Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor released the following statement regarding Matthias Heppel on Tuesday, Oct. 31 2017. “Last year, it came to my attention that a man named Matthias Heppel was presenting himself as a Catholic priest and administering sacraments in the areas of Yellville and Cherokee Village. We investigated the matter and learned that he had previously been associated with a schismatic group in the Diocese of Orlando; was purportedly ordained to the priesthood in 2014; and moved to Highland, Arkansas, in December 2016. He then started what he describes
Published: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments for the Diocese of Little Rock on Oct. 26, 2017. Effective Jan. 19, 2018: Dc. Nelson Rubio, to be ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 16, 2017, appointed associate pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in North Little Rock (Marché), and St. Mary Church in North Little Rock. Rev. Rubén Quinteros, appointed pastor of St. Mary Church in North Little Rock. This is in addition to his current responsibilities as pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in North Little Rock (Marché), and as director of spiritual formation at the House of Formation in Little Rock.
Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Msgr. Francis Malone, JCL, PA, will celebrate the annual All Souls Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. After the Mass, he will lead a procession through the cemetery praying the rosary and blessing graves. If it rains, the Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock at 10 a.m. All are invited to participate. Calvary Cemetery, the official cemetery for the Diocese of Little Rock, is located at the corner of Wright Avenue and South Woodrow Street in Little Rock. The main entrance is off of Charles Bussey Avenue. Get driving directions from your location.
Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The American culture seems obsessed with zombies, vampires, ghosts and the occult. It is especially bad this time of year when we are inundated with disturbing images of darkness and death, which is a distortion of what Halloween is really about. Halloween or "All Hallows Eve," is the vigil of All Hallows Day, now known as the Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints Day) on Nov. 1. "Halloween proclaims death, mortality, decay. All Saints Day proclaims life, immortality, resurrection," explains Christopher West. Catholics honor saints who by their example teach us how to live "hallowed"
Published: Monday, October 16, 2017
The Diocese of Little Rock Encuentro will be held at Barton Coliseum at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. All are invited to attend. This daylong event will include a bilingual Mass celebrated by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor at 4 p.m. and presentations by Msgr. Scott Friend, VG, diocesan director of vocations, and Father Mauricio Carrasco, pastor of St. Andrew Church in Danville and St. Augustine Church in Dardanelle. Additional priests will be available to offer the sacrament of reconciliation.
Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017
A Cursillo for men will be held Oct. 26-29 at the House of Blessings in Eureka Springs. This weekend retreat for adults will be presented in Spanish. To attend, download and complete the application, and submit it to a sponsor. To learn more, contact Father Rubén Quinteros, spiritual advisor of Cursillo, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 309. "Cursillo" (pronounced kur-see-yo) is a Spanish word meaning "little" or "short course." This short course begins on a Thursday evening and continues through Sunday night. During these four days
Published: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Pope Francis recently launched the "Share the Journey" campaign to create a "culture of encounter" with migrants and refugees, "who now number some 65 million around the world, the biggest such crisis since World War II." This two-year campaign was created by Caritas International, a global network of Catholic charitable organizations that include Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA in the United States. Organizers hope to create encounters "between people on the move and people living in the countries they are leaving, passing through or arriving in"
Published: Monday, October 2, 2017
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. His feast day is celebrated Oct. 4. 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.