In December 2012, a wellness ministry was formed to provide suicide prevention training in the archdiocese following four suicides in a 6-month period.
“We wanted to focus on suicide prevention instead of post-vention,” said Amy Shipman, counselor of Saint Joseph’s Counseling Center at Catholic Charities.
SHAWNEE – Saint Gregory’s University celebrated the graduation of the August and December 2017 classes on Dec. 1 in the Don and Jenetta Sumner Fieldhouse on the Saint Gregory’s campus in Shawnee, conferring 226 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees to students from both the Shawnee and Tulsa campuses.
The ceremony was held nearly a month after it was announced that the university board of directors voted to suspend operations after the Fall 2017 semester.
The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is an English Christmas carol. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the Church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality that the children could remember.
By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic
This month, the students at Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City continued their ongoing mission of giving back by donating dozens of Christmas gifts to third-grade and fourth-grade students at nearby Lee Elementary.
In all, some 134 youngsters received Christmas gifts.
With a few notable future saints too!
By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry
This series of columns on saints has been fun. I learned about saints who I should have known and about saints who I had never heard of – like today’s saint in this last column of the year.
Two important things to keep in mind about all the saints mentioned, and unmentioned too, during this past year. All of them share a beautiful closeness to Christ and they all are living proof that we can become saints too. This is our calling. Christ invites each and every one of us to be his close friend.
By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
Growing up, on the 12th night of Christmas, my siblings and I would go out into the yard to gather “straw” for the wise men’s camels. Through high school and college, we would fill shoe boxes with grass for the visitors from the East who would come in the night. We awoke on Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, to three small gifts brought to us by the kings. That day, called “Little Christmas” in many countries, celebrates the gift of the Incarnation to all people, Gentile and Jew.
Who were these wise men? Why did they leave their home and families just to meet a baby? What did they do when they returned to their home country? Were they changed by their meeting with God-made-man, even as a baby? Were there others, who studied the heavens for a sign, but did not give up everything to follow the star?
By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic
The book’s cover says he is “a writer, editor and publisher in his eighth decade,” and so he would be well qualified to write about the end of life, but “Vesper Time” by the now retired Frank J. Cunningham is so much more than just “about” the end of life.
He comes across as well read and well spoken. He references Kierkegaard, Henri Nouwen and John of the Cross, and he also is familiar with Thomas Merton and Andrew Greeley. What makes the reader so comfortable in this book, however, is the way he shares the details of his life.
By Kateri Schmidt
Catholic News Service
ST. PAUL, MINN. – Stephen and Jennifer Maas' family business, Domestic Church Supply Co., carries one product: a Lego kit that brings the mystery of the Mass into the living rooms of families around the world.
"Father Leopold Celebrates Mass" began as a quirky passion project, but it has morphed into a popular and successful ministry for Stephen, 39, and Jennifer, 42, and their five home-schooled children. The oldest is 10-year-old Leopold, whom they call "Leo."
By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON – When the news broke of Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry, reporters descended upon the Los Angeles Catholic school Markle attended – Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School.
"They've been scaling the walls," Communications Director Callie Webb said of the reporters calling and visiting the 112-year-old school just a few miles from the landmark Hollywood sign.
The radio had called for snow. At that point the news was unnecessary; it had already started to spit late in the morning, by noon it was coming down steadily. Although I’d have to say, ‘coming down’ didn’t really describe it; the snow was blowing across my windshield horizontally as the wind carried it across the fields and fences of the Panhandle. The temps had fallen all through the night as the ‘norther’ came in about dusk; they were hovering now in the mid-20s and had every prospect of falling through the day. It was going to be nasty all day long, no question and all the nastier because I was heading west. Christmas Eve was going to be a challenge.