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Happenings around the archdiocese for Advent and Christmas

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

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Oklahoma Catholics prepare to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life

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.”

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Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families

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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Carmelite Sisters spread their wings and fly

Saint Ann Retirement Center was given a free ticket to fly on a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Airplane.

This special vintage airplane visited Sundance Airport in Oklahoma City on Sept. 25. The owner offered free tours of the airplane and a short flight. Saint Ann’s held a drawing for a free ticket for one of their residents to fly in the nine-passenger plane that was built more than 85 years ago.


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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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Stacks of Evidence: “Pope Pius XII and World War II: The Documented Truth”

By J. E. Helm

“Pope Pius XII and World War II: The Documented Truth: A Compilation of International Evidence Revealing the Wartime Acts of the Vatican” is yet another of the many books about Pope Pius XII.

This one, as its title suggests, is an attempt to set the record straight by presenting pages and pages of photocopied documents which purport to show that Pius XII was maliciously discredited by forces opposed to the pope, the Church and religion in general.

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