This full-time, salaried position will provide case management and support services to the residents and children who reside at Madonna House and Saint Elizabeth Lodge. Click here to view a full job description.
You may have seen Catholic Charities’ purveyor of justice, Captain Compassion, as he calls us to our shared mission to be Christ’s merciful love to those who suffer. The creation of Captain Compassion’s message began with Joe Flanders, St. Bernard of Clairvaux parisioner, 2007 graduate of Bishop Kelley High School and 2012 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design.
When asked why he volunteers at Catholic Charities, Joe said, “Art is my calling. It’s weird for some people to say ‘It’s my calling to help the homeless’ or ‘it’s my calling to legislate and rule fairly and justly’ and I’m over here like “I WANNA DRAW THE HULK FIGHTING BATMAN!” It’s all I know how to do and it’s what I do best. I meet this calling by releasing my family-friendly webcomic, Ninja and Pirate, every Wednesday and Saturday. It can be found at NinjaandPirate.com and it’s a great fun read. When I was asked to make a character named ‘Captain Compassion’, I was really excited. Compassion is the most important part of not only Christianity, but all religions. If we condemn, judge, or oppress anyone, for any reason, I believe we are failing in our primal and most basic behavior as human beings. This is what life is about and this is what my art is about. I had a great time making ol’ Cap for Catholic Charities and I hope you all enjoy seeing the cute little guy.”
We appreciate this Catholic Charities hero and can’t wait for you to see what Captain Compassion has to say next!
When one thinks of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa, they think just that…Tulsa. The beautiful campus at Harvard and Apache is where most of Catholic Charities’ 13 programs operate. What many don’t realize is that the Diocese of Tulsa includes the entire right half of Oklahoma, and Catholic Charities’ services spread the entire way, from Miami to Durant.
Catholic Charities Eastern Oklahoma Outreach Program operates four helping centers, located in McAlester, Muskogee, Poteau and Sallisaw. In addition, emergency assistance funding is provided through 16 parishes across eastern Oklahoma.
The four helping centers each have limited staff and numerous volunteers who work hard to help the people in their communities with food, clothing and other services. Parishes also apply for funding to assist with services they provide in their areas. Some parishes operate small food pantries while others provide limited financial assistance to those in need.
• Services at Sallisaw Helping Center include food, clothing, referral services, and limited financial assistance for rent, utilities and prescriptions. They operate Monday through Friday from 10am-2pm.
• Immaculate Conception Helping Center in Poteau operates a food pantry and provides limited financial assistance for rent, utilities and prescriptions on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am-2pm.
• St. Jude Helping Center in McAlester is open from 10am-6pm on Fridays and noon-3pm on Saturdays. Services include a food pantry, referral service and limited financial assistance for rent, utilities and prescriptions. They will be moving into a new space soon…a former grocery store with double the square feet of the current location!
• Catholic Charities recently began operation of the helping center in Muskogee and will continue to partner with St. .Joseph Parish to provide food and infant clothing and supplies from Monday through Friday from 9am-noon.
• St. Mark Parish in Pryor works with Catholic Charities each year to provide coats and Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to
those in need in their area.
For addresses and more information about these services, go to cctulsa.org/services.
Planned giving is more than a transfer of one’s assets: it is the transfer of your heart and the values by which you have lived. If you want to show your love for your family members through your legacy and you also want to continue your charity for others, Catholic Charities can help. If you would like assistance on how to create or update your will, please contact us. This service and charitable financial planning with our professional staff are confidential and free of charge.
To learn more about leaving a legacy, contact Tish Stuart, CFRE, Director of Mission Advancement for Catholic Charities, 918.508.7116, or TStuart@CCTulsa.org
Catholic Advocacy Day allowed more than 60 laity, legislators, clergy and religious to meet with their legislators.
by HILLARY SENOUR/CNA/EWTN NEWS 04/02/2014
“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.
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.