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Click on the button above to donate online to the One Church: Unite Arkansas in Faith and Mission initiative that supports a rural mission that needs a leg up to become a thriving community. For more information, contact Megan Moore in Catholic Charities of Arkansas at (501) 664-0340, ext. 379.
We invite you to join One Church: Unite Arkansas in Faith and Mission, an initiative in the Diocese of Little Rock that began in 2018 to help a mission church in our diocese for a 12-month period that needs a one-time boost to become a thriving community. This year’s partner is Blessed Stanley Rother Church in Decatur, a small mission 20 miles west of Rogers in northwest Arkansas. The former Baptist church was converted into a Catholic church in 2017. It is the first church in the world to be dedicated to the beatified martyr, Father Stanley Rother of Oklahoma.
The Spanish-speaking community meets in the simple cinderblock building, which includes the 80-seat sanctuary and parish hall. More than 80 parishioners are packed into the church for Saturday night Mass. With no classrooms, catechists and students meet in the parish hall for religious education classes.| Leer en español
With support from One Church, Blessed Stanley Rother Church will renovate the church and hall to meet its growing needs. This includes a new roof, flooring, windows and upgraded kitchen and restrooms. The current heating and air system isn’t working properly so the church is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Pastor Arokiasamy “Samy” Madhichettyirudayaraj said the community is rallying to do the upgrades and repairs themselves. | FAQ
You are invited to donate now by making an online gift or mailing a check to: Catholic Charities of Arkansas, 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, AR 72207. Checks should be made payable to: "Diocese of Little Rock-One Church" with the notation "Blessed Staney-Decatur." | Fundraising Ideas
Download the following resources for use in your parishes. If you have any questions about these materials, e-mail Malea Hargett or call her at (501) 664-0125. Donation envelopes to hand out during Masses, fundraisers and special events are available by e-mailing Megan Moore or calling her at (501) 664-0340.
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