Immaculate Conception Church

Fort Smith, Arkansas

22 North 13th Street

P.O. Box 1866



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Nuevo Amanecer invites you to a concert!


On August 9th at 7:00 pm, the Spanish Youth Group “Nuevo

Amanecer” invites you and all your family to a spectacular concert at the Fort Smith Convention Center. The concert will feature singer Tony Meléndez, famous Nicaraguan singer who was born without arms and learned, at a young age, to play the guitar with his feet. The concert is opened to everybody in our community and will be


Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. You may purchase tickets at the Church Office or with the young adult ministry.

Don’t miss out on this great

opportunity to live a Night of

Worship like no other.

"The Time Has Come"


           After years of planning and pleading and plotting, we are finally beginning the work of renovating St. Anne's Convent.  Do I hear an "Amen!"??  All the Sisters of Mercy who lived there so many years ago are now beaming with broad smiles from heaven, pleased as punch we're honoring their memories by renovating their convent.


By late-August we will receive final and formal approval from the Diocese.   In early September we will remove all furniture and other items so demolition can begin on the top two floors. We will also start the demolition for a new, larger elevator as well as a spacious stairwell.  The bottom two floors will still be used for meetings and religious education classes during construction.


A big "THANK YOU" to everyone who has contributed to the renovation.  Every donation is desperately needed to reach the $3,200,000 cost of the construction of St. Anne's Convent.  I never doubt, though, the generosity of I.C. parishioners!  Please be patient during the coming year's construction: we'll have to endure a little inconvenience, but it will be more than worth it!  Remember: those Sisters of Mercy can still reach down from heaven and smack you if you complain too much.


Msgr. Galvin used to say when we had some big construction project: "Now, it's your turn."  That is, former generations of Catholics have left us an incredible heritage; now it's our turn to leave something inspiring and faith-filled for the next generation.


Grace and love,


 Fr. John Antony





Mass Times and Confessions
Announcements of the Week

Daily Mass:   Monday - Saturday  7:00 am

                      Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 pm (Spanish)

Anticipation Mass: Saturday 5:00 pm

Sundays:                7:30 am

                              10:00 am

                              12:00 pm Spanish Mass

                                2:00 pm Spanish Mass

                                5:00 pm Life Teen Mass

St. Leo's (Hartford): Sunday 9:30 am

Confessions: Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 pm (Chapel)

                        Saturday 3:30 pm (Church)

                        Or by appointment


Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

                        Friday 8:00 - 12:00 pm



Do you know the names of the people sitting round you?
Help us build a tool that will put names with faces. Be a part of our new Pictorial Directory. We need YOU to make our new family album complete!
Schedule your photography session today!


To reserve your spot, click here.


The dates for our photo sessions are:

1) August 19th-23rd
2) September 2nd-6th

You can also register on the sign-up sheets located at the entrances of the the church. The Directory is free of any cost to us. Every participating family will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 portrait and a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet!!

The Pictorial Directory Photo Sessions will take place in Bishops’ Room  


Virtus Training Sessions
The next opportunities for this training are:

Saturday, August 2nd at 9:00am in the Bishop’s Room (Eng.)
Sunday, September 14th at 1:30pm in the Common Room (Eng.)
 Please contact Surennah Werley at 783-7497 if you plan to attend.


"Dealing with Grief"

Spiritual Life invites you to a DVD series designed to help those going through difficult times. For a complete schedule of the series click here.






Parish News and Events

Calling all teens!!

Teen Core

If you are an 11th or 12th grader (have been confirmed) and you are interested in being on Teen Core, you must fill out an application and get it turned in. Contact Chuck if you are interested!! (Remember that one requirement is that you must commit to attending Search some time during this next year (June, December, or April)  You can get an application from Chuck, or by visiting our Church Website and clicking on “Life Teen”

River Valley Life Teen needs help!

Please consider volunteering for any or all of the following:
1. Core Team:
Sunday nights from 6:30-8pm during the spring and Fall. We need teachers, small group leaders, and "chaperones"
2. Bible Study Team: Wednesday nights during the fall and spring Chuck is starting the Bible timeline for teens and need adults to supervise.
3. Parent Life Team: New endeavor for next year! We need help to lead small group discussion with adults for only 4 Sunday nights in the fall
4. Food team: Coordinate and help with the Life Teen food ministry on Sunday nights
5. 4:12@IC social supervisors:  Evenings at 4:12@IC as scheduled during the  summer. This will only be a chaperone-type volunteer role, but we guarantee you will fall in love with our teens in the process!

We are also in need of a babysitter on Sunday nights. This is an hourly paid position from 6 - 8:15 on nights that Life Teen is meeting. 

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