Immaculate Conception Church

Fort Smith, Arkansas

22 North 13th Street

P.O. Box 1866



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Mass and Confessions

Daily Mass: Monday - Saturday 7:00 am
                      Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 pm (Spanish)
Anticipation Mass: Saturday 5:00 pm

                                    7:30 am
                                  10:00 am
                                  12:00 pm Spanish Mass
                                    2:00 pm Spanish Mass
                                    5:00 pm Life Teen Mass
St. Leo's (Hartford): Sunday 9:30 am

Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 pm (Chapel)
Saturday 3:30 pm (Church)
Or by appointment

Office Hours:    Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
                             Friday 8:00 - 12:00 pm

All Souls' Day

Jesus, dear Savior,
On this day we prayerfully remember all our loved ones who have died.
Please give them comfort and hope and may they rest in peace,
knowing that he will rest on God’s arms eternally.
Thank You for our memories of them and for the good times we shared.
We ask You, please through their intercession, to deepen our faith,
strengthen our hope and increase our love that we, too, may someday stand before You,
ready to enter Your Kingdom. Amen

For those of Mexican heritage, November 2 means celebration of el Dia de Los Muertos, or “the Day of the Dead.” This celebration joins All Saints and All Souls. On All Saints day, people visit the graves of babies and children and take them flowers, their favorite toys, favorite music, and so on. On All Souls' Day, people spend time—some of them all day—at the cemetery with their loved ones who have died. From the ancient customs of the Indians the families pray, talk with them, and take them their favorite food.
It is a most solemn but joyful day. It is a day to celebrate Christ’s victory over death. There is a mocking of death as people make skeletons, candy that represents death, and Pan de los Muertos (bread of the dead) and consume them in a kind of role reversal.

One of the customs is to build an altarcito (little altar) where one places mementos and pictures of those who have died.

In I.C. Church, we have placed our Altar of the dead with pictures from our loved ones who have passed, the Altar will be up from November 1 to November 24

To know more about the "Altar of the Dead" click here

Announcements of the Week

Pictorial Directory Pictures: Pictures are ready!!
If you got your picture taken in the past photo sessions and asked for your picture to be sent to the Church Office please come by the office to pick them up. They are looking good!



All Soul’s Spiritual Bouquet

From November 1 to November 9 we will be offering 9 Masses to remember all our loved ones that have passed before us. We will have envelopes available at the pews, at the entrances of the church and at the Church Office where you can write down the names of your loved ones for who, you would like to offer the Masses.

Altar of the Dead

The Hispanic Ministry is asking all the parishioners to bring a picture of a loved one to be put on the Altar of the Dead for the All Souls celebration. Please write your contact information on the back of the picture so we can return it when we take down the altar. You can bring your pictures to the Church Office or leave them at the Sacristy. The altar will be at the church from October 30th to November 24th.

Holy Souls Commemoration

It will take place on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 pm in Calvary Cemetery and 3:30 pm at Holy Cross Cemetery. This action is and has been throughout the history of our Church, one of the greatest signs of our belief in the power of prayers for our relatives and friends who passed on before us. Please note: We request that you do not park in Calvary Cemetery when you come for All Souls Commemoration. If you have an elderly or infirm person to bring, we ask that you drive the person into the cemetery and then park the car outside of the cemetery.

There will be a second collection for Calvary Cemetery on the weekend of

November 1st and 2nd for the upkeep of the Cemetery.

Auto-Contribution Stewardship Program
This program allows you to make contributions to the church even when you are on vacation, ill, or otherwise unable to attend Mass at I.C. Church. For more information click here

Religious Education News

Virtus Training Sessions: The next opportunity for this training is Sunday, November 9th at 1:30pm in the
Common Room (English). Please contact the Surennah Werley at 783-7497 if you plan to attend.


New Youth Group for 7th and 8th Graders at 4:12 @I!

We will meet on Sundays from 3:30-4:30pm in the worship side of the 4:12 @IC Youth Center.

The dates are:

                      November 9th and 23rd
                      December 7th 

Divine Mercy Chaplet
Please join our school an parish community to pray for vocations from our parish on Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 3:45 pm at the Chapel.

Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar

November 1 and 2. Click here for more info

Do you have a Facebook account? please  'like' our Immaculate Conception Ladies Auxiliary page. 

Confirmation News
Parent meetings have been scheduled, to discuss the plans for the candidates being confirmed in April 2015. One parent is required to attend. We will meet in the Parish Center.

Sunday, November 9th at 1:00pm (Spanish)

Sunday, November 9th at 3:00pm (English)

Parent Life Meets THIS SUNDAY!
River Valley Life Teen’s new program JUST FOR PARENTS! We will meet at 6:30 at 4:12@IC. We will be learning the same material as the teens, but it will be geared towards us as parents. There is no charge to attend, and babysitting is provided for young children. (You will need to RSVP for babysitting!) Please mark your calendars and help us spread the word!

Sunday, November 2- Love Knows No Bounds- The Mass & Sacrifice (this night ends with adoration with the teens)

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A message from Fr. John,
      It has been said that, “It takes a village” to raise our children. However, the village doesn't always teach Christian values. Instead, a parent’s best partner for giving his or her children a solid formation is Catholic Schools. For seven hours a day, five days a week, Catholic School children breathe the air of faith, academic excellence and high moral standards.
      It is because of my passion for Catholic education that I decided to write a book. My book, Oh, For the Love of God, was published in August and is both a product of Catholic education and a promise to continue that education. The proceeds from the sale of the book in this area will go to Immaculate Conception School’s endowment fund under the “Tomorrow’s Promise Campaign” and will underwrite Catholic education for years to come!

Thank you in advance for your participation in the “Tomorrow’s Promise Campaign,” and for making a substantial difference in the lives of our children.

Grace and love,
Father John


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