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Sept. 30, 2022

Pastor Father Mike Johns talks to college students after Mass Aug. 28 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Magnolia. (Malea Hargett photo)

Magnolia blooms

The Diocese of Little Rock is asking all Catholics to support Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Magnolia for the next 12 months as the beneficiary of One Church. The church plans to expand its parish center to include classrooms and offices. One Church is the diocesan initiative to give a one-time financial boost to a mission church in the state.  
What college or university is near Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Magnolia?

A. Southern Arkansas University
B. South Arkansas College
C. University of South Arkansas

(Answer at the bottom)


I recently watched the movie "Pinocchio." He was instructed that if wanted to become real he had to be brave, honest and unselfish. These virtues are true for us all if we would like to become real and overcome the insincerity of maintaining appearances.

  • Be brave: The cardinal virtue of fortitude (brave, courage) empowers the person to withstand and overcome difficulties that block his/her goal of eternal life, holiness of life and daily love.
  • Be honest: Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in teaching about speech says, "Let your 'yes' mean yes and your 'no' mean no." He is calling us to honesty and deep sincerity. The letter of James chapter 3 has a powerful section on curbing the tongue that includes “... do not boast and be false to the truth.”
  • Be unselfish: Charity (Christian love) is defined by selflessness, by being a gift of self to another, by willing the good of the other, by self-sacrifice. To see Christian love all we have to do is look at a Jesus crucified.
Reflection: Take some time today to visit with the Lord about how you are doing at becoming real and growing in the Christian virtues of fortitude, honesty and charity. Celebrate where you are thriving and cooperating with God’s grace. Ask for mercy and the strength of Jesus where you are struggling. In Christ Jesus.

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Oct. 1

Left motherless at 4, she followed two older sisters into the Carmelites, entering at 15 as Sister Therese of the Infant Jesus. Poor health made her dream of missionary work impossible. In 1896 she contracted tuberculosis and died after months of suffering. Posthumous publication of her autobiography, "The Story of a Soul," (paid link) prompted popular devotion. The "Little Flower" is remembered for her "little way" of seeking perfection in the ordinary with a simple but total trust in God.


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2: Respect Life Sunday
4: Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi
7: Red Mass, Little Rock
8: Brewtober Chilifest, Springdale
8: Catholic Charities Golf Tournament, Hot Springs Village
8: St. Boniface Lawn Social, Fort Smith
9: Senior High Youth Rally, Little Rock


"If we worship ourselves, we die, asphyxiated inside our tiny ego; if we worship the riches of this world, they take possession of us and enslave us; if we worship the god of appearance and are inebriated in wastefulness, sooner or later life is going to ask us (to pay) the bill."

-- Pope Francis Sept. 25

September aSpirations

Brother Andre makes commitment to Subiaco
Girls school making mental health a priority

State-of-the-art high school opens in Conway
Answer: A
Southern Arkansas University is located 1/4 mile from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Magnolia.

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