A message from Archbishop Coakley
A former priest in the archdiocese, Ben Zoeller, a resident of Oklahoma City, was removed from the priesthood in 2002 and laicized in 2011 due to credible allegations of abuse of minors. He is not allowed to volunteer or work at any parish, school or archdiocesan entity. For questions, contact (405) 721-5651, Ext. 111. To report inappropriate behavior or abuse involving Zoeller, please contact the pastoral hotline at (405) 720-9878.
Reporting abuse/pastoral response hotline
The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City through its programs, organizations and events, has numerous daily contacts with many children and young people. It is important all archdiocesan personnel – clergy, seminarians, religious, employees and volunteers – protect the rights of children and be alert to the possibility of child abuse. Under Oklahoma law, all individuals MUST report an incident or suspicion of sexual abuse of a minor (person under age 18) to civil authorities. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has established a statewide abuse reporting hotline – (800) 522-3511. This number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you feel a child is in immediate danger of harm call 9-1-1. For the safety of children and the healing of victims, the archdiocese provides an Abuse of Minors Pastoral Response Hotline for reporting the abuse of a minor (in the past or present) by a member of the clergy or other church personnel – (405) 720-9878. The archdiocesan victims’ assistance coordinator, a licensed professional counselor, will respond to calls to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Response Hotline. A report to the archdiocese does not relieve the individual of the duty to report child abuse to civil authorities as required by state law. In Oklahoma, failure to report child abuse is a misdemeanor punishable by law.
Rother documentary available on DVD
The DVD set of the Beatification Mass of Blessed Stanley Rother and the official award-winning documentary, “An Ordinary Martyr,” are available online at blessedstanleyrother.org. Click on Store or call (405) 721-5651, Ext. 114.
40 Days for Life prayer vigil
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To learn more about the Catholic response, visit the U.S. bishop’s website for their pastoral letter, “When I Call for Help,” http:// bit.ly/usccb_dv. If you or a family member or friend needs help now, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800‐522-SAFE (7233) (24 hours); 800‐787‐3224 (TTY); www.ndvh.org. If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. For information about Domestic Violence Parish Ministry contact Becky VanPool at (405) 523-3000, Ext. 245.
Come and See weekend
Vocations Day Retreat
A Vocations Day Retreat will be 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 13 in Guymon for men ages 15-25. The day begins with 10 a.m. Mass and ends with 4 p.m. Holy Hour and confession. Contact (580) 338-7212 or e-mail vicar+retreat@ panhandlecatholic.org.
Human Trafficking in Oklahoma
Catholic women are invited to a program about Human Trafficking in Oklahoma at 9 a.m. Oct. 13 at Catholic Charities, 1232 N. Classen Boulevard. Whitney Anderson, executive director of Dragonfly Home, will share how we can help victims of human trafficking. For more information contact Becky VanPool, (405) 834-3782. Sponsored by the Central Region of Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.
Young adult cookout
Join Archbishop Coakley for the annual Young Adult Mass and Cookout 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Oct. 14. Children welcome and it’s free! Visit archokc.org/youngadultcookout for more information or RSVP by texting COOKOUT to 84576.
Archbishop Coakley invites married couples who are celebrating milestone anniversaries (25, 40, 50+) in the calendar year 2018 to attend a special Anniversary Mass at 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 3214 N. Lake Ave., OKC. A reception will follow. If attending, contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life Ministry at (405) 721-8944.
Encounter with God’s call
Domestic Church retreat
Oklahoma Catholic Women’s Conference
The Oklahoma Catholic Women’s Conference will be Feb. 23 at Embassy Suites in Norman. Visit www.ocwconference.com.
Rosary for Life - OKC
Sr. Maria, parishioners at St. James and community members gather every morning at 11:30 to peacefully pray the Rosary at 1240 S.W. 44 at the corner of S.W. 44 and Blackwelder Avenue near the abortion center. Anyone can participate.
Rosary for Life - Norman
Assisted living openings
St. Ann Retirement Center has openings in their assisted living community. One-bed apartments on the second floor. Cost includes all meals, daily Mass, transportation, medication administration, bathing and dressing assistance, reminders, escort to meals, activities and much more. Contact Richard Amend at (405) 721-0747 about move-in special.
Suicide prevention training
Did you know you can help save a life? Catholic Charities encourages parishioners to participate in mental health awareness training. QPR is a free one-hour suicide prevention training that provides three simple steps to reach someone who may be feeling hopeless. Professional counseling also is available. Contact St. Joseph Counseling Center at (405) 524-0969.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Pilgrimage to Eastern Europe
Pilgrimage to Berlin, Prague and Austria
Catholic young adults of OKC
Catholic Charities weekly Mass
Catholic Charities at 1232 N. Classen Blvd., OKC, will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. every Friday in their chapel. Mass is open to the public. Check holiday schedule.
Charismatic Catholic prayer meetings
Turkey Dinner at Sts. Peter & Paul in Kingfisher
We will be serving their annual turkey dinner on Sunday, November 4th, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.The dinner is served in the Parish Hall located at 315 S. Main in Kingfisher. Carry-outs are available. Prices are for the meal is $12 for adults and children 3-12 are $6. For further information, you may contact the church office at (405) 375-4616. We look forward to seeing you.
Saint Ann Retirement Center's Fall Craft Fair & Open House
Wednesday, October 17th from 10:00am until 2:00pm Saint Ann is located at 7501 W. Britton Road in Oklahoma City. Approximately 40 vendors will be present displaying their beautiful handiwork. Refreshments will be served. Entertainment will occur and you can also sign up for Door Prizes. Tours will be available. For more information, contact Richard, Kelsey or Kimberly at 721-0747.
Mount St. Mary Catholic High School host Magic at the Mount Gala
Coffee with the Principal @ Mount St. Mary's
Thursday, October 18th 9:00 am. 2801 S. Shartel, Oklahoma City, OK 73109. You are invited to join Mrs. DeNegri for an informal coffee as she discusses her vision for The Mount and our commitment to helping your student grow in spirituality with an emphasis on academics and activities. Reservations are not required. Please park in the lot by the baseball field, or in the gravel lot across from the school (both are on Shartel). Enter the building through the main entrance on the circle drive. MSM students will greet you at the door and escort you to the meeting area.
Gracias Choir's Christmas Cantata
I want to cordially invite you and church families to the Gracias Choir's Christmas Cantata. The heartfelt music and unforgettable scenery will allow our hearts to brighten and become vibrant. The true meaning of Christmas is the birth of the heart, hope, love, and forgiveness of God in each and every one of our hearts. Through the musical reenactment of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, into this world, our hearts will be filled with joy and thankfulness. The 2018 Gracias Choir’s Christmas Cantata will be held at the Yukon Fine Arts Center, October 12, at 7:00 PM. Admission is FREE. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. I am sending you a digital copy of poster, flier and photos. Please use whichever you are comfortable to use. Also Here are promotional videos
https://youtu.be/sD0rBSprlJM Yukon promo
https://youtu.be/Ulpa105suVQ Las Vegas Cantata (after shooting incident in Las Vegas)
https://youtu.be/5tx685lIJDw Feliz Navidad
St. Gregory's Abby Days of Reflection
Through the Year with Mary Presented by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B. - January 19, 2019 The Blessed Virgin Mary is the perfect model of Christian discipleship and from the earliest centuries, the Church has celebrated pivotal moments of her life in the story of salvation. Abbot Lawrence will reflect on the major feasts and solemnities celebrated during the year to explore their message for our lives as disciples of her Son, Jesus.
Preparing for Lent Presented by Fr. Charles Buckley, O.S.B. - February 23, 2019 When Lent comes around, do you haul out your usual list of practices? On this Day of Reflection, we will find a way to head into Lent reflectively, discover ways to make it a time when we can move closer to Jesus and seek transformation, so that we will arrive at Easter ready to celebrate new life, our new life.
Opening the Eyes of the Heart Utilizing art and photography as contemplative prayer practices Presented by Madeline Rugh, Ph.D. and Theresa Bragg, Ph.D. - March 23, 2019 Through stillness and listening for God’s voice with the ‘ear of our heart,’ we open the ‘eyes of our heart.’ During this quiet, we will practice the art of visio divina (sacred seeing). Through art and photography, attendees will be guided using techniques to help us see the Holy everywhere and to experience God in the details.
The Invitation of Divine Mercy Presented by Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B. - April 27, 2019 The message of Divine Mercy revealed in visions to St. Faustina Kowalska has been one of the fastest growing devotions in recent decades. It was championed by Pope St. John Paul II, who declared the Second Sunday of Easter to be the Feast of Divine Mercy. Abbot Lawrence will explore the message of Divine Mercy as revealed to St. Faustina, promoted by Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis, and found in Sacred Scripture.
Catholic University Offers Domestic Violence Awareness Month
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) During Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Catholic University’s Catholics for Family Peace Education and Research Initiative is offering a toolkit with resources for Catholic parishes, dioceses, Catholic Charities programs, and organizations that address the issue.
The Domestic Violence Awareness Month Toolkit includes sample intercessory prayers as well as weekly features on a saint or blessed connected to this issue and on the practice of a specific virtue to guide pastoral care leaders helping those who deal with domestic violence.
It also features a section on social media, links to a number of resources including the work of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the issue, and information on Catholic Charities USA’s work with survivors of domestic violence.
Catholics for Family Peace, which is affiliated with the University’s National Catholic School of Social Service, promotes the Catholic response of care, concern, and compassion to domestic abuse and violence. The toolkit can be used to create or enhance a parish, diocesan, or Catholic group’s participation in the national awareness program, which is held annually.
Catholics for Family Peace recommends consulting the toolkit to:
- Connect with daily posts on social media, using Facebook (Catholics for Family Peace); and Twitter —@CFFamilyPeace.
- Join Catholics for Family Peace in a daily moment of prayer at 3 p.m. for those harmed by domestic violence.
- Join Catholics For Family Peace on Friday, Oct. 28, the Feast of St. Jude, Patron Saint of Impossible Causes, to hold in prayer those harmed by domestic violence.
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