An Involved Church
8:30AM & 10:30AM
3:00 PM on Saturdays
We Welcome All
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 fruitful formation opportunities for all ages, beginning with our Catholic Preschool and Grade School, our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, and our Parish School of Religion. 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.
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
Preparation: Done on an individual basis, monthly by arrangement.
Preparation: Class Instruction, parish activities, and service projects.
Preparation: Class instruction and parish activities for children AND parents.
Sacraments Of Healing
Preparation: Class instruction and parish preparation. Parent meetings are a priority for this sacrament.
Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament is administered to those who have a serious illness, anticipate medical procedures, are infirm or advanced in age, or in immediate danger of death.
Sacraments Of Vocation
This is a four-month period of preparation including the taking of PREPARE, a parish marriage preparation, and filling out necessary prenuptial forms. General Meeting is held in late January or early February. Later meetings are by appointment.
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.
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Staff & Leadership
My name is Fr. Nick Junker. I am excited to be here with you at St Nicholas Parish. I was born and raised in Belleville and attended Cathedral of St. Peter Parish and Grade School. I am a ’99 graduate of Althoff Catholic High School and a ’03 graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. I went to Mundelein Seminary, also in Chicago, and was ordained a priest in 2008. Chicago is the second best city in the world, after O’Fallon of course! Everybody wants to know where my sports loyalties lie – it’s the question I’m most often asked. I’m Chicago 100% – Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks, Notre Dame. Sorry! I am blessed to have a close, tight-knit family who visits me often, no matter where my priestly adventures take me. I am sure you will get to meet them also. My father is a piano tuner and my mother is a recently retired nurse. They live in Belleville. My sister, Ashley, lives in Florissant, MO, with her husband and six children. I like to spend my spare time visiting with them. I also enjoy reading, 80’s films and music, swimming, playing cards, fantasy football, and listening to podcasts. In my 15 years of priesthood, I’ve served at St. Teresa in Belleville, Sacred Heart Parish in DuQuoin, the Newman Catholic Student Center at SIU Carbondale, Holy Trinity/St Stephens Parishes, and most recently I was pastor of St. Mary Mt Vernon and St. Barbara Scheller. I was also the Vocation Director for eight years. Currently, I serve as Director of Seminarians for the Diocese of Belleville. Journeying with our men in formation preparing for priesthood has been a delight. In my priesthood I’ve also been very involved in retreat ministry – Cursillo, TEC, Quest, Awakenings, Luke 18, etc. I’m excited to be here. I can’t thank Bishop McGovern enough for entrusting me with the pastoral care of this vibrant parish. I want to also thank Fr. Bill for recommending me to succeed him and being so helpful during this transition. I pray God gives me the grace to serve faithfully and be worthy of his confidence. I look forward to journeying with you in faith and getting to know you in the weeks and months to come. Father Nick
Parish Council Members
Coord. Of Youth Ministry
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.
Our parish was founded in 1982 By Fr Bill Hitpas. We have since grown to be the parish we are today. We strive to be a light to our community and a place for our parishioners to learn, grow, and serve.
MSGR. WILLIAM HITPAS
Father Bill was the founder and first pastor of our parish. Father Bill retired in 2023 after 41 years of service to our parish.
625 St. Nicholas Dr., O'Fallon, IL 62269
Parish Office Hours
Mon – Fri | 9:00AM – 4:30PM