The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Lent 2017

The Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday, March 1. This day often brings more Catholics to Mass than any other day of the year. Learn more about this holy day and the entire season in this special section.


Jonesboro school gets on board Ark of Hope

By Aprille Hanson, Published: February 28, 2017   

Blessed Sacrament students in Jonesboro greeted an extra special kid to their school Feb. 10. But Karl the goat had more to offer than just a cute face and fuzzy coat for the children to pet — he was a real-life example of what can be provided overseas to a family in need through Catholic Relief Services’ Ark of Hope program. “It was so fun, the kids were excited when they saw him,” said Mary Kay More... 

Arkansas parishes announce Lenten activities schedule

Published: February 25, 2017   

Parishes in the Diocese of Little Rock provided these schedules for Lenten activities. Call or e-mail the parish for details before making your plans to attend. Holy Week events will be published later.   Bald Knob St. Richard Stations of the Cross, Saturdays during Lent, 3:15 p.m.; Divine Mercy in song, Stations of the Cross and rosary, Wednesdays during Lent, 5 p.m.   Barling Sacred Heart of Mary Stations of the Cross and meatless supper, Fridays during Lent. 6 p.m.; Stations of the More... 

Lent guidelines for fasting and abstinence

Published: February 24, 2017   

As we enter into the season of Lent, it is helpful to recall the discipline of the Church with regards to fast, abstinence and other forms of penance. 1. 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. 2. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence in the United States. 3. The obligation of More... 

CRS Rice Bowl donation a Lenten tradition

Published: February 24, 2017   

The season of Lent is marked by many traditions among Catholics in the United States. Symbolized by its ubiquitous cardboard box, CRS Rice Bowl has been a tradition for generations of Catholics. Beginning in 1975 as a response to a growing famine in Africa, CRS Rice Bowl today shines a light on the Catholic community’s commitment to poor and vulnerable families. Their lives are improving in measurable ways through the humanitarian programs and services provided More... 

Diocese of Little Rock: Take a phone, television fast

Published: February 23, 2017   

For the first time ever, the Diocese of Little Rock is inviting people to “fast” by turning off their cell phones and televisions on Ash Wednesday, March 1 and Good Friday, April 14.   Silencing phones and televisions for all or part of these holy days will give God a chance to call ones’ hearts, especially if it is coupled with at least an hour spent in silent prayer while disconnected from digital media. The diocese More...