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Are this year’s fall festivals a flop or not?

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 28, 2020      

The true start to fall in Arkansas is tricky to detect. With the leaves still bright green and weather in the 80s and 90s, one of the few clues that it’s technically a new season are parish fall festivals. From spaghetti dinners to carnival rides,... More 

Sunday Mass obligation to resume in Arkansas Oct. 1

Published: September 25, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced Sept. 25 that beginning Oct. 1 he is ending the dispensation from the obligation of in-person Sunday Mass attendance. Beginning March 12, the bishop dispensed with Sunday Mass obligation in the Diocese of Little Rock... More 

Teachers take extra precautions, stay home during COVID

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 25, 2020      

When Shannon Fratesi decided to come back to her classroom at Catholic High School in Little Rock for the 2020-21 school year during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not a decision made lightly.  “I have Multiple Sclerosis, so the medication... More 

Fayetteville school again receives highest honor

Published: September 24, 2020   

FAYETTEVILLE -- St. Joseph School in Fayetteville has done something most schools haven’t been able to achieve. It was named a National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School in 2014 and named to the list again Sept. 24. St. Joseph is the... More 

One Church to help Little Rock church construct parish hall

By Malea Hargett, Published: September 24, 2020      

Father Leon Ngandu, SVD, surveys the empty lot next to St. Bartholomew Church in Little Rock. For years the parish has wanted to build a parish hall, but they have not quite raised enough money to get it built. Instead, the parish meets in its former... More 

Arkansas Catholic delivers the truth to your mailbox, inbox

Published: September 23, 2020   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's Sept. 19 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... More 

Politics as a religion is a spiritually dangerous place

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 22, 2020   

Politics and religion are two things we are told never to discuss in polite company, yet are often debated. In the divisive world of politics, it’s easy to be sucked into party loyalty and shed our Catholic identity or try to mold it to fit the... More 

Listening a skill to hone during election season

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 21, 2020   

Whether it’s sitting across from a close relative, chatting with friends or engaging with a stranger on social media, navigating politics can be like dodging landmines. But it doesn’t have to be.  Braver Angels, a national nonprofit,... More 

Bishop announces priest's return to India for health reasons

Published: September 18, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral change: Effective Sept. 18 Rev. Mariadass Vallapaneni relieved of his responsibilities as associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in North Little Rock to return to his home Diocese... More 

Deacon candidates installed as acolytes Sept. 12

Published: September 18, 2020   

Forty-eight men took the next step Sept. 12 in their formation to become permanent deacons. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor installed them as acolytes during a private Mass at Christ the King Church in Little Rock. Diaconate formation director Father Erik Pohlmeier... More