Wreaths symbolize eternity because they are in circular form, without a beginning or an end, so to speak. Before Christ came, wreaths had long been used as symbols of fertility, victory and the like.
A special form of wreath is the Advent Wreath, lit each evening by a designated member of the family. The wreath is very simple in design and readily assembled. All you need for materials are evergreen swigs, whatever variety you have available, usually fir or spruce (or a wreath purchased from a Catholic bookstore); a four-candle holder in a wreath shape, and four candles – three purple and one rose or pink.
2014 Region 10 Catholic Youth Conference
By Anamaría Scaperlanda Biddick
Leah Darrow, a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model and graduate of Saint James Catholic School in Oklahoma City, spoke Nov. 22 at the Region 10 Catholic Youth Conference. The conference, for high school students from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas took place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
Darrow emphasized God’s deep and abiding love for each of us. She shared her story of choosing “imitation love” and coming home to the real love of God.
By J.E. Helm
High school students in grades nine through 12 gathered at the Cox Convention Center on Nov. 21 - 23, for the 2014 Region 10 Catholic Youth Conference.
A planned outdoor Eucharistic procession to the Oklahoma bombing memorial was moved indoors due to rain, but it was nevertheless part of a highly moving celebration of faith, constancy and Eucharistic adoration.
Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City are providing multiple opportunities for prayer and service to others during Advent and the Christmas Season. For information on Mass schedules and holiday events, contact your parish or find a Catholic church near you through the church directory and map at www.archokc.org.
By Sarah Cooper
Newly ordained priest, Father Simeon Spitz, O.S.B., had a unique vocational journey that took him from studying for the diocesan priesthood to professing vows as a Benedictine monk at Saint Gregory’s Abbey. Initially he wondered who he could reach serving as a priest while living the monastic life.
“I valued greatly the ministry of the diocesan priests and I wanted to be out preaching and doing God’s work,” Father Spitz said. “As time went on, though, I could not resist the monastic life and I came to realize that the monastic life is very evangelical. A life led in prayer is very powerful evangelism. The fact that monks can be happy by reading the scriptures and praying is a testimony to the truth of the Gospel.”
WASHINGTON—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.
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