News for Catholic living from the Diocese of Little Rock
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Jan. 28, 2022

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor and Father Leon W. Ngandu, pastor of St. Augustine Church in North Little Rock and St. Bartholomew Church in Little Rock. congratulate Claudette Votor, winner of the Daniel Rudd Award, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass Jan. 15. (Chris Price photo)

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Diocese of Little Rock celebrated the 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock Saturday, Jan. 15. During the celebration, Claudette Votor, a member of St. Augustine Church in North Little Rock, was presented the 2022 Daniel Rudd Award for her impact on her parish and community. Arkansas Catholic also talked to Arkansans about how King impacted their lives.


In a recent article for the Word on Fire Institute journal, Rachel Bulman says of parenting: “And simply put, we are the first face of God for our kids.” This is an absolute truth. For good and for ill, our images of God were first shaped by our parents.

Likewise, we in our daily interactions are revealing an image of God to our children, in how we love, are faithful, laugh, discipline, forgive and ask forgiveness, require love from them and expect them to do their best. Parenting is both an awesome privilege and responsibility. It is difficult to travel this path alone. The Word on Fire Institute has sponsored a show called Meet the Bulmans, in which we can journey with and get to know Rachel, Jason and their growing family and how they live their faith in daily life. 

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy

Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians USA)

Our Lady of Lourdes

Feb. 11

From Feb. 11 to July 16, 1858, Our Lady made 18 appearances to Bernadette Soubirous near a grotto in Lourdes, France. Mary told her, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” The Church confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions in 1862. Since then, millions of people from around the world have made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, where more than 60 miraculous cures have been recognized. Our Lady of Lourdes is the patron saint of relief from physical ills.


Investing for teens

Our son is 13, and he has been doing some part-time work for a friend of the family. He makes $40 to $60 a week, and he would like to begin investing the majority of what he earns. Do you have a suggestion for a good place he could put his money?
Early lessons for young savers


Afghan refugee update  

Arkansas will soon be home to 180 Afghan refugees who fled their country after the war on terrorism. One, a former interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, is now helping Catholic Charities of Arkansas communicate with other refugee families who have moved to Arkansas. 
Golden lift chairs from TruMotion


30-Feb. 5: 2022 National Catholic Schools Week
1: Calix Society of Central Arkansas Meeting, Little Rock
2: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
2: Annual World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life


"Even many homilies -- I say it with respect but with pain -- are abstract, and instead of awakening the soul, they put it to sleep. When the faithful start looking at their watches (and say), 'When is this going to end?', they put the soul to sleep."

— Pope Francis, Jan. 24

January aSpirations

Teens are one big concern for synod
Catholic schools looking at ways to retain and recruit more students
Monks at Subiaco going back to school
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