In annual act of humility, parishioners remove shoes to venerate Cross

By Sooner Catholic Staff
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OKLAHOMA CITY (March 29, 2013) — At the 1:30 p.m. Good Friday service at St. Joseph Old Cathedral in Oklahoma City, Father Bruce K. Natsuhara presided, the plaintive voice of a violin punctuated the proclamation of the Gospel and parishioners removed their shoes to venerate the cross.

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At St. Charles Borromeo, Holy Thursday Mass evokes reverence

By Sooner Catholic Staff
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OKLAHOMA CITY (March 28, 2013) — It was standing-room only at the 6:30 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. Yet, the hundreds of parishioners who crowded the pews maintained an impressive reverence throughout the entire bilingual service, which included the traditional "washing of the feet" and the concluding "transfer of the Blessed Sacrament" from church to tabernacle.

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Heritage Room introduces Year of Faith exhibit

Q and A with Director of Family Life George Rigazzi

 

By Sooner Catholic Staff

The Heritage Room is a museum in miniature that showcases the history of the archdiocese. When the exhibit on the life and work of Bishop Kelley ended in February, preparations began for an exhibit relating to the Year of Faith. This month, we interviewed George Rigazzi, head of the project.

SC:  How did you become interested in history, particularly that of our archdiocese?
GR: Even as a small child, I was always fascinated by those who have gone before us.  Sadly, I never had a great history teacher until college, when Father Joe Murphy of St. Gregory's lit the fire.  He had the gift of making history come alive, which helped me to realize that it was about people and not just statistics and dates.  My interest was piqued because of the Benedictines' role in bringing the faith to Oklahoma.

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Planning for taxes is just one of many important considerations when reviewing long-range financial plans. Another concern might be the inability of one or more heirs to manage property left to them because of age, incapacity or other factors. Or, another concern might be privacy of the terms of your financial plan.

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Catholic Foundation plans golf tournament to benefit Catholic schools

The official tee time is about two months away, but the staff and volunteers of the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma have already adopted their angle of approach to the organization's 12th Annual Golf Classic: They aim to raise a record number of dollars for the Catholic schools of the archdiocese and thereby participate in the "new evangelization" encouraged by Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

"Handing on the Catholic faith to young people is an essential part of the Church's mission to evangelize," Archbishop Paul Coakley said in his vision for Catholic schools. "Our Catholic schools — by  virtue of the instruction, formation and witness that they provide — are a privileged place of evangelization. We invest and sacrifice so much in support of our Catholic schools for the sake of this missionary mandate. It is for the sake of evangelization."

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CatholicMatch.com helps singles build strong marriages

By Brianna Joyce
The Sooner Catholic
The online dating website CatholicMatch.com boasts more than 1 million monthly visitors, among them singles of all ages. Unmarried people are finding it difficult to date in a secular world, a reality that accounts for the website's popularity. CatholicMatch seeks to promote the value of faith in dating, and, most importantly, the value of marriage to society.

Robyn Lee, editor of the CatholicMatch.com blog, reveals the importance of this project: "The real vocational scare is the declining rate of marriage among Catholics." Cardinal Timothy Dolan has spoken on this subject, stating his concern for many singles — or couples -- who never marry. One of the goals of CatholicMatch is to educate users on the commitment of marriage.

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Faith is built by embrace of the Cross

By George Weigel

In a Sistine Chapel homily, given to the cardinals who had elected him pope the evening before, the new bishop of Rome, reflecting on the dialogue between Jesus and Peter at Caesarea Philippi (Matt 16:13-25), challenged those who had just laid a great cross on his shoulders to deepen their own commitment to Christ crucified:

"...The same Peter who has confessed Jesus Christ says to him, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. I will follow you, but let us not speak of the Cross. This has nothing to do with it. I will follow you with other possibilities, without the Cross.

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U.S. court: Marriage definition less a focus than who defines it

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — In its second day of oral arguments about aspects of laws related to same-sex marriage March 27, the Supreme Court spent little time discussing the actual definition of marriage, focusing instead on issues of jurisdiction, state's rights, motives behind the federal Defense of Marriage Act and timing.

The highly anticipated cases -- United States v. Windsor March 27 and Hollingsworth v. Perry March 26 -- have stirred effusive national interest over whether the court will definitively rule on the legality of same-sex marriage. But the direction of both days of oral arguments focused little on what the definition is and more on who has the authority to define it.

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Pope Francis: Easter season can revive relationships

By Estefania Aguirre
Catholic News Agency

The Easter season that began March 31 continues with the octave of Easter and extends for seven weeks - or roughly 50 days - past Easter Sunday, according to the Catholic liturgical calendar.

"Beginning with the Easter Triduum as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance," the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches (1168).

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Pope Francis prays at John Paul II's tomb on anniversary

By David Uebbing
Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY (April 3, 2013) — Pope Francis spent a "long time" kneeling in silent prayer before the tomb of Blessed John Paul II on April 2, the eighth anniversary of his death.

The visit "this evening in the Vatican basilica expresses the deep, spiritual continuity of the Petrine ministry shared by the Popes," according to an April 2 statement from the Vatican press office.

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