Return to Me
Our Father beckons: "Return to me with your whole heart." Each Lent the Church offers us a 40-day retreat designed to help us respond to God's call. Lent is the primary penitential season of the liturgical year. We partake in Lent with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Easter Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The Triduum is the liturgical celebration to help us embrace the ultimate act of love: Jesus' passion, death and resurrection, the foundation of the Christian faith. To help you get the most from your time in the desert, go to Lent 2014. These resources are available in English and Spanish.
40 Days for Life offers prayer vigil
The 40 Days for Life Lenten campaign will take place in Little Rock and Fayetteville from March 5 to April 13. This event highlights prayer, fasting, community outreach and a 40-day vigil to pray for an end to abortion. According to the organization's website, the campaign, which began in the United States in 2007, has spread to 501 cities worldwide.
In Little Rock, participants will gather outside the only remaining surgical abortion facility in Arkansas at 4 Office Park Drive. For more information or to volunteer, contact Deana Luyet at (501) 425-3552 or Diane Moellers at (501) 868-8100 or visit 40 Days for Life — Little Rock.
In Fayetteville, the prayer vigil will take place at the public right-of-way in front of Planned Parenthood at 3729 N. Crossover Rd. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail the leadership team at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit 40 Days for Life — Fayetteville.
Give your spare change to CRS Rice Bowl
"For Lent, For Life: What you Give Up for Lent Changes Lives," is the theme for CRS Rice Bowl, which draws participation from parishes, schools and families nationwide, highlighting the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Participants put money into their "rice bowls" they may have otherwise spent on themselves, while learning about the people they are helping in developing countries around the world. This program is sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
This year, the Diocese of Little Rock is asking that all parish and school CRS Rice Bowl donations be sent directly to CRS rather than to Catholic Charities of Arkansas or the diocesan Finance Office. It is the first time that the collection has been handled this way.
The diocese still will receive its usual 25 percent share of the collection, as CRS uses ZIP codes to determine from which diocese the money is sent. A special mailing will be sent to all parishes and schools in mid-March to explain how donations should be returned. The mailing will also include a poster to advertise collection information, helpful tips for collecting Rice Bowls and a return envelope.
Catholic Charities uses the 25 percent of the CRS Rice Bowl collection from Arkansas to fund its Emergency Assistance Program. This program provides limited financial help on a case-by-case basis to people unable to meet basic living needs. Types of assistance provided include prescriptions, utilities, medical bills and emergency transportation.
Through the Office of the Bishop, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor shepherds the people of the diocese with the assistance of his priests who lead the parishes and ministries under the bishop's guidance and leadership. Together they work to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ with the goal of leading all people to eternal life in heaven. Learn more
First Sunday of Lent
- Video Way of the Cross — Visit our YouTube channel to watch all 14 Stations of the Cross, which include excerpts from the meditations and artwork found on this website in a two-minute format
- Lent Q&A — Get the answers to all your Lenten questions, including "Are Sundays part of Lent?" "What are the rules about fasting and abstinence?" "Why can't we eat meat on Fridays?"
- Lenten Resources for Teens — Check out the offerings from Life Teen International and Video Catechism for Teens to find material tailored to teens
- 10 Ways to Deepen Your Experience of Lent — Explore these alternatives to "giving up" something for Lent, starting a Bible study, volunteering at a social service agency or trying a new form of prayer
- Prayers for Bishop McDonald — Pray for Bishop Emeritus Andrew J. McDonald, 90, as his health continues to decline at the infirmary at St. Joseph Home in Palatine Ill. He was bishop of our diocese from 1972 to 2000
- CASA 2014 — Help us build the Kingdom of God through the Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal with your pledge or one-time gift via credit card. Listen to Bishop Taylor's homily in English or Spanish, read Arkansas Catholic or watch the video above in English or Spanish
- Mapping the Footsteps of God — Enjoy this new, 12-part column series from Little Rock Scripture Study, available in English and Spanish, that explores the physical landscape of biblical stories and the spiritual symbolism of deserts and gardens, mountains and valleys, rivers and seas, villages and cities, shrines, temples and churches
- Stay Connected — Follow the Diocese of Little Rock and Bishop Taylor on Facebook or watch our videos on YouTube
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- March 9: Rite of Election
- March 9: Open House
- March 9 - April 13: Lenten Retreat "Untold Blessing"
- March 9: First Sunday of Lent
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