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The following offers the latest information about events and activities happening in the Diocese of Little Rock.
Did you know more than 38 million people live in poverty in the United States? In Arkansas, nearly 500,000 are poor. Of these, about 24 percent are children. January is Poverty Awareness Month and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) offers a daily calendar and reflections to help us observe the month by taking up "Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor." CCHD, the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, offers other resources to create awareness of and ways to address the root causes of poverty in America ... More
This year the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe falls on the Third Sunday of Advent. On this day, which is called Gaudete Sunday, rose vestments are worn and the rose colored Advent candle is lit on the Advent wreath. "Gaudete" is Latin for "rejoice," which is the first word of the entrance antiphon. The color rose signifies anticipatory joy that the waiting is half over and Christmas is near. Rejoicing is a big part of the celebrations to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas. Visit our calendar or contact your parish to find out if events for this feast ... More
The Women's Religious Discernment Retreat returns in 2022 after being canceled in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held Jan. 7-8 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. Single women ages 16 to 35 who want to learn about and discern a vocation to the religious life are welcome to attend. This free event provides insight into the vocation to the religious life as it is lived through the religious of our diocese. Retreat participants will learn the vocation stories and spiritual journeys experienced by members of various religious communities serving in Arkansas. ... More
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments, Dec. 6, 2021, for the Diocese of Little Rock. Effective Jan. 14, 2022: Rev. Aby Abraham, IMS, relieved of his responsibilities as pastor of St. Mary Church in Paragould and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Walnut Ridge to return to India due to a delay in the renewal of his visa; Rev. Benignus Wego, SVD, to cover the weekend Masses at St. Mary Church in Paragould and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Walnut Ridge from Jan. 15-30, 2022; Rev. Norbert Rappold to cover the weekend Masses at St. Mary Church ... More
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; Catholic Immigration Services in Little Rock and Springdale; prison ministry; refugee resettlement; Westside Free Medical Clinic ... More
High school youth are invited attend the 2022 Weekend for Life Jan. 15-16 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock. This event returns after being canceled in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This overnight lock-in focuses on right-to-life issues from a youth perspective. It is held the night before the annual Mass for Life in Little Rock. It begins on Saturday night and includes a speaker, praise and worship music, prayer, skits and dance. This year's keynote speaker is Julia Holcomb, who will share her story about being the 16-year-old girlfriend of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler. ... More
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 4-5 in the Diocese of Little Rock. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), the appeal benefits thousands of elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose religious congregations lack adequate retirement funding. Please give to those who have given a lifetime. Last year, two religious communities in the Diocese of Little Rock received financial support from the Retirement Fund for Religious. They were: Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco and the Carmel of St. Teresa of Jesus in Little Rock. ... More
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor wrote the following message that was published, Nov. 25, 2021, in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper. "As we gather around our Thanksgiving tables to enjoy the benefits of this uniquely American Holiday — from the turkey to the cornbread dressing to the sweet potato pie — many of us will spend time reflecting on life’s blessings. We’ll rightly think of our neighbors, our friends, and our family — who bring richness into our lives. Or we’ll think about our great state of Arkansas, with its abundant natural resources and its millions of acres of fertile ... More