Director makes vocation, faith 'The Star' of Christmas movie

By Michael Brown
Catholic News Service

TUCSON, Ariz. (CNS) -- For Tim Reckart, filmmaking started when he was growing up in Tucson, shooting amateur video death scenes using ketchup as fake blood.

With the mid-November release of "The Star," which features the voices of Oprah Winfrey, Christopher Plummer, Patricia Heaton and other A-listers, Reckart's directorial skills have moved a few steps forward.


March for Life announces location, tentative speakers

By Rhina Guidos
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- March for Life organizers announced in a Dec. 6 briefing a tentative group of speakers, a theme and other details for a Jan. 18 conference and expo and Jan. 19 march and rally in Washington.

"Love saves Lives" is the theme of the 2018 march, said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, adding that the group also wants to focus on the sacrifice involved with bringing life into the world but also in the interactions with one another.


New Radio Station

Oklahoma City is getting a new Catholic radio station! KHDD 99.3 FM will begin operation on Dec. 18. Several lay ministers completed training to launch the Spanish station with the Oklahoma Catholic Broadcasting Network.

Official Assignment November 2017

Fr. Timothy Ruckel has been assigned as associate pastor at Saint John the Baptist in Edmond, effective Nov. 24. 


Lighting Advent Wreaths

Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles also can be used.


Border immersion experience puts human cost in immigration issues

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

Seeing first-hand the human cost of immigration has been a learning experience for Rachel Jones, Spanish teachers at Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City.

Recently, she was part of a Border Immersion Experience sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.


Archbishop blesses new statues at Epiphany

By Judy Hilovsky
The Sooner Catholic
To celebrating 40 years as a parish Father Stephen Bird and parishioners at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church in northwest Oklahoma City commissioned a set of bronze life-size statues of the Wise Men arriving to honor infant Jesus and greet Mary.

“Mary is depicted as handing Jesus to the Wise Men, symbolizing her giving him to the whole world and to each of us,” Father Bird said.


Drexel Fund provides first grants to Oklahoma Catholic schools

Catholic schools have been making a difference in the lives of families in Oklahoma for more than 100 years. Today, 18 elementary schools and three high schools form a system of 22 communities of Catholic learning, educating 5,000 students each year.

This year, the first Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast was held with 220 guests gathered to celebrate Catholic schools and their impact. The net proceeds of the breakfast were distributed through the Office of Catholic Schools for two new funds supporting priority needs in financially struggling communities and leadership programs for teachers and principals.


Lawton’s Holy Family celebrates Christmas Season

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

As some families take down Christmas decorations on New Year’s Day, Holy Family Catholic Church in Lawton will be beginning to celebrate some of the most important dates on the Church calendar.

Following Christmas Day is The Feast of the Holy Family, The Solemnity of Mary, The Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord.


What is the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma?

The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma was established in 1965 by Bishop Victor Reed as a vehicle for Catholics to make specific gifts to the Catholic Church in Oklahoma.

It is a support organization of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City with a mission to seek and receive gifts for the endowment and capital needs of the archdiocese, to manage those assets and to distribute the principal, earnings and growth from those assets for the needs of the Catholic Church of central and western Oklahoma.