Sunday Afternoon Matinee: “A foundation so that you can serve others”

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Just as a well-constructed home needs a variety of materials, if you are only giving up chocolate for Lent, then chances are that you’re not getting the most out of the Lenten experience…Prayer, fasting and almsgiving make for a very solid foundation for the season of Lent…Lent builds a foundation so that you can serve others.

– The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City

Sunday Afternoon Matinee – Heroic Priesthood

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This week’s matinee is a look at the latest project from Fr. Robert Barron.  This short film was produced by Fr. Barron’s Word of Fire Ministries in partnership with Spirit Juice Studios. It focuses on seminarians from Mundelein Seminary that play in an annual inter-seminary basketball tournament and how basketball plays a role in the whole-person formation of potential priests.

Sunday Afternoon Matinee – ‘No place to hide’

Iraq's Christians face ISIS slaughter as country disintegrates

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On a Sunday when the Church reminds us of St. Paul’s encouraging words that nothing can separate us from God’s love, the situation for Christians in Iraq is putting those words to the test. May we all heed Pope Francis’s call to pray for our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East and for peace around the world.

Sunday Afternoon Matinee – A’plas : The Story of Father Stanley Rother

"A shepherd cannot run..."

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Tomorrow, July 28, marks the 33rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Servant of God, Father Stanley Rother.  If you are unfamiliar with the life and tragic murder of this Oklahoma priest, this short film by Diego Colombi is a great primer.  Fr. Rother’s cause for canonization is in progress.

For more information on Fr. Rother, you can visit the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s site regarding his cause for canonization or visit the Fr. Stanley Rother Guild’s web site.

Please pray for the Cause of Canonization of Servant of God Father Stanley Rother.

O God, fount of all holiness,

make us each walk worthily in our vocation,
through the intercession of your Saints,
on whom you bestowed a great variety of graces on earth.

Having graced Your Church
with the life and ministry of
your missionary priest
Stanley Rother,
grant that by his intercession
this humble flock may reach
where the brave Shepherd has gone.

Grant that Your Church may proclaim
him as Martyr and Saint
serving in Your presence
and interceding for us.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.