Pious on the pitch

Carmelites, friends join fans for Energy soccer

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

If you happen to take in an OKC Energy soccer game, don't be surprised to find at least a few Carmelite sisters cheering their loudest.

"The soccer community loves them and has kind of adopted them," said Gary Savely, athletic director of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.

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October Feast Days: Honoring saints

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

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Google donates laptops to Cristo Rey OKC

Students participating in Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School’s Corporate Work Study Program will each be outfitted with a MacBook laptop, courtesy of a generous donation from Google.

The company donated 150 refurbished laptops, enough for every student in Cristo Rey OKC’s freshman class, as part of its Google Goodware program that supports nonprofits.

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Catholic Foundation offers estate planning continuing education course

The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma is presenting a continuing education program this fall entitled Estate Planning 2017. The program will be held Friday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to Noon at the Catholic Pastoral Center.  

The course is geared toward attorneys, accountants, financial planners and trust officers. The cost for the course is $50 in advance and $75 the day of the course.

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Contagious Faith: Would you be ready?

By Carole Brown
Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship

The weekend after the euphoria-producing beatification of Blessed Stanley Rother at the Cox Convention Center, several parishes hosted more than 4,000 guests for an evening with evangelist Matthew Kelly. His presentation was entitled “Passion and Purpose.”

A few days before Matthew Kelly spoke, it occurred to me that one possible outcome of such an event might be that some people would be interested in getting to know Jesus better. Since that is what we as a Church exist to do, I thought it might be a good idea to make a list of parishes in the archdiocese that have been working on that, to include in the gift bags that were given to those who attended.

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Move over St. Christopher! This lady is the patron saint of those in the driver’s seat

She also is the patron saint of Benedictine oblates, widows

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry

Many Saint Christopher medals have been handed out to new car owners and young drivers throughout the years. One of my daughters even has one hanging from her rearview mirror.

But, the enigmatic Saint Christopher, whoever he actually might be (originally Christopher was more like a title and not an actual name), is not and never has been the patron saint of drivers. He is the patron saint of travelers.

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Reporting abuse, pastoral response hotline

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City through its programs, organizations and events, has numerous daily contacts with many children and young people. It is, therefore important that all archdiocesan personnel, clergy, seminarians, religious, employees and volunteers, protect the rights of children and be alert to the possibility for child abuse.

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Mercy announces executive director of philanthropy

Lori Cummins was recently named executive director of philanthropy with oversight of foundation co-workers in El Reno, Kingfisher, Logan County, Oklahoma City and Watonga as well as fundraising responsibilities in Oklahoma City.

“I am honored to be a part of the Mercy family and to continue the mission set forth by the Sisters of Mercy 190 years ago,” Cummins said. “The generosity and compassion of the Oklahoma City community allows us to utilize the gifts and resources they entrust to us, to enable our physicians and staff to provide innovative and compassionate care to all.”

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Okarche teacher wins honor

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

Okarche native Kimberly Frisby is the 2017 Kingfisher County Teacher of the Year. She was given that honor by listeners of KNID radio station in Enid and was presented with flowers and a gift card, which she gave to Holy Trinity Catholic School in Okarche.

Frisby, who has a dual certification/degree in elementary and early childhood education from Oklahoma State University, was a first and second grade teacher at Holy Trinity for 27 years. She is a cousin of Blessed Stanley Rother and of Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg.

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Archdiocese receives stewardship recognition

The 55th annual International Catholic Stewardship Conference was held in Atlanta Sept. 27-20. Each year, dioceses across the country are asked to submit materials from annual appeals and stewardship programs.

Out of 57 entries, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City won first place in two separate categories – Annual Appeal and Total Stewardship Effort. The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal is on track to reach its expanded goal of $3.5 million to help fund diocese-wide ministries that impact all parish communities.

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