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

December 01, 2019

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”

Do What You Can

The reading from the prophet Isaiah this Sunday contains a remarkable prediction–the end of war between nations (Isaiah 2:4). While most of the good predictions of the prophets were fulfilled in Jesus, we still await the end of all wars. So why hasn’t that one been fulfilled? We can look to the second reading and the Gospel for some hints.

Both readings talk about being awake and ready for our salvation (Romans 13:12) or the coming of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:39). Being awake doesn’t mean consuming lots of coffee or turning the music volume all the way up. Paul calls it “putting on the Lord Jesus Christ” as a soldier would put on armor before a battle. He even mentions rivalry and jealousy as attitudes to avoid. Both of those vices have been the cause of many wars in our history. What if we not only avoided them, but also taught our children to avoid them? What if everyone eventually learned not to be jealous and hateful?

We are a long way from ending all wars. There are still people who teach hate to the poor instead of helping to feed them. There are still people who get rich selling the weapons of war. This brings us back to the first reading, in which Isaiah speaks of beating swords into plowshares. Do we have enough faith in God’s love to stop building weapons and use those resources to feed the hungry or cure diseases in underprivileged countries? Until we convert everyone to following Jesus, that’s not likely. The Gospel calls us to be ready. Maybe we need to be ready to share our faith. Maybe we have to be awake to any opportunity to show God’s love to those around us. Are we afraid to offer to pray for someone in need? Maybe we need to put on the “armor of light,” as St. Paul calls it. Instead of trying to stop all wars, could we at least show forgiveness to someone who has hurt us?

Jesus never said to do the impossible. If we can be ready to see Jesus in those around us, to show his love to those who need it, or just be patient with other people’s faults and weaknesses, we may not stop all wars, but we will be prepared for the coming of the Prince of Peace.

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

Sacred Heart

Sunday, December 1

8:00 – 8:15 am Confession
8:30 am Mass
9:30 Coffee & Donuts at Haffner Hall

  • Jacob Craig by Betty & Brenda

Monday, December 2 – Advent Weekday
6:45 am Mass

  • Wilbur Hemmer by the Parish
  • John R. Alongi by Ruby Porter

Tuesday, December 3 – Advent Weekday
Saint Francis Xavier, Priest

6:30 am Mass

  • Martha Roznowski by Tom & Chris Kelley

Wednesday, December 4 – Advent Weekday
Saint John Damascene, Priest Doctor of the Church

5:30 pm Mass

  • Ruth Beard by Betty & Brenda

Thursday, December 5 – Advent Weekday
6:45 am Mass

  • Sam Riggio by Nancy Genisio

Friday, December 6 – Advent Weekday
Saint Nicholas, Bishop

8:00 am Mass

  • John Alongi by Carl & Laurie Eubanks

Saturday, December 7 – Advent Weekday
Saint Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

4:30 – 4:45 pm Confession
5:00 pm Mass

  • Donna Toler by Margaret & Don Handy

Sunday, December 8

8:00 – 8:15 am Confession
8:30 am Mass

  • Tracy Thompson by Betty & Brenda

2-4 pm Christmas Open House at Sacred Heart Rectory

Sacred Heart

USHERS for the Month of December:

Saturday: Allen Reaves, Gary Brock, Rex Duncan, Jeremy Cornett 

Sunday: Sam Loiacono, Steve Marek, Betty Eastman, Jeff Spencer

Saturday, December 7th

Gift Bearers: Allen & Patty Reaves Servers: Guy Alongi & Ron Mann
Lector: Barb Craft
Extraordinary Ministers: Doris Rottschalk, Cyrilla Prusacki, Kathy Krisfaluzy, Kathy Scaglione ©

Sunday, December 8th

Gift Bearers: Ethan Elder & Violet Searby
Servers: Maggie Kellerman & Anna Rose Sheehan 
Lector: Grace Alongi
Extraordinary Ministers: Shonna Spencer, John Alongi, Blayke Spencer, Tony Kellerman©
Greeters: Isla & Francis Calderon
Ushers: Hannah Kelley; Auna McClure; Logan & Landon Numi

Saturday, November 30
Second Collection: Social Justice

Sunday, December 1
Second Collection: Social Justice
Coffee & Donuts at Haffner Hall

Monday, December 2
8am – 12 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall
6:30 pm – City – Blessing of Manger & Lighting of Christmas tree by railroad tracks

Tuesday, December 3
8am – 12 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall
8:30 am Ministerial Alliance – First Baptist Church
5:15 pm Capital Planning meeting at Haffner Hall
6:00 pm JOY Cursillo group and guests meeting
7:00 pm KC meeting at KC Hall

Wednesday, December 4
6:00 pm Adult Faith Formation: Return
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm PSR Class

Thursday, December 5
6:00 pm Choir practice
6:00 pm RCIA: Topic: Mary, Sacraments, Rosary

Friday, December 6
Before 3:30 pm – Desserts for Clothes Closet at the American Legion

Saturday, December 7
Second Collection: Retirement Fund for Religious

Sunday, December 8
Second Collection: Retirement Fund for Religious 2-4 pm Christmas Open House at Sacred Heart Rectory

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

Immaculate Conception

Sunday, December 1

Second Collection: Building & Maintenance Collection
10:00 am Mass

  • Maryann Harbin by Diane Kravec

Monday, December 2 – Advent Weekday

Tuesday, December 3 – Advent Weekday
Saint Francis Xavier, Priest

Wednesday, December 4 – Advent Weekday
Saint John Damascene, Priest Doctor of the Church

5:30 pm Mass at Sacred Heart

  • Ruth Beard by Betty & Brenda

Thursday, December 5 – Advent Weekday

Friday, December 6 – Advent Weekday
Saint Nicholas, Bishop

Saturday, December 7
Saint Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

4:30 – 4:45 pm Confession at Sacred Heart
5:00 pm Mass at Sacred Heart

  • Donna Toler by Margaret & Don Handy

Sunday, December 8
Second Collection:
Retired Religious Fund

10:00 am Mass

  • Maryann Harbin by Gary & Barb Reidelberger

2-4 pm Christmas Open House at Sacred Heart Rectory

Stacey’s Field of Dreams

December 1 – Stacey’s Field of Dreams will be held at the Tamaroa Community Center Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm. All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast includes Whole hog sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes, juice, coffee & milk. Adults: $10, children ages 5 – 12: $5 and under age 5 is free. 20% of proceeds from this event will be used for the Immaculate Conception holiday food baskets for the needy, Pinckneyville Optimist Club Toys for the needy and to Kyle Crawford for medical expenses as he fights his battle with colon cancer. There will be two raffles with over $1,500 in cash prizes/gift certificates, plus a large number of wonderful prizes for the second raffle. For more information call or text Mary Nippe at 967-9829.

Immaculate Conception

Sunday, December 8

Extraordinary Ministers: Mary Nippe,
Diana Majewski, Gary Reidelberger
Lector: Krista Piotrowski 
Sweet Treats: Tiffany Kujawa


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

Du Bois Council #4476 is inviting the children of Immaculate Conception ages 5 through 14 to participate in the Knights of Columbus’ “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest. The Knights will be offering three prizes: $30 for 1st; $20 for 2nd; and $10 for 3rd in each of three age groups: 5 through 7; 8 through 10; and 11 through 14. First place winners in each category will then be eligible to compete in district and state competitions. Posters must be the child’s original work, reflect the theme of “Keep Christ in Christmas,” and be 11” x 17” in size. Scoring will be based on the slogan, visuals, and overall impact of the poster. Please print the name and age of the child on the back of the poster. All posters are due the evening of December 13 at the Children’s Christmas Party at the Du Bois KC Hall. Entries may also be turned in prior to the 13th during normal lounge operating hours at the hall. All entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council and will not be returned.

Please Pray For . . .

Nursing Home:  Marcia Stacey, Lynn Finn, Regina “Jeannie” Davison, Connie Horst, Sam Chapman, Wanda Jones, Liz Van Zandt, Shirley Forys, Bobby Hawkins, Marie Dubravek.

Sick: Josh Ritter, Sally Fontana, Linda Meyer, John Croessman, Adelyn Jones, Shirley Cucchi, Juanita Ray, Loretta Schneider, Norma Martin, John Dale, Steve Richardson, Sondra Kuberski, Crystal Hurt, Jim Getzie, Betty Moss, Laura Porter, Joan Kowalski, Danette Mohr, Jeremy Cobin, Janet Bowlin, Susan Heape, Linda Huffman, Terry Chastain, Joann Isom, Mary Iffert, Devoney Alvis, James Feger, Gordon Huffman, Rose Pestka, Rev. Msgr. Ken Schaefer, Rev. Joseph Rascher, Jerry Vaugn, Harold Woolard, Richard Wayman, Duke Davison, Lois Tennison, Luis Uy & sister, Kathy Uy, Kyle Crawford.

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.

Groups News:

December 2: JOY Cursillo
December 9: Betty E. & Peg P.
December 16: Doris & Rich
Please make sure to check dates for delivering

PSR News

December 4th
December 18th
Mass begins at 5:30 pm and class ends at 8:00 pm. Looking forward to seeing you!!

High School Youth News

December 1st: Youth gathering 
December 15th: Youth gathering

Catholic Daughter Christmas Party Reminder

December 9 – CDA Christmas Dinner Party is Monday, Dec. 9th at 6 p.m. Please make your reservations (including spouses and any guests) with Margie Born as soon as possible by Dec 1st. Cost per meal is $12. All sold & unsold raffle tickets should be turned back in by Dec. 7th. Collection boxes for missions and the needy will be located on the sign-in table with the 50-50 raffle – donations are voluntary. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

CDA quilt raffle tickets are now available ($1 each or $5 per sheet of 6) and will be on all church registers from Oct. 20 thru Dec. 1st. Completed tickets & money can be returned to any CDA member or enclosed in an envelope marked CDA raffle & dropped in the collection baskets. Checks should be made payable to CDA ct#795. Your support of this fundraiser helps achieve our goals of financial support for our parish, Catholic youth groups & local/national charities. Thank you in advance!!


Tuesday, December 10th at 5:00 pm at Sacred Heart School. Will be discussing Chapter 6 and the conclusiton of Gaze Upon Jesus. Followed by FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT at 6:15 pm – The Nativity Story

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA classes began, but there is still time to join.

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.


Thank you to everyone that donated food, worked, and shopped at the craft show this year. It was very much appreciated! Next year’s date is set for November 21, 2020. 100% of the proceeds go to Sacred Heart Church. This year’s profit was $2,170.50.


Please join me and your fellow parishioners for Dynamic Catholic’s BEST ADVENT EVER, which is all about the amazing possibilities for your life.

Every day during Advent, you’ll receive an email with a short video from Matthew Kelly and the Dynamic Catholic team. It’s free and easy to sign up. All you have to do is go to BestAdventEver.com and enter your name and email address. I encourage you to invite your family and friends once you sign up.

Are you a subscriber to The Messenger? Thank you! 

You’ve made a smart decision to receive enlightening and absorbing articles from prominent thinkers and local news all designed to give you new insights and hope. The Messenger

Give in thanksgiving. “The nuns left lasting impressions on me,” writes a donor. “I shall always be grateful for my Catholic education.” Please join in thanking the thousands of senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who worked tirelessly to educate the young and serve those in need. Next week’s second collection is for the Retirement Fund for Religious, which helps hundreds of religious communities care for aging members. Please give generously.

Memorial Bricks/Remembrance Bricks

Are you looking for that perfect Christmas gift?

How about remembering your loved one(s) with a personalized brick in Sacred Heart’s Remembrance Garden? It is a gift that will last more that a lifetime! Please contact Kelly at the rectory office 542-3423 for more details.


December 7 & 8 – Freshmen and Sophomores – coming up December 7th & 8th there will be a Quest experience held at Holy Childhood of Jesus Parish in Mascoutah, IL. For more information about the Quest experience and to obtain information to attend, please contact your pastor, religion teacher, or youth minister.

St. Michael’s Church – Quilt & Cash Bingo

December 10 – St. Michael’s Church Radom, Illinois Quilt & Cash Bingo To Benefit the Cemetery Sunday November 10, 2019 Doors open at 11:00 AM Lightning Bingo being held from 12 – 1 PM Bingo Begins at 1:00 PM Sandwiches and Refreshments also available starting 11 AM. Raffle Tickets Available

December 10th
The Nativity Story “a beautiful telling of one of the world’s most familiar stories”, Rated PG.
When: Tuesday, December 10th
Where: Sacred Heart School
Time: 6:15 pm
Refreshments will be served.


Church Basement Ladies in Away in the Basement

December 12 – Come out for an evening of fun and laughter, and support The Messenger Newspaper, as we celebrate the holidays with the Church Basement Ladies in Away in the Basement, presented by Clinton County Showcase at the Avon Theater in Breese. Thursday, Dec 12, 7pm; doors open at 6. General Admission Tickets, $15, may be reserved by calling the Messenger at 618-233-8670 or email messenger@diobelle.org; pay at the door by cash or check.


December 15 – Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception combined Advent Penance Service will be held on Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 pm.


Winter is here and the clothes closet needs gently used blankets and coats. Volunteers are needed even 3 hours a month would help. Please call Suzanne Majewski at 357-0628 or Marlene Kellerman at 559-2720. We will pick up items.

Discernment Pilgrimage

January 2-8, 2020 – The Office of Vocations is planning an exciting opportunity for discerners. Men ages 18-29 who are curious about the priesthood are invited to accompany Fr. Stan Konieczny and Fr. Nick Junker on “The Footsteps of St. Junipero Serra: A Discernment Pilgrimage” January 2-8, 2020. We will be visiting the Serra Missions in southern California where we will discuss and pray about vocations together. For more information please contact: Rev. Nicholas G. Junker, Vocation Director, Diocese of Belleville, IL at (618) 722-5035.

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.

St. Bruno School
Gun of the Month & Calendar Lottery

$20 will get you a monthly chance to win the gun of the month or $400. PLUS a daily $20 drawing! That’s only $20 for 365 chances to win!!!!! Please contact any St. Bruno School parent to purchase.

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

Respect Life Corner

Respect for life. We, Christians, face challenges in promoting a respect for life. Because of Christ’s conquering death on that first Easter Sunday, we have tremendous hope that a culture of life is possible. 

Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: Research the Virtue of Hope. How can families, parishes, neighborhoods, etc. live a life of hope? What is one hopeful change that could be made? Interact with another family or group and make a change that displays HOPE. Pray for the ability to live a life of hope.

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/

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!