Photo Collections

 

2017 Parish Picnic

The ICC family and friends gather annually to celebrate our love for the Lord, one another and community. This year’s 5th Annual Picnic was a hit! Everyone had a great time and the weather was just beautiful. Our amazing Knights of Columbus grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and did a great job keeping up with the hungry crowd. To much delight, Julie O'Brien and the PSR volunteers ran the children's games. A special "shout out" to all our amazingly talented performers who entertained us all afternoon. The ICC Parish would like to thank all the helping hands that made this picnic possible, all the volunteers that set up and did the cleanup, removed empty dishes from the chiller tables, our Ice Cream scoopers, trash removal, beverage haulers and a huge "High 5" to the picnic committee for their planning and time spent picking up food, ice and beverages. Also, all the wonderful side dishes our Parish members brought were a heavenly delight.

We hope to see you next year at our 6th annual Parish Picnic!

     
 

2017 Vacation Bible School (VBS)

During the week of June 19, 2017 many curious children discovered the Great Creator, God, at Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School (VBS)! In a world that they became hands-on inventors, everyone learned they are lovingly crafted by their Maker! Each child got creative with gears, robots, & rockets as they learned they are Created by God and Built for a Purpose!

"Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex." Psalm 139:14

     

 

2017 Baccalaureate Mass & Wetzel Scholarship

A Baccalaureate Mass is a celebration that honors our 2017 graduating senior class! The I.C.C. Wetzel Scholarship has been created through the generosity of Robert H. Wetzel for the purpose of assisting a graduating high school student who is an active member of Immaculate Conception Church in pursuing an education beyond the high school diploma. The 2017 award recipient is Joseph Marcelli!

 

2017 Confirmation

Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments through which we pass in the process of our religious upbringing. According to Catholic doctrine, in this sacrament we're sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in our Christian life. Please pray for our Cofirmondi.

Confirmation Prayer: Spirit of God, grant me: The gift of wisdom to see the world through Your eyes, The gift of counsel to make difficult decisions, The gift of knowledge and understanding to use my mind to know You and to love You, The gift of fortitude to have the courage to live in the faith despite the difficulties and disappointments, The gift of piety to be able to express my special love and commitment to You, And the right kind of awesome fear that makes me pause to wonder and revere God’s Love. Amen

     
 

2017 May Crowning

In honor of Our Lady of Fatima, ICC parishioners celebrated the yearly May Crowning Mass on May 13, 2017. A few of our First Communicants participated and presented the crown. The May Crowning is a celebration that recognizes Mary as queen of heaven and earth. Devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary originates in the earliest days of the church. Concerning the significance of the month of May, a month both named for and dedicated to Mary, toward the end of the 18th century, Father Latomia of the Roman College of the Society of Jesus (in Rome) instituted the practice of dedicating this month to our Blessed Mother. Catholics have long honored her by placing a crown on her image. A sincere "thank you" to all participants.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

     
 

2017 Women's Retreat

ICC welcomed Mary Lou Beers to our Women's Retreat on May 6, 2017; Mary Undoer of Knots. Mary Lou witnessed her life in the faith and talked about living out our vocations. Fr. Donnelly also spoke about the Rosary and this beautiful devotion.

"Pope Francis does have a special devotion to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. While studying in Germany in the 1980s, he discovered this devotion at the Church of St. Peter am Perlach in Augsburg. In the church, there is a painting from about 1700 that depicts Mary in heaven surrounded by angels. She stands on the crescent moon crushing the head of the serpent, Satan. She holds a long ribbon and is untying a large knot, one of several on the ribbon." Learn more about this devotion and prayer here.

     
 

2017 First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion is the common name for a person's first reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist. Roman Catholics recognize the importance of this event as the Eucharist is the central focus of the sacramental life of the Catholic Church. Special clothing is usually worn, which is often white to symbolize purity. Pope Pius X declared Blessed Imelda Lambertini the Patroness of First Communicants (click her name to learn more) in the early part of the 20th century. The life of this young child was quite astonishing. She lived only from 1322 to 1333; a time in the Latin Church when First Communion was reserved for children of at least 14 years. Please pray for our First Holy Communicants through the intercession of Blessed Imelda.

Communion Prayer: My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to possess You within my soul. I believe it because You have said it, and I am ready to give my life to
maintain this truth. Amen

     
 

2017 Preschool Graduation

Congratulations to our PSR Preschool students as they graduate into Kindergarten. 

"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

     
 

2017 Palm Sunday through Easter Vigil

Palm Sunday the Church transformation takes us to the time where Jesus enters Jerusalem. The church colors change from purple to red. On Good Friday the altar is stripped of all decoration. As we reflect on the death of Jesus on the cross. The tabernacle is empty and the curtain open. Jesus is gone. After 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday. 

We welcome Larry Small, Amanda Brafford, Ashley Myers and Reene Widmar to our Catholic Family. Congratulations to all of you!

     
 

2017 Middle School PSR (EDGE)

Educating children in grades 6-8 in the Catholic faith using the Edge+ program.  Focus on community building.  We have many activities that support the lessons along with discussion, bible stories, games, crafts, videos, and snack.  Twice a year students support a mission project.

     
 

2017 2nd Grade Bread of Life

Our 2nd grade class, in preparation for First Holy Communion, shared loaves of bread symbolizing Jesus, our Bread of Life in the Eucharist; Body, Soul & Divinity. 

     
 

2017 2nd Grade Last Supper Play

In preparation for First Holy Communion, 2nd grade PSR class reenacts the Lord's Last Supper. The play was directed by Mrs. Bonner.  Additionally, Mrs. Bonner has freely given many years of service teaching ICC's First Holy Communicants.  Many sincere thank you's to Mrs. Bonner!

     
 

2017 Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is strongly associated with debauchery, however the original intent of the holiday and how it's kept by the faithful is much different. Fat Tuesday, as it is known in English, is a long-standing tradition of the Catholic Church and it marks the last day of ordinary time before the start of Lent, a time of fasting and repentance. While the parties throughout the world have gained the most attention in popular culture, they seriously misrepresent the Catholic intent of the holiday.

With the rise of the Church in ancient Rome, Christian teaching and morals took root, but there always remained a strong need to blend ancient Roman traditional practices with the growing Christian faith. The blending of tradition with new religious beliefs was a common practice in the ancient world and it helped people to transition away from paganism. In fact, there are a number of ancient Roman traditions that persevere in the Roman Catholic Church to this day, where they continue to guide the faithful.

     
 

2017 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

8th graders learn about the Holy Spirit, patron saints & prepare for Confirmation!

     
 

New Main Altar Mosaic Artwork

The Mosaic came from Henningers Inc. A Mosaic is a piece of artw work made of pieces of colored stone arranged to form a picture. The mosaic is in shades of blue with a gold monogram, "IHS". IHS is a monogram being a symbol of Jesus Christ in form of acronym. From Greek it is an abbreviation of the name IHΣΟΥΣ (Jesus). This is a beautiful addition to our main altar and sanctuary.

     
 

Small Catholic Communities

Did you know ICC has two Small Home Based Christian Communities within our parish? They are the St. Pio Community, hosted by Gayle Carroll, and Sacred heart Community, hosted by Danny and Lorraine Pettit.

These communities meet once or twice a month in family homes. A typical evening meeting consists of praise and worship (singing & prayer), a short teaching on the Catholic faith, and sharing of daily lives along with great food. Most communities have some type of apostolic outreach. For example, Sacred Heart Community promotes the enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes.

Pope St. John Paull II wrote about these home-based communities as an extension of the parish community. Thus, the parish can truly be a community (Lay Members of Christ's Faithful People).

Deacon Ken and Shelley Meade have been memebers of St. Anthony Community in Bainbridge, Ohio for nearly 20 years. As members of Presentation Ministries, they helped introduce Small Home Based Christian Communities to ICC & we are forever thankful!

     
 

2016 Pro-Populo Mass

Latin: "Mass for the People". On November 15, 2016 many attend a Pro-Populo Mass in remembrance of those who died in the past year. 

"So you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will rob you of your joy." John 16:22

     
 

2016 Trunk or Treat

Thank you to all the people who came out in the chilly weather to participate in our Trunk or Treat event. Even with the drizzle and cold, we still had a great turnout. 1st Place winners: Cameron Cannady & Grace Carpenter with their vehicle decorated as Burger King. 2nd Place winners: Marcelli family, their vehicle was decorated as Noah’s Ark. 3rd Place winners were a tie (both decorated in a Charlie Brown theme): the Roach family & the Ludwick Family. Our thanks also go out to Quail Nursery & Wayman Farms for their donation of pumpkins. The children loved searching through the pumpkin patch for their favorite pumpkin. We appreciate the effort & time by our parish members that went into the many unique decorated vehicles. The amount of cupcakes that were donated kept us happily playing the game the entire time! Thanks to all the adults who came out to help & worked to make this possible, as well as, all the middle & high school students who volunteered. It was a fun-filled family day!

     
 

Blessed Mother Shrine Landscaping

Volunteers clean up our Blessed Mother Shrine landscaping. We look forward to God's beauty to bloom.

     
 

2016 Blessing of Pets

To celebrate The Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, Spiritual Development Ministry, Deacon Kuhlman and Wednesday PSR classes hold our annual parish Blessing of the Pets celebration. 

     
 

2016 Retreat Day Abbot Clement

On Saturday, 9-24-16, ICC offered a one day parish retreat. Our Guest speaker was Abbot Clements, from the Benedictine Abbey in Cleveland. There were two sessions of talks on prayer. The Holy Spirit was certainly in attendance too!

     
 

2016 Neocatechumenal Way

The Neocatechumenal Way, also known as the Neocatechumenate, NCW or, colloquially, The Way, is a charism within the Catholic Church dedicated to Christian formation. It was formed in Madrid in 1964 by Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernández. 

     
 

Baby Matthias & Baby Angela Funeral Mass

  • Baby Matthias: January 18, 2016 ~ 17 weeks in the womb
  • Baby Angela: March 27, 2016 ~ 33 weeks in the womb

A Funeral Mass was held at ICC on Saturday, May 21, 2016 for two babies, Matthias and Angela. The burial occurred at North Madison Cemetery. Baby Matthias was miscarried at 17 weeks. Baby Angela was stillborn at 33 weeks from conception. She was fully formed and weighed five pounds. The babies' bodies were left with the coroner. Arrangements were handled by Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St., Madison. Plot donated by Grace Muller.

> "Babies' Funeral Fund" is a private fund that provides funeral & burial service for abandoned infants. Contributions can be made to: Babies' Funeral Fund, 1364 E. 47th St., Cleveland, OH 44103. <

"A person's a person, no matter how small." ~ Dr. Suess

     
 

Legion of Mary

We are all indebted to Jesus for His Passion. Similarly all of us are indebted to Our Lady for her compassion. Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces serve the Church and their neighbor on a voluntary basis. Every week each active member in the Legion of Mary is assigned a legion work for not less than 2 hours. Some of the works we do include: Apostolate in the Parish, visitation to homes of the homebound, visitation of hospitals and nursing homes and other duties assigned by the Pastor. At this time as we know Father Donnelly is out on sick leave. The Legion is greatly needed at our Parish. Please consider joining us as we need more members to be able to expand our works. We also encourage people to have their homes Enthroned to the Sacred Heart, recitation of the rosary at wakes and funerals and much more. This is a short summary of what we do. If interested in joining, please call the Parish office.

 

Pancake Breakfasts

Our amazing volunteers utilize their gifts of welcoming and hospitality to bring the ICC parish family and Madison community members together for fellowship through a delicious meal before or after Sunday Masses.

     
 

Suitcases and Blankets for Foster Children

In April 2015 Pat Covell was made aware that the current practice around our country is to give each child who enters foster care a trash bag to put their belongings in. With Father Donnelly’s blessing, the generosity of parishioners and a discount from Gordmans in Mentor, we were able to purchase 100 suitcases. The Prayerful shawler’s and Blankets for Babies, along with parishioners came together and donated their time and talent to make sure each child would have a small blanket to go along with a suitcase to call their own. On June 8, 2015 Father Donnelly blessed each suitcase and blanket and on June 9, 2015 the Covell family delivered them to Lake County Foster Care Services. They have promised to let Pat know when they get low or need additional suitcases. Our prayer is that no child in our county will ever have to use a trash bag again! We are truly blessed at ICC to have Father Donnelly and our church community living the Corporal Works of Mercy. Please keep these children in your prayers. A special mention and thank you to Dorothy Zupcsan who made 44 of the blankets. 

 

PSR Teacher's Meeting

We are blessed by the love and dedication of so many parishioners that freely give of their time to teach our beautiful Catholic faith. A heartfelt "thank you" to all of our PSR teachers.

     
 

ICC Gift Store

Don't travel outside of Madison to shop! We have hidden treasures at the ICC Gift and Book Store, located in our parish center. It has been in existence for many years and we'd like to invite all parish members to check us out. The Gift Shop carries a wide variety of gifts for First Communion, Confirmation, Baptisms, seasonal items, holy cards, greeting cards, rosaries, statues, crucifixes, medals, bibles and books. Also featured is our rolling book cart filled with many Christian books, all for $1.00 each. All proceeds are given to our ICC Scholarship Fund. Please come and visit us on Sundays from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

     

 

Donut Sundays

Celebrate fellowship monthly with our family-in-Christ on every 4th Sunday!

 

Bees Nest!

God's creatures make their home at ICC too.  Many thanks to Avalon/Glavis Pest Control for their assistance with this bald face hornet's nest found in the outside garage.  They explained it took about 2 weeks for the hornets to build their home, which appeared to be vacant from last fall. Additionally, Avalon/Glavis removed a nest of yellow jackets from the Parish center.

 

Cows in the Backyard!

This gives a new meaning to "when the cows come Home"! All are welcomed at ICC, especially by our Blessed Mother.

     
 

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