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Discovering your Authentic Catholic Self: Lessons from the Pope’s Visit

Discovering your Authentic Catholic Self: Lessons from the Pope’s Visit

by Very Reverend Jovita C. Okonkwo   I have been discussing the concrete behaviors necessary to fit the mold of intentional Catholicism. The behaviors in question include voluntary subordination, authentic self, covenantal relationship, responsible morality, transcendental spirituality, and transforming influence. Last month, I focused on voluntary subordination through which the Christian woman or man learns to subordinate her or himself to the other “out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). In this edition, I would love to … Read entire article »

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In Service to One Another: Voluntary Subordination

In Service to One Another: Voluntary Subordination

by V. Rev. Jovita Okonkwo, Rector of the Cathedral   VOLUNTARY SUBORDINATION Last month, I enumerated concrete behaviors suited for the manner of discipleship that we are called to embrace in order to become intentional Catholics. First among the six behaviors mentioned is voluntary subordination. (Others to be further discussed include authentic self, covenantal relationship, responsible morality, transcendental spirituality, and transforming influence). Voluntary Subordination is key to attaining intentional Catholicism. To become intentional Catholics, we must leave no … Read entire article »

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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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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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The Rector’s Report: December 2013

The Rector’s Report: December 2013

Dear parishioners of Holy Family Cathedral, I must thank our Cathedral Choir for giving us an excellent concert in November. It was part of the parish’s Centennial Celebration. It is obvious to me that each member of the choir loves the gift of sacred music. I am glad they share that gift with us every Sunday too. Two years ago – in Advent of 2011 – we began using the new translation of the Mass. The Church’s … Read entire article »

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The Rector’s Report: Summer 2013

The Rector’s Report: Summer 2013

Dear People of Holy Family Cathedral: At the recent meeting of your Parish Council, May 21, 2013, the discussion was reached to move ahead with the next step in the restoration of the Cathedral. While this phase will never be seen, it will be felt. As you may know the Cathedral has never been insulated. I guess with gas prices what they were in 1914 this just was not a consideration. However it has always been … Read entire article »

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