Immaculate Conception Church

 

Welcome to our Parish!

 

The First Catholic Church in
Fort Smith, Arkansas

 

 

 

 

 

"This is to me the essence of every effective homily or sermon: that it serves to enhance that silent but sacred conversation between Christ and a Christian. As each Sunday approaches, every preacher asks himself or herself the question (sometimes in desperation): "What am I going to tell people this Sunday?!" Instead, I suggest we preachers should ask ourselves, "What does Jesus want to tell the people this coming Sunday?" Our job in preaching is to facilitate that conversation in the heart between the believer and the Lord. Jesus reminded His disciples, "He who hears you, hears me" (Luke 10:16). Blessed John Henry Newman, a master preacher in his own right, described it more intimately saying, "cor ad cor loquitur" (heart speaks to heart). When a sermon hits home, it's because the message touched a person's heart, but what's more, the hearer could perceive behind the preacher's words the voice of Jesus Himself."

Excerpt taken from Fr. John's book "Oh, for the Love of God"

 

We hope you enjoy this collection of homilies preached by Fr. John. If you would like to obtain them in a written format, please go to "Fr. John's Blog"

 

 

 

 

 
Pointers

 

Like Father, Like Son

 

Merry As A Schoolboy

 

Enemy of the Best

 

Cross Fit

 

First World Problems

 

Successful Failures

 

Child Prodigies

 

New Sheriff in Town

 

Listen Now

 

Diaper Dandies

 

Sober Sobriquet

 

A Personal Vocation

 

Laptop Love

 

Right Field

 

Extra Chairs

 

I am a Drunkard

 

Boat of Blondes

 

Good Greed

 

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

 

Stop and Struggle

 

Mere Mortals
Just Not That Into You

 

Out, Damned Spot

 

Art of the Deal

 

Christian Convicts

 

Fear and Fascination

 

Undercover Boss

 

Fake News

 

Marathon Minions

 

Marrying a Robot

 

Moved to Tears

 

Homer Simpson

 

Whistler's Mother

 

Hopeless Like Hell

 

Imagine

 

Watch Yourself

 

Stinking Happy

 

Money, Sex, Power

 

Holy Hotheads

 

Perfect Teeth

 

Casablanca Queen

 

Rebel Without a Cause
Fatheads

 

Father Dreamy

 

Guy On Plus Sign

 

Spiritual Fashionistas

 

The Ugly Duckling

 

Czechoslovakia

 

Get What You Want

 

Feet First

 

Bullet Proof Baby

 

Myrr Christmas

 

Galvanizing Others

 

Sopoforic Sacraments

 

Spoiling Your Parents

 

Rembrant's Toothache

 

Guest That's My Church

 

Penny Prophets

 

Unholy Trinity

 

 

Everyone Has a Story

 

The Bard's Brain

 

Tombstone

 

Footsteps of Heroes

 

Dogs Exchanging Bones

 

 

Too Big for Britches

 

Comfort Food

 

Di Cuore

 

Hardly a Snack

 

Key to the City

 

Listen Up

 

Lovers Quarrel

 

Free Food

 

Good News

 

Madly In Love

 

Mission Possible

 

My Father John Fix

 

They Want Us

 

Wasted Youth

 

Will's Hug

 

God Recycles, the Devil Burns

 

The River of Denial

 

Pow!

 

The Bus Driver

 

My Favorite Things

 

Shortcut to Wine

 

Lunch for Lions

 

Turning Heads

 

Dumb Question

 

Full Face

 

The Fowl's Foul

 

Far, Far Better

 

Children of Lesser Gods

 

Eavesdrop on God

 

Monsignor Mercy

 

Shut Up And Kiss Me

 

Are You not Entertained?

 

Highway to Hell

 

Old Glory

 

Carmelite Shoes

 

Room for Religion

 

The Nose Knows

 

Catholic Accounting

 

Catholic Foodies

 

Contemporary Classic

 

Testing Shark Suits

 

Unstopabble Serial Killer

 

Crying Out Loud

 

Echoes in Eternity

 

Everyone Is Normal