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Life Teen News!

Cancellation: There will be NO Life Night on January 22nd.




We want to thank the following people for helping us decorate our Altar this Christmas.

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Ladies Auxiliary Bazaar Report

The Ladies Auxiliary is pleased to report to the parish the results of our 2016 Bazaar.  After expenses, the net amount is $23,096.75. This will allow us to meet our commitments to the church and keep us in line with
our proposed budget for 2017. Thank you!


Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, January 29.  All parish, school, and interested families are invited to our kickoff festivities.  A complimentary brunch and 3rd annual art show follows the 10:00 am Mass in the parish center.  An Open House for our parish and interested families is 12:30- 2:00. Click here to see the schedule for the CSW!



Baseball sign-ups

Baseball sign-ups will be held January 29th from 9:00 to 12:00 noon in the lobby of the Msgr. Galvin Parish Center. Boys or girls, ages 4-14, interested in playing baseball (t-ball) for IC should stop by and sign up.  Anyone interested coaching, especially in the t-ball age groups please be sure to come to sign-ups or contact Chris Millard before registration.  Any questions please contact Chris Millard at 479-719-2765 or

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The ROAST of Fr. John!

February 4th at 6:00 pm in the Parish Center. Tickets are $20 each and includes dinner, drinks and fun! Tickets will be available for purchase after ALL the Masses THIS weekend (Jan 21-22), at the Church Office or by contacting Virginia Ricketts at 479-651-0377. Seating is limited to 300 (18 years and older). Tickets MUST be BOUGHT IN ADVANCE. No ticket sales AFTER February 2nd. No tickets at the door. All proceeds benefit the LifeTeen Youth Program. Click here to learn more


RCIA 2nd Rite of Acceptance/Rite of Welcoming

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the 10:00 A.M. Mass. At this time, the RCIA inquirers will publically declare their intention to continue their faith journey toward full initiation into the Catholic Church. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue their faith journey.


Religious Education

Scripture Study for Women “Finding I AM” By Lysa TerKeurst: Wednesday at 10:00am in the Common Room. Leader: Terra Harmon (479-420-5894). Begins on January 18th and runs 8 weeks. Childcare is available. Join us in exploring the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this interactive, in-depth study we will be trading feelings of emptiness and depletion for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is like never before.
Luke—The Gospel of Mercy by Father Jeffrey Kirby, STD & Paul Thigpen, PhD: Tuesdays at 12:30pm in the Common Room. Facilitator:  Surennah Werley. Beginning on January 31st.
If you are interested in attending any of the classes, please  contact Surennah Werley at 479-783-7497. You can come to the whole study or for as many lessons as you want.





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Volunteers of the Week

We want to recognize the couples that have agreed to participate in the Pre-Cana Instructors Retreat to assist in the preparation of the couples that will be getting married soon.

Thank you for everything you do for our church!


Adoration Chapel

If you would like to join the adorers group, please call Rudy & Dorothy Gramlich at 479-452-7595 or John and Joyce Becker at 479-783-8569. Adorers are needed for Friday 2:00 am.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter

The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are at Subiaco, Arkansas, February 10-12, 2017 and at
Memphis – Our Lady Queen of  Peace Retreat Center, April 28-30, 2017.  Space is limited.  For more information or to apply call Robert and Anne Maestri at 479-831-2841 or email or apply online at


“For Life” Events THIS weekend...

NWA Catholic Respect Life March for Life to Planned Parenthood:  Sunday, January 22nd at 2:30 pm in St. Joseph's Church in Fayetteville (1722 N. Starr Drive)
2017 Mass for Life in Little Rock: Celebrated by Bishop Anthony Taylor on Sunday January 22, 2017 at 12:05 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew (7th & Louisiana, Little Rock.)
Rosary for Life: before Mass at 11:30 am.
The Vigil for Life: in the Cathedral at 6:30 pm on Saturday, January 21 to 7:00 am Sunday, January 22.
39th annual March for Life:  2:00 pm behind the Capitol.

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Super Bowl Sunday Smoked Ribs!

The Trinity Booster Club is offering 10 rack of Ribs for $25 Smoked and hot  off the smoker. Pick up will be on Saturday, February 4th after 1:00 pm at the CTK Parking Lot. Proceeds benefit Trinity Junior High Basketball Team. Deadline to order is January 31st. To place an order, please call Cindy Barr at 479-414-4455.


Discover Subiaco Academy

Subiaco Academy, a Catholic school for boys grades 7-12, in Subiaco Arkansas is offering the opportunity for prospective students and parents to visit and experience Subiaco. 2017 Shadow Days are scheduled for Fridays, February 10, March 10, and April 7. Families can sign up for a Shadow Day or schedule a visit at
another time by contacting Admissions: 800-364-7824, 479-934-1034 or For more information, visit our website at

St. Scholastica News…

St. Scholastica Gift Shop will be closed from January 15-29 for winter break
St. Scholastica Retreat Center will hold a retreat on Centering Prayer, led by Nick Cole, from March
9-12. The retreat will combine the powerful synergy of two spiritual resources: Centering Prayer and the 12 Steps. Total Cost: $235. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. For more information, or to register, call the center at 479.783.1135 or visit


Heart to Heart Pregnancy Support Center  Baby Bottle Campaign: January 22nd - February 19th

Baby Bottles will be distributed at ALL Masses THIS weekend. Please take home a bottle and fill it with cash, coin, or check and help Heart to Heart in its Pro-life ministry throughout 2017. In 2016, Heart to Heart has helped over 3600 clients and impacted the lives of over 8200 people in our community. All funds are kept in the River Valley area and are used to help men, women, children, and families with maternity and baby needs, counseling, medical and adoption referrals, and chastity/parenting programs. The bottles need to be returned to the church on the weekend of February 18th & 19th, 2017.


Solemn Profession at Subiaco

Br. Basil Taylor, O.S.B., will make his solemn profession of vows as a monk of Subiaco Abbey at Mass on January 28, 2017, in the Abbey Church. Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, he graduated from Christ the King, then Trinity Jr. High and Southside High School.



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