Pray with Me! Greetings in the Risen Lord! In anticipation of the great Solemnity of Pentecost, I invite all my brother priests, deacons, religious and lay faithful to join me this year praying a special Novena to the Holy Spirit. The novena will begin on Friday, May 31, and end on Saturday, June 8.
MADILL – More than 600 parishioners and guests filled the new Holy Cross Catholic Church in Madill May 4 to celebrate the completion of the first phase of construction for the growing parish community.
SHAWNEE – On the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, participants gathered at Saint Gregory’s Abbey to learn more about this holy day. Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B, led the Day of Reflection and discussed themes of mercy.
Hidden in the midst of a poor neighborhood, a Carmelite-run shelter serves as a beacon of hope for the 29 children, ages 1-14, who reside there. The Spanish name for the shelter, Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza or RISE, roughly translates to Children’s Shelter of Hope.
by Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick, for the Sooner Catholic
In the corner of the living room sits a small table, currently covered with a gold table cloth. An image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – a wedding gift painted by my sister-in-law’s mother – sits in the center, flanked by two candles, accented by a crucifix and a tile depicting the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt. At times, a funeral card or saints card is added, commemorating a loved one’s passing or a feast day. Often, hand-picked flowers are added by a child.
“Saints come in clusters.” This is the reminder Curtis Martin gives us in his new book, “Making Missionary Disciples.” This short book is an introduction to a discipleship method that is modeled on the way Jesus himself made disciples.
Servant of God Nicholas Black Elk, like all saintly people, gives gifts. Among the most important is a life well-lived. He was many things: second cousin of Crazy Horse, veteran of the Battle of Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee, and a Lakota holy man made famous by the book “Black Elk Speaks.” He also was a Catholic for almost a half-century, dedicated to telling the world about “Waníkiya,” the Lakota name for Jesus meaning “He who makes live.”
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Thousands of people gathered in Times Square May 4 to celebrate the dignity of human life with song, prayer, inspirational stories and a live ultrasound screening of a baby in the third trimester of development.
Cada papa desde San Pablo VI ha insistido en llamar a toda la Iglesia a una renovación de la fe, especialmente en las partes nominalmente cristianas o antiguamente cristianas del mundo donde la fe se ha enfriado.
Every pope since Saint Paul VI has been insistent in calling the whole Church to a renewal of faith, especially in nominally Christian or formerly Christian parts of the world where faith has grown cold.
CIUDAD DEL VATICANO – Mientras la maquinaria armamentista continúa produciendo armamento más peligroso, solo el poder y la alegría de la resurrección de Cristo pueden llenar los corazones de consuelo y paz --dijo el Papa Francisco antes de dar su bendición de Pascua.