Service Groups

“As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Funeral Luncheon

Our funeral luncheon ministry serves our grieving families by offering a luncheon following the funeral of a loved one. The meal is prepared and served by our Parishioners. Even if you work outside the home, you too can contribute food to funeral luncheons. The committee works with you to arrange for delivery of food items if you cannot be at the lunch. Servers are also needed.

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What They Do

The mission of our funeral luncheon ministry is to serve the family and friends of the deceased members of our parish family by providing a luncheon following the funeral.   

Teams

  • Food Donations: Volunteers are asked to prepare a 9×13 disposable serving dish or make a donation to serve at least 12 people. If you do not bring a disposable serving dish, please mark your dish clearly on the bottom. Food donations may be dropped off to the parish center kitchen as early as 7:00 a.m.  
  • Servers: This includes set up, serving during the luncheon and clean up. The time commitment is anywhere from 4-4 1/2 hours depending on the funeral. We need four-five servers per funeral luncheon. 

How to volunteer

Fill out the form below to be put on our volunteer list. Luncheon coordinators use the website, Sign Up Genius (www.signupgenius.com), for food donations. Volunteers will be emailed a link to sign up as soon as possible following the notification that a luncheon is requested. Servers will be contacted by the coordinators.  

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St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul Society is dedicated to aiding the poor in our parish and area. They are active year round and depend on donations from our parishioners.

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What They Do

The St. Philomena Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) coordinates needy family coverage with other Peoria parish SVdP conferences.  We use a central phone helpline for families to request assistance. Our conference covers about ten square miles in the heart of Peoria. The surrounding nearly 50 miles of Peoria is served by five other conferences. We collaborate with other local agencies so the funds are collectively used in the most effective and efficient manner. Our home visit teams ascertain the needs of each family. We keep records on every family visited, their needs, and assistance provided.

Parish families donated about $54,000 to SVdP in 2016. The remaining $16,000 of funds distributed came from national grants and contributions from SVdP conferences at St. Jude, St. Vincent, St. Monica, St. Patrick, and Blessed Sacrament. 

Time Commitment

Serves the community year-round, which requires monthly meetings, plus home visits to those who need assistance.

For More Information 

If you have a few hours a month available to help with our ministry to needy families in our community, fill out the form below or call Rhonda Parker in the parish office, 309-682-8642, ext. 2112. Rhonda will contact us, and one of our members will call to answer questions and provide more details.

For more information on how all parish-based SVdP Conferences in central Illinois help the poor, please go to the web site https://svdpsocietypeoria.org, or St.Vincent dePaul Society – Peoria, IL on Facebook.

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Elizabeth Ministry

The Elizabeth Ministry team provides spiritual, emotional and physical support to those trying to conceive as well as those expecting and new parents.

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What They Do

Elizabeth Ministry is a national organization. Team members at St. Philomena provide spiritual and emotional support, encouragement and assistance to parish women in the childbearing years and their families. 

We offer:

  • Continuous prayers from ministry members,
  • Home-cooked meal delivered to your home after the baby is born or while mom is in the hospital, 
  • Email prayer support, 
  • Blessings for those trying to conceive or those who are expecting. This occurs monthly on the 2nd Sunday at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. 

Time Commitment

Connect with mothers at our monthly blessing following Mass and then follow up throughout the year.

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Church Cleaning

There are several volunteer teams that clean our church on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays. Pick a day that works best with your schedule and join us once-a-month to clean our beautiful church.

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What They Do

We dust and clean the statues, altar, pews and windows to keep the church looking its best. 

Time Commitment

Takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours, typically once-a-month. 

 

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Men’s Club

The primary goal of the Men’s Club is to promote service, fellowship and fun among the men of our parish.

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Who They Are

Officers 2018-19: stphilsmensclub@gmail.com 

Mike Higgins, President: 630-330-7557

Jim Akers, Vice President: 309-208-2359

Mark Hanley, Secretary: 309-303-7128

Albert Tony, Treasurer: 309-412-6518

What They Do

The Men’s Club plans numerous social events throughout the year, assists other parish organizations with fundraisers, helps with general maintenance and repair of parish properties and raises money for the parish. 

They also raise money to fund parish needs, offering grants to the church and to the school. The Men’s Club fundraisers are their annual Smoker in February, Golf Outing in May and annual memberships. 

When They Meet

Monthly meetings take place from September through May. They host beginning and end-of-year social events. Here is the 2018-19 meeting schedule:

Oct 3: New members meeting

Nov. 7:  Wild Game Feed dinner

Dec. 10:  Decorate the church

Jan. 14:  Take down decorations

Mar. 3:  Smoker

Mar. 13:  St. Paddy’s Day warm-up (off site)

Apr. 8:  NCAA viewing/chili cook-off (off site)

May 3: Golf Outing

May 15: Closing steak fry dinner

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