News & Updates

Prayers Answered . . . Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

Last fall, the Benton Knights of Columbus hosted the national prayer event, "Pray for Dobbs." Members of our parish family gathered online with Christians throughout the nation to pray for a just outcome on the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health. On June 24, 2022, the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Supreme Court announced its ruling which overturns Roe v. Wade. Read more here:

Welcom to Our Catechumens
Six faith-inspired adults joined the Catholic Church during the Easter season. Mary Beth Simpkins, Stephanie Dees, Anthony Jamerson and David Hungate joined St. Joseph, Benton; Amanda Levanti joined St. John, West Frankfort; and Kaci Spencer joined St. Joseph, Marion. They prepared for several months under the direction of Sr. Laura Reynolds and the RCIA team.
Holy oils used in their Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation were presented to Vickie Simpson and Debbie Clark during the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Cathedral, Belleville on April 12. To learn more about the Holy Oils, click here.
We welcome these Catechumens into the Church!

We welcome (front):  Mary Beth Simpkins, Kaci Spencer, Stephanie Dees, (back) Amanda Levanti, Anthony Jamerson, and David Hungate.
See more photos, including the Chrism Mass, on the gallery page.

Bridges for Life
Saturday, March 19 -- Local K of C members conducted the "Bridges for Life" campaign to promote the sanctity of life.
The pro-life banner they displayed on the I-57 overpass in West City (Webster Street) was seen by approximately 18,000 people. The response from these drivers was overwhelming positive.

The Chosen
The Chosen is a TV series about the life of Christ as witnessed through the eyes of those who met Him. The show was created outside of Hollywood and was funded entirely through donations (crowd funded). Season 1 and Season 2 both include eight episodes each which you can watch for free from their mobile app ( or by clicking HERE.

Bishop Celebrates Mass on December 18
Bishop Michael McGovern celebrated Mass at St. Joseph Church on Saturday, December 18. In his homily, the Bishop encouraged everyone to have an "open" sign on their hearts to welcome Jesus on Christmas and every day of their lives. A memorial chalice was also presented by the 4th Degree Honor Guard of the Knights of Columbus Blessed Virgin Assembly. This chalice honors deceased KC 4th Degree members Paul Rogers and George Karoski. Following the Mass, a reception was held in the Parish Center. We extend our appreciation to everyone who helped with the preparations.
Click here to see photo highlights.

St. Joseph Parishioner Is a Raffle Winner

For the second year in a row, our parish had a winner in the Knights of Columbus Vocations Raffle. Pattie Richard was a $500 prize winner. Last year, Wanda Wolf Pritchard had one of the winning tickets.
More than $278,000 was raised to support religious vocations throughout Illinois. Several KC dignitaries, including our own Bishop McGovern, were on hand to draw the winners at a state meeting in Bloomington-Normal on December 4.
Benton KC Council 9890 extends appreciation to all who supported this year's Vocations Raffle.  To see the complete statewide winner list, click HERE.

October 17, 2021 --- On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, 25 parishioners gathered for a Rosary Rally to pray for the conversion of America. The rally was part of a nationwide effort of the America Needs Fatima organization. As human efforts fail to solve America's key problems, we turn to God, through His Holy Mother, asking for His urgent help.
We extend a special thank-you to Pattie Richard for organizing the Rally for our parish, and to Harry Orlandini, Sr. Laura Reynolds, and Fr. Urban Osuji for conducting the service.

Support Our Seminarians

As young men answer the call to the priesthood, we are called to support them. There are currently six seminarians in the Belleville Diocese and you can learn more about them HERE. Consider sending a note, a card, or even a box of cookies throughout the year!

Bible in a Year Podcast hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz

If you've struggled to read the Bible, this podcast is for you. It's currently the #1 Podcast in America! Each episode is 20-25 minutes and includes
--- two or three scripture readings
--- a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz
--- guided prayer to help you hear God's voice in His Word

This program is different than other Bible-in-a-year studies in that the books of the Bible are presented in a chronological timeline to help you learn "THE STORY" of salvation. And, it is completely FREE! Sign up at

Other Items of Interest

  • Pray the Rosary:  Let us pray the Rosary for our country and our church. Need proof of its power? click here
  • Check out the kiosk in the west entrance of the church for engaging materials to enrich your faith. The kiosk is provided free of charge by our local Knights of Columbus councils.

Podcasts and Videos
Does your faith seem a bit "stale"? Are you indifferent towards the Church?
Here are some resources that can help you grow in knowledge and faith.

The Vatican

Into the Breach is a call to battle for Catholic men of all ages, which urges them to embrace wholeheartedly masculine virtues in a world in crisis. This video series seeks to answer what it means to be a Catholic man in today’s world. The series is inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation for Catholic Men written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix and produced by the Knights of Columbus


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