The first-fruits of the Arkansas missions have come forth in the form of two vocations! Daniel Smallwood of Sacred Heart Church will be joining the Brothers of Saint Francis of Assisi on August 22. Colette Crochet from our own Saint Philomena Chapel will be joining the Congregation of the Mother of God on September 4. We celebrated with a farewell party for each of them at the Sacred Heart Chapel. Thanks be to God for calling them to His service and for giving them the grace to answer the call!
Feast Day High Mass
August 11 was the feast of our Dear Little Saint, Philomena. Father celebrated a High Mass in her honor and some visitors from Sacred Heart Church in Mountain View, Arkansas came to help with the singing. Thanks be to God, it was a beautiful liturgy in honor of our patroness who has obtained so many graces and blessings for us!
Corpus Christi Procession
On June 19, we celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi, the feast of the Blessed Sacrament in which the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ is truly present. We adored our God with prayer and song in procession and twice received His blessing in Benediction. “O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine!”
Rosary Procession and May Crowning
During the month of May, the Church holds up, in a special way, the devotion to our Lady. We made a rosary procession to publicly show our love and devotion to Mary and to ask her for her most powerful prayers. Then, we crowned her statue with flowers. May the Mother of God assist us in our every need.
The Blessing of Our Chapel and Confirmations
On May 22, 2022, our church was blessed by Bishop Mark Pivarunas. Though we started from humble beginnings, now we have a beautiful church thanks to the blessings of God and the intercession of our dear Saint Philomena. Many of our members also received the wonderful sacrament of Confirmation and became soldiers of Christ.