Immaculate Conception Church


Welcome to our Parish!


The First Catholic Church in
Fort Smith, Arkansas







Sacrament of Baptism

Catechesis for Baptism is directed primarily to adults who are the parents and godparents of infants and young children who are to be baptized. Immaculate Conception Church offers Baptismal preparation for parents who wish to have their children (ages 8 and under) baptized. This preparation includes one session for parents and Godparents who have not attended Baptismal preparation before. The sessions include presentations and discussions on the history, theology, rite and symbols of Baptism, and the role and responsibilities of parents and godparents.

Baptismal preparation is held every month on the third Saturday of the month in English
and on the second Sunday of the month in Spanish.

Baptisms are celebrated by appointment with one of our Priests or Deacons.

For more information, call the Church Office (479-783-7963).




Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy.  Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us.  We are liberated to be forgivers.  We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis:

"It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."

Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven.  In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins.  With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). While all the Sacraments bring us an experience of the mercy that comes from Christ's dying and rising, it is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that is the unique Sacrament of mercy.

-From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Confessions at IC Church are:

Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 pm (Chapel)

Saturday 3:30 pm (Church) Or by appointment





Sacrament of Eucharist

Celebration of First Reconciliation precedes the celebration of First Eucharist. These Sacraments generally are celebrated during second grade, however, parents, in consultation with pastor and catechists, are responsible for determining when their child is ready to receive these Sacraments.

Catechesis for First Eucharist teaches that the Eucharist is the heart of Christian life. Children are taught that the Holy Eucharist is the real body and blood of Christ and through our participation in this sacrifice; we are spiritually nourished to live in the Christian community.

The Sacrament of Eucharist is the only Sacrament that we can (and should) receive repeatedly (by going to Mass). In Holy Communion, we consume the Body and Blood of Christ, which unites us more closely to Him and helps us to grow in grace by living a more Christian life.


Communion of the Sick
The Holy Eucharist is brought to our shut-ins on a regular basis. Please notify the Church Office (479-783-7963) if you or someone you know would like a visitation.








Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ. Catechesis for the Sacrament of Confirmation seeks to emphasize the transformation of life by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and is currently completed over a 2 year process. Per Parish guidelines, candidates receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation should be in the 10th grade or older.


Preparation sessions are offered each year at I.C. Church. Classes run from September to May.











Sacrament of Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God


Parish policy requires that couples preparing for marriage contact the parish priest at least SIX MONTHS prior to intended date.


Marriage Preparation Process










Sacrament of Holy Orders

Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision.... Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.

—Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013


Please visit the Vocation Resources page on the Diocese of Little Rock website for more information.








Sacrament of Anointment of the Sick

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient. The Sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after the anointing but becomes ill once again, or if, during the same illness, the person's condition becomes more serious. A person should be anointed before surgery when a dangerous illness is the reason for the intervention.


Emergency calls may be made at any time.
Service for shut-ins may be arranged at the Church Office 479-783-7963




RCIA:Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process that leads adults to full membership in the Catholic Church. This process presents the initiation of adults into the church as a public journey of conversion in the midst of the faith community. This faith community includes sponsors, godparents, catechists, priests, other parish ministers, family, friends, and all parishioners. Catechesis for RCIA includes not only Catholic teachings but it also seeks to encourage and enlighten faith, to direct one’s heart to God, to become full participating members of the body of Christ.


On the Road to Catholicism provides you with more details about the RCIA process.



RCIC: Rite of Christian Initiation for Children

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children follows the same format as the RCIA but on a level appropriate to the ages of the children involved.


Need a Certificate?

Were you baptized at IC Church? Please call the Church Office 479-783-7963.