Immaculate Conception Church
Fort Smith, Arkansas
22 North 13th Street
P.O. Box 1866
Mass and Confessions
Monday - Saturday 7:00 am
Thursday 5:00 pm (Chapel)
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
RCIA:Rite of Christian Iniciation for Adults
How much do you know about RCIA? As the Easter Triduum approaches, the Church prepares to welcome these participants in Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) through the Sacraments of Initiation.
RCIA is mainly for two groups of people: the unbaptized and baptized Christians seeking full communion with the Church. Our diocese also includes baptized but uncatechized Catholics. There are ten important steps in the RCIA process:
1) Period of Evangelization
2) Rite of Acceptance and Welcome
3) Celebration of the Word (Dismissal)
4) Sending of the Catechumens and Candidates
5) Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
6) Period of Purification and Enlightenment
8) Presentation of the Creed and Lord’s Prayer
9) Easter Vigil
Announcements of the Week
Auto-Contribution Stewardship Program
Vacation Bible School: July 13-17
We need volunteers! We need a coordinator, prop builders, snack planners, small group leaders, skit actors, activity planners, and many more….. If you are available and willing to help please contact Surennah Werley (479-783-7497 OR Surennah@icchurch.com)
Baptism Preparation Session (English)
The next session will be held on: Saturday, April 18th at 9:00am in the Bishop’s Room. If you plan to attend please contact Surennah Werley (Surennah@icchurch.com or 479-783-7497)
Virtus Training Sessions:Every volunteer (including Ministers at Mass) and employee in Immaculate Conception Church and School, that has any contact with children, is required by our Diocese to participate in this program. The next opportunities for this training are: Saturday, April 11th at 9:00am in the Bishop’s Room (English) Please contact Surennah Werley at 783-7497 if you plan to attend.
New Bible Study for Adults:
Eucharist - Sacred Meal, Sacrifice,Real Presence.
Father Barron offers inspiring insights into the mystery of Christ's presence in our lives and the centrality of the Eucharist as an important part of that presence. Tuesdays at 12:30pm in the Bishop’s Room
New Adult Bible Study: 1st Corinthians
The conflicts of the early Christians in Corinth are in many ways similar to our struggles today as Christians. With divisions, immorality, persecution, and other trials of the faithful, the message of St. Paul to the Corinthians is a much-needed message for our own times. In addition, he introduced the Corinthian Christians to the most powerful gift of all, the Eucharist. Mondays at 6:00pm in the Bishops Room Study Begins on Monday, April 6th
Holy Saturday: Collection for the Seminarians
This collection gives us the opportunity to help support the education of our seminarians. Currently, with 41 diocesan seminarians at a cost of $32,000 per year to educate each one equals to a total cost of $1,344,000.00. You can make your gift by using the envelopes included in your monthly envelope package or the envelopes located at the entrances of the church and put in the collection basket or mail it to the diocese. We also ask you to prayerfully consider adding a bequest to the Seminarian Fund in your will. You can find more information in the “Testamentary Bequest and Transfer” brochures. Please continue praying for vocations and especially for our seminarians.
Good Friday: Pontifical Collection
Our parish, once a year on Good Friday, is called on to support Christians in the Holy Land. Many Christians in the Holy Land depend on the collection for their lives. This collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the Holy Places. Franciscans and others in the Holy Land are housing and feeding the poor, providing religious formation and education, maintaining shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry. For more information, visit MyFranciscan.org/good-friday. Please be as generous as your abundance allows.
Miracles for Team Martinez
We have set up an account to provide financial support to our dear Marina Martinez while she is battling cancer. The account is part of Arvest Cares and the account number is 81589320. To make a deposit, all you have to do is go to an Arvest Bank branch and give them the account number. The name on the account is Marina Martinez Cancer Fund. Marina Martinez is a preschool teacher at Immaculate Conception Elementary School. Please keep the Martinez family in your prayers.
Immaculate Conception School is now enrolling
For all NEW parish and non-parish students for preschool (18 months-4 years) through grade 6. Please call the school office at 783-6798 or go to www.icschoolfs.org
The RCIA Process: How well do you know it?
As Holy Week approaches, we too are preparing to welcome our catechumens and candidates into full communion with our Church.Click here for more information.
Trinity Junior High is now enrolling!
Trinity online Registration will begin March 9th. Please go to www.trinitycatholicjh.org and look under admissions. You must complete all of the registration process by April 17th to be eligible for Financial Aid.
The Clearinghouse is in need!
The Community Services Clearinghouse Food Pantry is in dire need of non-perishable, non-expired, non-glass items. Canned Meats: Fish, Chicken, Sausages. Canned/Bottled Vegetables & Fruit: Green beans, peas, greens, corn, beans, apple sauce. Other Canned Food: Meals in a can (i.e. spaghetti). Dried Items: Pasta/noodles, rice, beans, crackers, instant potato flakes, cereals, dried fruit (i.e. raisins), pancake mix, oatmeal, macaroni & cheese. Cereal bars, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Syrups and Juices. Please help the Clearinghouse help those in need. You can bring the items to the church and deposit them in the plastic containers located at the entrances of the church.
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