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Cemetery expands in Hot Springs

Another phase of expansion for Calvary Cemetery at St. Mary Church in Hot Springs was completed May 27, when masonry around the new memorial prayer garden was completed. A major feature of the garden is a path of 59 stepping stones that make up a large rosary adjacent to the cemetery’s two new columbaria. Each stone, $150 each, is engraved with ... More ...  

Serving at the altar

Students at St. Joseph Middle School in Conway attended their final Mass of the school year May 26. Twenty-one fourth-grade students completed altar server training with adult volunteer Charles Lock. Language arts and religion teacher Cara Pizzolato said, "I'm so proud of these kids and their willingness to serve. We only had four last year, so this was a big deal."

Corpus Christi procession Fayetteville

About 100 people participated in a Corpus Christi procession at St. Joseph Church in Fayetteville June 6 after the 5 p.m. Mass. Because of the threat of bad weather, the procession was moved inside, with three stops: at the entrance to the DeBriyn Center, in the gym and at the concessions area. Pastor Father Jason Tyler and associate pastor Father ... More ...  

Change for Life campaign donations

Students at St. Joseph School in Conway collected almost $1,700 for Life Choices, a local nonprofit pregnancy resource center. The money was collected during the 202-2021 school year through the nonprofit’s “Change for Life” campaign. The fundraising campaign began 18 years ago, typically collecting pocket change in baby bottles given to parishioners to fill. The school has participated in the ... More ...  

Mercy named to Forbes list

Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith and Rogers were named to Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates 2021. They are ranked in the top 150, outranking companies like IKEA, Facebook and Johns Hopkins Medicine. The independent survey centered on work-related issues and workplace experiences.  “We work very hard to make sure our benefits and compensation packages draw new hires, ... More ...  

Conway basketball camps

St. Joseph School in Conway held basketball camps at the Family Activities Center June 1-4. Athletic director and boys basketball head coach Brent Bruich, girls basketball head coach Kay Lynn Hill and assistant boys basketball coach Luke Davis led the camps with help from high school students. Fifty-two students in first through third grades participated June 1-2, while 62 students ... More ...  

Day of Prayer, Healing July 10

Project Rachel Ministry, a diocesan ministry to help people coping with the after effects of abortion, will hold a Day of Prayer and Healing Retreat in Little Rock Saturday, July 10. The retreat’s exact location is disclosed only to participants. For more information, call or text the confidential Project Rachel phone line (501) 663-0996.

Mother Teresa a loving parish cat

For nine months, Mother Teresa has been visiting Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Booneville. With blue eyes and a cream coat, the small cat caught the eye of pastor Father Rajasekhar "Raj" Chittem when he needed her most.  She showed up just four days after the Oct. 6 death of his older brother, Rayappa Chittem.  "Mother Teresa was a symbol ... More ...