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

November 27, 2022

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.

You are the God that saves me,
I put my hope in you all day long.
Psalm 25:5

Put yourself in the scene of today’s Gospel passage. John the Baptist is in prison. He has heard stories of what Jesus is doing, and wants reassurance that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah. John’s disciples and those who surrounded Jesus were faithful Jews who would have known Isaiah’s prophecies by heart. God would send One who would bring sight to the blind, healing to those who were ill, salvation to all who longed to know God’s mercy and peace. Jesus’ response to the disciples’ question rings as powerfully in our ears today as it surely did for the people who were with him that day. His actions are precisely those that the people had been told to expect. Jesus is the One for whom the people have been patiently yet anxiously waiting, like the farmer who waits for the fruits of his labor. Jesus is the One for whom our hearts long.

Do What You Can

The reading from the prophet Isaiah this Sunday contains a remarkable prediction–the end of war between nations (Isaiah 2:4). While most of the good predictions of the prophets were fulfilled in Jesus, we still await the end of all wars. So why hasn’t that one been fulfilled? We can look to the second reading and the Gospel for some hints.
Both readings talk about being awake and ready for our salvation (Romans 13:12) or the coming of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:39). Being awake doesn’t mean consuming lots of coffee or turning the music volume all the way up. Paul calls it “putting on the Lord Jesus Christ” as a soldier would put on armor before a battle. He even mentions rivalry and jealousy as attitudes to avoid. Both of those vices have been the cause of many wars in our history. What if we not only avoided them, but also taught our children to avoid them? What if everyone eventually learned not to be jealous and hateful?

We are a long way from ending all wars. There are still people who teach hate to the poor instead of helping to feed them. There are still people who get rich selling the weapons of war. This brings us back to the first reading, in which Isaiah speaks of beating swords into plowshares. Do we have enough faith in God’s love to stop building weapons and use those resources to feed the hungry or cure diseases in underprivileged countries? Until we convert everyone to following Jesus, that’s not likely. The Gospel calls us to be ready. Maybe we need to be ready to share our faith. Maybe we have to be awake to any opportunity to show God’s love to those around us. Are we afraid to offer to pray for someone in need? Maybe we need to put on the “armor of light,” as St. Paul calls it. Instead of trying to stop all wars, could we at least show forgiveness to someone who has hurt us?

Jesus never said to do the impossible. If we can be ready to see Jesus in those around us, to show his love to those who need it, or just be patient with other people’s faults and weaknesses, we may not stop all wars, but we will be prepared for the coming of the Prince of Peace.

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


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, November 26 – Weekday
4:00 – 4:30 pm Confessions
5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Edna Emling by Harold & Joyce Emling
  • William Springe by Henry & Margie Born
  • Dorothy Prusacki

Sunday, November 27

8:00 am Rosary
8:00 – 8:15 am Confessions
8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Bruna Silvia Scarber by Terry Scarber
  • George Ciganovich by Pat & Family
  • Mary Iffert by Brad

Monday, November 28 – Advent Weekday
7:00 am Prayer Service

Tuesday, November 29 – Advent Weekday
7:00 am Rosary at Sacred Heart
8:30 am Mass at St. Bruno

Wednesday, November 30 – Advent Weekday
5:30 pm Mass Intention

  • Juanita Ray by Patricia Wolfe

Thursday, December 1 – Advent Weekday
7:00 am Mass Intention

  • Steve Dorsey by Tom & Chris Kelley

Friday, December 2 – Advent Weekday
7:00 am Mass

Saturday, December 3 – Weekday
Saint Francis Xavier, Priest

4:00 – 4:30 pm Confessions
5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • John Jones by Tony & Tess Jones
  • Eugene Kellerman by Larry & Chris Hutson
  • Emerenciana Calderon by The Calderon Family

Sunday, December 4

8:00 am Rosary
8:00 – 8:15 am Confessions
8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Boone Bailey by Al & Sharon Martin Bob
  • Stewart by Don & Betty
  • John Milam by Betty & Brenda


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 November

Saturday: Allen Reaves, Ryan Weatherford, Jeremy Cornett

Sunday: Rockne Berg, Jim Derby, Don Harsy

Saturday, December 3- 5:00 pm

Altar Servers: Owen may & Ethan Elder
Lector: Cara Alongi
Extraordinary Ministers: Priest, Cara Alongi

Sunday, December 4 – 8:30 am

Altar Servers: Ethan & Adam Bathon
Lector: Allen Martin
Extraordinary Ministers: Priest, Allen Martin

Wednesday, December 7 – 5:30 pm

Altar Servers: Mason Kern & Maggie Kellerman Lector: Pete Riggio
Extraordinary Ministers: Priest, Pete Riggio

Money Counters – December 5th

Patty Reaves, Kathy Scaglione, Renee Cobin

Saturday, November 26
9 am – Noon – St. Joseph Thrift Store open

Sunday, November 27

Monday, November 28
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall
9-11 am St. Joseph Thrift Store Drop off

Tuesday, November 29
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall

Wednesday, November 30
7 am – 5 pm Eucharistic Adoration
8:30 am Pickleball at gym

Thursday, December 1
9 am – 4 pm St. Joseph Thrift Store open
6:00 pm – RCIA – Understanding the Incarnation
6:00 pm St. Joseph Thrift Store Board meeting at school

Friday, December 2
2 – 7 pm Salvation Army Bell ringing at WalMart

Saturday, December 3
Second Collection: Social Justice
9 am – Noon – St. Joseph Thrift Store open
9:30 am Pickleball at gym

Sunday, December 4
Second Collection: Social Justice

Immaculate Conception

Saturday, November 26 – Weekday

Sunday, November 27
10:00 am Mass Intention

  • John Pestka
  • Sam Hiller by Lawrence Szczepanski, Sr.
  • Special Intention

Monday, November 28 – Advent Weekday

Tuesday, November 29 – Advent Weekday
7:00 am Rosary at Sacred Heart
8:30 am Mass at St. Bruno

Wednesday, November 30 – Advent Weekday

Thursday, December 1 – Advent Weekday

Friday, December 2 – Advent Weekday

Saturday, December 3 – Advent Weekday
Saint Francis Xavier, Priest

Sunday, December 4

Second Collection: Maintenance
10:00 am Mass Intention

  • Rose Marie Pestka by The Family
  • Sam Hiller by Steve & Janet Harris
  • Juanita Ray by Patricia Wolfe

Small Raffle – $825
Large Raffle – $5,971
Bingo – $1,087
Color Ball – $380
3 on 1 Blackout – $281
50/50 – $361
Kitchen – $1,373
These amounts are before expenses were paid.


Breakfast $817
Raffle $381
50/50 $395
Donation from winner of 50/50 $100
Total $1,693
List of raffle winners will be in next weeks bulletin.


Immaculate Conception

Ushers for the Month of December

Martin Skorch & Jeff/Carson Harris

Sunday, December 4th 

Altar Servers: Michaela Skorch & Rileigh Harris
Lector: Krista Piotrowski
Sweet Treats: Janet George

Thursday, December 8th
6pm Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Altar Servers – Volunteers
Lector: 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.

Parish Registration Update

Thanks to everyone who has sent your forms back to the office. Letters to all those that have not returned theirs will be going out in the mail. If you have not been receiving envelopes then we do not have you on the current Parishioner list. Please call or email the office at 618-542-3423 or sacredheartduquoin@gmail.com to receive a registration form. We will be transitioning to an online census program at the beginning of the new year.

Please Pray For . . .

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

Sick: John Dale, Jim Getzie, Joan Kowalski, Terry Chastain, James Feger, Dorothy Alongi, Steve Porter, Matilda Harsy, Chris Kelley, Larry Hutson, David Martin, Helen Polcznski, Agnes George, Marian Whitson, Ricky Farmer, Devoney Alvis, David Harsy, Lindsey Collins, Wanda Schleper, Tom Roznowski, Tom Helmer, Rob Busch, David Eisenhauer, Pam Pereira, Bill Horton, Dorothy Jacoby, Jim Stroot, Jameson Poiter, Tom Marek, Jerry Riggio, Sarah Valerius, Marianne Heath, Riley Davis.

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.

Are you saved?

Did you know that hints of the Eucharist can be seen throughout the Old Testament? Going all the way back to the book of Genesis, we’ll discover how the Eucharist has been a part of God’s plan from the beginning of time. Come learn more in adult faith formation this Wednesday, November 23rd,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.

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 – November 28th
9-11 am Linda Elder, Doris Rottschalk
5 – 7 pm No drop off in evening until spring!

Thursday – December 1st
Don Shutt, Peg Pursell, Renee Cobin, Karen Simeon, Linda Elder, Carol Bastien

Saturday – December 3rd
Store Workers: Don Shutt, Mary Riggio, Rex R., Doris Rottschalk, Donna Mann

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:
Homebound/Nursing Home Communion – volunteer to bring the care and compassion of the parish to members of our community who can no longer come to us. Homebound Ministers visit, bring Communion, and share the news of the parish to help the homebound person stay connected.

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

On behalf of the ministries and programs funded by The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal and those they serve, we thank you for your prayers and continued generosity to the 2022 campaign. May you and your families feel the warmth of God’s love and the comfort of His peace at Thanksgiving and always.


The Book of the Names of the Dead is carefully prepared for the sacred moment parishioners choose to write the names of their dead loved ones inside to be honored. Everyone is welcome throughout the month of November to add the name of their deceased loved ones in the book of the dead that is located by the Pieta statue on the east side of the church at Sacred Heart and by the St. Joseph statue at Immaculate Conception.


There will be a Kid’s Christmas party at the K of C Hall in Du Bois on Friday, December 9th. Doors open at 5:30 pm, Madig show begins at 6 pm and there will be a special guest at 7 pm.

Hot dogs & chili will be provided. The lounge will be open at 3 pm for regular business.


The Messenger is supported by your subscriptions, advertisisng, and donations. Gifte subscriptions available. Donations always welcome! To give a gift of a subscription or monetary donation, go to www.bellevillemessenger.org or Call 618- 233-8670.

A few copies of The Messenger, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Belleville, are available free in the back of church. If you haven’t read The Messenger in a while, check out the regular column by Bishop McGovern and other important news, school features, and event information about your diocese.

Pro-Life Events

To stay informed of Pro-Life events in our Diocese, like and follow our FaceBook page, Respect Life Apostolate – Belleville

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

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

November 26– Du Quoin Holiday Lights Parade 6:30pm
December 1– Girls Home Basketball Game
December 5– PTO Meeting– 6:30pm
December 5 & 6– Santa’s Cottage
December 6– Pistol City Fundraiser
December 8– Boys Home Basketball Game December 12– Girls Home Basketball Game
December 15– Christmas Program at 1pm & 6:30pm
December 16– 12:30 Dismissal
December 19-January 2– Christmas Break!


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

Gun of the Month Winners

Nov 1– Adam King —–Nov. 10- Becky Norris
Nov. 2- Barb Ortmann–Nov. 11– Kane Lamczyk
Nov. 3- Dustin Steele Nov. 12– Kassi Peterson
Nov. 4– Charlie Martin(Gun)–Nov. 13– Mitch Harsy
Nov. 5– Robert Vervellino–Nov. 14– Marilyn Woodside
Nov. 6– Jeff Lee—–Nov. 15- Kaylee Rulevish
Nov. 7– Shelly Scheider—-Nov. 16– Steve Zoller
Nov. 8– Dustin Nehrkorn—Nov. 17– Tyler Wingo
Nov. 9– Lee Donelson—-Nov. 18– Logan Forsythe

Little Caesars Pizza packets 

. . . will be going home with students this week. Find any St. Bruno student family to place an order or call the school office.


Make sure and grab some gift cards for all the upcoming holiday shopping!! Download the RaiseRight app and link account and you can get eCards while in the store! Lots of cards in stock and ready for gifting!


“Having received the gift of the Gospel of Life, we are the people of life and a people for life. It is our duty to proclaim the Gospel of Life to the world. To proclaim Jesus is to proclaim life itself. Gratitude and joy at the incomparable dignity of the human person impel us to bring the Gospel of life to the hearts of all people and make it penetrate every part of society.”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
“The Gospel of Life: A Brief Summary”

November 27th – “I was stationed overseas in the Navy when a chaplain asked me “”Have you ever considered becoming a priest?”” My first response was, “”Father, did you not just hear my confessions? I’m not cut out to be a priest.”” Later, I realized that God does not call those who are worthy; he makes worthy those who are called. I was able to respond to the call with help from a Knights of Columbus seminarian scholarship for prospective military chaplains. When sailors and Marines see a Navy chaplain, with the cross on his uniform, they become aware of the presence of Christ. Fewer than 200 priests now serve the 1.8 million Catholics in the U.S. armed services. God is calling men to the priesthood and military chaplaincy. Like my confessor, we can all help plant the seed simply by asking the question.”

Fr. Mark Bristol, USN
Archdiocese for the Military Services Columbia Magazine, May 2020



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