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One Church drive for small Decatur church at halfway

Small Decatur church seeking funds for new roof, HVAC, plumbing and lighting repairs

Published: March 11, 2024   
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor distributes Communion to Issac Tirado during a confirmation Mass July 29, 2023, at Blessed Stanley Rother Church in Decatur. (File photo/Travis McAfee)

Blessed Stanley Rother Church in Decatur is halfway through its year as the designated One Church partner.  Located about 20 miles west of Rogers in northwest Arkansas, the small mission is seeking a one-time boost from all the other parishes in the diocese.  

The mostly Spanish-speaking Catholic congregation of more than 80 people hopes to receive enough support to make improvements to their sanctuary and parish hall, which are housed together in a plain, white cinderblock building. 

The One Church: Unite in Faith and Mission appeal for Blessed Stanley Rother Church began last fall. To date, $42,988 in donations have been received toward their estimated need of $101,000.  

The church roof is in poor condition and must be replaced. If sufficient funds are raised, other improvements will be made, including installing a new heating and air conditioning system. Their building also can use new flooring, plumbing, ceilings, insulation, windows, lighting and doors.

With six months to go before their One Church year is over, Dennis Lee, executive director for Catholic Charities of Arkansas, said, “We know there are more Catholics and parishes in our diocese who will want to support their brothers and sisters at Blessed Stanley Rother Church when they hear about their situation.” Pastor Father Arokiasamy “Samy” Madhichetty Irudayaraj, who also oversees St. Joseph Church in Tontitown, is available to speak at parishes about the Blessed Stanley Rother community and the needs its seeking to meet with One Church support.

For more information or to donate online, visit Donation checks can be mailed to: Catholic Charities of Arkansas, 2500 North Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR 72207. Checks should be made payable to: “Diocese of Little Rock — One Church” with the notation “Blessed Stanley — Decatur.”

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