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EUCHARISTIC HOLY HOUR - HOMILY

September 21, 2014
St. Francis of Assisi Church

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Praised be Jesus Christ!  It is my great privilege to welcome you to St. Francis of Assisi Church and to spend this hour together with the Lord in prayer and adoration.  Thank you for being here.  Your presence is a powerful witness of faith in the midst of what has been a particularly challenging time for our community.  I would like to gratefully acknowledge the participation of our Catholic people from around the Archdiocese but also those of you who have come from near and far to join us today.  I am especially grateful for the presence of my brother bishops (and their support), Archbishop Beltran, Bishop Slattery of Tulsa, Bishop Kemme of Wichita and so many priests, deacons and religious women and men.  It is a special blessing to recognize here so many Christian leaders and believers from other churches and ecclesial communities who have come to join us in prayer as well.

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Official Appointment

Effective September 19, 2014
Administrator

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Archbishop Coakley's call for continued prayer and penance

 

Archbishop Coakley is calling on all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to continue to pray to St. Michael the Archangel through Sept. 29 to counteract the recent challenge to faith and decency.

He has asked that the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel be included at the conclusion of every Mass through the Feast of the Archangels on Sept. 29.  He invites all Catholics to pray daily for divine protection through the intercession of this heavenly patron who once defeated Lucifer in his rebellion against the Almighty and who stands ready to assist us in this hour of need.

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Obituary: Father Bruce Natsuhara dies at 62

 

Rev. Bruce Kiyoshi Natsuhara, 62, died Tuesday in Oklahoma City. Father Natsuhara was born July 3, 1952, in Los Angeles. He was ordained on May 13, 1978, in Rome and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on Oct. 17, 1989.  Father Natsuhara attended Queen of Angels Minor Seminary in San Fernando, Calif.; St. John’s College in Camarillo, Calif.; and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome.

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Videos

 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.

 

Podcasts

A Very Effective Evangelist in a Very Tough PlacePodcast
by Sooner Catholic
Earlier this year, Deacon Roy Forsythe stopped in the Office of New Evangelization to inquire about opportunities for evangelizing prisoners at the county jail where he ministers. He indicated that he has about 10 minutes of one-on-one time with each prisoner, and sometimes there can be 40 men waiting to see him on a given day. With only ten minutes, he doesn’t waste time--he goes for the sale. He then made his sales pitch to me, and I was so impressed that I thought perhaps it might be helpful to others to encounter his method. It is outstanding. Beginning from here, Deacon Forsythe has had the opportunity to bring many prisoners into full communion with Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church. Have a listen, and ponder how you might adapt the same content when you are having dinner with a friend, a chat with a teen, or a conversation with a co-worker. Perhaps more to the point, how could such a sales pitch be built into various ministry contexts with people who need to take a step forward with Jesus? If it can work in a jail, where else can it work?
Date: 5/5/14
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THE HOUR HAS COME

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

On Sunday, Sept. 21, a local satanic sect apparently will be allowed to conduct a public act of blasphemy in the form of a so-called black mass at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City. In spite of an overwhelming outcry of alarm from around the world, our city leaders will allow this outrage to take place in a publicly supported facility. They will not accede to the reasonable requests of local citizens to stop this outright mockery of the Catholic Mass nor the reasonable concerns of so many that this satanic ritual invokes powers of evil and invites them into our community.

Even though our city leaders apparently do not take this threat seriously, I do. As a Catholic priest and bishop I have witnessed in my ministry the battle between forces of good and evil in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. It is not merely a struggle rooted in human weakness and ignorance, though these are certainly the source of much suffering and mayhem in our lives and in our world. Demonic activity and the chaotic forces of evil are very real. The madness of war accompanied by increasingly brutal acts of terror, the violence in our schools and communities are all evidence that something is terribly wrong.

The crucial battleground for the forces of good and evil is the human heart. As a Christian, I believe that Jesus Christ came to conquer the power of sin and to cast out demons. This was an essential part of his mission and ministry. It continues in his Church. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ has gained the victory. He has destroyed the power of Satan, the Prince of Darkness and Father of Lies. The war has been won, though skirmishes will continue until Christ comes again in glory. As people of faith we dare not lose hope. Victory is assured.

This ordeal in our community has been ongoing for nearly three months, since we first became aware of the scheduled black mass. In spite of our apparent inability to prevent this sacrilegious event from taking place, I am grateful for a number of blessings that have accrued through this trial. I am grateful for the significant legal victory that allowed us to regain possession of the consecrated Host that would have been desecrated during the black mass. I am deeply grateful for the strong response to our appeal for prayer throughout the Christian community. People across Oklahoma, throughout our great country and around the world have responded with prayer and fasting. We have been given an opportunity to express our faith in the Lord and our profound gratitude for his gift of the Eucharist through acts of devotion. Many of our Catholic people have been appealing to St. Michael the Archangel for heavenly protection against the powers of evil in our world.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, we will gather for a public act of worship at St. Francis of Assisi Church. I invite all Catholics as well as other Christians and people of good will to join us for a Eucharistic Holy Hour, an outdoor Eucharistic procession and Benediction beginning at 3 p.m. We will prayerfully bear witness to our faith as an expression of our solidarity and in reparation for acts of blasphemy.

I am aware that other groups are planning to show their opposition to the blasphemous event that evening at the Civic Center. I urgently ask everyone to avoid confrontations with those who might oppose them. Our witness ought to be reverent, respectful and peaceful. I urge those who might plan to attend the black mass in order to pray or to protest not to do so! Please do not enter the venue. It would be presumptuous and dangerous to expose oneself to others to these evil influences.    

Finally, let us demonstrate our faith in the power of the Lord’s grace by praying for the conversion of those who are perpetrating this sacrilege and are bound by the Evil One. “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.” (Mt 5:44,45)

 

 
HA LLEGADO LA HORA

 

Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

El domingo 21 de septiembre, a una secta satánica local aparentemente se le permitirá llevar a cabo un acto público de blasfemia en la forma de una llamada misa negra en el Centro Cívico de la Ciudad de Oklahoma. A pesar de una abrumadora protesta de alarma de todas partes del mundo nuestros líderes cívicos permitirán que este atropello se lleve a cabo en un centro apoyado con fondos públicos. Ellos no van a acceder a las solicitudes razonables de los ciudadanos locales para poner fin a esta abierta burla a la Misa Católica, ni las preocupaciones razonables de tantos de que este ritual satánico invoca los poderes del mal y los invita a entrar en nuestra comunidad.

A pesar de que nuestros líderes cívicos al parecer no toman en serio esta amenaza, yo sí. Como sacerdote y obispo Católico he visto en mi ministerio la batalla entre las fuerzas del bien y el mal de maneras ordinarias y extraordinarias. No es meramente una lucha enraizada en la debilidad humana y la ignorancia, las cuales sin duda son la fuente de mucho sufrimiento y caos en nuestras vidas y en nuestro mundo. Actividad demoníaca y las fuerzas caóticas del mal son muy reales. La locura de la guerra acompañada de actos cada vez más brutales de terror, la violencia en nuestras escuelas y comunidades son todas las pruebas de que algo está terriblemente mal.

El campo de batalla crucial para las fuerzas del bien y del mal es el corazón humano. Como cristiano, creo que Jesucristo vino a conquistar el poder del pecado y para echar fuera demonios. Esto fue una parte esencial de su misión y ministerio. Continúa en su Iglesia. A través de su muerte y resurrección Jesús Cristo ha ganado la victoria. Él ha destruido el poder de Satanás, el Príncipe de las Tinieblas y Padre de la Mentira. La guerra ha sido ganada, aunque escaramuzas continuarán hasta que Cristo venga de nuevo en gloria. Como personas de fe no nos atrevemos a perder la esperanza. La victoria está asegurada.

Esta terrible experiencia en nuestra comunidad ha estado sucediendo por casi tres meses, desde que nos dimos cuenta de la programada misa negra. A pesar de nuestra aparente inhabilidad  en evitar que este evento sacrílego se llevara a cabo, estoy agradecido por una serie de bendiciones que se han acumulado a través de esta prueba. Estoy muy agradecido por la victoria legal importante que nos permitió recuperar la posesión de la Hostia consagrada que se habrían profanado durante la misa negra. Estoy profundamente agradecido por la fuerte respuesta a nuestro llamamiento a la oración de toda la comunidad cristiana. Personas a través de Oklahoma, en todo nuestro gran país y de alrededor del mundo han respondido con oración y ayuno. Se nos ha dado la oportunidad de expresar nuestra fe en el Señor y nuestra profunda gratitud por el don de la Eucaristía a través de actos de devoción. Muchos de nuestro pueblo católico han estado y le están haciendo un llamado a San Miguel Arcángel para la protección celestial contra los poderes del mal en nuestro mundo.

El domingo 21 de septiembre nos vamos a reunir para un acto público en la Iglesia San Francisco de Asís. Invito a todos los Católicos, así como los demás cristianos y personas de buena voluntad a unirse a nosotros para una Hora Santa Eucarística, una procesión Eucarística al aire libre con Bendición comenzando a las 3 pm. Vamos a dar testimonio en ambiente de oración de nuestra fe como expresión de nuestra solidaridad y de desagravio por actos de blasfemia.

Estoy consciente de que otros grupos están planeando mostrar su oposición al evento blasfemo prevista para el Centro Cívico de esa noche. Les pido con urgencia a todos a evitar confrontaciones con los que podrían oponerse a ellos. Nuestro testimonio debe ser reverente, respetuoso y pacífico. ¡Insto a aquellos que podrían incluso tienen planes para asistir a la misa negra con el fin de orar o para protestar de no hacerlo! Por favor, no entren en ese lugar. Sería presuntuoso y peligroso exponerse  si mismos y a otros a estas malas influencias.

Por último, vamos a demostrar nuestra fe en el poder de la gracia del Señor, orando por la conversión de aquellos que están perpetrando este sacrilegio y están trabados por el Maligno. "Pero yo les digo: Amen a sus enemigos y recen por sus perseguidores, para que así sean hijos de su Padre que está en los Cielos. Porque él hace brillar su sol sobre malos y buenos, y envía la lluvia sobre justos y pecadores. "(Mt 5, 44 y 45).