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News for Catholic living from the Diocese of Little Rock
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January 29, 2021

Diocesan Respect Life director Catherine Phillips places flowers Jan. 14 on the Project Rachel monument at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock, listing the names given by their mothers to babies who have been aborted. (Aprille Hanson photo)

God has forgiven

Angela told us the story of her abortion — but she also shares that healing is possible. “The abortion was absolutely rock bottom for me,” the 30-year-old said. “It was something so painful and so shameful. I did not imagine the repercussions it would have on every aspect of my being.” If you are looking for forgiveness and healing, reach out to Project Rachel.

JUST ONE MINUTE

“Keep my faith undefiled ... I ask you (Lord), and let this utterance of my convictions, even to the last breath of my spirit: that I may always hold fast to that which I professed in the creed ... when I was baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (St. Hilary)

Reflection: Spend a few minutes doing a prayerful reading of the creed. Notice your current level of conviction. Visit with God about it. Ask for what you need and desire.

 — Deacon Danny Hartnedy

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St. Apollonia

February 9

A middle-aged deaconess in Alexandria, Apollonia was martyred there in 249 when mobs were killing Christians. The patron of dentists, Apollonia is also invoked for toothaches. Dental societies and journals have taken her name.
Her teeth were pulled without anesthetic 

DAVE SAYS

Let them make mistakes

We just started teaching our seven-year-old about money. He’s very eager to learn, and he seems to be grasping the basic ideas quickly. He’s young, though, and of course, he makes mistakes. 
When should we step in?

EMAIL SCAM

Priest loses $1,500

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor is asking parishioners to beware of an email scammer using his name to get Amazon gift cards. One priest was scammed of $1,500. Bishop Taylor would never ask for gift cards by email.

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FEBRUARY DATEBOOK 

2: World Day for Consecrated Life
3: Memorial of St. Blaise
6-7: Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal kicks off
7-14: National Marriage Week

Many events in the diocese have been changed or canceled

QUOTE UNQUOTE

"If our worship is genuine, we will grow in love for all those who follow Jesus, regardless of the Christian communion to which they may belong, for even though they may not be 'one of ours,' they are his."

— Pope Francis, Jan. 25

January aSpirations

MLK March•  Arts school has taken over the former St. Boniface School building in Fort Smith.
•  North Little Rock parish hosted a MLK march around its neighborhood.
•  Bishop Taylor received his first dose of the COVID vaccine. 
 
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Your humble editor, 

Malea Hargett
Arkansas Catholic
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