Welcome to the Sacred Heart Parish of Du Quoin IL

Welcome to

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




We welcome all visitors to Sacred Heart Church & Immaculate Conception Church and thank you for celebrating the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist with us today. We hope your stay in our area is pleasant and enjoyable . We pray for your safety on your return travel back home.


39th Sunday


Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
To Boast or Not to Boast

The Gospel makes it pretty clear that exalting yourself is not the way into the Kingdom. So it might sound strange to hear Paul saying he competed well and finished the race and now expects the winner's crown. So why is he any different from the Pharisee in the Gospel?

The Pharisee probably was being honest about himself. Sure, he fasts and tithes, is not greedy or adulterous, but he misses the point. He thinks that justification, being right with God, comes from a person's accomplishments. He feels no need to ask for God's mercy. Yet if he relied on that mercy, he wouldn't boast about his good deeds. Instead, he would ask for God's mercy and then thank God by doing good or being generous. In other words, he put the cart before the horse. He thinks that God is waiting to be bribed with good deeds (or at least a lack of bad ones) so that he can be justified. "After all," thinks the Pharisee, "what else are good deeds for if not to make me look good?"

St. Paul, on the other hand, looks at his life as a Pharisee and is amazed that God forgave his "good works" of keeping the law and persecuting Christians. He is so grateful for God's mercy that he can't wait to tell everyone about Jesus and how he loves us. His boasting is not about what he has done for God; it's more about what God has done through him. In verse 17, he credits God, who gave him the strength to preach the Good News.

Maybe you have examples of what God has done in your life: the people God sent to love you, the talents or abilities God gave you, the times God forgave your sins. Are you so grateful for what God has done that you want to do more for God? Or do you go to church, put your offering in the collection, and work a booth at the parish picnic so that God will be grateful to you? It sounds obvious when put that way, but it is tempting to think that God loves us more when we do good things. Remember that God loved St. Paul while he was still persecuting Christians, loved him enough not only to forgive him but to make him into a great apostle. Why waste your time trying to earn that love, when you could be doing whatever you can to thank God for it?
Tom Schmidt, Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co


Sunday October 30th only
Immaculate Conception - 8:00 am & Sacred Heart - 10:00 am


Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 22-23, 2016 - Who am I kidding?

If I would do all the right things for the wrong reasons, would they still count? Probably not. Would God care? Most likely, yes! The Gospel paints this picture. The boasting person at prayer: I fast, I pray, I tithe, I am faithful – I am not like “him”….(and everyone see this about me). But the humble one prays: I am far from perfect, I sin – be full of mercy. The Old Testament reading sheds more light. Be like God, Sirach says. Attend to the poor, the widow, the orphan (anyone in need), God says. Look to them. Care for them. It is right and just behavior.

· How will I boast, not in myself, but in the Lord?
· How will I behave?
· Whom will I help?

Can I imitate Pope Francis and many generations of prayerful Catholics by praying the rosary daily as an inspiration and to strengthen my commitment to imitate Jesus 'compassionate mercy?


The Gift of the Mass….

On Thursday, October 27th, Fr. Joe Rauscher, from St. Mary’s in Trenton will be speaking about the Catholic’s gift of the Mass, and in particular, the Eucharist from 6 - 7 pm at St. Bruno’s school cafeteria. Everyone is invited to come and hear the extraordinary way in which Fr. Rauscher explains the Mass in his own unique way!



thank youTHANK YOU for your generous response to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith last weekend on World Mission Sunday. Our combined parishes raised $1,170. While some go to serve in other countries to develop the Church and serve its people, all of us are called to pray and support the Missions from right where we live. To continue answering this call, download the Mission App which makes it possible for you to meet and support religious Sisters and Brothers, priests and dedicated lay leaders who provide help and hope in some of the world’s poorest places. These missionaries provide essential education and health care, social outreach and advocacy, and pastoral service. They address basic human needs, while in every moment offering spiritual comfort and support to the suffering and the marginalized. Join them in mission every day as you joined them this past World Mission Sunday!


The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal…
bringing God’s mercy to those who need it most

At Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School – the only remaining Catholic elementary school in East St. Louis – 100% of the students graduate from high school and 95% attend colleges and universities! Your support of The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal helps to make this possible. If you have not already done so, please consider making a gift today. Thank you very much.


Dinner with Father Joseph ..... In order to become more invitationfamiliar with his parishioners, and they with him, Father Joseph will be extending a dinner invitation to members of our parishes. Dinners will take place after Mass on the Wednesdays of the month that do not have Adoration scheduled. You will be contacted by Barbara Brock or someone from Immaculate Conception, so when you receive the call, please add the dinner to your schedule. Also, they will be calling for volunteers to help furnish items for the meal or you may call her to volunteer to prepare a dish. Father will also be preparing a dish at each meal. He is looking forward to sharing a meal and fellowship with everyone.


Sacred Heart's Chicken and Dumpling Dinner

dumpling dinner

October 30th is the dinner!
Prior to the dinner we need:

October 28 - Chicken deboners! Help debone the chicken! Starts at 9 AM in Haffner Hall

October 30 - We need mixers and rollers for dumplings. Some of our regulars aren't able help this year ... Bring your rolling pins....We start early in the morning - 5 AM! But we do work in different shifts/times. Can't roll, come and mix....we will have something to eat and drink for you too. Let either Suzanne Majewski or myself, Gina Cushma, know if you'd like to help out.... we have lots of fun!

Desserts are needed
for the Chicken & Dumpling
dinner on Sunday, October 30th.
Please bring to the hall on Saturday morning
from 8:00 - 11:00 AM or anytime
Sunday morning prior to the dinner at 11AM!


Dinner Tickets

Tickets for the Chicken and Dumpling Dinner are available this weekend in the vestibule after Mass. If you would like to buy tickets or take some tickets to sell you may do so. Money and/or unsold tickets should be turned in the weekend of October 22/23. If you are unable to attend Mass that weekend, please turn in your money/tickets to the rectory no later than Tuesday, October 25th. Thank you for your help in making our dinner a success!



PSR NEWS ..... November PSR class Saturday, November 1st is the next PSR class. Mass is at 8:30 am - you can come to the classroom before mass or you can meet with the other students at the church before 8:30 am. We look forward to seeing you there for another exciting day of learning about our faith!


New CD’s in the vestibule…

Check out the new selection of CD’s which are available for purchase in the vestibule. They are $3 each and we have a nice selection to choose from. If there is any subject which you would like to know more about, please let the office know and we will try to order those on the next order.


Adult Faith Formation adult faith formationsessions will be on Wednesday’s (when there is no Eucharistic Adoration) at 6:10 pm at Haffner Hall. We will be focusing on the next Sunday’s readings and various topics. If there is a topic or practice that you would like to know more about in our Catholic Faith, please give the office a call or email us so we can pass it on to the leaders of the class. Everyone is welcome to attend!



RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is for anyone interested in learning about the Catholic Faith or in becoming a member of the Church. All are welcome to attend. We also invite all members of the parish to attend any of the classes. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. October meetings will be at St. Bruno. Please check the bulletin for the topic of the week. This week’s topic “Gift of the Mass”.


Immaculate Conception Fall Quilt Bingo

bingoOctober 16 - It’s only 1 week away! Desserts and soup will be needed for the Quilt Bingo next Sunday. Please bring them to the hall or call Diana Majewski at 318-1306 or Eileen Koegenstein at 924-6620 if you have any questions



Priesthood Sunday October 30th

October 30 - Priesthood Sunday October 30th - In observance of Priesthood Sunday, The Messenger, the Belleville Diocesan Catholic newspaper, will publish a special section in the October 20 issue to recognize all of our priests: active and retired, pastors, administrators, associate pastors and sacramental ministers. This is your opportunity to tell us briefly some of their best qualities. Please email your remarks to: cathnews@bellevillemessenger.org, fax 618-235-9605 or mail to: The Messenger, 2620 Lebanon Avenue, Belleville, IL 62221. Deadline to submit remarks on or before October 6.


dumpling contacts


K of C

Call now - dilervery date November 4 & 5. The Knights of Columbus will again sell Baby Back Ribs. The cost will be $18 per side. The delivery date will be Friday & Saturday, November 4th & 5th. To order please call Lindon Paxton at 559-3848, Sam Loiacono at 967-0275, Tom Murray at 542-6018, or Al Martin at 534- 5227.


GalaNovember 5 - The Newman Center Auxiliary is hosting its Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. The event will include a catered prime rib dinner by the Knights of Columbus, dancing to live music, and a silent auction to help raise money for the Newman Catholic Student Center at SIU-Carbondale. The Gala will be held at the Newman Center and will begin with hors d’ oeuvres at 6:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm , and the silent auction will run from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, contact Susan at the Newman Center at (618) 529-3311 by October 28th.


Du Bois Knights of Columbus “GLO” Bingo

November 5 - The Du Bois Knights of Columbus “Glo” Bingo is coming back to Du Bois, Saturday, November 5th. Doors open at 5:30 pm, bingo starts at 7:00 pm. Proceeds benefit Du Bois K of C Charitable Funds. Over $1,000 in cash prizes! DJ - Music - Fun! Must be 18 yrs or older to attend. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets contact Bob Gill 618-231-3049 or Tom Nikrant 618-314-0324. Advance tickets are also available at KC Hall on Friday & Sunday nights.


Election Day Chicken & Dumplings

November 8 - Our Election Day Chicken & Dumpling dumplinfsdinner will be held on Tuesday, November 8th at the Parish Hall. We will be rolling dumplings on Wednesday, November 2nd at the hall. Bring your rolling pins and get ready to “Rock & Roll” with the dumpling gang!



life line screening

November 17 - Do you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure? Have members of your family suffered from these ailments? Do you have a poor diet? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to consider being screened through the services of Life Line Screening. Life Line Screening uses ultrasound technology to view the plaque build up in your carotid arteries, the main arteries that carry blood to the brain. Blockages in these arteries are a leading cause of stroke. We are pleased to host this Life Line Screening event on 11/17/2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888- 653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.


Wednesday, September 7th & 28th
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
First & last Wed. of each month.

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! This Wednesday from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm the church is open for Eucharistic Adoration.


visit shut ins

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

    Parish Contact Information
    for both Churches

    Reverend Joseph Oganda
      - Pastor of
      Sacred Heart Church
      Immaculate Conception
    Kelly Paxton
      - Secretary, Sacred Heart
    Tony Kellerman
      - Maintenance - Sacred Heart

    Stanley & Sylvester Bejma

      - Maintenance - Immac. Conc.
    Suzanne Majewski
      - Parish Council President
    Sacred Heart
    Janet Harris
      - Parish Council President
    Immaculate Conception
    Mary Beth Lane
      - Coord. of Religious Education
    Sacred Heart
    Coach Allen Martin
      - Youth Minister
    Sacred Heart

    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
    Parish Council President - 618-496-5595

    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    533 W 2nd North St, Tamaroa, IL 62888
    Phone - 496-5867 or 527-1251

    Immac. Conc. Hall rental. - 618-527-1251
    Parish Council President - 618-318-1649

    Webmaster: Suzanne McCrary



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    Sacred Heart

    USHERS - October:
    Saturday, 5:00 PM: Jeremy Cornett, Allen Reaves, Jim Campanella, Jeff Robinson

    , 8:30 AM: Steve McCrary, Jon Olinger, Noah Mabrey, Don Harsy

    Saturday, October 29, 5:00 pm
    Gift Bearers: Jenny Fronek & Liz Woodside
    Servers: Guy Alongi & Ron Mann
    Lector: Kathy Krisfaluzy
    Extraordinary Minister: Donna Mann, Tony Kellerman, Jenny Fronek, Rex Duncan (choir)

    Sunday, October 30, 8:30 am
    Gift Bearers:Brenda Sims & Liz Thompson
    Servers: Tim Cobin & David Martin
    Lector: Barbara Brock
    Extraordinary Ministers:
    Shonna Spencer, Pete Riggio, Michael Poiter, Amanda Chastain (choir)

    Saturday, October 22, 2016
    Rosary at Fairview Nursing & Healthcare Center9:00 A.M.
    Breakfast for the Needy at Haffner Hall9:00 A.M.
    Confession 4:30-4:45 PM
    crossMass 5:00 P.M.
    Sunday, October 23, 2016
    Rosary8:00 A.M.
    Confession8 - 8:15 A.M.
    crossMass 8:30 A.M.
    Monday, October 24, 2016
    crossMass 6:45 AM
    Quilting at Haffner Hall 8:00 A.M.
    Rosary at Du Quoin Nursing & Rehab Center9:00 A.M
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    Quilting at Haffner Hall 8:00 A.M.
    West Vicariate Priest meeting at Haffner Hall Noon.
    Finance meeting at Rectory 5:30 P.M.
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    Eucharistic Adoration 7AM-8PM
    Set up tables at Haffner Hall9:00 A.M.
    crossMass 5:30 P.M.
    Education Endowment meeting at Haffner Hall 6:00 P.M.
    Thursday, October 27, 2016
    crossMass 6:45 A.M.
    crossMass at Fairview Nursing & Healthcare Center9:00 A.M
    crossMass at Du Quoin Nursing & Rehab Center9:35 A.M
    Washing dishes at Haffner Hall 10:00 A.M.
    RCIA Classes at St. Bruno 6:00 P.M
    Choir practice 7:00 P.M
    Friday, October 28, 2016
    crossMass 8:00 A.M.
    Cooking & deboning chicken at Haffner Hall9:00 A.M.
    Saturday, October 29, 2016
    Bring desserts to Haffner Hall8 - 11:00 A.M.
    Rosary at Fairview Nursing & Healthcare Center9:00 A.M.
    crossMass 5:00 P.M.
    Sunday, October 30, 2016
    Rosary9:30 A.M.
    crossMass 10:00 A.M.
    Chicken & Dumpling Dinner
    at Haffner Hall
    11:00 A.M.


    Sacred Heart:

    1. 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.

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

    3. Sacred Heart Cemetery Cemetery lots are currently sold for $200 each. Beginning January 1, 2017 the cost will be $350 per grave with $50 going toward perpetual care. A plot is one grave site, and a lot contains a number of plots (gravesites) sold to an individual. Lots can be sold by 1/2 lots (4 graves) or whole lots (8 graves) in Sections: Holy Family, Holy Spirit, and Holy Trinity. You may purchase individual plots (gravesites) in Section Holy Angels only. No graves will be sold in the old sections - Sections A, B, C, D. Please contact the office for further information or if you would like to make a purchase.



    Sympathy is extended to the family of
    Frances Stewart
    Who passed away Thursday, October 13th
    May she rest in peace.
    Please keep Bob and family in your prayers


    pray for

    Nursing Home Residents: Marcia Stacey, Susan Farmer, Mary Powless, Geraldine Kowzan, Evelyn Bechlofft, Lynn Finn, Helen Keiner, Regina “Jeannie” Davison, Connie Horst, Stanley Wheatley, Sam Chapman, Gene Eisenhauer.

    Sick: Josh Ritter, Janet George, Walt Furlow, Kevin McCrary, Verna Epplin, Sally Fontana, Doris Rottschalk, Aaron Harsy, Linda Meyer, Gene Eisenhauer, Lisa Mohr, Amanda Evans, Devoney Alvis, Aydan Zoller, Charla Funk, Nadine Rice, Karl Mohr, John Helmer, Josephine Kliethermas, Donald ‘Boone’ Bailey, David Perchbacher, Kris Luth, James Ron Joyner, Jaci Moss Gregory

    Military Personnel: Lt. Col Aaron S. Cowley, SSgt. Jordan Keller, MSgt. Thomas D. Sims, Sgt. Derek S. Sims, ITS1(SS/AW) John Kelley, SSgt. Patrick Kelley, SPC Mark Yanez, SrA Justin Decker, PV2 Jared Albers, Major Carly Sims, Major Cory Jones, SSgt. Caleb VanVoorhis, SSgt Tyler Jeffers, PFC Drew Ferguson, Clayton Wyciskalla.


    crossMASS SCHEDULE for
    Immaculate Conception

    Sunday - October 30, 10:00 AM
    Extraordinary Ministers: Tiffany Kujawa, Mary Nippe, Kathy Rulevish
    Lector: Tiffany Kujawa
    Sweet Treats: Sharon Chapman

    Saturday, October 22, 2016
    Sunday, October 23, 2016
    crossMass 10:00 A.M.
    Monday, October 24, 2016
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    crossMass 8:00 A.M.
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    Thursday, October 27, 2016
    Immaculate Conception Office open 8AM-2PM
    Friday, October 28 2016
    Saturday, October 29, 2016
    Sunday, October 30, 2016
    crossMass 8:30 A.M.


    Immaculate Conception:

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

    2. Sweet Treats…. Money that is collected from our Sweet Treats raffle on each Sunday is a deposited into our Building and Educations Fund. It is an important money maker for this fund. If you would like to be added to our volunteer list to supply a “Sweet Treat” you can contact Janet at 318- 1649, Diana at 318-1306, or Krista at 318-7766. If you are on the list and are unable to provide your treat at the assigned day, please contact Janet or Diana so they can find someone to provide for that week. Thanks to everyone who brings treats or buys chances for their continued support!



    thank you

    A big THANK YOU to all who worked so hard to make our bingo a success, for all who donated so generously, and all who came in support!
    Thank You!
    Immaculate Conception Parish



    St. Bruno Catholic School News

    Upcoming Dates:

    10/24/16 Bishop Braxton visit
    10/25/16 Girls BB @ OLMC Herrin @ 6:00
    10/27/16 Girls BB @ Vergennes @ 5:30
    10/27/16 8th Grade visit to Manor at Mason Woods
    11/5/16—Speech Meet
    11/10/16 Aydan Zoller Benefit
    11/12/16—Annual Dinner & Auction @ KC Hall

    Aydan Zoller Benefit

    The school is hosting a fun, family night on Thursday, November 10 as benefit for student Aydan Zoller. The night will have a chili cook-off from 5:00- 7:30 (be set up by 5:00), a pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest, and food including s’mores and hot dogs. We’ll end the night with movie night under the stars! The movie begins at 7:00. No entry fee but donations will be accepted. Let’s make this a fun night for our school, community, and the Zoller family!


    The school is hosting its’ 11th annual dinner and auction on Saturday, November 12th. There are many ways you can help ensure that the annual event is a huge success. Please consider attending the evening affair (invitations will be sent at a later date). In addition, your support would be very much appreciated through the donation of items for the auction. Some examples include: gift baskets, script purchases, program ads, event/sporting tickets, travel/vacation opportunities, stand alone items or monetary gifts. This is always a fun night to visit with parents, alumni and school supporters and raise funds at the same time. If you would like to make a cash, basket, talent, or gift card donation, please contact Cara Alongi at 201- 0699 or caraalongi@hotmail or Kristy Meagher at 571-1008 or meagherk@live.com.



    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. 2016 Parish Council Members: President: Suzanne Majewski; Vice President: Steve McCraryi; Secretary: Jeremy Cornett, Rose Along, Henry Born, Don Harsy, Debbie Mannino, and Allen Reaves and 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.


    Respect Life Corner

    Moved by Mercy – Navigating Infertility – We often assume parenthood happens easily after “I do,” but for many married couples, it does not. For some, the joy of conception never happens. Others suffer repeated miscarriages. The pain can be overwhelming.

    Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: The pain can be overwhelming. Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: If you experience difficulty bringing a child into your family, know that you are not alone. The USCCB – www.usccb.org has some suggestions that may be helpful to you on this journey. Even if we ourselves do not experience difficulty bearing children, pray that we can be channels of God’s mercy for those who do.



    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 on-line:

    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 that EWTN has to offer or go to:

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