WE HAVE A NEW PASTOR!
WE HAVE A NEW PASTOR! -- The announcement was made the weekend of October 6th and 7th that a new pastor has been assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish! Father Francis Thadathil has been assigned to our parish, will arrive mid week and will say his first Masses at our parish the weekend of October 13th and 14th.
A native of India, Father Francis was ordained in 1981 and is the former associate pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in La Crosse. He is a member of the Northeast India Province of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales.
The former pastor of Blessed Sacrament, Monsignor Robert Hundt, said of Father Francis that he is "a man rich in religious faith and equally rich in people skills...and was much loved by his congregants." His bishop in India said of him that he is "a committed missionary pastor, a dynamic leader, an experienced counselor and an effective educator."
Please keep Father Francis in your prayers as he prepares to shepherd our parish!
FALL FESTIVAL 2018
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! -- Sunday, November 11th...will be the 2018 Fall Festival at Immaculate Conception Parish! The Festival will run from 9 am to 2 pm at Immaculate Conception School and will feature an all cash raffle with a grand prize of $700 and three $100 prizes. The combined choirs will perform at the 10:30 am Mass and events during the festival include a craft show, silent auction, bake sale, white elephant sale, face painting and a chef carved pork and roasted chicken dinner. The dinner will be served from 11 am to 1:30 pm in the school cafeteria and other items on the menu include macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes with gravy, coleslaw, carrots, corn, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee and milk. The price for the dinner is $10.00 for adults and all carry outs, $5.00 for ages six through twelve and meals for children ages five and under are free. All facilities are handicapped accessible.
Volunteers are still needed to help with the Festival and crafters are being sought for the craft show! Please contact the parish office at 715-835-9935 for information or to sign up.
Watch this space for further updates and additional information!
DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL FUNDS
There have been several questions presented regarding the use of Diocesan Annual Appeal funds. The funds are NOT used for any legal remediation including, but not limited to, legal fees, victim settlements, payment, court costs, etc. Because of the case statement, Diocesan Annual Appeal monies are RESTRICTED funds and can ONLY be used for what the case statement directs. The case statement can be found on the diocesan website: http://www/diolc.org/stewardship/ .
Because the Diocesan Annual Appeal funds are restricted, they are kept in a separate financial institution and tracked in different accounting funds to ensure their use only for the purposes specified in the case statement.
150th Celebration Adoration Across the Nation
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DIOCESE OF LA CROSSE SESQUICENTENNIAL BOOK NOW AVAILABLE!
The Diocese of La Crosse celebrated 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 is NOW AVAILABLE for only $33.00 per copy! For your copy, contact the parish office at 715-835-9935.
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 2018-2019 RCIA classes meeting from 6:30 - 8:00 pm every Thursday in Father Klink Hall from September through April beginning September 20th. 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 715-828-2746 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 four years, the Facebook page has nearly 700 "likes" and has thousands more following it from across the nation and around the world!
Parish App is Here!
Immaculate 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.
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.
Perpetual Eucharist Adoration
Prayer partners are needed for Eau Claire Area Adoration in the following time slots.
MONDAY 6 am to 7 am; TUESDAY: 5 pm to 6 pm; WEDNESDAY: 7 am to 8 am, 1 pm to 2 pm and 7 pm to 8 pm; THURSDAY: 2 pm to 3 pm; and FRIDAY: 11 am - 12 noon; 12 noon to 1 pm and 2 pm to 3 pm
Adoration is held at the Benedictine Chapel at 322 Fulton Street in Eau Claire.
To sign up as an adorer for these or other time slots, to be on the substitute list or for more information, please contact Ann at 715-874-5794. Thank you in advance!
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.
Sunday 8:30 AM
Sunday 10:30 AM
- Julie Herman, Office Staff
- Deb Welch, Parish Secretary
- Linda Corey, Director of Religious Education; Confirmation Coordinator
- Barbara Brandner, Religious Education Pre-School to Grade 5 Coordinator
- Mary J Chatham, Religious Education Administrative Assistant
- Colleen Garnevicus, Director of Music; Director of 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and Family Choirs
- Gabby and Kyle Hanson, Directors of Youth Choir (Grades 7-12)
- Carole Skutley, Organist; Director of Alleluia (Funeral) Choir