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Faith Notes: Friday, May 1 -- St. Joseph Old Cathedral to celebrate 125th anniversary

A special Mass will be held to commemorate the 125th anniversary of St. Joseph Old Cathedral at 6 p.m. today, Friday, May 1, at the church, 307 NW 4.

A sunset fills the dusk sky with color in downtown Oklahoma City  on Monday, March 16, 2015. In foreground is St. Joseph Old Cathedral at NW 4 and Harvey.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
A sunset fills the dusk sky with color in downtown Oklahoma City on Monday, March 16, 2015. In foreground is St. Joseph Old Cathedral at NW 4 and Harvey. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

The Rev. M. Price Oswalt, the church’s pastor, said the Mass on this feast day of St. Joseph the Worker will be celebrated by the Most. Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Other celebrants will include the Most Rev. Eusebius Beltran, archbishop emeritus; the Rt. Rev. Lawrence Stasyszen, abbot of St. Gregory’s Abbey and the 13th pastor of St. Joseph Old Cathedral; and Oswalt. Other priests from the archdiocese also will be in attendance.

“On a spring April day of 1889, a few faithful gathered on blue hill in what would become Oklahoma City to begin a small parish, dedicated to St. Joseph. Now, 125 years later, the thriving community of St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral stands as a beacon to all who come to the downtown Oklahoma City area,” Oswalt said.

The church is adjacent to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and was one of the downtown houses of worships that sustained extensive damage when a bomb tore apart the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the St. Joseph’s parish worked to reconstruct the damaged church, committing to maintain a presence in the the downtown.

Oswalt said Gov. Mary Fallin has declared Friday, May 1 as St. Joseph Old Cathedral Parish Day in the state of Oklahoma.

(Photo captions:

— The “Jesus Wept” statue was dedicated at NW 5 and Harvey on the grounds of St. Joseph Old Cathedral in 1998. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City had the monument erected across from the site where the Murrah Federal Building was torn apart by a bomb, resulting in 168 deaths. At the time the project was announced, the Most Rev. Eusebius Beltran, then archbishop of the Oklahoma City archdiocese, said it would have a healing effect but also tell of the site’s Catholic history. The Murrah Federal Building site was the location of St. Joseph School from 1891 to 1974. The original offices for the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa also were there. The federal government purchased the land from the church in 1974. The 9-foot-tall statue of Jesus on an 18-inch base was inspired by Scripture. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman.

— A 1977 photo of St. Joseph Old Cathedral is shown with what was then the new federal building in the background. The pictured was published May 18, 1977 in the Oklahoma City Times.

 

— In this December 2004 photograph, the Most Rev. Eusebius Beltran, then archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, enters during the start of the Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the centennial of St. Joseph Old Cathedral. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman.

 

Carla Hinton

A worker puts shingles on the steeple of St. Joseph Old Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City Tuesday morning. The church is undergoing extensive renovationafter being damaged in the Alfred Murrah Federal Building car bomb explosion on April 19.
A worker puts shingles on the steeple of St. Joseph Old Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City Tuesday morning. The church is undergoing extensive renovationafter being damaged in the Alfred Murrah Federal Building car bomb explosion on April 19.

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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