Parish Social Ministry Office

Helping Catholic parishes in Arkansas reach out to their neighbors in need

Catholic Parish Social Ministry in Arkansas

We Are Salt and Light

Click on the button above to access this U.S. bishops' website, which offers hundreds of resources to help Catholic parishes pray, reach out, learn and act together in the vision of the U.S. bishops' "Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish." See also the Parish Social Ministry Tool Kit from Catholic Charities USA and Building Effective Parish Social Ministry Teams from the USCCB.

The Parish Social Ministry Office helps Catholic parishes develop ministries that allow them to address local needs and issues, as well as those of their own parish community. Parish-based ministries provide a means to live out the Church's social teaching. "Every time your parish meets an individual's basic needs, advocates for social change to reduce poverty and creates a partnership to improve the community, you are doing parish social ministry and being a living witness to the Gospel that responds to the needs of our brothers and sisters," according to Catholic Charities USA. Contact Us | Services


Through its statement: "Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish," the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops explains how all parts of parish life (prayer and worship, catechesis, family ministry, etc.) form disciples who can be "salt" and "light" by putting faith into action. Prison outreach, participation in Catholic Relief Services' programs, operating or volunteering at food pantries are examples of parish social ministries. For more information, or to set up a visit with a member of our staff, Contact Us. The following programs are offered through the diocese's Parish Social Ministry Office.

Disaster Preparedness and Response

The Disaster Preparedness Program helps people prepare for emergencies and natural disasters. Disaster preparation classes are presented upon request to parishes and schools. The Disaster Response Program helps victims and communities devastated by natural disasters in Arkansas through the long process of recovery. If you would like to donate, please go to Disaster Relief Fund.

Family Assistance Program

The Family Assistance Program aims to provide long-term solutions to families and individuals referred by parishes who are coping with chronic economic crises. The process may involve meetings with a Catholic Charities staff member and developing a plan that can help an individual or family stabilize their financial situation and achieve long-term economic goals. Learn more.

St. Dymphna Society

The St. Dymphna Society is a support group for those struggling with mental illness and their families. Meetings are normally held on the last Tuesday of each month at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock, unless otherwise noted. They begin with Mass at 6 p.m. when a priest is available. Visit the Calendar of Events to confirm dates.