The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Lent 2023

Lent is a 40-day season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a time of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. In this special section, learn more about how some Arkansas Catholics are creating at-home prayer spaces, the  tradition of fasting, Lenten recipes and Lenten activities throughout the Diocese of Little Rock, including Stations of the Cross, fish fries and penance services.


Arkansas Catholic’s Lenten Trivia

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: February 23, 2023   

How much do you know about the Lenten season? Grab a pen or pencil and answer these questions. You also can answer online and earn a certificate to download and print at or scan the QR code. See answers here.   1. Lent lasts for 40_______      a. days      b. weekdays and Saturdays      c. weeks   2. Ash Wednesday is a holy day of obligation.      a.  True      b.  False   3. Traditionally, what time are Good More... 

Lenten recipes: Meatless meal ideas to make on Fridays

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: February 22, 2023   

Lent is the perfect time to try a new meatless recipe and share with your family and friends. Imitation Roast  1-16 oz cottage cheese 4 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 envelope dry onion soup 1 cup finely chopped walnuts  2 to 2 1/2 cups Special K original  cereal 1/4 cup chopped onion Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan. In large bowl, combine cottage cheese, eggs, vegetable oil, soup mix, walnuts, cereal and onion. Spoon into pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes. More... 

Prayer Spaces: A quiet place at home for you and Jesus

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: February 21, 2023   

CONWAY  —  For Hope Guidry, it started with a dream.  After a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, a popular Marian site in Bosnia-Herzegovina, her devotion to the Blessed Mother grew. One night, she dreamed her husband’s workshed was transformed into a beautiful prayer space. Mary came to the window, holding the infant Jesus, who blessed the rosaries she was making inside.  Her dream became a reality in 2020 when her husband Jamie flipped his shed to create her Marian More... 

Parishes host Stations of the Cross, retreats, missions

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: February 20, 2023   

Parishes around the Diocese of Little Rock are hosting Lenten activities to deepen the experience of the liturgical season. Contact the parish for more details. Altus St. Mary Fish fries, Feb. 24, March 3, 10 and 31, 5-7 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, every Friday during Lent, 7 p.m.   Bella Vista St. Bernard Knights of Columbus fish fries, Feb. 24, March 10 and March 31, Music by Bella Vista Strings at 5 p.m. and meal begins at 6 p.m.; Stations of More...