What's Happening in the Diocese

Deacons to recommit service in Arkansas

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017

The Minister to Deacons Office at the Diocese of Little Rock is hosting three deacon recommitment Masses to make it easier for deacons and their families to attend. In the past, this event was only held in Little Rock, but this year it is also being held in Rogers and Jonesboro. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor celebrated the first Deacon Recommitment Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers on Saturday, April 1. He will celebrate the second at 3 p.m. in Morris Hall Chapel on the grounds of St. John Catholic More

Celebrate Jesus' unending mercy April 23

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017

This year, Divine Mercy Sunday will be April 23. The celebration of Christ's resurrection continues with this feast, which recognizes that God's love and mercy endure forever and overcome any sin that separates us from him. In the 1930s, Jesus appeared to St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, and directed her to promote his divine mercy worldwide. St. John Paul II canonized St. Faustina on May 1, 2000. Five days later he decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter would henceforth be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. On Divine Mercy Sunday, parishes often host More

Apply for LRSS scholarship by May 5

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017

Each year four Arkansas Catholic parishioners receive $1,000 scholarships from Little Rock Scripture Study to assist them in pursuing college degrees in fields such as theology, Scripture, sacred music, canon law, liturgy, pastoral administration or religious education. This year, the deadline to apply for the Scholarship for Studies Preparing for Lay Ministry is Friday, May 5. Active Catholics who are enrolled in college or graduate school may receive more information about the scholarship by contacting Cackie Upchurch, director of Little Rock Scripture Study More

Healing Mass for abuse victims is April 20

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017

The Diocese of Little Rock is hosting its first Safe Environment Healing Mass with Bishop Anthony B. Taylor as the celebrant on Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m. It will be held in Morris Hall Chapel on the grounds of St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. A reception will follow the Mass. The Mass is being held in April for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness of and preventing child abuse (whether sexual, physical, or emotional). The Mass will be offered for the healing of all victims of child abuse and those impacted by it. All are welcome to attend. More

Welcome our new Catholics at Easter Vigil

Published: Monday, April 10, 2017

Catholic parishes across Arkansas will welcome about 585 new Catholics into the Church during their Easter Vigil Masses on Holy Saturday, April 15. These people have participated in their parish's Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process and fall into two groups: the elect and candidates. The elect have not been baptized and have been formed in the Christian faith and life. At the Easter Vigil, they will be baptized, confirmed and receive their first Communion. Candidates are baptized members of other Christian churches who wish to become Catholic. During the Easter Vigil, they will make a profession More

Join us in celebrating holiest week of year

Published: Friday, April 7, 2017

Lent ends with the celebration of the Easter Triduum, which is the most sacred time of the liturgical year. The word "triduum" comes from the Latin word meaning "three days." It takes place from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. The liturgical celebrations of the Easter Triduum are rich in symbolism and flow from one to the More

Diocese inviting Catholics to phone fast

Published: Friday, April 7, 2017

In addition to fasting and abstaining on Good Friday, the Diocese of Little Rock is inviting people to “fast” from digital media by turning off their cell phones and televisions on April 14. Silencing phones and televisions for all or part of this holy day will give God a chance to call your heart, especially if it is coupled with at least one hour spent in silent prayer while disconnected from the outside world. Please add this practice to almsgiving, prayer and fasting from food, which are traditional disciplines the Church More

Support seminarians on Holy Thursday

Published: Friday, April 7, 2017

The Holy Thursday Collection for seminarian education will be held April 13. The money from this Diocese of Little Rock collection will support the educational and housing expenses for the diocese's 31 seminarians. It costs the diocese more than $1 million to educate these men annually. Msgr. James E. O’Connell started an endowment fund for diocesan More