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Holy Family History: 116 years of Catholicism in Tulsa

Holy Family History: 116 years of Catholicism in Tulsa

Holy Family Parish is one hundred sixteen years old! On September 10, 1899, Father Charles Van Hulse said Mass for the first time in little Holy Family Church at Third and Elgin in Tulsa. The following day was the first day of school at Saint Therese Institute, later named Holy Family School. Enjoy this documentary film on the history of our parish. It was made in 2014 for the centennial celebration of the dedication of our current … Read entire article »

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Centennial Celebration: The Roaring 20s

Centennial Celebration: The Roaring 20s

This is part of a series of articles on the history of Holy Family Parish produced during the parish’s celebration of the Centennial of the church’s Dedication. It was exciting to live in America in the 1920s. The unprecedented economic boom brought prosperity to nearly every corner of the United States – even Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa benefited doubly because the discovery of oil multiplied Tulsa’s wealth and growth. As Holy Family’s parishioners prospered, they were generous to … Read entire article »

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The Diary of our First Pastor: Rev. Charles Van Hulse

The Diary of our First Pastor: Rev. Charles Van Hulse

RECORD OF THE HOLY FAMILY CHURCH AND PARISH OF TULSA, INDIAN TERRITORY by Rev. Charles Van Hulse Pastor of Holy Family Church 1899-1900 About 7 years ago (which would be about 1890) Reverend Father W. Ketcham had been appointed pastor of Muskogee and the surrounding country.  He found that in the little town of Tulsa, about 65 miles west of Muskogee, there were also a few Catholics.  He visited the place from time to time, saying Mass in a … Read entire article »

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