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Pastor’s Letter & November 28 Bulletin

The November 28 bulletin is now available online. 

Dear friend,

I hope you had a Blessed Thanksgiving! This weekend marks the beginning of the Advent Season. Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas and the final coming of Christ. This twofold preparation for welcoming God allows us the opportunity to reflect on the extent to which God will prove His love for us. All of the Christian mysteries begin with the Birth of Christ and they certainly will culminate with the Last Judgment. This season thus has the feel of waiting. We wait for all sorts of things in life. The world waited for the Messiah to come, which we believed happened in the Birth of Christ. We wait for appointments, human gatherings, personal celebrations, retirement, and certainly we wait for heaven. The challenge of the Advent Season is to see our waiting as having eternal significance. No matter what the life situation, we wait in peace knowing the fullness of God will be revealed to us. The confidence we have in our God should inspire us to see every day as an opportunity to live toward eternal fulfillment. May this Advent Season give us the courage to invite Jesus anew into our lives that our personal meaning and purpose compels us to live the Christian life. As usual, we have purchased the daily meditation books for the Season of Advent. Please make use of these to aide in your celebration of Advent. Every day of the year has its own Mass in the liturgical cycle. Advent is one of those Seasons in the Church that each Mass clearly continues the progressive theme toward the celebration of Christmas. Please feel free to join us for Mass at 7am or 8am each weekday. It’s a great way to start the day and to prepare for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is a Holy Day..

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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

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: 5pm; Thursday: 8:30am; Saturday: 8:30am and 3pm