"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

"Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.  Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.  Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil". Amen                                                                           Year of Saint Joseph- Dec 8, 2020 to Dec 8, 2021

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Sunday: 9:30 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation: by Appointment
Rosary: Sunday 9:00 am
Holy Days as Announced

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Bishop McGovern is asking area Catholics and people of good will to contact their state
lawmakers as soon as possible.

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Through the ministerial alliance we have learned of a drive going on:

“The Gift of Kids Shoes”

They are requesting the donation of shoes that are in good shape...maybe outgrown...maybe new that would be donated to local kids in need of shoes. This drive will continue all year long. We will place a tub in the hall where these shoes can be dropped off.


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

40 Days for Life – Coalition for Life St. Louis

Sept. 22 through Oct. 31, 2021
You are invited to join other Christians for 40 Days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. See events for details

Praying for the sanctity of Life Sept 22   A silver rose on a nine-month pilgrimage will be the centerpiece of a special prayer service at St. Joseph Parish click here or see events

October 13, 2021 see events for details

Bishop McGovern's Message to ParishionersBishop McGovern's message to the parishoners

Paid internship with the Catholic Campaign For Human Development

Assistance needed at the at the Lighthouse Shelter


Many thanks for all who have participated in this ministry in 2020. There is a new calendar on the giveaway table for sign-up in 2021. Please consider this ministry for you and/or your family.

Did You Know?


Our Mass is being live streamed on Facebook:   Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit

Southern Illinois has two Catholic radio stations: 88.1 Harrisburg and 88.3 Murphysboro

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Our Bulletin printers, LPI, are offering us the possibility of having bulletins sent to email addresses without any charge. They are asking us to send first name, last name and Email. They are committed to keeping contact information confidential and will not provide it to third parties. We will still get the number of paper bulletins we request. You can unsubscribe at any time with the click of a button if you find receiving the bulletin by email a burden. Their concern is that the advertisers who pay for the bulletin are not getting the recognition they deserve. We have prepared a list of names and addresses to send to Liturgical Press, but if you don’t want your name included, please just let us know. If your email address is not in the pictorial directory, we have not included it in the list for LPI. Please let us know if you want it included

Kroger logo Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop at Kroger? You can help our parish youth ministry programs simply by using your Kroger Shoppers Card! The Kroger Community Rewards program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day! Please sign up for your community rewards — instructions available on table.

There is no cost to sign up and you can do it today by

calling 1-800-576-4377 or

online at Krogercommunityrewards.com and have your Kroger Plus Card handy.

A Word from Sr. Phyllis

***The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our com-mon home. Its a time to renew our baptismal call to care and sustain our earth so that life may flower and all creatures may find their place to flourish in our common home. The season starts September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends Octo-ber 4th the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. You will notice that each Sunday from now to October 4th we will be praying that we care for the wonderful creation of God...our Earth.

Spiritual Gift for Bishop Braxton

*** In gratitude to Bishop Braxton for his pastoral service to the Diocese of Belleville for the past 25 years, Pastoral Council envisions our spiritual gift being presented in the form of a rosary with each bead representing a rosary prayed for Bishop Braxton’s intention. Please color in a bead after each rosary you have prayed for him. Brochures are available in the front entrance explaining how to use the rosary. We have completed four decades of rosaries and are in our fifth decade. We will send it to Bishop Braxton as soon as all beads are colored.

*** As I hear your stories and those of family members you love, I am very aware of the pressure many are under due to this pandemic. It’s a time when our frustration can break out in unexpected ways and toward unexpecting people. Today in Paul’s letter to the Romans we are advised to “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another.” It seems especially hard during this time in this climate. I am heartened by the many ways I have witnessed each of you placing a call, making a contact, delivering food, being thoughtful of one another. In a poem written by Fr. Michael Quoist we hear God saying, “Don’t worry, you have gained all. While men came in to you, I, your Father, I, your God, slipped in among them.” Let us know if we can help



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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

Blessing for Our Nation
God of all things, we come before you in thanksgiving for all that you have created.
For the world and its beauty, but especially for the people around us. We ask you today to give us wisdom
and courage to look at the world and all its problems and inspire us to dream great ways to improve upon
what you have so graciously given to us.
Make us worthy to call you Father.
And together bestow insight upon us to honor your created things. Bless, protect, and gift us ever
anew with your love.
We ask all this as members of this country,
in Christ's name. Amen. 

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

PRAYER FOR SAFETY OF ALL IN AGRICULTURE... Blessed Mary, Mother of God, and great Saint Joseph, you protected and kept safe the Divine Child, Jesus.  We ask your special intercession and protection of all who work in Agriculture, especially on the farm.  Man, having been cast out of the Garden of Eden, must now work by the sweat of his brow to get food to eat as you foretold in Genesis.  And he must also battle fatigue, danger and accidents.  Protect all in agriculture against these and all danger and evil, so that when they complete their work each day and each season, they return to your altar and their families whole and entire to love and honor You and the ones you have given them all the days of their lives.  We ask through the holy name of Jesus.  Amen 

A Retreat Possibility:
Each year for 10 years now, author/artist Jan Richardson has offered a free downloadable retreat at the end of the Christmas season titled “Women’s Christmas Retreat” (although she emphasizes it is for both women and men, and not necessarily just for the Christmas season). The materials (reflection, poetry, art) can actually be used anytime your spirit needs to be fed by some quiet prayer/reflection. https://sanctuaryofwomen.com/WomensChristmasRetreat2021.pdf

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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