by Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery
A letter from Bishop Slattery
Countering with Prayer the proposed Black Mass in Oklahoma City
Courageous Priest Note: Will You Charitably Call The Oklahma City’s Music Civic Center at (405) 297-2584 to voice your concern for the intolerance being shown to the Catholic Church. Well, while we are at it, we just as well call the entire staff. Don’t you think that would be a good idea? Here is their Facebook Page and Twitter Page. You can leave comments.
Jim Brown – General Manager
Kelly Haikin Hadsall – Management Specialist
Anbria Glenn – Office Assistant
Kaye Melvin – Accountant
Keri Daniels – Accounts Recievable
Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock – Public Information Manager 405.297.3882
Building & Stage Operations
John Siska – Operations Supervisor 405.297.1012
Brent Winters – Technical Director, Civic Center Music Hall 405.297.2758
Donna Monarch – Technical Director, Rose State College Performing Arts Theatre 405.733.7925
Brigitte Bode – Stage Administration, Civic Center Music Hall
Chris Persechino – Administrative Tech
Tech riders may be found – here
Civic Center Foundation & Suite Leases
Heidi Wallace Leftwich – Suite Coordinator 405.297.3141
Kelsie R. Morris – Foundation Administration 405.297.1575
Event Activities & Facility Rentals
VACANT – Sales and Booking Manager
Civic Center Music Hall, Jamie Sims – Event Coordinator 405.297.1020
Rose State College Performing Arts Theatre, Steve Sharpe – Event Coordinator 405.733.7963
My Dear People:
As has been widely reported, a Satanic Black Mass has been scheduled for September 21 in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. As a part of Satanic worship, a Black Mass attempts to invert the action and meaning of the Eucharist in order to mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion. It blasphemes everything which we hold as sacred and redemptive; and the spiritual dangers it poses ought not be dismissed. Since the Civic Center has not responded positively to the pleas of the Archbishop of Oklahoma City not to host this event in a tax-payer supported public venue, I am asking the faithful Catholics in the Diocese of Tulsa to fight this blasphemy through prayer and fasting:
1. Please keep the nine days prior to the Feast of the Assumption as an extraordinary period of prayer and penance. I am asking every Catholic to abstain from all meat and meat products from August 6 through the 14th. I am also asking that you consecrate your hunger with a daily recitation of a decade of the rosary and the familiar Prayer to Saint Michael. Printed copies of these prayers are available in the bulletin and at the entrances of the church. Be strong and encourage your friends to also be strong.
2. On Assumption Day, August 15th, we will ask Our Lady on her Feast, to intercede for us and protect us. On that day I in the Cathedral, and every priest in his own parish, will pray a special prayer written by Pope Leo XIII for the defense of the Church against the attack of the Enemy and his apostate angels.
3. Should these prayers and this period of fasting not effect the cancellation of this event, then I will ask every priest in the Diocese to conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour on September 21 at the same time (7:00 p.m.) as this profanity is being celebrated in Oklahoma City. Wherever possible, I ask that Eucharistic Processions – especially outdoor processions – be arranged as part of these holy hours. Let us give a public witness to our faith in the Eucharist which is being so profoundly mocked and ridiculed by this event.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Lord!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery
Bishop of Tulsa