What's Happening in the Diocese

Bishop to pray outside abortion clinics

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will lead prayer in Little Rock and Fayetteville to pray for an end to abortion this spring. He will lead the Stations of the Cross in front of Little Rock Family Planning Services, the abortion clinic at #4 Office Park Drive on Friday, March 17 at 11 a.m. All are invited to join him. For more information, contact Catherine Phillips, diocesan respect life director, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 326. In Fayetteville, the bishop will lead the Divine Mercy Chaplet at the public right-of-way in front of Planned Parenthood at 3729 N. Crossover Rd. More

St. Andrew participants to come together

Published: Friday, March 10, 2017

The Second St. Andrew School of Evangelization Catholic Congress will celebrate the sixth anniversary of the ministry in the Diocese of Little Rock. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock on Saturday, March 11. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate the closing Mass at 5 p.m. Featured speakers will be Salvador Gómez, Father Angel Espinosa and "Serio de Jesús" Torres. The schedule will also include performances from the San Esteban Choir and Danza Xochiquetzal, an Aztec dance group. Admission is $15 for adults More

Bishop greets initiates at Rite of Election

Published: Monday, March 6, 2017

Each year, bishops in dioceses worldwide personally welcome those going through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process during the Rite of Election, a special service held at the beginning of Lent. This year, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor welcomed catechumens and candidates at rites held in four locations across Arkansas: Blessed Sacrament Church in Jonesboro on March 2; St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers on March 4; Christ the King Church in Little Rock on March 5; and St. Edward Church in Texarkana on March 6. More

CRS Rice Bowl serves poor worldwide

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The season of Lent is marked by many traditions among Catholics in the United States. Symbolized by its ubiquitous cardboard box, CRS Rice Bowl has been a tradition for generations of Catholics. Beginning in 1975 as a response to a growing famine in Africa, CRS Rice Bowl today shines a light on the Catholic community’s commitment to poor and vulnerable families. Their lives are improving in measurable ways through the humanitarian programs and services provided by Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) and the Church around the world. More

Diocese inviting Catholics to phone fast

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Diocese of Little Rock is inviting Catholics in Arkansas to “fast” by turning off their cell phones and televisions on Ash Wednesday, March 1 and Good Friday, April 14. Silencing phones and televisions for all or part of these holy days will give God a chance to call our hearts, especially if it is coupled with at least an hour spent in silent prayer while disconnected from digital media. The diocese is asking parishioners to include this practice in addition to almsgiving, prayer and fasting from food, which are the traditional disciplines the Church observes during Lent. More

Mardi Gras celebrates Christ the King

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017

Traditionally, Mardi Gras, which is French for "Fat Tuesday", involves a big celebration where partygoers overindulge one last time before the solemn season of Lent begins the following day on Ash Wednesday, which is a day of fast and abstinence. This year, Mardi Gras will be celebrated Feb. 28. In many cultures, the time between the Christmas season and Lent is known as "carnival." Carnival comes from the Latin words, "carne vale," meaning "farewell to the flesh." Like many Catholic celebrations, Mardi Gras likely has its roots in pre-Christian traditions based on the seasons. More

Women invited to discern God's call

Published: Monday, February 13, 2017

The annual Women's Religious Discernment Retreat has been rescheduled for March 4-5 at St. Joseph Center in North Little Rock. It was scheduled for January but had to be cancelled because of inclement weather. Single women ages 16 to 35 who want to learn about and discern a vocation to the religious life are welcome to attend. This free event will include talks by sisters from religious orders in Arkansas, Mass celebrated by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, adoration, reconciliation, time for prayer, reflection and opportunities to speak with the sisters. It will begin More

Find truth: Subscribe to Arkansas Catholic

Published: Thursday, February 2, 2017

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