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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Book Review: Inspiration in a dark place

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Most people are aware of the mass murders, atrocities and attempts at genocide committed by the Nazis at places whose names are linked to the worst in human nature, places like Auschwitz, Sobibor, Treblinka and Dachau.

What people may not know is that Hitler eventually revealed his true hatred of religion in general and Christianity, in particular. At the concentration camp at Dachau, three of the 30 barracks were reserved for members of the clergy. The majority of these inmates were Polish Catholic priests, and this is the story detailed by Guillaume Zeller in “The Priest Barracks: Dachau, 1938-1945.”

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Pope announces pre-synod meeting to listen to youths' hopes, doubts

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has invited Christian and non-Christian young people from around the world to a meeting in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018.

Before concluding his weekly general audience, the pope said the March 19-24, 2018, pre-synod meeting will be an opportunity for the church to listen to the hopes and concerns of young men and women.

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Oklahoma priest Stanley Rother beatified

First recognized U.S. martyr; first U.S.-born priest to be beatified

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

OKLAHOMA CITY – Nearly 20,000 faithful gathered in downtown Oklahoma City Saturday to honor Oklahoma priest, missionary and martyr, Blessed Stanley Francis Rother.

A native of Okarche, Father Rother was beatified during a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City; and Most Rev. Eusebius J. Beltran, Archbishop Emeritus of Oklahoma City.

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Prayer for Intercession of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother

The next step in the Cause of Blessed Stanley Rother is his canonization. In order for Blessed Stanley to be made a saint, a miracle must be verified and attributed to his intercession.

Please report favors received through his intercession to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City at blessedstanleyrother.org.

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“This is a true blessing”

Thoughts from the Beatification Mass of Blessed Stanley Rother.

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Guatemalan bishop reflection on mission work of Blessed Stanley Rother

Bishop of Sololá-Chimaltenango celebrates Mass; gives talk at St. Gregory’s University

By Judy Hilovsky
The Sooner Catholic
 
Bishop Gonzalo de Villa y Vásquez, bishop of the Diocese of Sololá-Chimaltenango where Blessed Stanley Rother served, celebrated Mass on Sept. 21 in the Saint Gregory’s Abbey Church in Shawnee.

He also presented a lecture "The Fruits of Martyrdom: The Impact of Fr. Stanley Rother and the Other Martyrs on the Church in Guatemala" in the Sarkey’s Performing Arts Center followed by a reception in the Mabee Gerrer Museum of Art.

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U.S. Catholic agencies prepare for “Share the Journey”

Global campaign on migration launched by Pope Francis Sept. 27
 
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On Sept. 27, Pope Francis launched the worldwide, two-year “Share the Journey” campaign, calling on Catholics and the faithful to “encounter” migrants and refugees to break down barriers of fear and suspicion and build bridges of understanding and hospitality.

Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are part of a global network of Caritas organizations participating in the campaign.

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is an issue that affects many families in our parishes and communities. With a focus on reinforcing and upholding the sanctity of marriage and family – domestic violence must be addressed through our faith communities.

October is designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and for good reason. In the United States, one in four women, (one in seven men) will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes, and every day three women lose their lives.

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Oklahoma seminarians "pumped" about beatification

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

The day before the beatification of Blessed Stanley Rother, seminarians were busy preparing for their role in the ceremony. Standing on the floor of the Cox Convention Center before the adorned altar, they were asked how they felt about the ceremony to be held hours later.

"What are some synonyms for stoked?” the seminarians asked each other. One after another rattled off: “Excited!” “Enthused!” “Bursting!” “Pumped-up!” “Psyched!”

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