What's Happening in the Diocese

Vocation Awareness Week is Nov. 6-12

Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

National Vocation Awareness Week is being celebrated Nov. 6-12. This annual observance of the Catholic Church in the United States is designed to focus on vocations to the priesthood, religious life and diaconate. It is a time to encourage young people to ask themselves: "To what vocation in life is God calling me?" It is also an opportunity to bring awareness to and pray for those already in discernment of one of these vocations. Parish and school communities across the nation are encouraged to include, during the first week in November, prayer and special activities that focus More

Share your blessings this Thanksgiving

Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving Nov. 24, we take part in a tradition that began in 1621 when Gov. Bradford of the Plymouth colony called for a day of public praise and prayer to celebrate the first harvest. This came after many setbacks and hardships had plagued the first settlers of the New World. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that in addition to prayers of petition and intercession, we can also offer prayers of blessing and adoration, praise and thanksgiving to God. (No. 2623-2649) During this season of thanksgiving, we invite you to share your blessings with us. More

Open your heart and home to adoption

Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016

November is National Adoption Month. This year's theme, "We Never Outgrow the Need for Family — Just Ask Us" draws attention to our nation's population of older youth in foster care who need loving, permanent families. In Arkansas, there are 500 children in foster care who are available for adoption and waiting for a forever family. Teens are among the most difficult to place because of their age. Every year, about 250 teens between 18 and 21 “age out” of the foster care system without a permanent family connection. The Christian initiative, Children of Arkansas Loved More

Halloween to celebrate holiness, not evil

Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Today's observance of Halloween with scary costumes and trick-or-treating evolved over time from a combination of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Halloween or "All Hallows Eve," is the vigil of All Hallows Day, now known as the Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints Day), which is celebrated on Nov. 1. The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) is celebrated on Nov. 2. Not just the name itself, but many of the customs of Halloween have Christian roots. Franciscan Media offers the background behind the jack-o'-lantern, while Busted Halo explains that More

Help Calvary Cemetery bloom next spring

Published: Monday, October 24, 2016

Each fall, families and friends are invited to purchase daffodil bulbs to be planted on the graves of their loved ones in Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock. That way, by spring, the bright yellow flowers become a living memorial to all those who have been laid to rest in the historic cemetery. For a minimum donation of $10, cemetery staff will plant a group of five daffodils on a grave. Proceeds support the upkeep of the cemetery grounds. To order daffodils for your loved one, download and complete the request form. For more information, e-mail Sue Mullins or call (501) 664-0340. More

Deepen relationship with God at Cursillo

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cursillo (pronounced kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word meaning "little" or "short course." This short course for adults begins on Thursday evening and continues through Sunday night. During these four days participants live and work together listening to talks given by priests and laity. They also participate in Mass and pray together. The talks focus on grace, faith, piety, the sacraments, evangelization and much more. A Cursillo is an encounter with Christ. The main objectives of the Cursillo movement in Arkansas are to develop in adult Christians a consciousness of their power More

Junior High Spectacular to be held Nov. 6

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Junior High Spectacular, a one-day event hosted by the Diocese of Little Rock, will be held Sunday, Nov. 6 in the McCauley Center at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock for students in grades 6-8. This year’s theme, “He is the Way to Love,” will be presented by Oddwalk Ministries. The day will be filled with games, praise and worship, presentations by the Oddwalk Ministries, lunch and Mass. The cost is $40 a person. Scholarships are available. Register though your parish. To register your parish, download and return the registration packet with fee to the address More

Learn, pray, discern and vote conscience

Published: Monday, October 3, 2016

As we approach election day on Nov. 8, Catholics in the United States are called to educate themselves on the candidates and issues, pray and then vote their conscience. Catholic tradition holds that "responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation." To guide us in this process, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops updated its: "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility" in 2015. Download it in English or Spanish. Accompanying this document are study guides, videos, prayer suggestions More