Immaculate Conception Church

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The Sisters of Mercy Reading Program

The program seeks to improve the reading skills of Catholic students, grades 1 – 6, attending area public schools. Approximately thirty students and volunteers are engaged in the weekly classes, with one tutor per student for consistency and bonding between the two. The program meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in St. Anne’s Hall beginning on October 3rd. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Surennah Werley at 479-783-7497


Mission Trip to Honduras

St. Joseph Church in Fayetteville and Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith have joined efforts with the Diocese of Trujillo in Honduras to establish a parish in the community of Ilanga and help the residents with several of their needs. There are A LOT of way you can help make our Mission possible!

For more information, click here.


We have several events in September!

Saturday, September 23rd: Fr. Pius 40th Anniversary of Ordination Celebration. Thanksgiving Mass at 5:00 pm in the Church and Potluck Celebration afterwards in the Parish Center
Sunday, September 24th: Parish Picnic/School Fall Social in Columbus Acres. Doors Open at 3:00 pm and Food is served at 5:00 pm.


St. Anne’s Society News

Moving to Riverview Hope Campus: Starting on October 3rd St. Anne’s Society will be move to its permanent home at the Riverview Hope Campus on 301 So. E Street. Assistance hours will remain the same at the new location: Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The Pantry of St. Veronica will also be moving to the Riverview Hope Campus.
The Pantry of St. Veronica’s Wish List: Currently in dire need of Shampoo, Feminine Hygiene Products, Toilet Paper, Laundry Detergent, Deodorant, Shaving Cream, Travel Containers for Soap Bars.
Monetary and In-Kind donations for St. Anne’s Society and the Pantry of St. Veronica can be dropped of at the Church Office.


Sept 23-24: Second Collection Catechetical Sunday

Next weekend (September 23-24), we will celebrate Catechetical Sunday. On this day, we honor our dear catechists who give generously of their time and gifts in the work of religious education. The special collection taken up on this day helps to fund those catechetical programs in Arkansas. It is divided equally between the local parish religious education program and the diocese’s Office of Faith Formation.

A Catechist's Prayer


Rosary Rally

Join the 2017 Public Square Rosary Crusade! October 14th at 12:00 Noon in front of St Anne's Building. We must listen to Our Lady’s request and stop sinning. He will hear us, if we pray through the intercession of His Blessed Mother. Saint Luis de Montfort said: “Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy.” The Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering. For more information, please call Kathy at 479-651-0020


Sunday School Ages 3 & 4

Program available for children 3 & 4 years old Sundays at 10:00 am in the Sunday School Room in St. Anne’s Building. The program will not meet on Sunday, November 26th, December 17th, 24th, and 31st. PARENTS must escort your child/children into the classroom (s). You must also pick them up after the Mass. For Safety reasons they WILL NOT be released to older siblings. They must be signed out by a parent. Questions? please contact Surennah Werley at 479-783-7497


Volunteers of the Week

This week we want to recognize Samantha Cole, Patti Lynch, Jack & Cheri Danciu, Reba Maynard, Shaun McCaffrey, Liz Earnhart, Amy Ottman, Karen Hollenbeck, Michelle Schmitz, Jennifer Kimberly, Emma Alvarez, Antonia Anaya, Bebe Anaya, Traci Barker, Sidney Bieker, Donna Davis, Yosemite Espinoza, John & Kathy Furstenberg, Amy Galvan, Jesus Garcia, Brandy Harper, Almeli Herrell, Rita Harris, Damaris Henry, Joselin Hernandez, Patricia Hurtado, Luisa Ibarra, Priscilla Ibarra, Daniella Infante, Stephanie Luevano, Gladis Maciel, Arnulfo Manjarrez, Grisel Manjarrez, Christian Martinez, Jesus Martinez, Margarita Martinez Maria Janet Martinez, Josie Nunez, Sandy Nunez, Lucero Perez, Annitxa Phetchareum, Manitza Phetchareun, Abigail Phillips, Connie Post, Melanie Prewett, Manuel Ramirez, Alondra Romero, Rutilio Marin, Alejandro Hernandez, Brenda Rosales, Rosemary Rose, Manuel Serna, Yasmeen Serna, Kaitlyn Smith, Maribel Vargas, Guadalupe Zepeda, Brin Marie Bourdreaux, Jessica Fenwick, Phillis Gore, Terra Harmon, Stacy Johnson, Jennifer Marley, Maria Parga, Sarah Parkinson, Kellye Sharum, Chandra Stoll, Julie Strasser, Juan & Cecilia Garcia, Juan Raya, John & Peggy Brandebura, Amber Cottrell, Olive & Gene Dempsey, Estela Manjarrez, Pamela Rosales, Ada Salazar, Michelle Thompson, Missy Toon, Dc. Cesar Villafranca, Rick Foti, Laura McFall, Cackie Upchurch, José Armenta, Jaime & Josefina Flores, Veronica Rios, Sr. Hilary Decker, Jose Rosales, Fr. Jerome Kodell, Juan Mendoza, Sr. Sarto Gaffney, Ana Garcia, Surennah Werley, Dc. Charlie Kuehl, Ken & Faryl Rossi, Nancy Gallo, Sr. Judith Marie Keith, Candelario Galvan, Sr. Cecilia Brickell, Hermenegildo Nunez, David & Rosalie Young, Charles Blashcke and Maria Muylaert for offering their time and talent in helping the Religious Education Ministry with RCIA/RICA, Religious Education Classes, 1st Communion Classes, Sunday School Classes, Confirmation Classes, and Adult Bible Studies. Thank you for helping us spread the word of God and to help others know Jesus by witness and example. Thank you for everything you do for our parish!




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Automatic Contribution Program

A convenient and secure way to automate your weekly offertory gift. Make your contributions even when you are on vacation, ill, or otherwise unable to attend Mass at I.C. Download form here. Once you complete and sign the form return it to the Church Office. Questions? Call the Church Office at 479-783-7963.


I.C. Church Columbarium

We are looking to provide alternative burial arrangements for Catholics who prefer cremation to in ground entombment. In 2015, a committee was formed to study the feasibility of building a Columbarium on the Immaculate Conception campus. A Columbarium is an above ground facility where your loved one’s cremains will be entombed. The Columbarium will be built in the existing fenced in area North of St. Anne’s Building and to the East of the church. For more information in acquiring a niche, please contact the Church Office at



St. Anne’s Society  Bingo!

Join us for some BINGO on Monday Nights in the Parish Center! Doors open at 6:30 and Bingo starts at 7:00 pm. For $15 you can play 17 games with bonus games that can pay up to $500! All proceeds go to St. Anne’s Society to help the needy in our community.




Adoration Chapel

If you would like to join the adorers group, please call Rudy & Dorothy Gramlich at 479-452-7595 or John and Joyce Becker at 479-783-8569. Adorers are needed for Sunday at 4:00 pm.

We are also in need of substitutes for all times.


Knights of Columbus Classic Charity

You are invited to the 2nd Annual on October 9th at Fianna Hills Country Club. Get your friends, pick a captain, and have fun...all for a good cause! Proceeds from the tournament go to the Gregory Kistler Treatment Center. There are different Sponsorship and Volunteer opportunities for everybody! Signup sheets are available here


St. Boniface School Lawn Social Turns 130

Don’t miss one of the area’s best fall traditions! The St Boniface Lawn Social is celebrating 130 years on October 6th and 7th from 5:00 -10:00  pm with great food, games, and live music. There will be special activities for young children, older kids, teens, and adults: bingo, silent auction, inflatables, train rides, crush a car, face painting, cash prizes and more! Enjoy a fun night out, visit with friends, and celebrate the beginning of fall!  Entrance is free. St Boniface School is located at 201 N 19th Street in Fort Smith. For more information contact the school at (479) 783-6601 or visit


Michael James Mette In Concert

Michael is a Catholic performing artist who travels the country with his wife Michelle and their six children. His music is a modern reflection of his faith blending alternative rock with faith based lyrics. The concert includes performances from the whole family, lights, video, music and testimonies by Michael and Michelle. See you on Friday, October 6th at 7:00pm in the Life Center at St. Michael Catholic Church, Van Buren. Admission is FREE and open to the public. For more information:


Trinity Junior High seeks…

Candidates for the position of Business Manager. The ideal candidate will be proficient in Excel and Quickbooks, have payroll and human resources experience.  An accounting degree with knowledge of GAAP is preferred. The ideal candidate is a practicing Catholic with excellent customer service skills and the ability to work in a fast paced office. The candidate should also have the ability to love and be compassionate with children. If interested, please contact Dr. Karen Hollenbeck at or 479-782-2451. 







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