In the Gospel this week, Jesus addresses one of the popular opinions of the first century Jewish belief about God’s interaction with humanity. Jesus asked the people, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?” The people recognized a sacrilege that a group of Galileans suffered. They believed because they suffered this oppression, that they deserved it. They question whether God was punishing them by allowing this sacrilege to take place. In this story Jesus makes one simple point, God does not control us. God loves, forgives, guides, inspires and heals, but he doesn’t control. We all know this from our experience of sin and not being struck by a lightning bolt! We can certainly understand that an all-powerful God would have the ability to control the world; but, the humility of Christ reveals that God patiently allows us to succeed and fail based on our own decisions and conditions in the world in which we live. Christ calls us then not to look over our shoulders in fear or to live expecting retribution, but rather to allow his truth to guide us to better decisions tomorrow. The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death,” but this death is the threat of eternal separation from God. The call of Christianity and the Lenten Season is to embrace the Sacred Heart of Jesus that tomorrow might be a holier day.
The sacrament of reconciliation is truly underutilized in our Church. While I do think our parish makes fairly good use of the sacrament, we could do better. One of the five precepts of the Catholic Church is every Catholic should receive the sacrament once per year. As a priest of 15 years, I can attest to the great healing aspect of confession for my own life, and the lives of our Catholic faithful. I think some don’t receive the..
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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 - Friday: 7:00 a.m. & 8:00 a.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
During Lent: 5:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., & 7:30 p.m.
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.
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. & 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.
During Lent: 6:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)