Through the Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal, we have the opportunity to be the "salt and light" to each other by supporting the ministries that help those in need, evangelize, educate and care for the flock across the Diocese of Little Rock. The 2017 appeal began Feb. 4-5 in parishes across Arkansas. A recorded homily from Bishop Anthony B. Taylor was played at all Masses and pledge envelopes were handed out asking parishioners to meet this year's $2 million goal. "Today I invite you to be salt and light, to do your share in the building of the kingdom of God," the bishop said in his homily. Read or listen to it in English or Spanish.
For a complete list of ministries supported by CASA read Arkansas Catholic.
"CASA assists with those things that go beyond the capacity of our individual parishes: vocations, Catholic Charities, our faith formation programs, Catholic schools, Hispanic ministry, our deacon formation program, our tribunal and many others," the bishop explained.
In the past eight years, CASA has provided new offices for Catholic Charities of Arkansas, a House of Formation for diocesan seminarians and a remodeled building on the grounds of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church to serve as an annex to the House of Formation, where several priests now live, including the bishop. Next up is the remodeling of Fletcher Hall on the campus of St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. This project is expected to cost $2.5 million and be funded through CASA, Bishop Taylor said.
"In our diocese we ask that you give 1 percent of your gross income to CASA. For instance, if you earn $50,000 per year, pledge to give $50 per month for the next 10 months and that is 1 percent."
"This building is used to provide a place for us to have retreats for young and old," he said. "Many of our young people have been able to encounter the living Christ for the first time in their lives there through programs like Search. Any of you who have used this retreat center know how badly this 50-year-old building is in need of a drastic overhaul."
Parishioners are asked to turn in their pledge/gift envelopes indicating their total gift and the method through which they will give it. They may choose from a one-time gift or pledge to be paid in monthly installments until the total gift is received. Donors may pay by check, credit card or bank draft. If you wish to donate online, go to Online Giving. To learn more, see Options for Giving.
"This is one way in which you can be the salt of the earth and the light of the world in Arkansas today. Please join me in making not only CASA but indeed this entire year a shared blessing for everyone," Bishop Taylor said.
This weekend, February 11/12 the 2017 Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal will begin. We ask that you prayerfully welcome this opportunity to give in support of the overall needs of the Church in our Dicocese. Our parish goal is $46,998.63.
Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.
Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (your 59th birthday begins your 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these days, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals sufficient to maintain strength may be taken according to each person’s needs, but these two meals together should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
During the season of Lent, it is especially commendable for one to give generously to local and national programs in order to spread one’s gifts. It is also recommended that the faithful participate in Lenten Devotions and partake of all self-denial called for by the Christian understanding of “mortification”.
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“I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
The invitation to respond to God’s call is extended to all who are interested in exploring the Catholic way of life. The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process is open to adults, and teens, who:
* Have never been baptized. * Have been baptized in another faith and would like to become Catholic. * Have been baptized Catholic and have had no further catechization. * Have been baptized Catholic but have not completed full initiation into the Church through Confirmation and/or Eucharist.
* Would like to explore Roman Catholicism and make no commitment at this time. If this is YOU or if there is someone you would like to extend an invitation to please contact the parish office at 501-982-4891 or Ann Gallegos 501.352.4880 or fill out the form for further information. Also, if you are already a fully initiated Catholic and would like to be a sponsor, please contact us!
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