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Pope Francis visits the U.S.

We've compiled all the latest updates about Pope Francis' visit to Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia, Sept. 22-27.

You can also follow the archdiocesan pilgrimage to Philadelphia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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El Reno’s Sacred Heart: Leading by example

Parish celebrates 125 years

 By Charles Albert

 One hundred and twenty-five years on the Oklahoma prairie, like many fellow parishes, El Reno's Sacred Heart started in family homes.

 The parish prospered with many close families who were devoted to the parish and its growth. Sacred Heart also overcame much adversity such as disease, Oklahoma weather, discrimination, financial issues, the Great Depression, two World Wars, natural fires, possible arson cases and the closing of the beloved parish school in 1968 due to costs and enrollment. 

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Six priests celebrate jubilees in September

Priests reaching 25, 40 or 50 years of priesthood celebrate their jubilees in September. Read what they have to say about a life spent serving God and his people. 

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Oklahomans lead smudging ceremony at National Shrine

Deacon Roy Callison, coordinator of American Indian Catholic Outreach for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, and his wife, Susan Callison, led a smudging ritual at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

 The ceremony was held Aug. 23 before a Mass by the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions and the American Indian community to celebrate the one-month countdown until the arrival of Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., and the September canonization of Blessed Junípero Serra.

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New principals bring faith to classrooms

Meet the new principals serving at Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

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Katrina odyssey brought many blessings for New Orleans priest

By Beth Donze
Catholic News Service

NEW ORLEANS  -- Like many of his brother priests, Father Dennis Hayes decided to take his chances and stay put as Katrina teased the Louisiana coast, hoping the storm's Category 5 fury would spare his parish of St. Louise de Marillac in Arabi.

Surely Katrina would veer away at the last minute as so many hurricanes had done before. And even if the storm did cause some damage, thought Father Hayes, at least he would be available to his parishioners.

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