"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 Communion service
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Sunday 0815-0840 am and by Appointment
Rosary: Sunday 8:30 am
Holy Days as Announced
Assumption mass: Aug. 14, 2019 6:00 pm. No morning
communion service

Office Hours

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





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Daily Scripture readings


Schedule your Lifetouch appointment. Lifetouch Pictorial Directory September 11-12, 2:00 to 9:00 Mark your calendars now so that you can be included and make our directory complete. ¨ You will receive one FREE 8x10 standard print and church directory. ¨ $30 to spend at Shutterfly.com with any Lifetouch photography purchase. 

You will begin finding inserts in the weekly bulletin reminding you of the upcoming photography sessions for the New Pictorial Directory. As our parish continues to grow and change, it’s nice to have a name and a face for our Community of Faith. It is our hope that the new directory will help with that. But it’s important that as many as possible take advantage of this opportunity. Beginning next week we will start publishing the link that can be used to sign up for an hour long session of photography. For those who would rather do that through a person, we will have people available to help with that several Sundays a#er mass. We have scheduled this before Christmas so that if you would like to purchase photos as Christmas gi#s, you would be able to do that.

Laura Bateman Fundraiser The fundraiser for Laura was a great success and we are so happy that she was able to join us!  Many thanks to all who were a part of this great event!

Words of Thanks from Laura & Eric Bateman We are overwhelmed! We are so happy for all the love and support that has been shown us. We have been blessed since February 6th when we learned of a potential donor. We consider February 7th her second birthday, the day she received her new lungs. Everybody came together for the benefit. It brought joy to our hearts to see how happy everyone was to be able to do something for someone else. Words cannot adequately express our gratitude.


 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, Children of the Apparition 

protect life  

Bishop Braxton's letter on HB40 state funding of abortion 

Promise to Protect

 Child Protection Policy




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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

Retreat comes from the La#n verb “to pull back.” It’s a #me to step out of our regular dayto-day schedule and for me to breathe life into my life. Retreats are important because people who par#cipate in retreats leave fi!er, rested, happier and clearer. Who doesn't want that for themselves? Here are a few retreat places where you might be interested in making a retreat: King’s House: 618-397-0584 San Damiano: Golconda, Il 618-285-3507 Our Lady of the Snow: Mercy Conference & Retreat Center: 314-966-4686 Saint Mary of the Woods Jubilee Farm : 217-787-6927 Benedic!nes @ Ferdinand 812-367-1411

We are in the process of planning for those who have ques!ons about our Catholic Faith with the thought of possibly being a part. Instruc!ons begin gently as we show them around and answer their ques!ons. If you know of anyone who might be interested, offer to come with them as we begin the process. Have them call the parish office to schedule a !me when we might meet with them. At this point we have one adult and two children so we will have two groups. We will need community sponsors, members of the parish who will help show how we live out the faith that is ours. When the group gathers we will decide the best !me for all. Please call the parish office if you feel moved to answer the call to be a part.

Easter is the season of new life. We are so blessed as a parish with all the new life that is ours. Gabriel & Luna were baptized at the Easter Vigil. Trinity, Alexander and Calyssa received First Communion on Mother’s Day and Gabriel received at the Vigil. Alison, Amelia, and Caleb were confirmed April 29th at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gabriel was also confirmed at the Easter Vigil.

Let us celebrate the New Life that is ours.2019

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

Pray the Rosary




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


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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