Parish Announcements


Memorial Bricks are still being sold for the St. Peregrine Shrine. The cost of a brick is $125. Order by October 1 for engraving this fall. Click here for ordering and/or more information.


Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Peoria
Update regarding our Growing Disciples initiative:

As we celebrate the great Solemnity of Pentecost, we recall the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the birth of the Church.

Yet, as we are well aware, the world we live in today presents many challenges for us to propose the Gospel in a compelling and impactful way. We cannot ignore the realities we face. However, we are full of hope as we trust the prompting of the Holy Spirit to engage in a new apostolic age of missionary discipleship.

It is in this hope that Bishop Lou Tylka announces the decisions that have been discerned regarding the structure of the parishes in the Diocese of Peoria for the future. We certainly call upon the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts to these necessary changes to create a more vibrant, mission driven and sustainable Church for growing disciples.

Two years ago, the Diocese of Peoria initiated a process in our diocese which we call “Growing Disciples.” The process was not centered upon the reality of decline; rather it has been a process of renewal seeking opportunities for growth. Originating from listening sessions of his first two years serving as Coadjutor Bishop, the Bishop articulated five foundations on which to create a better, more vibrant Church: Evangelization, Discipleship, The Eucharist, Vocations and the legacy of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. He enlisted the help of the Catholic Leadership Institute to guide our process of assessing our current structure and discerning a more mission-driven sustainable structure for the future.

The process was quite thorough, working with every parish and ministry in the diocese. They gathered hard data, including Baptisms and funeral trends, Mass attendance counts, the number of active priests, upcoming priest retirements, trends in candidates for the seminary, maintenance costs for the churches, parish budgets, projected costs for repairs, geography and population trends among other factors. The Growing Disciples Core Team, Consultants, Priests, Curia Offices, Diocesan Planning Commission, and Key Parish Leaders provided opportunities for conversations, prayer and discerning. The Diocese gathered feedback from thousands of parishioners and community members as we went through several rounds of parish modeling.

The details of the new parish configurations, as well as the assignments of priests can be found on the Growing Disciples website: beginning Saturday evening, May 18, 2024.

These difficult and yet necessary changes will create greater freedom to engage in this new apostolic age. The first disciples, including the Blessed Mother Mary, were filled with the Holy Spirit and commissioned by Jesus to go make disciples. May we encounter the same gracious outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us today - setting our hearts ablaze for Christ, so that we too may bear fruit for God’s kingdom in our local Church.

Venerable Archbishop Sheen - pray for us!



Join us this summer for a Fall Prevention Class. A Matter of Balance will be offered though Catholic Charities in the St. Philomena Parish Hall July 15 through August 7, Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:00am to 12:00noon. Refreshments provided. A $20 donation is requested. To register or for more information, please contact Carol Logan at 217-428-3458 ext. 231.


Hope Lives Youth Ranch is back with Fairy Tale Rides on August 31 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Forest Preserve Park. Get ready for Live Music, Game Booths, Food Trucks, the Donkey Queen, Mermaid Encounters, and the famous Hope Lives Dragons and Unicorns! It is going to be a blast! Tickets will be available on-site via Venmo, PayPal, or cash.


Ready to Bring the Love of Jesus
Thank you to all who have already pledged to the ADA. No gift is too small, and our parishes are trying to reach 100% participation. If you received your pledge card in the mail, please complete it and mail it back. If not, there are pledge cards at the entrances of both parishes. The goal for St. Philomena is $49,884 and for St. Michael is $9,877 and we can reach it only with your help.
St. Philomena - Pledged $38,975 (78% of Goal)
Parishioners Pledged 87 (25% of Parish)
St. Michael - Pledged $6,225 (63% of Goal)
Parishioners Pledged 10 (21% of Parish)


August 5-8, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
August 11, 10:00am Mass
Calling all musical youth! Join us for a summer music jamboree where young singers will learn songs, enjoy activities, and culminate with the youth leading our music during Mass on August 11 followed by a “Back to School Potluck & Prayers.” Open to grade school through high school. Children must be able to read. Limited availability for youth instrumentalists as well. Contact Katherine Smith via email at to register your child and for more information if you’d like to participate with your instrument.


Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. As we look to this new season, let’s make it a priority to stay connected with this community of faithful women! Our next group study focuses on our dear Mother Mary - who better to lead us to her Son? The book is: Walking with Mary - A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross by Dr. Edward Sri. This is a 9-week study starting the week of June 24 through August 12. We will meet on Mondays at Noon and keep the meeting to an hour. To sign up call or email Katherine Smith at 217-433-1122 or


The Euchre Tournament scheduled for June 30th has been postponed. Please watch the bulletin for future announcements.


Saturday, June 22
GASP Weeding Day 8:00am, St. Philomena Grounds
Monday, June 24
Women’s Summer Study 12:00noon, St. Philomena Parish Hall
Sunday, June 30
Euchre Tournament - POSTPONED
Monday, July 1
Women’s Summer Study 12:00noon, St. Philomena Parish Hall
Thursday, July 4
Parish Office Closed
Saturday & Sunday, July 6 & 7
Pantry Sunday Food Collection Weekend
Sunday, July 7
Coffee & Donuts 9:00am, St. Michael Parish Hall
Coffee & Donuts 11:00am, St. Philomena Parish Hall


Eucharistic Adoration will be held on Thursday, July 11, from 8:00am to 6:00pm. The 5:00pm-6:00pm hour will be the Family Holy Hour with a Potluck following in the Parish Hall. Please click HERE to reserve a time or call/email the parish office.


Volunteer Drivers Needed
Monticello Peace Meals is in need of Volunteer Drivers! This means delivering meals to our Monticello Senior Citizens that are in need of help feeding themselves for multiple reasons. Money is not always the reason.
Delivery time is 11:30am to 12:30pm. Some of the regular volunteers are done in under 30 minutes.
St. Philomena/St. Michael has committed to providing volunteers in July, September & November. If you are interested in being a Volunteer Driver for Monticello Peace Meals in July, please signup HERE or contact the Parish Office for our next delivery dates: July 15th, 16th and 18th.


Do you believe? Maybe it's time to belong
RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, is a program for individuals interested in learning more about the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. Classes are open to non-Catholics seeking to join the Church through sacrament, non-Catholics seeking only to learn more about the faith and adult Catholics in need of additional sacrament preparation. Individuals are welcome to join us for classes with no obligation to join the Catholic Church. Classes to begin in September. Contact Msgr. Mike for more information.


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