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News for Catholic living from the Diocese of Little Rock
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November 27, 2020

With masks and distancing required, no cases of COVID-19 are known to have been contracted during a Mass in the Diocese of Little Rock. (Travis McAfee photo / Arkansas Catholic file)

Masks pay off

A state health official told Arkansas Catholic that the Diocese of Little Rock's requirements to wear masks at all times and physical distance between families works. No cases are known to have been contracted during Masses. 

Other churches that don't require masks and allow larger choirs and bands have been outbreaks since May.

JUST ONE MINUTE

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!” (Romans 11:33) As people, we like clarity. We solve problems. We seek to discover and solve the unknown. Praise God for the way he created us with curiosity and inquisitive minds. Minds that can solve enormous mysteries. Yet our great minds have limitations; especially with people. People are mysteries to reverence and know, not problems to be solved.

Reflection: How much more the mystery of the Person of God? Take some time today and deliberately enter into the great mystery of God. Try to experience his greatness, his awesomeness. Notice your smallness: “Before the Lord the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew” (Wisdom 11:22) Worship God who loves you unconditionally.

 — Deacon Danny Hartnedy

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Paula di Rosa left school at 17 and nursed the sick during a cholera epidemic. Her charitable works evolved into the Congregation of the Handmaids of Charity,. Paula made her vows as Mary of the Crucified in 1852. She was canonized in 1954.

Started young and kept going

DAVE SAYS

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DECEMBER DATEBOOK 

5-6: National Collection for Retired Religious
6: Memorial of St. Nicholas
8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, diocesan offices closed
Many events in the diocese have been changed or canceled

QUOTE UNQUOTE

"Perhaps it is more meaningful than ever to remember, Emmanuel, God is with us — he never has and never will abandon us,"

— Bishop John E. Stowe of Lexington, Ky.

November aSpirations

•  Lake Village parish secretary retires after 50 years
•  See the results of church renovations at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro
•  Improved technology means snow days will become obsolete
 
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Malea Hargett
Arkansas Catholic
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