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Catholic leaders concerned over new state child labor law

By Kimberley Heatherington, Published: March 21, 2023   

In a legislative development that has drawn concern from both Catholic and labor leaders, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed into law March 8 the Youth Hiring Act of 2023, which eliminates state age verification for children younger than 16 seeking a... More 

Catholic faith a front runner in Oaklawn Park backstretch

By Mary Rampellini, Published: March 20, 2023   

HOT SPRINGS — The stable area at Oaklawn Park houses racehorses — and a large population of Catholics. They are the caretakers of the runners who put on the show each December through May, and some of their spiritual needs are being met... More 

Your baby's name ‘almost like a prayer for their life’

By Aprille Hanson Spivey , Published: March 17, 2023   

CONWAY — When Susan Padgett was watching a Spanish soap opera, she fell in love with the main character’s name, Maximiliano. It took on greater meaning when she shared the name with her husband, Austin. As a Catholic “revert,”... More 

Hope’s Kitchen Meatloaf

Published: March 16, 2023   

Here's the meatloaf recipe hungry people look forward to at St. Mary Church's parish ministry in Siloam Springs. “When meatloaf is on the menu, we always serve more meals,” Marie Rollins, founder of Hope’s Kitchen, said... More 

Feeding hot meals to the hungry Hope’s Kitchen’s mission

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: March 16, 2023   

SILOAM SPRINGS — It is rare to find an organization that gives so generously and runs solely on the generosity of others. That may explain why Hope’s Kitchen, a ministry at St. Mary Church in Siloam Springs, has thrived for 10 years now. Not... More 

COVID effects still reduce distribution of Eucharist

By Chris Price, Published: March 15, 2023      

It’s been three years since COVID-19 swept the world, and its effects are still challenging some Arkansas churches from distributing the body and blood of Christ. On March 1, 2020, at the outset of the pandemic, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor suggested... More 

Love and caregiving unite retired Barling couple

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: March 14, 2023   

BARLING — Inspired by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor’s post-Synod response, Sacred Heart of Mary parishioners Glen and Mary Stuttgen put together a Feb. 14 workshop for caregivers that became the foundation for ongoing support. “When we... More 

Priest assignments announced for Morrilton, Lake Village

Published: March 13, 2023   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments: Effective May 29 Msgr. Jack D. Harris appointed from pastor to associate pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Morrilton and St. Elizabeth Church in Oppelo. He remains pastor... More 

Sign of peace: Are gestures replacing handshakes, hugs?

By Chris Price, Published: March 13, 2023   

While there are no longer formal restrictions on embracing in church, Catholics may have noticed there is a lot less of it going on in one part of the Mass after the COVID-19 pandemic. When the priest or deacon says, “Let us offer each other... More 

Little Rock native worked as a teacher for 30 years

Published: March 10, 2023   

Sister Mary Angeline Massery, a retired teacher and member of Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro for 77 years, died Feb. 26. She was 94. Born Margaret Carolyn Massery in Little Rock Feb. 28, 1928 to the late Jim and Mary Fitzgerald Massery, she attended... More