• 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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  • “I would pray for the other guys to become priests”

    By Diane Clay
    The Sooner Catholic

    God was calling; but a young Christopher Brashears wasn’t ready to answer. He had plans – he was going to travel, attend college, teach, set up a new business model and find adventure, a lot of adventure.

    Toward the end of college, he accepted an invitation to attend a Cursillo weekend – an intense three-day crash course in living Christianity. It was there, among his friends, he heard God’s plan for his life.

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  • What does it mean to have a personal relationship with Jesus?

    By Steve Gust
    The Sooner Catholic

    The Annual Catholic Appeal will directly touch one of the vital ongoing purposes of the faith, New Evangelization.

    The mission is of great consequence as those led to Christ can find peace on earth and a heavenly home for eternity. Could the stakes be much higher?

    For the past three years, the director of New Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has set a goal to draw people to a close relationship with their faith.

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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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  • February feast days

    By Ted King
    The Sooner Catholic

    "The one perfectly divine thing, the one glimpse of God's paradise on earth, is to fight a losing battle - and not lose it." - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

    Here are several feast days that take place in the first part of February.

    Presentation of the Lord
    Feb. 2 was the feast day of the Presentation of the Lord. Mosaic Law required a woman to go to the temple 40 days after the birth of her son and present him
    to the Lord. Mary went to the temple in Jerusalem and presented Jesus.

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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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