What's Happening in the Diocese

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

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