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Protestant attacks on the Catholic Church often focus on the Eucharist. This demonstrates that opponents of the Church—mainly Evangelicals and Fundamentalists—recognize one of Catholicism’s core doctrines. What’s more, the attacks show that Fundamentalists are not always literalists. This is seen in their interpretation of the key biblical passage, chapter six of John’s Gospel, in which Christ speaks about the sacrament that will be instituted at the LastSupper. This tract examines the last half of that chapter.

On Sunday, Feb. 18, our Catechumens & Candidates were presented to Holy Trinity.  Later that day, they held the Rite of Election with Archbishop Coakley at Our Lady's Cathedral in Oklahoma City.  They are preparing to enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.
Catechumens:  Kendra Golden & Noah Schaefer       Candidates:  Mollye Ireland, Kayla Jacobs, Megan Klinnert, Dillon Schaefer, & Rebecca Smith


Our Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for forty days.  Let us pray for one another as we strive to be better followers of Jesus.  The following lists a few possible spiritual helps during the journey.  There are many other guides.  Hopefully this may be of some help.

--Holy Trinity Church is open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for private prayer.

--Confession times are Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. or by appointment (263-7930).  Our parish penance rite is on Wednesday, March 21st.

--Best Lent Ever  put on by Dynamic Catholic     Sign up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

--Pray More Lenten Retreat    put on by John-Paul & Annie of    Sign up at 

--Bishop Robert Barron's daily reflection   put on by Word of Fire Ministries     Sign up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

--Marians of the Immaculate Conception's meditation booklet entitled "Footsteps to Mercy   You can reach them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

--Our Sunday Visitor has an article entitled "Making the most of Lent" by Michael R. Heinlein  You can find this at

--The Catholic Answer has an article entitled "How can we celebrate Lent and Easter as a family?" by Joanne Bogle  Click HERE

The latest issue of Catholic Extension Society features Blessed Stanley Rother.


On Thursday, Dec. 21, Archbishop Coakley dedicated the chapel at the Center of Family Love in the name of Blessed Stanley Rother.  The mission of the Center of Family Love is "to provide quality lifetime care to individuals with developmental disabilities."  They are located in Okarche, OK.


Historic beatification held in Oklahoma 

A first-class relic of Blessed Stanley Rother was presented October 15 to his home parish of Holy Trinity in Okarche during a Mass of Celebration.  The relic was presented to Archbishop Coakley by Blessed Stanley Rother's brother, Tom Rother.  After Mass, the celebration continued with the Oklahoma City Guatemalan community.


What an exciting week!  We have officially kicked off our Jump Rope for Heart campaign!  Our school can earn money for PE equipment and our students can earn fun prizes!  Follow the link below to register and donate online!    Each class will compete in their own Jump Rope contest during gym classes.

***  Donation Forms due by March 2nd  ***

Register for Jump Rope for Heart Online to earn a FREE GLOW Wristband!

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On January 17, Archbishop Paul Coakley made his annual visit to Holy Trinity Catholic School.  As part of the event, he blessed the newly constructed outdoor classroom.  This classroom will be used by all grades to further education in everything from science to music.  As a special feature, there will be an agriculture section featuring "planting boxes" for the students to grow vegetables/flowers from spring through fall.

Dallas, TX     June 22-24, 2018. This conference is for upcoming freshman in high school to freshman in college. A $50 deposit is required to sign up. Hurry! We only have 20 spots and they are filling up fast. Contact Keri or Bonnye today!

Catholic Heart Workcamp (CHWC)

July 8-14 in Kansas City, KS.  Young people need to sign up as soon as possible by contacting Sharon  Robinson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 401-1116 or Mary Nell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 820-9535.


Catholic Heart Workcamp Mission

     To share the love of Christ as we serve the neglected, brokenhearted and the marginalized in any way needed.  Equally, to inspire participants to live as Disciples of Christ through serving others as a way of life and to foster the Catholic faith of each participant through the sacraments, prayer and involvement in social service.






This is a commonly asked question by many non-Catholics, but also by many children and those who may be entertaining the idea of becoming a member of the Catholic Church. They have heard of this practice of giving up food or sacrificing something that gives one pleasure, however, they have never fully understood what purpose it serves in one’s spiritual journey.

The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that fasting is meant to prepare us for the liturgical feast. One of the great benefits of fasting is it allows us to feel our hunger. So, getting in touch with our physical hunger is meant to get us in touch with our spiritual hunger for a more intimate relationship with God.

Bishop Robert Barron teaches the pleasures of the body have a way of becoming too domineering, so we fast from them purposely to allow the deeper hungers to arise. When you suppress certain desires, other deeper ones can emerge. Archbishop Coakley says, “Acts of fasting and self-denial help us to be less focused upon ourselves and more available to be attentive to the needs of those around us. Prayer and fasting open us up to the awareness of the needs of our brothers and sisters around us, which can be expressed beautifully in works of charity or the works of almsgiving.

During Lent, one does not only have to focus on giving up something pleasurable. Instead, or in addition to, consider giving up some bad habit, meaning, fast from being judgmental, fast from your ego, or fast from finding more meaning in material things and find more meaning in building up your relationship with God. It is the hope of the church that in doing this, we will arrive at a deeper understanding of our own baptism and be lead to live it with a deeper commitment. The goal of Lent is not to arrive at the altar 20 pounds lighter, the goal of Lent for Christians to emerge at Easter resembling Jesus more profoundly.

Another word for this practice is abstinence.
"Catholics from time immemorial have set apart Friday for special penitential observance by which they gladly suffer with Christ that they may one day be glorified with Him.  This is the heart of the tradition of abstinence from meat on Friday where that tradition has been observed in the holy Catholic Church."     --USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Abstinence is reserved for ages 14 and older.  Catholics are permitted to eat fish and seafood on days of abstinence. 
All Fridays (even outside of Lent) are considered days of penance whereby a person is encouraged to make a sacrificial act of some kind.

Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ's victory over death.  This season urgently calls us to conversion.  Christians are asked to return to God "with all their hearts" (Joel 2:12), to refuse to for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord.  Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us.  Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by the patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8-Jan-2016).

Lent is a favorable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church:  fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply.                                                                   --taken from Pope Francis' Lenten Message

Sacraments are outward signs that Christ instituted to give grace. (Grace is a totally free, unmerited gift from God, the sharing in the divine - God's help to us.) 

There are seven sacraments:  Baptism, Penance (also called Reconciliation), Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick
These Catholic rites marking the seven major stages of spiritual development are based on the premise of union of body and soul, matter and spirit, physical and spiritual.  The sacraments involve a physical, tangible symbol, such as the water used in Baptism and the oil when anointing, to represent the invisible spiritual reality, the supernatural grace given in each sacrament.

Taken from Catholicism for Dummies by Rev. Trigilio & Rev. Brighentipage 10-11