Pro-life advocates encouraged by legislative successes on abortion

By Zoey Di Mauro / Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- With the recent success of abortion-related legislation at the state and federal levels, is the end in sight for pro-life supporters?

The country watched as Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth filibustered against a bill to toughen abortion regulations, only to have it passed later in a second special session and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry.


Walk for the Poor to support the work of Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

By Anamaría Scaperlanda Biddick

The South-Central District of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is gearing up for its major fundraising event of the year, the Walk for the Poor.  The Walk will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at All Saints’ Catholic School in Norman.   

Vincentians from Saint Andrew’s in Moore, Our Lady of Victory in Purcell and all three Norman parishes—Saint Joseph’s, Saint Mark and Saint Thomas More—benefit from the event, the proceeds from which will be distributed evenly among the five conferences, corresponding to the five parishes, to fulfill their mission. 


Labor Day statements from Catholic leaders serve as reminder to remember “the permanent things”

By Tina Korbe Dzurisin

In advance of Labor Day Sept. 2, the Office of Media Relations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement and a series of blog posts that focus on the growing disparity in the income of U.S. workers.

“Income inequality is rampant,” Father Clete Kiley writes in one post on the USCCB blog.


Twenty-five young men pursue path to priesthood

By Brianna Osborne

From Aug. 6 to Aug.9, the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City met at the Catholic Pastoral Center for fellowship, education and service before heading back to their respective seminaries for the school year. As the 25 young men prepared to return to the North American College in Rome, Italy, Saint Meinrad Seminary in Saint Meinrad, Ind., Saint John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Colo., and Conception Seminary in Conception, Mo., they took the time to become better acquainted with the archdiocese they are called to serve.

The archdiocese welcomes two new seminarians this year: Martin Parizek, from Saint John Nepomuk in Yukon, and William Banowsky, from Saint Thomas More in Norman.


Our Lady of Lebanon parishioners: “Every Mass is a family reunion”

By J. E. Helm

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles to explore the various ways in which the Mass 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.

NORMAN, Okla. (Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013) – Our Lady of Lebanon Church in Norman is a Maronite Rite parish, so named for Saint Maron, a fifth century priest and monk who had much to do with the establishment of this rite.  The Catholic Church has more than 20 rites, ecclesiastic traditions that prescribe how the Mass and sacraments are to be celebrated.  In addition to the widely used Roman Rite, there are Byzantine, Ruthenian, Maronite, Syro-Malabar and many other rites.


Pope asks people to consider what they desire most

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Yearning and loving give people the strength to move forward and overcome obstacles, but Christians must ask themselves what really is their hearts' desire, Pope Francis said.

"All of us have a desire," the pope said Aug. 11 during his midday Angelus address. "Pity the person who doesn't have a desire. Desire moves us forward, toward the horizon, and for us Christians that horizon is an encounter with Jesus, who is our life, our joy, our happiness."


Bishop from India visits Saint Teresa of Avila parish in Harrah

HARRAH, Okla. (July 30, 2013) – The Most Reverend Gali Bali, bishop of the Guntur Diocese in Andhra Pradesh, India, is on a mission appeal visit to Saint John Nepomuk Church in Yukon.

While in Oklahoma, he visited Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and the five priests from the Guntur Diocese serving in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma. Those priests are Father Prakash Madineni, pastor of Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Vincent de Paul parishes near Harrah; Father Sundar Pudota, pastor of Prince of Peace parish in Altus; Father Thomas Pudota, pastor of Saint Mary’s parish in Clinton; Father Joseph Nettem, pastor of Saint Patrick parish in Anadarko and Balaraj Pudota, associate pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Duncan. 


Catholic Foundation 2013 grant applications available

The Catholic Foundation annually awards grants in support of education-related projects to parishes, schools and religious education programs through the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. In addition to program materials, many of the grant requests have focused on computers, audio-visual equipment and technology as a means of engaging more students in the education process.

Grant awards will be based upon the educational objective of the specified project to the parish/school, its expected outcome and the need for financial assistance to accomplish the stated goal. Funds awarded are intended to support educational projects at the requesting organization and are not intended to supplement operating expenses. Grant requests will not be considered for auctions, fundraising events, debt reduction, brick and mortar projects, endowment funds or capital campaigns. Equipment, furniture or other items will only be considered if significant to the educational program. Only one request per parish or school will be considered for funding.


The 127 priests of the archdiocese serve 11 regions

And other fun facts about the priests of the archdiocese

A Q-and-A with archdiocesan Vicar for Priests Father Scott Boeckman

by J. E. Helm 

Father Scott Boeckman has served as Archdiocesan Vicar for Priests for about a year.  The Sooner Catholic interviewed him about his duties as vicar, a position he fills in addition to being pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Norman.


Catholic Charities prepared to meet long-term needs of tornado survivors

Even as many tornado survivors have secured immediate help, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City remains poised to meet their long-term needs, leaders said.

“Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will be here as long as it takes to get tornado survivors back on their feet,” said executive director Patrick Raglow. “We have begun the transition from a sprint to a marathon pace that will ensure our agency is positioned well to help all those affected by the May tornadoes.”