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.

August 2

A Longing for True Satisfaction

God asks, “Why do you spend money and effort seeking what cannot satisfy life?”  (Is 55:1-3) Throughout the world, people are looking for fulfillment in created things but later realize that the happiness they think they have received from earthly things is only provisional and not everlasting.  Many who had based their lives on material things such as wealth, power, and fame become aware that what they are thirsting for in their hearts cannot be fully satisfied by what the world could give.

We learn from the Psalmist who can satisfy life. “The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs” (Ps 145:16). God created all things according to His plan, and He knows what can bring fulfillment to human life. People are busy pursuing created things, and in the process, they have become blind and unaware that God provides all their needs and sustains life.  The true answer stands clearly before them. God’s hand is directing creation. Today you and I are alive. We can breathe. We can see the sun shining.  The obvious signs of God’s work of caring and love in everyday life are crystal clear, even though people are unaware of or take His love for granted.

St. Paul asks, “What will separate us from the love of Christ?” (Rom 8:35, 37, 39). We are created for God’s love, and the things of this world, no matter how attractive they are, cannot fill the space within us that longs for ultimate union with the Father. Jesus reminds us of what is fundamental in life. “One does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4). Only Jesus can satisfy the hunger of the mind, the thirst of the heart, and the longing of the soul with his body and blood, the food for eternal life. Jesus says to those who accept Him in faith, “They all ate and were satisfied” (Mt 14: 13-21). You as well can find fulfillment and satisfaction in Jesus Christ, the source of peace and joy.  

Fr. Joseph Oganda


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

August 9, 2020

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


“Holy men and women do in fact irritate

most of us. Something in us is annoyed by

the Life of someone who is holy”

Romano Guardini


Two Steps Forward . . .

Why did Jesus walk on water to the disciples in the boat? Did he want to scare them? No, his first words to them were “Do not be afraid.” While they were being tossed by wind and waves, he showed them that he was not affected by the storm. If they had had faith, they might have realized that if Jesus was safe, they would be, too. We too must make that leap of faith, especially when we are afraid.

Peter seemed to be willing to take the leap as he stepped into the water. But when his attention was distracted by the strong winds, he began to falter. This is where we can apply the story to ourselves.

Our growth in faith is not a steady progression. For every two steps forward, we may take one step back. For example, we receive God’s forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation and rejoice in God’s loving mercy, but later we fall back into sin. We ask God’s help in prayer and when our prayer is answered, our faith in God grows. Then we become ill or wreck the car, and think that God has abandoned us. But isn’t that a natural reaction?

It is natural to doubt God in times of trouble, but we are choosing to live in the supernatural when we become followers of Christ. Like Peter, we need to keep our attention on the Lord. As long as Peter looked to Jesus, he could walk on water. Only when he focused on the wind did he loose his nerve and begin to sink.

In a similar way, we can lose our focus on the Lord. We see someone we love who is gravely sick. We make a serious mistake that gets us in trouble. We lose our job and have no leads to a new one. We are frightened by news of terrorist activity. These seem more real than faith in an invisible God. That is when we must remember that true faith allows us to believe when it doesn’t seem to make sense. Faith tells us that though apparently invisible, God is more real than anything we can see. Remember Jesus on the cross saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The Father never abandoned his Son and God will never abandon us.

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

Sacred Heart

Saturday, August 8 – Weekday
Saint Dominic, Priest

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

  • Charlie Bowlin by Betty & Brenda
  • Norma Martin by Dorothy Prusacki

Sunday, August 9

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

  • John & Loretta Schneiderr by Anton, Re`, & Renee

Monday, August 10 – Weekday

6:45 am Mass Intention

  • Wilbur Hemmer by The Parish Family
  • Margaret Kern by The Parish Family
  • Paul Jones (healing) by Janet Bowlin

Tuesday, August 11 – Weekday
Saint Clare, Virgin

6:30 am Mass Intention

  • Ann Wilkerson by Juanita Ray

Wednesday, August 12 – Weekday
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious

5:30 pm Mass Intention
Rita Martin by Betty & Brenda

Thursday, August 13 – Weekday
Saints Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs

6:45 am Mass Intention

  • Norma Martin by Anton Payne

Friday, August 14 – Weekday
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest, Martyr

8:00 am Mass Intention

  • Frank Waidzulis Jr. by The Quilters

Saturday, August 15 – Weekday

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

  • Randall Rees by John & Verna McAteer
  • Eugene Majarocon by Tony & Tess Jones
  • John Jones by Tony & Tess Jones

Sunday, August 16

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

  • Msgr. Ken Schafer by John & Mary Iffert

Prayer for Inner Peace- 

Holy Spirit, please encircle me. Come hold me safe and secure in your love. Wrap my mind in your promise and truth. Guide my thoughts. Calm my fears. Steady my emotions. Lord, that you would guide my feelings. May I not be overcome by upset, but rather, sustained in my soul with hope in you.

Sacred Heart

USHERS for the Month of August

Saturday, 5:00 PM:

Sunday, 8:30 AM:

Saturday, August 15

Gift Bearers: 
Lector: Kathy Krisfaluzy
Extraordinary Ministers: Kathy Krisfaluzy & Shonna Spencer

Sunday, August 16

Gift Bearers:
Lector: Lisa Mohr
Extraordinary Ministers: Tony Kellerman & Kelly Paxton


Saturday, August 8

Sunday, August 9

Monday, August 10
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall
6:00 pm Cursillo Women #42 meeting

Tuesday, August 11
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall
6:00 pm W.I.N.E. at Haffner Hall

Wednesday, August 12
7:00 am – 5:00 pm – Eucharistic Adoration at SH

Thursday, August 13
7:00 pm Choir practice

Friday, August 14

Saturday, August 15

Sunday, August 16


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.

Thank you for your continued support of our food pantry, and thanks for helping keep our doors open during these difficult times.

Bless you all- The Du Quoin Food Pantry

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

Immaculate Conception

Saturday, August 8 – Weekday
Saint Dominic, Priest

4:30 – 4:45 pm Confession at Haffner Hall

Sunday, August 9

10:00 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Helen Malinowski by Krista Piotrowski

Monday, August 10 – Weekday

Tuesday, August 11 – Wednesday
Saint Clare, Virgin

Wednesday, August 12 – Weekday
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious

Thursday, August 13 – Weekday
Saints Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs

Friday, August 14 – Weekday
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest, Martyr

Saturday, August 15 – Weekday

4:30 – 4:45 pm Confession at Haffner Hall

Sunday, August 16

10:00 am Mass Intention Sponsors of CES

  • The Parish Family

Immaculate Conception

Sunday, August 19

Extraordinary Ministers: 
Lector:  Krista Piotrowski
Sweet Treats: Janet George


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, Mary Ellen Helmer.

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, Rev. Joseph Rascher, Larry Hutson, 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, Colin Williams, Louise Kabat, Linda Doerr, Carolyn Knight, Molly Elizabeth Kern, Sue Peterman.

 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.

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

PSR teachers needed…

Do you love working with children? Would you like to share your knowledge of the Catholic Faith with them? We would love for you to join our PSR program as a teacher!

We are searching for a teacher for the 2020/21 school year to teach in our PSR Program. The classes are on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of September through May from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

If you are interested, please contact our Coordinator of Religious Education – Mary Beth Lane at 790-3824.

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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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus Shows Us God.

In his time of trial, Elijah is looking for the Lord to save him. The psalmist pleads for God’s salvation. Paul recounts the covenantal bond between God and all the People of God. And Jesus–Jesus feeds those who hunger. Jesus tries (again!) to go off and pray. But he sees his disciples in peril and walks on troubled water to offer courage and safety.

  • How will I keep looking for God in this troubled time?
  • How will I act because God chose me – and us?
  • How will I take courage and not be afraid trusting inJesus’ power to save?

St. Vincent de Paul Needs Children’s Clothing

The Belleville Council Office of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul NEEDS YOUR HELP in providing essentials to the poor they serve. At the present time there is a desperate need for gently-used children’s clothing – all sizes – infant through teens.

Items can be dropped off at:
St. Vincent de Paul Office

13 Vieux Carre Drive, East St. Louis (across from the Save-A-Lot store on Hwy. 157)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or
SVDP Thrift Store/Soup Kitchen
3718 State Street, East St. Louis Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 12 Noon

If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Council office at


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!!

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

Belleville Diocese Mass for Young Adults

August 9 – Bishop Michael McGovern will celebrate a special “Mass for Young Adults” on Sunday, August 9, at 5:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville.

All young adults, from high school graduates through age 35, are invited to attend, and meet the new Bishop. A light reception with cold drinks will be held after the Mass.

This is a good opportunity for Catholic young adults to pray together with Bishop McGovern and to meet other young adults from the diocese.

For any question, please contact: Fr. Carl Schrage, Parochial Vicar Cathedral of St. Peter (618) 234-1166 ext 113

Prayer for Inner Peace – 

Holy Spirit, please encircle me. Come hold me safe and secure in your love. Wrap my mind in your promise and truth. Guide my thoughts. Calm my fears. Steady my emotions. Lord, that you would guide my feelings. May I not be overcome by upset, but rather, sustained in my soul with hope in you.

St. Bruno
Catholic School News

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


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:

“After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.”

In the First Reading from the first Book of Kings, we see God personified not in the form of a heavy wind nor earthquake, but in the form of the smallest whisper. Elijah had just fled Queen Jezebel and was hiding in a cave, begging the Lord to take his life. But instead, the Lord sent an angel to strengthen Elijah for forty day, forty nights. Elijah stepped outside of the cave and waited for the presence of the Lord. When Elijah realized God was in the tiny whisper, he was moved and hid his face. 

Learn, Act, Connect and Pray – God is in each one of us; we are created in His image. From the unborn baby dreaming in the womb, to the small child learning to talk and finally, the elderly parent who can talk no more. God is present and living in all situations. Who are the vulnerable who need your help, your “voice?” Pray, this week, for the Lord to guide you to help the less fortunate, those who have no one to speak for them and see where He takes you. Perhaps you are the” angel “called to strengthen someone today!

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 & Immaculate Conception

Krista Piotrowski
– Youth Minister
Sacred Heart & Immaculate Conception

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!