After the Ascension of the Lord, but before Pentecost,
the eleven remaining apostles gathered with about 120 in the Upper Room,
including some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Peter stood in the midst of the brothers and said,
...Therefore, it is necessary that one of those who accompanied us
the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us,
beginning from the baptism of John
until the day on which he was taken up from us,
become with us a witness to his resurrection...
They chose Matthias,
and he was counted with the eleven apostles.
See the Book of Acts 1:13-15,21,22
So could you stand up in front of ten people, or sitting tell just one,
- the story of the baptism of Jesus?
- the story of the three years of teaching and preaching and healing ministry?
- the story of the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus?
- the story of the Easter appearances of Christ the Risen Lord?
Baptized disciple of Jesus Christ, sure you could, for this is your story.
And so, you meet St. Peter's qualifications to be
an apostle, a witness to the Resurrection.
- Fr. Steve Wolf, Pastor
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION is primarily
the 'clear and unequivocal proclamation of the person of Jesus Christ,
that is, the preaching of his name, his teaching, his life, his promises
and the Kingdom which he has gained for us by his Paschal Mystery.'
- Saint Pope John Paul II, 1999
The Church in America, #66
It involves the active participation of every Christian in the proclamation
and demonstration that the Christian faith is the fully valid response
to the problems and hopes that life poses to every person and society.
- Saint Pope John Paul II, 1988
Christifideles Laici, #36
94.9 FM WGIC-LP
Immaculate Conception Church
on the Wings of Gabriel
On August 28, 2013, Fr. David Gaffny, Pastor, requested permission from Most Rev. David Choby, Bishop of Nashville, to petition the Federal Communications Commission for a license for a Low Power FM radio station in Clarksville. Fr. David signed a five-year contract with EWTN on December 18, 2014. At the outset, all of our programming is provided by Eternal Word (EWTN) radio. Our agreement is that we may use our own or other programming for up to one-fifth of the broadcast time. The equipment was installed in the Summer of 2016 and we were ready for an antenna tower. The decision was made to install the antenna inside the steeple of the Old Chapel. On Monday, January 9, 2017, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we began testing the broadcast of the new Low Power parish radio station. On Thursday, January 26, 2017, the Memorial of Saints Timothy & Titus, the FCC granted our license. In the Summer of 2017 the parish contracted with Duncan Morrow for assistance with weekly monitoring and daily audio and managing parish programming, and Fr. Steve Wolf began to record a series of Catholic prayers. In September, 2017 WGIC became available anywhere online, through www.shoutcast.com, which can be accessed through the parish web site, www.immaconception.org. On mobile devices, visit your app store for the free SHOUTCAST app, and search for WGIC. WGIC is a member of the Catholic Radio Association.
Contact Deacon Dominick Azzara at 931-645-6275, ext. 104 or email@example.com.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION (RCIA)
First and Third Wednesday at 6:15 PM in Room 9 downstairs in the Saint Joseph Center for informal Questions and Answers.
Sundays from 9:15 AM to 10:30 AM in the Saint Joseph Room upstairs, across Franklin Street from the Old Chapel. Formal classes meet during the school year and typically begins mid-August.
RCIA seeks to be a welcoming and supportive environment where those seeking to learn more about the Catholic faith can grow in knowledge and understanding as they discern a possible call to the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) or full communion in the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist for those already baptized.
Contact Pat Paszek at 931-552-5520 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
Pat Riley at 270-498-2337 or email@example.com,
IC PONDER GROUPS
Two times each year groups of 8 to 10 parishioners gather in homes for 90 minutes once a week for six weeks for faith-sharing at the intersection of our life experience, the tradition of the Church in scripture and the deposit of faith, and the culture in which we live. In Fall the 6 weeks are before Thanksgiving and in Lent the 6 weeks begin on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Contact Carol Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org or 931-552-7772.
Meets on first Thursday each month at 6:00 pm in the St. Joseph Room. proclaims that life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self, and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence. The ministry participates regularly in 40 DAYS FOR LIFE and meets monthly on the First Thursday at 6:00 pm in the St. Joseph Room. Contact Joe or Anna Elarde at 847-359-9617 or email@example.com.
These men and women serve our church family through fellowship activities and reaching out to welcome new members and visitors to our parish. Activities include sending notes to welcome visitors and new parishioners who sign the guest register in the Main Church Narthex, planning potluck suppers, offering "send out suppers" for ill parishioners, offering a Hospitality Suite during wakes, First Communion,and other parish receptions and special events. Contact Regina Azzara at 931-358-9662.
to SAINT JULES PARISH in
Petit Bourg du Borgne, Haiti
First Monday at 7:00 PM in Room 10 downstairs in the Saint Joseph Center. The mission maintains connections with our twinned parish and raises awareness among the parishioners about the plight of God's poor in Haiti. Our committee offers spiritual, medical, and financial suppport. Efforts include an annual medical mission to the village, identifying and bringing patients to hospitals in Haiti and the United States for surgery and sponsoring a clinic in the village staffed by a Haitian doctor, two nurses, a pharmacist, and a lab technician. Contact Kit Grabenstein at 931-503-1406 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Haiti Mission Website. www.stjuleshaiti.com
to SAN PEDRO AND SAN PABLO
in the state of Chiapas in Mexico
Second Tuesday at 6:30 PM in Room 10 downstairs in the Saint Joseph Center. The goal of our parish is to work collaboratively with our co-parishioners in San Pedro Chenalho and San Pablo Chalchihuitan on issues and projects that strengthen our lives as Catholics. San Pedro and San Pablo villages are scattered across an impoverished mountainous area in the remote areas of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. A mission team travels to Chiapas once a year. Contact Martha Elva Kenney at 931-802-3247 or email@example.com.
LOAVES AND FISHES
For decades Immaculate Conception parishioners have supported this non-profit ecumenical community-wide project to feed the hungry. Loaves and Fishes serves hot lunches Monday through Saturday and has a food distribution center. 215 Foster Street at First Presbyterian Church. Donations may be mailed to Loaves & Fishes, PO Box 3241, Clarksville, TN 37043. To volunteer visit loavesandfishestn.org or call 931-645-9020, or contact parishioner Anne Doherty at 931-647-6972.
Immaculate Conception Church and School help support Urban Ministries in their work with the poor in Clarksville and Montgomery County, at 217 S. 3rd St., Clarksville, TN 37040, at the Madison Street United Methodist Church. Their many needs include non-perishable food. Visit clarksvilleurbanministries.com or call 931-648-9090, or call parish contact Deacon Dominick Azzara at 931-645-6275, ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOCIETY of ST VINCENT de PAUL
Our Faith in Action, Serving the Poor
Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of lay women and men seeking spiritual growth and friendship through person-to-person service to the needy and suffering. Our members of the Immaculate Conception Conference help the poor of Clarksville with household bills, clothing, food, transportation, and various household goods. We network with local agencies and organizations to provide job and housing resources, legal, medical, transportation, and other referral services.
If you are interested in becoming a memeber or learning more about our organization, please join us Thursdays at 11:00am downstairs in the St. Joseph Center. We rely on the loving donations of our parish and community to assist the poor. Your tax-deductible donation may be made payable to SVdP and placed in the collection basket. When you share your gifts with Society of St. Vincent de Paul, you witness God's love by embracing works of charity and justice for the poor.
For information or assistance:
Strummers and Pickers for Evangelizing with Music from the Tradition (and fun songs too).
We play together for fun and occasionally in public (safety in numbers). Most rehearsals are for one hour on scheduled Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, usually in the Saint Joseph Room.
A TOTAL BEGINNERS ONE-HOUR INTRODUCTION to the UKULELE, can be scheduled by contacting Fr. Steve Wolf. We will schedule it and invite any others who want to learn 4 chords, get a 32 page sample of Fr Steve's Three-Finger-Chord Ukulele Hymns, and play one of the songs from it.
Our IC UKEs LENDING LIBRARY has been helpful to several who wanted to try the Uke.
Contact Fr Steve Wolf at email@example.com or 931-645-6275, ext 102.
1905 Madison Street, next to Immaculate Conception School, operated by Catholic Charites, is open Monday thru Thursday 10 am to 2 pm and on 2nd and 4th Saturdays 10 am to Noon. Caring Choices provides a caring, confidential atmosphere to help a pregnant woman work through a crisis pregnancy. Pregnancy testing, counseling, and providing maternity and baby articles are a few of the services provided. (931) 645-9969. For more, click here.
HOPE PREGNANCY CENTER
325 N. 2nd Street, Clarksville, TN 37040, clarksvillehope.com. Hope Pregnancy Center is another local pregnancy help center committed to providing accurate information and quality services to women and couples facing an unexpected pregnancy. They also assist with abortion recovery and practical assistance to those who are pregnant or parenting. Some IC parishioners volunteer here. (931) 645-2273.