News for Catholic living from the Diocese of Little Rock
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Aug. 27, 2021
Matt Tucker, lead and high school principal at St. Joseph School in Conway, looks at his phone while his computer screen displays a parent Facebook group for the school community Aug. 12. (Aprille Hanson Spivey photo)

Attack of the ... parents?

Teachers' and principals' jobs have always been challenging. Add a pandemic and their jobs got even harder. The sad thing is that teachers and administrators have to deal with social media attacks from irate parents. Arkansas Catholic talked to teachers, principals and parents about how online complaints can get out of hand.


In the Gospel for Sunday, Jesus speaks to us about our hearts. He says, “This people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me ... from within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.” It does not take much time spent in silence with our loving Savior to notice that our hearts need healing.

Reflection: The sacrament of reconciliation is an incredible healing experience for the heart. There we encounter Jesus as our divine heart surgeon. Spend some time in silence today with Jesus and visit with him about this sacrament. Ask him any questions you have. Listen deeply.

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy

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

St. Regina

Sept. 7

According to legend her noble pagan father rejected her as a child after she embraced Christianity. A local prefect insisted that she renounce her faith and marry him. When she refused, she was imprisoned, tortured and martyred. 
One gutsy, faithful girl ...


Work or play?

I’m 26, my wife is 27, and we’ve been married a little over a year. When our parents help us out with financial gifts, she likes to use the cash they give us to have fun, but I think we should use it to pay down student loan debt and get our finances in order. What is your opinion?
Like a paycheck, you can ...


Pray for seminarians

The Diocese of Little Rock welcomed three new seminarians this summer. They come from Glenwood, Conway and Little Rock. They join 21 other seminarians who are studying at the House of Formation or Assumption Seminary in San Antonio. Two men will be ordained priests in May and two more will be ordained deacons.

Golden lift chairs from TruMotion


1: 2021-22 One Church kicks off
4: St. Teresa of Kolkata Feast Day Mass
6: Labor Day
10-12: Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend (English)


"Hypocrites are people who pretend, flatter and deceive because they live with a mask over their faces and do not have the courage to face the truth."

— Pope Francis, Aug. 25
Students wearing masks pray during school Mass in Tontiown, Arkansas.

August aSpirations

• School starts for new principals in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Paris, Pocahontas and Conway.
Masks will remain in use in Catholic high schools for now
• Arkansas priests cannot sign "religious exemption" for employers' vaccine mandate
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Malea Hargett
Arkansas Catholic
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