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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.

After the Ascension of our Lord, the Apostles and Mary gathered in the Upper Room to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit.  In 11897, Pope Leo XIII asked that, every year, the whole church pray a novena to the Holy Spirit in the nine days leading up to Pentecost.

Click HERE to print the novena

Begin on Friday, May 11 and end on the Feast of Pentecost, May 20  
Start with the Sign of the Cross.  Pray the Opening Prayer & the daily Scripture reading.  Spend a few moments in silent reflection.  Finally, pray the Closing Prayer & the Pentecost Sequence.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.  And you shall renew the face of the earth.  O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Come Holy Spirit, renew your wonders in this our day as by a new Pentecost.  Grant to your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of the successors of St. Peter and the Apostles, it may advance the reign of our Divine  Savior, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.

Come, Holy Spirit, come, and from your celestial home shed a ray of light divine.  Come, Father of the poor, Come, source of all our store.  Come, within our bosoms shine.  You, of all comforters best; You the soul's most welcome guest.  Sweet refreshment here below.  In our labor, rest most sweet; Grateful coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe. O most Blessed Light Divine, shine within these hearts of thine, and our inmost being fill.  Where you are not, we have naught.  Nothing good in deed or thought; Nothing free from taint of ill.  Heal our wounds, our strength renew; On our dryness pour your dew; Wash the stains of guilt away; Bend the stubborn heart and will. Melt the frozen, warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray. On the faithful, who adore, and confess you, evermore.  In Your sevenfold gift descend.  Give us virtue's sure reward.  Give us your salvation, Lord. Give us joys that never end.  Amen. Alleluia.

Day 1 - May 11     Joel 3:1-2  
Day 2 - May 12     Isaiah 44:3-5  
Day 3 - May 13     Ezekiel 11:19-20  
Day 4 - May 14     Ezekiel 36:25-29  
Day 5 - May 15     Ezekiel 37:1-14  
Day 6 - May 16     Isaiah 11:1-4  
Day 7 - May 17     Isaiah 61:1-3  
Day 8 - May 18     Romans 8:11-18  
Day 9 - May 19     Acts 2:1-5  

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II. DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN (from the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

971 "All generations will call me blessed": "The Church's devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship."515 The Church rightly honors "the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of 'Mother of God,' to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs. . . . This very special devotion . . . differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration."516 The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an "epitome of the whole Gospel," express this devotion to the Virgin Mary.517

515  Luke 1:48

516  LG 66

517  Cf. Paul VI, MC 42; SC 103

On Saturday, May 19th, there will be a trip to Frontier City as a way to thank all those altar servers who faithfully serve year round.  Thank you altar servers!

We recently installed a camera system in the parish hall to accommodate the possibility of an overflow of people.  The large screen TV is hooked up to the video camera in the church so that Mass can be easily seen and heard.  This update in technology will help with any occasion that draws visitors but also potentially help parents with little ones who may need a space to relax.

was installed in the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Church. The statue was carved by Mussner Gregor. Vincenzo Ars Sacra, Italy, and is based on the photo image of Blessed Stanley Rother used at the Beatification Ceremony. It blends with the  wooden statues we have in the Church. It will be blessed by Archbishop Emeritus Beltran on Saturday, May 12th at the 5:00 p.m. Mass. We are grateful to a few generous donors who helped to pay for the statue. What a beautiful addition to our Church! Welcome Blessed Stanley Rother and pray for us.


Archbishop Coakley establishes first Blessed Stanley Rother Institute

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

The goal of advancing Christ's mission in the world is getting a boost through a new religious leadership program called the Blessed Stanley Rother Institute.

The Rother Institute, which is named in honor of the Oklahoma priest, missionary and martyr who gave his life for his faith, will provide faith formation for spiritual leaders in the archdiocese, including religious education directors, Catholic school teachers and principals, parish catechists, youth ministers, deacons and RCIA coordinators.

According to Jim Beckman, executive director of evangelization and catechesis for the archdiocese, the mission will be achieved through catechetical workshops, certification courses and theology degree programs.

Beckman said deacons already are in classes, and the curriculum for other lay ministers will be up and running by the fall.

The institute will be coordinated by the Office of Christian Leadership Development with Jason Fugikawa as director.

Fugikawa said the new outreach has a simple mission statement to educate and form missionary disciples for the new evangelization.

"The Blessed Stanley Rother Institute seeks to fulfill the various needs of the archdiocese in educating and forming the faithful to become missionary disciples in a variety of roles and contexts," Fugikawa said.

Fugikawa explained the institute is part of Archbishop Coakley’s strategic plan that started with his pastoral letter, “Go Make Disciples.” The archdiocese and other Catholic leaders will continue to define the objectives of the Rother Institute this summer.

For now, faculty members of the institute include Fugikawa; Beckman; Carole Brown, director of new evangelization and missionary discipleship; Pedro Moreno, director of Hispanic and multi-cultural ministry; Alvaro Marfull-Melendez, associate director of Hispanic ministry; and Alexander Schimpf, director of marriage and family life.

"The number of people directly associated with the institute is expected to grow as programs develop and participants take on mentorship roles," Fugikawa said.

As part of the program, the archdiocese will continue its partnership with Newman University in Wichita for degrees in pastoral ministry. 
"We also will be developing single-evening and short event series on important and practical topics hosted at local parishes for people who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ in a more introductory format," he added.

Among the virtues of the Rother Institute is that the new program will "listen and bear witness to the truth, who is Jesus Christ," Fugikawa said. And, the institute seeks to raise generations of Catholics to perform great deeds with God's gifts.

The bottom line is to establish a foundation in the faith that Fugikawa and Beckman hope will pay dividends into the future.

"By coordinating many of the formation and discipleship programs already offered by the archdiocese together with new offerings under development, the Rother Institute seeks to increase the effectiveness of all our efforts to grow in our relationship with Christ."

Steve Gust is a freelance writer for the Sooner Catholic.

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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.


On Friday, May 4th, four Catholic schools visited Holy Trinity to participate with us in the annual track meet:
Sacred Heart (El Reno), St. John Nepomuk (Yukon), Sts. Peter & Paul (Kingfisher) and St. Mary (Guthrie) 

Our thanks to all those who made this a wonderful event.  A special thanks to the Holy Trinity Parent Association, Vince & Stephanie Mueggenborg, Kevin Woolley, and all the parents who worked tirelessly to coordinate this day. 


On Good Friday, our upper class grades traveled to Regional Food Bank in Oklahoma City to do volunteer work for the hungry.  For more information on this organization, please see their home page:


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.






novena is a nine day period of prayer (either private or public) to obtain special graces.  The word novena is derived from the Latin word novem or nine.  The biblical basis for this extended prayer comes from Acts 1:12-14 where the disciples "devoted themselves to prayer."

It is important during this time of the liturgical year because the Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
The "first novena of the Church" is the Novena to the Holy Spirit.
Annual Pentecost Novena Begins May 11, 2018

Video of a Prayer to the Holy Spirit


Liturgical Notes for Easter

From Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar:

The fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated in joy and exultation as one feast day, indeed as one "great Sunday."  These are the days above all others in which the Alleluia is sung.  The Sundays of this time of year are considered to Sundays of Easter and are called, after Easter Sunday itself, the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Sundays of Easter.  This sacred period of fifty days concludes with Pentecost Sunday.

The first eight days of Easter Time constitute the Octave of Easter and are celebrated as Solemnities of the Lord.

On the fortieth day after Easter the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated, except where, not being observed as a Holyday of Obligation, it has been assigned to the Seventh Sunday of Easter (cf. no. 7).

The weekdays from the Ascension up to and including the Saturday before Pentecost prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

The liturgical color for Easter is white.  The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (no. 346) also states: "On more solemn days, festive, that is, more precious, sacred vestments may be used even if not of the color of the day. The colors gold or silver may be worn on more solemn occasions in the Dioceses of the United States of America."

Especially during Easter Time, instead of the customary Penitential Act, the blessing and sprinkling of water may take place as a reminder of Baptism.

There are six metropolitan sees and their suffragan Dioceses which maintain the Solemnity of the Ascension on Thursday:Boston, Hartford, Newark, New York, Omaha, and Philadelphia.Every other region of the United States has opted to transfer the Solemnity to the following Sunday (the Seventh Sunday of Easter).


This was taken from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops website - USCCB

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