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Effective September 19, 2014

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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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Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Files Lawsuit


Lawsuit addresses OSSAA’s violation of student rights

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 8, 2014) – A federal lawsuit filed Monday by Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School challenges a rule adopted by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association that unfairly targets private high schools and forces student athletes to compete against teams from schools six times their size.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, challenges Rule 14, which was adopted by the OSSAA in April 2011. The lawsuit contends that Rule 14 violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as Oklahoma law.

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Archbishop Coakley's call for prayer and penance


Archbishop Coakley is calling on all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counteract the upcoming challenge to faith and decency through prayer and penance.

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.

Secondly, the archbishop has asked that each parish conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Benediction to honor Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist before Sept. 21.

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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.



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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Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, I had the privilege of presenting the Positio on the Servant of God, Father Stanley Rother, to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. The Positio is the distillation of all of the historical research and testimony that was painstakingly gathered to examine the course of Father Rother’s life and heroic death while serving as a parish priest at the Oklahoma mission in Guatemala. 

The Positio will be studied by the members of the Congregation, who then will recommend to the Holy Father whether Father Rother can be justly honored as a martyr for the Faith. This is a very important step in the process, which we hope will lead toward Father Rother’s beatification and canonization. I am including the text of my letter to Cardinal Amato that accompanied the Positio at its formal presentation. Please continue to remember this important intention in your prayers!

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Positio sobre el martirio del Padre Rother

Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

El miércoles 3 de septiembre tuve el privilegio de presentar el Positio sobre el Siervo de Dios, Padre Stanley Rother, al Prefecto de la Congregación para las Causas de los Santos en Roma. El Positio es el resumen de toda la investigación histórica y el testimonio que fueron laboriosamente reunidos para examinar el curso de la vida y la heroica muerte del Padre Rother mientras se desempeñaba como párroco de la misión de Oklahoma en Guatemala.

El Positio será estudiado por los miembros de la Congregación, que luego recomendarán al Santo Padre si el Padre Rother puede ser justamente honrado como mártir de la fe. Este es un paso muy importante en el proceso, que esperamos conduzca hacia la beatificación y canonización del Padre Rother. Estoy incluyendo el texto de mi carta al Cardenal Amato que acompañó el Positio en su presentación formal. ¡Por favor, continúen recordando esta importante intención en sus oraciones!

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