Thousands gather for prayer, Eucharistic procession in response to Oklahoma City ‘black mass’

From the National Catholic Register:

Thousands of Catholics across Oklahoma responded to a sparsely attended black mass in Oklahoma City with prayers, Eucharistic processions, and demonstrations, as the city’s archbishop emphasized God’s love and mercy.

“We are gathered as witnesses to hope at a time when darkness seems to be gaining ground both here and around the world,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said in a homily for a Holy Hour at Oklahoma City’s St. Francis of Assisi parish on the afternoon of Sept. 21 attended by more than 2,000.

… The occult group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu had scheduled a black mass at the city-run music hall. A black mass is a sacrilegious ceremony that invokes Satan and mocks the Mass, involving the desecration of the Eucharist, generally by stealing a consecrated Host from a parish and using it in a profane, sexual ritual.

Adam Daniels, who organized the event, had claimed to have in his possession a consecrated host mailed to him by a friend. However, on Aug. 21 his attorney gave the reputed Host to a priest of the Oklahoma City archdiocese after a facing a lawsuit that charged the host was stolen property.

… [Bishop Edward Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa] said that black mass organizers “embrace evil and anger and revenge” while Catholics preach “God loving humanity. Forgiveness, love, mercy and peace.”

“We counteract hate by forgiveness, by love and by showing what is beautiful.”

Read the whole story at the National Catholic Register.



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Pope Francis and Mother Teresa

mother-teresaDuring his recent trip to Albania, Pope Francis confided to his interpreter that he had met Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta – whose parents were of Albanian descent – at the Synod of Bishops held in 1994.

Vatican Insider reports:

Describing the circumstances of his encounter with the Blessed woman who helped the poorest among the poor, the Pope said he met Mother Teresa at the Synod held in 1994. “She sat right behind me during the sessions. I admired her strength, the determinedness with which she spoke, never letting herself be fazed by the assembly of bishops. She said what she wanted to say…

“If she had been my superior I would have been scared!” Francis joked.

Read the full story at Vatican Insider.

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OC’s Christ Cathedral to house several Catholic organizations

Photo credit: Ana Venegas | AP Photo/Orange County Register

Photo credit: Ana Venegas | AP Photo/Orange County Register

After the “Crystal Cathedral” was sold to the Diocese of Orange and became “Christ Cathedral” work has begun to use the Cathedral’s campus to serve several lay Catholic organizations, including Immaculate Heart Radio, EWTN, the Magis Center, and the Augustine Institute.

Lawyer and entrepreneur Tim Busch has been at the forefront of the effort to bring several of these Catholic organizations to Orange County.


According to Busch, the campus features six buildings comprising 350,000 square feet, and while the sanctuary isn’t open yet, it’s a functioning parish. Daily Masses (including ones in Spanish and Vietnamese) for the Christ Cathedral Parish community. are offered in the Arboretum, a 1961 building designed by architect Richard Neutra.

“Over 13,000 people go to Mass there every weekend,” says Busch. “It’s highly unusual to have a cathedral parish with that type of activity. Cathedral parishes are typically in urban areas, and absent St. Patrick’s Cathedral [in New York City], are rarely attended by the lay faithful.

… The diocesan headquarters are already on the campus, along with the Cathedral Academy, with preschool through Grade 8. Recently, worldwide Catholic satellite and radio network EWTN announced it was opening a West Coast studio in the 14-story Tower of Hope.

“It has become the home of multiple movements that are going on in the Church,” says Busch, “which include EWTN, but also a 25-station Catholic radio network called Immaculate Heart Radio. It’s also going to house the West Coast office of the Augustine Institute, which is a Biblical institute out of Denver. Then there’s the Magis Center, which is a reason-and-faith center that was started by Father Robert Spitzer.

…. There are several other ministries that are looking to relocate there. This is going to create great synergies among those ministries, to collaborate on donor bases and organizational structure.”

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