This Thursday, Aug. 15th, is the Feast of the Assumption and is a holy day of obligation. Fr. Geckle will say Mass for us at our usual time, 4:30 pm.
Fr. Geckle made the momentous announcement this past Sunday that it would be our last mass in our temporary setting in Tulsa.
On Sunday, September 9, we will have mass in our very own church–same time as usual: 1:00 confessions, 1:30 mass.
The one-acre property is on Oklahoma Hwy. 28-A, off of historic Route 66 near Chelsea, OK. It is also easily accessible from Interstate 44 (Will Rogers Turnpike), Adair exit. It can be found on a GPS under its former name, Good Hope Church. Or if you navigate by landmarks, look for the giant totem pole!
This new location is why we have chosen “4statesfatimachapel” as our url. Northwest Arkansas, southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma are within reasonable driving distances for those determined Catholics who are holding fast to the true Faith as it was practiced at the time of Pope Pius XII.
On the other hand, with its rural location 45 minutes from downtown Tulsa, it might be the place you’ve been looking for to raise a large family in the country with easy access to Sunday mass and other Catholic families. Real estate prices are reasonable, and plenty of family recreation opportunities are nearby.
We have a work party scheduled for this Saturday to take up the carpet, install laminate flooring, shorten the pews, and get the altar and confessional set up. We’ll be placing the altar on the wall facing the road.
Father is bringing some seminarians to help, and we will be serving lunch under our wonderful pavilion. There is a hall with a kitchen, but the kitchen will need to be gutted before we can use it because a pipe burst in the wall behind all the appliances. The property has been vacant for about two years, so there is much repair, maintenance, and clean-up to do in addition to Catholic beautification projects inside and out. But we’re so excited to get started and begin enjoying Catholic community.
We hope that our good news encourages our friends to persevere. May God bless each and everyone of you. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
In Fr. Geckle’s announcements yesterday he reminded us that Wednesday is a holy day of obligation and that even though he will not be able to say Mass for us that day, we are bound to keep it holy, just as if it were a Sunday.
One idea that you might like to try for this great feast is to add a 15-minute Rosary meditation to your devotions. Father recommended a meditation booklet recently that may be found online. It’s called “Rosary Meditations for Fatima Saturdays” by Lester Dooley, S.V.D., published in 1950. Here is the archive.org link to it with many download options. And here is a large text version that you can read on the Catholic Harbor website. Fr. Dooley’s meditation for the mystery of the Assumption is copied from Catholic Harbor and pasted below: Read more
These changes are for Sunday, August 12 only.
Edmond, OK, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Confessions at 7:30 am, Mass at 8 am.
Tulsa, OK, Our Lady of Fatima: Confessions at 11 am, Mass at 11:30.