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The following offers the latest information about events and activities happening in the Diocese of Little Rock.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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