Author Matthew Kelly to speak in OKC

By Judy Hilovsky
The Sooner Catholic

Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the best version of themselves and he is bringing his message to the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City for the first time on Sept. 30.

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Peter’s Pence collection July 1-2

WASHINGTON – The annual Peter’s Pence collection will be taken in many dioceses across the United States the weekend of July 1-2. Funds from this collection support Pope Francis’s charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized around the world.

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Archdiocese hosts seminar to improve services for those with disabilities

SHAWNEE – On June 7, the National Institute on Developmental Delays sponsored the Community-Based Solutions Seminar to address the need for a delivery system for individuals with developmental disabilities. The seminar was held at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art at Saint Gregory’s University.

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Catholic Foundation’s golf classic winners announced

The Catholic Foundation’s 16th Annual Golf Classic was a great day of golf, fellowship and dedication to support of our Catholic Schools and Catholic Education in the archdiocese. The event was held on May 22 at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. The Golf Classic sported 192 golfers in both morning and afternoon sessions.

In addition to the golf played, a lunch, wine and cheese gathering, silent and live auctions, and awards dinner were held.

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Be transformed, joyful while you work 

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick

Monday morning: time to drag myself out of bed and get ready for the week’s work. Prayers, breakfast, dressing, followed by many sighs as I face the day’s tasks.

Whether it’s house work or paid work, all too often I view working as just something I have to get through. I try to do my work quickly, reasonably well and without too much frustration –usually with my thoughts already on the next thing I have to do. I may take pride in a particularly well-done job, but rarely do I relish the process of actually doing it.

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Making Sense of Bioethics: Can I donate my body to science?

By Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

Some people may wish to “donate their body to science” after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided that their body would contribute to meaningful research or study, and that it would not be used in a disrespectful or otherwise inappropriate manner.

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Book Review: The witness of a man’s man

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Anyone looking for a great role model of what a good Catholic man should be need to look no further than Danny Abramowicz, an NFL wide receiver and coach and, most importantly, a man who has put his faith first in his life.

Abramowicz has penned the story of his life in “Crossing the Goal: A Saint Goes Marching On.” While the book does have a lot of sports insider information, Abramowicz says in his prologue that “the purpose of this book is to bring you along on my journey,” his life-long “quest for holiness.”

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Trailer released for Father Rother documentary

By Catholic News Service

OKLAHOMA CITY (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has released a three-minute trailer to a forthcoming documentary on Father Stanley Rother, a U.S. priest who worked in Guatemala for 14 years until he was brutally murdered in 1981 and who will beatified in September.

The documentary is titled "The Shepherd Cannot Run: Father Rother's Story." According to the archdiocese, it will be shown immediately prior to his beatification Mass Sept. 23 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.  Celebrating the Mass will be Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes and Pope Francis' personal representative. The pope recognized Father Rother's martyrdom last December, making him the first martyr born in the United States.

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Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world.

The questionnaire -- available in English, Spanish, French and Italian -- can be found on the synod's official site: youth.synod2018.va/content/synod2018/it.html and is open to any young person, regardless of faith or religious belief.

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Annual Catholic Appeal passes $3 million

The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has raised more than $3.2 million toward the overall goal of $3.5 million.

Commitments for the appeal have come from parishioners in all 108 parishes and mission churches of the archdiocese.

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