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What to expect when planning your funeral Mass

By Aprille Hanson, Published: October 29, 2020   

Catholics have hope in the resurrection and the culmination of that belief is evident in a funeral Mass.  “It’s an opportunity for us to reconfirm and celebrate our faith in Jesus, our crucified and risen Lord. To pray for the repose... More 

Write your will; your children will thank you

Published: October 28, 2020   

Most people do not have a will or plan for their estate, though it should be a priority.  This is the experience of Dan Young, a lawyer with Rose Law Firm in Little Rock and a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Souls, who focuses on estate planning... More 

In dying, Catholics can still ‘live completely in Christ’

By Aprille Hanson, Published: October 28, 2020   

On Oct. 28, 2017, John Phillips, 55, died of esophageal cancer. It had been a three-year journey, with several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, doctors’ visits, research and prayer. Six months before his death, he prayerfully chose, along with... More 

Burial must respect body, faith in resurrection

By Aprille Hanson, Published: October 28, 2020   

The proper burial of a body is more than just respecting the dead -- it’s respecting the life that was lived.  Founded in the teachings of Jesus and his example of burial following his death on the cross, “bury the dead” is one... More 

Burial niches on parish grounds gaining popularity

By Aprille Hanson, Published: October 28, 2020   

When Theodore BrauBurger and his wife Theresa attend Sunday morning Mass at St. Stephen Church in Bentonville, they are also able to visit his father’s final resting place. “I think it’s powerful. I really do,” he said, of his... More 

Arkansas Catholic covers local, global news that matters

Published: October 28, 2020   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's Oct. 24 issue. Some of the stories and columns in Arkansas Catholic appear only in the print and free digital editions. To read what you're missing, subscribe today.   Portland... More 

Two former Arkansans lift up everyday faith in website

By Aprille Hanson, Published: October 27, 2020   

Before the sun rose, Little Rock neighbors Tracy Eddy and Franchelle “Fran” Jaeger would often walk, praying the rosary together and discussing their faith. “We just had this kinship of our faith that was really just the foundation... More 

'Election Novena' offered as way to pray for nation

Published: October 26, 2020   

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As it did in 2016, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging people of faith to take part in an election novena beginning Oct. 26 and ending Nov. 3, Election Day. A closing prayer for elected leaders will be offered... More 

Firecrackers, Mounties put athletes on equal footing

By Dwain Hebda, Published: October 23, 2020   

By day, Ryan Thursby is a mild-mannered math teacher at Our Lady of the Holy Souls School in Little Rock. But on the brightly polished hardwood of Catholic High School in Little Rock, he becomes the central character in the action swirling around him  “Everything... More 

Brother Michael often found in carpentry shop, farm, kitchen

Published: October 22, 2020   

Brother Michael Endres, OSB, a monk at Subiaco Abbey for 18 years, died Oct. 9 from a heart attack. He was 56.   He was born June 22, 1964, to Richard and Rosemary Steiert Endres in Van Nuys, Calif. After moving to Fort Worth, Texas, he attended... More