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Father John Paul Vrana's Life Celebrated

Father John Paul Vrana's life and service were celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 19, at a Mass of Christian Burial at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, presided.

Father Vrana died Friday morning, Nov. 14, at St. Ann’s Nursing Home in Oklahoma City. Interment is at St. Teresa’s Cemetery, Harrah.

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MUST LISTEN - Archbishop Coakley shares his wonderful and funny journey to the priesthood

Archbishop Coakley recently spoke to an arena-full of Catholics and their families about his prayer journey through his youth, his rebellious teenage years and the unexpected people and occurrences that led him to serve the Lord through the priesthood.

(Photo: Archbishop's diaconate ordination with John and Mary Coakley - Wichita, 1982.)
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How to Help

To help displaced families in Iraq, Gaza and Syria with immediate needs, donate now to the Catholic Relief Services emergency fund.


Call: 1 (877) 435-7277 from 7 a.m. to Noon CT.

By Mail: Mail your check or money order to:
Catholic Relief Services 
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Baltimore, MD 21297-0303

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Archbishop Coakley leads Middle East mission to Gaza, Iraq

Archbishop Coakley recently led a Catholic Relief Services mission to Gaza and northern Iraq to support and assess the needs of refugees and internally displaced persons.

"Please pray for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East, especially for persecuted Christians who are being driven from their homeland." -- Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

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 This year (2014) the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has four Jubilarians, Fr. Kevin Devlin and Fr. William B. Ross celebrated 60 years of priesthood, Fr. Jesus Sancho-Martin, OCD celebrated 50 years of priesthood and Fr. Paulose V. Kottackal celebrated 40 years of priesthood. In this video Fr. William B. Ross and Fr. Paulose V. Kottackal reflect back over their priesthoods.



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Archbishop Paul Coakley was raised in a Catholic family. But when he went to college, his life soon went adrift. Last month our Archbishop spoke at a conference in Minnesota, where he told the very personal and compelling story of how the Lord gradually led him into a relationship with himself. (It may take a few minuets to load.)
Date: 11/6/14
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November and the four last things

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

During the month of November the Church’s liturgy and popular devotion turn our attention to the Four Last Things: death, judgment, heaven and hell. This is no morbid fascination, but a sober reminder of the transitory nature of this world and a bold summons to Christian hope. We begin the month celebrating the saints in glory on the Solemnity of All Saints. On Nov. 2, we observe the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) and later in the month, on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we celebrate the triumphant Solemnity of Christ the King.

Though we may rarely ponder these realities, they are inescapable for each of us. They remind us of the eternal destiny of joy that God has prepared for us in Christ and the eternal consequences of turning our back on God’s love. St. John of the Cross wrote, “In the evening of our life, we shall be judged on our love.” Perfect love will make possible our immediate entrance into heaven. Imperfect love will require purification. The ultimate rejection of divine love will mean eternal separation from God.

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(Nota del Traductor: La traducción formal, según la teología católica, de la frase en inglés “The Four Last Things”  es “Los Novísimos” o, en el uso más antiguo, “Las Cuatro Postrimerías”.)

Durante el mes de noviembre, la liturgia y devoción popular de la Iglesia dirige nuestra atención a Los Novísimos: muerte, juicio, cielo e infierno. Esto no es una fascinación morbosa, sino un recordatorio sobrio de la naturaleza transitoria de este mundo y un audaz llamado a la esperanza cristiana. Comenzamos el mes celebrando la gloria de los santos en la Solemnidad de Todos los Santos. El 2 de noviembre se observa la Conmemoración de Todos los Fieles Difuntos (Día de los Muertos o de los Difuntos) y más tarde en el mes, el último domingo del año litúrgico, celebramos la triunfal  Solemnidad de Jesucristo Rey del Universo.

Aunque rara vez reflexionemos sobre estas realidades, para nosotros son ineludibles.  Nos recuerdan el destino eterno de gozo que Dios ha preparado para nosotros en Cristo y las consecuencias eternas de darle la espalda a Dios y su amor. San Juan de la Cruz escribió: "En el ocaso de nuestras vidas seremos juzgado en el amor". El amor perfecto hará posible nuestra entrada inmediata al cielo. Amor imperfecto requerirá purificación. El rechazo definitivo del amor divino significará la separación eterna de Dios.

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