Sacred Heart Parish of Du Quoin, Illinois – Founded In 1857
Immaculate Conception Parish of Tamaroa, Illinois – Founded in 1890


January 29, 2023

Thank you for visiting us!
Welcome all visitors! We are happy to see you!
We hope you will join us again as we continue
to discover the difference God’s love makes in our lives!
We’re blessed because you’re here.

Poor In Spirit Meaning

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5:3). Christians ought to be more happy going to heaven than the world is going to hell. You can have a life of blessing. You can experience favor, fulfillment, and purpose. What does it mean to be poor in spirit? It is not a call to poverty. It does not mean you are down on yourself or that you are a loser. You were made in God’s image. You are valuable to God. Poor here is a picture of someone who is broke. We’ve all seen those who stand on the street begging, panhandling. What the panhandler is saying is, “I have to have other people give me money to survive.” That is true of us spiritually.  We have to have help spiritually. We have to admit that we cannot survive on our own. I need help. You need help. Being poor in spirit is admitting we are broke, bankrupt, apart from Christ. Our culture rejects this truth. The culture believes you are blessed if you assert yourself, are proud of yourself, defend yourself, avenge yourself, serve yourself, or promote yourself. Jesus takes everything we think we know about happiness and turns it upside down.

from: https://libertylive.church/what-does-it-mean-to-be-poor-in-spirit-matthew-53/


Give Thanks by Giving Online

Don’t Forget, Gift to Sacred Heart & Immaculate Conception Are Tax-Deductible

You Don’t Have to Take a Rain Check on Your Offertory Support

Even when the weather is bad and you can’t make it on Sunday, you can fulfill your Offertory support! With ParishSOFT Giving, you can give from anywhere and even set up contribution in advance. This creates a safer flow of cash for Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception because we know when we can expect your support, and it allows you to participate in giving even when you cant make it here.

Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception now provides online giving
through software called ParishSOFT Giving. This is a convenient and safe way to make a onetime or recurring donation. Getting started is easy—
just click the Online Giving link on the top bar.

All parishioners will first click on the Fund button and make a selection from the drop down menu. For weekly envelopes,  select PARISH.  A SUB FUND button will open.  When you click on the Sub Fund button, another drop down menu will appear and you will find ENVELOPE and a few more choices. Parishioners of Sacred heart will select ENVELOPE for weekly gifts. Parishioners of Immaculate Conception will find an ’Immaculate Conception’ link further down in the drop-down window, you will select that so your gift will be for Immaculate Conception gifts. Immaculate Conception parishioners will only be able to do online giving for the weekly envelope.

When you participate, your gift will transfer directly into the appropriate parish bank account. You won’t have to remember to write a check or stop by the ATM on Sundays! If you manage your bills online, why not give to your church online? It’s safe and secure, and you decide exactly when your gift is made and where it goes. 

If you have any questions please feel free to call the office and we will help you!

Sacred Heart

Saturday, January 28 – Weekday
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor of the Church

5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Emerenciana Calderon by the Calderon Family
  • Louie Kellerman by Al & Sharon Martin
  • Ann Huff by Ray & Marlene Kellerman

Sunday, January 29

8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Bruna Silvia Scarber by Terry Scarber
  • Josh Harsy by Jerry & Rachel
  • Dorothy Prusacki by the Van Voorhis Family

Monday, January 30 – Weekday
7:00 am Prayer Service

Tuesday, January 31– Weekday
Saint John Bosco, Priest
7:00 am Rosary at Sacred Heart

Wednesday, February 1- Weekday
5:30pm Prayer Service

Thursday, February 2 – Weekday
7:00 am Prayer Service

Friday, February 3- Weekday
Saint Blaise, Bishop, Martyr: Saint Ansgar, Bishop
7:00 am Prayer Service

Saturday, February 4- Weekday
4:00 – 4:30 pm Confession
5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Eugene Majarocon by Tony & Tess Jones
  • Dr. Kudva by the Van Voorhis family
  • Rusty Sims by Betty & Brenda

Sunday, February 5
8:00 am Rosary
8:00 – 8:15 am Confession
8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Walter & Regina Zyk by John & Rose Numi family
  • Edna Emling by CDA Court #795

Do you have someone who would like a

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.

Sacred Heart

Ushers for month of February

Saturday: Tony Jones, Max Zimmerman, Harold Calderon 
Sunday: Tim Cobin, Sam Loiacono, Jim Derby

Saturday, February 4th – 5:00 pm

Altar Servers: Mason Kern & Harrison Still
Lector: Cyrilla Prusacki
Extraordinary Ministers: Priest, Cyrilla Prusacki

Sunday, February 5th – 8:30 am

Altar Servers: Logan & Landon Numi
Lector: Allen Martin
Extraordinary Ministers: Priest, Allen Martin

Money Counters – February 6th

Ruth Pierce, Patty Reaves, Renee Cobin

Saturday, January 28
8:00 am HALOM & Tree of Life 4th Day meeting at Hall
9:30 am Pickleball at gym
9:00 am – Noon – St. Joseph Thrift Store open

Sunday, January 29

Monday, January 30
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall
9:00 am Pickleball at gym
9:00 am – 11:00 am St. Joseph Thrift Store drop off
6:00 pm Catholic Daughters meeting at Haffner Hall

Tuesday, January 31
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall

Wednesday, February 1
9:00 am Pickleball at gym
6:00 pm St. Joseph Thrift Store Appreciation Dinner at Haffner Hall
6 – 7:30 pm PSR: Holy Spirit – Good Choices

Thursday, February 2
9 am – noon St. Joseph Thrift Store open
6:00 pm RCIA: Catholic Moral Vision

Friday, February 3

Saturday, February 4
Second Collection: Social Justice

9:30 am Pickleball at gym
9 am – noon St. Joseph Thrift Store open

Sunday, February 5
Second Collection: Social Justice

Immaculate Conception

Saturday, January 21 – Weekday
Saint Ages, Virgin, Martyr

Sunday, January 22
10:00 am Mass Intention

  • Paul Kuberski Sr. by The Family
  • Joan Kowalski by Mr. & Mrs. John Kabat
  • Danny Kowzan by Tom & Chris Kelley

Monday, January 23 – Weekday
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children; Saint Vincent, Deacon, Martyr; Saint Marianne Cope Virgin

Tuesday, January 24 – Weekday
Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

Wednesday, January 25 – Weekday

Thursday, January 26 – weekday
Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

Friday, January 27 – Weekday
Saint Angela, Merici, Virgin

Saturday, January 28 – Weekday
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor of the Church

Sunday, January 29
10:00 am Mass Intention

  • Felix Kownacki by Bernice Marszalek
  • Dyan Quinn by Caroline Kuberski
  • Joan Kowalski by Frank & Sharon Chapman


We will be removing the old carpet from the rectory at Immaculate Conception to uncover the beautiful hardwood floors. We are looking for anyone who would like to help with this project. Please call Jim Majewski at 618-318-5683 if you are available to help.

Immaculate Conception

Ushers for the Month of January

Dan Robinson & Jim Majewski

January 29th – 10:00 am

Altar Servers: Addi Robinson & Alivia Lovelady
Lector: Krista Piotrowski 
Sweet Treats: Mandy Robinson


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 – returned after event if no damage.

Confession at Immaculate Conception

Confessions will be heard in the flower room west of the altar either before or after mass. Please wait in the room for Fr. Carl. If he does not see you, please alert him that you are there for confession.

Please Pray For . . .

Nursing Home:  Lynn Finn, Shirley Forys, Rosalea Prusacki, Anna Roberts.

Sick: John Dale, Jim Getzie, Terry Chastain, James Feger, Dorothy Alongi, Steve Porter, Matilda Harsy, Chris Kelley, Larry Hutson, David Martin, Helen Polcznski, Agnes George, Marian Whitson, David Harsy, Lindsey Collins, Wanda Schleper, Tom Roznowski, Rob Busch, David Eisenhauer, Pam Pereira, Bill Horton, Dorothy Jacoby, Jim Stroot, Jameson Poiter, Tom Marek, Jerry Riggio, Sarah Valerius, Marianne Heath, Riley Davis, David Searby, Christine Hutson, Joan Endres, Darren Snyder, Susan Heape, Sabrina Harris, Austin Hagel, Paul Beckerle.

Military Personnel: Col. Aaron S. Cowley, SSgt. Jordan Keller, MGSgt (ret.) Thomas D. Sims, Sgt. Derek S. Sims, SCPO (SS/AW) John Kelley, SPC Mark Yanez, PV2 Jared Albers, Lt. Col. Carly Sims, Sgt. 1st. Cl. Caleb VanVoorhis, SSgt Tyler Jeffers, Lt. Col. Andrew Martin, USAF Airman E-1 Hunter Hill, Master Sergeant & Medical Intel. NCOIC Terry E. Chastain Jr., Nick Depyatic (Airforce), Garrison Alvis (Marines), Capt. Jeremy Roznowski Airborne Army Ranger, Shyanne Roznowski Medical Tech.

Groups News:


Link to 2022-2023 Schedule

All the classes start with mass at 5:30pm. Class follows until 730 on the second floor of the school. If you have any questions please call Janet Hayden at 618-318-2674


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: 618-357-1321
Rita Riggio: 618-571-2132
Barb Craft: 618-571-4562
Cyrilla Prusacki: 618-542-3422


The Card Ministry Committee will meet on Thursday, Oct. 27th at 1:00 PM in Haffner Hall for an important meeting and updates. Please bring your name list. New members are needed and welcomed. If you cannot attend the meeting or would like to join the committee, please contact Doris R at 618-542-4080 or email: rottschalk@frontier.com.

Mother Teresa Cursillo Fourth Day group will meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Meeting is at 12:15 pm at Haffner Hall.


At every Mass many of us use the phrase “Lamb of God” without fully understanding what it means. Dr. Pitre will examine two key instances of sacrificial lambs in the Old Testament – and why John the Baptist’s disciples were quick to leave him to follow the One he proclaimed as “the Lamb of God.” Come learn more in adult faith formation this Wednesday, December 7th, after the 5:30 Mass. We will meet in Haffner Hall. Anyone, high school age and above, we would love for you to join us. Hope to see you there.


Catholic Daughters will have a combined Jan.-Feb. meeting on Monday, Jan. 30th in Haffner Hall beginning with the rosary at 6pm. The business meeting will follow – please plan to attend if possible. Officers will provide bagged snacks, members are asked to bring their own drinks.

Are you, or do you know of someone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?

Sacred Heart/Immaculate Conception and St. Bruno’s will begin classes for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults on Thursday October 6th. These classes meet weekly from October through April. You do not have to join the Church. You can just find out more about Catholic faith. If you are interested, please contact Christine Kelley at 618-559-6581.


When the Church speaks of the “Real Presence” she means “the whole Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine – the glorified Christ who rose from the dead after dying for our sins. (The Real Presence of Jesus Christ is the Sacrament of the Eucharist, USCCB, 2020). To experience the Real Presence at our parish, we have Eucharistic Adoration every other Wednesday (watch the bulletin for dates), and the church handicap door is open weekdays until 4 pm for anyone who would like to visit the Real Presence of Christ in the Tabernacle. You may contact Lisa Mohr 618-542-4635 if you would like to set up a time or get more information.

Weekly News:


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: 542-3423 (except Thursday’s, call 496-5867). Mass intentions are $10 per person.


It is important to be registered in a parish so sacrament information can be logged and available for reference for any life event that occurs. Please pardon the oversight if you have not been receiving envelopes, or if there has been a life event (new to the parish, marriage, births, new addresses etc.) that we are unaware of. Give the office a call at 542-3423 and we will get you back on the registry and will answer any questions you may have


We are now open on Saturdays from 9 am until noon! We are always needing workers – if you are available to have a good time and like to experience how our faith is working in the community, please consider volunteering to help out!


Monday – January 23rd Drop off
9-11 am Linda Elder, Doris Rottschalk, Barb Craft

Thursday – January 26th
Store Workers: Don Shutt, Mary Riggio, Linda Elder, Patty Reaves & Sis Eichhorn

Saturday – January 28th
Store Workers: Don Shutt, Mary Riggio, Rex R., Sondra Kuberski

If you are interested in volunteering to help please contact Devoney Alvis at 618-790-3976.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to make this work of charity a success!

St. Joseph Thrift Store
110 W. Main St.
Phone 618-414-8472 or parish office 542-3423

Ministry definition: Ministry is the work of a religious person or religious group,
a collection of minister or the flock tended to by a particular minister.
God has given us all gifts and talents for the service of his church and his people.
Would you like to use your gift to give God his glory?
You can do so by joining one (or more!) of our many ministries here at our churches.

This week’s featured ministry is:
St. Joseph Thrift Store
Below is the mission statement for the St. Joseph Thrift Store. In order for this mission to be successful it takes many people in the store, behind the scenes and everywhere in between. If you are interested in helping during store hours, during drop off times, or even organizing/ tagging/sorting etc. please contact one of the board members (Kelly Paxton, Elizabeth Benson, Cara Alongi, or Darrie Purcell)

St. Joseph Thrift Shop Mission Statement
We, Sacred Heart Parish, formed in the Spirit of love and charity in response to the call to holiness and creation of the Kingdom of God, plan to witness our faith by opening St. Joseph Thrift Store, to serve the needs of our community and beyond, by selling donated items as a nonprofit organization. Funds generated will be donated to various charitable works to spread the Good News of Salvation to all people.

9 AM – 4 PM – MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY (Wednesday 1 – 3:30 pm at IC)

The 2022 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Go and do likewise… – Luke 10:37

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul truly serves the poorest of the poor through its Cosgrove’s Soup Kitchen, SVDP Thrift Store, Help Center and Night Drop-In Center. Men, women and children are provided the basic necessities of life – food, clothing and shelter – and the hope and the tools they need for a better tomorrow. Help St. Vincent de Paul serve those who have no place else to turn. Please make your gift to The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal today.

Novena for Life begins on January 19th

9 Days for Life is a novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. Participants can receive the novena by subscribing to daily emails or text messages. (A printable version is also available online.)



If you would like a copy of your contributions for 2022, please contact the office at sacredheartduquoin@gmail.com or call 618-542-3423 and they will be emailed or mailed to you.


Whether you come from down the street, around the corner, or from another state, we extend a warm welcome! We are blessed that you have chosen to worship with us. We are a pastorate of two parishes with Sacred Heart in Du Quoin and Immaculate Conception in Tamaroa resulting in a larger faith community with wonderful parishioners looking to worship, pray, serve, and enjoy good fellowship.

If you are not registered we encourage you to call the office at 618-542-3423 or send us an email at sacredheartduquoin@gmail.com and we will get you registered!

We look forward to meeting you and have you as a part of our parish family!


Sacred Heart/Immaculate Conception Catholic church will have an open position for a part time Parish Secretary. The Parish Secretary provides both clerical and administrative support to the Parish Priest to ensure the smooth and professional running of the parish office.

All interested applicants, please send a resume to: sacredheartduqoin@gmail.com
Rev. Carl Schrage,
17 N. Walnut St.
Du Quoin, IL 62832


Anyone wishing to report an allegation of sexual misconduct by a priest or other diocesan personnel please call the hotline: 800-640-3044

JustFaith Catholic Program Offered on Zoom! Faith and Poverty:

A Biblical Response Through Catholic Social Teaching 9 Consecutive Mondays Starting Feb, 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This program explores God’s call to respond to poverty in our local communities. Participants explore these two questions:
1. What tools does my Catholic faith have to offer regarding huge questions around poverty and injustice
2. In light of poverty and other forms of human suffering, what is the Good News of the Gospel?
This small group program will take place on zoom. Co- facilitated by CCHD intern, Tyler Timm, the program con- sists of deep prayer experiences, input from readings and videos, speakers, and group discussion using tools for respectful dialogue. The program was created by JustFaith Ministries is partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. A suggested individual cost for the program is $35 and the purchase of one book for as little as $6 used. Financial assistance is available through JustFaith Ministries. For more information on the program go to justfaith.org/faith-and-poverty-a-biblical-response-jfc/. Register at https://justfaith.org/faith-and-poverty-a-biblical-response-st-louis-winter-2023-small-group-catholic/.

210 N Gordon St
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
(618) 357-8276


January 29 – PTO Breakfast
January 29th – February 3
February 3 – 8:30 am St. Bruno Mass – Catholic Schools Week Closing
February 4 – Daddy Daughter Dance
February 11 – Glo Bingo is back!
February 25 – Chicken & Bear Dance at CC Hall


The School is selling used MacBooks for $200 each. Call the school if interested.



Menu Includes: Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs, Pancakes Milk, Juice and Coffee
Adults $10.00/ Children 4-12 $7.00
Dine in & Carry out At CC Hall

Don’t forget about our upcomimg events!! Daddy Daughter Dance – February 4

Tickets go on sale January 6th! Make sure and get yours early before they sell out!!

St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Friday, February 10, 2023
7:00 p.m. – Taizé Prayer
Saturday, February 11, 2023
8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. – Church Music Conference
Sunday, February 12, 2023
3:00 p.m. Recital by Dr. Steven Wente of Concordia University Chicago

$25 registration includes all Saturday workshops and lunch
$10 registration for student attendance includes all work-shops and lunch

Organ, Choral, Handbell, and Multi-Cultural Ministry Work-shops
Presenters: Dr. Sarah Bereza, Dr. Steven Wente, Simeon Layne, Jr., Burnell Hackman, Carlos Flores Ramirez, Mark Lawson, Jacob B.Weber, David Erwin, Sherry Boland, Yvonne Sullivan, CAGO, Julie Binder, and Jeff White, CAGO Repertoire Showcases by MorningStar Music/ECS and Concordia Publishing House


The Serra Club of St. County is an organization of Catholic men and women dedicated to foster and affirm vocations to the Priesthood and vowed religious life. Our purpose is to pray for vocations and inform our community the need for vocations. We provide many social events for our Priests, Deacons and Nuns. We sponsor occasional visits to the Seminaries for our grade and high students guided by a priest or a seminarian.

You are most welcome to be a part of our organizations. Our group meets every first and third Friday of the month at the Shrine of our Lady of the Snows. We begin Mass at 11:45 am, follow by lunch and a brief meeting , and a prominent speaker. Additional information please call Marvin Winkeler (402 214-1155 or Mel Lucash 618-531- 4244

You can visit our new web page at serrastclair.org

Parish Staff
for both Churches

Reverend Carl Schrage
– Pastor of
Sacred Heart Church
Immaculate Conception

Kelly Paxton
– Secretary:
Sacred Heart
Immaculate Conception

Tony Kellerman
– Maintenance:
Sacred Heart
Immaculate Conception

Cara Alongi – 618-201-0699
– Parish Council President
Sacred Heart

Jamie Schrader – 618-318-3900
– Parish Council President
Immaculate Conception

Janet Hayden
– Coord. of Religious Education
Sacred Heart & Immaculate Conception

– 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

Parish Notes:

RECONCILIATION: See Mass Schedule or anytime by appt.
BAPTISM: During weekend Masses by appt. Must be a registered member and attend baptismal preparation session.
MARRIAGE: At least six months prior notification to the pastor.
HOLY MASS: See Mass Schedule