN

DENVER — Pope Benedict XVI  has left a lasting mark on Catholic  education by showing how reason and knowledge can lead to an essential love of God, reflected scholars at leading Catholic universities.
“This is the chief idea of Pope Benedict about higher education: It isn’t our job just to provide information about God, but that the Catholic university should be a place where God is in our midst,” John Garvey, president of Catholic University of America, told CNA.

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Pope Saw Jews, Muslims as Allies in Defending Belief in God

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — In trying to help people understand how belief in God is a natural part of life and  provides grounding for the values that protect human dignity and peaceful coexistence, Pope Benedict XVI saw Jews and Muslims as natural allies.
But in the almost eight years of his pontificate, his relations with the Jewish and Muslim communities were marked by alternating tensions and new initiatives.

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Pope Says Lent is a ‘Spiritual Battle’

By Estefania Aguirre
Catholic News Agency/EWTN

Vatican City — Pope Benedict XVI used his second to last Angelus to tell thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that Lent is a “spiritual battle.”
Lent, he said, “always involves a  battle, a spiritual battle, because the spirit of evil naturally opposes our sanctification and seeks to divert us from the way of God.”
Pope Benedict has just days left as head of the Catholic Church until his almost unprecedented resignation takes effect Feb. 28.

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Pope — Media Helped Spread Vatican II Misinterpretations

By Estefania Aguirre
Catholic News Agency/EWTN

Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting its own version.
“The world interpreted the council through the eyes of the media instead of seeing the true council of the fathers and their key vision of faith,” said Pope Benedict at Paul VI Hall Feb. 14.
“Fifty years later, the strength of the real council has been revealed, and it is our task for the Year of Faith to bring the real Second Vatican Council to life,” he told the priests gathered to meet him.
Pope Benedict spoke with the priests of the Rome Diocese in an unscripted speech on the Second Vatican Council, which he first attended as a special adviser to Cardinal Frings of Cologne and later on as a theological expert.

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