Immaculate Conception Church

Fort Smith, Arkansas

22 North 13th Street

P.O. Box 1866



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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children (RCIA)
If you, or some one you know, might be interested in finding out more about this process, please call Surennah Werley at (479) 783-7497( or Peggy Brandebura at (479) 785-7973 (

Weekly classes will begin on August 19th at 7:00 pm in Galvin Parish Center.

Catholic adults seeking the Sacrament of First Communion and/or Confirmation

 If you are a Catholic adult (18 years of age or older) who has never received either of these sacraments and would like to be receive them, please call Surennah Werley at (479) 783-7497.

Classes will be starting on Tuesday, August 19th at 7:00 P.M. in the Galvin Parish Center

Over the course of a couple of weeks, a group from Beshears Construction has been working around our Preschool and School facilities. Thanks to their hard work, in just a few days we will be able to add 4 “checkmarks” to our Capital Campaign Projects Checklist!


The projects are:

1) Repair steps/landing at entrance to Computer Lab

2) Repair School sidewalks

3) Repair retaining walls at School and Preschool

4) Repair parking lot at Preschool


We are very grateful for the impressive progress we have had in our Capital Campaign projects and would like to thank everybody for their pledges and donations to this cause.


We pray God will continue pouring His blessings over our parish.

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






2nd Collection: Catholic Home Missions Appeal
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal will take place next week. One way that this Appeal works to support mission dioceses here at home is by supporting seminarian formation in poor dioceses. The blessing of seminarians places a financial burden on these dioceses, which educate each seminarian at a cost of $35,000 -$40,000 per year. Your support is needed for these young men, so that they can return to serve their parishes.

Please strengthen the Church at home by making a generous gift to next week’s Appeal.

Gift Bearers Ministry
We are in need of families to be gift bearers at the 5 pm Saturday Mass and the 10 am Sunday Mass. This is a wonderful way for you and your family to be a part of the Mass. Please contact Dc. Greg at the Church Office (783-7963) to sign up.




Sisters of Mercy Reading Program
The Sisters of Mercy Reading Program will begin on September 16th. This program provides personalized help for 3rd and 4th graders that attend public schools and need to improve their reading skills. We are in need of Virtus trained volunteers willing to come and listen to our kids read.

We meet every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:45 pm in St. Anne’s Convent.


Men’s Club Meeting
IC Church’s Men’s Club invites you to their monthly meeting on August 18th at 7:00 pm St. Anne’s Hall.

Upcoming Events at 4:12@IC
Friday Aug 15: 7-12 Grade Movie Night “Gods Not Dead” 6:30-9:00pm
Saturday Aug 22-23: Life Teen Fund Raiser Bake-a-Thon “time to be announced”


Help Wanted (and Needed) PRE Teachers!
We are always in need of a few more adults to serve as Catechists and Guardian Angels for our Religious Education programs. If you are willing and able to serve God and share your knowledge as well as hugs and patience (and yes WISDOM) with His children please give us a call.


Baptism Preparation Session (English)
Parents and God-parents planning to have a child under the age of 7 baptized into the Catholic Faith are required to attend a session which is intended to help the better understand the responsibilities toward the child. The next session will be held on:

Saturday, August 16th at 9:00am in the Bishops’ Room

Please contact Surennah Werley if you plan to attend by email; or phone; 479/783-7497

Parish News and Events

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  

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