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One Year: Go Make Disciples

Archbishop’s vision for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

 By Diane Clay

 It has been one year since Archbishop Paul Coakley issued his call to “Go Make Disciples,” identifying three priorities for the archdiocese, its parishes and schools, and for all Catholics who seek to encounter Jesus Christ.

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National Vocation Awareness Week

Calls Catholics to greater prayer, awareness in support of vocations

By Sooner Catholic Staff

 The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 2-8. This observance, sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is a special time for parishes in the United States to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

 “A person's particular vocation is at the service of the whole Church and helps the individual person grow in holiness while advancing toward full union with God in Heaven,” said Father Stephen Hamilton, director of the Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. “In recent years, we have been seeking to create a culture of vocations throughout the archdiocese. That culture can't simply be a slogan. Rather, it must find root in the daily life of our parishes, and most especially in the midst of family life in the home.”

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“The Book of Life” tackles Day of the Dead

Joseph McAleer
Catholic News Service

NEW YORK (CNS) – Who knew the Day of the Dead could be so much fun? The Mexican method of observing All Souls' Day, Nov. 2, is the backdrop for "The Book of Life" (Fox), an entertaining and visually stunning 3-D animated film.

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All Saints Day honors saints, precedes prayer for souls

By Ted King

The lead up to All Saints Day is marked with jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts and goblins, children trick or treating, and costume balls on All Hallows Eve, known to us as Halloween (Oct. 31). Halloween is a secular day with pagan origins from Europe. All Hallows Eve is the day before All Hallows, which is All Saints Day.

 All Saints Day, (Nov. 1), and All Souls Day (Nov. 2) are days to remind Catholics of the Church’s three components: the Church Triumphant in Heaven, the Church Suffering in Purgatory, and the Church Militant on earth.

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Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church."

The pope spoke during a homily in St. Peter's Square at a Mass for more than 30,000 people, under a sunny sky on an unseasonably warm Oct. 19.

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October brings awareness to domestic violence in Oklahoma

By Anamaría Scaperlanda Biddick

 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which offers women, men and families an opportunity to get the latest information for prevention and help, and to serve as a reminder that abuse violates the fundamental truth of the dignity of all people.   

  During October many law enforcement agencies, shelters and non-profit groups such as Catholic Charities aid in awareness to reduce the chances of domestic violence in Oklahoma.

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