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Pope Francis excites, rejuvenates Catholics at Papal Mass

Hundreds of thousands join pope at outdoor Mass in Philadelphia

By Diane Clay

The final day of the World Meeting of Families brought hundreds of thousands of Catholics and other people of faith to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for an outdoor Mass with Pope Francis.

The delegation from Oklahoma, which arrived more than four hours before the start of Mass, chose a spot on the parkway that was lined with flags from dozens of countries. The flag marking the location of the Oklahoma group was the flag of Guatemala, the beloved country of Servant of God, Father Stanley Rother, who served the Tzutuhil people of Santiago Atitlan as a missionary from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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World meeting affirms priority of family

World Meeting of Families draws thousands to Philadelphia

By Diane Clay

In the darkness of an early September morning, more than 30 pilgrims from across Oklahoma joined the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City at Will Rogers World Airport for a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Over the next six days, this group, many of whom didn’t know each other before the trip, became friends in faith and bonded over the exhilarating and frustrating experiences of a pilgrimage.

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Cardinal O’Malley in 2015 Respect Life Month Message: ‘Every Life is Worth Living’

WASHINGTON— People discover their worth when they discover their true identity as created in God’s image and called to an eternal destiny with him, said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in the annual Respect Life Month statement. Catholics and all people of good will in the United States are invited to participate in Respect Life Month.

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Message from Archbishop Coakley

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 In this issue of the Sooner Catholic, you will read about our annual Catholic Charities appeal that enables us to extend the compassionate love of Christ to so many suffering members of our community. 

 Whether we’re supporting homeless women at our Sanctuary locations, assisting mothers in crisis pregnancies or serving families with long-term disaster recovery, Catholic Charities provides hope and security to every man, woman and child who comes to us in time of need. 

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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 our Blog, and 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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