Fr. Joseph has set up a new Facebook page.  It is called
 Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception Church.
  He is posting daily reflections and hopefully, soon,

he will post mass video’s as well.

A Message from the Apostolic Nuncio

Financial Support to our Parishes

Dear Parishioners,

We are facing a tough and challenging moment during this time and we pray that God will soon come to to our aid.  Please do not forget your parish at this time.  Your financial support remains an integral part of parish life and the continued operation of our parishes,  We encourage you to continue ot give your talents, treasures and offerings at this difficult time.  We encourage you to use online giving, mail, or drop them off at the parish office.  Thank you for your generosity.  You are in our prayers.

Church Envelope Drop off Boxes

           Due to the current situation, we have placed secure drop off boxes at each parish.  These are boxes that look like a white mailbox.  Lift the lid and  place your envelope in the slot.  These locked boxes will be checked daily to ensure the safety of your contributions.  And as always, you may mail your contributions to 17 N. Walnut St., Du Quoin or 533 W. 2nd North St., Tamaroa.

           At Sacred Heart the box is located by the Sacristy door  in the back of the church – if you drive into the parking lot, look for the box which will be facing the rectory.  

At Immaculate Conception the box is located on the porch by the office.  

Thank you for your continued support during this unusual time.  We pray you and your family and friends are all staying well. 

Resources to us during the Corona Virus

  • Watch a televised Celebration of the Eucharist together.

—– EWTN:  https://www.ewtn.com
—– (common link to cable channels is:  https://www.ewtn.com/channel-finder
—– Catholic TV:  https://www.catholictv.org
—– Bishop Robert Barron, Word on Fire, posts a daily celebration of the Eucharist at 7:15AM. 
—– It can be viewed at any time.  https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/

  • Encourage families to be creative in supporting the faith of their children while at home, e.g., teaching them new prayers, reading and talking about Bible stories. Pray over the readings of the day or the liturgy of the hours.
  • Daily Eucharist Scripture Readings and Prayers:

—– http://www.usccb.org

  • Magnificat:

—– https://us.magnificat.net/free
—– https://latina/magnificat.net/gratis

  • Liturgy of the Hours:

—– https://universalis.com/index.htm
—– https://www.ibreviary.org/en
—– https://www.ebreviary.com
—– https://ebreviary.com/ebreviary/ebreviary.nsf/prayersforeveryone.html

Please find daily reflections for the week under the link: “From the Desk of Fr. Joseph”
(found below under WEB links)

Sunday- April 5, 2020 – Daily Reflection

“Speak to the Weary of Heart”

The month of April will be a time of trials and tribulations as we confront the unknowns of the days ahead. There are going to be sunny and gloomy days before us, but this should not rob us of the joy of trusting in God. Days are coming when the only appropriate prayer will be a cry for mercy and help: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (PS 22:2). One thing that is certain is that our help is in the Lord, both now and forever (IS 50:4-7).

How wonderful it would be when we empty ourselves of things that make us rebellious against God, foolishly turning our hearts away from him (IS 50:4-7). Humility and obedience before the Lord enable us to approach the table of sacrifice on bended knees (Phil 2:6-11), witnessing that Jesus is the King and Champion, the one who comes to set us free from the yoke of death. He was crucified for our sake; his suffering and death brings healing and freedom from the power of sin.

As we continue to face the cross of the coronavirus, each person may find strength in this cry: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Ps 22:2). The truth is that God has not abandoned us. Through the cross of Jesus Christ, he speaks clearly and directly to the hearts of the weary as the one who comes to help the lost and who wipes away every tear of sin.

Let us not betray the Son of God, who loved us to the point of death on a cross. He is more valuable to us than gold and silver. Let us keep watch and join in prayer, saying together: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: yet not as I will, but as you will” (Mt 26:14-54). But how many will stay awake and watchful in prayer with the Lord in the hour of need?

Fr. Joseph Oganda

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

March 29, 2020

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


(as of 3/16/2020)

Cancel the Lenten Fish Fries for the rest of this Lenten season, postpone the Bible Reading Relay until further notice, cancel RCIA until further notice and cancel PSR for this Wednesday evening.  Please watch here for continuing information.


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”


News from Bishop Braxton:

A message from our new Bishop:

My Will Be Done

One of the most comforting parts of the Passion story for me is the agony in the garden. That might sound odd, considering how the disciples fall asleep while Jesus is in distress. I suppose I could identify with them as they show weakness when Jesus needed strength. But I am really comforted by Jesus’ words. If the Son of God had to tell himself and his Father, “not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39), I should be able to say the same. There are times when I would much rather have things always go my way, but that is not going to happen. So it’s comforting to know that Jesus did not take the easy way out, but accepted the Father’s will that he should suffer and die.

Whenever we say the Lord’s Prayer we pray, “Thy will be done.” But how often do we still take the easy way out? Ever hear someone tell a lie or spreading gossip that hurts a person’s reputation? We can choose to do nothing (the easy way) or gently reproach the other with a simple question, “What would Jesus do?” When I have a chance to help someone in need, do I tell myself it’s none of my business, or do I ask if there is anything I can do? When I am hurt by the death of a loved one, or am injured in an accident, do I get angry at God for letting this happen, or do I say with Jesus, “Not my will, but yours be done”?

Luke’s Gospel ends the temptation of Jesus in the desert with the phrase, “When the devil had finished every test, he left him until an opportune time” (Luke 4:13). That time came in the garden. and again Jesus had the last word, choosing to do his Father’s will. Our temptations continue every day as we face frustrations, desire for things we can’t have, unanswered prayers, or our own weaknesses. Even though we know God always does what is best for us when we would rather have what we think is best, at least remember to say, “Not my will, but yours be done.”

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

Sacred Heart

Saturday, April 4 – Lenten Weekday
Saint Isadore, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Eugene Majarocon by Tony & Tess Jones
  • John Jones by Tony & Tess Jones
  • Vincent Solis by Tony & Tess Jones

Sunday, April 5

8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Ruth Beard by Tim & Renee Cobin

Monday, April 6
Monday of Holy Week

6:45 am Mass Intention

  • Wilbur Hemmer by The Parish
  • Rosalie Steers by Juanita Ray
  • Jeannie Davison by Jack & Martha Burnett

Tuesday, April 7
Tuesday of Holy Week

6:30 am Mass Intention

  • Rev. Stephen Humphrey by Ron & Linda Sherman

Wednesday, April 8
Wednesday of Holy Week

5:30 pm Mass Intention

  • Ruth Beard by Kathy & Mike Krisfaluzy

Thursday, April 9

7:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Jenny Fronek by Allen & Sharon Martin

Friday, April 10

2:20 pm Stations of the Cross
3:00 am Passion of Our Lord Communion Service

  • Scott Isom by Thomas & Mary Nolte

Saturday, April 11

8:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Mimi Alongi by Dorothy & family

Sunday, April 12 – EASTER SUNDAY

8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Shirley Cucchi by Joe Cucchi & Family

Sacred Heart

USHERS for the Month of April

Saturday, 5:00 PM:

Sunday, 8:30 AM:

Saturday, April 11th

Gift Bearers: 
Extraordinary Ministers: 

Sunday, April 12th

Gift Bearers:
Extraordinary Ministers: 

Saturday, April 4

Sunday, April 5

Monday, April 6

Tuesday, April 7

Wednesday, April 8

Thursday, April 9

Friday, April 10

Saturday, April 11

Sunday, April 12


Confessions can 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, April 4 – Lenten Weekday
Saint Isadore, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

Sunday, April 5

10:00 am Mass Intention

  • Parish Family

Monday, April 6
Monday of Holy Week

Tuesday, April 7
Tuesday of Holy Week

Wednesday, April 8
Wednesday of Holy Week

Thursday, April 9

Friday, April 10

Saturday, April 11

Sunday, April 12

10:00 am Mass Intention

  • Darrel George by Agnes & Family

Immaculate Conception

Sunday, April 12th

Extraordinary Ministers: 
Sweet Treats: 


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

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, Norma Martin, 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, Richard Wayman, Kyle Crawford, Chris Kelley, Larry Hutson, Nina Gaines, Charlie Bowlin, Helen Mossa, Jo Ellen Rodely, Christine Hutson, Gary Brock,Karen May, Shelia Teriet, Regina Huite, Richard Martin.

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.

Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion:

Please pray for our:
Candidates & Catechumen – Blake Furlow, Ron Porter, Heather Riley, and David Sheehan who will be joining the Church at the Easter vigil.

Also please pray for our students who are receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion. Confirmation will be held at St. Bruno on Monday, April 20th at 6:30 pm. First Communion will be held on Sunday, April 19th at the 8:30 am Sacred Heart mass. Confirmation class – Grayson Benson, Addison Galbraith, Sydnay Galbraith, Rileigh Harris, Hannah Kelley, Karsen Konkel, Auna McClure, Olivia Numi, Ellie Searby, and Anna Rose Sheehan. 
First Communion class – Ethan Elder, Sophie Kellerman, Mason Kern, Carrigan Kremer, Owen May, Tripp Pfeiffer, and Harrison Still.

Please continue to pray for Tony Kellerman during his second year of studies of the five year program in the Deacon Formation Program

Groups News:

March 2 – JOY Cursillo
March 9 – Cornett Family
March 16 – Patty & Allen
March 23 – Deb M. & Diana D.
March 30 – Heidi & Doris

2020 Lenten Fish Fry – Cancelled

Due to the current pandemic situation, the rest of the Lenten Fish Fry’s will be cancelled. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped in any way. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!


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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BIBLE READING RELAY…. Postponed until future notice

Exciting news! You can help read the bible in one hour! On Sunday, —–???—– we will gather at Haffner Hall and together read the Bible in one hour. Sound like fun? Don’t worry, you won’t have to do it alone- it will be a team activity. In order to read the whole Bible in one hour, we need 300 people, with each person reading five chapters. Please sign up, bring your friends and family members – you don’t have to be Catholic. Everyone is welcome! The goal is to unite and read the word of God and share the Good News! Please sign up at the entrance of the church on the sign up sheets. Please bring your Bible.

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The Pontifical Good Friday Collection

Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land.

Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines.

The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees.

When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. PLEASE BE GENEROUS!

Hunger in Our World

When Jesus fed the 5,000, he said, “Give them some food yourselves.” Reflect on the challenge of global hunger. How can you contribute to support the hungry in your community? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.

DeColores to the Fourth Day Community

April 25 – We are planning an Ultreya at Sacred Heart on Saturday, April 25th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Haffner Hall for all Cursillistas. Please reserve the date on your calendar. Notify the church office by April 17th if you plan to attend. Hope to see you there!

Grant applications for The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry 2020 program are now available.

May 1 deadline – Grants are offered to Catholic parishes, schools, groups and organization within the Belleville Diocese. These monies fund unique programs and projects that address special needs within the diocese.

In the first week of February, applications and guidelines were sent to parishes, schools and organizations located in the five vicariates via regular mail.

These forms are also available on the diocesan website – www.diobelle.org – under the “The Catholic Service and Ministry” tab

You may also call Kathleen Hunt, 618-722-5012, for additional information. Please note that the deadline for submitting applications is May 1, 2020.

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!

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/

Sacred Heart Window Restoration Update

Jacksonville Stained Glass have removed the 5 windows that required full restoration. Thanks to all for your patience and generosity.

To all those entering high school
freshman through recently graduated seniors:

July 10-12 – You are invited to attend a most wonderful, high energy, Steubenville Youth Conference this July in Springfield, Missouri. The conference is hosted by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and is held on the campus of Missouri State University. We will be staying at the University Plaza Hotel which is within walking distance. The weekend begins on Friday, July 10th through Sunday, July 12th. This is a Catholic Conference designed to bring high schoolers into a life-changing encounter with Christ. This summer, over 50,000 Catholic teens across North America will attend one of the 25 conferences. We have reserved ten tickets. Three are already filled. You be the next to come with us for this exciting event. If you are interested, contact Krista Piotrowski at 318-7766 or Chris Kelley at 559-6581.

Pilgrimage – Ireland and Scotland

November 4-16 – Fr. Augustine (St. Bruno) will be leading a Pilgrimage to Scotland and Ireland November 4th – 16th, 2020. If anyone has questions or is interested in the pilgrimage they can contact Kacie Davis at the St. Bruno church office. Either at 357-5510 or email stbsmm@yahoo.com

St. Bruno
Catholic School News

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


School is closed – watch for updates.

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

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” from Matthew Chapter 21 leads us on the highly anticipated road to Holy Week. Even though we are practicing social distancing amid this pandemic, we can hear the far off cries of the crowds on the road to Jerusalem, “Make away for the King! The King Is coming!” We watch as villagers spread their coats and palms to welcome Jesus, the king of Israel. In our minds and hearts, we hold our own palms high proclaiming, “Hosanna!”

Christ is a humble king, arriving on only a donkey, into Jerusalem and into our hearts, the very salve that we need at this time. He comes bringing a message of hope and peace to our lives full of disappointment and anxiety, but then He gazes into your eyes and you see the love He has for you and everyone he encounters. His gaze of love and peace tells you that He knows…He understands.

Learn, Connect, Pray- What is the best way for you to make way for Christ the King in your life? Who can you share the message of love and salvation with this holy week? In prayer, let’s gather to thank Jesus for enduring His passion and death just for us! He deserves our songs of praise for His mercy! “Thank you, Lord for coming to set us free!”

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!