Happy Easter! As we continue to celebrate the Easter Season, the Church invites us to reflect on the power of the Resurrection for forgiveness and eternal life. The Gospel reading this weekend comes after the Road to Emmaus story where Jesus revealed to two disciples all the Old Testament scriptural references to Him as Messiah. These two disciples reported to the Apostles that their hearts were burning within them as Jesus spoke to them and they recognized who He was when He broke the bread. Jesus then appeared to the Apostles in the Upper Room and allowed them to touch Him and see Him eat with them. These physical engagements helped provide substantial proof to them about His Resurrection. This provided encouragement to their spiritual lives and future ministry. In 2000 years of Christianity, I think we see countless ways Jesus makes Himself known to the Church and to individual Christians. The Easter Season is an invitation for us to grow our personal relationship with Him so that He can reveal more of His plan for each of our lives and our path to heaven.
We are continuing to process possible adjustments to Covid-19 protocols. There are certain advantages and challenges to the Mass scheduling procedure. On the administrative level it’s a bit time consuming, but does allow us to ensure that good separation exists between families. I do know the bishops of Illinois stay in communication with each other about current best practices. There are certain protocols on social distancing that all churches maintain, but there are other protocols that vary between churches. These differences have a lot to do with the number of parishioners and the number of people attending Mass. I look forward to the day we can take down all the pew signage in church. The church simply looks a lot better without it!..
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.
Monday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.
Monday-Friday: 5:30 p.m.
At this time, you must reserve a space to attend at these Mass times. Please go to https://www.stphils.com/church/mass-reservation/
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Masks are required in the confessional, please use hand sanitizer before touching the confessional door. Maintain 6' between you and others in line. Monday-Friday: 5pm; Thursday: 8:30am; Saturday: 8:30am and 3pm