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Restoring to Glory Capital Campaign

The sealing and restriping of the parking lot will take place on September 29th and 30th. Please be aware that the parking lot will be closed on those days. The Church Office will remain closed September 29-30 to allow the crew to work on the parking lot. We really appreciate your support and patience as we move forward with our Restoring to Glory Capital Campaign projects.

Religious Education

PRE started on August 24th!!: Please come by the Church Office between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to register.Baptism Preparation Session (English): The next session will be held on: Saturday,August 20th at 9:00am in the Common Room
Coming Soon for Adults….
The Gospel of John: Jesus, the Eternal Word, A Catholic Way Bible Study. Thursday at 10:00am Common Room. Facilitator: Maria Muylaert
Sunday School for Children Ages 3 & 4: We hope to offer this again during the 10:00am mass beginning in September.

If you are interested in attending any of the classes, please contact Surennah Werley at 479-783-7497 or


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children (RCIA)

If you, or someone you know might be interested in finding out more about this process, please call Surennah Werley at 783-7497 ( or Peggy Brandebura at 785-7973.

Catholic Adults Seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation

If you are a Catholic adult (18 years of age or older) who has never received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and would like to be confirmed, please call Surennah Werley in the Religious Education Office at 783-7497.

Classes started on August 23rd. You can still sign up!

Ushers Needed!

We are in need of ushers for our different English Masses. Please contact Deacon Greg at the Church Office or for more details.



We are looking for a couple who would like to head up the Pre-Cana day for our area. We have two sessions a year: Fall and Spring. It is held on a Saturday from about 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will provide you with the necessary training. Please prayerfully consider if God is leading you to this ministry. Please call Dc. Greg at 479-785-7972 or email


Sisters of Mercy Reading Program

The purpose of this program is to improve the reading skills of Catholic students, grades 1 – 6, attending area public schools and to further develop the student’s awareness of their own dignity and abilities. The program meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm in St. Anne’s Hall beginning on September 20th. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please contact Surennah Werley at 479-783-7497. It is very easy! All you need to do is come and listen to our students read! We promise it will be a very rewarding experience.


IC Church Ladies Auxiliary Business Meeting

The IC Ladies Auxiliary will be having their Business Meeting on September 6th at 10:00 am in St. Anne’s Hall. There will be a Mass at 9:00 am in the Church.



Second Collection for Capital Campaign

This weekend (September 3-4), we will have a second collection for our Restoring to Glory Capital Campaign. We ask you to prayerfully consider giving generously to this campaign.


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Volunteers of the Week

This week we want to recognize ALL PRE teachers for volunteering their time and talent to spread the word of God to our Religious Education students.

Thank you for everything you do for our church!


Worldwide Marriage Encounter

It’s a beautiful weekend experience designed for couples of all ages and backgrounds. It will take you from where you are to another level! Make this autumn special by devoting one weekend to the most important relationship in your life. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends are at Subiaco, Arkansas, September 23-25, 2016 and at Memphis – Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center, October 21-23, 2016. Space is limited. For more information or to apply call Stephen and Elaine Lienhart at 501-312-1119 or email or apply at


Post-Abortion Support Group: Project Rachel

The spiritual journey lasts 11 weeks (beginning the 2nd week in September), with small groups of 6-8. Groups will be formed in Little Rock, Rogers/Springdale and Hot Springs areas. All names and meeting places are strictly confidential. Sponsored by the Respect Life Office. For details call 501- 664-0340, ext. 357. All inquiries must be made by September 12, 2016.


Holy Family Mission

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Angels, with visit to the Tomb of Mother Angelica and EWTN’s Family celebration September 15 -19, 2016 departing from Morrilton with pick ups in Conway and Little Rock.  For complete information please call Holy Family Mission at 501-354-6100 or 800-633-2484.


Islam in the Year of Mercy

Come celebrate the Jubilees of our Religious – Saturday, Sept. 17, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church (1003 N. Tyler St., Little Rock) Presentations by Imam Mahmoud al-denawy, Alaa Eldamaty, & Sophia Said.  Optional visit to mosque and Islamic Center in Little Rock.  $10 per person (no charge for Religious) includes workshop & lunch.  Register by Sept. 3.  Form at, or contact Sr. Elise Forst, OSB, or 479-783-4147.


Ladies Morning of Recollection

Sisters of the Heart will be hosting a Ladies Morning of Recollection on Friday, September 16th at 8:30 am in St. Anne’s Hall. Rev. Tom Cloherty, of the Diocese of Dallas, will be giving a talk entitled, “Daughters of Prayer– People of God: The Basics of Prayer.” A free will offering will be collected. All women are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Janine Ellsworth at 360-241-1424




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