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Special Collection for Hurricane Relief

Archbishop Coakley has requested that parishes of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City take up a special collection for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

This weekend, at all the masses at Holy Spirit Church, in lieu of the children’s collection, we will take up that special collection. If you would like to give online, please visit www.archokc.org/harvey . And let us all remember to pray for those whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The full text of Archbishop Coakley’s letter is below.

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Over the past several days, many of you have been following the historic flooding in southeast Texas. Hurricane Harvey has created an unprecedented catastrophic weather event for Texas, and the storm is now poised to strike Louisiana.

While our prayerful support for those affected is certainly appropriate and necessary, our urgent financial support also is needed. In response to this great need, the bishops of the United States have called for a special emergency collection to take place in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City over the next two weekends. I have authorized this special emergency collection to take place in parishes around the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on either or both of the next two weekends, September 2-3 and/or September 9-10.

The emergency collection will be used both to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts through Catholic Charities USA and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the bishops’ conference.

Please go online to www.archokc.org/harvey and make your gift to help those in need. Also, I ask you to please share this information with your friends and family, so that together we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of families and parishioners.

Join me in praying for those impacted that they experience Christ’s healing touch.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley

Archbishop of Oklahoma City

Prayer for Building of New Church

Download this prayer to pray throughout the capital campaign (available in English and Spanish).
Descargar esta oracion para orar durante toda la cambaña de capital (disponible en Inglés y Español)

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Spirit of the Living God,
Breath of Life and Fire of Love:

Be our help and our guide
as we seek to know the Father’s Will.
Give us wisdom and right judgment
as Stewards of your creation.

Inspire our hearts and strengthen our will
to raise up for your glory a holy place
where the splendor of your presence
may heal, purify, restore,
and give new life to the church
gathered in your name.

With the faith planted in our hearts,
and by the hope given to us
by Christ our Lord,
the living stones of our lives
will raise up with your help
a place of awesome beauty.

Where the broken may be healed and find peace
Strangers be welcomed with joy
The Thirsty refreshed at the well of your grace
And the hungry be fed on the bread of life.

Come Holy Spirit!

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Espíritu del Dios Viviente,
Aliento de Vida Y Fuego del Amor:

Se nuestra ayuda y nuestro guía
cuando buscamos saber la voluntad del Padre.
Danos sabiduría y juicio correcto
como mayordomos de su creación.

Inspira nuestros corazones
y fortalecer nuestra voluntad
para levantar un lugar sagrado para tu gloria
donde el esplendor de tu presencia
puede sanar, purificar, restaurar
y dar nueva vida a la iglesia
reunidos en tu nombre.

Con la fe plantada en nuestros corazones,
y por la esperanza dada a nosotros
por Cristo nuestro Señor,
las piedras vivas de nuestras vidas
se levantarán con tu ayuda
un lugar de increíble belleza

Donde los quebrados puedan ser sanados
y encontrar la paz
Los extraños ser recibidos con alegría
Los sedientos puedan ser refrescaos en el pozo
de tu gracia
Y los hambrientos sean alimentados
con el pan de vida.

Ven Espíritu Santo!