Welcome to Sacred Heart

Religious Education

Sunday School

Sacred Heart brings the Word and works of God to its younger parishioners through the Sunday School Religion program. Sunday School is open to 3, 4 and 5 year olds and is held during Sunday 10:30am masses, September through April. Parents are invited and encouraged to serve as teachers and assistants. Lesson plans are available with suggestions for craft projects to incorporate into the day's lesson.

Due to restrictions with COVID-19, we are not offering Sunday School at this time. We look forward to bringing it back in the future!


R.C.I.A. - Come learn more about the Catholic Faith! Please contact the parish office at 217.347.7177 for more information regarding RCIA.There is no committment .... simply come and learn more, ask questions, and grow in your Faith!

R.C.I.A., the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is an integrated process of instruction, spiritual growth, and discernment for non-Catholics who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith. After an initial inquiry period, unbaptized individuals can be accepted as catechumens preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation-Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist- during the paschal Vigil. Those who have been previously baptized in a non-Catholic Christian tradition may be accepted as candidates to enter into full communion with the Church and receive those sacraments they have not previously celebrated.

Catholics who have been baptized but have not had the benefit of catechesis as well as those returning to Church also benefit from the RCIA program's introduction to the faith, worship, and the life of the Catholic Church. The program begins each year with inquiry sessions in August and concludes with a period of post-initiation instruction in the Easter Season. Parishioners are invited to serve as sponsors for the catechumens and candidates, accompanying their spiritual journey with prayer and support.

These classes are also a great way for Catholics to refresh their faith and to learn more about the things we do regarding Mass, Sacraments, etc. Many of us who were raised Catholic still have questions as to the whys and the whats, and this is our chance to ask questions and continue growing in our Faith!

Parish School of Religion

The 2020/21 Parish School of Religion (PSR) is for students of Sacred Heart Parish who attend Unit 40 schools or are homeschooled. The classes begin in September, and runs parellel to the school year, finishing in May. The classes take place at Sacred Heart Grade School every Wednesday night, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. There is a $50 fee per child for the PSR program. See below for the PSR registration form. 

In order to receive his/her sacraments, you and your student must be active, practicing Catholics, and the student must be enrolled for the entire school year. 

We look forward to your child(ren) joining us for a great year of PSR as well as your involvement and support in the important task of teaching the Catholic faith to our children. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Zuber, Faith Formation Coordinator, at 217-347-7177.

A special thank you to the PSR teachers, coordinators, and other volunteers who give of their time and talents to ensure a successful PSR program at our parish. May God bless them all!


Lay Ministry Program

In its simplest definition, lay ministry is the work of those who are not professional clergy. Beyond that, the definition is in the eye of the beholder. At Sacred Heart Parish, we see lay ministry as an opportunity to serve in the faith community beyond simply attending Mass each week. It is the ministry of the people of God through their everyday gift of time and talent. Sacred Heart Parish lay ministry members are sharing responsibility as partners in ministry within and beyond the congregation.

Participation is strongly encouraged and opportunities are vast. Lay ministers are involved in DeColores, Marriage Encounter, Effingham Catholic High School Youth Group, Pro-Life Committee, Landscaping Committee, Art & Environment (Decorating) Committee, CCW, and so much more!

We invite you to learn more and to participate in the parish lay ministries. It's a great way to strengthen your relationship with other parish members and is an extension of your Catholic Faith. For more information on these or other opportunities for you to get involved at Sacred Heart Parish, please contact the Church office at 217.347.7177. We truly appreciate your gifts of time and talent!

Youth Ministry

Sacred Heart Parish is host to the Effingham Area Catholic High School Youth Ministry Group!

The group is led by a core team of parishioners as well as our pastoral team. The youth group meets every Sunday evening from 6:30-8:00pm in the lower level of Sacred Heart Church, and participates in studies and fun activites. We're enjoy Bible studies and Q&A, community service projects, summer mission trips, and other fun parties/events. Our youth group has an amzing time learning, experiencing, and growing their Faith!

The group is open to ALL Catholic High School Youth, so plan to join us and bring a friend! Even if we're planning to be off-site for a special project or event, we'll meet in the lower level of Church first, so plan to join us on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm! (It's a perfect time to meet if you're already attending the 5:30 Mass at Sacred Heart! Just come downstairs immediately following Mass!)


Protecting God's Children

The national sexual-abuse prevention program "Protecting God's Children" was adopted to provided free training to parishes, schools, and archdiocesan agencies to ensure a safe environment for our children. Developed by National Catholic Services, "Protecting God's Children" is a comprehensive program that includes two video presentations that incorporate stories from victims of sexual abuse and their families, who speak about the impact that the abuse has had on them. In addition, the videos feature testimony from perpetrators of child abuse, who tell how they selected their victims and how they made the victims feel that the abuse was their own fault. The program also provides information on how to prevent situations that can lead to abuse, on what behaviors should raise concern about abuse, and on how to report abuse.

Who Should Attend

If you are a member of the clergy, a diocesan employee (staff and participants in our Mass ministries), or a volunteer who has contact with children and youth, you are required to attend this one-time program. All volunteers at Sacred Heart School are required to participate prior to any volunteering, including attending school field trips. Please contact the parish office for information on up-coming workshops in our area.

Upcoming Workshops:

Contact the church office at 217.347.7177 for information on upcoming workshops. Please click here to see a full listing of upcoming workshops in our Diocese. http://www.dio.org/safeenvironment/scheduled-training.html