News for Catholic living from the Diocese of Little Rock
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July 30, 2021
Janet Edgar, principal of St. John School in Hot Springs, stands beside the school's new 14-passenger bus that will transport Hot Springs students to Catholic High School and Mount St. Mary Academy starting in August. St. John will offer partial scholarships to the Little Rock high schools as an incentive to keep local students in Catholic school all the way to graduation. (James Keary photo)

Will it work?

Cities that have a Catholic elementary school but not a Catholic high school have to come up with ways to attract and retain students through eighth grade. In Hot Springs, St. John School has a new program to entice students to remain at the school through eighth grade: free transportation to the nearest Catholic high schools and a tuition break. Will it work?


“They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.” (Mark 2) There are times in our lives when we can experience being paralyzed. We can be paralyzed by sin, addiction, destructive habits, selfishness, materialism ...  Spiritual reading of this biblical event may allow us to interpret the four men as the four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude. Prudence is using our minds (thinking) to choose the good. Justice is giving God and others their due (God: worship and love; others: love). Temperance is moderation; finding the balance between too much and too little. Fortitude is the courage to choose, pursue and persevere the good.

Reflection: Visit with the Lord about where and which of these virtues would help you thrive.

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy

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

St. Lydia

August 3

Lydia’s name is taken from her place of origin, Thyatira in the province of Lydia (now Turkey). Paul’s first convert in Philippi, Lydia is mentioned once in the Bible: Acts 16:13-15. Luke calls her “a dealer in purple cloth” and “a worshipper of God.” This patron saint of dyers may have been a merchant in luxury goods.
Why did "purple" matter?


Impact investing?

A friend recently mentioned something called "impact investing" to me. What exactly is this? How do impact investment funds perform, and what do you think about them?
The truth is it's hard to ...


Masks or no masks?

With the spike in COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, mask requirements are back on the table. For Catholic elementary schools, masks will be required. In Mass, it is up to the pastor to make the decision. 

Golden lift chairs from TruMotion


2: Bishop Taylor’s 41st anniversary as a priest
3-7: Tontitown Grape Festival
6: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
7: Taste of Faith Live & Virtual


"In this time of pandemic, may these games be a sign of hope, a sign of universal brotherhood marked by a healthy spirit of competition."

— Pope Francis, July 25 about Olympics in Tokyo

July aSpirations

Sisters in BatesvilleLatin Mass will be restricted to Springdale and Cabot parishes
Father Eric Groner in Pine Bluff celebrated his 25th anniversary as a priest 
• Ladies' Auxiliary in Fort Smith is for the young and old
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Malea Hargett
Arkansas Catholic
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