by Jim Beckman, Director Ejecutivo de la Secrearía de Evangelización y Catequesis
Uno de los mayores dones de la vida cristiana es estar en relación con Dios donde experimentamos el don de comunicarnos con él. Compartimos nuestros pensamientos, sentimientos y deseos con él y él comparte con nosotros aquellas cosas en su corazón.
Supporting local businesses has never been more important. The struggles that small and locally owned businesses deal with have been exacerbated this year, forcing many to shutter their brick-and-mortar locations. Catholic business owners are no exception, and support from the community is crucial for their success.
The Tax Credit Scholarship program allows Oklahomans to use their financial gifts to help students in the archdiocese while receiving an Oklahoma state income tax credit. A state tax credit directly reduces the donor’s tax bill, dollar for dollar.
SULPHUR – When David Richardson thinks of Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sulphur, a TV jingle from the 1980s comes to mind, “Where everyone knows your name; where everyone is always glad you came.”
In November of 1971, Bishop John R. Quinn (he was the auxiliary bishop of San Diego) was appointed the new bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa following the death of Bishop Victor Reed. Only 42 years old, he was already a rising star in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (later the USCCB).
Brother Andrew Raple, O.S.B., died Nov. 17. He was age 90. Brother Andrew had completed 69 years of monastic profession. At the time of his death, he was the most senior and eldest member of the monastic community.
Sister Rita Robl, A.S.C., who spent her life teaching and helping others on their spiritual quest, died Nov. 15 at the Wichita Center, in Wichita. She was age 90. She had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 72 years.
CLEVELAND – The global pandemic and new limits on daily activities present a special time for a renewal of faith and the opportunity to deepen appreciation for Jesus in daily life, bishops across the country said in messages for the Advent season.
Advent starts this year on Sunday, Nov. 29. Most Catholics, even those who don’t often go to Mass, know that Advent involves a wreath with some candles, possibly a “calendar” of hidden chocolates, and untangling strings of Christmas lights. But, Advent is more than that. Here are a few points that might help you have a great Advent this year: