The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Coming into the Church 2016

More than 600 RCIA elect and candidates are joing the Church this Easter. In this section, you'll find testimonials, how a Jewish Seder meal relates to new Catholics and how the De Atley family decided the Catholic faith was where they felt at home. 


Rabbi shares Jewish customs with new Catholics

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 24, 2016         

HOT SPRINGS — A priest and a rabbi walked into the parish hall March 10 and instead of being the punch line, they were the set-up men — not for a joke, but rather to show the RCIA elect/candidates how the sacred Jewish tradition of the Passover Seder meal relates to our common religious history. “The Seder meal is a sacred Jewish ritual and we do not want to be disrespectful of Jewish traditions. By inviting More... 

De Atley family studied, listened to God's call

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: March 24, 2016   

FORT SMITH — As a homeschooling family, Michael and Lisa De Atley and their four children enjoy studying and learning together. Last year, they began a journey of faith together that gradually led them to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program at Immaculate Conception Church. The couple, who met while studying at Sparks Regional Medical Center in 1995, had grown up with very different concepts of God. “I was taught that God is love,” Lisa, More... 

You are home, new Catholics

Published: March 24, 2016   

New Catholics will enter the Church during the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday, March 26. These 665 people have participated in their parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Those who have never been baptized and want to enter the Church are called “elect,” formerly known as “catechumens.” During the Easter vigil, they will be baptized, confirmed and receive their first Communion. Baptized Christians who wish to become Catholic are called “candidates.” At the Easter vigil, More... 

Why am I becoming Catholic?

Published: March 24, 2016   

Read testimonials from new Catholics who will be coming into the Church during the Easter Vigil:   More...