This week I will be gone for the annual Junior Clergy Retreat. I continue to serve as the Vicar for Junior Clergy in the Diocese. The Junior Clergy are the priests ordained ten years or less. This annual retreat offers time for prayer, relaxation and fellowship. The Diocese of Peoria is currently rebuilding the retreat center in Henry, IL. We will have our retreat this week at a retreat center in Springfield. The Diocese has about 25 priests ordained less than ten years. Please say a prayer for them this week. I hope to get some rest, pray some extra and offer some counsel/advice to our younger priests. We scheduled Msgr. John Cippel as a retreat director. He is a priest from St. Petersburg, Florida and works with the Institute of Priestly Formation at Creighton in Omaha. This is the group that organized the Spiritual Direction Program that I completed a few years ago. The week promises to be a time of listening to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit.
This weekend the Church gives us three great readings to ponder. We could discuss so much about each of the readings. Just a few words about the first reading from Deuteronomy as I think it sets up the theme for the Mass. “If only you would heed the voice of the Lord, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law.” Moses says these words to the Jewish people and then informs them that heeding the voice of the Lord results in a change or conversion. From time to time, I hear people say, “If I only knew what God wanted,” or “I wish prayer would be more clear.” Every single day the Church reminds us at Mass that the Bible is God’s direct communication to humanity. Moses encourages us with, “if only you would…” as a call to realize that..
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.
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.
First Wednesday: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.