What's Happening in the Diocese

Celebrate Life during Respect Life Month

Published: Monday, September 22, 2014

"Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect." Pope Francis said this during his 2013 Day of Life greeting to remind us that we are all loved. Each October, the Catholic Church celebrates Respect Life Month to testify to this simple, yet crucial truth. Therefore, "Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God's Creation" is the theme for the 2014-15 Respect Life Program, which begins on Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 5. More

Annual Red Mass to be celebrated Oct. 3

Published: Monday, September 22, 2014

The public is invited to attend the 20th annual Red Mass invoking the Holy Spirit on judges, attorneys, government officials, law professors and students Friday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will be the main celebrant. A luncheon in McDonald Hall will follow Mass featuring Donald Corbin as the keynote speaker. More

Youth rally gathers high schoolers Oct. 12

Published: Monday, September 22, 2014

The 2014 Senior High Youth Rally will be held at Catholic High School in Little Rock on Sunday Oct. 12. This event is sponsored by the diocesan Catholic Youth Ministry Office and is open to youth in grades 9-12. It includes praise and worship music, a guest speaker, lunch and Mass. This year's featured presenter is Greg Wasinski, a speaker at youth rallies nationwide, including the 2013 National Catholic Youth Convention. Through his "Let Me Be" Ministries he uses Church teaching and real-life examples to show how faith and everyday life come together. The rally will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More

Fall 40 Days for Life continues in Arkansas

Published: Monday, September 22, 2014

The fall campaign of 40 Days for Life began Sept. 24 and continues through Nov. 2 in Little Rock and Fayetteville. Participants are invited to come and pray for an end to abortion from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. In Little Rock, participants gather on the sidewalk in front of #4 Office Park Drive. To learn more or sign up, visit 40 Days for Life - Little Rock, or call Mary Pate at (501) 231-8202 or Marsha Boss at (501) 960-5051. More

Join Bishop Taylor in praying for these special intentions

Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Please join Bishop Anthony B. Taylor in praying for these special intentions: for Christians and other innocent victims of violence in the Middle East; that the black mass scheduled for Oklahoma City on Sept. 21 does not take place; for refugees at our southern border and a solution to the problems in their countries that have created this humanitarian disaster. Bishop Taylor is also asking parishioners to join Catholics nationwide in giving to a special collection to help provide humanitarian relief for Christians in the Middle East on Sept. 13-14. More

Wonders of Mexico performance to be Sept. 13

Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Diocese of Little Rock and the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock are sponsoring a performance to celebrate the 204th anniversary of Mexican independence on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. The Sol Azteca Ballet Folklorico of Tulsa, Okla. will perform "The Spectacular Wonders of Mexico," which will include music, dance and Mexican tradition. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 each and may be reserved in advance by contacting us. Order tickets in English or Spanish. More

Programs that support marriage to be held in September

Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The diocese's Family Life Office is sponsoring three programs in September to honor and strengthen marriages: Pre-Cana Day, a one-day retreat for engaged couples to spend time together reflecting on their relationship and future marriage, will be held Sept. 6 at Christ the King Church in Little Rock and Sept. 13 at Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith. Register online one week prior to the event. This program is also provided in Spanish. It will be offered Nov. 1 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. Register online one week prior to the event. Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a weekend for couples with good marriages who wish to make them better, will be held Sept. 19-21 at Coury House Retreat Center at Subiaco Abbey. More

Get a free diocesan directory with subscription order

Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The annual Diocese of Little Rock Directory will be mailed free to all paid subscribers of Arkansas Catholic in September. This award-winning, diocesan newspaper prints local, national and international news from a Catholic perspective. Subscribe before Sept. 12 for the print or digital edition and get the annual diocesan directory, a $10 value, mailed to you for FREE on Sept. 27. A print subscription costs only $24 a year ($21.95 for digital). Subscribe by visiting Arkansas Catholic or by calling (501) 664-0125. More