The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Lent 2019

During the season of Lent, Catholics become more focused on spiritual growth and seeking forgiveness. In this section, you’ll learn more about the sacrament of reconciliation, how to make a good confession and facts about it you may not know. Lenten events throughout the state and a book by Father Njopmo on adoration is also included. 


Confession is meant to be joyful, not filled with fear

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 11, 2019   

The seven sacraments of the Catholic Church are tangible signs that create an inward grace. From the happiness of marriage to the hope flowing from anointing of the sick, each is a gift from God. But for many Catholics, confessing their sins in the sacrament of reconciliation can be uncomfortable, painful and downright scary. Those feelings of inadequacy and fear do not originate from God, making the need for confession all the more real. “I think people More... 

Grow spiritually with these Lenten events throughout state

Published: March 9, 2019   

Lenten Events 2019 Parishes in the Diocese of Little Rock provided these schedules for Lenten activities.   Altus St. Mary Fish fries, March 8 and 29 and April 5 and 12, 5-7 p.m.   Bald Knob St. Richard Stations of the Cross, Saturdays during Lent, 3:15 p.m.   Barling Sacred Heart of Mary Stations of the Cross, Fridays of Lent, 5:30 p.m. in the parish hall followed by a meatless supper.    Bella Vista St. Bernard Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent, 4:30 p.m.; fish fries, March 8 and 29 and More... 

Take these three steps toward a more meaningful confession

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 7, 2019   

There’s no strict format for confession, but there are ways to make the experience more fulfilling and life changing.   Take it to prayer Sin is darkness in the soul and asking God to shine a light on what is hidden is the first step. “The things we often most need to deal with we push farther in and so we shroud them in darkness inside of us,” said Father Erik Pohlmeier, diocesan director of faith formation. Catholics can turn More... 

What do we ask about the sacrament of reconciliation?

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 7, 2019   

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the sacrament of reconciliation, known also as confession or penance, is “an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy.” Here are some questions you might have about the sacrament.   • When is the sacrament of reconciliation first celebrated? For cradle Catholics, children receive the sacrament typically in second grade and before receiving First Communion. Those who join the Church will receive the sacrament during the Rite More... 

Pastor’s new adoration book part reflection, part how-to

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: March 7, 2019   

FAYETTEVILLE — Prayer leading to action: it not only describes Father Eliseo Noel Njopmo’s personal journey, but also the message in his new book. Father Njopmo’s book, “The Adoration Pleasing to God,” is written for anyone wanting to deepen his or her faith and approach to Eucharistic adoration with the expectation of it being life transforming. The “Adorer’s Manual,” as it is also called, was written to walk individuals through the act of adoring and to More... 

Increase faith and decrease excess for growth this Lent

Published: March 7, 2019   

INCREASE • Pray the rosary every day • Attend daily Mass or at least one more day a week • Figure out what you struggle with and practice it for Lent • Read the Gospel of the day and journal about it • Join a Bible study in your parish • Find a book you can read with a group of Catholic friends • Listen to Catholic podcasts instead of the radio in the car  • Evangelize more on social media, like sharing More...