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Letter from Fr. Juan regarding COVID-19 Closure – March 13, 2020

My Dear People,    This morning as I was celebrating mass with our school children I spoke to them about not having fear. Fear is not from God. Fear should not be the driving force behind our decisions at this time.  Caring for others and ourselves is the main focus of this time. In this spirit, I invite you to read the following changes Bishop Taylor has mandated throughout the Diocese of Little Rock. After listing his changes, I will mention a few items relevant to Christ the King specifically. Effectively immediately, Sunday Mass obligation is dispensed for all Catholics. Hence, beginning immediately Catholics are not required to attend Sunday Mass through the end of April. Nonetheless, we will have regularly scheduled Masses this weekend (March 14-15) so I can address this unprecedented protocol with our parish family. You are not obligated to attend Masses this weekend, and anyone who is elderly or has health issues or a compromised immune system should stay home. Anyone who cares for the sick or elderly should also not attend. Still, perhaps now more than ever we need the strength, comfort and grace of the Eucharist. Churches will be kept open for private prayer and Eucharist Adoration during daylight hours as an alternative to Sunday Mass. Christ the King Church will be open from 8 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday.  We will continue to do the same; we will, however, cancel daily Masses (English and Spanish) beginning Monday, March 16. Hence, no Mass on Monday, March 16....

FSCS COVID-19 Closure

Dear FSCS Families, In an effort to do what we can to minimize the spread of COVID-19, especially to the most vulnerable among us, the Catholic Schools Office, with approval from Bishop Taylor, has decided to close all the Catholic schools beginning March 16th until March 30, 2020. In response to COVID-19, we are trying to be proactive rather than reactive. Accordingly, certain measures must be put in place and the closure of school will be one of these actions. We will be implementing AMI (Alternative Method of Instruction/Cyber Days) all next week. We will still observe Spring Break and no instruction will take place March 23-27, 2020. We will not be conducting face to face parent teacher conferences next week, but your child’s teacher will be contacting you to do the conferences by phone or by email in the coming days. We will be at the school from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 for you to come by and pick up any items your student will need during the closure. If you are unable to come during this time, please contact your principal to schedule a time that works for you. All teachers will be available during regular school hours by email to help your student or you with any questions you may have. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us by email any time. These are unprecedented times and we ask your family to pray for God’s guidance and healing. Our love and commitment to our Catholic school community is why we are choosing to move to distance learning. Sharon Blentlinger,...

Holy Souls Commemoration

The Blessing of Graves and Praying the Rosary will be held on Sunday, November 3. Calvary Cemetery at 2:00 PM Holy Cross Cemetery at 3:30 PM. In Barling, at St. Mary Cemetery at 11:30 AM

State of the Parish September 2019

STATE OF THE PARISH HOMILY CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC CHURCH September 29, 2019. Last June I began a new tradition. Every June I will offer you my annual report on the status of our parish.  However, it is the end of September.  The reason I delayed the state of the parish is so I could have final financial numbers to give you, and so I had a better understanding of the situation with the renovation of the main church. Like last year, this report includes where the church is financially at the end of this fiscal year 2018-2019, our accomplishments this past year, and a little about what to expect for our next fiscal year. THE NUMBERS: Last year I stood before you with a discouraging picture of the financial situation for the parish. However, this year I stand before you with good news, but still being very cautious moving ahead.  We need to be prudent and more than ever we need to keep up our financial giving. Let me begin with the good news. One of the church’s biggest ministries, our school, was budgeted for $79 thousand this past year and ended up only being $42 thousand.  This good news was the result of a lot of hard work to stay in budget at the school.  We budgeted according to the number of students enrolled and we staffed better according to our needs. We need to remember the parish has the obligation to support our youth through our school ministry However, we need to...

St. Michael’s Day Festival 9/28

St. Michael’s Day Festival:  St. Michael Catholic Church in Van Buren invites you to their St. Michael’s Day Community Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Church festival will include games, a raffle, silent auction, food (prices will vary) and much more! All proceeds benefit the St. Michael’s Expansion of Church Facilities and Programs. Admission is free!  The raffle prices for this year will be: 1st – $2,500.00, 2nd – $1,000.00. Tickets are $20 for the whole sheet of 15 tickets or only $2.00 each. Drawing will be Sept. 28, 2019 at St. Michael’s Day Community Festival.

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass Schedule

There will be three opportunities for masses to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Vigil – Wednesday, August 14 6PM in the Church (English) Thursday, August 15 8:10 AM in the Church (English) and 7PM in the Church (Spanish).

Class Lists 2019 – 2020 School Year

Class lists for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year are now available. Bulger 18-MOS O’Connor 2 YR Balleza 3 YR Merrell 3 YR Clifton 4 YR Miller 4 YR Pulley 4 YR Kindergarten First Grade Second Grade Third Grade Fourth Grade Fifth Grade Sixth Grade    

Help St. Anne’s Society

You can help support the St. Anne’s Society in the following ways: PLAY BINGO! – Every Monday evening at IC’s Parish Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm. For $15 you can play 17 games with bonus games that can pay up to $500. POOR BOX – Poor boxes are located at Christ the King, Immaculate Conception and St. Boniface Churches. We ask families to give one dollar a week to the poor box. ST. VERONICA’S CLOSET – Each week items needed are printed in the bulletin and can be left in the boxes by the exits of the church or at the Church Office. The closet is in need of the following: Deodorant for Men and Women, Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion, Shaving Cream, Toilet Paper, Laundry Detergent and Feminine hygiene products.

Financial Peace University

Planning for the future is hard when you’re still paying for the past! Listen—there’s a better way! Join our Financial Peace University group, and we’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future . . . together! Interested? Join me at Christ the King Catholic Parish starting August 4, 2019. Coordinator is Scott Barr.  The group will meet Sunday at 10:00 -11:30 AM in the Parish Center from August 4 -September 29, 2019 Cost of the class is $109. That amount is refundable at the end of the course or can be a donation to CTK. Scholarships may be available.  Contact Scott for more information. To register, visit:

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