Anniversary Mass to honor commitment of married couples

By Anamaría Scaperlanda Biddick

The third annual Anniversary Mass is set for 3 p.m., Nov. 3, at Our Lady’s Cathedral.  The Mass is to honor those couples celebrating significant wedding anniversaries this year, such as 25, 40 and 50 years, as well as 50-plus years. 

Archbishop Paul Coakley will preside and greet each couple individually.  All couples will be presented with a certificate and are welcome to bring as many friends and family members as they would like.


Archbishop to ordain permanent deacons Oct. 18

by J.E. Helm

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 12 men will be ordained to the permanent diaconate at Our Lady’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City.  Deacons are one of three groups who receive Holy Orders in the Catholic Church; the other two are bishops and presbyters, or priests. 

Each man will individually declare that he accepts ordination and a life of service to the church.  Each will promise obedience to the bishop, and the unmarried men to be ordained will also make a promise of celibacy.


Nashville Dominican to present theology of the body to Oklahoma City audience

By Sarah Cooper

A noted speaker, Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., S.T.D., of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia, will present a lecture open to the public entitled “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 2013, at Mount Saint Mary’s High School.

In the Bible, God creates humans male and female in order for us to fully live out our vocations and to discover genuine happiness. Sister Jane Dominic will focus on how our culture has strayed from these principles and now blurs the lines between genders.


Christ informs the Catholic approach to football, sports

By Tina Korbe Dzurisin

The liturgical calendar says “Ordinary Time,” but the secular calendar, the autumnal weather and casual conversation declare this to be that uniquely American time of year: Football season.

In Oklahoma, electronic billboards count down to kickoff, weddings are scheduled around football and game day is practically a holiday – but, just as Catholics are called to approach issues of life and death from a countercultural perspective, so, too, are they called to approach sports from a considered worldview.


Archdiocesan seminarian ordained to the transitional diaconate in Rome

By Anamaría Scaperlanda Biddick

On Thurs., Oct. 3, Christopher Brashears of Saint Joseph’s parish in Blackwell, Okla., was ordained to the transitional diaconate.  His ordination took place at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, along with 40 classmates from the Pontifical North American College.  The transitional deacons will continue their studies for the priesthood.

James Cardinal Harvey, Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Wall, ordained the new deacons.  Mass was concelebrated by a number of bishops, including Archbishop Paul Coakley, and more than 300 priests, many of whom are faculty at the North American College.  Brashears’ father, a permanent deacon at Saint Joseph’s Parish, was able to vest his son.


Have the courage to marry, start a family, pope tells youth in Assisi

By Cindy Wooden // Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In societies that trumpet individual rights, see everything as fleeting and see no value in sticking to something that's difficult, deciding to get married today takes courage, Pope Francis told young people in Assisi.

"Don't be afraid of taking definitive steps, like that of marriage," the pope told thousands of young adults and teenagers who flocked to see him Oct. 4 in the square outside Assisi's Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels.


Commentary: Catechists are on the frontline of the new evangelization!

Learning this is as easy as one, two and three…

By Pedro A. Moreno Garcia, OP, MRE

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, recently addressed an International Pilgrimage of Catechists in Rome and his words offered both a loving clarification and specific guidance to all catechists.


Meet Our Seminarians: Tomas Sandoval

Meet Tomas Sandoval

What is your home parish? Saint Monica’s in Edmond, Okla.

What seminary do you attend? Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo.

If it is God’s will, what year will you be ordained a priest? 2020


“Rooted in prayer, centered on the Eucharist”: Parishes report positive outcomes of perpetual Eucharistic adoration

By Sarah Cooper

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus asks his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” More than 2,000 years later, Jesus repeats this question to Catholics through the invitation to practice perpetual Eucharistic adoration.

For more than 13 years, in four chapels across the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, many of the faithful have participated in this ancient form of prayer. Through continual exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, area Catholics have the opportunity to pray in front of Jesus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Byzantine Catholic community celebrates monthly Divine Liturgy

By J.E. Helm

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles to explore the various ways in which the Mass (or, in this case, its equivalent) is celebrated throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. The first article featured the Edmond parish Saint Damien of Molokai, where the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite Mass is said each Sunday. The second featured the Norman parish Our Lady of Lebanon, a Maronite Rite parish. The third featured the Oklahoma City-based Holy Family Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.