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.

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.

Parishioner Keith Nester to Appear on EWTN

IC parishioner and convert to the Catholic Faith, Keith Nester, will appear on "The Journey Home" with Marcus Grodi on EWTN this coming Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. local time.

Keith made a video of his "journey" to Ohio to tape the program! Click on video link to watch. 

Also - if you don't have EWTN as part of your cable TV package, you can go to their website and watch their programming LIVE.


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 


Prayer & Worship Opportunities @ IC & SW

As we all experience restrictions due to the Coronavirus, Immaculate Conception & St. Wenceslaus parishes would like to offer some unique prayer & worship opportunities. Check parish websites & Facebook for updates . . .

Latest Message from Archbishop Jackels - 3/23/2020

Latest Message from Archbishop Michael Jackels: March 23, 2020

Abstaining from meat

  • The Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are dispensed from the obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, 27 March 2020 and on Friday, 3 April 2020. 
  • This dispensation does not apply to Good Friday, 10 April 2020. 
  • This dispensation is granted in view of the difficulty people might have in finding meal alternatives to meat, or to go out for grocery shopping.
  • The Fridays of Lent remain days of prayer and penance. Those who are able to abstain from meat, should do so. Those who aren’t able to abstain, should perform some other act of penance. 
  • An example of an alternative penance might to bear up silently and with calm under the extra-ordinary strains and burdens of being cooped up at home.

Solemnity of the Annunciation

  • Just a reminder: All of the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Dubuque are invited to join in a day of fast, abstinence, and prayer on Wednesday, 25 March 2020; this is voluntary, not obligatory.
  • On that day, people ordinarily bound on Ash Wednesday to fast (only one full meal, taking less at the other meals) and abstain from meat are invited to make those same sacrifices. And as far as prayer is concerned, the Rosary is recommended as a powerful prayer, prayed alone or with others. 
  • Our Holy Father Pope Francis has asked that, on that day, everyone who glories in the name Christian pray the Our Father to beg God: for speedy deliverance from the evil of the coronavirus; for those who are sick or who live in fear of infection; for those who care for the sick and elderly; for those who live in fear for their lives and livelihood: and that we might all remain calm and confident in God’s wisdom, power, and goodness.

Friday, 27 March 2020

  • This coming Friday, at 12 Noon local time, everyone is invited to participate spiritually via livestream (at in a special moment of prayer presided over by our Holy Father Pope Francis. 
  • The Pope will be on the sagrato (front steps) of St. Peter’s Basilica. There will be readings from Sacred Scripture, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • At the conclusion, the Holy Father will give a special urbi et orbi (to the city of Rome and to the world) blessing. Those who participate livestream can gain the plenary indulgence attached to the Pope’s blessing. 
  • To gain the plenary indulgence, in addition to participating in the prayer service via livestream, it is required – as soon as possible – to go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, and pray (Our Father and Hail Mary) for the Holy Father’s intentions. 


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!


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.



Click below for the current Liturgical Minister Schedule.



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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 

June 28 to July 3, 2020

 TOTUS TUUS IS COMING! This very popular Immaculate Conception/St. Patrick Summer Catechetical Program for children and youth will be held June 28 - July 3. This year, each parish is allowed only 37 students. Please reserve your spot. This fills up quickly. contact Mary McEniry at the Immaculate Conception Parish office at 362-7181 for more information. Registration forms are available in the Grotto, or click on the link below.


An Evening with Mark Forrest

An Evening with Mark Forrest

2021 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land


Immaculate Conception

857 3rd Ave SE

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

7:00 p.m.

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



Thursday, April 23, 2020 

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

857 3rd Ave SE

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

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?

A light dinner will be served.

 Child care will be available. 

This event is FREE and ALL are welcome. 


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.


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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

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

(319) 362-7181

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