As we begin the opening of our churches for the celebration of mass the weekend of June 6th & 7th, here are a few items to be aware of.

  • We will be adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Diocese of Belleville
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask. 
  • At each mass there will be a greeter to document your name and a contact phone number.  These will not be used unless there is a need to contact you due to a diagnosed case.  
  • Please wait to be seated.  You will be seated by a member of the team.  This is being done according to guidelines by the diocese to adhere to the social distancing requirements.
  • At the end of mass you will be dismissed by pew.  Please follow the instructions of the greeter or usher.
  • After mass there will be a cleaning team who will sanitize the church facility.
  • Wait to remove your mask when you are a safe distance outside of the church and social distanced from others.
  • Please do not congregate outside the church doors after mass.  

Welcome – we are happy to be gathered together to celebrate this mass! There are a few items we would like to let you know about:

  • As you enter church you are welcome to grab a missalette. These are to be taken home with you and brought back for each mass as we move forward. Please do not leave them in the pew.
  • If you pick up a bulletin, please take it with you when you leave.
  • Anything left in the pews will be discarded. Be careful not to leave any personal items behind.
  • Our cleaning team will be sanitizing all areas after each mass
  • We will not be taking offertory gifts during the mass, if you would please drop them in the baskets at the exit doors, we would appreciate it.
  • We ask you to please keep your mask on as you leave mass and to not congregate around the exits of the church building after leaving mass.Thank you for your cooperation during this unusual time in the world around us. We are happy you have decided to join us as we worship together again as a Church family.

Reflections for July 12:

The Power of the Word

God comes to earth to meet us by way of the word planted in the heart of Mary, the word conceived in faith that becomes the source of life, a gift of love for those who believe in the message of repentance and the Kingdom of heaven. God’s word flows from the heart like water coming to fill the empty, dry vessels of human souls so that their thirst for the meaning of life may be fulfilled. Like a seed, the word is planted in those hearts made ready to act on the Gospel truth with authority to heal, purify, reconcile, give sight and wisdom, and restore and unite all things to the love of God.

God’s word is a breath of new life, the Spirit that opens the eyes of faith so that we can see with the vision of hope the many good things that God is doing in the world.  God’s word calls people to become what they consume, to become the living light of truth shining in the world, the light of love that can transform life to mirror heaven on earth.

Pope Francis invites the faithful to grow and love the word of new life, “one word that speaks to us not about things, but about life.” What must one do to love God’s word, to truly make it a daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack of life? Pope Francis teaches us how to embrace God’s word and make it a compass of life: “Each day, let us read a verse or two of the Bible. Let us begin with the Gospel,” he said. “Let us keep it open on our table, carry it in our pocket, read it on our cell phones, and allow it to inspire us daily.” When we practice this daily, the pontiff says, “We will discover that God is close to us, that he dispels our darkness and, with great love, leads our lives into deep waters” of faith, hope, and peace.

Fr. Joseph Oganda


Sacred Heart Parish of Du Quoin, Illinois – Founded In 1857
Immaculate Conception Parish of Tamaroa, Illinois – Founded in 1904

July 12, 2020

We hope your stay in our area is pleasant and enjoyable .
We pray for your safety on your return travel back home.


Do Not Be Afraid To Be Loved By GOD

This is a powerful summon to all of us. You too need to see the entirety of your life as a mission. Always ask the Spirit what Jesus expects from you at every moment of your life and in every decision you must make, so as to discern its place in the mission you have received.

“Pope Francis Apostolic Letter; “Gaudete et exsultate,”On the call to holiness in today’s world”

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Bishop Edward K. Braxton
Invites you to view the
Liturgy of Ordination of

The Reverend Mr. Nicholas T. Fleming
St. Clare of Assisi Parish in O’Fallon

The Reverend Mr. Carl E. Schrage
St. Lawrence Parish in Sandoval

The Reverend Mr. Joel L. Seipp
St. Clare of Assisi Parish in O’Fallon

To the Order of Priesthood


Saturday, the Eleventh of July
in the Year of Our Lord, 2020
At 10:30 o’clock in the morning
In the Cathedral of St. Peter

During this Liturgy, our Priest Jubilarians will be honored.

The Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed.

The Sacred Chrism will be consecrated.

In order to provide for the health and safety of everyone during this pandemic, we regret that the number of people that can participate in the Cathedral must be limited.

Therefore, the Mass will be livestreamed at:  www.cathedralbelle.org

Please join me in praying for our candidates for Priesthood


The Ordination to the Priesthood will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. Attendance at the Cathedral of St. Peter is limited due to precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It will be live-streamed so that you can join in the celebration. The Ordination Mass will be live-streamed. A link can be found at www.cathedralbelle.org

I will celebrate my Holy Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at St. Rose Parish, St. Rose. Attendance at St. Rose Church is limited to immediate family only due to precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Mass of Thanksgiving will be live-streamed. A link can be found at www.strosechurchil.com


Parables, Anyone?

When Jesus answers the apostles’ question about why he speaks in parables, it may seem as if he is using them to confuse people. We know he is trying to spread the good news of God’s kingdom. So he talks to the crowds in parables, easily understood stories that usually have a moral or that end with a question for the hearers. He uses these stories to teach the crowd.

Jesus threw out parables like a farmer sowing seeds. Some of them fell on the ears of those who would be disciples. But most fell on the ears of people not ready to understand. So how do we receive his word? Do we hear it without understanding, letting it go in one ear and out the other? Do we hear it joyfully, but then forget it when troubles or difficulties come along? Do we listen to the word but ignore it in the face of some later temptation?

If we want the word to grow strong in us, we can take steps to help ourselves understand it. We can come to church early and spend a few minutes with the readings before Mass. After Mass we can talk about the readings or the homily with our family over breakfast. We can pick out one practical point to practice that week.

Keeping the word in difficult times is not easy. The cross teaches us to expect troubles, but we have to endure them to really learn that we can go through suffering to a new life.

To be strong enough to resist temptations, we have to decide each day that we want to follow Jesus’ word. We can pray for that strength and ask God to help us remember that word when temptations come. And we can decide to stay away from the places, people, or situations that so tempt us.

God’s word can be likened to a ball game. We can sit back and watch, not really involved or caring who wins. Or we can jump in and participate and make the game ours. Let us ask God how we can take the word and run with it.

Tom Schmidt, Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co.

Sacred Heart

Saturday, July 11 – Weekday
Saint Benedict, Abbot

4:30 – 4:45 pm Confession at Haffner Hall
5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Earl Pierce by Ruth Pierce

Sunday, July 12

8:00 – 8:15 am Confession at Haffner Hall
8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Mike Majewski by Gina & Joe Chushman
  • Norma Martin by The Parish Family

Monday, July 13 – Weekday
Saint Henry 

6:45 am Mass Intention

  • Wilbur Hemmer by The Parish Family
  • Margaret Kern by The Parish Family
  • Scott Isom

Tuesday, July 14 – Weekday
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin

6:30 am Mass Intention

  • Jeannie Davison by Diane Davison Green

Wednesday, July 15 – Weekday
Saint Bonaventure, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

5:30 pm Mass Intention

  • Tom Moss by Betty & Brenda

Thursday, July 16 – Weekday
Our Lady of Mount Carmel

6:45 am Mass Intention

  • Frank Piotrowski Jr. by Krista Piotrowski

Friday, July 17 – Weekday
8:00 am Mass Intention

  • Marcia Stacey by Betty & Brenda

Saturday, July 18 – Weekday
Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest

4:30 – 4:45 pm Confession at Haffner Hall
5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Sam Riggion by Mary Riggio, Matt & Mike
  • Maurice & Katie Appuhn by John Appuhn

Sunday, July 19

8:00 – 8:15 am Confession at Haffner Hall
8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Fr. Carl Schrage (Living) by Rich & Doris Rottschalk
  • Frank Piotrowski, Jr. by Krista Piotrowski

Sacred Heart

USHERS for the Month of July

Saturday, 5:00 PM:

Sunday, 8:30 AM:

Saturday, July 11

Gift Bearers: 
Lector: Rex Duncan
Extraordinary Ministers: Rex Duncan & Mary Beth Lane

Sunday, July 12

Gift Bearers:
Lector: Steve Marek
Extraordinary Ministers: Tony Kellerman & Shonna Spencer


Saturday, July 11

Sunday, July 12
Second Collection: Bishop Braxton Appreciation

Monday, July 13
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall

Tuesday, July 14
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall 12:15 pm St. Mother Theresa at Haffner Hall

Wednesday, July 15

Thursday, July 16

Friday, July 17

Saturday, July 18

Sunday, July 19


Sacrament of Reconciliation
During this time of uncertainty celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation can be comforting. Confessions will be heard at Haffner Hall on Saturday evening at 4:30 – 4:45 or after mass. On Sunday they can be heard at Haffner Hall from 8:00 – 8:15 am and at Immaculate Conception porch by office after mass. They can also be heard upon request. Please call the rectory at 618-542-3423.

Please continue to keep Fr. Walter
in your hearts and in your prayers!

Immaculate Conception

Saturday, July 11 – Weekday
Saint Benedict, Abbot

Sunday, July 12

10:00 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • The Parish Family

Monday, July 13 – Weekday
Saint Henry

Tuesday, July 1 – Weekday
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin

Wednesday, July 15 – Weekday
Saint Bonaventure, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

Thursday, July 16 – Weekday
Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Friday, July 17 – Weekday

Saturday, July 18 – Weekday
Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest

Sunday, July 19

10:00 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • John Jones by Tony & Tess Jones
  • Vincent Solis by Tony & Tess Jones
  • Eugene Majarocon by Tony & Tess Jones

Immaculate Conception

Sunday, July 19

Extraordinary Ministers: 
Lector: Tiffany Kujawa
Sweet Treats: Carolyn Hiller


1. Office Hours: Thursdays from 8AM to 2PM – When office is closed, please call 542-3423 (Sacred Heart) for assistance.

2. Planned Giving: Would you consider Immaculate Conception Church in your will or trust? Do you have an insurance policy that no longer fits your needs? You can donate it to Immaculate Conception Church and receive tax benefits as well as the satisfaction of helping the future of our parishes.

IC Parish Hall Rental Rates

$25/hr – Parishioner
$40/hr – Non-Parishioner
$100 deposit

Immaculate Conception
Quilt Bingo & Raffle

Immaculate Conception parish Annual Quilt Bingo and Rafffle is scheduled for October 18th. Bingo is pending due to the COVID19 pandemic, but our raffle will take place. Please be generous since this may be our only fundraiser. Please turn prizes into Tiffany Kujawa 559-1078 or Diana Majewski at 318-1306. Thank you!

Please Pray For . . .

Nursing Home: Lynn Finn, Connie Horst, Liz Van Zandt, Shirley Forys, Marie Dubravek, Sally Fontana, Rosalea Prusacki, Anna Roberts.

Sick: Josh Ritter, Linda Meyer, Juanita Ray, Loretta Schneider, John Dale, Crystal Hurt, Jim Getzie, Joan Kowalski, Terry Chastain, Joann Isom, Mary Iffert, James Feger, Gordon Huffman, Rev. Msgr. Ken Schaefer, Rev. Joseph Rascher, Kyle Crawford, Chris Kelley, Larry Hutson, Nina Gaines, Helen Mossa, Jo Ellen Rodely, Christine Hutson, Gary Brock, Karen May, Shelia Teriet, Regina Huite, Richard Martin, Merry Jo Arvai, Marilyn Furlow, Paul Jones, Dorothy Alongi, Charlene Chitwood, Brynlee Brewer, Wanda Schleper, Jeff Spencer, Emily & Baby Hazel.

Military Personnel: Col. Aaron S. Cowley, SSgt. Jordan Keller, MGSgt (ret.) Thomas D. Sims, Sgt. Derek S. Sims, ITS1(SS/AW) John Kelley, SSgt. Patrick Kelley, SPC Mark Yanez, PV2 Jared Albers, Lt. Col. Carly Sims , Lt. Col. Cory Jones, Sgt. 1st. Cl. Caleb VanVoorhis, SSgt Tyler Jeffers, Lance Cpl. Drew Ferguson, Petty Ofc. 3rd Class Clayton Wyciskalla, Lance Corporal Noah Mabry U.S.M.C., Major Andrew Martin, USAF Airman E-1 Hunter Hill, Master Sergeant & Medical Intel. NCOIC Terry E. Chastain Jr.

Sympathy is extended to the Family of
Norma Martin
Who passed away Wednesday, July 1st
May she rest in peace.
Please keep her family in your prayers

Groups News:

New Funeral Dinner Committee

We have a new Funeral Dinner Committee. Parishioners will be called for making food dishes and working. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to help or contribute any time, please call:

Theresa Swain: 775-934-6366
Patty Reaves: 618-542-6895
Rita Riggio: 618-571-2132
Barb Craft: 618-571-4562
Cyrilla Prusacki: 618-542-3422

Next PSR Classes – Cancelled until further notice

High school youth news…

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA classes- cancelled until further notice.

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). USCCB.org. Do you know someone who is seeking a relationship with Christ the Savior? Someone who has fallen away from their faith and is searching for more? Don’t be afraid to ask them to Come & See what RCIA is all about. Classes will be beginning this September. Call the rectory if you would like to see what the Holy Spirit has in store for you!!


Is one of your favorite times to be in Church when it’s quiet and you are alone with your thoughts to the Lord? Then why not come and enjoy that feeling of warmth and love a couple of times a month and join Eucharistic Adoration held at Sacred Heart Church? You can pray, just talk to God or just simply listen to what He has to tell you.

Many have asked why we have a schedule of Adorers. It is because once the Body of Christ is placed into the Monstrance and it is displayed on the altar, it cannot be left alone. Anyone can come at anytime, stay as long as they wish. We are, however, looking for someone to fill a couple of hours during our Adoration time. If you are interested in participating in this devotion please call Lisa Mohr @ 542-4635. God Bless You.

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News For This Week:


When a priest celebrates Mass each day, he offers each celebration of the Eucharist for a particular person, or intention. By doing so he applies special graces from God upon that person or intention.

Would you like to offer a mass for someone special? If so, please contact Kelly at the office (Thursday 496-5867 or any other day 542-3423). Mass intentions are $10 per person.

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Bearing Fruit. 

The plantings in our gardens weeks ago are already bearing fruit. We have vegetables aplenty (we hope), enough to share (we are urged). All because of the goodness and bounty of God.

  • How is my life rooted in “rich soil”, tilled and nourished by God?
  • What are the “fruits” of my life, of my very self that I can share?
  • How can I nourish life (God’s goodness) in my family, in my neighborhood, in my place at work?


The Capital Campaign (Keep The Faith Growing) aims to raise $200,000! As of now we have received $128,653 of the pledged amount. Thank you for your generosity.

Du Bois KC meeting

Du Bois K of C regular meetings will resume July 9th at 7:00 pm.

CDA members: Important information!!

Any member who would like to hold an office for 2020-2022, please contact one of your current officers & express your interest. You will be provided w/ the necessary tools, training & help to hold any of the positions. State & national encourage members to hold an office & rotation of officers is highly recommended.

Membership books are being updated – if you have ANY CHANGES to address, contact phone number, etc. please contact Carol Collins as soon as possible so the books can be finished. If you would like to add your email address to our mailing list, please contact Brenda Sims.

Your suggestions are also requested & encouraged for possible meeting day/ time changes…..we need better attendance for a voting quorum & all ideas are appreciated. Thanks to everyone in advance!!

Window Restoration Update

Jacksonville Stained Glass returned the week of 6/29 to reinstall the 5 windows that were scheduled for complete restoration and all the panels with the inscriptions for those that had sponsored a window. As with any project there were a couple of mistakes. There was a misspelling on one of the inscription panels and a panel on a window in the choir loft was broken during installation. These are going back to the studio for repair. Sacred Heart was very fortunate to get this restoration work completed almost 2 months early due to the pandemic and the mandatory stay at home. When Jacksonville returned to work after 2 months, our windows were the only work in the studio. Jacksonville will be returning in the next 2-4 weeks to complete the partial restoration of the remaining windows and reinstall the 2 errors. Please remember to continue to honor your pledges in the coming weeks and months so that we might complete all our projects for the Capital Campaign II (Keep The Faith Growing)..

Televised Sunday Mass

A televised Sunday Mass is now airing on ABC Family from 5:30 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. each Sunday morning. The Sunday Mass is produced by the Passionist Fathers and Brothers out of New York City and in available nationally on local affiliates. This is a special ministry, particularly for the elderly and the infirmed. It’s also available online:  http://thesundaymass.org

EWTN Global Catholic Network

Originally known as the Eternal Word Television Network, EWTN provides inspirational talk shows, original Catholic teaching series, animated programs for kids, live church coverage and documentaries. Tune in to channel 261 on DISH Network Satellite TV, channel 370 on DirecTV, and channel 94 for NewWave Communications for all EWTN has to offer or go to:  http://www.ewtn.com/tv

Letter from Bishop Braxton:

“Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ,

As we approach the date of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Michael G. Mc Govern, I invite you to join with me in praying for him. Even though the coronavirus pandemic prevents us from gathering together to pray for him at daily and Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist, let us pray to the Holy Spirit for him fervently and often. Priests and Deacons can pray for him in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament during the Liturgy of the Hours. Families can pray the Rosary together for him. Petitions for the fruitfulness of his ministry should be included in the Universal Prayers during live streaming of the Mass. Pray that the Holy Spirit will enkindle in him the fire of divine love needed to lead and guide the holy People of God. Pray that he may continue to strive to be confirmed to the image of Christ Himself and offer a constant witness of faith, hope, and love as he helps you to learn your faith, love your faith and live your faith.

May the Lord who begins this new work in him bring it to fulfilment!”

The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Apostolic Administrator Diocese of Belleville

St. Bruno
Catholic School News

Learn more about St. Bruno Catholic School at www.stbrunoschool.com


Perry County Marketplace Receipts

St. Bruno School is collecting all Perry County Marketplace receipts dated Sept 1 forward to earn prizes. Receipts can be given to any St. Bruno parent or dropped at the rectory.

Thank You for your continued support! Please pray for the success and longevity of St. Bruno Catholic School!

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Respect Life Corner

In the Gospel of Matthew, we hear the parable of the Sower and the Seed. Jesus explains all the different receptions the words of Christ receive: indifference, fleeting interest, interested in the moment but with no root, and then the rich soil…the soil and life that allows Christ’s words to penetrate their very soul, allowing it to nourish their very words and actions causing their lives to bear much fruit for the Lord and for those touched by their life.

Learn, Act, Connect and Pray – May some tiny seeds fall within our hearts this week. By the grace of God, may they begin to sprout into deeper love for others. May they grow into responsibility for ourselves and others in the world, we came to serve. May the tiny sapling grow to become the hands and heart of Jesus, our eternal joy…our eternal spring.

If you know someone who can no longer attend mass, is sick, or homebound but who would like a visit or to receive Communion, please contact Kelly at the rectory office by calling 542-3423, or sending an email to sacredheartduquoin@gmail.com. And if you would like to help by visiting some of those that are homebound, please contact the office also. Together we can celebrate the Year of Mercy!

Parish Staff
for both Churches

Reverend Joseph Oganda
– Pastor of
Sacred Heart Church
Immaculate Conception

Kelly Paxton
– Secretary:
Sacred Heart
Immaculate Conception

Tony Kellerman
– Maintenance:
Sacred Heart
Immaculate Conception

Jeremy Cornett
– Parish Council President
Sacred Heart

Tiffany Kujawa
– Parish Council President
Immaculate Conception

Mary Beth Lane
– Coord. of Religious Education
Sacred Heart

Krista Piotrowski
– Youth Minister
Sacred Heart

Parish Contact Information
for both Churches

17 N. Walnut, Du Quoin, IL 62832
Rectory Phone – 618-542-3423
Rectory Fax – 618-542-5061

Email – sacredheartduquoin@gmail.com

Sacred Heart Catholic Church:
100 West Main St., Du Quoin, IL 62832
Phone – 618-542-3423
Haffner Hall rental – 618-542-3423

Haffner Hall Phone – 618-542-2285
16 N. Walnut, Du Quoin, IL 62832
Parish Council President – 618-542-6298

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
533 W 2nd North St, Tamaroa, IL 62888
Phone – 618-496-5867

Immaculate Conception Hall rental
– 618-496-5867
Parish Council President
– 618-559-1078

– Suzanne McCrary


1. Baptism – During or after weekend Masses by appointment. Must be a registered member and attend baptismal preparation session.

2. Marriage – You must notify the Pastor at least six months prior to preferred wedding date. The sooner the better, since it will give you more time to prepare. This is a diocesan rule. Please do not consider yourself an exception.

3. Reconciliation – See Mass schedule or anytime by appointment.

4. 2019 Parish Council: President: Jeremy Cornett;
Vice President: Gary Brock; Secretary: Betty Eastman
Members: Margie Born, Tony Jones, Joe Lane, Sam Loiacono, Debbie Olinger
Trustees: David Martin and Kathy Scaglione

5. Social Justice Collection – benefit the Food Pantry, Weekend Warriors, Community Clothes Closet, and Sister Parish will be taken up the first Sunday of every month. Please give generously.

6. Family Registration: Please inform the rectory of changes you may have, example: adult children that have moved away from parent’s home, address change, phone number change (removal of house phone), cell phone added or a name change (married). This would be most helpful to ensure ALL parishioners can be included in our Church Family functions. You may call the rectory 542-3423 or place changes in the collection basket. Family Registration may also be picked up in the foyer.

7. Parish Priest and Ministers of the care visit those who are homebound, nursing home residents and hospital patients. If you or someone you know would like a visit please contact the rectory 542-3423.


Every other Wednesday
7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sacred Heart Church

Praying to the Lord! What a beautiful feeling that brings to your life!
If you would like to experience this feeling – come enjoy Eucharistic Adoration!