News for Catholic living from the Diocese of Little Rock
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April 30, 2021

Steve Wells kicks off another lesson in literature for a homeroom full of Catholic High seniors April 14. The CHS alum and North Little Rock native is retiring at the end of the term after nearly 40 years in the classroom. (Dwain Hebda photo)

Thank you, teachers

Teaching is always a challenging profession, but this year it has been even more difficult. Teachers have had to learn how to manage virtual classrooms while keeping students and themselves safe from COVID-19. Recently Arkansas Catholic highlighted retiring English teacher Steve Wells and seven other principals and teachers who are retiring in May. 


A beautiful way to live out our baptism is to shift from living from "I can" to "we can." Notice in the letter to the Philippians: “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” (4:13) At first it sounds like "I can," but it really is "we can" because it is Christ and me = we. As Americans, the air we breathe is "I can." It is hard for us to live into "we can" with Christ, with our spouse, with our neighbors, with our co-workers, with our children.

Reflection: Notice today when you are living from "I can" or "we can." What are your thoughts and feelings when living from each space? Where do you desire to live from? Speak to the risen and victorious Lord.

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy

Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians USA)
ONE CHURCH: Unite Arkansas in Faith and Mission

St. Athanasius

May 2

This doctor of the Church, famous for sharing his understanding of the Incarnation, became bishop of his hometown, Alexandria, in Egypt. Venerated from the time of his death in both East and West, he is the patron saint of hagiographers (writers of the lives of the saints).
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I have about $550,000 in a brokerage account that’s made up of 75 percent mutual funds and 25 percent single stocks.  Am I putting my money toward the best investment possibilities right now?
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Five new priests May 29

All Catholics are invited to attend the ordination of five priests at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 29 at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock. No tickets or RSVP are necessary. Masks will be required and all safety protocols for Mass will be followed.

Golden lift chairs from TruMotion


7: Online grief support group begins
7-9: Permanent Diaconate Formation (English), Little Rock
9: Mother’s Day
15: Virtual Pre-Cana Day for engaged couples
15: Subiaco Academy graduation


"Shepherds go with the people of God — sometimes ahead of the flock, sometimes in the midst of it or behind it, but always there with the people of God."

— Pope Francis to new priests in Rome April 25

April aSpirations

welcome back• Fifteen school administrators and teachers were recognized for working 25 and 50 years in Catholic schools
• New campus ministry building opens on Arkansas Tech campus
• School chess clubs return to popularity thanks to pandemic and Netflix miniseries
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Malea Hargett
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