Immaculate Conception Church

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May is the Month of Mary, but Why?

We feel a special protection of Our Lady that extends to all the faithful; we feel a special joy that shines and illuminates our hearts expressing the universal certainty of Catholics that the indispensable patronage of our heavenly mother becomes even more tender, more loving and more full of visible mercy and exorable condescendence during her month of May.

Celebrate the Month of Mary


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.


Religious Education

Perfect Attendance: Congratulations to the following students for having a perfect attendance record in our Religious Education Program! Click here to see the names

Virtus Training Changes:As of March 1st, volunteers can now participate in the Virtus Training without actually attending a “LIVE CLASS”. You are able to receive the training ANDcomplete the required paperwork online. Volunteers and employees will no longer be required to manage monthly training bulletins online. Virtus will send out quarterly information bulletins that will keep you updated. No questions to answer after you read the info.

Every volunteer (including Ministers at Mass) and employee in IC Church and School, that has any contact with children, is required by our Diocese to participate in this program. The next opportunity for this training is: Sunday, May 15th at 1:30pm in the St. Anne’s Building
Please contact Surennah Werley at 479-783-7497 if you plan to attend the Virtus Session or have any questions.


Let’s celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Ordination of Fr. John!

Come join us on Sunday, May 22nd after ALL Masses in the Parish Center. Join us for a time of fun and fellowship while we celebrate our dear priest!







All Together to the Holy Door

We are organizing a Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Counsel in Little Rock, our Diocese’s Holy Door, on Saturday, June 4th. In this trip, you will be able to obtain the 4 requirements to obtain a Plenary Indulgence: 1) Sacrament of Confession, 2) Receive the Holy Eucharist, 3) Pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff and 4) Walk through the Holy Door. Click here for more details.




Corpus Christi Procession

On Sunday, May 29th, after the Noon mass we will have a procession in honor of the feast of Corpus Christi. Father John will lead the procession carrying the Monstrance; we will process to Saint Boniface then to CTK and back to IC.  On our way back, we will make a quick stop at Calvary Cemetery to bless our loved ones. We ask that you dress in white in honor of the feast. Please don’t forget to bring your umbrella and water.





Looking for something to do on Memorial Day?

Don't forget we will be having a Pancake Breakfast! All proceeds will go to our I.C. Charity Fund. Come and have breakfast before enjoying the Rodeo Parade!

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Volunteers of the Week


This week we want to recognize Virginia Ricketts, Kristen Ricketts, Reba Stockburger, Penny Casey, Loretta Collins, Teresa Gasque, Joanna Rice, Pat Montiel, Olive and Gene Dempsey, and Victoria Kinsey-Barker for donating/preparing refreshments, serving refreshments and setting up and cleaning up for/after the Easter Vigil Reception.

Thank you for everything you do for our church!





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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. 

Summer Care Program is Now Enrolling: Preschool and K-6 full-time and part-time positions are available. Please call the I.C. School Office 479-783-6798 or visit


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