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

May 22, 2022

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

Six weeks into our Easter rejoicing, the Church gives us readings today that start preparing us for a return to ordinary life. The Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel both dwell on proper daily behavior for followers of Jesus, while the reading from Revelation reminds us why we bother with laws at all. In Acts, leaders of the church meet to discuss which essential elements of the Mosaic Law converts must obey if they wish to be disciples of Jesus Christ. John’s Gospel reflects back to the Last Supper discourse when Jesus himself emphasizes the importance of obeying God’s commandments. Observing God’s law, says Jesus, shows a desire to be intimate with the Lord. We follow rules not for their own sake, but to love God and neighbor better. This more excellent love brings us closer to Revelation’s vision of paradise, gleaming with “the splendor of God.”
Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

A Humble God

The second reading from Revelation gives us a picture of the new Jerusalem as a sign of the power and majesty of God. Gleaming with precious stones, a massive high wall with twelve gates, it is illuminated not by the sun but by the glory of God. Yet the other two readings seem to describe a humble God who wishes “not to place on you any burden beyond . . . necessity” (Acts 15:28), and Jesus in the Gospel tells his disciples that “the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name . . . will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (John 14:26). This gentleness reminds me of an icon by the Russian monk Andrei Rublev that depicts the Trinity as three angels bowing in deference to each other. This humility may be what moved Jesus to say that “the Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). It is certainly a unique way of understanding God.

I used to think of free will as God’s way of testing our worthiness for the kingdom of heaven. But it is more likely part of that same humility, God not being forced on us. While we are given ways to know God, especially through the scriptures and the witness of those who went before us in faith, God leaves us free to believe or not, to love God or not. When the Father sent his Son Jesus to show us his love, he sent us a tiny baby, born in a stable, not a mighty warrior leading an army. When Jesus rose from the dead on Easter, he appeared not in triumph to strike down Herod and those who had put him to death, but quietly to a handful of disciples who already believed in him.

So does this mean God leaves us on our own to get through life? No, God gives us the Holy Spirit to teach and remind us of all that Jesus said. That “reminding” is an important way the Spirit helps us today. You may have spent years in religion classes or the RCIA process. When you need an answer to life’s questions, the Spirit may remind you of something you heard from a teacher or read in the scriptures. As you pray over that question, the Spirit may help you understand how the scripture applies to you. So the more you read the Bible, the more likely that the Spirit will have something of which to remind you.

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!


Now you can buy Mini-Mega Raffle Tickets on-line!

  • Click on the “OnlineGiving” tab above our Welcome.
  • Our “Give Now” page will then be displayed. Near the top of the page you will find …”Click here to purchase Mini-Mega RaffleTickets.”
  • On the “Mini-Mega Raffle Ticket Purchase” page you will tell us how many tickets you want and then click “Submit”
  • You will be prompted to enter your information for payment. We need your email address in order to send you a copy of your raffle ticket(s).
  • Once you complete your payment information you will again click“Submit.” You are now entered to WIN!!! A copy of your raffle ticket(s) will be emailed to you within a few days. Good luck and thanks much for your support!

    Sacred Heart, Du Quoin & Immaculate Conception, Tamaroa

Sacred Heart

Saturday, May 21 – Easter Weekday
Saint Christopher Magallanes and Companions
4:00 – 4:30 pm Confessions
5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • George Ciganovich by Jackie Williams
  • John Helmer by Adriane Pfeiffer
  • Mary Ellen Helmer by Henry & Margie Born

Sunday, May 22
8:00 am Rosary
8:00 – 8:15 am Confessions
8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Raymond Sherman by Ron & Linda Sherman
  • John Alongi by VanVoorhis Family
  • Sponsors of CES

Monday, May 23 – Easter Weekday
7:00 am Prayer Service

Tuesday, May 24 – Easter Weekday
7:00 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Tom Moss by Betty & Brenda

Wednesday, May 25 – Easter Weekday
St. Bede, St. Gregory VII,
St. Mary Magdalenede Pazzi
5:30pm Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • George Ciganovich by Joan Isom

Thursday, May 26 – Easter Weekday
7:00 am Mass Intentions

  • St. Philip Neri
  • Sponsors of CES

Mary Ellen Helmer by Betty & Brenda

Friday, May 27 – Easter Weekday
Saint Augustine of Canterbury
7:00 am Mass Intention

  • Steve Dorsey by Kenny & Kathy Scaglioni

Saturday, May 28 – Easter Weekday
4:00 – 4:30 pm Confessions
5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Dorothy Prusacki by Kenny & Kathy Scaglioni
  • Juanita Ray by Harriet West

Sunday, May 29
8:00 am Rosary
8:00 – 8:15 am Confessions
8:30 am Mass Intention

  • John Alongi by The Family
  • Bruna Silvia Scarber by Terry Scarber
  • Cecil Daily by Betty & Brenda
  • Sponsors of CES


Confessions are now being held in the Confessional at church. Please remember to wear a mask and leave the door slightly open.

Sacred Heart

Ushers for month of May

Saturday: Allen Reaves, Ryan Weatherford, Cara Alongi
Sunday: Tim Cobin, Steve Marek, Don Harsy

Saturday, May 28th – 5:00 pm

Altar Servers: Violet Searby & Maggie Kellerman
Lector: Evan Harsy & Tripp Pfeiffer
Extraordinary Ministers: Priest, Cyrilla Prusacki

Sunday, May 22nd – 8:30 am

Altar Servers: Landon & Logan Numi
Lector: Shonna Spencer
Extraordinary Ministers: Priest, Shonna Spencer

Saturday, May 21
9 am – Noon – St. Joseph Thrift Store
9:30 am Pickleball at gym

Sunday, May 22
9am Mass at St. Bruno for 8th Grade Graduation

Monday, May 23
8:00 am – noon Quilting at Haffner Hall
9-11 am & 5- 7 pm St. Joseph Thrift Store Drop off
6:00pm— Catholic Daughters Meeting

Tuesday, May 24
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Quilting at Haffner Hall
6:00pm Parish Council Meeting

Wednesday, May 25
8:30 am Pickleball at gym

Thursday, May 26
9 am – 4 pm St. Joseph Thrift Store open
Choir Practice

Friday, May 27

Saturday, May 28
9 am – Noon – St. Joseph Thrift Store
9:30 am Pickleball at gym

Sunday, May 29


Immaculate Conception

Sunday, May 22
Sixth Sunday of Easter
10 am Mass Intention

  • David Tomaszewski by Bernard & Rita Winkeler
  • Loraine Przygoda by Donna Piotrowski
  • Charles Kuberski
  • Sponsors of CES

Monday, May 23 – Easter Weekday

Tuesday, May 24 – Easter Weekday

Wednesday, May 25 – Easter Weekday
St. Bede, St. Gregory VII,
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

Thursday, May 26 – Easter Weekday
St. Philip Neri

Friday, May 27 – Easter Weekday
St. Augustine of Canterbury

Saturday, May 28 – Easter Weekday

Sunday, May 29 
10 am Mass Intention

Roman Rojek by The Family
Rose Marie Pestka by Barb Pokorny Sponsors of CES


Mowing season is beginning at Immaculate Conception Cemetery! Please remove anything that would impede mowing and anything you would like to keep. Thanks!

Immaculate Conception

Ushers for the Month of May:

Chad Schrader & Dan Robinson

Sunday, May 22nd

Lector: Addi Robinson
Sweet Treats: Jamie Schrader


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, Connie Horst, Shirley Forys, Marie Dubravek, Rosalea Prusacki, Anna Roberts.

Sick: John Dale, Jim Getzie, Joan Kowalski, Terry Chastain, James Feger, Dorothy Alongi, Steve Porter, Rhonda Gilliam, Carl Giacomo, Matilda Harsy, Chris Kelley, Mary Iffert, Larry Hutson, Eileen Koenegstein, Leonard Rybacki, Paulette Jackson, David Martin, Bob Stewart, Linda Doerr, Helen Polcznski, Bill Baskin, Melissa Knoles, Terri Pasquino, Gary Pate, Steve Moss, Agnes George, Pam Pereira, Isabel Roade, Mr. & Mrs. Ken Clark, Diane Marks, Wayne Waligorski, Caroline Quinn, Wanda Wagner, Shirley Jean Zoller, Edna Bailey, Marian Whitson, Debbie Olinger, Ricky Farmer, Sam Hiller, Lindon Paxton.

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, Lance Corporal Noah Mabry U.S.M.C, 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).

Groups News:

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

CDA Meeting May meeting cancelled.

No May meeting. Please watch for updates for the June meeting.

The Card Ministry Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 4th, at 6:00 PM at Haffner Hall. We should be working on May cards. If you need more post-cards or stamps, call Doris. We could use more volunteers also. Please contact Doris Rottschalk if interested in helping or for more information at 618-542-4080 or 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.

Movement to Music Class (Zumba) at Haffner Hall

Mondays & Thursdays 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00 am

$2 per class, $5 per week, or $20 for whole month
Come and give this fun way to exercise a try!
Call Linda Duncan at 357-1029 if you have any questions.

Sacred Heart will again participate in the DuQuoin Weekend Warrior program. This consists of buying items, packing bags, and delivering to the school weekly. Teachers pass these bags out on Fridays to children that qualify.

May 2 – Crafts
May 9 – Joy Cursillo
May 16 – Brocks
May 23 – Reaves


Are you searching for personal time with God? Time to talk, pray or just listen to Our Lord.

If so, we encourage you to come experience Eucharistic Adoration. Eucharistic Adoration is every other Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church. Some parishioners sign up for an hour time slot, or you can come and spend time – as little or as much as you prefer – between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. If you are looking for more information or you would like to set up a time, please call Lisa Mohr @ 542-4635. Everyone is welcome!

The Catholic Church is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to our Church Family. We are so blessed to receive them into the Church this Easter Vigil. Noah Coleman is from Du Quoin, and John and Tammy Launius are from Pinckneyville. Their pictures are in the back of the church. Please introduce yourself to them and make them feel welcome.

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.


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 – May 23rd
9-11 am: 
Patty Reaves, Theresa Swain
5-7 pm: George and Darrie

Thursday – May 26th
Store Workers: Don, Toni Haner, Renee Cobin, Sondra K, Jo Ann Isom

Saturday – May 28th:
Don, Doris Kern, Mary R., Linda Elder, Nina R

If you are interested in volunteering to help please contact Shawn Kellerman at 318-6164.

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

Congratulations to St. Bruno’s Class of 2022!

Isla Calderon, Miles Doerflein, Margo Dudek, Evan Harsy,
Isaac Mayer, Olivia Poiter, & Callie Rushing.

Congratulations to all of our 2022 Graduates!

Congratulations on all your hard work to get to the next chapter in your life.
May God bless you on your next adventure and
may you always remember the love he has for you.

Please Call before coming by to make sure someone will be available.

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Growing Closer To God

In some ways our society is not that dissimilar to Jewish society at the time of Jesus. The world values power, wealth, fame, the esteem of others, and such. But if those things get in the way of loving and serving God and his people, then they are a curse rather than a blessing.

We may think that we can purchase products which will increase our happiness and give us satisfaction. But despite rampant consumerism, many are still empty. So we continue to try to fill ourselves with comfort and wealth. But that leads to the danger of being so focused on ourselves that we forget about the needs of other.

The blessings in the beatitudes show us how to grow closer to God. They tell us not to focus on our own comfort and our own abilities. This is the warning in the reading from Jeremiah also. Instead of believing in our own strength and power we need to understand our dependence on God and trust in him to care for us.

  • Do I trust more in myself or in God?
  • Is there an area of my life where I seek my own comfort over God?
  • Which of the Beatitudes am I drawn to today? Why?

Quilt & Cash Raffle

Sacred Heart Quilters Annual Raffle (usually done during the Lenten Fish Fries) will be ongoing May through June 19th(Father’s Day.) Drawing will be held on Monday, June 20th at Haffner Hall. Proceeds will go to Pro-Life Pregnancy Matters and other charitable works. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickers for $5. Thank you for your support.

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Synod – How Can My Voice Be Heard?

Cannot attend an in-person Synod Listening Session? Go to the Diocese of Belleville website https://www.diobelle.org/ to access the Synod on-line survey. The survey contains the topics/questions. Let your voice be heard!

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On May 31st, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast commemorates the Blessed Mother’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth and the encounter of Jesus and St. John the Baptist while in the wombs of their mothers. Join us in praying A Novena for Life in honor of this special feast day. Sign up at respectlife.org/visitation. The novena begins May 22nd.

A Pilgrimage of Peace to the Holy Land

Co-Sponsored by Catholic Relief Services in the Diocese of Belleville and The Messenger November 28 to December 9, 2022Pilgrimage Director: Fr. Steve Beatty

This pilgrimage will include important sites in Jesus’ life as well as visits to places in the Holy Land where CRS is carrying on the work of Jesus today. Pricing, complete itinerary, and registration will be available after Feb. 28, 2022. To be placed on the priority mailing list to receive a full itinerary and registration information, contact Cheryl Sommer, CRS Animator for the Diocese of Belleville at crsdiobelle@gmail.com or 618-624-2838.

Fr. Joseph wishes to extend a sincere Thank you for all the wonderful Birthday wishes he received from Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception Parishioners. He is truly grateful for your kindness.

Homebound, Nursing Home Residents and Hospital Patients

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.

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


May 22 – St. Bruno 8th Grade Graduation
June 4 – Glo Bingo


Principal Position Open– Please call the school office at 618-357-8276 if interested.

School Office Hours – for summer break will be Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9am-2pm unless otherwise posted.

New Teacher (For The Day)!

Third Grade has a new Teacher ()for the Day! Aurora Kemme is teaching about Earth, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, 3 digit Addition and Subtraction, and closing the day off with an animal study about Walruses, of course!

Parachute Time

Pre-K 3, kindergarten and 1st grade enjoyed some parachute time this afternoon!!! And some jr high students came over to show how it was done!

Saturday, June 4 at 7 pm
at the Columbian Club Hall.

Gracious God, You have called us through Baptism to discipleship, believing in your Son, Jesus Christ, who has sent us to bring the Good News of salvation to the world. We pray to you ,asking that you grant us more priests and religious who will help us build up your Church in the Diocese of Belleville and the world. Stir up the grace of a religious vocation in the hearts of many of our youth. Grant to them the willingness and generosity to give of themselves in service to our Lord Jesus and his people.

Parish Staff
for both Churches

Father 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

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

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