Celebrate the Mass honoring the value of every human life

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The Sanctity of Life Mass, a Mass honoring life from conception to natural death, will be celebrated by Archbishop Coakley at 6 p.m. Jan. 17, at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City.

“The sanctity of human life lies at the very heart of the Christian message,” said Father Brian Buettner, pastor of Blessed Sacrament in Lawton. “Therefore, in order to follow the path God has for each one of us, we must recognize the inherent truth of this principle and incorporate it into the way we encounter God and our neighbor.”

Following the Mass, there will presentations for high school students and adults that focus on the dignity of life. Father Buettner will make a presentation to the youth titled, “I Have Called You Friends,” and will talk about how the beloved disciple Saint John offers us a unique model on being a young person that desires nothing more than to being close to Jesus.

"Saint John’s life invites us to reflect on how we are living our lives and encourages us to set aside anything that could separate us from being a friend to Jesus,” Father Buettner said.

The adult presentation, “A Culture of Witness: Cherishing the Vulnerable,” by Debbie Espinosa, executive director at the Center for Family Love, will talk about the value of every human life, promoting the abilities of people with developmental disabilities.

The Center of Family of Love provides adults with disabilities a quality of life where they are not just surviving but thriving. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend Mass. It is presented by the Archdiocesan Sanctity of Life Committee.

For more information about the Mass, contact Becky VanPool, (405) 5233000, Ext. 245, or for information about the youth presentation, contact Becky Jaime, bjaime@ archokc.org.