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Stewardship: The Outcome of Intentional Catholicism

Stewardship: The Outcome of Intentional Catholicism

by Very Reverend Jovita C. Okonkwo   Faith Flourishing In my previous discussions on Intentional Catholicism, I have emphasized liturgical and spiritual renewal, communication of our faith to others, education and catechesis. This month, I’d like to discuss stewardship as a means to let our faith flourish. I am aware that several Catholics think only of money whenever they hear the word stewardship. For them, whenever the priest or a member of the parish stewardship team contacts them, … Read entire article »

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Catechesis: Hearing and Teaching the Good News

Catechesis: Hearing and Teaching the Good News

by V. Rev. Jovita Okonkwo   HEAR THE TREES Only people who live in the Western hemisphere clearly understand springtime. However, many do not understand that spring is another word for Lent. Those who live south of the equator do not have springtime, neither do they have autumn and winter. Weather-wise, they have all summer. Yet, they understand springtime through the other expression for it, which is Lent. Hence, the Church uses the Latin word Quadragesima meaning (Fortieth) … Read entire article »

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Are You Proud to be Catholic?

Are You Proud to be Catholic?

by V. Rev. Jovita Okonkwo   COMMUNICATING THE FAITH A week ago, the Universal Church entered the Holy Season of Lent. I was nicely surprised at the number of people who poured into the Cathedral, and I believe, many Catholic churches, to be signed with ashes on Ash Wednesday. Many felt very proud to carry our Catholic insignia of nothingness throughout the day. No one complained that I threw dusts on her or him. I actually got the … Read entire article »

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Fr. Jovita: February is the Month of Purification

Fr. Jovita: February is the Month of Purification

BY V. REV. JOVITA C. OKONKWO Welcome dear faithful people of Holy Family Cathedral Parish and School to the month of February. In this edition of our newsletter, it is my desire to continue our discussion on the pastoral initiative enunciated in the January newsletter with regard to intentional Catholicism. Let me however, first thank all of you who took part in the school auction and were present to honor Monsignor Gier who received an award … Read entire article »

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Rector’s Message: January 2015

Rector’s Message: January 2015

by V. Rev. Jovita Okonkwo   HAPPY NEW YEAR OF GRACE! Happy New Year to all members of Holy Family Cathedral Parish and School! As we begin this New Year, I invite all our parishioners, both those living in Tulsa and outside town and even outside the state of Oklahoma to join me in thanking God for the gift of a new year. To live out the Church’s year of grace is an invitation to understand that we … Read entire article »

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Fr. Jovita Okonkwo is the Cathedral Rector

Fr. Jovita Okonkwo is the Cathedral Rector

    Bishop Edward Slattery celebrated Mass in a packed Holy Family Cathedral as hundreds of the Faithful came to see the new Rector of the Cathedral. Very Reverend Jovita Okonkwo became the Rector at the 10:00 Mass on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30. The Mass of Installation was followed by a Reception provided by the Cathedral Women’s Club.   This is a reprint of Fr. Jovita’s words at the end of that Mass.         On this … Read entire article »

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Mass of Installation: V. Rev. Jovita Okonkwo

Mass of Installation: V. Rev. Jovita Okonkwo

Most Reverend Edward J. Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa, will install Father Jovita Okonkwo as the twelfth Rector of the Cathedral at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, November 30, 2014, at Holy Family Cathedral. A Reception will follow. If you wish to send Father Jovita a note welcoming him to the parish, you can write him at V. Rev. Jovita Okonkwo Rector, Holy Family Cathedral PO Box 3204 Tulsa, OK 74101-3204 … Read entire article »

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Farewell to Fr. Louis Obirieze; Welcome to Fr. Jovita Okonkwo

Farewell to Fr. Louis Obirieze; Welcome to Fr. Jovita Okonkwo

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An Interview with Father Jovita Okonkwo

An Interview with Father Jovita Okonkwo

Are you looking forward to your new assignment? Fr. Jovita: Yes, I’m excited about the new assignment. When you are installed as the twelfth Rector of the Cathedral, you will be the only one with a Doctorate. Where did you get your degree? What kind of degree is it? Fr. Jovita: I might not have defended my doctoral dissertation by the 30th of November; hence, I would not have a doctorate by then. It might stretch till spring … Read entire article »

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