Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Many people make "New Year's Resolutions" to be more physically healthy and there are many avenues to explore and adopt to help a person (or persons) within a family to do this.  I can only hope and pray that more people (like all of you) will resolve to be more spiritually healthy and alive in the Lord as we start a new calendar year.  There are various avenues we can explore that can help us in this regard.  If you haven't logged on to the FORMED website (, access code CNT7WK), I invite you to try it and become a registered member which gives you access on an ongoing basis to reading, video and audio material that can help us to grow in union with The Lord and His church.

I want to encourage the men in the parish to consider two wonderful opportunities for spiritual growth that are coming up in February.  One (February 3) is the "Catholic Men's Conference" which is a one-day event in Little Rock at Christ the King Church (4000 N. Rodney Parham Road).  Please look for more information within this bulletin and consider participating.  One speaker is Bishop Bredan J. Cahill of Victoria, Texas who I have heard a number of times, including a day of recollection for our diocesan priests a few years ago, and I can attest that he is a good speaker.  There is a cost ($25) that increases after January 20, so please register as soon as you can.  

The other opportunity is a Lenten Retreat for the men of our parish in Little Rock beginning on Monday, February 26 and ending March 1.  The retreat master will be Monsignor Scott Friend, the vicar general and vocation director of our diocese who has much experience giving retreats in Arkansas and other places.  Due to his sometimes fragile health, he is not doing many retreats anymore, so we are blessed that he agreed to do ours.  The space for this retreat (which will have talks, Mass each day, opportunity for quiet, reflective time and fellowship) IS LIMITED to the first 40 to sign-up.  Be looking for more details, including how to register, in the coming weeks.

I pray that all of our men will consider one or both of these opportunities that challenge us to get away from our comfort zones so the Lord may speak to us and make us stronger Catholic Men in thought, word and deed.

Ladies, please look for upcoming opportunities for you, including a day of recollection sometime in April.

I truly believe that year 2018 has great potential to make us what the Lord wants us to be, which is almost always better than what we might have in mind for ourselves.  Please come and "Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord."