What's Happening in the Diocese

Strengthen marriage this Valentine's Day

Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Catholic Church in the United States wants Valentine's Day to be about more than candy and flowers. It wants to offer couples support and encouragement for building strong and lasting marriages. In February, the Church partners with other organizations to celebrate National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, an event that concludes with World Marriage Day on Feb. 14. Go to marriage events in Arkansas. These events provide an opportunity "to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples," said Archbishop Charles More

Bishop addresses recent executive actions

Published: Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor released the following statement to the people of the Diocese of Little Rock regarding recent executive actions by President Donald Trump on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Satan is "the father of lies" (John 8:44) and he prowls the world seeking the ruin of souls — and nations. Satan's greatest tool is fear. He sows the seeds of confusion and takes advantage of people's blindness, ignorance and gullibility. This week we have seen clearly the chaos that ensues when policy decisions are made without first considering their impact on real people, our brothers and More

Catholic schools offer holistic education

Published: Friday, January 27, 2017

"Catholic schools are integral to our nation's character — serving the common good, strengthening local communities, and building the Kingdom of God on earth," said Bishop George Murry, chairman of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Education, in a statement about Catholic Schools Week. Catholic schools nationwide are celebrating this annual observance Jan. 29 - Feb. 4. In Arkansas, Catholic schools are hosting open house events, service projects, special Masses and prayer services, lunches with grandparents, special academic More

Bishop announces pastoral appointments

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments for the Diocese of Little Rock on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Effective March 7: Rev. George Sanders relieved of his responsibilities as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Glenwood. He remains pastor of St. Mary of the Springs Church in Hot Springs; Rev. Salvador Vega-Alvarenga appointed pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Glenwood. This is in addition to his current responsibilities as pastor of St. Martin Church in Nashville. He is relieved of his responsibilities as associate pastor of St. Edward Church in Texarkana. More

Mass, March for Life to be held Jan. 22

Published: Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate the annual Mass for Life at 12:05 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in downtown Little Rock. Prior to the Mass, a Rosary for Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Anyone who has lost a child, for any reason, will be able to present a rose during the offertory in memory of their child. There is no need to bring roses; they will be made available at the Mass. Each year, this Mass is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion in the United States. More

Register for confirmation retreat by Jan. 23

Published: Saturday, January 7, 2017

The 2017 Diocese of Little Rock Confirmation Retreat will be held Sunday, Feb. 5 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. This peer-led event is open to Catholic youth who are preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation and are unable to attend a confirmation retreat in their own parishes. This year's theme is: "He is the Way to the Spirit". The $15 per person registration fee includes lunch and all materials. It will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with Mass. To register youth from your parish, download and return the registration packet with fee to the address provided by Jan. 23. More

2017 MLK Memorial Mass to be Jan. 14

Published: Saturday, January 7, 2017

The 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass will be held at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will be the main celebrant. The Mass is sponsored by the Diocesan Council for Black Catholics. During the Mass the Daniel Rudd Award will be handed out to a black Catholic who is active in his or her parish and community. To learn more, contact Rosalyn Pruitt at (501) 375-9617. In 2016, Bishop Taylor presented the award to Sister de Porres Polk, OSB, of Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro. Sister de Porres More

Diocese closes because of weather Jan. 6

Published: Friday, January 6, 2017

The offices of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock are closed Friday, Jan. 6 because of inclement weather. All Catholic schools in Little Rock and North Little Rock are also closed. To reach a member of our staff, visit our staff directory and click on the name of the person you wish to reach to send an e-mail. Leave a phone message by calling (501) 664-0340. He or she will respond when the offices reopen. Thank you for your patience. This closure does not apply to events or programs that were scheduled to be held at St. John Catholic Center this weekend. If you registered More