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Watch Part 1: "Open Your Hearts to Upcoming Changes"

Ver 1ª Parte: "Abran Sus Corazones a Próximos Cambios"

Watch Part 2: "Open Your Hearts to Newcomers and the Call of the Lord"

Ver 2ª Parte: "Abran Sus Corazones a los Recién Llegados y al Llamado del Señor"

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Open Your Hearts in Welcome!

¡Abran su Corazón en Bienvenida!

"Open your hearts in welcome!" was an initiative of Bishop Anthony B. Taylor that identified his priorities for the Diocese of Little Rock from September 2011 to March 2013. He launched this initiative in a homily that was played at all Masses in Arkansas Sept. 10-11, 2011. See results

In his homily, he identified four key areas, in what he called his "rallying cry" to parishioners to learn, grow and ultimately open their hearts to the future of the Church in the diocese. "We are experiencing changes in our diocese and we as Catholics and Christians need to be ready and responsive to these changes," he said.

These four priorities were: 1.) Welcoming the English translation of the New Roman Missal; 2.) Welcoming natural family planning for all engaged couples of child-bearing age; 3.) Welcoming the newcomers in our midst; this includes those joining the Church, immigrants, young adults and retirees new to the state, and those who have left the Church and want to return; 4.) Welcoming the Lord's call in your life, including a possible call to the priesthood.

This page offers the bishop's audio homily that was read at all Masses, as well as the text for those who wish to read along as they listen. In addition, the bishop's initiative is also offered in video and can we found on the diocese's YouTube channel. The two-part video, along with all the other materials are offered in English and Spanish.

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1.) Open your Hearts to the New Roman Missal/Abran sus Corazones al nuevo Misal Romano

2.) Open your Hearts to Natural Family Planning/Abran sus Corazones a la Planificación Familiar Natural

3.) Open your Hearts to Newcomers/Abran Sus Corazones a los Recién Llegados

4.) Open your Hearts to Vocations/Abran sus Corazones a las Vocaciones