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The Beauty of the Christian Marriage
How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in home, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice…
Nothing divides them either in flesh or in spirit…They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God’s church and partake God’s banquet, side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other’s company; they never bring sorrow to each other’s hearts…Seeing this, Christ rejoices. To such as these He gives His peace. Where there are two together, there also He is present. 3rd Century theologian, Tertullian

Taking Care of Business

When we were kids, my brothers and sisters and I thought that you were not supposed to say the blessing before meals in a restaurant. You were not supposed to flaunt your faith in public. It probably had more to do with fear of being embarrassed if non-believers saw us praying. I think of that when I hear St. Paul telling Timothy, “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). All three readings mention the difficulties that people of faith will encounter, and each reading has its own way of facing those hardships.

Jesus gives the practical advice: Look at the difficulties of being a disciple as just part of your job. No servant expects to be praised by his master for doing his job. So if the Lord says I must forgive those who hurt me, or be patient with customers, or share what I have with the poor–no problem; it’s part of the job of a disciple. If someone I know is in pain, I’m there to support them. Too tired to go to church after work on a holy day? Just taking care of business.

So how do we get the strength and self-control to roll with the punches? Paul reminds us in the second reading to stir the gifts of the Spirit into flame. If you take time to pray every day, if you look for God in other people, if you see difficulties as your share of the cross–you’ll find those gifts of faith, power, love, and self-control beginning to grow stronger inside.

We can trust that this is more than just wishful thinking by going to the first reading. When the prophet cries out for help with the misery and violence in the world, he hears God’s promise that the vision (of hope for deliverance) will be fulfilled even if it seems to be delayed. We too hear that promise when we start to get discouraged, for God’s prom- ise “will not disappoint” (Habakkuk 2:3).

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

Sacred Heart

Saturday, August 31 – Weekday
Second Collection – Social Justice
4:30 – 4:45 pm Confessions
5:00 pm Mass

  • Kenneth Cook by CDA Court #795

Sunday, September 1

Second Collection – Social Justice
8:00 am Rosary
8:00 – 8:15 am Confessions
8:30 am Mass

  • John R. Alongiby David & Jenny Martin

Monday, September 2 – Weekday
6:45 am Mass

  • Wilbur Hemmer
  • Kathryn Norris by Allen & Sharon Martin

Tuesday, September 3 – Weekday
Saint Gregory the Great, Pope, Doctor of the Church

6:30 am Mass

  • Rev. Albert Kreher

Wednesday, September 4 – Weekday
5:30 pm Mass

  • Ruth Beard by Doris & Richard Rottschalk

Thursday, September 5 – Weekday
6:45 am Mass

  • John R. Alongi by Ruby Porter

Friday, September 6 – Weekday
8:00 am Mass

  • Donna Toler by Della Wolfe

Saturday, September 7 – Weekday
4:30 – 4:45 pm Confessions
5:00 pm Mass

  • Ruth Beard by Dorothy Prusacki

Sunday, September 8
8:00 am Rosary
8:00 – 8:15 am Confessions
8:30 am Mass

  • George Pyzygoda by the Calderon Family
Everyone is welcome for coffee and donuts
at Haffner Hall after the Sunday, September 1st Mass at Sacred Heart!
See you there!!

Sacred Heart

USHERS for the Month of September:

Saturday – Rex Duncan, Tony Jones, Paul Martin, Steve McCrary

Sunday – Tim Cobin, Rockne Berg,
Sam Loiacano, Steve Marek

Saturday, September 7

Gift Bearers: Ron & Donna Mann
Servers: Guy Alongi & Owen Cornett
Lector: Richard Rottschalk
Extraordinary Ministers: Doris Rottschalk, Pete Riggio, Ken Scaglione, Kathy Krisfaluzy

Sunday, September 8

Gift Bearers: Joe & Mary Beth Lane
Servers: Grace Alongi & Anna Rose Sheehan
Lector: Chris Kelley
Extraordinary Ministers: Mary Beth Lane, Margie Born, Kelly Paxton, Shonna Spencer©

Saturday, August 31
Second Collection – Social Justice

Sunday, September 1
Second Collection – Social Justice
Coffee & Donuts at Haffner Hall after mass

Monday, September 2 – Labor Day Office Closed

Tuesday, September 3
No quilting
8:30 am – Ministerial Alliance meeting at Liberty Church
Life line screening at Haffner Hall
6:00 pm – JOY meeting at school
7:00 pm – KC meeting at KC hall

Wednesday, September 4
7:00 am – 8:00 pm – Eucharistic Adoration
9:00 am – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton meeting
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – FIRST PSR CLASS OF YEAR!

Thursday, September 5
7:00 pm Choir practice

Friday, September 6
12:30 pm – St. Bruno Grandparents Day school mass

Saturday, September 7

Sunday, September 8

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

Mass & Intentions
Immaculate Conception

Saturday, August 31 – Weekday
4:30 – 4:45 pm Confessions at Sacred Heart
5:00 Mass at Sacred Heart

  • Kenneth Cook by CDA Court #795

Sunday, September 1

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

  • John Pestka by Rose Pestka

Monday, September 2 – Weekday

Tuesday, September 3 – Weekday
Saint Gregory the Great, Pope, Doctor of the Church

Wednesday, September 4 – Weekday
5:30 pm Mass at Sacred Heart

  • Ruth Beard by Doris & Richard Rottschalk

5:30 – 8:00 pm – First PSR Class of the year

Thursday, September 5 – Weekday

Friday: September 6 – Weekday

Saturday: September 7 – Weekday
4:30 – 4:45 pm Confessions at Sacred Heart
5:00 pm Mass at Sacred Heart

  • Ruth Beard by Dorothy Prusacki

Sunday, September 8

10:00 am Mass

  • Bill Harris by The Family

Immaculate Conception

Sunday, September 8

Extraordinary Ministers: Mary Nippe, Diana Majewski, Tiffany Kujawa
Lector: Gary Reidelberger
Sweet Treats: Randee Skorch


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


Save the date of Sunday, September 22nd at 11 am for the Annual Immaculate Conception Family Picnic! Everyone is welcome! More information later.


OCTOBER 20TH, 2019

The Immaculate Conception Annual Quilt & Cash Bingo will be held on Sunday, October 20th, 2019! If you have a quilt to donate for the Bingo, please contact Diana Majewski at 318-1306. If you have any raffle prizes you would like to donate, please contact Tiffany Kujawa at 559-1078.

Please Pray For . . .

The family of Adelyn Jones still needs your prayers.
Adelyn’s mommy & daddy – Olivia & Eric Jones, are still asking everyone to pray for their 5 year old daughter who was diagnosed the summer of 2017 with leukemia. Adelyn is doing as well as can be expected, considering all the drugs she’s on, but she still needs your prayers. She still has a long road ahead of her that she has to continue to meet with her doctors and more visits to the hospital for such things as  lumbar punctures, intrathecal chemo injections in her spine, and bone marrow aspirations.

Please be a prayer soldier in Princess Addy’s Army!
Follow her progress at:

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, Tammy Holford, Shirley Cucchi, Juanita Ray, Loretta Schneider, Norma Martin, John Dale, Steve Richardson, Sondra Kuberski, Crystal Hurt, Jim Getzie, Betty Moss, Ann Huff, Laura Porter, Joan Kowalski, Danette Mohr, Jeremy Cobin, Janet Bowlin, Susan Heape, Linda Huffman, Rose Sroka, Bart Nevill, Terry Chastain, P. J. Russell, Marty McMillan, Luis Yu, Veronica Woolard, Brenda Armstrong, Audrey Young, Bob Keeler, Jim Malick, Amanda Hamburger, Joann Isom, Adrianna Nixon, Susan Mays, Mary Iffert, Dorothy Hoffman, Devoney Alvis, James Feger, Chris Uhles, Bobby Sims, Angie Sims, Aaron Sims, Katie Bowen & baby Charlotte, Natalie Juhl, Georgia Zacher.

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.

Groups News:

PSR classes begin Wednesday, September 4th. If you have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible. You can also register that night. Registration forms are at entrances of church or call the rectory at 542-3423.

Summer project: To keep Jesus present in our children’s mind during the summer, we will post a mission each week in the bulletin. Each PSR child colored and received their laminated copy of flat Jesus at the last PSR class. If your child would like one, please contact Krista at 318-7766 or Ann at 618-839-0286. Take a picture and post it to Facebook Group (Flat Jesus – SH & IC PSR) or send it to flatjesusmission@gmail.com. Include a little blurb about the Flat Jesus’s Mission. Don’t forget to be creative! The child with the most completed Flat Jesus’s Missions at the start of the 2019-2020 PSR school year will receive a gift basket.

September 9 – Catholic Daughters resumes monthly meetings on Sept 9th in Haffner Hall & we will begin at 6pm with the officers hosting a baked potato bar & ice cream dessert bar, both with a variety of toppings. Please join us on the 9th – just bring yourselves & a voluntary donation for our PSR youth group. If you are unable to join us, but would still like to contribute to PSR, please drop your donation in the weekend collection basket marked CDA – PSR.

In addition to our regular business meeting, we will be awarding 2019 service pins. Prospective new members & guests are always welcome!

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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!!


Sept. 2: Doris & Rich
Sept. 9: Poiter Family
Sept. 16: Chris K. & Betty E.
Sept. 23: Brock Family
Sept. 30: JOY Cursillo

News For This Week:

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Being humble. 

Jesus is closely watched today as he dines at a powerful man’s home. But Jesus also pays attention. Who has his attention today? The poor, the cripple, the lame, the blind. Take the last place, he says! Be humble! Look to the needs of others! Really? Really!

  • How will I be less pushy and more humble?
  • How will I foster the needs and even the prestige of another?
  • The gospel urges us to look to works of mercy. Which one will I pick and do?

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal…
Blessed to receive, chosen to give

Please donate generously to make our goal at Sacred Heart of $12,700 (64% thus far) and Immaculate Conception $1,650 (71% thus far) so it can reflect a positive image and not a negative image since it is published in the Messenger Newspaper. This is an ongoing annual collection which goes toward helping the poor in our diocese all throughout the year. It also helps support Seminarians in our diocese with education and formation.

We are grateful for your generosity.

CSMA update

The Sacred Heart Parish Council would like to remind you to please donate to The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund. This fund is used for various projects and grants within our vicariate of parishes.

To help meet our donation goal, we will begin a monthly collection for The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

Memorial Bricks/Remembrance Bricks

Sacred Heart will be selling Memorial/Remembrance Bricks to line the sidewalk in the newly created Memorial Garden between the Church and School. Names of family, friends, parents, grandparents or children can be inscribed on 4″x8″ bricks with 12 characters per line with a maximum of 3 lines for $75.00 or 8″x8″ bricks with 12 characters per line with a maximum of 6 lines for $150.00. Contact Kelly Paxton (542-3423) at the church office for details.

LifeLine Screening

September 3 – Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of irregular heartbeat and is a leading risk factor for stroke. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a vascular condition related to heart disease and stroke.

This is why Sacred Heart Catholic Church is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-653-6441 or go to www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle/ or text the word circle to 797979. Pre-registration is required.


September 7 – St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centralia will be celebrating Autumnfest on Saturday, September 7th beginning with a 4:00 pm Polka mass. They will have pork steak dinners food trucks, music and fun! Check out the flyer on the bulletin board at the entrances.

Diocesan Child Protection Class

September 10 & 24 – The Catholic Diocese of Belleville embraces the right to child safety and is dedicated to promoting and ensuring this protection. We will be hosting a Child Protection Class here at Sacred Heart for anyone who works with children throughout the Diocese to ensure their Child Protection Compliance with the Diocese. The dates are September 10th & 24th at 6:00 pm. You would need to attend only 1 of these classes to be compliant. For more information please contact Mary Beth Lane at 618-790-3824.

St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor® Walk

September 21 – Get a group together and make plans now to participate in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor® Walk on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. To become a walk sponsor, register as a walker, make a pledge or for additional information, please call Pat Hogrebe or Joe Hubbard at St. Vincent de Paul: 618- 394-0126.

Catholic Urban Programs
1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament

September 23 – You are invited to participate in Catholic Urban Programs’ 1st Annual Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, September 23, at Tamarack Golf Course in Shiloh, Illinois. Registration of $125 per person includes golf, cart, gift, luncheon and beverages; various sponsorships are available including $100 hole sponsorships. Registration-8:00 a.m.; shotgun start-9:00 a.m. Tournament proceeds help fund Catholic Urban Programs’ ministries that serve those in need. For additional information contact Toni Muhammad at 618-398- 5616 or TMuhammad@diobelle.org.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

September 27-29 – Summer will be ending soon and that means getting children ready for school, raking leaves, football season, etc. With all those responsibilities ahead, why not give your marriage some special time for just you as a couple, away from it all for a Weekend. Just pick up the phone to find out more about a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend Sep.27-29, 2019 at the Courtyard Marriot in St. Peters, MO. If you would like to apply or get more information, go to https://stl-wwme.org/schedule.php or call 314.649.7317.

The St. Louis Jesuits – Coming Home – Final Concert

3 p.m. September 29, 2019
Powell Hall
718 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Tickets $15-65 by phone at 314-534-1700, or online at www.powellhall.com
1 p.m. VIP Pre-Concert Reception – $50 added to anyticket price
Net proceeds benefit the Ignatian Spirituality Project and retreats to end homelessness


Sacred Heart’s Chicken & Dumpling dinner will be on Sunday, October 6th this year. If you would like to help with this years dinner, please contact Debbie Manino at 618-318- 0565.

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 www.stbrunoschool.com

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

Upcoming Dates

September 2 – No School
September 6 – Grandparents Day Celebration
September 8 – 13th Annual St. Bruno Golf Scramble
September 13 – 12:20 dismissal


St. Bruno School
Gun of the Month & Calendar Raffle

This year a calendar will be added to the Gun of the Month Raffle. $20 will get you a monthly chance to win the gun of the month or $400. This same $20 will also enter you into a drawing to win a $20 daily drawing! That’s only $20 for a chance to win 12 guns and a daily drawing!!! The calendars will be distributed to St. Bruno School families soon!

Keith Shasteen of Pinckneyville
is the August Gun of the Month winner.


Thank you to our Empower Illinois Scholarship donors! 

This program allowed for NINE scholarships to be awarded to St. Bruno Catholic School students for the 2019-2020 school year. These donors will receive a 75% tax credit for their donation! For more information visit empowerillinois.org. If you have questions about donating to this program contact Nathan Meagher at 357- 3330. For questions about applying for a scholarship contact Brittany Goldman at 357-8276.

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

Respect Life Corner:

Word of Life “Within the ‘people of life and the people for life’, the family has a decisive responsibility. This responsibility flows from its very nature as a community of life and love, founded upon marriage, and from its mission to ‘guard, reveal and communicate love’

(The Gospel of Life, no. 92).Citing John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio (22 November 1981), 17: AAS 74 (1982), 100. Excerpt from Evangelium vitae© 1995, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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

Coach Allen Martin
– 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!