On this Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we read one of Jesus’ call to ministry. The sending out of the Apostles to evangelize marked the beginning of Christian ministry. In Church governance, we look at the Apostles as the first Bishops of the Church. Each Bishop has the responsibility to hand on the faith to the people of the Diocese and ensure that orthodox teaching is communicated from one generation to the next. All ministry in the Name of Jesus Christ is an extension of this first moment when Jesus sent out His Twelve Apostles. Like the Apostles, each of us can experience awe when someone receives a word of instruction or guidance from us that results in a conversion or spiritual experience. The Bible, as well as the Christian history of the Church, clearly proves that God works through anyone who desires to be at the service of Jesus Christ. Whether we have directly experienced working as the Apostles experienced the demons subject to their word, we are all called to invite Jesus to use our lives to further His Gospel and the Kingdom of God.
Every year in June the St. Philomena Finance Council meets to set the budget for the new fiscal year. St. Philomena Church and School is financially stable. The council exists to ensure that the church and school are responsible with all of our resources. For a number of years the church budget has remained flat. This is due to many factors, including church and school growth, financial responsibility, generous extraordinary giving, and consistent and predictable ordinary Sunday giving by the parish community. Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, we did not see a large drop in financial giving to the church. Across the Diocese, there was a general decrease of 30% in giving to our Catholic parishes. I am so grateful for the consistent dedication and financial..
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.
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.
Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. Thursday: 8:30 a.m. Saturday: 8:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.