Immaculate Conception Church

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The First Catholic Church in
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Lent is...

Our 40 day experience to recall the story of God’s saving love affair with us and to grow in gratitude for mercy so near. Feeding on the word of God and the liturgy can guide us to live the death and resurrection of Jesus more clearly this year. 

God of mercy, feed me with your word and sacrament this Lent. Help my worship of you deepen my trust that you are with me, so that I see you in all creation and make your nearness known to all. Amen.


Lent 2016 Schedule


Happy Valentine's Day!

St. Valentine's Day is based on the life of St. Valentine, a Roman martyr who was beheaded in 269-273 AD.

Click here to know more about what we celebrate on this day


Second Collection Next Weekend (Feb 20-21)

We will have a Second Collection for I.C. School, we ask you to prayerfully consider giving generously to this collection. The money raised goes to help the school with the different school programs and projects.


Religious Education

Sunday School for children ages 3 & 4: We are offering this program during the 10:00am Mass on Sunday. If you have a child in these age group and/or are willing to volunteer in the program, please contact Surennah Werley.

Please contact Surennah Werley 479-783-7497 or if you are interested in attending any of these classes or volunteering in the programs.  


Oh, for Heaven's Sake

Share the words of Fr. John Antony in ther book and audio serie Oh, for Heaven's Sake. A wonderful compilation of his most popular homilies. You can find the book and audio series in the Church Office for $25 each.

Heart to Heart Baby Bottle Campaign

The bottles need to be returned to the church on the weekendof February 20th and 21st, 2016. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Heart to Heart at 452-2260 or email



Win a 2016 Chevy Colorado!

The State Knights of Columbus is selling raffle tickets to give away this 2016 Chevy Colorado all proceeds will go to the Education Fund for Seminarians in Arkansas. The Knights of Columbus will be selling tickets after Masses on February 13th and 14th.



Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Nights!

The Knights of Columbus #996 of Ft. Smith will be having Fish Fry Nights starting at 6:00 pm every Friday during Lent in Columbus Hall at Columbus Acres. The cost is $8.00 per plate of either Fish, Shrimp or a Combo of both they include french fries, hush puppies and cole slaw, there will also be cheese pizza available. Questions? Call Jayne Ann Spahn at the Hall 479-649-7144.

Everybody is welcome!


Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal: CASA

The funding that you generously provide during the CASA appeal is critical to the work and life of the Diocese of Little Rock and each one of its parishes, including ours. We ask you to prayerfully welcome this opportunity to give in support of the overall needs of the Church in our Diocese. Our parish goal is $60,813. You can find the CASA envelopes at the entrances of the church.

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Volunteers of the Week


This week we want to recognize Karen Schwartz for allowing us to use some of her pictures of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Mass.

Thank you for everything you do for our church!





Financial Information



IC School Spaghetti Dinner

The first I.C. School Spaghetti Dinner was held in 1970. The PTO at that time had limited funds and the idea came to hold a spaghetti dinner.

Spaghetti Dinner will be held Sunday February 28th in the Parish Center from 4 to 7 pm!

Adults: $10 Children: $5

Volunteers will be selling tickets next weekend after all Masses. You can also buy tickets from IC Students, at the School Office, at Church Office or at the door!

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Immaculate Conception School is seeking a Teacher Assistant for the Toddler Class. 
Position is M-F from 7:30-3:30. Please call the School Office 479-
783-6798 for more information.

Trinity Catholic High School is coming!

We're excited to announce that after surveying all the parishes in 45 miles of Fort Smith, the response was overwhelmingly positive.  Our community wants and needs a Catholic high school.  Our board presented these findings to Bishop Taylor, whose final conclusion was: "I support your efforts to move forward...I admire your vision and zeal...I know you are walking by faith!  As am I!"  Thank you all for your valuable input to the survey. Please continue to follow us for updates and keep us in your prayers. Contact us if you would like to help Donations can be made to: Trinity Catholic High, P.O. Box 10612 Fort Smith, AR 72917


Garage Sale at St. Scholastica Monastery

Currently accepting donations of household goods and furniture (no clothing, please) for its Giant Garage Sale March 5. If you would like to donate items to the sale, please call Sister Madeline Clifton at (479)739-7786.



Arkansas Catholic:  2017 Directory Photo Contest

Any professional or amateur photographer in Arkansas can enter their photo of the inside or outside of a Catholic church or institution in the diocese. The deadline is March 18. For complete rules and an entry form, visit


Arkansas Catholic is….

The official weekly newspaper of the diocese of Little Rock, but more importantly, it is the source of information, education and inspiration for Catholics who want to live their faith more fully. It is an important way for you to educate yourself and your family on the faith. If you are currently not subscribing to the print or digital publication, please sign up and stay connected to your Catholic family. Subscription envelopes are available at the entrances of the church. Printed version is $26 a year and Digital is $12.95 a year. You also have the option to get a print+digital combo and add the digital edition to your print subscription for just $5.

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