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.
St. Cecilia/St.Boniface Mass Schedule
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In order for Father Jim to accommodate both parishes, the following mass schedule is currently in place:
Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. at St. Boniface
Sundays at 7:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. at St. Boniface
Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia
The St. Cecilia Parish office hours are Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. If anyone or organization has items for the bulletin, please have it to the St. Cecilia rectory by 7:00 am on Wednesdays. You can email it to: email@example.com with cc to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach the rectory at 618-765-2162.