In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving to be observed on the final Thursday in November throughout the United States. The precedents for such a day of thanksgiving go back much further in our history.
Recently, a new business has been gracing the art community of Oklahoma City, offering a variety of items including stationary, magnets and prints – all with a decidedly Catholic influence, all sold online from a home in northwest Oklahoma City.
Christ the King Catholic Church in Oklahoma City hosted the first Together in Holiness confer-ence on Oct. 29. Together in Holiness is a marriage enrichment initiative that inspires couples to grow together in holiness and empowers and equips parents to form their children in the Catholic faith. The conference began with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Coakley.
This year’s theme for the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal, “Christ has no body but yours, no hands no feet on earth but yours,” pertains to the seven Corporal Works of Mercy. Corporal meaning from the body, and mercy commonly meaning a gift or kindness. Something done from the body that is a gift of kindness. That is exactly the story of Promise Ekpe and his brother.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Religious Retirement Office announces that on Dec. 10-11, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will hold the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection in parishes throughout the archdiocese.
On Friday, Oct. 14, several leaders of the Industrial Areas Foundation network had the rare opportunity to visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican. I was fortunate to be part of this group as pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Oklahoma City and leader of the local IAF organization, VOICE.
“Saints Around the World” written by Meg Hunter-Kilmer and illustrated by Lindsey Sanders is an interesting book of a collection of saints and blesseds that would be appealing to teenagers and adults of all ages.
Join Archbishop Coakley, priests, parish staff and ministry leaders from around the archdiocese for a Eucharistic Revival conference from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Dec. 3 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 3939 W. Tecumseh Rd. in Norman. The conference will explore the various aspects of the parish phase of the National Eucharistic Revival, one year of the three-year initiative. There will be Mass, a keynote talk by Msgr. James Shea of the University of Mary, adoration and panel discussions. Walk-in registrations and payment on Dec. 3 WILL be accepted, but lunch may not be provided for walk-in registrations. Learn more and register at archokc.org/revival-conference.
Eucharistic Adoration will take place every Thursday, after the 11:30 a.m. Mass, from Noon to 3:50 p.m. in the St. Francis de Sales Chapel at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 Northwest Expressway. The period of Adoration will conclude with Benediction.
The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is seeking a full-time coordinator of Hispanic ministry to work closely with the community to facilitate and promote the catechetical, evangelical and formational programs of Latinos throughout the archdiocese. Collaborate with Hispanic parish leaders to implement, coordinate and support new methods of outreach as well as English-speaking leaders to act as a communication bridge and meet the needs of the growing Hispanic communities more effectively. Must demonstrate a strong commitment to Hispanic values and a deep understanding of the pastoral needs and gifts of the Hispanic community. At least three years of pastoral experience. A bachelor’s degree is a plus. Knowledge and experience of Latino/Hispanic cultures in the United States, fluency in both English and Spanish, strong interpersonal, presentation, teaching and leaderships skills. Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church and possess a strong knowledge of the faith. Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Archbishop Coakley, priests of the archdiocese and guests at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Bl. Stanley Rother Shrine in Oklahoma City for an outdoor Mass and the blessing of Tepeyac Hill and the images of St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. This event is open to the public and will feature Mass, entertainment, food trucks and more. Find more information at rothershrine.org/tepeyac-hill.
The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is seeking a full-time coordinator of youth, young adult and campus ministry to be responsible for all aspects of youth, young adult, and campus ministry in conjunction with the department of evangelization and discipleship. Promote and provide training, resourcing and programs that benefit parishes with a particular emphasis on missionary discipleship for all young people throughout the archdiocese. Develop, design and implement strategic efforts and archdiocesan-wide events for the evangelization of youth and young adults. Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday, Dec. 12, with Mañanitas at the Bl. Stanley Rother Shrine in Oklahoma City. Starting at 5 a.m. there will be Mañanitas (a song to Our Lady), a rosary, pan dulce and an opportunity to see the shrine campus and Tepeyac Hill. Learn more at rothershrine.org/tepeyac-hill.