Convent welcomes visitors to the Holy Land

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

Many travelers think that visiting the places where Jesus was born, lived and died would take weeks and cost thousands of dollars. The Rosary Sisters Convent offers a convenient and inexpensive housing near the Jaffa Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem.
 
The convent offers daily Mass and the gates to the complex close at 10 p.m., so it may not fit those tourists looking for Jerusalem nightlife. Room rates range from $130-$150 per night USD and include breakfast each day.

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Making Sense of Bioethics: Consenting to sex

By Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

Recent news articles exploring the post-#MeToo world of romance have noted the phenomenon of cell phone “consent apps,” allowing millennials to sign digital contracts before they have sex with their peers; sometimes strangers they have just met. Many of these apps are being refined to include a panic button that can be pressed at any time to withdraw any consent given. Lawyers reviewing the practice, as might be anticipated, have urged caution, noting that consent apps are not able to provide definitive proof of consent, because feelings may “change throughout an evening, and even in the moments before an act.”

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Living a mission-driven life

The sacraments at the service of communion

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

Our lives as loving disciples, faithfully following and growing in our intimacy with Christ and willing to share him with others, begins with the Sacraments of Christian Initiation. Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist open our hearts and lives to a special closeness with Christ and his passionate love.

This sacramental initiation to a life of discipleship also is the first response we give God to His call to each one of us to lead holy and mission driven lives. Holiness is to passionately live the love of Christ. Mission driven lives share with others this passionate love and life of Christ.

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Book review: “The Courage to Be Happy”

Pope Francis speaks to young people

By J. E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

In the introduction to this book, Father Thomas Rosich, C.S.B., describes the work as a “collection of texts, reflections, homilies and addresses by Pope Francis” and he goes on to say that this is a book “for young people and anyone accompanying youth or young adults in the Church and in the world today.”

Father Rosich has made the pope’s World Youth Days a part of his life “for more than 20 years,” and so he is well qualified to introduce “The Courage to Be Happy: The Pope Speaks to the Youth of the World.”

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Expanded background checks among changes to child protection charter

By Brian Roewe
National Catholic Reporter
 
FORT LAUDERDALE – Incremental changes to the U.S. bishops' guiding document on addressing sexual abuse of minors by clergy were approved during the prelates' annual spring assembly, marking the first modifications since 2011.

In the first of six votes, the bishops voted 185-5, with one abstention, to approve a series of revisions to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, also known as the Dallas Charter.

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Recovering original and most authentic beauty

Christ in the Sacraments of healing

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

Each and every human being is true beauty from the moment of conception. We are beautiful simply because we are all the image and likeness of our loving and eternal God, and God isn’t ugly. God is the greatest beauty!

While our spiritual DNA has left us with some blemishes wrinkles and imperfections, we have all been loved back to an almost perfect state at baptism. Ephesians 5, 25-27, reminds us that:

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Oklahoma seminarians ordained deacons

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

Three seminarians for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City were ordained to the Transitional Diaconate June 2 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City. God willing, Alexander Kroll, Zachary Boazman and John Herrera will be ordained priests next year.

Two other seminarians, Jerome Krug and William Banowsky, will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate this fall in Rome with Archbishop Coakley; Fr. Brian Buettner, vocations director; and a group of parishioners from across Oklahoma in attendance. On June 30, Deacon Vic Luong will be ordained to the priesthood at the cathedral. The ordination is open to the public.

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Saint Joseph: Role model, patron saint of fathers

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

Fathers’ Day is a time to celebrate fatherhood and honor the irreplaceable role fathers play in their families and within communities.

Serving as an exemplary role model, the Church acknowledges Saint Joseph as the patron saint of fathers. As sons and daughters prepare to celebrate fatherhood on Sunday, June 17, recall the attributes that make Saint Joseph the ideal saint for fathers everywhere.

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Southwest Oklahoma parishes unite to offer weeklong camp

By Jolene Schonchin
The Sooner Catholic

Three parishes in southwest Oklahoma will unite again this year with the help of Totus Tuus of Oklahoma to offer a weeklong summer camp with outdoor games and learning about the Catholic faith.

Saint Ann in Elgin, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sterling and Our Lady of Sorrows in Apache will host the summer youth event in July.

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Totus Tuus summer program brings faith, fun to parishes

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

Catholics in Oklahoma may have heard the term “vacation bible school,” but are not familiar with the term “Totus Tuus,” which is Latin for “totally yours.”

“Totally yours” was a motto of Saint John Paul II. He instituted other programs for youth such as World Youth Day and understood the importance of educating the young. The Totus Tuus program is administered by the Diocese of Tulsa and sends four college-age students to work and live with individual parishes for one week, working with students in grades 1-12.

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