VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.
The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification.
Advent: A new beginning of Christ-centered hope
By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry
With sunset on Nov. 26, we officially begin our new liturgical year and the season of Advent. Many will notice the change in liturgical colors and the Advent wreath, but the liturgical year is a lot more than just new decorations, color schemes and going to Cycle A in the lectionary. The liturgical year is centered on Jesus Christ.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Catholic Charities Oklahoma City and Sunbeam Family Services are partnering to bring A Very Giving Christmas, a Christmas store, to local families in need, Dec. 14-18.
Serving there “takes you out of yourself”
By Tina Korbe Dzurisin
For the Sooner Catholic
It’s a predawn Sunday morning at the end of October, and Sister BJ’s Pantry, a ministry to feed and foster community among the homeless men, women and children of Oklahoma City, is preparing for breakfast.
By Diane Clay
In the middle of Janet Elizabeth Jaime’s living room in northwest Oklahoma City, a slab of white birch meticulously transforms into a light-filled 8-foot icon of Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
The Oklahoma iconographer was commissioned this year by Archbishop Coakley to create the icon in honor of the Church’s newest saint. Archbishop Coakley recently blessed the icon during a dedication Mass at the new Saint Teresa of Calcutta Chapel at Catholic Charities in midtown Oklahoma City, where the icon now hangs.