Immaculate Conception Church

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We have invited Fr. Martin Holler to come to our church THIS weekend to talk about the work of Unbound. Unbound is a unique sponsorship program that matches a child youth or aging person at a project in a specific country with a sponsor in the United States. For about a dollar a day, a sponsor helps to provide much-needed nourishing food, medical and dental care, the chance for a child to go to school, livelihood programs for families and much more. Please prayerfully consider joining the Unbound initiative. For more information, please visit

Driver Licenses for Undocumented Drivers.

The CDAH Foundation (Centro De Apoyo Hispano) is collecting signatures promoting a change of the law in Arkansas to permit undocumented residents of the state to be issued drivers licenses. The plan is to present the signatures to the legislators in Arkansas. Petition sheets will be available at the entrances of the church THIS weekend.

Click here to read the letter from Bishop Taylor.


PRE Registrations HAVE STARTED!!

Immaculate Conception offers a comprehensive religious education program for students in grades 1-12 who attend public schools. Classes are offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm August to May. Please come by the Church Office between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Religious Education

Baptism Preparation Session (English): The next session will be held on: Saturday,August 20th at 9:00am in the Common Room
Virtus Training Sessions: The next opportunity for this training is: Saturday, August 13th in the St. Anne’s Building
Coming Soon for Adults….
The Gospel of John: Jesus, the Eternal Word, A Catholic Way Bible Study. Thursday at 10:00am Common Room. Facilitator: Maria Muylaert
Volunteers Needed, How Can You Help? It is time to start gearing up for PRE, First Communion Preparation,
Confirmation Prep, RCIA and various Adult Programs. We need Lead Teachers and Classroom Helpers, Small Group Leaders, Adult Group Facilitators, Coordinators, etc. We promise you that by serving God and His people your life will be impacted in ways you never imagined possible.
Sunday School for Children Ages 3 & 4: We hope to offer this again during the 10:00am mass beginning in

If you are interested in attending any of the classes, please contact Surennah Werley at 479-783-7497 or


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children (RCIA)

If you, or someone you know might be interested in finding out more about this process, please call Surennah Werley at 783-7497 ( or Peggy Brandebura at 785-7973.The weekly sessions will be starting in August.

Catholic Adults Seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation

If you are a Catholic adult (18 years of age or older) who has never received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and would like to be confirmed, please call Surennah Werley in the Religious Education Office at 783-7497. Classes will be starting in August.


Ushers Needed!

We are in need of ushers for our different English Masses. Please contact Deacon Greg at the Church Office or for more details.


LifeTeen Summer Schedule!

Don’t miss out on the LifeTeen fun!!! Everybody is invited to come! Bring your friends to the Youth Building!
July 27             Cooking Catholics                 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



We are looking for a couple who would like to head up the Pre-Cana day for our area. We have two sessions a year: Fall and Spring. It is held on a Saturday from about 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will provide you with the necessary training. Please prayerfully consider if God is leading you to this ministry. Please call Dc. Greg at 479-785-7972 or email



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Volunteers of the Week

This week we want to recognize Dc. Greg & Patty Pair, Jeff & Norma Meares, Roberto & Liliana Infante, Suzanne McGraw, Leonard & Kellie Schmitz, Robert & Anne Maestri, Jerry & Nancy Adams, Bob & Jan Cooper, John & Kathy Furstenberg, Tom & Dorothy Caldarera and Ross & Leslie Alder for opening their homes to the Seminarians during their visit to our parish.

Thank you for everything you do for our church!


IC School Tid Bits!

All NEW parish and non-parish students for preschool(18 months-4 years) through grade 6. Please call the School Office at 479-783-6798 or visiti for more information. 

Job Opportunity: Immaculate Conception School has an opening for a 5/6 grade English, reading, and Religion position.  Applicants must have the minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Please call the School Office if interested in applying 479-783-6798.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter

It’s a beautiful weekend experience designed for couples of all ages and backgrounds. It will take you from where you are to another level! Make this autumn special by devoting one weekend to the most important relationship in your life. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends are at Subiaco, Arkansas, September 23-25, 2016 and at Memphis – Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center, October 21-23, 2016. Space is limited. For more information or to apply call Stephen and Elaine Lienhart at 501-312-1119 or email or apply at


Volunteering Opportunity

The Golden Rule Clothes Closet & More is looking for a person to take the position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position (No Pay, No Benefits). The treasurer must keep and balance the books, pay bills, make out pay checks and pay FICA. This position must also assist with making application to various supporting agencies such as United Way. If interested please contact Dick Fuhrman (651-6002) or Dick Litzinger (462-4548).


Dinner & Bunco with the Marriage Encounter Circle!

Our local Worldwide Marriage Encounter Circle group is sponsoring an evening of "Dinner and Bunco" on August 6th, 2016 at the 4th Floor Auditorium of St. Anne's Building. As a couple, please join us for an evening of food, fun and fellowship.  Please RSVP only if babysitting is needed.  For more information, contact Robert and Anne Maestri at 479-831-2841. 


Job Opportunity: Diocese of Little Rock

The Diocese of Little Rock is seeking a Safe Environment Coordinator.  Minimum requirements include: Roman Catholic, a bachelor’s degree, strong computer and communication skills, and ability to manage sensitive data.  This is a 40 hour per week position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: Paula Lattanzi, Personnel Office, Diocese of Little Rock, 2500 N. Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR 72207 or email:  Telephone:  (501) 664-0340.


Sacred Heart of Mary Raffle Tickets!!

Sacred Heart of Mary in Barling will be selling raffle tickets at ALL Masses on the weekend of July 30-31. Prizes include: 1) $2,500, 2) $1,000, 3) $500, 4) Ring, 5) Diamond Pendant, 6) Furniture. The raffle will take place at the Church Carnival on August 27th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. You do not need to be present to win. Everybody is welcome! Funds will be destined to the expansion of the church.


Post-Abortion Support Group: Project Rachel

The spiritual journey lasts 11 weeks (beginning the 2nd week in September), with small groups of 6-8. Groups will be formed in Little Rock, Rogers/Springdale and Hot Springs areas. All names and meeting places are strictly confidential. Sponsored by the Respect Life Office. For details call 501- 664-0340, ext. 357. All inquiries must be made by September 12, 2016.



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