The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

LENT 2014

A collection of articles designed to help you make the most of this holy and solemn season.


Reconciliation makes strides with the young, converts

By Dwain Hebda, Published: March 6, 2014   

Three second-graders from St. Joseph School in Conway peered at the visitor in puzzlement. Less than a month ago, the trio and their classmates completed their first reconciliation and with the memory of that milestone still fresh, fielding questions about confession felt a lot like stating the painfully obvious. Was it hard to remember what to say? “There’s a card in there, you can use the card,” said Max Longing. Duh. Well, pressed the visitor, weren’t you afraid More... 

Readers share best recipes for Lenten cooking

Published: March 5, 2014   

Readers shared dozens of their favorite meatless recipes to add variety to the Lenten season. Please note that these recipes are published as submitted and were not tested. Click to jump to:  • Side Dishes • Casseroles • Main Dishes • Soups   Side Dishes Cheddar Cheese Loaf 3 3/4 cups reduced-fat baking mix such as Bisquick 3/4 cup reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk 1 egg 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoonful ground red pepper Vegetable cooking spray Combine baking mix and cheese. Add milk, egg and More... 

Fasting and abstaining during Lent

Published: March 5, 2014   

The Church offers these disciplines during Lent in regards to fast, abstinence and other forms of penance. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. The law of fasting allows one full meal and two smaller ones. The law of abstinence prohibits the eating of meat. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence in the United States. The obligation of abstinence begins at age 14. The law of fasting obliges all between the ages More... 

Prepare for reconciliation on the go with mobile apps

By Dwain Hebda, Published: March 5, 2014   

There is no shortage of technology to help us in our daily lives and that includes our spiritual life. The following is a sample of some Catholic apps that are geared all or in part toward making a good confession. LAUDATE: A popular, free app for all things Catholic, Laudate offers a comprehensive collection of prayers, readings and catechism. Click on the CONFESSION tab and choose a daily examination of conscience, which walks the user through More... 

‘Swiss crackers’ a traditional Holy Thursday treat

By Zita Taitano, Published: March 5, 2014   

JONESBORO — Holy Thursday is a special time for the Olivetan Benedictine sisters at Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro to enjoy Swiss crackers made from a recipe spanning nearly two centuries. The nuns don’t debate whether the tradition should continue, but there is some discussion about which recipe to use. Sister Eileen Schneider, 80, said there are two recipes, one which was given to Sister Dominica Wise, 82, in the 1950s and another recipe was from the More... 

Observe Lent with parish events

Published: March 5, 2014   

Parishes in the Diocese of Little Rock provided these schedules for Lenten activities. Call the parish for details before making your plans to attend. Holy Week events will be published at a later date. Arkadelphia St. Mary Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent, 6 p.m. Bald Knob St. Richard Stations of the Cross, Saturdays during Lent, 3:15 p.m.; Devotion for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, Wednesdays during Lent, 5:15 p.m. Bella Vista St. Bernard Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent, 4:30 p.m.; More...