• Catholic Charities U-visa program offers option to escape abuse

    By Sally Linhart
    The Sooner Catholic

    Among the many services that Catholic Charities provides through the Immigration Legal Services department is assistance to undocumented individuals who are victims of certain crimes. In 2000, congress created a temporary, non-immigrant visa called the U-visa. The U-visa is designated for people who have suffered from abuse and other crimes, and who are or will be beneficial to law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity.

    Nancy Cardoza, director of Immigration Legal Services for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, explained that the visa is intended to help bridge the

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  • Popular Catholic men’s conference returns to build faith

    By Steve Gust
    The Sooner Catholic

    The 21st annual "In the Father's Footsteps" Catholic men's conference promises to deliver dynamic inspiration to men wishing to deepen their faith during Lent.

    This year's conference, "Come Follow Me," is Saturday, April 1, in Norman. Longtime conference director Ray Haefele said the date was chosen due to the availability of the hotel. In previous years the event was held earlier and the 2018 event will be March 3.

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  • Join monks, supporters for annual Clear Creek Abbey clean up

    By Ted King
    The Sooner Catholic

    The annual workday of volunteers at the Benedictine Clear Creek Abbey in Cherokee County in northeastern Oklahoma will be Saturday, March 4. 

    The first workday was in 2003 when there were 70 volunteers. According to Erik Grayless, the workday coordinator, there were 400 helpers last year who came not only from various places in Oklahoma, but also from Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

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  • God’s Light Shines Through Us

    Recently, I’ve been studying the Gospel of Matthew with a small faith community at my parish. One of the most striking things has been how Jesus demonstrates God’s love over and over, inviting his disciples to share in that love by reaching out to others.

    For me, this is the essence of the Annual Catholic Appeal (formerly the Archdiocesan Development Fund or ADF). We all are called to help build God’s kingdom. When we reach out to others with love, “God’s Light Shines Through Us” – which is the theme of this year’s appeal.

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  • “We are here to help”

    By Judy Hilovsky
    The Sooner Catholic

    The Office of Family Life provides a host of services to foster continued growth and support of Catholic families. The office serves as a resource for parishes throughout the archdiocese to help engage both English and Spanish speaking parishioners in establishing and fostering Catholic families.

    “We want parishioners to know the Church in the archdiocese is here to walk with them,” said Lisa Carrasco, director of the Office of Family Life. “Whether it is with parenting or addiction or a catastrophe, we are here to help.”

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  • Prayer in the Four Directions

    The American Indian Catholic Outreach for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will have an evangelization retreat at 9:30 a.m. March 18 at Our Lady of the Lake Retreat House, 1205 Hill Drive, Guthrie.

    Speakers are Fr. Michael Carson (Louisiana Choctaw Nation), assistant director for Native American Affairs, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Sister Kateri Mitchell, (Mohawk Nation) executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference; and Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen from St. Gregory’s.

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