Rose Day 2017

Rose Day riders February 8, 2017. Great group. Had mass and brunch at St. Francis then rode the bus to the Capitol
Rose Day riders February 8, 2017. Great group. Had mass and brunch at St. Francis then rode the bus to the Capitol
Soledad Gaspat from St. Francis delivering roses to the Governor
Soledad Gaspat from St. Francis delivering roses to the Governor
Photo of Governor's office with all the roses
Photo of Governor’s office with all the roses

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We had 27 women from Oklahoma City, Yukon, Enid,  Lawton and Walters join us for mass, brunch and a bus ride to the State Capitol on Wednesday, February 8. What a great day at our Capitol. We are blessed that Oklahoma is the most right to life state in the nation. Our legislators are committed to protecting all life from conception to natural death. Thanks to everyone who was able to make the trip or be there in spirit with us.

Mass and tour of Our Lady’s Cathedral 1-20-17

On Saturday, January 20, the CRCCW  met for 8:30 mass and then were given a tour of Our Lady’s Cathedral. Deacon Paul Lewis was our guide. We started at the Altar and then went to each stained glass window.. The history of our cathedral is amazing. The tour took about 1 1/2 hours and that was just the tip of the iceberg. What a great legacy we have in our churches here in Oklahoma. If you have never had the opportunity to go on a tour, I highly recommend it. They do have a booklet that explains much of the history. Perhaps at a later date we can schedule another tour for the ladies who were unable to join us.

ACCW 19th Bi-ennial Convention April 23, 2016

Carol Woitchek, ACCW scholarship committee head, with Father Michalicka, scholarship winner Hayden Zehrung, and Mary Ann Schmitt, ACCW President at the ACCW Bi-ennial convention April 23, 2016 at the Pastoral Center
Carol Woitchek, ACCW scholarship committee head, with Father Michalicka, scholarship winner Hayden Zehrung, and Mary Ann Schmitt, ACCW President at the ACCW Bi-ennial convention April 23, 2016 at the Pastoral Center
ACCW 2014-2016 officers
ACCW 2014-2016 officers left to right..Barbara Wann- past president, Sandy Estep- treasurer, Pamela Kennedy- secretary, Becky VanPool-2nd VP, Kathleen Flanagan-Collins-1st VP and Mary Ann Schmitt-president
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Hayden Zehrung, scholarship winner with her mother, grandmother and ladies from Our Lady’s Cathedral
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Carol WOitchek, scholarship committee chairman, with Hayden Zehrung

 

Central Region Essay Contest winner

The winners of the Central Region  2016 essay contest were introduced at the May 7, 2016 meeting at Epiphany of the Lord Church. They are as follows:  J.R. Gray, 1st place Bishop John Carroll School; Ketaya Sparks, 2nd place St. Philip Neri School and 3rd place, Nicholas Howard, St. Philip Neri School.

We’d like to share J.R.’s Essay with everyone, so here it is!

This year of mercy that has been called on by Pope Francis is something that I never really was interested in or did any research on, because I simply thought it was something like a “fad” that would die down soon, that it was some pointless awareness calling around the church. But as I looked into not only the year of mercy, but the works of mercy, our Lord’s mercy, and even the definition of mercy, I saw that it is not only the most overlooked good of humanity by people these days, but one of the most important. It has a part in every day of our lives, and as a part of the Church, it is my duty to show it.

I first researched the meaning of mercy, and the many different ways society today takes it. When I thought of mercy, I thought of sparing someone, by NOT doing, but I soon learned that mercy was the opposite of not doing. I learned a lot about mercy from the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. They taught me that mercy is so much more than sparing. It is giving to less fortunate, getting your hands dirty, to see those in need of love, that anyone can teachothers about God, that I an do right and accept when I’m wrong, and help others to be right, the works of mercy is something that should be known by all, and I know Pope Francis knew thesame thing. He knew we were all capable of mercy, no matter who you are, what race you are,what religion you are, and that mercy is a big thing that anybody can do. I know that I can teach others about mercy, and that more importantly, I will teach others about mercy. I’ve always been told that everyone can be a saint, bit I never saw it in such a big way until now.

All in all, I finally see what mercy truly means, and I understand why Pope Francis called the year of mercy. Mercy as a whole needs awareness, and we all definitely as humans need to show more mercy to each other. But someday God comes to separate the sheep from the goats, he will see the ones full of mercy, full of love, the ones who followed the works of mercy, the ones who treated all like Jesus, and the one who loved his neighbor as much as themselves.

 

J.R. Gray

 

2016 Lenten Retreat with Mother Miriam

Mother Miriam's  sisters from Daughters of Mary, Israels Hope
Mother Miriam’s sisters from Daughters of Mary, Israels Hope
Epiphany youth group choir
Epiphany youth group choir
Youth Music director from Epiphany
Youth Music director from Epiphany
Shopping shopping shopping!
Shopping shopping shopping!
Vendor Diane Culbertson of Sacred Relics and her beautiful wares
Vendor Diane Culbertson of Sacred Relics and her beautiful wares
CRS table- Sandy Estep, Treva Davis and her grandddaughter working hard at sales.
CRS table- Sandy Estep, Treva Davis and her grandddaughter working hard at sales.
prayer table
prayer table
Becky VanPool, Mary Ann Schmitt and Charlene Smith at the registration table
Becky VanPool, Mary Ann Schmitt and Charlene Smith at the registration table
Mother Miriam during one of her presentations
Mother Miriam during one of her presentations
Chris Thomas and Mary Ann Schmitt at the registration table
Chris Thomas and Mary Ann Schmitt at the registration table
Nancy Annet discussing Catholic Radio's display table
Nancy Annet discussing Catholic Radio’s display table
Ladies viewing the picture of OUr Lady that was a silent auction item.
Ladies viewing the picture of OUr Lady that was a silent auction item.
Father Bird leading us in prayer
Father Bird leading us in prayer
Treva Davis at the  CRS Fair Trade Table
Treva Davis at the CRS Fair Trade Table

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Woman of Achievement 2015 St. Joseph’s/Norman

Rite Ille, St. Joseph, Norman Altar Society President at the Woman of Achievement mass March, 2015
Rite Ille, St. Joseph, Norman Altar Society President at the Woman of Achievement mass March, 2015
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Archbishop Coakley with Central Region ACCW President Charlene Smith at the 2015 WOman of Achievement Luncheon March, 2015 at St. Josephs, Norman
Archbishop Coakley with Central Region ACCW President Charlene Smith at the 2015 WOman of Achievement Luncheon March, 2015 at St. Josephs, Norman
Our priests celebrating  the  mass at St. Josephs, Norman, with Archbishop Coakley for the Woman of Achievement
Our priests celebrating the mass at St. Josephs, Norman, with Archbishop Coakley for the Woman of Achievement
Archbishop Coakley at the Central Region ACCW Woman of Achievement March, 2015 St. Joseph's , Norman
Archbishop Coakley at the Central Region ACCW Woman of Achievement March, 2015 St. Joseph’s , Norman
Our Women of Achievement for the Central Region ACCW March, 2015 at St. Joseph's, Norman
Our Women of Achievement for the Central Region ACCW March, 2015 at St. Joseph’s, Norman