What's Happening in the Diocese

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

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