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Oklahoma Catholics Speak Up for the Most Vulnerable

Catholic Advocacy Day allowed more than 60 laity, legislators, clergy and religious to meet with their legislators.


OKLAHOMA CITY — A recent “Catholic Advocacy Day” gave laity in Oklahoma the opportunity to participate in the legislative process and to be “a voice for the voiceless,” a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City says.

“The Gospel … does have implications for the here and now and we are called to live out our faith by advocating for the least of these, advocating for the most vulnerable,” said Tina Dzurisin, communications director for the archdiocese, in an April 1 interview.

With Tulsa Bishop Edward Slattery looking on, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City speaks at the state's Catholic Advocacy Day, March 25. – CNA/Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

With Tulsa Bishop Edward Slattery looking on, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City speaks at the state’s Catholic Advocacy Day, March 25.
– CNA/Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Each year, Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City gives voters across the state get the chance to meet with lawmakers and to discuss proposed legislation dealing with the poor and vulnerable.

More than 60 laity, legislators, clergy and religious took part in the Catholic Advocacy Day which was held March 25.

Dzurisin said this year was especially inspiring to participants because both of Oklahoma’s bishops spoke at the event.

“Both Christian preaching and the Christian life are meant to have an impact on our society, to help us prepare here on earth for the coming of the reign of God by a more just ordering of society where charity may reign,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said March 25.

He explained that as Christians, our good works are “not a peripheral to the faith.”

“It flows from the very heart of our faith, our encounter with the person of Jesus Christ who reveals the Father’s love to us, who reveals our own dignity to us and who opens up for us a new horizon — a transcendental horizon — of hope.”

Catholic Charities of Tulsa also lent support to the event, and Bishop Edward Slattery gave a presentation.

In his talk, Bishop Slattery explained that the Church is not “putting restrictions on our fellow human beings” when preaching against abortion, the death penalty, disregard for the poor, or euthanasia.

Rather, he said, the Church is seeking to promote the freedom and dignity of all persons, explaining that “the social teaching of the Church promotes human dignity, and freedom of the individual and of human societies.”

The director of advocacy for Catholic Charities in Oklahoma City, Dick Klinge, drew attention to several bills that would have an impact on the needy and vulnerable.

He encouraged Catholics to support proposed legislation such as House Bill 2685, which would require doctors to inform mothers about public and private agencies that offer perinatal and palliative care when their child has been diagnosed with a fetal anomaly that would not be compatible with life. Under this bill, abortion would be prohibited without the voluntary and informed consent of the mother.

Another bill, which Klinge encouraged Catholics to support, is House Bill 2338, which would give limited immunity from civil liability for any churches and schools that open their facilities to victims of natural disasters.



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Annual tea event to benefit Madonna House

By BRAVETTA HASSELL Tulsa World Scene Writer on Apr 9, 2013

Catholic Charities hosts its 23rd annual Madonna House Tea beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at Southern Hills Country Club.

The wine and cheese reception and afternoon tea benefits Catholic Charities’ Madonna House, a maternity residence and transitional program for adult pregnant women and their newborns.

During the event, longtime Madonna House benefactor Karla Connor will be presented with the Helen B. Lauinger Award for her service to the mothers and infants of the Madonna House, which provides services such as 24-hour staff support, food and lodging, professional counseling, obstetric care, and parental skills instruction.

Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for children 10 and younger.

Queen’s raffle tickets are $20 each, two for $30, six for $75 and 10 for $100. Raffle prizes include an Apple iPad mini, a Kansas City shopping trip, Disney’s “The Lion King” show and hotel package, a vintage amethyst ring, and artwork by Joseph Chavez.

The Princess Raffle includes a cooking class for two, $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card, a Nielsen’s gift certificate and a Center 1 gift basket. Tickets are $2 each, three for $5, 10 for $10.

All proceeds benefit Catholic Charities’ Madonna House.

For more info or to buy tickets, call Lindsay Hughes at 918.508.7115 or email Purchase event and raffle tickets online by clicking this link.

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