February 7, 2016

On Friday Feb. 5, John O'Neill was ordained by Archbishop Eusebius Beltran as a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Tulsa. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that "deacons share in Christ's mission and grace in a special way. The sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with an imprint ("character") which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the "deacon" or servant of all. Among other tasks, it is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity." (1570). John will be serving at the Church of St. Anne in Broken Arrow until his priestly ordination this summer. As a community, the Parish of Christ the King rejoices in this great moment of John's life and in his future service to the Church in Eastern Oklahoma.

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