We Welcome All

We are a school of spirituality.

We have always seen ourselves as a “school of spirituality” since forming in 1982. We believe that our spiritual journey is a life-long endeavor. We seek to provide pathways for that journey to all people who seek a deepening relationship with God. We strive to live spiritually wholesome lives. We seek to deepen our knowledge of God, celebrate His presence and join Him in service to our brothers and sisters. We are committed to returning the gifts bestowed on us by caring for those in need. We focus on developing and nurturing the mind, body and spirit of each person who wishes to participate. We do this through strong liturgy, quality programs and enriching activities. We provide solid educational opportunities for all ages beginning with our Pre-school, Parish School of Religion, and Catholic Grade School. We enjoy a fully engaged Youth Ministry Program for teens. We celebrate and support families of all shapes and sizes. We have an active and vibrantly mature community, we affectionately call Yesterday’s Kids. We are over 1400 households strong and growing. We warmly invite all to join us as we seek to know, experience and follow Jesus Christ who is the Truth, the Light and the Way in our daily lives.

Mass Hours

Daily Mass at 8:30 AM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Day Chapel.

Communion Service on Thursdays.  Mass is offered on Tuesdays at St. Clare School during the school year and the Day Chapel when school is not in session.


3:00 PM on Saturdays

Click To Download Our Reconciliation Booklet

Saturday Mass

4:30 PM

Sunday Mass

8:30 AM & 10:30 AM

The Good Shepherd Center provides a place for spiritual growth. Through diverse meaningful programs and activities, we provide opportunities for personal growth, healing grace and peace. We endeavor to create an atmosphere of hospitality and openness, welcoming those who gather to become closer to God. Our chapel provides an environment of solace for prayer and reflection for all people seeking healing, wholeness and holiness in their lives. The Good Shepherd Center is ecumenical and we welcome women and men of all faiths to visit and participate.
Our Church, the worship center, is the heart of our pilgrim journey, deepening our relationship with God. We come together as a Roman Catholic community to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist enriched by meaningful homilies and a strong music ministry. On weekdays, we gather for daily mass in the intimate setting of Mary’s Chapel.
The St. Nicholas Center offers activities and events in a safe and wholesome environment that will physically, socially and spiritually strengthen individuals, families and the greater community. The Center includes a Catholic preschool program for children ages three to five years old. The Youth Ministry room provides a safe and nurturing place for teens to develop and strengthen their own relationship with Jesus and one another. Our multi-purpose room is designed to provide indoor sports programs for youth through adults.

Staff and Leadership

Msgr. William Hitpas



Ann Daniels
Business Administrator



Barb Furdek
Director of Religious Education
Mark Etling
Director of Adult Faith Formation



Karen Scherrer
Coordinator of Music & Liturgy



Megan Edwards
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Pam Steinke



Gary Mueller

Parish Council Members 2021-2022

Heather DeVine
Term Ends 2022



Jeremy Kampwerth
Term Ends 2022




Brynn Laverdure
Term Ends 2022



Beth Rheaume
Term Ends 2023



Bob Guithues
Term Ends 2023
Barb Distler
Term Ends 2023
Paulette Burns
Term Ends 2024




Brian Finck
Term Ends 2024



Karen Glenn
Term Ends 2024



David Sohn



Amy Ballance



Ann Daniels




Karen Scherrer



Barb Furdek


Mark Etling
Faith Form



Gary Mueller



Fr. Bill

Bylaws & Minutes

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

Matthew 18:20

Finance Committee

Meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. from August – Lent.

Prepares annual budget; reviews expenditures, financial statements, and budget variance reports Follows Diocesan guidelines as to the number of people/expertise of those chosen for this group. Advises pastor and pastoral council on financial matters.


Jesus gave the Church the seven sacraments.  The sacraments are the main liturgical signs of the Church.  They make the Paschal Mystery of Jesus, who is always the main celebrant of each sacrament, present to us.  They make us sharers in the saving work of Christ and in the life of the Holy Trinity.

Sacraments of Initiation

Sacramental instruction and preparation for parents and candidates for baptism. This instruction is done on an individual basis, monthly by arrangement. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 632-1797.

Preparation for Confirmation includes Instruction and parish activities and service. It is for Eighth grade and high school students. For more information, please contact Barb Furdek at 632-1137, or at dre@stnicholasofallon.org.

Preparation for First Communion includes class instructions and parish activities for children AND parents. First Communion is held the first Sunday after Easter at 12:30 PM Mass. For more information, please contact Barb Furdek at 632-1137, or at dre@stnicholasofallon.org.

Sacraments of Healing

Preparation for First Reconciliation includes class instruction and parish preparation. Parent meeting is a priority for this sacrament. For more information, please contact Barb Furdek at 632-1137, or at dre@stnicholasofallon.org.  Click To Download Our Reconciliation Booklet

This sacrament is administered to those who have a serious illness, anticipating medical procedures, are infirm or advanced in age, or in immediate danger of death. Please contact Fr. Bill Hitpas at 632-1797 if you or a loved one wishes to receive this Sacrament.

Sacraments at the Service of Communion

This is a four month period of preparation including the taking of PREPARE, a parish marriage preparation, and filling out of necessary prenuptial forms. General Meeting is held in late January or early February. Later meetings are by appointment. For more information, please contact Fr. Bill Hitpas at 632-1797, or Deacon Gary Mueller at 618-558-8932.

Through Holy Orders a baptized man is consecrated to serve the whole Church as a bishop, priest, or deacon in the name of Christ.  One may also consider a vocation through the Church as a religious sister or brother.  Please contact Fr. Bill Hitpas at 632-1797, or visit the Diocese of Belleville.