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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time is that part of the liturgical year outside of Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter. This season is broken into two parts.  The first part follows the Epiphany and continues until the start of Lent. The Second part starts after Pentecost and runs until the start of Advent. The following prayer can help us focus on God's word and service to others during this liturgical season.              
Lord Jesus, 
let us realize that every action of ours no matter how small or how secular enables us to be in touch with you. Let our interest lie in created things-  but only in absolute dependence upon your presence in them. Let us pursue you and you alone through the reality of created things.
Let this be our prayer -  to become closer to you  by becoming more human. Let us become a tree branch on the vine  that is you,  a branch that bears much fruit. Let us accept you in our lives  in the way it pleases you to come into them:  as Truth, to be spoken,  as Life, to be lived,  as Love, to be followed,  as Joy, to be given:  as Peace, to be spread about, as Sacrifice, to be offered among our relatives and friends,  among our neighbors and all people. Amen.


Vacation Bible School

July 10th-14th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm daily

Open for children between 4 and 9 years old or entering Pre-K 4 through 4th grade next fall. Register by June 26th. Space is limited. $20 per child or family rate of $15 if there are 3 or more children in the immediate family. T-shirts are included. Please DO NOT register your children if you have already registered them in the I.C. School Summer Care Program.
We need volunteers! Come and join us at Vacation Bible School! It’s fun! These hours count for I.C. School service hours. You must purchase a $10 t-shirt. Nursery is provided for children of volunteers.

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Calvary Cemetery: Mowing

We are now in full mode mowing season is and we are asking everybody NOT to place any floral arrangements on the ground since it can damage our lawn mower. We suggest you use some shepherd’s hooks to hang your flowers and place them as close as possible to the tombstone or you can also place your flowers on top of the tombstone. Thank you for your understanding


The Pantry of St. Veronica

Located in the Church Office, the purpose of the Pantry is to provide the needy and/or homeless with essential personal hygiene products when they come seeking help. Instituted as part of our St. Anne’s Society program to assist the poor and homeless, it is currently in dire need of body lotion. Supplies can be delivered to the Church Office.


Lost & Found

We have several items left on campus after the Spring Festival and after other events in our parish. Among those items, we have: A women’s clutch, Small earring, Stroller, Couple of Jackets, Several sunglasses and reading glasses. Please call the Church Office 479-783-7963 to identify.


First Communion Pictures

All First Communion pictures are ready to be viewed and available for order at You can place your order from the website or contact Cecilia at 479-783-7963 to make your purchase today!







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Volunteers of the Week

We want to recognize the Sebastian County Sheriff Department for providing us with an escort throughout the Corpus Christi Procession. Thank you so much for keeping us safe!


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 Monday 12:00 am, Tuesday 10:00 pm & Friday 5:00 pm. We are also in need of substitutes for all times.


IC School News

Now Enrolling: For all NEW parish and non-parish students for preschool (18 months-4 years) through grade 6.  Registration forms in English and Spanish are available at the entrances of the church or on the school website: Please call the school office at 783-6798 for more information or to schedule a personal tour


2018 Diocesan Directory

An invaluable resource to keep by your phone or in your car to find Mass times for another parish or to call or e-mail a parish, priest, deacon or religious in the diocese. It costs only $13. Send your check or money order to Directory, Arkansas Catholic, P.O. Box 7417, Little Rock, AR 72217. Directories will be shipped in late September.


Ozark Catholic Conference “We are Called”

August 5th, 2017– 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. St. Vincent de Paul, Rogers, AR. Tickets $25 - includes lunch and conference. Register TODAY FREE CONCERT! the night before the conference, August 4th at 7:00 pm in the Worship space at St. Vincent de Paul. Join our composers Dolores Gomez and Lourdes Montgomery for a wonderful evening!


Post-Abortion Support Group

Do you feel alone, hurting or unforgiven from a past abortion?  The Respect Life Office, through Project Rachel, is starting a support group, beginning the third week in September.  The spiritual journey lasts 11 weeks, 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. All inquiries must be made by September 18. For details call 501-664-0340, ext. 357 or email:


St. Scholastica Retreat Center

July 16-22  The Song of the Seed: A Monastic Way of Tending the Soul, presented by Macrina Wiederkehr, OCB  Cost: $500. These days will be spent feasting on the Word of God. In this retreat you will be offered time and space for tending the gifts you have been given.  Lodging and meals are included in the price. To register call 479.783.1135 or visit















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