After a challenging year for schools during the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, the semester is drawing to a close. In this section, the superintendent of Catholic schools looks back on the year. It explores how teacher vaccines have made an impact, as well as what graduations and the fall semester might look like. Principals have continued their educational growth despite the overwhelming trials of the year and schools are saying goodbye to longtime educators, including Steve Wells at Catholic High School.(April 23, 2021)
For the first time in two years, parish doors will be open for Holy Week, receiving new Catholics into the Church for Easter. After public Masses were suspended last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Easter is particularly special for those who have waited significantly longer to join the Catholic Church.(March 31, 2021)
The shock of the pandemic shutting down the world has faded a bit, and Catholics have come to acceptance while realizing that so much has been lost since March 2020. But we also found a way to preserve what is most important.(March 11, 2021)
With so many ways to pray, every Catholic can find a way that fits their needs to grow closer to God during Lent.
It might seem like we have been living through Lent for the past 11 months, but this holy season is the perfect time to recommit ourselves to a life centered on God and not ourselves. Praying throughout the day is one way to open up to God. It can be sitting in silence for two minutes, praying the rosary or experiencing other time-honored prayer styles like Lectio Divina. Arkansas Catholic’s special Lent section from our Feb. 27, 2021 edition, has resources to help you find the right style for you.(February 25, 2021)
Our culture is filled with messages and ideologies competing for our attention. As Christians, we have the opportunity and responsibility to discern what is of true and lasting value. This series of 10 monthly articles explores some of what the Bible has to say to shape our attitudes and our way of being in the world.
Catherine Upchurch, general editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible and contributor to several biblical publications, writes from Fort Smith.(February 11, 2021)