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This weekend, 84 students will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Anthony B. Taylor. There will be two ceremonies: Friday, April 29th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 30th at 10:00 am in the Church. Reception will follow both ceremonies. Everybody is welcome!
Candidates and Sponsors need to arrive 1 hour before the mass.
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May is the Month of Mary, but Why?

We feel a special protection of Our Lady that extends to all the faithful; we feel a special joy that shines and illuminates our hearts expressing the universal certainty of Catholics that the indispensable patronage of our heavenly mother becomes even more tender, more loving and more full of visible mercy and exorable condescendence during her month of May.

Celebrate the Month of Mary

Mother’s Day Spritual Bouquet

As a way to express our love for our beloved mothers, we will be having a Mother’s Day Novena. You can remember any dear mother, living or deceased by using one of the envelopes located in the pews or at the entrances of the church. All you have to do is write their names, include a donation and drop the envelope in the collection basket. We will place all the envelopes on the altar during the novena. What's a Spritual Bouquet?


Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal: CASA

The funding that you generously provide during the CASA appeal is critical to the work and life of the Diocese of Little Rock and each one of its parishes, including ours. We ask you to prayerfully welcome this opportunity to give in support of the overall needs of the Church in our Diocese. Our parish goal is $60,813. You can find the CASA envelopes at the entrances of the church.


Religious Education

Virtus Training Changes:As of March 1st, volunteers can now participate in the Virtus Training without actually attending a “LIVE CLASS”. You are able to receive the training AND complete the required paperwork online. Volunteers and employees will no longer be required to manage monthly training bulletins online. Virtus will send out quarterly information bulletins that will keep you updated. No questions to answer after you read the info.

Every volunteer (including Ministers at Mass) and employee in IC Church and School, that has any contact with children, is required by our Diocese to participate in this program. The next opportunity for this training is: Sunday, May 15th at 1:30pm in the St. Anne’s Building
Please contact Surennah Werley at 479-783-7497 if you plan to attend the Virtus Session or have any questions.


Farewell Fr. Joseph!

We will have a Farewell Reception for Fr. Joseph on May 15th after the 7:30 am and 10:00 am Masses in the Parish Center. Please join us in saying “see you later” to our dear priest. Everybody is welcome! Fr. Joseph has been assigned to be the pastor at St. Joseph in Center Ridge.



SENIORS! Save the date!

Senior Mass will be Sunday, May 15 at Life Teen Mass. We will have a reception afterwards for the Seniors and their families. Don’t forget your CAPS AND GOWNS! Invitations are being mailed. Please call the Church Office to confirm your attendance.



There will be NO BABYSITTING during the 10:00 am Mass on May 8th- Mother’s Day.







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This week we want to recognize Virginia Ricketts for making and donating the beautiful T-shirts for our RCIA people.

Thank you for everything you do for our church!





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IC School Tid Bits!

All NEW parish and non-parish students for preschool(18 months-4 years) through grade 6. Please call the School Office at 479-783-6798 or visiti for more information. 

Summer Care Program is Now Enrolling: Preschool and K-6 full-time and part-time positions are available. Please call the I.C. School Office 479-783-6798 or visit

Festival News!

IC School Spring Festival is almost here!

May 6 and 7th
IC Church Parking Lot
5:00 - 11:00 pm
Join us for Live Music, Food, Games, Silent Aution and more!
and.... a $10,000 Raffle!!!

Introducing BidPal: This year, the Spring Festival Silent Auction is going digital! Click here to know more
Silent Auction Donations: We need Gift Baskets, Gift Certificates, New Small Appliances, Salon/Spa Services, Collectibles, Movie Nights, Game Tickets, Concert Tickets, Catering, Photo Shoots, Time Shares, Parties, Jewelry, Paintings, etc. Anything you can think of that we can auction! If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Jessica Wilson 479-652-3557 or Rachel McGrew 479-719-2038 
Raffle Tickets: A great way to support your school and have an opportunity to win what everyone needs– CASH! Win up to $10,000! Tickets are available for sale at the School and Church Offices or in the weekly bulletin.


April is National Child Abuse

This is a great opportunity to share announcements throughout this month’s bulletins that raise awareness of the prevention of child abuse. We not only want to prevent child sexual abuse, but ALL other abuses as well – bullying, verbal and emotional abuse and child maltreatment.
25 Ways to Make Kids Safer


Heart to Heart Benefit Dance

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a dance to benefit Heart to Heart on Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 pm in Columbus Acres. Proceeds will go to purchase an ultrasound machine for the center. Admission is $20 per couple. The them of the dances is the 60's. Period dress not required, but makes it much more fun!

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