Immaculate Conception Church

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The First Catholic Church in
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First Sunday of Lent
Lenten Schedule

During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.

Click here to see our Lenten Schedule

(Lent Reconcialiation Services, Stations of the Cross, and Monday Luncheons)


CASA Weekend is THIS weekend

Through a gift to the Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal (CASA), we can "give ourselves more fully to the Lord." CASA supports the ministries that help those in need, evangelize, educate and care for the flock across the Diocese of Little Rock. In our diocese we ask you to give 1% of your gross income to CASA. For instance, if you earn $50,000 per year, pledge to give $50 per month for the next 10 months and that will be 1% of your income. Contribution envelopes will be available in this week’s bulletin and at the entrances of the church. If you want to learn more about CASA, please follow this link

4:12 Youth Group News

February 18th    Youth Night
February 25th    Youth Night
If you are interested in attending the State Youth Convention in Little Rock April 6-8 please contact Loretta Collins at 479-883-5570.!

We want to share with you a great tool to build a holy habit into your life that will give your soul nourishment every day. That tool is called FORMED and it is available for most electronic devices. FORMED is an amazing website/platform with something for all ages: movies, video studies, an audio bible, audiobooks, testimonies and other inspiring talks, and e-books. It even had an app so that you can have spiritual food available with just 1 click, anytime and anywhere!

Our parish has purchased a subscription to the website and we want to share it with all our parishioners!
All you have to do to get started is:
1) Go to
2) Enter access code: WKYVGQ
3) Enter your email and create a password (you’ll need this to login later!)
4) You are ready to enjoy the platform!


St. Anne's Society Movie Night     

Bring your friends to watch The Shack!
Everyone is invited! Saturday, February 24th at Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Movie starts at 7:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, pillows and blankets. Popcorn, soda, water, and candy will be available. All proceeds will benefit the local homeless. Sponsored by K. of C. 996. Free Admission! Donations accepted.


Ladies Auxiliary Day of Recollection

Walking Through Holy Week With Jesus
Everyone is invited!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
Immaculate Conception Parish Center

Our presenter will be Father Andrew Hart, Pastor of Saint Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Fayetteville, Ar. and Saints Peter and Paul Church in Lincoln, Ar. Mass at 9:00 am in the Church. Registration after Mass in Parish Center. Program begins at 10:00 am followed by lunch and closing prayers. A donation of $5.00 will include lunch. Any questions, please call Suzanne McGraw 479-651-1979


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Obedience School


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Volunteers of the Week

This week we want to recognize Steve Werley for coordinating all usher activities at our Youth Masses every Sunday.

Thank you for everything you do for our parish!






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 Wednesday at 12:00 am & 1:00 am. We are also in need of substitutes for all times.


Ignatian Retreat Opportunity

Deepen your friendship with the Lord in sacred stillness & quiet.
Experience an Ignatian Silent Directed Retreat at St. John's Center, Little Rock. The retreat begins Thursday, March 15 with dinner at 6:00 pm and ends Sunday, March 18 after lunch. A cost of $300.00 includes 3 night accommodations, 9 meals, and daily individual sessions with a retreat director. For details see the announcement on the bulletin board or contact the Vocations Office at 501-664-0340 ext. 337. Registration forms are available at Limited spaces are available.


Fish Knights

Every Friday during Lent at 6:00pm in Knights of Columbus Hall. $8.00 per plate of Fish, Fried or Boiled Shrimp, or a Combination Dinner. Cheese pizza is also available for $2.00 per slice. Includes Hushpuppies, fries, & coleslaw. Dine In or Carry out.


New book by Bishop Taylor!

“Blessed Stanley Francis Rother: The First American Martyr”
The bilingual book is an informative and inspiring account of the life and death of the Oklahoma priest who was murdered for his faith in 1981 in Guatemala. The 88-page book includes eight pages of color photographs from Father Rother’s life and his beatification Mass in September 2017 in Oklahoma City. Each copy is only $6, which includes USPS shipping. Copies can also be picked up at St. John Center in Little Rock for $5 each if a check or exact change is presented. If you would like rates for quantities more than 10 copies, please call Arkansas Catholic at (501) 664-0125. To place your order, send your name, address and check to Arkansas Catholic, P.O. Box 7417, Little Rock, AR 72217. Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.


Arkansas Catholic Subscription Drive

Arkansas Catholic offers complete print and digital subscriptions. The print edition - $26 a year ($24 for seniors)- is delivered to your mailbox every week. Digital subscription - $12.95 a year Print+digital combination: Add the digital edition to your print subscription for just $5 more a year. Subscription envelopes are available at the church or by calling (501) 664-0125.


Save the Date! Taste of Trinity

Trinity Junior High invites you to their Annual International Food and Fun Festival on Saturday, March 10th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Gym. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for Children (12 and Under). You can buy your tickets through the School Office, from any Trinity Junior High student, or at the door the night of the event. Aside from delicious food and drinks, for you can also enter a raffle to win an Apple Watch 3, $500 in cash, and/or an Easter basket. Raffle tickets are $5.

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