"Let us be renewed by God's mercy...and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation, and make justice and peace flourish."

- Pope Francis

Mass Times

Sunday: 9:00 am
Wednesday: 8:00 am or 6:00 pm or TBA
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Sunday 0815-0840 am and by Appointment
Rosary: Sunday 8:30 am
Holy Days as Announced
Holy Thursday 7 pm
Good Friday 7 pm
Easter Vigil 8 pm
Easter Sunday 9 am

Office Hours

Tuesday thru Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: by appointment
Other Times by Appointment





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Easter Sunday Mass 9 am

The LORD loved us so that He gave his life for us! Let us not forget, let us HONOR His love and let us REJOICE on His RISEN DAY! AMEN 


Holy Thursday 7 pm

Good Friday 7 pm

Easter Vigil 8 pm

Palm Sunday Ushers us into the most important week of the Church year. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil are looked on as one day. There will be a greeting at Mass on Holy Thursday but no dismissal because it blends into Good Friday with no greeting and no dismissal. There will be no greeting at the Easter Vigil but there will be a dismissal at the Vigil because it closes the three days that are looked on as one. It’s during the Vigil that we celebrate the light that Christ brings into our darkness. It’s the night of rebirth as we open wide the font of baptismal water. These are the three days you don’t want to miss if at all possible.

PINK!!!! Laerate Sunday March 31st. Wear PINK!!!!!


Lent has finally arrived! It’s the “holy spring” of the church year; the time when those who have been preparing for baptism are showered with those sacred waters. It’s not so much a season of punishment as one of healing. It’s the time when those stumbling blocks (the knots) of our life are dealt with so that we may experience a renewed joy in life. It’s a season of special reflection and prayer...a forty day retreat to help us follow Christ more closely. In planning for lent the parish has scheduled some experiences that enrich the retreat aspect of Lent. Each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Fr. Mohr will be with us for mass. Scripture study follows at 7:00...a wonderfully enriching practice for preparing for the next Sunday’s liturgical celebration. Each Thursday we are continuing with an Adult Education class that focuses on the Holy Spirit. It’s at 4:30. You might have heard of the movie, “I can Only Imagine”. It’s a timely Lenten movie which focuses on Forgiveness. Thanks to Mark Beyke for securing the Varsity Theater in Carbondale for this movie. There will be no charge to attend. This is a possibility you don’t want to miss on St. Patrick’s Day at 4:00 p.m. Finally, Fr. Joseph Brown will be our speaker for our Lenten Retreat March 30 from 9:00—2:00. He will focus our attention on Evangelization. This too will be a rich addition to your lent.


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, March 6, to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 18, 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 means is not permitted on these two days, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed. Because Lent is a special season for all Christians, we should not lightly excuse ourselves from these penitential practices. 4. To completely disregard the law of fast and abstinence is seriously sinful.


* The Alleluia is not sung or said during Lenten liturgies. * The Gloria is not sung or said during Lent except o the Solemnity of Saint Joseph (March 19) and the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25). * Violet is the color of the season. Pink of the fourth Sunday. * Holy water will be in the fonts. While Lent is a time for fasting, it is not a time to fast from our sacramentals. The Holy water is removed after the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and replaced with the waters blessed at the Easter Vigil. For these Forty Days we are conscious of how we must sharpen our senses and focus mind and heart on the Reign of God. We are, above all, aware of those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death. The waters of Baptism wait at Lent’s end for the catechumens, but we are called to renew our Baptism as well.

RICE BOWLS FOR CRS The CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program. It offers opportunities for your family to engage daily with the spiritual pillars of Lent: Prayer, fasting and almsgiving And it’s a way for us as a parish to come together as a community and reflect on what it means to live out our Gospel call to go out and encounter those most in need. During the next 40 days, by reading the insert in the box, we will encounter the stories of people in Guatemala, Uganda, Gaza and other places around the world where CRS is at work. We’ll be invited to eat simple, meatless meals each Friday from these countries. And, through the stories, we’ll learn about the principles of Catholic social teaching—and ways we can put them into action during Lent and beyond.

RICE BOWLS FOR CRS During our Lenten Journey we will encounter the stories of people in Guatemala, Uganda, Gaza and other places around the world where CRS is at work. JOURNEY TO GUATAMALA For young families living in the mountains of Guatemala, raising a baby can be hard. Most families grow corn and beans for a living, but a long-standing drought has caused harvests to shrink There are a few job opportunities, which means putting food on the table is a daily challenge. When Norma discovered she was pregnant, she wondered how she would manage. “Sometimes my mom only had one egg for her four children,” she says. Norma wanted more for her son, Victor, She looked for help — and found it in a CRS sponsored program that teaches young mothers to give their babies a healthy start. CRS provided Norma with food throughout her pregnancy and medical checkups during Victor’s first two years of life. Now, Norma is a mother monitor, “I’m proud to share my experience and the lessons I learned with other women,” she says. SHARE THE JOURNEY: Nutritious food is necessary for a dignified life. If none is available, families may be forced to migrate to search for it. Use the CRS Rice Bowl app to watch a video and learn more about Guatemala.

St Christopher Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Dinners Fish, Fries, Beans, Slaw, Bread, Coffee/Tea ALL YOU CAN EAT $10.00 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 12

Canticle of Mary Fr. Mohr has encouraged us to pray with the Canticle of Mary during the Lenten Season. We have made copies of this beautiful prayer. They can be found on the give-away table.

Daily Scripture readings

 Daily Scripture Readings (AUDIO)- click here

or click one of the verses below to view 


The Easter Vigil begins at 8:00 p.m. on April 20th. Fr. Joseph Brown will be with us for Holy Week; Fr. Mohr will be with us for Easter Sunday morning.

We will baptize Gabriel Leco and his little sister, Luna at the Easter Vigil. Since Gabriel is 9 years old, he will complete the Sacraments of Initiation with Confirmation and First Eucharist. There will be a celebration afterwards to celebrate.

GUM DROPS FUNDRAISER FOR RON SIMPSON Ron Simpson is scheduled to have a kidney transplant in May. The churches are having a fundraiser to help with hospital expenses on May 5, 2019 at the Methodist Church after mass. All the churches are donating food for this meal and the organizers have asked that Holy Spirit Church donate 18 large cans of baked beans. PLEASE DONATE.

The Knights of Columbus needs your help with the Special Olympics Spring Games Friday, April 26th at SIU. Volunteers are needed to help from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Lunch and a T-shirt will be provided for all volunteers. Volunteers must register on-line. Please contact Greg Conover at 618-521-9266 for the registration link and instructions, or if you have any questions. Thank you! Greg Conover

Health, Homebound and Bereavement Ministry needs your help for a great Lenten Easter Project! We are asking for donations to help us make 65 Easter Baskets for the Progress Port group. We could use baskets, small stuffed animals, plastic eggs, Easter basket grass, candy, color books, crayons, baby toys for different developmental levels, just anything you think would be fun. There will be a basket near the free table for your donations. We plan to put them all together April 15th for delivery to the Progress Port Easter party on April 17th. Thank you in advance for your help.

Dr. Ray Owens Memorial Scholarship The Knights of Columbus Council 10453 is offering again this year a scholarship to a graduating senior who exhibits a commitment to their Catholic faith in their actions., values and education. It will be awarded based upon the applicant’s commitment to their Catholic faith as exhibited at Holy Spirit Parish and in the required forms and written essay. The forms are available on the Give-Away Table. The deadline for submission will be noted.

Mass intentions for 2019

As we begin this new year of 2019 the calendar is open for mass intentions. Remembering our deceased loved ones at mass is a wonderful gift for them. It reinforces our belief in the Communion of Saints. Contact Mickey Edwards or Sr. Phyllis to schedule masses for 2019. 

HOMEBOUND AND BEREAVEMENT COMMITTEE PLEASE HELP US SERVE OUR PARISH……………… The Homebound and Bereavement Committee would like to make a difference for our parish. If you know of health or spiritual needs within our parish; such as, a friendly visit for Christian fellowship, the Eucharist or a card from our parish, please call the Parish Office at (618) 985-2900 or cell (618) 925-5099. Our parish nurses are available most Sundays for blood pressure checks and consultations. If you would like a wellness/home visit by a parish nurse, you may call the parish or you may call or email the parish nurse directly. (Parish nurse numbers are located on the front page of the bulletin). So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9


 Children of Apparition Our Lady of Fatima

100 year Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima and Children of the apparition- 2017  

protect life  Bishop Braxton's letter on HB40: State funding of Abortion


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Fr. Mohr 50yrs Celebrated

Fr Mohr 50 yrs celebrated 2017. Thank you Father Mohr for letting us be apart of your life of help, healing, direction and hope!

Did You Know?

Celebrating Milestone Anniversaries His Excellency, Bishop Braxton, will celebrate a special Mass just for couples celebrating milestone anniversaries (and their families) on Sunday, June 2nd, at 1:30 PM, at the Cathedral of St. Peter. The Bishop extends a personal invitation to all those with a significant anniversary. A sheet is available on the give-away table for couples with special anniversaries to sign up. Please do this by Easter Sunday.  

Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Accepted Year-Round Heartfelt thanks to all those who have responded with gift to The 2018 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal, we are truly grateful. If you have not already done so, there’s still plenty of time. One-time donations or pledges—in any amount– are needed and accepted year-round! Our seminarians, people served by Catholic Urban Programs and Daystar Community Program, the youngsters at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School and 10 other ministries and programs are counting on your support. Donations can be made through your parish or online www.diobelle.org. Please consider making your gift TODAY!

DID YOU KNOW? Southern Illinois has two Catholic radio stations: 88.1 Harrisburg and 88.3 Murphysboro

Kroger logo Kroger Community Rewards Sign up today! There is no cost to sign up and the 18 households that are using this produced $110 in 3 months HOLY SPIRIT #DA123 Call 800-576-4377 or Krogercommunityrewards.com and have your Kroger Plus Card handy.

Holy Spirit T-Shirts For some time now, the pastoral council has been considering how we as a parish might be more visible with the Carterville community. They are making available the purchase of T-shirts with our parish logo. This might be a wonderful Christmas gift for members of the parish. Order forms are available on the giveaway table. If you have questions, please contact Ben Craft.

Novena for Transparency & Healing A Novena is an ancient devotional praying in Christianity. It is repeated in nine successive days or weeks. Those praying a Novena make petitions, implore favors, or obtain graces by asking intercessions. PLEASE JOIN US EACH DAY AS A PARISH FAMILY TO PRAY FOR TRANSPARENCY AND HEALING OF THE SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS.

Did you know you can find information of the Saint that is being celebrated on our website?? Go to NEWS and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the link portraying the Saint that is celebrated that day.

Sr. Phyllis 50th Jubilee

Sr. Phyllis 50th Jubilee celebration of ministry- 2018

A Word from Sr. Phyllis

Three very important aspects of Lent are Prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We will be providing a variety of prayer forms and booklets that can help you during this season. In addition to what we provide, under the bulletin board you will find books donated to the parish. Feel free to borrow and return when you have read the book. This Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we will bless the Rice Bowls and hand them out to each family. That’s a wonderful way to be aware of the needs throughout the world. Locally the Pantry has let us know they are in need of dried goods, cereals, Hamburger Helper, spaghetti, dried goods, etc. There will be a basket marked for that purpose ready to receive your donations. Rather than a Spiritual Book Club this year we have a DVD club meeting which focuses on the Holy Spirit...the patroness of our parish. We have met three times during Advent and plan to complete this DVD Series on the Thursdays of lent at 4:30. If anyone would like to view the previous 3 sessions along with study guides, please be in touch. Everyone is welcome for the Lenten series. You need not have been present for the Advent sessions in order to attend the Lenten sessions. 

The first parish I led, was one with an adopted parish in Haiti. Three times I accompanied parishioners so that we would not just send them money but would have a relationship with them. One of the most outstanding memories I have is of a school in Porta Prince run by a Belgium Priest, Fr. Bonan. He would go throughout the world begging food for the school, especially rice and beans. On the outside of the school was an image of the Sacred Heart. Above the door were the words, “First feed their bellies, then feed their mind.” It’s no different in our country than in Haiti. First feed their bellies, then feed their minds. Francie Schafer and I (especially Francie) wrote a grant for GUM drops so that 1700 local children have food to eat on the weekend when the school lunch program is not available. The grant was through the Dominican Sister’s Ministry Subsidy Program.

We have received word from the Diocese of Belleville about a Catholic Gift Annuity program sponsored by Catholic Extension. It introduces a way for planned giving and legacy gifts with no risk, cost or administrative burden. These annuities are guaranteed by Catholic Extension and the parish will receive 90% of the annuity residuum at the death of the donor. The donor receives an immediate tax deduction for a portion of the gift and receives fixed payments for life with a portion of those payments being tax free. You will find more information on the give-away table.

The challenge is to recognize our family as a Holy Family. It’s as Fr. Brown said a couple of weeks ago: “God rejoices in you!” God rejoices in your family too, with all its ups and downs. A healthy family finds its love spilling beyond the household to many others. The more a family grows in love, the wider that circle of love becomes. We are gifted with our natural families, but we are called to expand our hearts to include all who share this planet with us. As we look forward to a new year, there are outreach projects that we commit ourselves to for a year at a time. Please visit the give-away table where you will find a sign-up sheet for The Lighthouse Shelter. On the refrigerator in the kitchen is the sign-up sheet for setting up Coffee and Donuts. Our heart-felt thanks goes to all who donated poinsettias in memory of loved ones for Christmas this year, 2018. 


Prayer Time



 We ask that the time prior to mass remain quiet for our moment of prayer. We would love to join in conversation with friends and family in the hall prior to and after mass.



Someone to pick up donuts and prepare the coffee

Assistance needed at the at the Lighthouse Shelter



Pray everyday to end abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty


I know there is but one Mind, which is the mind of God, in which all people live and move and have their being.

I know there is a divine pattern for humanity and within this pattern there is infinite harmony and peace, cooperation, unity and mutual helpfulness.

I know that the mind of humankind being one with the mind of God, shall discover the method, the way and means best fitted to permit the flow of Divine Love between individuals and nations.

Thus harmony, peace, cooperation, unity, and mutual helpfulness are experienced by all.

I know there will be a free interchange of ideas, of cultures, of spittle concepts, of ethics, of educational systems and scientific discoveries - for all good belongs to all alike.  I know that, because Divine Mind has created us all, we are bound together in one infinite and perfect unity.

I know that all people and all nations will remain individual but unified for the common purpose of promoting peace, happiness, harmony, and prosperity.

I know that deep within each person the Divine Pattern of perfect peace is already implanted.

I now declare that in each person and in leaders of though everywhere this Divine Pattern moves into action and form, to the end that all nations and all people will live together in peace, harmony, and prosperity forever.

And so it is! -Ernest Holmes

ROSARY of LIFE Pray the Rosary

As the nine week Novena for The Abuse Crisis Accountability, Transparency and Healing comes to an end for us this Sunday, the Knights of Columbus are taking the lead to pray for our church throughout the world. Each time they meet quarterly, they will pray the rosary before their meeting. All are welcome to join them for the Rosary!

Let us pray….God our Father, graciously accept from your humble people a thankful heart and spirit. Everything we have and are able to share with others ultimately comes from your love of your creations. Often we think that everything we have is our own creation; we ask you this day to create in us a spirit of gratitude, that we may always know that all good gifts come from you. Amen

Canticle of Mary Fr. Mohr has encouraged us to pray with the Canticle of Mary during the Lenten Season. We have made copies of this beautiful prayer. They can be found on the give-away table.

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