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Steppin’ Out in Faith Living the Life God Designed

April 14, 2018

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Please join the Tulsa DCCW on Saturday, April 14 at the Church of Saint Benedict for a wonderful day of prayer and reflection. The speakers are Kathy Beckham, a member of the Church of STt Mary, who will shares her talent of music throughout the diocese. Marybeth Hicks, Author, columnist, and national speaker for women’s organizations, civic groups, parent groups, school communities and churches and Father John O’Neill, Pastor at St. John Before the Latin gate Parish, Bartlesville, OK

To print registration form, click on the ccw registration link above above!

Rose Day February 7, 2018

We are sponsoring our annual Rose Day Event at the State Capitol on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. All adults and students in the Archdiocese are invited to show their love for the unborn child by participating in this event. While at the Capitol, attendees will distribute roses, representing the sanctity of life, to our govenrment officials and ask Oklahoma lawmakers to continue their support of pro-life issues. You are asked to bring 4 red roses for presentation.

Before the events at the Capitol begin, a Mass will be offered at 7:30 a in the St. Francis of Assisi Church Chapel, 1901 NW 18th St, on the second floor of the Meerschaert House. Immediately following the Mass, a brunch hosted by St. Jude Guild of the St. Francis Altar Society will be served in the Kelley Room. You are invited to be a guest at the brunch.

For those who would like transportation to the Capitol, the ACCW has chartered a bus which will leave from the St. Francis parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Reservation are required for the bus and can be made by calling or texting Mary Ann Schmitt @ 405-650-9674.

A round trip ticket for the bus is $15.00 and is payable by check to ACCW and mailed to Mary Ann Schmitt @ 1820 N. Ann Arbor, Okc, Ok 73127-2846.

Please make your reservation as soon as possible!

Central Region had a wonderful, informative meeting on Saturday, October 28 . We met at the Catholic Charities offices in OKC and our guest speaker was Sheila Mueller. She presented a program on some of our women saints. It was a great lead in to All Saints and All Souls Day.

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