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In 1997, Pope John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Feb. 2. This feast, traditionally called Candlemas Day, is celebrated 40 days after Christmas and recalls when Mary and Joseph presented Jesus to God in the temple. During this Mass, candles are blessed symbolizing Christ, the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Christ to all people. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday More
Project Rachel, a support group for women who have had abortions, will begin a new 11-week support group starting the third week of February. Small groups of six to eight women will meet in Little Rock, Rogers/Springdale and Hot Springs. All names and meeting places are strictly confidential. This program is sponsored by the Diocese of Little Rock Respect Life Office. For more information, call (501) 664-0340, ext. 357. To learn more about Project Rachel, visit the Hope After Abortion website. It offers prayers, testimonials, psychological affects of abortion and other resources to help you or someone you know begin More
Each winter, Catholic schools nationwide celebrate Catholic Schools Week. This year, it is being held Jan. 25-31, marking the 41th anniversary of the observance. The theme: "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service," notes the values at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are small communities of faith within the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Second, faith, knowledge and service are the measures by which any Catholic school should be judged. Schools nationwide observe the week with special Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and the community. To learn how Catholic schools in Arkansas celebrate this week, read the Catholic Schools Herald in this week's Arkansas Catholic. More