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Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
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 Rebecca Cargile at Catholic Charities of Arkansas at (501) 664-0340.
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. Bartholomew Church in Little Rock, a predominantly African-American parish started in 1909, that is in need of a new parish life center to house its faith formation activities and serve the neighborhood children through after-school programs. | Leer en español.
Parishioners have been meeting in the parish's old high school building, which closed in 1964. Major repairs are needed to fix the former school’s cinder-block walls and air conditioning. There is mold, cracks in the walls and the air conditioning is old, noisy and does not work properly.
Rooms are small so larger events are held on an empty lot with a rented tent or at a rented facility at another church. Parishioners have raised or pledged $620,000 toward constructing a new 5,040-square-foot parish life center that would have rooms for faith formation programs for 150 people as well as three offices, a kitchen and conference room. Learn more by reading Arkansas Catholic or read the FAQ.
Donations from One Church can help the parish raise the remaining funds needed to build its parish life center. More ideas can be found here. 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. Bartholomew Little Rock."
Download the following resources for use in your parishes. If you have any questions about these materials, e-mail Emily Roberts or call her at (501) 664-0125. Donation envelopes to hand out during Masses, fundraisers and special events are available by e-mailing Rebecca Cargile or calling her at (501) 664-0340.
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