• We will be adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Diocese of Belleville
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask.
  • Upon entering church, please sign 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.
  • 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:

  • We ask you to please keep your mask on as you enter and leave mass and to not congregate around the exits of the church building after leaving mass.
  • 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.
  • Our cleaning team will be sanitizing all areas after each mass and discarding anything left in the pews.
  • If you would be diagnosed with COVID-19, we encourage you to self-report to the pastor. Any and all reporting will be held in the strictest privacy. Reporting to the parish protects fellow parishioners who may have attended the same 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 as a Church family.

This Sunday’s Daily Reflection
The week of Daily Reflections found under Links: From the Desk of Fr. Joseph

February 21

Love the Word of God

How many of us get time to read, reflect and meditate on the word of God, especially on the readings of the day. There is no way to grow in our faith and love for God and neighbor if we remain ignorant of or less knowledgeable about what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. The Bible should be the book of love where we find our dwelling and rest. It should adorn our homes with the light of truth. Further, our homes should be decorated with icons of goodness and beauty that shine forth through the gentle eyes of Mary, our Mother in faith and companion in prayer.

We cannot speak about Christ with others when we do not even know what he has revealed to our hearts. The path to the heart of God begins with the opening of the pages of the Holy Book of love and truth and when we continuously drink deeply from the fountain of the Spirit, the breath of new life and new beginnings. Lent is a time to draw near to God with your mind, heart, and soul in preparation for the Easter wedding feast with Mary at our side, admonishing us to, “Do whatever he tells you.” What is it exactly that Jesus tells us to do when we read or hear the word of God proclaimed? The Lord says, “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:12-15).

Pray to God in this time of Lent that He may open your heart to receive the light of hope, which heals doubt and fear with the grace of consolation and humility to the will of God.

God calls us to a new way of living and looking at the world. He says, “Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember” what God has done for you? He is the Bread of life, and the Word of Peace seek him day and night (Mk 8:14-21). 

Fr. Joseph Oganda


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

February 28, 2021

We hope your stay in 0ur area is pleasant and enjoyable .
We pray for your safety on your return travel back home


“Lent is not just about the little sacrifices we make,
but about discerning where our hearts are directed.
” Lent is a “desert” thirsting for the Word of God.

Pope Francis

A Message From Bishop McGovern:

In order to improve communication across our 28 counties, I have opened a Bishop Michael McGovern FaceBook page as well as a YouTube channel. I hope you will find these helpful. Please spread the word about this news. Parishes, schools, Catholic institutions and individuals are most welcome to connect with the FaceBook page and the YouTube videos that will appear.

This is a Test

I used to wonder how God could lie to Abraham about sacrificing his son Isaac. But the story begins by telling us God put Abraham to the test. Abraham himself seems to know it’s a test–in verses left out or our reading, he tells the servants that he and Isaac will return after the sacrifice; he also tells Isaac that God will provide the offering. Apparently, I’m the only one fooled by God.

I don’t know if I would have passed the test. I would have at least argued with God about it, begging him to spare my son. Yet in our second reading, St. Paul reminds us that God did not spare his own son. (Rom 8:32) He passed his own test. Jesus was sacrificed so that God could show us how much he loved us: By dying, Jesus showed us the promise of resurrection, which shows us that we can also have new life by the forgiveness of our sins. If God loves us so much that he gives his Son to die for us, why would he not forgive us? Or as Paul says, if He is on our side, who can hurt us?

What does that tell us about life? You may have noticed that things don’t always go your way. We sometimes suffer for no apparent reason. We may lose someone we love through death. We may be tempted to lose faith when we see wars, killer tornados, terrorist attacks–if “God is for us,” why does he allow these things? Because he is still testing us. And not necessarily testing the victims of these troubles. If I get angry at God because I hear about someone’s death, I haven’t passed the test.

Does that mean those tragedies are our fault? No, God gives everyone free will and some people choose to do wrong. And some accidents are just accidental; no one is necessarily at fault. God intervenes sometimes and lives are saved. Other times, God intervenes by saving us after death with our resurrection. But as long as people doubt God’s love, there will be tests. That’s why it is so important to proclaim the Kingdom: so that someday all people will know God’s love and not need to be tested.

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


We’re pleased to announce that Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception now provides online giving through software called ParishSOFT Giving. This is a convenient and safe way to make a one-time or recurring donation. Getting started is easy—just visit our website, www.sacredheart-duquoin.org and click our 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, February 27 – Lenten Weekday
4:30 – 4:45 pm Confession at Haffner Hall
5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Elizabeth VanZandt by VanZandt Family

Sunday, February 28

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

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Norma Fager by Betty & Brenda

Monday, March 1 – Lenten Weekday
6:45 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Wilbur Hemmer by The Parish Family
  • Margaret Kern by The Parish Family
  • Marcia Stacey & Sally Fontana by The Fontana Children

Tuesday, March 2 – Lenten Weekday
6:30 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Norma Martin by Betty & Brenda

Wednesday, March 3 – Lenten Weekday
Saint Katherine Drexel, Virgin

5:00 Stations of the Cross
5:30 pm Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Elizabeth Vanzandt by John Funk
  • Betty Moss – In honor of 92nd birthday by Her Family

Thursday, March 4 – Lenten Weekday
Saint Casimir

6:45 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Scott Isom by Thomas & Mary Nolte

Friday, March 5 – Lenten Weekday
8:00 am Mass Intention

  • Kevin McCrary by Al & Sharon Martin
  • Sponsors of CES

Saturday, March 6 – Lenten Weekday
4:30 – 4:45 pm Confession at Haffner Hall
5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Dorothy Suchomski by Liz Wynn
  • Scott Isom by Joann Isom

Sunday, March 7

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

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Raymond Sherman by Ron & Linda Sherman

Sacred Heart

Saturday, March 6

Lector: Cara Alongi
Extraordinary Ministers: Priest & Cara Alongi

Sunday, March 7

Lector: Chris Kelley
Extraordinary Ministers: Priest & Chris Kelley

Saturday, February 27
Second Collection: CSMA 
9:30 am Pickleball at gym

Sunday, February 28
Second Collection: CSMA

Monday, March 1
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall

Tuesday, March 2
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall
8:30 am Ministerial Alliance mtg. at Haffner Hall
6:00 pm JOY meeting at the school
7:00 pm KC meeting

Wednesday, March 3
8:30 am Fr. Joseph St. Bruno student mass 8:30 am Pickleball at gym
5:00 pm Stations of the Cross
6-8 pm PSR Class

Thursday, March 4
5:30 pm Choir practice
6:00 pm RCIA at St. Bruno

Friday, March 5
4-6 pm Fish Fry

Saturday, March 6
Second Collection: Social Justice 
9:30 am Pickleball at gym

Sunday, March 7
Second Collection: Social Justice


If you would like a copy of your contributions for 2020, please contact the office and they will be emailed or mailed to you.


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. They can also be heard upon request. Please call the rectory at 618-542-3423.

Immaculate Conception

Saturday, February 27 – Lenten Weekday
4:30 – 4:45 pm Confession at Haffner Hall

Sunday, February 28

8:00 – 8:15 am Confession at Haffner Hall
10:00 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Ronnie Elder by Tom & Chris Kelley

Monday, March 1 – Lenten Weekday

Tuesday, March 2 – Lenten Weekday

Wednesday, March 3 – Lenten Weekday
Saint Katherine Drexel, Virgin

Thursday, March 4 – Lenten Weekday
Saint Casimir

Friday, March 5 – Lenten Weekday

Saturday, March 6 – Lenten Weekday
4:30 – 4:45 pm Confession at Haffner Hall

Sunday, March 7

Second Collection: Maintenance Fund
Confession before or after mass in room west of altar
10:00 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Chris Kujawa by Don & Jania Hoffman

Immaculate Conception

Sunday, March 7th

Lector: Jamie Schrader
Sweet Treats: Elizabeth 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

Confession at Immaculate Conception

During this time of uncertainty celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation can be comforting. Confessions will be heard in the flower room west of the altar either before mass or after mass. Please wait in the room for Fr. Joseph. If he does not see you, please alert him that you are there for confession.

Please Pray For . . .

Nursing Home: Lynn Finn, Connie Horst, Shirley Forys, Marie Dubravek, Rosalea Prusacki, Anna Roberts, Mary Ellen Helmer.

Sick: Juanita Ray, John Dale, Jim Getzie, Joan Kowalski, Terry Chastain, James Feger, Gary Brock, Karen May, Sheilia Teriet, Richard Martin, Merry Jo Arvai, Brynlee Brewer, Bob Stewart, Reathal Beard, Cindy Kinsmen Thorpe, George Ciganovich, John Nehrkorn, Phyllis Majewski, Asa Newell, Jerry Riggio, Brenda Harsy, Leon Eaton, Veronica Woolard, David Lynch, David Gross, Matthew Martin, Raymond Humphrey, Angie Sims, Barbara & Marlin Neville, Kathy O’Rourke, Dorothy Bailey, Patsy Arnold, Paulette Jackson, Margaret Oestriecher, David Brand, Marguerite Spencer, Addi Darnell, Dorothy Alongi, Ron Darnell, Leonard Rybacki, Josephine Howard, David and Jacqueline Woosley, Steve Porter, Bonnie Williams, Esther Balch. Names will remain in bulletin for 1 month.

Military Personnel: Col. Aaron S. Cowley, SSgt. Jordan Keller, MGSgt (ret.) Thomas D. Sims, Sgt. Derek S. Sims, ITS1(SS/AW) John Kelley, SPC Mark Yanez, PV2 Jared Albers, Lt. Col. Carly Sims, Lt. Col. Cory Jones, Sgt. 1st. Cl. Caleb VanVoorhis, SSgt Tyler Jeffers, 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., Nick Depyatic (Airforce), Garrison Alvis (Marines).

Please pray for our Catechists at they enter a new year of teaching our faith.
Mary Beth Lane, Tony Kellerman, Chris Kelley, Krista Piotrowski, Ann Piotrowski, Janet Hayden, Devoney Alvis, Shawn Kellerman, and Faith Still.

Groups News:

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 Classes

PSR classes are 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Our next PSR classes are Wednesday, March 3 and March 17th, 6-8PM. Remember to bring your mask! For more information contact Mary Beth Lane at 790-3824.

St. Mother Theresa Cursillo meeting

Come join us on Tuesday, February 16th at 12:15 pm at Haffner Hall. We will be reading and discussing DAY 2 of the ‘Consecration to St. Joseph’

High School Youth News

Sacred Heart 2021 Lenten Fish Fries  2/12 – 3/26 – 4 to 6
will be held Friday, February 12th, the Friday prior to Ash Wednesday, through Friday, March 26th. However, due to the covid-10 virus, we have been forced to make some major changes and will not be serving sides, condiments or desserts this year. A carry-out container of fish, French fries and hush puppies will cost $10; a container of fish only will be $12. We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause but these will be the only two options available. There will be NO eat-in dining; we will only offer curbside pickup at this time. Please note serving hours will be 4 – 6 pm. Our Fish Fry’s have been successful for many years, and we hope this year will be not different. We look forward to serving you for another Lenten season!

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Please pray for Nina Ratajczyk and Yesenia Eshrada as they continue their faith journey in this years RCIA program. And continue to pray for the young students who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.


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.

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 (Thursday 496-5867 or any other day 542-3423). Mass intentions are $10 per person.

Anointing of the sick

During this time of COVID and the uncertainty it brings, many are asking to be anointed. After masses Fr. Joseph will be giving the Anointing of the Sick to anyone who would like to stay after mass. Please stay in your pew and he will come to you for the anointing.

If there is anyone homebound who would like to be anointed, please contact the office during office hours and arrangements will be made.

Volunteers needed…

As the numbers continue to rise during this pandemic, the need for helpers to keep our church environment as safe as possible are continually needed. If you would be available to help take temperatures as parishioners enter church or sanitize after masses have concluded, please give the office a call at 542-3423. Thank you to all who have so diligently continued to care for our safety!

We are looking for a housekeeper for the rectory here at Sacred Heart.
This would include about 3 – 4 hours every other week.
If you are interested,
please contact Kelly at the rectory 542-3423 for more details.

Each year the Lord Jesus calls the entire Church to a special season of penance and renewal. As we begin this holy time of Lent, we should reflect on our need for conversion of heart, prayer, charitable works and penance.
The season of Lent extends this year from Ash Wednesday, February 17, to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 1, inclusive.

  1. Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent.
  2. Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is also bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  3. On these two days of fast and abstinence, only one full meatless meal is allowed. The other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but altogether they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed.
  4. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the obligation of the law is modified. Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women. In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.
  5. Because Lent is a special season for all Christians, we should not lightly excuse ourselves from these penitential practices.


Lent is a time of discipline. And the discipline of stewardship – of planned and consistent giving – is appropriate for this time. As you spend time in contemplation this season, consider planning your giving for this season as well as seasons to come. You can use ParishSOFT Giving – our secure giving option accessible through our church website – to plan and give this season. You can use Online Giving for your regular tithes or to contribute to special funds. You can find online giving link on www.sacredheart-duquoin.org.


Please get ahold of Tiffany if you have questions regarding your order at 618-559-1078 or Diana @ 618-318-1306. Boxes will be picked up on 2/20/2021 in Immaculate Conception parking lot between 11a-1p. Boxes cost $30.

Listen to Him. 

One week into Lent, we are simply told by the voice from the cloud: Listen to Jesus. He told us last Sunday to “believe in the gospel.” What does belief in this Good News look and sound like this Lent, this year?

  • Since we are descendants of Abraham, how am I to behave with my cousins (that is, everyone)?
  • Since we are sisters and brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom do I listen? What am I told?
  • Since I am also “beloved”, what will I do?


Catholic Daughters – we will begin collecting member dues of $25 for 2021. Checks should be payable to CDA court #795 and sent to Lisa Mohr or dropped in the collection box/basket marked to her attention. Her home address is 504 N. Pope St., Du Quoin. Members exempt from paying dues are those with 50+ yrs. of service and those in assisted living or healthcare facilities. Thank you in advance!


The Knights of Columbus will again be selling Whole Hog Sausage and Bacon. The cost will be $5.00 per pound for teh sausage and $14 for 2 pounds of bacon. To order please call Al Martin (534-5227) or Paul Martin (924-3595). Proceeds from the sale will be used to assist the Parish Appeal and for the Pregnancy Matters Center in Carbondale. The delivery dates will be March 11th & 12th.

FREE! Religious Items

. . . statues, plates, candles Donated to us recently were some religious articles that we will be sharing with anyone who would like them. They will be placed in the vestibule for anyone who would want to take a look. We will be adding items each week until they are all taken.

St. Michael Church – Radom $13,000 Giveaway!

February 28 – Drawing for $13,000 will be on February 28th, 2021. 2 – $5,000 Grand Prizes; 2 – $1,000 Prizes; 2 – $500 Prizes. Only 800 tickets sold! Suggested donation $50. 5 – Early Bird ticket drawings on February 11th, 2021 for a free raffle ticket or $50. To purchase tickets contact Beverly (618-485-6455), Bernadine (618-485- 2265), Marvin (618-485-2748), or Jerry (618-485-2299). Sponsored by St. Michael Educational Fund.


March 4 –

Have you ever thought about the following?

  • I want to see my grandchildren grow up.
  • I want to continue living independently.
  • I don’t want to be a burden to my family.

Preventive screenings can help and we have partnered with Life Line Screening to provide these valuable screenings.

The mission of Life Line Screening is to provide advance, yet affordable and convenient health screenings that supplement your traditional healthcare.

They can help make you aware of a previously silent, unrecognized problem that can now get treated at an early stage, or confirm that you are on the right path and should continue your healthy habits.

Don’t let heart disease and stroke get in your way of the life you love. Call toll free 1-888-653-6441, or text the word, “circle” to 797979 to schedule your health screening.


March 6 – Please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 6, 10 am – 2 pm for March on the Arch in St. Louis. Please join Bishop McGovern and Respect Life Ministry and many of you as we pray and walk for life (masked/ socially distanced). There is no charge to attend. Bishop McGovern will also offer the 4 pm Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville Saturday, March 6th to end the afternoon in prayer in thanksgiving for life and protection for the vulnerable.

March 6 – The Natural Talent Polka band from Pulaski, Wisconsin will be at the Du Bois KC Hall on Saturday, March 6th. Doors open at 5:00 pm and music plays from 7:00 – 11:00 pm. Food and drinks will be available. Tickets go on sale January 26th and cost is $10. To purchase tickets send a self addressed envelope with the amount of tickets and money to hall at 130 S. 8th St., Du Bois, IL 62831 or call 618-559-6147.

Vocations Corner . . .


How can I adopt a Seminarian? There are lots of ways!

  • Remember his birthday-send him a card or gift on his birthday.
  • Become his prayer warrior – Remember your seminarian in your daily prayers. Send him an occasional note to addure him of your prayers for him.
  • Send a Care Package. Seminarians are college students and always appreciate a care package, whether it’s a pair of warm socks on a cold winter’s day or Ramen Noodles or cookies or whatever creative idea you may have!
  • Remember him at Christmas on your parish giving tree or with a gift or card.
  • Send notes of encouragement and support at any time
  • Our best “adoptive” practice – prayer!
    There are prayer cards located at the entrances of the church. Please take one and ‘adopt a seminarian’!


The Sacred Heart Capital Campaign (Keep The Faith Growing) aims to raise $200,000! As of now we have received $169,467 of the pledged amount. Thank you for your generosity.


It has come to our attention that some of our lifelong parishioners have not been receiving contribution envelopes and are wondering if they are still registered parishioners of Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception parishes. 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 were not made aware 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.


Jesus told us that whatever we did for one of these least brothers of his we did for him. Reflect on the challenge of global hunger— it is a reality for millions of our sisters and brothers. What will you do to support the hungry in our community and around the world? Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.

Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl at the entrance of the church. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on how hunger and malnutrition affect our human family, and on the need to take action to end this global injustice .

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!

Perry County Market Place Receipts

Due to the pandemic, the Perry County Market Place receipt program is suspended at this time.

SCRIP Cards available…

It was requested by several St. Bruno School families to make scrip available at Sacred Heart masses, we had people volunteer to help out, so we are making it happen. What is Scrip? Scrip is a gift card fundraiser that supports St. Bruno School. We sell gift cards at face value for you to use as gifts or everyday purchases, the company supplies the rebate to the school. NO EXTRA COST to you, but the school benefits! Please see Kellie May, Adrienne Pfeiffer, Christa McIntire or Victoria Elder in the vestibule after masses starting next week! We have local restaurants, chain restaurants, Walmart, Amazon, Old Navy/Gap and many, many more on hand.

Respect Life Corner
“The Spirit drove Jesus out of the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.” 

In Mark’s Gospel, 1:12-15, Each year, the First Sunday of Lent we are immediately taken to the scene of Jesus’s temptation in the desert by Satan. The forty-day time period signifies a time of preparation and orientation that allows Jesus (and us) to see the world in a new way. Like Noah’s forty days on the boat in in the First Reading from Genesis, it is a rebuilding of our commitment to God and allowing His vision for our lives. After the temptation, Jesus emerges with full authority, stronger, as He proclaims that “the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” 

Learn, Act, Connect and Pray- We too are tempted, yet we too have worth and purpose. We are called by Our Father to a vocation that He has in mind for us. Whether it being praying for the unborn, helping a mother in need, or welcoming an immigrant to our community, these small acts make a big difference in building up the Kingdom of God. During these 40 days of Lent, may we pray for God’s grace to move in our lives as He shows us new opportunities to grow in faith as we firmly say “yes” to all God has in store for us. Lent has just begun. Let’s work to emerge stronger than ever in our faith pray “Lord, help us follow you into new life this Lent.”

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 6 10 am-2pm for March on the Arch in St. Louis. Please join Bishop McGovern and Respect Life Ministry and many of you as we pray and walk for life (masked/socially distanced. There is no charge to attend. Bishop McGovern will also offer the 4 pm Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville Saturday March 6 to end the afternoon in prayer in thanksgiving for life and protection for the vulnerable. This March takes the place for many who had planned to attend the March for Life in Washington DC. “Marchers” will be socially distanced and staggered times will be offered for a Rosary Vigil Prayer Walk that lasts a mile and a half.

Televised Sunday Mass

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 & 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: Sam Loiacono; Secretary: ??
Members: Cara Alongi, Renee Cobin, Victoria Elder, Molly Kern, Matt May, Paul Martin
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 – 5:00 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!