Immaculate Conception Church

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2nd Sunday of Advent

Babysitting on December 24th

There will be NO Babysitting during the 10:00 am on Sunday, December 24th.


Church Office Schedule

The Church Office will be CLOSED from Friday, December 22nd at 12:00 Noon to Tuesday December 26th. See you back on Wednesday, December 27th. Merry Christmas!



Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season. Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks in particular and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

1st Sunday of Advent Prayers

2nd Sunday of Advent Prayers

3rd Sunday of Advent Prayers


Poinsettia Sale

If you would like to purchase a poinsettia to decorate the altar during Christmas, please return the order form, along with $10 for each poinsettia, to the Church Office or place them in the collection basket marked “Christmas Flowers” by December 19th. These poinsettias can be purchased for your family or in memory of or in honor of someone. Click here to download the order form


4:12 Youth Group Schedule

December 17th                 Christmas Party!
                                                   Best Dressed Christmas Contest! Fun, Food & Games!
December 24th                 No Youth Night
December 31st                 No Youth Night

Weekend for Life in Little Rock on Jan 20-21, 2018: Teens in grades 9-12  Who are interested in attending must fill out registration papers and have them turned in by Dec17th. Registration forms will be available at the December 10 youth night, at the Church Office, or you can get them online.  If you have any questions about this event you can contact Loretta  Collins at 479-883-5570 


Christmas Choir

Choir practices for the Christmas Midnight Mass will be held on Sunday December 17, Monday December 18, Wednesday December 20, and Thursday December 21st at 6:30 pm in the choir loft. 


You are invited to our traditional Posadas!

From December 13th to the 16th at 6:30 pm in the Chapel
Come and live an ancient Christmas tradition with your family and friends. Posadas provide us a way to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ with prayer and joy in our hearts and to remember what Mary and Joseph went through before the birth of Jesus. At the Posadas we pray the Rosary, sing the litanies, and commemorate Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage in Bethlehem. At the end of the posada, we break piñatas and the distribution of the ‘aguinaldos’ (party favors, normally candy).

We will have our Parish Posada on Sunday December 17th at 3:00 pm

in the Parish Center. Everybody is welcome!

Parish Council Elections THIS weekend

There are 4 positions available in our Parish Council this year and the following parishioners have come forward expressing interest in fulfilling these positions:

Parish Life - Barbara Bearden, Holly Dominguez-Kinsey, Stephen Gebhart.

Liturgy and Spiritual Life Commission - Kelly Schmitz.

Education - Russell Owen.

Finance - Henry Moore.

Please click here to see the candidates' biography.

To download ballot, please click here


Adult Bible Study Opportunity: Epic: A Journey through Church History

Presented by Steve Weidenkopf, this exciting 20-part DVD series takes you through the major people, places, and events that make up the history of the Catholic Church. Tuesdays at 12:30pm in the Common Room with Surennah Werley as facilitator. Materials are $20 but are not required.

A message from Our Ladies Auxiliary

Thank you to the parish for helping to make the Ladies Bazaar a success. You have helped us to continue our commitment to the parish and priests. And a special thank you  to the Hispanic Knights of Columbus for helping us move.   

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Volunteers of the Week

This week we want to recognize the 12:00 Mass Spanish Choir, Víctor Salinas & Banda FS for providing the music at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s celebration and pilgrimage.

Thank you for everything you do for our parish!






Adoration Chapel

If you would like to join the adorers group, please call Rudy & Dorothy Gramlich at 479-452-7595 or John and Joyce Becker at 479-783-8569. Adorers are needed for Monday at 11:00 pm. We are also in need of substitutes for all times.


A Christmas Gift for Married Couples

Couples....... want to give each other something really special this Christmas? How about a gift filled with Romance and Excitement? That's just the beginning of what you will receive on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.  The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is in Subiaco, Arkansas, February 9-11, 2018.  Space is limited.  Apply online at For more information call Ben & Leah Brewer at 501-733-1235 or email


Ignatian Retreat Opportunity

Deepen your friendship with the Lord in sacred stillness & quiet.
Experience an Ignatian Silent Directed Retreat at St. John's Center, Little Rock. The retreat begins Thursday, March 15 with dinner at 6:00 pm and ends Sunday, March 18 after lunch. A cost of $300.00 includes 3 night accommodations, 9 meals, and daily individual sessions with a retreat director. For details see the announcement on the bulletin board or contact the Vocations Office at 501-664-0340 ext. 337. Registration forms are available at Limited spaces are available.


Job Opportunity at the Diocese of Little Rock

Administrative Assistant for Catholic Immigration Services

Catholic Immigration Services in Little Rock seeks a full-time administrative assistant.  Requires at least two years relevant experience, fluency in English and Spanish, exceptional organization and computer abilities, and the skills to manage multiple projects and maintain confidentiality. Competitive pay with benefits including health insurance, paid time off and retirement plan.  Send cover letter and resumé to Paula Lattanzi, Human Resources Specialist, Diocese of Little Rock, 2500 N. Tyler Street, Little Rock, AR 72207 or e-mail to




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