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Archbishop Coakley blesses Saint Anthony renovated chapel

Honors Archbishop Emeritus Beltran

A special Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Paul Coakley this month to bless the newly renovated Saint Anthony Hospital Chapel.

 During his homily, Archbishop Coakley said, “This is a day of rejoicing for we have come together to offer this new church, new chapel to God. We give thanks for the opportunity to see it so beautifully renewed.”

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Catholic Charities offers recovery to families impacted by storms

By Sonny Wilkinson
Catholic Charities

 As residents in Bridge Creek, Norman and south Oklahoma City begin the recovery process following the May 6 storms, Catholic Charities’ Disaster Relief program is mobilizing to offer assistance and advice to those affected by the tornados, high winds and flooding.

 Throughout the next few weeks, the team will assess available resources as well as the needs of impacted families to ensure that all those who need essential help receive it.

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Old Cathedral remains faithful presence in downtown OKC

By Brianna Osborne

 The parish of Saint Joseph Old Cathedral and the future capital city of Oklahoma both came into being in the Land Run in the spring of 1889. The city and church have been intertwined in major experiences of their times from the turn of the century establishment of a new diocese and state to the devastating bomb that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, damaging Saint Joseph.

 In a Mass on the May 1 feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, the parish celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding. Archbishop Coakley, Father M. Price Oswalt and parishioners commemorated the church’s origins as a pioneer parish, and reflected upon the role the Old Cathedral continues to play in the lives of Oklahoma Catholics.

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Reflections for Mom

Celebrating the joy, faith and dedication of mothers on Mother’s Day

 Mothers are their children’s first cheerleaders, their first experiences with love and the guiding hand that steers men and women on their faith journey in service to others. Here are a few reflections from spiritual leaders in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

 Happy Mother’s Day -- May 10 

 

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Small things: Using our talents in the everyday

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick

For a period of time around seventh grade, I loved to play the piano. The cold keys could be used as the basis for Christmas carols, to express the depths of my adolescent angst or simply to add something beautiful to the day.

 Quickly, I progressed from “Row, row, row your boat” and a simplified “Ode to Joy” to the original “Minuet in G” and other three-page pieces from the difficult level three book. 

 My delight in the piano dampened with a convergence of two factors. First, by age 14, I had internalized what writer and thinker Wendell Berry calls the professionalization of American life: the idea that there should be some people who know a lot about one subject, to the exclusion of all others.

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Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

LONDON, ENGLAND (CNA/EWTN News) – When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat.

But, he forewent those opportunities, according to passengers aboard the sinking ocean liner, in order to hear confessions and offer consolation and prayers with those who were trapped aboard.

Now, a priest at the former church of Fr. Byles in England is asking that his beatification cause be opened.

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