Parish Outreach Ministry

Helping Catholic parishes in Arkansas reach out to their neighbors in need

Catholic parish outreach in Arkansas

Sister Iliana Aponte, DC, serves as the parish outreach liaison to Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Little Rock. Parish-based ministries provide ways to live out the Church’s social teaching, which calls us to recognize the fundamental dignity of all human life in every state. The parish outreach liaison works with parishes to develop such ministries through general education, workshops and by helping parish on a specific ministry. Contact Us

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, all parts of parish life (prayer and worship, catechesis, family ministry, etc.) form disciples who can be salt and light by putting faith into action. Prison ministry, participation in Catholic Relief Services' programs, operating or volunteering at food pantries are all examples of parish outreach programs. "Every time your parish meets an individual's basic needs, advocates for social change to reduce poverty and creates a partnership to improve the community, you are doing parish social ministry and being a living witness to the Gospel that responds to the needs of our brothers and sisters," according to Catholic Charities USA.