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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.

Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg will be in Okarche to celebrate Mass at Holy Trinity Church on Monday, July 8 at 12:00 Noon. He looks forward to seeing any family and friends who can make it!

There will be recitation of the Holy Rosary on Sunday, July 28th for an increase in vocations.  Please join us in the church to pray that more men and women will seek vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

He makes himself a humble meal that lovingly heals our memory, wounded by life’s frantic pace.

While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.” —Mark 14:22

The Church’s annual celebration of Corpus Christi—the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—is a uniquely Catholic celebration. Inspired by the devotion of St. Julian of Cornillon and Blessed Eva of Liège, this feast was added to the Church’s calendar in 1264.


We could say that, in a sense, every celebration of the Mass is a celebration of Corpus Christi, but on this day we are invited to reflect on the gift of Christ’s abiding presence in the Eucharist in a particular way. And, in the readings assigned to this feast this year, the Church asks us to pause and consider the sacrifice and self-gift that are embodied in the Eucharist.

The images of sacrifice that are included in the First and Second Readings for this feast help us understand how significant the offering and sharing of Jesus’ Body and Blood really is.

In the Eucharist, we have both sacrifice and gift as his handing over of his body and blood—all that he is—at the Last Supper was an anticipation of the total offering of himself that took place on that Good Friday.

Jesus loves us so much that he holds nothing back from us. He gives all of himself to us. His love becomes the source of our life. And, just as mothers give of their very selves to nourish their children, Jesus does the same for us.

As we adore and give thanks for the gift of the Eucharist on this Corpus Christi, we are also invited to consider how we are using the gift we have received. Are we open to the life—his life—that Jesus offers us in the sacrament of his Body and Blood and are we willing to offer the gift of our selves for the sake of others in remembrance of him?


How have you experienced Christ’s saving love in the Eucharist?

Who has made sacrifices and given of themselves for you?

How is Jesus inviting you to give of yourself for the sake of others?

This article is by Brother Silas Henderson, SDS.  To find more information, go to



     On May 16, 2019,  people from several Oklahoma parishes joined with residents from St. Ann’s Retirement Center to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Marvin Leven. Father Leven celebrated his last public Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel at St. Ann’s. After Mass, there was a reception and program honoring him in the Grand Theater.

     In his 60 years as a priest, Father Leven served as pastor of five Oklahoma Parishes and as associate pastor at four parishes. After his retirement in 1999, he continued to serve as chaplain for Mercy Hospital; for the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of the Carmel of St. Joseph; and as Ship’s Priest for the Holland America Cruise Line. He also substituted on weekends for pastors throughout the archdiocese.

    In 2013, Father Leven moved to Saint Ann’s Independent Living Center.  Like many of the residents, Father Leven uses a walker, wears hearing aids and has diminished eyesight. These difficulties have helped him to understand the lives and the difficulties of the St. Ann’s people with whom he lives. He has continued to serve by saying Mass at St. Ann’s two to three times a week. Those who live at St. Ann’s, as well as neighbors who attend his Masses, have found his deep love for Jesus and his reverence for the Eucharist a real inspiration. He has been especially appreciated for his meaningful homilies.

     At age 94, Father Leven has been the oldest priest in the Archdiocese who has continued to say Mass for the public. Because of his limited vision as well as other health problems, it has become too difficult for him to continue doing this. Therefore, this May 16th Sixtieth Anniversary Mass was his last public Mass. It marks the end of a sixty year career caring for, and serving, the people of Oklahoma. Many thanks and much appreciation from the people were expressed at this celebration.


  • Fr. Zunmas receives Rother Faithful Shepherd Award
    May 2, 2019
    Father Oby Zunmas, pastor of Holy Cross in Madill and Good Shepherd in Marietta, was presented the 2019 Blessed Stanley Rother Faithful Shepherd Award by his fellow priests April 16 during a ceremony before the Chrism Mass at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 
    The faithful shepherd award is given each spring to a priest in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City who exemplifies Blessed Stanley Rother and his commitment to the priesthood and his people. It is an initiative of the Priests’ Council. 
    “This silent, manly approach to pastoral life was actually embodied in the example of Father Rother who spent his life generally in obscurity while the greatness of his life mostly escaped the notice of all of the rest of us while his very greatness was at its height,” said Father Don Wolf during the presentation of the award. “As we have come to confess, as we celebrate his life, his holiness and his great sanctity may have been most highly symbolized by his martyrdom, the foundation of his blessed life wasn’t the moment of his death but the content of his life, and that life was lived as the pastor of Santiago, Atitlan.” 
    In the nomination letter, a priest wrote: “Father Oby embodies the best of the memory of Father Stan Rother. His dedication to his people, his willingness to serve amidst the forgotten and the forlorn, his desire to make the best of his challenges, his vision for the future of his parish and the future of the archdiocese, the combination of his patient endurance and his impatient commitment, his focus on problem-solving and practical concerns and his overwhelming good spirits and open acceptance to make his parish assignment the source of hope for himself and for his people; all of these attributes celebrate Oby’s ministry and help us value Stan’s own legacy to us all.” 
    Father Oby was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on Feb. 8, 1962. After attending primary and secondary school in Nigeria, he began his degree work at El Reno Junior College and then-Central State University. After attending Saint Meinrad Seminary, Father Oby was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on May 26, 2000. 
    Father Oby has served at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Duncan, Saint Charles Borromeo in Oklahoma City, Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School and Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. 
    From 2005-2007, Father Oby served in the Diocese of Cuernavaca, Mexico, where he stayed to study and master Spanish. When Father Oby returned to the archdiocese, he was assigned to the parishes of Madill and Marietta. During his time in Madill, he has been involved with building a new church, which was dedicated by Archbishop Coakley on May 4.  

    Photo: Fr. Don Wolf and Archbishop Coakley stand with Fr. Oby Zunmas at the Rother Faithful Shepherd Award presentation on April 16 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Photo Fr. Stephen Bird. 
    Please see the Sooner Catholic or for more information.

 17, 2018
by Eliana Tedrow
On Sept. 23, 2017, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, celebrated the Rite of Beatification for Blessed Stanley Rother during a Beatification Mass in downtown Oklahoma City. Blessed Stanley Rother is the first martyr for the United States and the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified. 
Blessed Stanley Rother is one step away from being canonized and officially recognized as a saint worthy of universal veneration within the Catholic Church. 
The Church’s canonization process is complex and thorough. The Church has official procedures toward declaring sainthood: a candidate becomes “venerable,” then “blessed,” then “saint.” 
Because Blessed Stanley was declared a martyr, only one verifiable miracle is needed to declare him a saint. 
Deacon Norman Mejstrik is director of the Office for the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Stanley Rother. He said his office has received several reports of favors, which have been reviewed and documented. 
The most common type of favor is medical since it is easier to document. There is typically a diagnosis, then a prognosis and some type of therapy. After there has been an effort to cure the patient without success, a favor is asked through intercession that leads to the patient being cured. 
“A cure is considered complete if it is lasting and inexplicable by all scientific means,” Mejstrik said. “There must be no medical explanation why the person was cured.” 
Mejstrik encouraged anyone who has prayed for the intercession of Blessed Stanley Rother and received a favor to report it to his office or online. 
“If it appears to be of interest, we collect physician statements that testify that there is no medial explanation. We collect medical records, tests and anything else needed,” he said. 
Reports of miracles are first reviewed locally by doctors, then theologically by the archdiocese. If they are deemed to fit the requirements, the archdiocese submits the favor to Rome, where a panel studies the materials and written reports. 
Archbishop Coakley asked the faithful to pray for Blessed Stanley’s intercession. Prayer cards are available in English and Spanish through the Cause office or at the Blessed Stanley Rother Gift Shop at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Oklahoma City. 
Eliana Tedrow is a freelance writer for the Sooner Catholic. 

Report favors online at or contact the Office of the Cause of Canonization of Bl. Stanley Rother at (405) 721-5651.


Historic beatification held in Oklahoma 

Don't miss out on a summer of faith, fun, and fellowship!
Camp offers an opportunity for an enjoyable and faith-filled experience in a safe environment. It has been shaping young Catholics’ lives for years. Camp promotes personal and spiritual growth in each young person by developing their prayer life, social skills, independence, and respect for others.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Summer Camp is located on a beautiful piece of land outside of Luther, Oklahoma. Campers stay in comfortable cabins, and enjoy activities such as swimming, archery, hiking, fishing, daily Mass, canoeing, arts and crafts, prayer, talent show, community building games, capture the flag, and much more. Campers who attend make friends for life!
Spots are filling up fast!
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Call Elizabeth 405-317-3020 if you wish to help.

We are staying local this year and going to OKC camp from June 16-22, 2019.  The camp is FULL!!!

This year’s theme is “Radiant.”  We are calling you to illuminate those around you by letting Christ’s light shine freely through you!  Choose to be the light this year, not just summer at camp but all year long!  It is going to be a great summer!  Please call/text Sharon Robinson (401-1116) or Mary Nell Brueggen (820-9535) for more information.


Holy Trinity has spots still for the Steubenville Youth Conference in Springfield, MO July 19-21, 2019. We will be traveling by chartered bus with the youth group from Hennessey. The cost is $50 per student—including conference fee, most meals, hotel, and bus. Come join us for a fun filled weekend with thousands of youth from across the country as we grow in our faith and love for Christ. Call or email Keri Rother - her information can be found on the front of the bulletin (online or printed).

Congratulations to the following students who made their First Reconciliation on Sat., February 4th:

Thank you to the following visiting priests for their help - Fr. Tim Luschen, Fr. Macario Martinez, & Fr. Cristobal De Loera

                              Rylan Alig                                            Layla Kroener

                             BreEllen Brady                                     Maggie Kroener

                             Blake Endres                                       Olivia Langston

                             Cooper Endres                                    Sophia Macias

                            Hartli Ford                                            Carter Nall

                            Aldo Franco                                         Reese Robinson

                            Eryn Jenkins                                       Canon Rother

                            Renata Jurado                                    Walker Sanders

                           Grant Krittenbrink                                Evelyn Schroeder

                           Lizzy Schwarz                                     Drew Snider

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Feast day: June 23


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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the midthirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast.

This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist.

At every Mass our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church.

The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the service of others.


For more information, go to Catholic News Agency


As one of the most important solemnities on the Church's calendar, it has a rich depth of meaning, but here is how Pope Benedict summarized it in 2012:

This Solemnity makes us remember and relive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and the other disciples gathered in prayer with the Virgin Mary in the Upper Room (cf. Acts 2:1-11). Jesus, risen and ascended into Heaven, sent his Spirit to the Church so that every Christian might participate in his own divine life and become his valid witness in the world. The Holy Spirit, breaking into history, defeats aridity, opens hearts to hope, stimulates and fosters in us an interior maturity in our relationship with God and with our neighbor.

To read the entire article, 8 things to know and share about Pentecost, please go to Jimmy Akin's article at National Catholic Register