Welcome to Bartelso, Illinois

  Members of the St. Cecilia Parish & Home of the Braves!

St. Cecilia Church

Our Parish


In 1884, our church was built in a wheat field in Santa Fe Township to accomodate about 75 Catholic families living in the area.  Reverend Bartholomew Bartels donated land for a church.  The town soon flourished and became known as Bartelso.  Since then, our church has grown well over 375 households and is currently named after St. Cecilia. 

St. Cecilia Church is located within the Diocese of Belleville, officiating under Bishop Edward K. Braxton. 

The parishioners of St. Cecilia have a deep-rooted Catholic faith, which contributes to the continued growth in our parish family.  The parishioners of St. Cecilia take pride in their church which is evident in the filled benches at the weekend and Holy Day Masses.  The Church is organized through the Parish Council which devotes their time to be sure our church continuously meets its goals, expectations and mission to serve each and every parishioner. 

Our parish pastor is Rev. James Buerster; who many call him "Father Jim".  Rev. Buerster is also the current pastor of St. Boniface Church of Germantown, IL. 

 In order for Father Jim to accommodate both parishes, the following mass schedule is currently in place: 

St. Cecilia Mass Schedule for Bartelso/Germantown Parishes:

Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. in Germantown

Sundays at 7:30 a.m. in Bartelso

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in Germantown

Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Bartelso

St. Cecilia Parish office will be open on Tuesday from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM and on Wednesday from 9:00 AM to Noon.  If anyone or organization has items for the bulletin, please have it to the St. Cecilia rectory by noon on Tuesday.  You can email it to:  cechbart@frontier.com or fax to 618-765-2264.  The phone number for the parish rectory is:  765-2162.

You can find the most recent bulletin of both parishes here