The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Easter and RCIA 2024

This Easter, nearly 700 Arkansans are joining the Catholic Church from all across the state and all walks of life. Additionally, with the pandemic over, many churches, schools and communities are returning to celebrations as they did before. In this section, you'll meet new Catholics and see some of the events going on all across the state. 


Pope asks Christ to 'roll away' the stones of war

By Justin McLellan, Published: April 8, 2024   

Just as Jesus removed the stone that sealed his tomb on the morning of the Resurrection, on Easter Christ alone "has the power to roll away the stones that block the path to life" and which trap humanity in war and injustice, Pope Francis said. Through his resurrection, Jesus opens "those doors that continually we shut with the wars spreading throughout the world," he said after celebrating Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square March 31. "Only More... 

Parochial schools can nudge some students to convert

By Katie Zakrzewski, Published: March 28, 2024      

Sometimes, when Protestant students attend parochial school, they feel the Holy Spirit lead them to enter the Catholic Church. With more than 650 Arkansans preparing to enter the Church this Easter season, three students shared their faith journeys as they prepare to become Catholic.    John Bohannon Catholic High School, Little Rock John Bohannon, a senior at Catholic High School in Little Rock, was raised Methodist but has attended Catholic schools his whole life. He said he originally fell More... 

685 Arkansans prepare to join Catholic Church at Easter

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: March 28, 2024   

During the Easter Vigil Mass, 685 people will enter the Church through baptism or by making a profession of faith. The elect, formerly known as catechumen, have not been baptized. They will receive baptism, confirmation and first Communion. Candidates are Christians who are seeking full communion in the Church and will make a profession of faith and also be confirmed and receive first Communion.   Elect Barling Sacred Heart of Mary Charla Roberson Irene Smith   Batesville St. Mary Fari Magali Bravo-Fuentes Liam Michael Owen Marvin Leonel Girón Noah More... 

Why am I becoming Catholic? RCIA students share journey

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: March 28, 2024      

This year, 685 people are entering the Catholic Church in Arkansas. Several of these candidates and elect shared with Arkansas Catholic why they’re joining the Church. There were so many responses that we couldn’t fit them all in our printed paper — so we’ve included them here. Enjoy these testimonies from soon-to-be Catholics about their faith journeys. “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19   “I’ve always been drawn to the Catholic Church and More... 

2024 Holy Week schedule for parishes across Arkansas

By Malea Hargett, Published: March 20, 2024   

Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. Consult the parish for potential changes. Key:   S - Spanish B - Bilingual F - Filipino L - Latin     V - Vietnamese   ALTUS St. Mary Holy Thursday: 7 p.m. Good Friday: 7 p.m. Holy Saturday: 8 p.m. Easter Sunday: 9 a.m.   ARKADELPHIA St. Mary Holy Thursday: 7 p.m. (B) Good Friday: 7 p.m. (B)  Holy Saturday: 7 p.m. (B) Easter Sunday: 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. (S)   ASHDOWN St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Contact parish for schedule   ATKINS Church of the Assumption Holy Thursday: 5:30 p.m. Good Friday: 3 p.m. Holy Saturday: 8 More... 

2024 Holy Week activities announced across Arkansas

By Malea Hargett, Published: March 20, 2024   

Some parishes are offering adoration, Stations of the Cross, confessions, blessing of Easter baskets and Easter egg hunts during Holy Week.   Adoration on Holy Thursday Bella Vista: St. Bernard, 8-9 p.m. Charleston: Sacred Heart, 8 p.m.-midnight De Queen: St. Barbara, 8 p.m.-midnight Harrison: Mary Mother of God, 6:30 p.m.-midnight Hope: Our Lady of Good Hope, 8 p.m. Thursday-noon Good Friday Jacksonville: Holy Family, 6-8 p.m. Little Rock: Our Lady of the Holy Souls, 8 p.m.-midnight North Little Rock: Immaculate Heart of Mary (Marche), 8 More...