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Click on the button above to donate online to the One Church: Unite Arkansas in Faith and Mission initiative that supports a rural mission that needs a leg up to become a thriving community. For more information, contact Megan Moore in Catholic Charities of Arkansas at (501) 664-0340, ext. 379.
We invite you to join One Church: Unite Arkansas in Faith and Mission, an initiative in the Diocese of Little Rock that began in 2018 to help a mission church in our diocese for a 12-month period that needs a one-time boost to become a thriving community. This year’s partner is St. Andrew Church in Danville, a small rural mission in Yell County. The church was built in 2006 and was able to buy a two-story office building across the highway in 2013 for faith formation classes and retreats. Unfortunately, much of the 7,850-square-foot building, called St. Francis Parish Center, is unusable. | Leer en español.
With few usable rooms, religious education classes for pre-kindergarten to fifth grade and sixth to 12th grades are split into two groups, serving 80 children. Small offices have been turned into classrooms, but they can’t fit many students. Bathrooms still can hold only one person and have showers and bathtubs that are not needed. The two kitchens in the building are small and in disrepair, unable to serve parish-wide events.
With support from One Church, St. Andrew Church hopes to renovate the bathrooms, remove one kitchen, renovate the other kitchen and remove some walls to make larger classrooms. The room where a sauna and in-ground hot tub once were could be turned into a meeting room or storage area. The parish could also use helping beautifying the 6.5 acres around St Francis Parish Center.
Pastor Father Mauricio Carrasco said the parish has few resources to undertake a major renovation. With attendance down because of the pandemic and no parish fundraiser in 2020, the Hispanic community has been raising as much money as it can by selling food after Mass. | FAQ
Families are invited to donate now by making an online gift or mailing a check to: Catholic Charities of Arkansas, 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, AR 72207. Checks should be made payable to: "Diocese of Little Rock-One Church" with the notation "St. Andrew Church Danville." | Fundraising Ideas
Download the following resources for use in your parishes. If you have any questions about these materials, e-mail Malea Hargett or call her at (501) 664-0125. Donation envelopes to hand out during Masses, fundraisers and special events are available by e-mailing Megan Moore or calling her at (501) 664-0340.
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