Pastor’s Letter & August 9 Bulletin

The August 9 bulletin is now available online. 


Dear friend,

Happy Feast Day of St. Philomena on August 11! The concept of a Patron Saint allows us to entrust ourselves to God through the intercession of particular saints. Every organization, trade, occupation, or person can entrust themselves to different saints for particular reasons. Our parish is entrusted to the intercession of St. Philomena by the Bishop naming her our patron. When children are born we entrust them to saints by giving them a saint name. At Confirmation, each student researches the saints to discover one that meets the desire of his or her heart, a particular prayer intention or the inspiration of the saint’s life. We celebrate the saints not just because of their success and their prayers for us, but that we ourselves can become saints by imitating their holiness. Happy Feast Day!

This Thursday we will celebrate a Confirmation and graduation Mass for our graduating 8th graders. After our school closure, we postponed Confirmation until August. While graduation doesn’t have the same spiritual indelible mark on the soul as Confirmation, gathering as a community to celebrate their accomplishments is important to moving on to high school. We plan to have a Holy Hour in church on Wednesday for the graduates in order to help them prepare for the Thursday night celebration. Please keep them in prayer this week.

Plans continue to reopen St. Philomena School on August 18 are progressing. The Diocese of Peoria sent a reopen plan to all the schools. Each school has made particular additions to the Diocesan Reopen Plan to fit the particular circumstances of each building. All of the adaptions for Covid-19 protocols are additions to all of the normal safety protocols we have at St. Philomena School. I am personally excited to welcome the kids back to school. Our team of administrators, staff and teachers have worked extremely hard to prepare for this..

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About Us

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.

The Lord's Day Mass

At this time, you must reserve a space to attend at these Mass times. Please go to
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

5:30 p.m. (Vigil Mass - held the
evening before the holy day)
7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
When school is in session there is a 9:00 a.m. Mass on the holy day.

Confession Times

During the stay-at-home order, confessions are being heard at the following times at the covered drop off of the Parish Center: Wednesday, 5pm; Thursday, 12pm; Saturday, 3pm. Stay in your vehicle and pull up to the doors, Father David will come out and meet you, observing social distancing guidelines.