Reopening Plan from the Diocese:

Reopening Plan from Fr. Joseph:

Bishop Braxton’s Statement:

“Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ,

As we approach the date of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Michael G. Mc Govern, I invite you to join with me in praying for him. Even though the coronavirus pandemic prevents us from gathering together to pray for him at daily and Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist, let us pray to the Holy Spirit for him fervently and often. Priests and Deacons can pray for him in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament during the Liturgy of the Hours. Families can pray the Rosary together for him. Petitions for the fruitfulness of his ministry should be included in the Universal Prayers during live streaming of the Mass. Pray that the Holy Spirit will enkindle in him the fire of divine love needed to lead and guide the holy People of God. Pray that he may continue to strive to be confirmed to the image of Christ Himself and offer a constant witness of faith, hope, and love as he helps you to learn your faith, love your faith and live your faith.

May the Lord who begins this new work in him bring it to fulfilment!”

The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D. Apostolic Administrator
Diocese of Belleville

Fr. Joseph has set up a new Facebook page.  It is called
 Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception Church.
  His daily reflections will be posted.

Financial Support to our Parishes

Dear Parishioners,

We are facing a tough and challenging moment during this time and we pray that God will soon come to to our aid.  Please do not forget your parish at this time.  Your financial support remains an integral part of parish life and the continued operation of our parishes,  We encourage you to continue ot give your talents, treasures and offerings at this difficult time.  We encourage you to use online giving, mail, or drop them off at the parish office.  Thank you for your generosity.  You are in our prayers.

Church Envelope Drop off Boxes

           Due to the current situation, we have placed secure drop off boxes at each parish.  These are boxes that look like a white mailbox.  Lift the lid and  place your envelope in the slot.  These locked boxes will be checked daily to ensure the safety of your contributions.  And as always, you may mail your contributions to 17 N. Walnut St., Du Quoin or 533 W. 2nd North St., Tamaroa.

           At Sacred Heart the box is located by the Sacristy door  in the back of the church – if you drive into the parking lot, look for the box which will be facing the rectory.  

At Immaculate Conception the box is located on the porch by the office.  

Thank you for your continued support during this unusual time.  We pray you and your family and friends are all staying well. 

Resources to us during the Corona Virus

Local Parishes Live-Streaming or Video Taped Masses

Carbondale – St. Francis Xavier / Newman Catholic Student Center (Fr. Bob Flannery)
Mass live streamed Sunday-Friday at 9 a.m. at the Newman Center via Facebook
Facebook: Saluki Catholics
Website: stfxcarbondale.org

Marion / Johnston City – St. Joseph / St. Paul
(Fr. Brian Barker)
Weekend Mass and reflections from Fr. Barker recorded YouTube: St. Joseph and St. Paul Catholic Churches
Facebook: St. Joseph Catholic Church-Marion, IL
Website: stjoseph-stpaul.com

Mt. Vernon – St. Mary
(Fr. John Iffert, V.F.)
Mass live streamed Tuesday-Friday at 8:30 a.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. via Facebook
Facebook: St. Mary Catholic Church
Website: stmarymtvernon.org

Pinckneyville – St. Bruno / St. Mary Magdalen
(Fr. Augustine Ibezimako)
Weekend Mass live streamed via Facebook
Facebook: St. Bruno Catholic and St. Mary Magdalen Churches
Website: stbrunostmarymagdalen.com

West Frankfort – St. John the Baptist
(Fr. Eusebius Mbidoaka)
Weekend Mass live streamed via YouTube YouTube: St. John the Baptist West Frankfort
Facebook: St. John’s Catholic Church
Website: stjohnschurch-wf.org

  • Watch a televised Celebration of the Eucharist together.

—– EWTN:  https://www.ewtn.com
—– (common link to cable channels is:  https://www.ewtn.com/channel-finder
—– Catholic TV:  https://www.catholictv.org
—– Bishop Robert Barron, Word on Fire, posts a daily celebration of the Eucharist at 7:15AM. 
—– It can be viewed at any time.  https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/

  • Encourage families to be creative in supporting the faith of their children while at home, e.g., teaching them new prayers, reading and talking about Bible stories. Pray over the readings of the day or the liturgy of the hours.
  • Daily Eucharist Scripture Readings and Prayers:

—– http://www.usccb.org

  • Magnificat:

—– https://us.magnificat.net/free
—– https://latina/magnificat.net/gratis

  • Liturgy of the Hours:

—– https://universalis.com/index.htm
—– https://www.ibreviary.org/en
—– https://www.ebreviary.com
—– https://ebreviary.com/ebreviary/ebreviary.nsf/prayersforeveryone.html

Please find daily reflections for the week under the link: “From the Desk of Fr. Joseph”
(found below under WEB links)

Sunday, May 31, 2020 – Daily Reflection

Pentecost of New Life

It would have been so wonderful if the followers of Jesus Christ all over the world were together as a community in prayer waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit. The image of the Church on the day of Pentecost more than two thousand years ago is different from the face of the Church we have this year.  The Scripture tells us that “when the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together” (Acts 2:1-11), a sign of the mission of the Holy Spirit, creating a community of believers in Jesus Christ.

The Spirit came and “it filled the entire house in which they were” (Acts 2:1-11). She comes to fulfill what St. Paul calls the “entire plan of God” (Act 20:27) – Jesus Christ, the light of truth and the gift of love that makes us sons and daughters of heaven.

The Spirit of God does more than just build a community on the foundation of Jesus Christ. She has the gentle yet unquenchable power of a burning fire within the heart that fills the longing of people’s lives, those who seek a life rich in hope. The Spirit of light is also an artist of a perfect language of heaven that all people in the world can speak, the language of divine love.

When the Spirit came, the disciples of Jesus were afraid of those who crucified the Lord. What about the Church of today? Are we also afraid? What is the reason for our fear? Are we together as a community in prayer looking to heaven for the outpouring of the gifts of the Spirit? It seems that we are the children of the first disciples in that we all behave in the same manner. John tells us “On the evening of that day of the week when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews” (Jn 20:19-23). Our faith in Jesus Christ does not limit His complete trust in the Fathers’ love, and that is why today he comes back to us in the Holy Spirit to announce the healing Gospel of life: “Peace be with you.” 

Despite not being physically together as a community at the Eucharistic table of peace, even now let us unite our voices and cry to heaven singing the song of the Pentecost of life, a song of love. “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth” (Ps 104:30).

Fr. Joseph Oganda


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

MAY 31, 2020

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


Do Not Be Afraid To Be Loved By GOD

This is a powerful summon to all of us. You too need to see the entirety of your life as a mission. Always ask the Spirit what Jesus expects from you at every moment of your life and in every decision you must make, so as to discern its place in the mission you have received.

“Pope Francis Apostolic Letter; “Gaudete et exsultate,”On the call to holiness in today’s world”


Who do You Love?

Jesus asks his disciples to have total dedication to following him. As an example, he tells us that to be worthy we must love him more than we love our parents or children. He does not expect us to abandon them, just to have so much love for Jesus that it spills over to our family, allowing us to love them more deeply. But we can be so dedicated to Jesus that he comes first. That means that if we lose a family member through death or divorce, we still keep our faith in the Lord. If we see someone in our family stray from the faith, we try to bring them back through our prayers, example, and encouragement. If our spouse tries to lead us into sin, we have the courage to stand up for our faith.

Jesus then gives examples of three kinds of disciples. First are the prophets. These are people who have lived the faith and are able to teach others the wisdom they have learned. They may be good counselors who advise us, teachers who inspire us, or leaders who encourage us to follow Jesus. While we may not have those qualities, Jesus promises to reward all who take their advice, learn from their teaching, or follow Jesus because of them.

Second are the righteous, those whose quiet lives teach by example. Many good parents practice this type of discipleship. Children may not listen to their parents’ advice, but still grow up with memories of how they lived. If we imitate the best of our parents’ ways, we will receive the reward of the righteous.

Finally, there are the “little ones.” These, like children, follow Jesus with great joy and love. They may not be leaders or always get things right. They may be elderly, or disabled. In their weakness, they show us the Lord’s power. When we respect and cherish them, we are able to see Jesus in them. And anytime we can experience Jesus through another person is a wonderful reward for a disciple.

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

Youth collection for Sister Parish in Tanzania

On hold until Mass resumes.

Do I rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance? When I search my heart, what stubbornness do I find that could use honest examination?

Sacred Heart

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

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Scott Isom by Toni Haner

Sunday, May 31
8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Wilbur Hemmer by The Parish Family
  • William Jasecko by The Parish Family

Monday, June 1 – Weekday
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
6:45 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Jeannie Davison by Chris & Larry Hutson
  • Sam Chapman by The Parish

Tuesday, June 2 – Weekday
Saints Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs
6:30 am Mass Intention Sponsors of CES

  • Scott Isom by Kenton, Kimbra, and Elizabeth Schager

Wednesday, June 3 – Weekday
Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs
5:30 pm Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Shirley Cucchi by Barb & Melvin Nevell

Thursday, June 4 – Weekday
6:45 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Jenny Fronek by Betty & Brenda

Friday, June 5 – Weekday
Saint Boniface, Bishop, Martyr
8:00 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Rev. Evan Harkins

Saturday, June 6 – Weekday
Saint Norbert, Bishop 
5:00 pm Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • Carl & Lenora Campanella by Gina & Joe Cushman
  • Ruth Beard by Joyce Schimpf

Sunday, June 7
8:30 am Mass Intention

  • Sponsors of CES
  • John Schneider by Anton, Re, & Renee

Sacred Heart

USHERS for the Month of June

Saturday, 5:00 PM:

Sunday, 8:30 AM:

Saturday, June

Gift Bearers: 
Extraordinary Ministers: 

Sunday, June

Gift Bearers:
Extraordinary Ministers: 

Saturday, May 30

Sunday, May 31

Monday, June 1

Tuesday, June 2

Wednesday, June 3

Thursday, June 4

Friday, June 5

Saturday, June 6

Sunday, June 7


During this time of uncertainty celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation can be comforting. Confessions can be heard upon request. Please call the rectory at 618-542-3423

Please continue to keep Fr. Walter
in your hearts and in your prayers!

Immaculate Conception

Saturday, May 30 – Easter Weekday

Sunday, May 31
10:00 am Mass Intention

  • The Parish Family Sponsors of CES

Monday, June 1 – Weekday 
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Tuesday, June 2 – Weekday 
Saints Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs

Wednesday, June 3 – Weekday
Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

Thursday, June 4 – Weekday 

Friday, June 5 – Weekday
Saint Boniface, Bishop, Martyr

Saturday, June 6 – Weekday 
Saint Norbert, Bishop

Sunday, June 7

  • The Parish Family
  • Sponsors of CES

Immaculate Conception

Sunday, June

Extraordinary Ministers: 
Sweet Treats: 


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

Please Pray For . . .

Nursing Home: Lynn Finn, Connie Horst, Liz Van Zandt, Shirley Forys, Marie Dubravek, Sally Fontana, Rosalea Prusacki, Anna Roberts.

Sick: Josh Ritter, Linda Meyer, Juanita Ray, Loretta Schneider, Norma Martin, John Dale, Crystal Hurt, Jim Getzie, Joan Kowalski, Terry Chastain, Joann Isom, Mary Iffert, James Feger, Gordon Huffman, Rev. Msgr. Ken Schaefer, Rev. Joseph Rascher, Kyle Crawford, Chris Kelley, Larry Hutson, Nina Gaines, Charlie Bowlin, Helen Mossa, Jo Ellen Rodely, Christine Hutson, Gary Brock, Karen May, Shelia Teriet, Regina Huite, Richard Martin, Merry Jo Arvai, Misty Cole, Marilyn Furlow, Paul Jones.

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

Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion:

Please pray for our:
Candidates & Catechumen – Blake Furlow, Ron Porter, Heather Riley, and David Sheehan who will be joining the Church at the Easter vigil.

Also please pray for our students who are receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion. Confirmation will be held at St. Bruno on Monday, April 20th at 6:30 pm. First Communion will be held on Sunday, April 19th at the 8:30 am Sacred Heart mass. Confirmation class – Grayson Benson, Addison Galbraith, Sydnay Galbraith, Rileigh Harris, Hannah Kelley, Karsen Konkel, Auna McClure, Olivia Numi, Ellie Searby, and Anna Rose Sheehan. 
First Communion class – Ethan Elder, Sophie Kellerman, Mason Kern, Carrigan Kremer, Owen May, Tripp Pfeiffer, and Harrison Still.

Please continue to pray for Tony Kellerman during his second year of studies of the five year program in the Deacon Formation Program.

Groups News:

New 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

Next PSR Classes – Cancelled until further notice

High school youth news…

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA classes- cancelled until further notice.

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). USCCB.org. Do you know someone who is seeking a relationship with Christ the Savior? Someone who has fallen away from their faith and is searching for more? Don’t be afraid to ask them to Come & See what RCIA is all about. Classes will be beginning this September. Call the rectory if you would like to see what the Holy Spirit has in store for you!!


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.

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News For This Week:


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.

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Please click on the link below – It is a letter from Judy Hoffmann, Executive Administrative Assistant to the Bishop of the Diocese of Belleville regarding our Bishop’s retirement.

Prayers-Gifts for our Bishop 

Many and One

There are many spiritual gifts and many forms of service. True. But there is one Spirit, one Lord, one God making it all possible. And one Church – many people made one because of Baptism into Christ. He is the Risen One, standing in our midst, saying: “Peace be with you.”

  • Because of Baptism, what gifts do I have?
  • How will these gifts spill over into service, into mercy works?
  • How can I share the peace of Christ with one or two others this week?

To all those entering high school
freshman through recently graduated seniors:

July 10-12 – You are invited to attend a most wonderful, high energy, Steubenville Youth Conference this July in Springfield, Missouri. The conference is hosted by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and is held on the campus of Missouri State University. We will be staying at the University Plaza Hotel which is within walking distance. The weekend begins on Friday, July 10th through Sunday, July 12th. This is a Catholic Conference designed to bring high schoolers into a life-changing encounter with Christ. This summer, over 50,000 Catholic teens across North America will attend one of the 25 conferences. We have reserved ten tickets. Three are already filled. You be the next to come with us for this exciting event. If you are interested, contact Krista Piotrowski at 318-7766 or Chris Kelley at 559-6581.

Pilgrimage – Ireland and Scotland

November 4-16 – Fr. Augustine (St. Bruno) will be leading a Pilgrimage to Scotland and Ireland November 4th – 16th, 2020. If anyone has questions or is interested in the pilgrimage they can contact Kacie Davis at the St. Bruno church office. Either at 357-5510 or email stbsmm@yahoo.com


O God of compassion,
your people are anxious
in this time of pandemic.
Send your Holy Spirit among us
to dispel our fears.

We cry out to you in our confusion;
comfort us in our affliction.
Grant our leaders wisdom to guide us.
Strengthen and sustain those who are ill,
and be with those who care for them.

Help us to travel this road
in solidarity with our neighbors,
with our eyes fixed on the salvation
promised us through the death and resurrection
of your Son, who is Lord forever and ever.

St. Bruno
Catholic School News

Learn more about St. Bruno Catholic School at www.stbrunoschool.com

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Televised Sunday Mass

A 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 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
– 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: Gary Brock; Secretary: Betty Eastman
Members: Margie Born, Tony Jones, Joe Lane, Sam Loiacono, Debbie Olinger
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 – 8:00 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!