Immaculate Conception Church

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Ash Wednesday

One of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Ash Wednesday Schedule


Lent 2016 Schedule


Religious Education

Sunday School for children ages 3 & 4: We are offering this program during the 10:00am Mass on Sunday. If you have a child in these age group and/or are willing to volunteer in the program, please contact Surennah Werley.
Virtus Training Sessions: Every volunteer (including Ministers at Mass) and employee in I.C. 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: Saturday, February 13th at 9:00am in the St. Anne’s Building.

Please contact Surennah Werley 479-783-7497 or if you are interested in attending any of these classes or volunteering in the programs.  


Oh, for Heaven's Sake

Share the words of Fr. John Antony in ther book and audio serie Oh, for Heaven's Sake. A wonderful compilation of his most popular homilies. You can find the book and audio series in the Church Office for $25 each.

I.C. Baseball Signups

The program is for boys and girls age 4-15. Signups will close on February 15th, or when a team reaches capacity as determined by the coaches. This year’s registration fee is $85, uniforms and equipment are extra. Any questions or interested in coaching contact Chris Millard 719-2765 or



RCIA Rite of Sending and Rite of Election

In the Rite of Sending (Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the 10:00 A.M. Mass) our church affirms the decision of these people to begin their final preparation for receiving the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil. At the Rite of Election (Saturday, February 13th) the catechumens and candidates will be presented to Bishop Anthony B. Taylor at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers, Arkansas at 2:00 P.M. 


Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

Learn God’s ways of handling money with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University! The average turnaround is $8,000 in just the first three months! The class will start on February 16th  at Immaculate Conception Church and will run for nine weeks. For more information or to sign up for the class, please contact Ron Novak at 479-806-3168. The class is open to the first 25 couples.


Heart to Heart Baby Bottle Campaign

Sponsored by Heart to Heart Pregnancy Support Center during the “Sanctity of Life” Month (January 24th through February 21st). Baby bottles will be distributed at all church services the weekend of January 23rd and 24th. Please take home a bottle and fill it with cash, coins, or checks and help Heart to Heart in its Pro-life Ministry through 2016. The bottles need to be returned to the church on the weekendof February 20th and 21st, 2016. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Heart to Heart at 452-2260 or email


Win a 2016 Chevy Colorado!

The State Knights of Columbus is selling raffle tickets to give away this 2016 Chevy Colorado all proceeds will go to the Education Fund for Seminarians in Arkansas. The Knights of Columbus will be selling tickets after Masses on February 13th and 14th.



Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Nights!

The Knights of Columbus #996 of Ft. Smith will be having Fish Fry Nights starting at 6:00 pm every Friday during Lent in Columbus Hall at Columbus Acres. The cost is $8.00 per plate of either Fish, Shrimp or a Combo of both they include french fries, hush puppies and cole slaw, there will also be cheese pizza available. Questions? Call Jayne Ann Spahn at the Hall 479-649-7144.

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Volunteers of the Week


This week we want to recognize IC Church Choir members: Terri Haaser, Kathleen Weidman, Lisa Hill, Patty Pair, Kelly Schmidt, Rita Helfrich, Maggie Mulloy, Lona Seiter, Laurie Hindman, Robert Maestri, Zac Werley, Jacob Maestri, Skip Freeman. Guest singers from other churches: Lou Ann Dooley, Bryant Dooley, Brandon Bolin, Kaye O'Daniel, Daniel Heinrichs, Dianne Heinrichs, Shannon Stoddard, Prissy Buchanan. Orchestra members: Emily Carpenter, Emily Evans, Kathryn Rice, David Ewing, Dr. Bill Keating, Ben Keating, Kirk Linum. Organist and arranger: Lawrence Odom. Director of Music: Rick Foti. For the amazing performances on Christmas Midnight Mass and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Mass.

Thank you for everything you do for our church!





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Trinity Catholic High School is coming!

We're excited to announce that after surveying all the parishes in 45 miles of Fort Smith, the response was overwhelmingly positive.  Our community wants and needs a Catholic high school.  Our board presented these findings to Bishop Taylor, whose final conclusion was: "I support your efforts to move forward...I admire your vision and zeal...I know you are walking by faith!  As am I!"  Thank you all for your valuable input to the survey. Please continue to follow us for updates and keep us in your prayers. Contact us if you would like to help Donations can be made to: Trinity Catholic High, P.O. Box 10612 Fort Smith, AR 72917


Shadow Days in Subiaco Academy

Subiaco Academy is offering Shadow Days for interested students and their parents to visit and explore the Academy’s junior and senior high college prep program. Open to boys in grades 6-10, activities include campus tours, shadowing students, and information sessions with teachers and members of the administration. Students may spend the night before in a dorm for more of the Subiaco Experience and overnight accommodations are available for parents, all free of charge.  For more information, or to reserve a place for a Shadow Day, please contact the Subiaco Academy admissions office at 479-934-1034 or email  Learn more at our website


Project Rachel: Post-Abortion Support Group

The Respect Life Office is starting a Post Abortion Support Group beginning on February 15, 2016. The spiritual journey lasts 11 weeks, with small groups of 6-8. Groups will be formed in Northeast Arkansas. All names and meeting places are strictly confidential. For details call 501-664-0340, ext. 357. 


St. Scholastica Retreat- Dreams: Lost Language of God:
February 19-21, 2016

This workshop shows you how to begin recognizing, understanding and interpreting the Voice of God in your dreams. Jungian Therapist Diana McKendree and Pastor Lance Sawyer team up to bring you a method of dream-work which blends the best of Jungian psychology with the sacred biblical tradition. In this introductory workshop, you'll gain a basic framework for interpreting your dreams. You'll experience the process firsthand through both individual and small group dream-work. Cost: Resident $195.00 Commuter $150.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included in the resident price. Meals only are included in the Commuter price. For more information, or to register, visit or call 479.783.1135.



Garage Sale at St. Scholastica Monastery

Currently accepting donations of household goods and furniture (no clothing, please) for its Giant Garage Sale March 5. If you would like to donate items to the sale, please call Sister Madeline Clifton at (479)739-7786.



Arkansas Catholic:  2017 Directory Photo Contest

Any professional or amateur photographer in Arkansas can enter their photo of the inside or outside of a Catholic church or institution in the diocese. The deadline is March 18. For complete rules and an entry form, visit

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