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The following offers the latest information about events and activities happening in the Diocese of Little Rock.
The Diocese of Little Rock will begin a new, permanent diaconate formation program in the fall of 2017. It is open to Catholic men in good standing with the Church who will be 35 years old by 2022. Those interested are invited to attend an informational meeting that will provide an overview of the program and plans leading up to ordination in 2022. Visit our calendar to see a list of all informational meetings in Arkansas. The program will be offered through the diocesan Office of Faith Formation under the direction of Father Erik Pohlmeier. Classes will be taught monthly at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock for deacon candidates and their wives. The first three years of candidacy will also correspond with the class time for the Little Rock Theology Institute. ... More
National Bible Week will be celebrated across the United States Nov. 15-21. The theme: "The Bible: A Book for the Family," invites us to celebrate the importance of the Word of God in the life of our domestic church: the family. This observance builds on the recent Synod of Bishops on the Family and Pope Francis's visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Little Rock Scripture Study, an international, Catholic Bible study program based in Little Rock, is offering free, daily reflections for use in your homes and parishes throughout the week. They are available in English and Spanish. Followers of Little Rock Scripture Study's Facebook page will also see the reflections posted daily during National Bible Week. Written by Clifford M. Yeary, associate director of Little Rock ... More
Little Rock Scripture Study (LRSS) will host three days of reflection on the Eucharist in November. Cliff Yeary, associate director, will speak from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at Holy Rosary Church in Stuttgart and Sunday, Nov. 15 at St. Mary Church in Hot Springs. Yeary will discuss “The Bread of Life, A Feast of Biblical Reflections on the Eucharist.” To attend the Stuttgart event, call (870) 673-4144. To attend in Hot Springs, call (501) 623-3233. Also on Nov. 7 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Father Mike Walsh, CM, pastor of St. Anne Church in North Little Rock, will lead a similar day in Spanish at St. Edward Church in Texarkana. To register, contact Deacon Angel Guzmán at (870) 772-1115. LRSS is an internationally recognized ministry that provides Catholic Bible study materials ... More
National Vocation Awareness Week is being celebrated Nov. 1-7. 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. Highlighting the Year of Consecrated Life, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor wrote a letter to pastors and Diocese of Little Rock staff asking them to bring this focus on religious vocations "to a great climax" during National Vocation Awareness Week. "I would ask that from Nov. 1-7 each parish have a homily on vocations to consecrated life, an intercession at every liturgy, a holy hour ... More
Pope Francis proclaimed that a special Holy Year of Mercy will begin Dec. 8 and continue through Nov. 20, 2016. The theme for the year will be: "Be Merciful, just as your Father is Merciful." (Luke 6:36) The Holy Father announced the extraordinary jubilee at St. Peter’s Basilica during a Lenten penance service March 13. He declared the universal year to highlight the Catholic Church's “mission to be a witness of mercy.” Holy years feature special celebrations, pilgrimages, strong calls for conversion and repentance and special opportunities to experience God's grace through the sacraments, especially reconciliation. The doors of the Church “are wide open so that all those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness,” Pope Francis said at the penance service. To learn more, visit the ... More
Are you planning a parish festival or school fundraiser and want to get the word out? If so, you are welcome to submit your events to this website. We list Catholic events in Arkansas where the public is invited. The following are examples of events we will list: Parish, school, religious or any Catholic organizational events; Lenten and Advent missions and activities Conferences and retreats hosted by the diocese, parishes, retreat houses or religious orders; major parish or institutional anniversary events; retreats, festivals, fundraisers or feast day events. Events and activities that are closed to the public or are not likely to be attended by those outside the parish, school, religious or organization's community will not be listed on our calendar. Examples of these include: ... More
The annual Junior High Spectacular will be held Sunday, Nov. 8 at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock. This event is open to youth in grades 6-8. This year's presenters are Kyle Heimann and Dan Harms, who make up the acoustic, humor, rock duo Popple. They will focus on theme: "We are One in His Image." In addition to this presentation, the daylong program will include praise and worship, lunch and Mass. The cost is $40 per person. Scholarships are available. To apply, download the registration form. The deadline to register is Oct. 16. To register, download and return the registration form to diocesan Catholic Youth Ministry Office. For more information, contact Tricia Gentry at (501) 664-0340, ext. 418. Catholic Youth Ministry responds ... More
"Ours is a dignity that is rooted in the fact that we were created in love and redeemed in love by God himself, who is unchanging. Regardless of any circumstances, this God-given dignity can never be decreased." — Pope Francis, Science and Life Association address, May, 30, 2015. Each October, the Catholic Church celebrates Respect Life Month to proclaim the "God-given dignity" of every person from conception to natural death. "The love of Christ urges us (2 Corinthians 5:14) to make ourselves the servants of the small ones and of the old, of every man and every woman, whose the primordial right to life is to be recognized and protected," the pope said. "Every Life is Worth Living," the theme for the 2015-16 Respect Life Program, reflects this truth. This program begins ... More