Ministries

Ministries


Liturgical Ministers

The documents of Vatican II encourage active participation by the faithful in the Eucharistic celebration. We do this first and foremost by entering into the Mass with a spirit of prayerful devotion and attentiveness. We schedule the following weekly: ushers, readers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, gift bearers, and servers for our school age children. Please contact Kelly Paxton at 542-3423 to be added to the schedule.

Sick and Aged

Communion ministers make weekly visitations to our homebound parishioners and also our nursing home residents at Fair View and Fair Acres facilities in DuQuoin. There are also opportunities to assist at bi-monthly Masses at each nursing home.

Music Ministry

Dr. Stephen Piotrowski, 5pm music director, and Mr. Aaron A. Atkins, 9am music director, invite all who feel called to lift their voice in song and praise to God to join. If you are interested in assisting in the ministry of the choir, please contact us. 9am choir practice is held every Thursday at 7pm.

Art and Environment

Assists with the interior and exterior decoration of the church, as well as planting and gardening in the church, rectory and parish center.

Youth Ministry

Coach Allen Martin- background on Coach Al to come soon

Weekend Warrior Program

Sacred Heart started helping with the Weekend Warrior Program in September 2010. This program helps provide food for school children in the Du Quoin Community. The food items are placed in their back packs on Friday before they leave school. This food is to help ensure that these children have food to eat during the weekend when they are not at school receiving 1 hot meal a day. We provide 20 bags of food that have meals of 3 dinner, 2 breakfast, 2 lunch,  2 snacks, 1 fruit and a bottle of water. With our donation of the bags we help kindergarten through 8th grade children every weekend. The food items have to be microwavable so that the young children can fix the for by food by themselves. There are about 150 students in our district that are in need of this program. Churches in the community have committed up to 20 bags a week. If there should be an extra day on the weekend because of school not in session, food is adjusted accordingly.  There are two social workers in the school system that identify the students and interact with the students of need.

Sacred Heart Church supports the Weekend Warrior Program as one of its major service projects. A second collection is taken at Masses on the first Sunday of each month for the Weekend Warrior Program . Food or cash donations are accepted and appreciated. We have volunteers that make sure we have the proper food items needed to fill the bags. Volunteers also come in once a week to fill the bags. Sacks will be delivered to the school by 3:30 pm on Thursday. They are distributed on Fridays by school personnel. If there is no school on Friday the bags have to be delivered on Wednesday. Contact the Rectory office 542-3423 if you would be interested in volunteering for the program.

Suggested items:
NO PEANUTS OR PEANUT PRODUCTS!!!!
Microwave meals (ravioli, spaghetti etc.) [cans need to be pull tabs]
Easy Mac (packets or tubs)
Pop Tarts
Granola Bars
Ramen Noodle (soup cup, NOT squares)
Pudding cups
Individual wrapped snacks
Cereal (small individual boxes)
Instant oatmeal packets
Cereal Bars
Microwave popcorn
Individual Fruit Cups
Canned sausages [cans need to be pull tabs]

The Du Quoin Food Pantry

The DuQuoin Food Pantry, located at 314 North Maple Street, exists to serve as a focal point for churches, community organizations and individuals to provide food aid to families in need.
Sacred Heart Church supports the DuQuoin Food Pantry as one of its major service projects. A second collection is taken at Masses on the first Sunday of each month for the food pantry. Besides donations, several Sacred Heart Church members volunteer to distribute food on the third Thursday of each month. The Food Pantry’s Board of Directors is composed of members of the various community churches including Sacred Heart.

Food Pantry hours are: Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 am and Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Donations can be delivered during these times as well.

For more information and pictures go to www.facebook.com/DuQuoinFoodPantry or Google DuQuoin Food Pantry.

 

The Community Clothes Closet

The Community Clothes Closet, also located at 314 North Maple Street, exists to serve as a focal point for churches, community organizations and individuals to provide seasonal clothes, along with bedding, pillows, towels, and curtains to people in need.

Sacred Heart Church supports The Community Clothes Closet as another one of its major service projects. A second collection is taken at Masses on the first Sunday of each month for the The Community Clothes Closet. Besides donations, several Sacred Heart Church members volunteer to distribute the donated clothing on the third Thursday of each month. The Community Clothes Closet Board of Directors is composed of members of the various community churches including Sacred Heart.

The Community Clothes Closet hours are: Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 am and Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Donations can be delivered during these times as well.

For more information and pictures go to https://www.facebook.com/TheCommunityClothesCloset/timeline or Google The Community Clothes Closet.