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Jordan: A sanctuary for Christian refugees

By María Ruiz Scaperlanda

In many ways, Marios is exactly what he looks like, a typical 15 year old whose boyish features make him look much younger than his age.

But, it doesn’t take long to notice the intensity and depth behind Marios’ green eyes and quiet smile, reflecting his tragic story.

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St. Gregory's Benedictine Hall Centennial celebrated

SHAWNEE — Saint Gregory’s University celebrated the centennial of Benedictine Hall on Nov. 7 with hundreds of alumni, community members, students, staff members and faculty joining Archbishop Paul Coakley, Tulsa Bishop Edward Slattery, Rt. Rev. Lawrence Stasyszen and Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius Beltran.

This year marked the centennial celebration of Saint Gregory’s Benedictine Hall and the 100- year anniversary of the establishment of the Shawnee campus.

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Advent: As Christ draws near

By J.E. Helm

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from Dec. 17 to Dec. 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).

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“God is with us and will provide”

Saint Mary honors dedicated parishioner

By Charles Albert

When Alan and Celsa Thomas decided to adopt a young boy, age 7, they didn’t have a clue what God’s plan was for them. There would be hard work, tragedy, inspiration, perspiration and joy. As Celsa Thomas said, the most important thing is that we must follow “God’s mission for us, and God always provides.”

Alan and Celsa Thomas moved to Oklahoma from Southern California and joined Ardmore’s Saint Mary parish. They said they had found love and support in the parish family.

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Tear down this wall: Holy Year calls for human barriers to tumble down

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY  -- For a spiritual leader who denounces a world divided by walls, a church shuttered by cliques and hearts hardened to compassion, opening wide the Holy Door for the Year of Mercy will be a significant and symbolic moment for Pope Francis.

In Catholic tradition, the Holy Door represents the passage to salvation -- the path to a new and eternal life, which was opened to humanity by Jesus.

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Guthrie parishioners start, nourish God’s Food Bank

By Diane Clay

Once a week in 1952, Patty Hazlewood visited the Ice House at the corner of her street in the small town of Coalgate, Okla. She paid $.25 for a coveted chunk of ice for her family’s ice box and always shared a Dr. Pepper with the owner of the Ice House, “a wonderful old man.”

To help the Hazlewood family survive extreme poverty, it took the mercy and generosity of the Ice Man, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson from the Coalgate Register, taxi driver Henry Clay, Dr. Brown from Atoka, the little Baptist church, and the Palace Drug Store that provided the medicine needed to treat Patty’s rheumatic fever.

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