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April 8, 2022

Sister Domitila Gonzalez Flores, MCP, talks with parishioner Esthela Garlinghouse and others Jan. 22 at St. Albert Church in Heber Springs for a Synod listening session. Top concerns are Masses celebrated in Spanish and more faith formation opportunities.(Photo courtesy of Sister Mickey Espinoza)

A Church that speaks to us

Pope Francis' goal for the Synod on Synodality is to listen, especially to people who are marginalized in the Church and community. In the Diocese of Little Rock, that includes Hispanic Catholics, who say they want to feel welcome with Spanish Masses and faith formation opportunities. 
Of the 132 churches in the Diocese of Little Rock, how many celebrate Mass in Spanish?

a. 109
b. 79
c. 49

(Answer at the bottom)


On Sunday we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. In one Mass we will cover a week of Jesus’ life, from his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem to the next Friday when we will cry out ‘Crucify him’. The readings evoke a roller coaster of emotions. It is very helpful to engage the Scripture not only with our intellect but also with our emotions.

Reflection: Take some time before Sunday to pre-read the Mass readings. Notice what stirs in your mind and in your emotions. 

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Stanislaus of Szczepanów

April 11

St. Stanislaus (1030–1079) became Krakow's bishop in 1072. He became a critic of King Boleslaus II, who threatened the bishop's death. Stanislaus excommunicated the king, who then ordered his soldiers to execute him. When the soldiers refused, the king killed the bishop himself. The murder outraged the Poles and led to the king's ouster. St. Stanislaus was canonized in 1253 and is the patron saint of Poland. 


Should kids pay rent? 

My wife and I were talking the other night, and I brought up the idea of charging our son a small amount for rent, maybe just $20 or $25 a month, to help him be even better prepared for the real world. What do you think about this?


Leaders on the move  

Dr. Pattie Davis, president and CEO of Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, and Father Leonard Wangler, abbot of Subiaco Abbey, have announced their departures from leadership positions at the two Arkansas institutions.

Easter Sunday
April 17


8-10: 2022 Catholic Youth Convention, Little Rock
9: Mount St. Mary's Dinner Belles and Auction, Little Rock
14: Holy Thursday Collection for Seminarians 
15: diocesan offices closed, Good Friday Holy Land Collection
22-23: Msgr. Tribou Memorial Golf Tournament, Little Rock


"We need a faith built upon and constantly renewed in the personal encounter with Christ, in daily listening to his word, in active participation in the life of the Church and in authentic popular piety." 

— Pope Francis
at a prayer service
during his visit to Malta
April 2

April aSpirations

• Growing Latin Mass parish gets new church
• Love-Love: priest serves as Trinity tennis coach

Pax Christi fundraiser assists school children
Answer: (c. 49)

Of the 132 churches in the Diocese of Little Rock, 49 (37 percent) celebrate Mass in Spanish

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