Parish Staff

Sacred Heart Parish Staff

Parish Staff

Pastor – Reverend Joseph Oganda – since September 2013
Secretary – Kelly Paxton – since June, 2014
Maintenance Supervisor – Tony Kellerman – since January 2014

Parish Council
President – Jeremy Cornett

Parish Trustees 
David Martin
Kathy Scaglione

Religious Education
PSR – Religious Education Coordinator – Mary Beth Lane
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) – Chris Kelley
Youth Minister – Krista Piotrowski

Catholic Daughters of America
President – Brenda Sims

Knights of Columbus
Grand Knight – Sam Liacono

Music Ministry
Mr. Justin Nehrkorn, Five PM music director and Mr. Aaron A. Atkins, Eight-thirty AM music director, invite all who feel called to lift their voice in song and praise to God to join. If you are interested in assisting in the ministry of the choir, please contact us. Choir practice is held every Thursday at 7pm.

PSR – Parish School of Religion
We offer religious education classes for public school students in 1st – 8th grades. Our classes meet on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. During this time, our children participate in Mass, class sessions, activities and projects. Service opportunities, sacramental preparation, youth Masses, entertainment, and other events are also scheduled throughout the course of each month. The fee is $40 per student. Please contact our Religious Education Coordinator Mary Beth Lane for more information.

St. Bruno Catholic School
Despite the closing of Sacred Heart School in 2008, we have since been happy to sponsor the children of families still wishing to enroll their children in Catholic parochial school. We now have 6 children that attend St. Bruno School in Pinckneyville. We also provide bus service daily to and from DuQuoin for these students. For more information, please visit the school website at

Reverend Joseph Oganda – Pastor
Overseeing Sacred Heart since September, 2013

The Light of Faith

The light of faith calls all the believers, to seek and find a common path in Christ Jesus, who is the love of the Father, given to you and me in the gift of the Holy Spirit who is our true joy and peace, transforming us anew, to become sons and daughters of God.

In response to God’s call to be an instrument of the light of truth, I, Joseph Oganda come to you, the Christian family of Sacred Heart in Du Quoin after heeding the voice of our chief shepherd Bishop Edward Braxton. I have served the Christian community of St. Peter’s Cathedral as parochial vicar for three years.

With gentle eyes fixed on Christ our light, I humbly come to you holy people of God to share with you the goodness and the beauty of God’s free gift of mercy that I have experienced while growing up in my family, a family of sixteen in Kenya, in my seminary day at Kenrick-Glennon in St. Louis Missouri and in my time at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Herrin as a Deacon.

The light of God is already shining in your hearts having been set ablaze by your great and wonderful previous pastors and with your present kind, gifted and humble servant of God, Fr. Nick Junker. In the spirit of collaboration and service I hope that, kneeling at the feet of Jesus, we shall eagerly follow the way set for us the the Lord: “to bring the People of God closer to Jesus Christ, by preaching the Gospel, explaining the Scriptures, celebrating the Holy Eucharist and all the Sacraments.” In order to continue growing in the light of faith, we shall attend to the needs of, “religious education and formation, the poor, the sick, vocations and with sincere heart take the journey of the Pastoral Plan for Parish Renewal and Restructuring.”

Speaking the one language of Mary, the mother of light, with an accent of “YES,” may we place our trust in the voice of love and conversion: “Do not be afraid, it is I and I am with you always until the end of time-I have conquered the world.”