Immaculate Conception Church

Fort Smith, Arkansas

22 North 13th Street

P.O. Box 1866



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Mass and Confessions

Daily Mass: Monday - Saturday 7:00 am
                      Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 pm (Spanish)
Anticipation Mass: Saturday 5:00 pm

                                    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
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

Mass Intentions for the week of August 17th to August 23rd

Mass Intentions for the week of August 24th to August 30th

Mass Intentions for the week of August 31st to September 6th

"Meet & Greeet" Volunteer Fair

Hosted by the Outreach and Spiritual Life Committees, this fair is designed to give all parishioners an opportunity to know more about the different groups and organizations that our church has to offer.

At the fair, each one of the groups and organizations will have a representative who will be answering any questions attendants might have.

It won't be JUST for volunteering but fellowship and Bible studies as well.

All the groups of our parish are invited to participate and set up a booth at the “Meet and Greet” Volunteer Fair after ALL Masses the weekend of September 19th and 20th in the Parish Center.

For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Christie Banning 479-461-1398 or

Announcements of the Week

Auto-Contribution Stewardship Program
This program allows you to make contributions to the church even when you are on vacation, ill, or otherwise unable to attend Mass at I.C. Church. For more information click here
Financial Information August 9, 2015


New in Town? Have never register in our Parish? Just joined the Church?

We invite you to fill out a registration form! Click here to get a registration form or you can always come by the Church Office and get one.



PRE and Confirmation Registration: Please come by the Church Office between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to register your child.Confirmation Classes will begin on September 2nd. Deadline to register is September 9th

Confirmation Parent Meetings: If your Son/Daughter is supposed to receive their Confirmation this school year, we need to meet with you to discuss the plans for this year. We have made some significant changes.

Please come to a Parent Meeting in the Parish Center on:

Sunday, August 30th at 1:30pm (Spanish)

Sunday, August 30th at 3:30pm (English)

Coming Soon for Adults:

The Bible Timeline, The Story of Salvation will be offered on: Sundays at 6:15pm (Beginning September 13th) Tuesdays at 7:00pm (Beginning on September 8th) and Thursdays at 6:00pm (Beginning on September 10th).

The Prophets: Messengers of God's Mercy: Mondays at 6:00pm beginning on September 14th.

Daniel: Lives of Integrity: Wednesday at 10:30am beginning on September 9th

Virtus Training Sessions: 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 opportunities for this training are: Sunday, September 13th at 1:30pm in the Common Room.

Baptism Preparation Session (English): Parents and Godparents 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 them better understand the responsibilities toward the child’s upbringing in the faith community.

The next session will be held on: Saturday, September 12th at 9:00am in the Bishop’s Room.

If you plan to attend please contact Surennah Werley at 479-783-7497 or


Volunteers Needed! Can you help us?

It is time to start gearing up for PRE, First Communion Preparation, Confirmation Prep, RCIA and various Adult Programs. These programs cannot happen without you. We need Lead Teachers and Classroom Helpers, Small Group Leaders, Adult Group Facilitators, Coordinators, etc. Please prayerfully consider what you have to offer and contact me in the Church Office or 479-783-7497. I promise you that by serving God and His people your life will be impacted in ways you never imagined possible.     Sincerely, Surennah Werley


Life Teen News!

Life Teen Kick-Off!!: August 30 from: 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Village Harbor Pool. Cost: $2. Food and drinks provided.

Life Teen Fall Schedule: Click here to see this semester's schedule




The Divine Mercy Chaplet

With Fr. John and Mrs. Blentlinger’s blessing, we have moved the Divine Mercy Chaplet from the Chapel at 3:30 pm to the School Auditorium at 3:00 pm. Students will pray in their classrooms and visitors and parents will pray in the auditorium.

What a blessing it is to go from about 20 people praying in the Chapel to about 400 at IC School!!

Everybody is invited!!

Let’s pray for our vocations!



Push the REFRESH Button! Retreat

The Diocese of Little Rock invites all Parish Respect Life Volunteers, DRE’s, Youth Ministers and Youth Ministry Volunteers to a retreat on August 29th at St. John’s Catholic Center’s Morris Hall from 10:00 am to 3:30 am. “Push the REFRESH button! retreat will have Chad Judice as speaker. The retreat is free. “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while” Mark 6:31


Ladies Auxiliary News...

Mass and Business Meeting: Tuesday September 1st at 9:00 am Mass at the church, followed by a business meeting in the Parish Center. All ladies of the parish are welcomed.

Weekly Meeting: We are going back to the newly renovated St. Anne’s Hall to craft, sew, cook, quilt, fellowship and prayer. We have a delicious lunch each Wednesday, and every third Wednesday we celebrate birthdays with a pot luck meal. For additional information please call Joy Sternberg at 479-648-8675.

Ladies Auxiliary Annual Bazaar: Men and women of IC Church! Are you artistically inclined or have made something you would like to donate to our bazaar in November? You do not have to join the Ladies Auxiliary (but that would be a plus) to donate your handmade items. For more information, please call Phyllis Londino at 479-783-3979 or Dorothy Sullivan at 479-452-7992.

Catholic High School in the River Valley

If we don't teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to! With the blessings of both Bishop Taylor of Little Rock and Bishop Slattery of Tulsa, we will be conducting a survey about the future of a Catholic high school in the River Valley. Please complete this survey and visit our website for more information at Click here to download a printable version of the survey

Click here to know more about the Exploratory Committee

Stuffed Animals for the Cultural Festival
Do you have new or gently used stuffed animals that are collecting dust on a shelf? Please bring them to the Church Office! We will used them as prices at the Cultural Festival on September 12th! Questions? Please call Mariella Araujo at 479-785-7978.




It’s almost Christmas!

The choir will begin rehearsals for Christmas on August 19 at 6:30 pm in the choir loft. We will rehearse every Wednesday for about an hour. Please join us to prepare our Midnight Mass selections. Also, IC Church will be hosting a mass for the Equestrian Order of Arkansas on January 15th with Archbishop Coakley presiding. We will sing for that as well. Please consider singing with us on these two special occasions.



Help Needed: Bingo

Are you looking to volunteer here at the parish but do not have a lot of time. How about one night a month for about 3 and ½ hrs. doing something fun? We need help on Monday nights for Bingo! You won’t even feel that you are working! We guarantee you will have lots of fun. If you are interested please call Dc. Greg at 479-785-7972 or email at



Our community needs you!

We are still in dire need of tents for the homeless community down at the river. If you have a tent (or many) that you would like to donate, please bring it by the Church Office. We will distribute them among the homeless. Tents must be for more than 4 people. If you do not have a tent to donate but want to help, you can also make a donation to our Charity Fund and we will buy them. Every dollar counts. Please don't forget to let us know that you want the money to go for the tents.Due to recent flooding, the homeless community at the river lost everything they had and are really in need for shelter.

Please help us help them.


RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children

If you, or some one you know, is interested in finding out more about this process, please call Surennah Werley at (479) 783-7497 or or Peggy Brandebura at (479) 785-7973 or Weekly sessions start on August 18th..
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 at (479) 783-7497. Classes will start on August 18th.



Diocesan Directory

The 2016 Diocese of Little Rock Directory is coming soon. It is an invaluable resource to keep by your phone or in your car to find Mass times for another parish or to call or e-mail a parish, priest, deacon or religious in the diocese. It costs only $13. Send your check or money order to Directory, Arkansas Catholic, P.O. Box 7417, Little Rock, AR 72217. Directories will be shipped in late September.


World Marriage Encounter

Make this autumn special by devoting one weekend to the most important relationship in your life. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends is at Subiaco, Arkansas on September 25-27, 2015. Space is limited. The first 20 applicants will receive a 25% discount off the $100.00 application fee through August 31, 2015. For more information or to apply call Stephen and Elaine Lienhart at 501-312-1119 or or apply at


Our Pictorial Directories are HERE!!

After a few months of waiting, our Pictorial Directory is finally here!!! It took a lot of time and effort to put together this Directory but we are so pleased with the results! If you got your picture taken, the Directory is free of charge. We ordered extra directories and will be selling them for a minimum donation of $10. Come and get yours at the Church Office anytime! We will be offering the Directories after ALL the Masses the weekend of

August 22 and 23.



Project Rachel

The Diocese of Little Rock is hosting a Project Rachel support group beginning the third week in September. Project Rachel is a program that reaches out to the post-abortive woman and her family as a means of receiving the healing grace of God through sacramental reconciliation, counseling and prayer. Small groups will meet for 11 weeks in Little Rock, Rogers/Springdale and Hot Springs areas. All names and meeting places are strictly confidential. For more details, call (501) 664-0340, ext. 357. To learn more, go to Hope After Abortion. Project Rachel is a ministry of the Respect Life Office.


St. Scholastica Retreats

Retreat in Daily Life: The 19th Annotation to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, will be beginning in late September. This extended retreat meets one night a week late September to early May. The Spiritual Exercises are designed to bring the participant into a deeper and more personal relationship with God. If you are interested in participating in this retreat or would like more information, please call Sr. Rachel Dietz, OSB 479.783.1135 or Alice Nahas 479.651.1616 or email

Seven Sacred Pauses: Join Sister Macrina Wiederkhr, OSB and singer-composer Velma Frye on aretreat at St. Scholastica Retreat Center September 25-27. For more information, or to register, visit or call 479.783.1135 by September 11.

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