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Pastor’s Letter: March 26, 2023

The March 26 bulletin is available online.

Dear friend,

I was recently asked how the date of Easter is determined each year. Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus from death. The Gospels reveal that Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. The Jews traditionally observe Passover on the 14th of the month of Nisan. The Passover is also supposed to coincide with the Full Moon. The Jews traditionally used a Lunar Calendar. Obviously we know that no calendar based on the sun or the moon is perfect over years. There have to be adjustments from year to year to any calendar, for example our leap year. As the Christian Church developed, the Church preferred not to wait for the Jewish theologians to announce when Passover would be celebrated in order to determine the date of Easter. The Christian Church settled on celebrating Easter after the first full moon after the spring Equinox. Of course the Spring Equinox can be determined by date of March 21 on the calendar or by the astronomical spring Equinox, which can vary based on how the sky looks on different dates. Over the years, the western Catholic Church settled on using the calendar date of March 21 for the spring Equinox, so Easter falls on the Sunday after the first full moon. This year the full moon after March 21 is on April 6, our celebration of Holy Thursday. Easter this year will be celebrated on Sunday, April 9.

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About Us

St. Philomena Parish is a Catholic Church with a parochial elementary grade school in an established family neighborhood in the heart of Peoria, IL.

Our mission is to proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ through worship, sacraments, education and community life.  Each parishioner is invited to understand, embrace, and communicate the truth of Catholic Christianity to our culture.

Mass Times

Week Day Mass

Monday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.
During Lent: 5:30 p.m.

The Lord's Day Mass

Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 7:30 p.m.

Holy Days of Obligation

7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Confession Times

Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. Thursday: 8:30 a.m. Saturday: 8:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. During Lent: Monday-Friday at 5:00 p.m.