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. "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. Contact Us | Diocesan Services



Diocesan Services

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. The following ministries are coordinated through Catholic Charities of Arkansas:

Disaster Preparedness and Response

The Disaster Preparedness Program helps people prepare for emergencies and natural disasters. Disaster preparation classes are presented upon request to parishes and schools. The Disaster Response Program helps victims and communities devastated by natural disasters in Arkansas through the long process of recovery. If you would like to donate, please go to Disaster Relief Fund.

Family Assistance Program

The Family Assistance Program aims to provide long-term solutions to families and individuals referred by parishes who are coping with chronic economic crises. The process may involve meetings with a Catholic Charities staff member and developing a plan that can help an individual or family stabilize their financial situation and achieve long-term economic goals. Learn more.

St. Dymphna Society

The St. Dymphna Society is a support group for those struggling with mental illness and their families. Meetings are normally held on the last Tuesday of each month at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock, unless otherwise noted. They begin with Mass at 6 p.m. when a priest is available. Visit the Calendar of Events to confirm dates.