What's Happening in the Diocese

Pro-life lock-in for teens to be Jan. 21-22

Published: Friday, December 2, 2016

High school youth are invited attend the 2017 Weekend Extravaganza, an overnight lock-in held the night before the annual Mass and March for Life in Little Rock. It will be offered at the DoubleTree Hotel Jan. 21-22. The Diocese of Little Rock Youth Advisory Council will lead their peers in music, skits and prayer focusing on right-to-life issues through a teen's perspective. This year's keynote speakers, Chad Judice and Sarah Swafford, will address the theme: "He is the Way to Life." Judice, author of "Waiting for Eli" and "Eli’s Reach," will share his family's journey of raising a More

Support needs of retired religious Dec. 3-4

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 3-4 in the Diocese of Little Rock. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), the appeal benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack retirement savings. The Diocese of Little Rock contributed $166,274.81 to the last collection. In 2016, the Benedictines of Subiaco Abbey, Discalced Carmelite nuns in Little Rock and the Olivetan Benedictine sisters in Jonesboro received financial assistance from the Retirement Fund for More

Advent prepares us for coming of the Lord

Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The word "advent" originates from the Latin "adventus" which means coming. The season of Advent, therefore, is the preparation for the coming of Jesus, first through the incarnation and ultimately, his coming again in glory at the end of time. This year it runs from Nov. 27 to Dec. 24. We are invited to reflect on the wondrous mystery of Jesus' birth as well as look with joy and hope to his return. We are called to repent of our sins, pray and draw ourselves closer to God. Advent also marks the beginning of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. Unlike the secular year, which marks the passage of time, the liturgical year celebrates the sacred More

Put love into action this Advent season

Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

St. Nicholas Partners is an annual Advent appeal to raise money for the ministries of Catholic Charities of Arkansas (CCA). Examples of what a donation can do include buying medicine for a patient of the Westside Free Medical Clinic, assisting a victim of domestic violence or providing a Bible to an inmate seeking guidance. All the ministries of CCA provide services to the most poor and vulnerable among us. These include: Catholic Adoption Services, Immigration Services, Little Rock, Immigration Services, Springdale, Prison Ministry Office, Refugee Resettlement Office More

Year of Mercy ends but mercy is forever

Published: Friday, November 18, 2016

This Sunday, Nov. 20, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It recognizes that Jesus is king and savior of all people. Pope Pius XI established this feast in 1925 with his encyclical, "Quas Primas" ("In The First"). In this letter, he expressed deep concern for a growing secularism because many had "thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives" believing "these had no place either in private affairs or in politics." The website for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops More

Bishop addresses presidential election

Published: Friday, November 11, 2016

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor released the following statement to the people of the Diocese of Little Rock regarding the 2016 presidential election on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Many of us have experienced the recent presidential election as a mixed blessing. We are relieved that President-elect Trump opposes abortion and plans to nominate anti-abortion justices to the Supreme Court. Indeed, many people voted for him for that very reason. But we are also dismayed by his divisive rhetoric. The purpose of this letter is to remind all of us that this election has not changed the mission of the Church More

Veterans Day Mass to be held Nov. 11

Published: Thursday, November 10, 2016

Father Francis Damoah, SVD, will celebrate the annual Veterans Day Mass at 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11 at the National Cemetery in Little Rock. Because seating is limited, participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs. All are invited to attend. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus color corps will present the colors. Patriotic songs will be sung and taps will be played at the end of the ceremony. A reception will be held in the pavilion after Mass. In addition, Catholic parishes and schools across Arkansas host programs to honor veterans. To find events in your area, visit our Calendar More

$500,000 needed for tuition assistance

Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The fourth annual Catholic Schools Scholarship Appeal will kick off Nov. 12 to assist schools statewide in providing tuition assistance to students who qualify. This year, $3.6 million is needed to provide assistance to 849 students. Parish subsidies and school scholarship funds cover $3.1 million, which leaves a need for $500,000 in donations through this appeal. In a letter to previous donors, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor expressed the need to support Arkansas' Catholic schools. "Catholic schools are an integral part of the teaching mission of the Church because they assist More