Faithfully serving Catholics in Cedar Rapids, IA since 1858

  Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is dedicated to faithful service to members of the parish, the diverse ethnic groups of Cedar Rapids, and the larger body of Christ in the downtown neighborhoods of the city.


I.C. YouTube Channel

Check out the Immaculate Conception YouTube Channel for live-streaming daily Masses (and recordings). Also, check out the "Fight for Our Faith" playlist where all of the virtual retreat videos are available for viewing.


Reopening the Parish on Pentecost Weekend!

Click the links below to read the letter written by our pastor, Fr. Chris, regarding the reopening of our parish on Pentecost weekend! 

Fr. Chris' Letter in English

Fr. Chris' Letter in Spanish


Reopening of Parishes

Click the button below for Archbishop Jackels' letter regarding the reopening of parishes.


We will miss you, Fr. Chris!

This morning, we received the sad news that our pastor, Fr. Chris Podhajsky, has been reassigned, effective July 14, 2020.

Below are links to his farewell letter (read at all live-streamed Masses) in English and in Spanish.

Farewell Letter in English

Farewell Letter in Spanish

Click on Facebook Link for Live-streamed Daily Masses


To access live-streamed daily Masses (Monday-Saturday), click on the Facebook link to go to our parish Facebook page, and a live link (with the day's date) should appear each day, approximately 5-10 minutes before Mass begins at 7:30 a.m.


Sundays will be different since Fr. Chris will offer three (3) Masses (7:30 a.m. Latin, 9:00 a.m. English, & 10:30 a.m. Spanish). All three Masses will be live-streamed on Facebook at the indicated times.


Prerecorded Daily Masses

Click below to access prerecorded daily Masses offered by Fr. Chris Podhajsky in his private chapel. These are RECORDINGS of live-streamed Masses, not the live streams themselves.

Order "Fight for Our Faith" Retreat Merchandise!


"Fight for Our Faith" T-shirt

"Fight for Our Faith" T-shirt

"Fight for Our Faith" T-shirt

You can purchase some cool t-shirts for adults (men's & women's styles), kids, toddlers, and babies! 


"Fight for Our Faith" Hoodie

"Fight for Our Faith" T-shirt

"Fight for Our Faith" T-shirt

Hoodies & long-sleeve tees are available in a wide variety of colors! Click any of the items to go to the site to make your purchase. All merchandise is "at cost." No profit is being made by the parish.


"Fight for Our Faith" Mug

"Fight for Our Faith" T-shirt

"Fight for Our Faith" Mug

Mugs, phone cases, and other items are also available with the logo! Click any of the items to go to the site to make your purchase.

Prayer & Worship Opportunities


Prayer & Worship Opportunities at Immaculate Conception & St. Wenceslaus


Online Giving to Immaculate Conception Parish

Please know we are committed to continuing the important mission of our parish at this time. To help us, I’m asking you today to continue your weekly offertory gift IF you are in a financial position to do so. 

You can drop it off at the parish office, mail it to us, or consider using a special link (click the button on the right) the Archdiocese has set up specifically for electronic gifts (credit cards and debit transfers) to our parish. 

All gifts will go directly to our parish ministry. 

You remain in my prayers. 

God bless, Fr. Chris 


Fall 2020 Bible Study

Jesus: The Way, The Truth, and the Life

This fall, Immaculate Conception is pleased to offer Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life, a 10-week video-based bible study program. Anchored in the life of Christ as presented in the Gospels, this study explores the entirety of Jesus’ life—who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, what he did for our salvation, and what all of this means for us as Catholics today. 

Presented by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and Dr. Edward Sri, this study was filmed in the Holy Land so Catholics can experience the extraordinary world in which Jesus lived and taught—the historical context, the politics, the clashing cultures, the history, and the ancient land—and see where the most significant events of his life took place, from his infancy to his ascension. Most importantly, this encounter with Christ will inspire and empower you to center your entire life in him as you come to know and love him in an ever-deeper and more intimate way.

DATES/TIMES: September 13 to November 15, 2020 / Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

To Register . . .

1.) Click the "REGISTER ONLINE HERE" button below, where you will be able to register for the study and order your materials. If you don't already have an Ascension Press account, you will be asked to create one.

2.) You can also register by filling out one of the registration forms. Click the link below.



The Wurst Parish Festival September 12, 2020

Immaculate Conception's Wurst Parish Festival will be held on Saturday, September 12 from 4:00 to 10:00 PM.  Join us for bratwurst, beer, BINGO, and a blues band, plus kids’ activities, an auction and more!



Sign up for Flocknote!

Flocknote introduces a smarter way for parishes to text message and email their members. As a Flocknote church, we will be able to reach all of you at a moment's notice, in your inboxes and via text message. There’s nothing for you 

to download or pick up after church. 

By organizing our church into different groups and ministries on Flocknote, we can get information to exactly who needs it at the right time! Plus, you will be able to reply directly to any email or text message you receive via 

Flocknote, vote in polls, RSVP to events, and more!  Interested?

Coming Events & Announcements

Coffee and Catholicism

An Evening with Mark Forrest

Totus Tuus - Summer 2020



 Next Date & Topic TBA

Immaculate Conception Church

Scotus Hall

Totus Tuus - Summer 2020

An Evening with Mark Forrest

Totus Tuus - Summer 2020


Totus Tuus 


An Evening with Mark Forrest

An Evening with Mark Forrest

2021 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land


Immaculate Conception

857 3rd Ave SE

Will be rescheduled later in the year.

Join us for an evening of music, meditation, and prayer with internationally-known Irish tenor, 


2021 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

2021 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

2021 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land


 January 25 to February 4, 2021, with Father Chris Podhajsky of Cedar Rapids, IA and Father David Ambrosy of Waverly, IA.  

This early booking has enabled us to keep the same price of $4,499, with Usama Salman again serving as our guide. 

Flyers and more information will be available soon. Visit or email Mary at if you have any questions. 



2021 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Eucharistic Adoration



Postponed to a later date 

Speaker: Estelle Nester



Estelle Nester is the wife of former protestant pastor Keith Nester, who converted to Catholicism. One day, Keith said he was thinking about quitting his job at the church and becoming Catholic. Estelle was shocked and didn’t know what to do. She loved her role as “the pastor’s wife” and loved all of the churches they had ever been a part of. Would she choose to become Catholic too? What if she didn’t believe everything that Catholics believe? How would this affect their marriage? How would the kids react?

Eucharistic Adoration

2021 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Eucharistic Adoration


Adoration at Immaculate Conception

Friday, 12:30 p.m. to Saturday, 8:30 a.m.


Contact Us

Send us your questions and/or comments!

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church • 857 3rd Ave SE • Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

(319) 362-7181

Office Hours

Open today

08:30 am – 04:30 pm