By Diane Clay
More than 150 people celebrated recently at Saint James the Greater Catholic Church for the kick-off of a unique virtual El Camino de Santiago or The Way of Saint James. The program is designed to help participants become healthier, holier Catholics by cultivating good habits for body and soul.
By J.E. Helm
Art is a record of the human experience, of what it means to be a human being at a particular time, in a particular place. The beautiful pieces of stained glass that adorn our churches and cathedrals are markers along the way of our journey through life. The panes of cobalt blue, wine-colored red and sunlight gold are fixed in place with lead and a rigid frame just as our moments of incredible beauty and illumination are fixed immobile by the boundaries of our earthly existence.
By Rebekah E. Scaperlanda
In a letter dated Nov. 21, 2014, Pope Francis declared a Year of Consecrated Life and urged consecrated men and women throughout the world to be witnesses of communion and joy, and to proclaim the Gospel.
“I am counting on you to ‘wake up the world,’” Pope Francis said. “Since the distinctive sign of consecrated life is prophecy, this is the priority that is needed right now.”
Annual prayer service on Jan. 25
By Anamaría Scaperlanda Biddick
Jesus prayed for his disciples, “that all may be one (John 17:21),” and all Christians are invited to join in this prayer. On Sunday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. a prayer service to commemorate the 108th annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, 7336 W Britton Road.
By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
With Christmas Eve comes beauty and joy in many different cultures. In some places, it takes the form of carols, cookies and a newly-decorated tree, while in others, it manifests itself as a feast of black beans and pork followed by Mass.
According to Stephen McNamara, “In Ireland it is a tradition that on Christmas Eve, lighted candles are placed in windows. It is a symbol to welcome people and to remember Mary and Joseph’s journey on the first Christmas Eve.”
By Sooner Catholic Staff
More than 200 people from around Oklahoma and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City braved cold temperatures this month to join Catholic Charities for their launch of construction on the charity’s new main services building.
The groundbreaking ceremony featured a blessing from Archbishop Paul Coakley as well as remarks from church and civic leaders. The short event also included a ceremonial tree planting, using dirt gathered by Catholic Charities’ community partners, capital campaign major donors, staff, board members and Catholic parishioners from across the state.
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