Parish Announcements


Memorial Bricks are being sold for the St. Peregrine Shrine. The cost of a brick is $125 and engraving will take place later in the summer of 2023 at the site of the shrine. Click here for ordering and/or more information.


Attention ladies: Would you like a weekend away? Maybe find a way to get closer to God, have a great time with great food and great fellowship with other ladies? There is a Women's Cursillo in Christ weekend coming up February 17-19, 2023, at St. Patrick's Church in Urbana. For more information contact Margie Menacher at 217-369-9307.


The Knights of Columbus St. Francis of Assisi Council #15584 will be holding a Raffle now through March 18. High School Senior Scholarship and Charity Fundraiser for St. Philomena and St. Michael Parishes.
Three Prizes Awarded*
Grand Prize - 1/4 Beef (Front Quarter)
Second Prize - 1/2 Hog + Illini Brats
Third Prize - 1/2 Hog
(Prizes prepared by University of Illinois Meat Sales and delivered vacuum packed and frozen.)
Tickets: 5 for $5, 15 for $10, 35 for $20, 200 for $100
Winnders drawn and notified on March 18
Scholarships awarded to eligible high schoolseniors of St. Michael and St. Philomena parishes. Tickets available online HERE, at the St. Philomena parish office, or through St. Francis of Assisi Council KC members.  For additional details and ticket purchases please visit or call the St. Philomena Parish Office (217) 762-2566 or contact: Mike Cecava (217) 766-5219;,  Al Manint (217) 725-3720;, or Larry Roller (563) 340-1727 or other St. Francis of Assisi KC members.
*Winner may also choose to receive a cash prize equivalent to value of prize.


St. Philomena’s Goal - $50,589.00
Pledges Made to Date - $38,595.00 (76% of goal)
80 Parishioners out of 347 Pledged - 23%
Current Shortfall - $11,994.00
St. Michael’s Goal - $11,620.00
Pledges Made to Date - $7,075.00 (61% of goal)
17 Parishioners out of 49 Pledged - 35%
Current Shortfall - $4,545.00
Our Annual Diocesan Appeal continues. Please usethe pledge cards that you received in the mail as they are personalized to you. Extra pledge cards for any visitors or new parishioners are available at the entrances of both churches.


Saturday, February 11, 2023
6:00pm - Doors Open
6:30pm - Dinner
Monarch Events Center
$25 Per Person / $50 Per Couple / $175 for a Table of 8
Includes: Dinner (Salad, Entree, Sides, and Dessert), Cash Bar (First Drink on Us!), Dancing and Fun!
Reservations required by February 1.
To make reservations click HERE


As I spoke about a couple of weeks ago in my homily, I purchased two statues of Our Lady of Fatima. One will be in the lounge at St. Philomena’s and one will travel from one home to another. The idea is each week one family/parishioner will receive the statue into their home. Each day they are to pray one five-decade rosary and a few other prayers Msgr. Mike will provide. The family/parishioner is encouraged to invite extended family, neighbors and friends to join them in praying the rosary. At the end of the week the family will bring back the statue for the next family to take to their home. The pickup for the statue will be on Sunday after Mass (or at a previously arranged time) and then returned the following Saturday. To sign up, please click HERE or feel free to call the main office to schedule a week. Scheduling will be done on a first come -first served basis. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. Thanks! Msgr. Mike


We will be continuing The Chosen" Series with Season 2. I have mentioned this series in homilies over the last year and a half. While many are watching the series, my perception is many more are not. May it help to bring the Scriptures alive in word and action - getting to know the person of Jesus and His closest followers, including His Mother Mary, in a deeper way. Similar to other studies we will offer viewings at different times of the week including:
Sunday's at St. Michael's Parish Hall at 1:30pm.
Tuesday's at St. Philomena's Parish Hall at 10:00am.
Friday's at St. Philomena's Parish Hall at 6:30pm.
The series may also be viewed from home for free using the website Other streaming venues include: Amazon Prime, YouTube, Apple streaming services and perhaps others.
Sign up online here.


Thursday, January 26
St. Philomena Finance Council Meeting 6:30pm, St. Philomena Lounge
Monday-Friday, January 30-February 3
Parish Office Closed
Thursday, February 2
Knights of Columbus Meeting 7:00pm, St. Philomena Parish Hall
Saturday & Sunday, February 4 & 5
Pantry Sunday Food Collection Weekend
February 2 we celebrate the Feast of The Presentation of the Lord. In olden times this was also called Candlemas Day, which commemorated the purification ofMary according to the prescribed Mosaic Law, which occurred forty days after Christ’s birth. Candles were traditionally blessed on this day to commemorate Christ as the light of all nations and represents his entry into the temple. These blessed candles may be taken to be used in your homes. A small donation is recommended to help defray cost of candles. Blessing of Candles will take place this weekend, January 4 & 5, after all Masses.


Eucharistic Adoration will be held on Thursday, February 16, from 8:00am to 7:00pm. Please click HERE to reserve a time or call/email the parish office.


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Monticello, IL 61856
Phone:(217) 762-2566

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