Pastor’s Letter: May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

Dear friend,

I pray you are doing well. Thank you all for the anniversary cards. Being my 17th year, my anniversary was not something I was thinking much about. I was quite surprised by all the communication. It was quite enjoyable to read through all your thoughts and blessings. I especially enjoyed the real-time feedback on the administrative response of our parish staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. This time has presented new challenges to all of us. Our goal is to continue working toward communal prayer once again. Thanks for the feedback and support. I wish I could share all the cute cards I received from our kids!

The Bishops of Illinois have released a phased approach to reopening our churches. The churches in the Diocese of Peoria are all currently in Phase 1, which allows for 10 people to be present for a wedding, funeral or baptism. The next step is opening the church building for a maximum of 10 people to be present for private prayer time. We anticipate opening the St. Philomena Church building this weekend for private prayer. Entrance into our church will require a signup process. Because of the size of our parish community, we can’t at this time simply open church for anyone to come at any time.

Both for health reasons and for a successful progression through the stages of reopening, all our Catholic churches are required to go through the same steps to manage persons inside the church. For this reason, we will use Eventbrite, an internet scheduling service, to schedule individuals to pray in church as well as attend Mass, once we are able to hold public Mass inside church again. A separate letter from this bulletin column, along with a recorded online video will include detailed information on the process to register on Eventbrite. Please know for now we continue to livestream 8am Mass daily. Communion continues to be distributed in..

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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

The public offering of Mass is currently suspended in our Diocese due to the pandemic. Please click on the YouTube link at the top of the page for a video offering of the Mass. Mass is live-streamed each day at 8am and then posted for playback.

The Lord's Day Mass

The public offering of Mass is currently suspended in our Diocese due to the pandemic. Please click on the YouTube link at the top of the page for a video offering of the Mass. Mass is live-streamed each day at 8am and then posted for playback.

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.