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Archdiocese launches #OKIECATHOLIC Christmas campaign

On Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Archdiocese launched the #OKIECATHOLIC Christmas campaign.

The campaign invites all Catholics to join in the celebration of God's glory!

For a list of parishes in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, use the free archdiocesan app or click the "Directory" tab.

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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 under the Directory tab.

(PHOTO: Advent statue of pregnant Mary, Saint Mary's Church, Victoria, Texas, by Chris Plumberg)


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Take time to celebrate Advent

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

In the simple beauty of its liturgy, Advent is one of the richest seasons of the year. The prayers and readings at Mass as well as the hymns and antiphons of the Liturgy of the Hours invite us to a quiet reflection that heightens our sense of longing as we prepare to welcome the King who comes to save us.

Advent also is a season with memorable rituals and traditions for the home as well. Lighting each candle of the Advent wreath may be the occasion to gather family or friends for a moment of prayer. The child’s anticipation and joy each day upon opening another door or window of an Advent calendar reminds us why the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who become like little children.

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Father John Paul Vrana's Life Celebrated

Father John Paul Vrana's life and service were celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 19, at a Mass of Christian Burial at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, presided.

Father Vrana died Friday morning, Nov. 14, at St. Ann’s Nursing Home in Oklahoma City. Interment is at St. Teresa’s Cemetery, Harrah.

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Archbishop Coakley shares his story of faithPodcast
by Archbishop Paul Coakley
Archbishop Paul Coakley was raised in a Catholic family. But when he went to college, his life soon went adrift. Last month our Archbishop spoke at a conference in Minnesota, where he told the very personal and compelling story of how the Lord gradually led him into a relationship with himself. (It may take a few minuets to load.)
Date: 11/6/14
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He shall be called Prince of Peace

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Lk.2:14). The angels’ proclamation of the gift of peace, given in Christ, announces the fulfillment of the messianic promises cherished throughout the ages by God’s chosen people: “For to us a child is born, a son is given; and his name shall be called … Prince of Peace” (Is.9:6).

As Advent leads us toward the celebration of Christmas we turn our attention day by day to reflect upon the meaning of the birth of Christ. The Christmas mystery celebrates God’s gift of peace. Peace has descended from heaven to earth. The Word has become flesh. The order intended by God for his creation is finally realized in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God and Son of Mary. This profound communion between God and man is the source of genuine peace and reconciliation.

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Será llamado Príncipe de la Paz

Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

"Gloria a Dios en las alturas y en la tierra paz a los hombres de buena voluntad." (Lc 2, 14). La proclamación del don de la paz por parte de los ángeles, paz dada en Cristo, anuncia el cumplimiento de las promesas mesiánicas apreciadas a lo largo de los siglos por el pueblo escogido de Dios: "Porque un niño nos ha nacido, un hijo se nos ha dado;… y proclaman su nombre… Príncipe de la Paz" (Is.9: 6).

Como Adviento nos conduce hacia la celebración de la Navidad volvemos nuestra atención día a día para reflexionar sobre el significado del nacimiento de Cristo. El misterio de la Navidad celebra el don de la paz de Dios. La paz ha descendido del cielo a la tierra. La Palabra se ha hecho carne. El orden querido por Dios para su creación finalmente se ha realizado en la persona de Jesús de Nazaret, Hijo de Dios e Hijo de María. Esta profunda comunión entre Dios y el hombre es la fuente de la verdadera paz y reconciliación.


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