Immaculate Conception Parish strives to be a faith-filled, Christ-centered community, sharing the gifts of time, talent and treasure. We gather for worship and fellowship, provide opportunities for growth through education and formation, serve the parish community and others in need, and welcome all people, thereby witnessing to Christ’s love and presence.

Immaculate Conception

Diocesan Annual Appeal 2017-2018

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It is very important that each of you consider making a significant contribution to the Diocesan Annual Appeal in order to assure the Diocese can continue to support its mission and ministries, and that there are additional funds to help distressed parishes, religious education programs, and schools in need. By pledging, you make payments over several months concluding on June 30,or you can make a one-time gift.

“We are called to share our gifts in support of the Church. We must first support our parish and then our Diocese and the Church throughout the world. The Diocesan Annual Appeal is a very effective way to support ministries outside of our parish boundaries, as well as to support the services that the Diocese provides to our parish.

The funds you provide are deeply appreciated by the parish, schools, and people served by the Diocese.

https://diolc.org/donate-online/

FUNERAL PLANNING

On Tuesday, October 24th at 6 pm in Father Klink Hall, Father Don will have a presentation on funeral planning. Area funeral director Mike Hulke and Father Don will discuss all of the options available to families when a death occurs and a funeral must be planned. Father Don will also go through the funeral rite and choices about wake services, music, readings and so on. Funeral planning books will also be available for sale. Please plan to come and see what options are available to plan your funeral ahead of time to make sure your final wishes are made known to family and to help them when the time comes.

ADD YOUR VOICE!

Are you looking to join one of our wonderful choirs or become an accompanist at our 8:30am Sunday Mass?

Click Here to Add Your Voice!

FALL FESTIVAL IS COMING SOON!

MARK THE DATE!

The 2017 Fall Festival will be held Saturday, November 11th from 11 am to 3 pm at Immaculate Conception School. Among the events for this year's festival are: an all cash raffle, a craft sale, a white elephant sale, a silent auction, a bake sale and children's games. A special festival Mass will be held at 4 pm with a lasagna dinner to follow in Father Klink Hall. Winners for the raffle will be drawn at the end of the festivities--you need not be present to win. Mark the date on your calendar, tell your family, neighbors and friends and we look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please call the parish office at 715-835-9935.

**Sign-up sheets are posted in Father Klink Hall for volunteering to help with the many events going on during Fall Festival. Help is especially needed with the setup, serving and cleanup following the lasagna dinner. The sheets are posted on a stand-up bulletin board in the hall.

**WHITE ELEPHANT SALE NOTE: Items for the White Elephant Sale can be dropped off at the rectory and the items will be stored in the rectory basement.

**SILENT AUCTION NOTE: Donations are still being sought for the Silent Auction, and donations can be dropped off at the parish office. For more information, please contact the parish office.

**CRAFT SALE NOTE: For those who have participated in the Fall Festival Craft Sale in the past, initial information letters were sent out in mid-July regarding this year's craft sale to be held Saturday, November 11th as part of the Fall Festival. Please contact Lynn Solie with your response regarding your interest in this year's craft sale--a response either way is appreciated.

**NEW VENDORS: If you or anyone you know is interested in participating, please contact Lynn Solie for more information at 715-835-1714 or by e-mail at blsolie@charter.net . 

FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

For those attending Mass at Immaculate Conception Church that may be hearing impaired, the church's audio/video system has the capability to enhance the audio for those wearing hearing aids. For better audio reception during Mass, please activate the T-Coil setting on your hearing aid. Also available are receivers that can pick up the audio signal. These are similar to a Walkman radio in that a person can put on the headphones, turn on the receiver and be able to listen to the audio of the Mass. If you are interested in using one of the receivers during Mass, please let one of the ushers know and they can get you a receiver to use.

DIOCESE OF LA CROSSE - BUILDING UPON A TRADITION OF FAITH

The Diocese of La Crosse will celebrate its sesquicentennial--150 years--on March 3rd, 2018. A very unique and once in a lifetime book is being offered for this occasion. Discover the Catholic faith of the people of West Central Wisconsin through the stories shared by its many parish communities in this first-ever coffee table book, complete with pull outs! It is indeed a richly illustrated publication that tells about 150 years of the Diocese of La Crosse. The book is hard covered with glossy paper and more than 350 pages of full color history! This book will be available in the fall of 2017 for only $33.00 per copy! Watch this space for more information as the time of release approaches!

RCIA at Immaculate Conception

Are you considering becoming Catholic? Do you desire to know more about your Catholic faith? Have you met someone who asked about our Catholic faith?

Join us for the 2017-2018 RCIA classes meeting from 6:30 - 8:00 pm every Thursday in Father Klink Hall from September through April.

These classes prepare those who are interested in becoming members of the Catholic faith for the Rites of Confirmation and Baptism at the Easter Vigil. 

For more information contact: Deacon Greg Power at 715-831-9119 or Tom Giles at 715-834-2993.

ACH Donation Form

An ACH deposit form is available for those who do not like envelopes, writing out checks or may be gone on any given Sunday. For the needed form, e-mail the rectory at immaculateconceptionec@gmail.com, click here for the form*, or find it on in the information wall display in Father Klink Hall.

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Immaculate Conception Parish has a Facebook page!  Check it out at www.facebook.com/iccatholicchurch. You can get information on upcoming events, Mass times and special intention listings, a weekly roster for lectors, servers and Communion ministers and special announcements. In its first three years, the Facebook page has more than 560 "likes" and has thousands more following it from across the nation and around the world! 

Parish App is Here!

myParish App LogoImmaculate Conception is excited to announce the release of our own parish app. This application is available for parishioners to download on both Apple iPhones and Android phones. Text App to 88202 to download our Parish App.

We expect the features and capabilities of our new app to foster a stronger sense of community and faith in the daily lives of all parishioners. Immaculate Conception will be able to communicate quick and easy with all parishioners via messages and notifications to keep you in the loop with what is going on in our church. You will then be able to quickly reply to messages or RSVP for upcoming events.

Other features will include:
– the daily readings read at Mass,
– the latest Catholic news from around the world,
– an easy-to-reference list of Catholic prayers with prayer requests,
– a helpful examination of conscience and next confession reminder,
– a reminder feature called “Mass Mode,” for Mass and confession. This includes phone silencing notification to help encourage us all to be more present while at Immaculate Conception.
– and much more.

This app offers a lot of capabilities for improving parish communication and serving as a faith building resource. It is well thought out and should become a real asset to complement our daily faith lives.

Our app is available for everyone to download. Please pass this info along to anyone that may be interested or that may benefit from the Immaculate Conception app--for the more people that use it and participate, the stronger our Catholic community will become.

 

CPR, AED Classes

CPR and AED classes are available at Immaculate Conception. The cost of $35.00 includes an instruction book and a 2-year certification upon completion of the 4-hour class. Who should attend? Anyone from the age of 14 on up and has an interest in learning CPR and AED support. For more information call either Karen Dolan @ 715-579-5601, or Mike Stage at 715-829-0061. Email mike@lifesafetycpr.com.  

 

Perpetual Eucharist Adoration

 

Eau Claire Area Eucharistic Adoration PRAYER PARTNERS are needed for weekly adoration at the following times:

TUESDAY: 10-11 am & 12 noon to 1 pm; WEDNESDAY: 2-3 pm; THURSDAY: 9-10 am; 10-11 am; 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm; and FRIDAY: 11 am - 12 noon; 12 noon to 1 pm and 6-7 pm

Adoration is held at the Benedictine Chapel at 322 Fulton Street in Eau Claire.

For more information, please contact Ann at 715-874-5794 for more information or to sign up!

Diocese of LaCrosse Guidelines for Reporting Instances of Child Abuse or Neglect

The Diocese of La Crosse through its policies and procedures seeks to provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by a priest or deacon. Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should send that report to the diocesan Bishop at the Diocese of La Crosse, P.O. Box 4004, La Crosse, WI 54602-4004. The form is available through the Diocese of La Crosse, Office of the Vicar for Clergy or on the diocesan website at http://www.dioceseoflacrosse.com/safe-environment/

Copies of the diocesan policy are available through your local parish or school and on the diocesan website. If you have any questions about the Diocese of La Crosse and the implementation of the Charter for the Protection and Children and Young People, please contact the Vicar for Clergy, Diocese of La Crosse, at (608) 788-7700.

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