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After 12 months of COVID-19, What have we learned?

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.


Financial picture for parishes will be clearer this fall

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: March 16, 2021   

When public Masses shut down for about three months in 2020 and with parishes at just 25 percent capacity once the faithful were able to return, there was a concern about parish income from weekly collections, as well as other money typically collected through church fundraisers.  Revenue and expense reports for the fiscal year ending in June are sent to the diocese by each parish.  “The June 30, 2020, reports showed that for all parishes, total weekend More... 

Priests say Church will continue adapting to changes

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: March 12, 2021   

Thanks to the COVID-19 virus, 2020 became the year of “winging it,” assuming with each passing month things would get better and we’d get back to “normal.”  A year later and more than 2.5 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide, 500,000 of those in the United States, the idea of normal is still a long way off, even with the hope brought by vaccines.  “God is in control and that we are very vulnerable as people” is the spiritual More... 

Catholics can lead the way to promote faith, science

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: March 12, 2021   

Matt Denefe, 28, is a second-year resident in emergency medicine at a Little Rock hospital. He will finish his residency in the summer of 2022. The married father of three, who attends Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in North Little Rock (Marche), shared with Arkansas Catholic the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic he saw firsthand during his medical training.   How often have you worked with COVID-19 patients?  Pretty much every single shift. I'd see, on bad days, More... 

How students cope with COVID-19 and warning signs

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: March 12, 2021   

Beginning March 16, 2020, the hallways of Catholic schools in Arkansas were silent as the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to quickly pivot to online learning. It turned out to not be temporary but continued the rest of the semester. Schools came back in fall 2020 to at least some in-person instruction.  The word to describe 2020? “It would have to just be ‘flexibility’,” said principal Kathy House of Christ the King School in Little Rock. “It’s More... 

Ministries figure out how to serve hardest-hit amid pandemic

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 11, 2021         

With tears in her eyes, Val Little smiled as she talked about her new apartment after living in a homeless shelter.  “Very hard,” she said of last year. “It’s sad. But for right now, I just got into my place … I don’t have much right now. I’m glad it’s warming up.”  The petite Black woman, who looked as if she could be anyone’s next-door neighbor, was appreciative as she picked up a suitcase of clothes from More...