What's Happening in the Diocese

Catholic teachers celebrated for service

Published: Friday, September 30, 2016

The Office of Catholic Schools recognized 11 teachers and administrators during the annual Arkansas Catholic Professional Day for Teachers at Christ the King Church in Little Rock Sept. 23. The following were honored for 25 years of service in Catholic schools: Ann Hill, sixth-grade science teacher, Immaculate Conception School, Fort Smith; Carol Fox, sixth-grade language arts and religion teacher, Our Lady of the Holy Souls School, Little Rock; Lou Ann Gieringer, campus minister, Mount St. Mary Academy, Little Rock; and Janet Kanopsic, first-grade teacher, St. John School, Hot Springs. More

$400,000 raised for seminarian education

Published: Friday, September 30, 2016

Thanks to three special events in Arkansas this summer, nearly $400,000 was donated for seminarian education in the Diocese of Little Rock. A Taste of Faith dinner was held May 21 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale with about 300 attendees, raising about $55,000 for the seminarians. Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and the Knights of Columbus in Hot Springs Village held a seminarian endowment dinner with musical performance from the “Village Strings” on July 22. That event yielded a little more than $65,500. On Aug. 6, a Taste of Faith dinner More

Proclaim mercy during Respect Life Month

Published: Friday, September 30, 2016

"From each tiny child waiting to be born, to individuals nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, couples longing to conceive a child, people pushed to the margins of society by a 'throwaway culture,' expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies and every other person — each 'has a place in God's heart from all eternity.'" — Pope Francis, apostolic exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love") Each October, the Catholic Church celebrates Respect Life Month to proclaim More

Take your pet to church for a blessing

Published: Monday, September 26, 2016

St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), patron saint of animals and ecology, is known for his love for God's creation. In his "Canticle of the Creatures," he reveals how all creation is connected in one family under God's loving care. In his papal encyclical, "Laudato Si' ("On Care for Our Common Home"), Pope Francis showed he has a lot in common with his namesake, by challenging all to care for God's creation. Read Arkansas Catholic to find 41 practical tips on protecting the environment including saving endangered animal species. Stories about St. Francis and animals include him communicating with them to express his oneness with creation. The most common stories including him preaching to birds and experiences with rabbits, fish and a wolf. It has become common practice for Catholic parishes to host More

Little Rock youth rally to be held Oct. 16

Published: Friday, September 23, 2016

The Diocese of Little Rock will host a one-day Senior High Youth Rally Sunday, Oct. 16 at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock. This year’s theme, “He is the Way to Truth,” will be presented by Doug Tooke. The event will include praise and worship, presentation by Tooke, lunch and Mass. The cost is $25 a person. Scholarships are available. Register though your parish. To register your parish, download and return the registration packet with fee to the address provided by Sept. 28. For more information, contact Tricia Gentry at (501) 664-0340, ext. 418. More

Bishop answers questions on school policy

Published: Monday, September 19, 2016

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor issued the following to answer frequently asked questions about the policy on human sexuality for Diocese of Little Rock Catholic schools Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. On July 15, 2016, I promulgated an addendum to the manual of policies and regulations for Catholic schools in Arkansas. The policy addendum explained Catholic teaching on human sexuality and how it applies in the school context. (See subsection 4.42 – Human Sexuality Policy) In recent weeks, this new policy has received some media scrutiny, not all of which has been accurate. In turn, I and other staff members of the diocese have received several complaints, questions, and concerns. Accordingly, I have decided to address More

Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, pray for us

Published: Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that angels are pure, spiritual beings who have been present since creation to glorify God without ceasing and serve as messengers of his saving plan for humanity. In addition, "from its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession." (nos. 330-350) Angel, which comes from the Latin "angelus" and the Greek "angelos," is a "messenger, envoy; one that announces." Archangels are one of the nine choirs of angels listed in the Bible. The hierarchy of angels ranked from lowest to highest fall into the following classes: 1.) angels, 2.) archangels, 3.) principalities, 4.) powers, 5.) virtues, 6.) dominations, 7.) thrones, 8.) cherubim; and More

Retrouvaille to help heal hurting marriages

Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Retrouvaille, a program designed to help heal and renew troubled and hurting marriages, consists of a weekend experience followed by a series of 6 to 12 post-weekend sessions over a three-month period. It provides tools to help couples with troubled marriages to heal. The main emphasis of the program is on communication between husband and wife. It gives couples the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine their lives together in a new and positive way. Separated and divorced couples are also encouraged to attend. To attend, call (501) 834-1956. To register online, visit Retrouvaille is sponsored by the diocesan Family Life Office. It is offered in English and Spanish. More