"The mission of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is to proclaim the gospel message of Jesus through Word, Sacraments and Works: to form our community in the traditions and teachings of our Catholic faith, to care for one another and the community at large and to bring others to know Jesus by our witness and example".
Communication comes in many different forms. For over 150 years, the parish of Immaculate Conception has been proclaiming Christ through Word and Sacrament. Though the message never changes, the way the Gospel is proclaimed varies by location, language, time, and technology. If you are reading this letter, you are surfing the web—the latest way in which we seek to Proclaim the Kingdom of Christ to all peoples. As you browse these pages, be assured of our prayers for you and your family. Enjoy your virtual visit. However, we hope that you will come and visit us in real time! Join your voice to ours as we proclaim the Kingdom of God in many ways.
Fr. Greg Luyet
Estimado amigos en Cristo:
Podemos comunicarnos de muchas maneras. Por más de 150 años, la Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción ha proclamado la presencia de Cristo por medio de la Palabra y de los Sacramentos. El mensaje del Evangelio nunca cambia, lo que cambia es la manera en que lo proclamamos por motivo del lugar, época, idioma o tecnología. Si usted esta leyendo esta carta, usted esta “surfing” la red. La manera más reciente que nosotros tenemos para Proclamar el Reino del Señor a toda la gente. Mientras que ustedes miran estas páginas, estén seguros que estamos rezando por ustedes y sus parientes. Disfruten su visita virtual. Sin embargo, esperamos que puedan visitarnos en persona y en tiempo actual! Junten sus voces con las nuestras mientras que proclamamos el Reino de Dios de varias maneras!
Padre Gregorio Luyet
Brief History of Immaculate Conception
The founding and initial growth of our Parish coincides with the exodus of Catholics from Ireland during the 1840s and 1850¹s. The first Irish Catholic in Fort Smith was Michael Manning, who came here to work on the construction of the fort in 1840. He arrived from New Orleans. The first known Mass to be celebrated in Fort Smith took place in his home.
As others arrived in Fort Smith, Manning donated the land for the first church and caught the attention of the Bishop of Little Rock, the Reverend Andrew Byrne. Soon they completed the little log church of Saint Patrick at the corner of what is now 3rd and North "D" Streets. Total cost for the structure was $258.50. The Catholic burial ground was immediately north of the Church.
John Corry was the first pastor of the Parish. Fr. Peter W. Walsh succeeded him
St. Anne¹s Academy and St. Edward Mercy Medical Center were testimony to their spirit and courage.
When the little log church was no longer usable, the Parish moved into the old officers¹ quarters until a new church building could be erected in 1867. This building served the needs of the Parish until 1898 when it was demolished by a cyclone. Sometime during the period after the Civil War and the turn of the Century, the Parish was renamed "Immaculate Conception" but nobody knows exactly when.
The new church, which is still in use today, was completed in less than 18 months and was dedicated on June 1, 1899.
Adolphus Druiding of Chicago was the principal architect. Rudolph Metzger, an Immaculate Conception parishoner was the general contractor and furnished the woodwork. Thomas Long was the contractor for the brickwork. The stained glass was produced by the F.X. Zettler Royal Bavarian Art Institute of Munich, Germany.
Parish extensively refurbished the church in 1965 when a parishoner noticed serious
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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God January 1
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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary August 15
Solemnity of All Saints November 1
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception December 8
of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ December 25